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2014–15 Ohio State Buckeyes men's basketball team

The 2014–15 Ohio State Buckeyes men's basketball team represented The Ohio State University in the 2014–15 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. Their head coach was Thad Matta, in his 11th season with the Buckeyes. The team played its home games at Value City Arena in Columbus, Ohio and were members of the Big Ten Conference. They finished the season 24–11, 11–7 in Big Ten play to finish in sixth place. They advanced to the quarterfinals of the Big Ten Tournament where they lost to Michigan State. They received an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament where they defeated VCU in the second round before losing in the third round to Arizona.

2014–15 Ohio State Buckeyes men's basketball
Ohio State Buckeyes logo.svg
NCAA Tournament, Round of 32
ConferenceBig Ten Conference
2014–15 record24–11 (11–7 Big Ten)
Head coachThad Matta (11th season)
Assistant coaches
Home arenaValue City Arena
Seasons
2014–15 Big Ten Conference men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
No. 3 Wisconsin 16 2   .889     36 4   .900
No. 12 Maryland 14 4   .778     28 7   .800
No. 23 Michigan State 12 6   .667     27 12   .692
Iowa 12 6   .667     22 12   .647
Purdue 12 6   .667     21 13   .618
Ohio State 11 7   .611     24 11   .686
Indiana 9 9   .500     20 14   .588
Illinois 9 9   .500     19 14   .576
Michigan 8 10   .444     16 16   .500
Minnesota 6 12   .333     18 15   .545
Northwestern 6 12   .333     15 17   .469
Nebraska 5 13   .278     13 18   .419
Penn State 4 14   .222     18 16   .529
Rutgers 2 16   .111     10 22   .313
2015 Big Ten Tournament winner
Rankings from AP Poll

Before the seasonEdit

Previous seasonEdit

The Buckeye finished the season with 25-10 overall, 10-8 in Big Ten play for a fifth-place finish. They lost in the semifinals of the 2014 Big Ten Conference Men's Basketball Tournament to Michigan. They were invited to the 2014 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament as a 6th seed in the south region which they were upset by Dayton in the second round 60-59.

DeparturesEdit

Name Number Pos. Height Weight Year Hometown Notes
Aaron Craft 4 G 6'2" 195 Senior Finday, OH Graduated/Undrafted in the 2014 NBA Draft
LaQuinton Ross 10 F 6'8" 220 Junior Jackson, MS Declare for 2014 NBA Draft
Lenzelle Smith Jr. 32 G 6'4" 210 Senior Zion, IL Graduated
Amedeo Della Valle 33 G 6'5" 190 Sophomore Alba, Italy Signed to play professionally in Italy with Pallacanestro Reggiana

Incoming transfersEdit

Name Number Pos. Height Weight Year Hometown Previous School
Anthony Lee 31 F 6'9" 230 Senior Columbia, MD Transferred from Temple. Will be eligible to play immediately since Lee graduated from Temple.
Trevor Thompson 32 F 6'11" 210 Sophomore Indianapolis, IN Transferred from Virginia Tech. Under NCAA transfer rules, Thompson will have to redshirt for the 2014–15 season. Will have two years of remaining eligibility.

RecruitingEdit

US college sports recruiting information for high school athletes
Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight Commit date
D'Angelo Russell
SG
Louisville, KY Montverde Academy 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 180 lb (82 kg) Jun 7, 2013 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:    Rivals:    247Sports:     ESPN: 
Keita Bates-Diop
SF
Bloomington, IL University High School 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 190 lb (86 kg) Nov 18, 2012 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:    Rivals:    247Sports:     ESPN: 
Jae'Sean Tate
SF
Pickerington, OH Pickerington, Ohio 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 190 lb (86 kg) Nov 19, 2012 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:    Rivals:    247Sports:     ESPN: 
David Bell
C
Garfield Heights, OH Garfield Heights High School 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 200 lb (91 kg) Feb 11, 2013 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:    Rivals:    247Sports:     ESPN: 
Overall recruiting rankings: Scout: NR   Rivals: NR  ESPN: NR
  • Note: In many cases, Scout, Rivals, 247Sports, and ESPN may conflict in their listings of height and weight.
  • In these cases, the average was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.

Sources:

  • "2014 Team Ranking". Rivals.com. Retrieved 2013-09-05.

RosterEdit

2014–15 Ohio State Buckeyes men's basketball team
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Height Weight Year Hometown
G 0 D'Angelo Russell 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 180 lb (82 kg) Fr Louisville, Kentucky
F 1 Jae'Sean Tate 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 190 lb (86 kg) Fr Pickerington, Ohio
F 2 Marc Loving 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 215 lb (98 kg) So Toledo, Ohio
G 3 Shannon Scott 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 185 lb (84 kg) Sr Alpharetta, Georgia
C 10 David Bell 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 225 lb (102 kg) Fr Garfield Heights, Ohio
F 12 Sam Thompson 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 200 lb (91 kg) Sr Chicago, Illinois
G 15 Kam Williams 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 175 lb (79 kg) RS Fr Baltimore, Maryland
C 23 Amir Williams 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 250 lb (113 kg) Sr Birmingham, Michigan
C 31 Anthony Lee 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 230 lb (104 kg) Sr Columbia, Maryland
C 32 Trevor Thompson   6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 210 lb (95 kg) So Indianapolis, Indiana
F 33 Keita Bates-Diop 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 190 lb (86 kg) Fr Bloomington, Illinois
F 34 Jake Lorbach 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 210 lb (95 kg) Jr Elyria, Ohio
C 55 Trey McDonald 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 240 lb (109 kg) Sr Battle Creek, Michigan
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  • (W) Walk-on

Roster

ScheduleEdit

Date
time, TV
Rank# Opponent# Result Record Site (attendance)
city, state
Exhibition
Nov 9*
4:00 pm
No. 20 Walsh W 77–37 
Value City Arena (13,345)
Columbus, OH
Non-Conference Regular season
Nov 14*
7:00 pm
No. 20 UMass Lowell W 92–55  1–0
Value City Arena (13,256)
Columbus, OH
Nov 18*
7:30 pm, ESPN2
No. 20 Marquette W 74–63  2–0
Value City Arena (13,233)
Columbus, OH
Nov 23*
7:00 pm, BTN
No. 20 Sacred Heart
Buckeye Classic
W 106–48  3–0
Value City Arena (12,941)
Columbus, OH
Nov 26*
7:00 pm, BTN
No. 16 Campbell
Buckeye Classic
W 91–64  4–0
Value City Arena (12,508)
Columbus, OH
Nov 28*
4:00 pm, BTN
No. 16 James Madison
Buckeye Classic
W 73–56  5–0
Value City Arena (14,310)
Columbus, OH
Dec 2*
9:30 pm, ESPN
No. 14 at No. 5 Louisville
ACC–Big Ten Challenge
L 55–64  5–1
KFC Yum! Center (22,784)
Louisville, KY
Dec 6*
4:30 pm, BTN
No. 14 Colgate
Buckeye Classic
W 70–50  6–1
Value City Arena (14,054)
Columbus, OH
Dec 10*
7:00 pm, ESPNU
No. 12 High Point W 97–43  7–1
Value City Arena (13,012)
Columbus, OH
Dec 13*
1:00 pm, BTN
No. 12 Morehead State W 87–71  8–1
Value City Arena (14,578)
Columbus, OH
Dec 17*
7:00 pm, BTN
No. 12 North Carolina A&T W 97–55  9–1
Nationwide Arena (14,585)
Columbus, OH
Dec 20*
3:30 pm, CBS
No. 12 vs. No. 24 North Carolina
CBS Sports Classic
L 74–82  9–2
United Center (19,726)
Chicago, IL
Dec 22*
6:00 pm, BTN
No. 21 Miami (OH) W 93–55  10–2
Value City Arena (15,018)
Columbus, OH
Dec 27*
7:00 pm, BTN
No. 21 Wright State W 100–55  11–2
Value City Arena (15,874)
Columbus, OH
Big Ten Regular season
Dec 30
1:00 pm, ESPN2
No. 20 Iowa L 65–71  11–3 (0–1)
Value City Arena (15,189)
Columbus, OH
Jan 3
3:30 pm, ESPN2
No. 20 Illinois W 77–61  12–3 (1–1)
Value City Arena (16,028)
Columbus, OH
Jan 6
9:00 pm, ESPN
No. 22 at Minnesota W 74–72 OT 13–3 (2–1)
Williams Arena (13,138)
Minneapolis, MN
Jan 10
12:00 pm, ESPN
No. 22 at Indiana L 66–69  13–4 (2–2)
Assembly Hall (15,563)
Bloomington, IN
Jan 13
7:00 pm, ESPN
Michigan W 71–52  14–4 (3–2)
Value City Arena (15,548)
Columbus, OH
Jan 17
2:00 pm, ESPN
at Iowa L 67–76  14–5 (3–3)
Carver–Hawkeye Arena (15,400)
Iowa City, IA
Jan 22
7:00 pm, ESPN
at Northwestern W 69–67  15–5 (4–3)
Welsh-Ryan Arena (7,117)
Evanston, IL
Jan 25
1:30 pm, CBS
No. 23 Indiana W 82–70  16–5 (5–3)
Value City Arena (17,322)
Columbus, OH
Jan 29
7:00 pm, ESPN
No. 16 Maryland W 80–56  17–5 (6–3)
Value City Arena (14,483)
Columbus, OH
Feb 4
6:30 pm, BTN
No. 20 at Purdue L 58–60  17–6 (6–4)
Mackey Arena (12,087)
West Lafayette, IN
Feb 8
5:30 pm, BTN
No. 20 at Rutgers W 79–60  18–6 (7–4)
The RAC (8,003)
Piscataway, NJ
Feb 11
7:00 pm, BTN
No. 23 Penn State W 75–55  19–6 (8–4)
Value City Arena (13,262)
Columbus, OH
Feb 14
12:00 pm, ESPN
No. 23 at Michigan State L 56–59  19–7 (8–5)
Breslin Center (14,797)
East Lansing, MI
Feb 22
1:00 pm, CBS
No. 24 at Michigan L 57–64  19–8 (8–6)
Crisler Center (12,618)
Ann Arbor, MI
Feb 26
7:00 pm, ESPN
Nebraska W 81–57  20–8 (9–6)
Value City Arena (13,712)
Columbus, OH
Mar 1
7:30 pm, BTN
Purdue W 65–61  21–8 (10–6)
Value City Arena (15,978)
Columbus, OH
Mar 4
6:00 pm, BTN
No. 23 at Penn State W 77–67  22–8 (11–6)
Bryce Jordan Center (8,745)
University Park, PA
Mar 8
4:30 pm, CBS
No. 23 No. 6 Wisconsin L 48–72  22–9 (11–7)
Value City Arena (18,077)
Columbus, OH
Big Ten Tournament
Mar 12
9:00 pm, ESPN2
vs. Minnesota
Second round
W 79–73  23–9
United Center (16,549)
Chicago, IL
Mar 13
9:00 pm, BTN
vs. Michigan State
Quarterfinals
L 67–76  23–10
United Center (17,230)
Chicago, IL
NCAA Tournament
Mar 19*
4:40 pm, TNT
(10 W) vs. (7 W) No. 25 VCU
Second round
W 75–72 OT 24–10
Moda Center (13,616)
Portland, OR
Mar 21*
5:20 pm, CBS
(10 W) vs. (2 W) No. 5 Arizona
Third round
L 58–73  24–11
Moda Center (17,370)
Portland, OR
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll. (#) Tournament seedings in parentheses. W=West Region.
All times are in Eastern Time.

Source:[1]

RankingsEdit

Ranking movement
Legend: ██ Increase in ranking. ██ Decrease in ranking. (RV) Received votes but unranked. (NR) Not ranked.
Poll Pre Wk 2 Wk 3 Wk 4 Wk 5 Wk 6 Wk 7 Wk 8 Wk 9 Wk 10 Wk 11 Wk 12 Wk 13 Wk 14 Wk 15 Wk 16 Wk 17 Wk 18 Wk 19 Final
AP 20 20 16 14 12 12 21 20 22 RV RV RV 20 23 24 RV 23 RV RV N/A
Coaches 20 20 17 13 12 12 18 18 20 25 RV RV 20 21 23 RV 25 RV RV RV

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2015-06-29. Retrieved 2014-07-18.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)