Ohio State’s roster is set for the 2018-19 season, but it’s not yet time to completely turn the page from Chris Holtmann’s first season. With a full year’s worth of statistics, let’s take a look at which lineups worked best for the Buckeyes last season, which ones didn’t and what the data might tell us about the season to come.

As a point of reference, I track each lineup Ohio State uses during the season that does not feature any walk-on players. Total time logged together as well as points scored and allowed are tabulated and tracked throughout the year. This way, we can minimize the impact of one particular hot or cold game and get a better feel for where Ohio State’s strengths truly were last season.

Here’s what we’ve learned from the 116 different lineups used by Holtmann last season.

The lineup with the best plus-minus rating did not start a Big Ten game

For the season, Ohio State’s best cumulative lineup consisted of Keita Bates-Diop, C.J. Jackson, Musa Jallow, Jae’Sean Tate and Kaleb Wesson. That quintet, in 80:41, outscored its opponents by 59 points, 165-106. It’s a lineup that, after starting against North Carolina on Dec. 23, appeared together only two times the rest of the season. That likely skews the final number, but in its 10 non-conference appearances including six starts, the lineup was outscored just once, and then by one point.

In Big Ten play, as Jallow’s playing time diminished significantly, the lineup made appearances in two games. It scored seven points and allowed four in 3:47.

All seven starting lineups had positive ratings

The aforementioned lineup had the best overall rating for the season, but the second-best rating for a starting lineup went to the most-used one. Bates-Diop, Jackson, Tate, Wesson and Kam Williams made 16 starts and outscored their opponents by 38 points, 385-347, in 212:02.

It was the most-used lineup for the season.

The majority of the lineups had a positive plus-minus rating

Here’s how it broke down: 56 lineups were positive, 50 were negative and 10 were even.

The lowest-rated lineup was…

A combination of Bates-Diop, Andrew Dakich, Jackson, Tate and Williams. It only made an appearance in eight games – one of them for just one second – but it was outscored by 16 points, 46-30, in 18:38.

In the final three games of the year – Penn State in the Big Ten tournament and then South Dakota State and Gonzaga in the NCAA Tournament – the lineup was minus-3, minus-9 and minus-3, respectively.

There aren’t many returning complete lineups

In fact, there are only two – and they haven’t seen much action.

A lineup of Jackson, Jallow, Andre Wesson, Kaleb Wesson and Kyle Young made appearances in two games last season totaling 3:33. During that time, the lineup was outscored 10-4.

The other lineup comprised exclusively of returning players – Jackson, Jallow, Micah Potter, Andre Wesson and Young – played together for eight seconds against Texas Southern and did not score or allow a point.

Bates-Diop, the Big Ten’s player of the year, was in 67 of the 116 lineups.

Early-season starters had success

It remains interesting to me how Potter’s high-ankle sprain set the sophomore back this season, because I felt he started the year strong and then had to fight upstream to get back. The best performance for a starting lineup came against Texas Southern, when Bates-Diop, Jackson, Jallow, Potter and Tate were plus-22 with 50 points scored and 28 allowed. That lineup was then plus-10 against Northeastern, the game in which Potter was injured.

Those were the best back-to-back performances for a starting lineup all season. Obviously the level of opponent wasn’t on par with what loomed ahead on the schedule, but that remains intriguing to me. That lineup did not see any action in the final 19 games of the year.

One lineup did well against Penn State

The Nittany Lions were the persistent thorn in the side of the Buckeyes this year, winning all three games between the two. Ohio State’s best lineup against Penn State played in just one of the three games: Bates-Diop, Dakich, Andre Wesson, Kaleb Wesson and Williams was plus-11 in 5:44 of the Big Ten tournament loss.

The same lineup started the first and third games against Penn State: Bates-Diop, Jackson, Tate, Kaleb Wesson and Williams. It was outscored 41-35 in the first game and 19-11 in the third, and its playing time was essentially halved from 16:09 to 8:06.

No lineup played in all three games.