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Get To Know: Ohio State

Marquette takes part in the Tip-Off Marathon with a return bout with the Buckeyes.

Are all the mascots in the Big Ten giant pervs?
Are all the mascots in the Big Ten giant pervs?
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Name: The Ohio State University

No, not what they call themselves: That's actually the official name of the school, as evidenced by the header on their own website.

Location: Columbus, Ohio

Nickname: Buckeyes

The hell's a Buckeye? Officially, a tree, specifically the nut from the tree if Brutus Buckeye is to be trusted (he is not).  Buckeye can also refer to a breed of chicken, a train, or a butterfly.  It's also the name of a Lamb Of God song.

Last Season: 25-10, lost in the first round of the NCAA tournament to Dayton.

This Season: 1-0, with a 37 point win over UMass-Lowell

KenPom Ranking: #16

Returning Points Leader: Sam Thompson, 6'7", 200 lb., 7.9 ppg

Returning Rebounds Leader: Amir Williams, 6'11", 250 lb., 5.8 rpg

Returning Assists Leader: Shannon Scott, 6'1", 185 lb., 3.4 apg

Yeah, and? I presume you mean D`Angelo Russell, the 6'5" freshman guard from Louisville by way of Montverde Academy.  Russell started the UMass-Lowell game and led Ohio State in scoring with 16 points on 7-14 shooting.  He also had four rebounds, six assists, and three steals in just 26 minutes.  Yeah, it was "just" UMass-Lowell, but the kid's a McDonald's All-American.

No, not that part: Yes, the Buckeyes played four guys 6'7" or taller for at least 15 minutes against UMass-Lowell, plus starting center Amir Williams played just 10 minutes.  Wojo's going to have to get creative.

Head Coach: Thad Matta, in his 11th season at Ohio State (276-83).  In 14 seasons including stops at Butler and Xavier, Matta has a career record of 378-114.

Last Meeting: I don't want to talk about it.

All Time Series: Ohio State leads, 6-4.