ATLANTA (AP) — Minnesota coach Ryan Saunders moved Jeff Teague out of the starting lineup to give the reserves more scoring punch.
The Timberwolves reserves responded, scoring 46 points in a...
Last season: 25-9, 15-3 Big Ten
Conference: Big Ten
Who's gone: F Keita Bates-Diop, F Jae'Sean Tate, G Kam Williams, G Andrew Dakich.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio State's basketball team is going to Spain.
The Buckeyes leave Aug. 1 for a 10-day trip that will include exhibition games in Madrid, Valencia and Barcelona. They'll also get time to experience the culture in each city.
Second-year coach Chris Holtmann will hold 10 practices in Columbus to prepare players for the trip, with the July 31 session at Value City Arena open to the public.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Timberwolves have signed rookie forward Keita Bates-Diop to an undisclosed deal.
The team announced the signing on Saturday.
Bates-Diop, from Ohio State, was drafted by the Timberwolves last month in the second round at No. 48.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Timberwolves have set their roster for the NBA summer league team, highlighted by draft picks Josh Okogie and Keita Bates-Diop and returner Amile Jefferson.
The Wolves announced Tuesday the 15 players they'll take to Las Vegas for the 30-team competition. The Wolves start play on Friday against the Denver Nuggets, their first of at least five games in the tournament. They'll be coached by John Lucas, the team's player development coach.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Timberwolves used the draft to add a pair of players possessing the skills they want for the wing positions.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Timberwolves could have used their draft picks in deals to help clear space under the salary cap for potential free agent additions next month.
They needed some high-ceiling young players just as much.
Opting against any deals, the Timberwolves selected Georgia Tech guard Josh Okogie with the 20th overall pick in the first round of the NBA Draft on Thursday night, targeting a tough-minded player with defensive versatility as a primary asset.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Jalen Brunson of Villanova and Devonte Graham of Kansas are among five players vying for the John R. Wooden Award as college basketball's player of the year.
Brunson and Graham will square off at the Final Four when their teams meet in the national semifinals on Saturday.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio State star forward Keita Bates-Diop is headed to the NBA following a breakout season.
As expected, the 6-foot-7 forward announced Monday that he is declaring for the NBA draft after being named the Big Ten's player of the year and leading the Buckeyes to the NCAA Tournament. Bates-Diop made his announcement on campus at a news conference accompanied by his parents and Ohio State coach Chris Holtmann.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — All indications were that this would be another forgettable year for Ohio State basketball.
Coming off two disappointing seasons, the Buckeyes had the same core of players but a new coach in Chris Holtmann , who did his best in the preseason to tamp down expectations.
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — No. 4 seed Gonzaga (31-4) vs. No. 5 Ohio State (25-8)
Second round, West Region; Boise, Idaho, Saturday, approximately 8:15 p.m. ET.
BOTTOM LINE: A rematch of a game played in the PK80 Invitational in November. The Zags won in a runaway, shooting 59 percent to beat the Buckeyes 86-59. Ohio State bounced back from that loss to finish tied for second in the Big Ten and is a different team from four months ago, so this one could be much closer.
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — No. 5 Ohio State (24-8) vs. No. 12 South Dakota State (28-6).
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — With most of college basketball's top leagues wrapping up regular-season play, the top players have a few days left to make their case to be their league's player of the year.
Ohio State's Keita Bates-Diop is The Associated Press player of the year in the Big Ten Conference and the Buckeyes' Chris Holtmann is its coach of the year.
Bates-Diop and Purdue's Carsen Edwards were unanimous picks to the AP All-Big Ten team also announced Wednesday, the first day of the conference tournament in New York. Michigan State freshman Jaren Jackson Jr. was picked as newcomer of the year and defensive player of the year in voting by 12 journalists who cover the league.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Coming off two tough road losses that dropped them out of first place in the Big Ten, the No. 16 Ohio State Buckeyes got a feel-good win when they needed it.
A couple of underclassmen carried the Buckeyes on an emotional senior night. C.J. Jackson came off the bench to score 18 points, and freshman Kaleb Wesson added 14 as Ohio State routed Rutgers 79-52 on Tuesday.
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — A mob of white-clad fans stormed the court at Bryce Jordan Center and Tony Carr disappeared among them.
Carr was the most noticeable player on the court until then, scoring 30 points to lead Penn State to a 79-56 rout of No. 8 Ohio State on Thursday night.
"They threw a bunch of (defenders) at him," Penn State coach Patrick Chambers said. "Tony was super-efficient tonight. I think his teammates knew he had it going a little bit."
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio State coach Chris Holtmann warned his team to avoid a letdown after his team's upset of No. 3 Purdue.
A letdown at this point for the Buckeyes would be as hard to imagine as them owning sole possession of first place of the Big Ten in mid-February.
That's where they are after Keita Bates-Diop had 14 points and eight rebounds in No. 14 Ohio State's 82-64 victory over Iowa on Saturday.
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) — Ohio State's Keita Bates-Diop managed to end the nation's longest winning streak and shook up the Big Ten title race Wednesday night.
All it took was one big basket.
His putback with 2.8 seconds left capped Ohio State's final charge, gave the 14th-ranked Buckeyes a 64-63 victory and ended No. 3 Purdue's school-record 19-game winning streak.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — With Illinois leading by 11 points with 8:45 left in the first half, Ohio's State's Keita Bates-Diop went to work.
Playing in his 100th game for the Buckeyes, Bates-Diop reeled off 11 unanswered points including a pair of dunks , a 3-pointer and a tip-in off an offensive rebound. No. 17 Ohio State ended the half up by four and outlasted the pesky Illini in the second half to win 75-67 on Sunday.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — After starting slow at times this season, No. 17 Ohio State didn't waste time jumping all over Indiana on Tuesday night.
Indiana's Zach McRoberts hit two quick shots, one of them a 3-pointer, in the first 1:14 to put the Hoosiers up by one, but Ohio State reeled off a 10-0 run and didn't relinquish the lead again in a 71-56 victory for the Buckeyes.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — With the score tied and final seconds winding down, Penn State's Tony Carr dribbled across the center line and launched a desperation jumper with two Ohio State players in his face. The ball banked in off the glass, and Carr's teammates mobbed him on the Value City Arena court.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Playing its fourth game in eight days, No. 13 Ohio State seemed vulnerable Monday night. Facing a surprising Nebraska team that upset Michigan last week, the Buckeyes were at risk of letting one slip away.
But that didn't happen. Keita Bates-Diop, the Big Ten's top scorer, had 14 of his 20 points in the second half and the surging Buckeyes ground out a 64-59 win over the Cornhuskers for their ninth straight conference victory.
NEW YORK (AP) — Keita Bates-Diop had 17 points and 12 rebounds for his eighth double-double of the season, leading No. 22 Ohio State over Minnesota 67-49 at Madison Square Garden on Saturday for its seventh straight win.
Ohio State's first-year coach Chris Holtmann is the third Big Ten coach to win his first eight conference games. Sam Barry won 11 straight for Iowa in 1923 and Walter Meanwell holds the record with 12 for Wisconsin in 1912.
ROSEMONT, Ill. (AP) — Chris Holtmann figured an off-night from Keita Bates-Diop was inevitable. So, too, is the Ohio State coach's first Big Ten loss.
But it did not coincide with his star player's first subpar performance in weeks.
PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) — Ohio State opened up the season without much expectation. So, making the Top 25 and leading the Big Ten surely wasn't anticipated.
Now, when the new weekly rankings come out, the Buckeyes will likely have both.
"We had talked about it a little bit," first-year coach Chris Holtmann said. "We talked about it a little bit when we beat (No.4) Michigan State because I think that alerted people."
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — For the first 10 minutes or so of Thursday's game, Ohio State looked as if it might have an emotional hangover from last weekend's monumental upset of then-No. 1 Michigan State. But then the 3-pointers started going in.
Ohio State (14-4, 5-0 Big Ten) battled back from a seven-point deficit, took a 24-22 lead with a Jae'Sean Tate dunk with 7:25 left in the first half and cruised to 91-69 rout of Maryland to remain unbeaten in the Big Ten.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — After missing the NCAA Tournament the last two seasons, roster shake-ups and a coaching change, Ohio State surged back toward national relevance with a signature win over the country's top-ranked team.
Keita Bates-Diop scored a career-high 32 points, and the surprising Buckeyes stunned No. 1 Michigan State 80-64 on Sunday, bringing the fans at Value City Arena streaming onto the court to celebrate.
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — The Buckeyes look like they might finally be ready to give top-ranked Michigan State a go on Sunday.
Keita Bates-Diop scored 27 points with 13 rebounds, Jae'Sean Tate had 18 points and Ohio State cruised past Iowa 92-81 on Thursday night, its seventh win in its last eight games.
Kam Williams scored 13 points for the surging Buckeyes (12-4, 3-0 Big Ten), who also notched their sixth road win in their last eight tries at Iowa.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Miami kept fighting back against Ohio State and stayed in the game on Saturday, but the Buckeyes pulled away late to cap a 72-59 victory over an in-state rival.
The scrappy Redhawks pulled within three points with 6:03 left in the game, but the Buckeyes ripped off a 15-2 run on the way to the win at Value City Arena. Ohio State (11-4, 2-0 Big Ten) led by as many as 17 in the half, but couldn't put Miami away for good until the final minutes.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio State ran past, rather than looked past, The Citadel on Tuesday night to set up a bigger test in its next game against No. 5 North Carolina.
Kam Williams and Keita Bates-Diop each scored 17 points as Ohio State won its fifth straight game with a 94-65 win against a mid-major opponent that scores nearly 90 points a game and gives up an equally amount while trying to set a frenetic pace that the Buckeyes (10-3) are unlikely to see again this season.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A delay and evacuation after a fire alarm couldn't deter Ohio State from winning its fourth straight game when Jae'Sean Tate scored 19 points in an 80-67 win against Appalachian State at Value City Arena on Saturday.
Keita Bates-Diop added 18 points, Kaleb Wesson had 16, and Kam Williams 11 for the Buckeyes (9-3), who also opened the season with four consecutive victories.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio State head coach Chris Holtmann sat his leading scorer less than five minutes into the game. It was a message that the Buckeyes had to play better defensively.
Keita Bates-Diop returned to the game two minutes later and went on to score a career-high 27 points to lead Ohio State to a 97-62 blowout victory against William & Mary on Saturday.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Down by 20 just before halftime Monday night, Ohio State stormed back and dominated Michigan in the second half on the way to a 71-62 victory.
The Buckeyes (7-3, 2-0 Big Ten) sprinted out on a blistering 19-3 run to begin the second half, following a 7-0 burst to end the first. A Kam Williams jumper with 3:32 left in the game tied it at 60. Ohio State turned up the defensive pressure and hit 11 free throws in the last 2:15 to pull away and complete the comeback.
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Ohio State followed up two tough losses with their best game yet under coach Chris Holtmann.
An easy 83-58 win on the road over Wisconsin was just the way that the Buckeyes wanted to open Big Ten play.
Keita Bates-Diop had 17 points and 11 rebounds, while Kaleb Wesson scored 19 points for hot-shooting Ohio State which hit 66 percent from the field and led comfortably for most of the afternoon.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Ohio State coach Chris Holtmann says Sunday's game against Butler is about the players, not about him.
The Buckeyes (5-1) beat Stanford 79-71 in the Phil Knight Invitational on Friday, advancing to meet Butler in the finals. The Bulldogs beat Portland State 71-69 earlier on Friday.
Holtmann spent three seasons at Butler, taking the Bulldogs to the Sweet 16 last season, before going to Columbus.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio State coach Chris Holtmann had the understatement of the young season in noting the record-setting performance by senior forward Jae'Sean Tate.
"Not missing a shot is pretty good," Holtmann said.
Tate made all 10 of his shots from the floor and had a career-high 24 points to lead Ohio State to an 80-55 win against Northeastern on Sunday.
He set a program record for the highest field-goal percentage with a minimum of 10 attempts.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — With Texas Southern leading a second-half comeback, Ohio State had to hold off the surging Tigers who chopped their deficit from 18 points to two. But Ohio State had more than enough to stave off Texas Southern.
Keita Bates-Diop, Jae'Sean Tate and Micah Potter scored 17 points apiece to help Ohio State defeat Texas Southern 82-64 Thursday night.