Ohio State vs. Radford

When: Today at 2:30 p.m.

Where: Value City Arena

Television: BTN Plus

Radio: WBNS-FM (97.1)

Projected starters


G C.J. Jackson, 6-1, Jr., 7.0

G Kam Williams, 6-2, Sr., 16.0

F Jae’Sean Tate, 6-4, Sr., 7.0

F Keita Bates-Diop, 6-7, Jr., 19.0

C Micah Potter, 6-9, So., 8.0

Key reserves: G Andrew Dakich, 6-2, Gr., 0.0; F Andre Wesson, 6-6, So., 9.0; G Musa Jallow, 6-5, Fr., 11.0; C Kaleb Wesson, 6-9, Fr., 13.0; F Kyle Young, 6-8, Fr., 4.0


G Christian Bradford, 6-1, Sr., 9.0

G Donald Hicks, 6-3, So., 9.0

G Justin Cousin, 6-0, Sr., 3.0

F Ed Polite Jr., 6-5, Jr., 12.0

C Randy Phillips, 6-8, Sr., 8.0

Key reserves: Carlik Jones, 6-0, R-Fr., 15.0; G Caleb Tanner, 6-1, Jr., 6.0; G Travis Fields Jr., 5-9, So., 2.0


*Ohio State has started 2-0 in every season since 2003-04, when it lost its first two games of the year. Those Buckeyes opened the year with a loss at San Francisco 76-65, then lost to San Diego State 83-61 as part of the Maui Invitational.

*Three former Buckeyes have made their debuts with new teams. Friday night, guard A.J. Harris started and had 12 points and six assists as New Mexico State beat East Central, 81-55. Also Friday, center Daniel Giddens started but did not score while picking up four fouls in five minutes in an 82-70 win against Memphis. Saturday, guard Austin Grandstaff played in the final 50 seconds of DePaul’s 72-58 loss to Notre Dame. He attempted and missed one three-pointer. All were part of Ohio State’s class of 2015.

*Freshman Kaleb Wesson had 13 points against Robert Morris, the most for a freshman in a season opener since D’Angelo Russell had 16 in 2014.

*Chris Holtmann became the 11th coach to win his Ohio State debut.

*Radford was picked to finish seventh in the 10-team Big South Conference. Gardner-Webb, where Chris Holtmann began his head coaching career, was picked fifth. In his three seasons there, Holtmann was 3-2 against the Highlanders.

*Last season, Radford led its conference in offensive rebounding at 12.4 per game. Ten players return from that team.

What does KenPom say?

According to the advanced statistics of KenPom.com, Ohio State has an 85 percent chance to win today’s game. After moving up from No. 78 to No. 74 in the national rankings with Friday’s win against Robert Morris, Ohio State is projected to beat Radford by a score of 77-66. The Highlanders are ranked No. 193 in the country.

Pregame listening

The first-ever Buckeyextra basketball podcast was uploaded in advance of Friday's opener against Robert Morris. Here's a link. You can look for the second episode sometime this week.

Pregame reading

It was just one game, but Keita Bates-Diop shined in a big way Friday night against Robert Morris.

Speaking of that win, here's Friday night's recap from a blowout win in Holtmann's debut.

Here's much more from the game in the postgame blog, with notes on outstanding freshmen debuts, Holtmann's debut, a big offensive possesson late and much more.

A story from last year that was re-posted Friday due to the circumstances that still applies today: why isn't this game on television?