Former Michigan wing Nik Stauskas couldn’t wait for Throwback Thursday to irk some Ohio State fans.
The 2013-14 Big Ten Player of the Year posted this 2013 picture on his Instagram page on Monday afternoon. It shows him staring down Buckeyes’ head coach Thad Matta in No. 3 Michigan’s 76-74 overtime win over No. 10 Ohio State. Stauskas, then a freshman, had 11 points, including three 3-pointers.
The caption reads: “… P.S the day before this game coach Matta was interviewed and didn’t know my name and didn’t know who I was. I took it personally.” That part is inaccurate. Stauskas was a starter for the Wolverines. You’d hope Matta would be familiar with the starting five of a Big Ten rival, especially one his team played against earlier that season.
The actual quote Stauskas is referring to, according to Nick Baumgardner of MLive.com, was “The wing, No. 11, I have trouble saying his name.” Matta also said that prior to Ohio State’s first meeting with Michigan that season, a 56-53 win for the Buckeyes on Jan. 13, 2013.
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Ohio State began its Class of 2017 with an in-state commitment from 6-foot-9 center Kaleb Wesson, who announced his decision on Friday night.
“I am so blessed and thankful to say that I am committing to The Ohio State University,” he tweeted.
The son of former Ohio State big man, Keith Wesson, becomes the first player in Thad Matta’s Class of 2017. after picking up a scholarship offer from the Buckeyes back in June. Wesson is also a highly-regarded offensive lineman, rated as a three-star prospect by Rivals, but according to reports, he had already shifted his focus to the hardwood prior to the Ohio State offer.
The Westerville South High (Ohio) was named to the USA Basketball Junior National Team back in May.
With four seniors and All-American point guard D’Angelo Russell moving on, Ohio State will have a far different look in 2015-16. Head coach Thad Matta adds five freshmen to a roster that will have just one upperclassman in junior forward Marc Loving, and on Wednesday he announced that the team’s non-conference schedule has been completed.
The Buckeyes will play neutral site games against Memphis (November 27) and Kentucky (December 19), and their lone non-conference road game comes December 12 when they visit UConn. Also of note on the Buckeyes’ schedule is their game in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge, as they host two-time defending ACC regular season champion Virginia December 1.
Ohio State opens its season November 15 in Columbus against Mount St. Mary’s, with that being followed by three home games that are part of the Basketball Hall of Fame Invitational. The Buckeyes will host Grambling November 17, with UT-Arlington visiting two days later and Louisiana Tech on the 20th.
Ohio State’s game against Memphis a week later will be played in Miami, with Kentucky and USF meeting in the Basketball Hall of Fame Classic game as part of that doubleheader. Ohio State’s game against Kentucky is part of the CBS Sports Classic, with North Carolina facing UCLA in the other game of that doubleheader at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.