MEN’S HOOPS: Ohio State Falls To Rutgers in B1G Tourney Opener

Jae’Sean Tate leads the Buckeyes with 18 points –

WASHINGTON (AP) Plagued all season by the inability to close out games, 14th-seeded Rutgers overcame a rough shooting performance to beat 11th-seeded Ohio State 66-57 Wednesday night in the first round of the Big Ten Tournament.

Nigel Johnson scored 21 points on 5 of 11 shooting and made all eight free throws to lead the Scarlet Knights (15-17), who have now won back-to-back games after a six-game skid.

Rutgers outrebounded Ohio State 47-31 to overcome its shooting woes.

Jae’Sean Tate scored 18 points while C.J. Jackson added 12 points and six assists for 11th-seed Ohio State (17-15). The Buckeyes did not make a field goal in the final 5:43.

Rutgers 66 (15-17, 4-15 B1G), Ohio State 57 (17-15, 7-12 B1G)
March 8, 2017
Verizon Center – Washington D.C.


  • Ohio State leads the all-time series with Rutgers 4-2.
  • Rutgers holds a 2-0 lead in neutral site games.
  • Ohio State is 1-1 against Rutgers this season.


  • The Buckeyes are 26-13 all-time in Big Ten Tournament games.
  • Ohio State is 0-2 all-time as the No. 11 seed in the Big Ten Tournament.
  • The Buckeyes hold a 20-3 record when seeded higher than their opponent in the Big Ten Tournament.


  • The Buckeyes are 28-20 against Big Ten opponents in neutral site games.
  • The Buckeyes are 4-8 this season when they are outrebounded by their opponents.

Thad Matta

  • Thad Matta is 23-9 in Big Ten Tournament play in his tenure at Ohio State
  • Thad Matta is 4-1 vs. Rutgers in his tenure at Ohio State.

Jae’Sean Tate

  • Jae’Sean Tate scored a team-high 20 points while adding six rebounds and three assists for the Buckeyes.
  • Tate attempted a career-high 11 free throws in the contest.
  • Tate has now scored in double figures in 29 games this season.

C.J. Jackson

  • C.J. Jackson scored 12 points, adding six assists and two rebounds in the contest.
  • Jackson has now scored in double figures in three of the last four games.

Trevor Thompson

  • Trevor Thompson scored eight points and grabbed 11 rebounds in the contest.
  • Thompson has accumulated 12 double-digit rebounding efforts on the season.