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Massachusetts Lowell at Ohio St.
When: 12:00 PM ET, Sunday, November 29, 2020
Where: Value City Arena, Columbus, Ohio

Ohio State will try to build off its lopsided opening win against Illinois State with another fast start against visiting UMass Lowell on Sunday in Columbus.

The No. 23 Buckeyes (1-0) jumped to a 22-0 lead en route to a 94-67 victory on Wednesday that was so comfortable that coach Chris Holtmann was able to play everyone on the roster as he seeks depth for the start of the rugged Big Ten season in December.

"We were able to extend the rotation a little bit," Holtmann said. "Whether it was a close game or not, we were going to play a pretty extensive rotation, maybe 11 guys. We need to see what we're capable of and what some of our guys are capable of, and more than anything we need film to be able to come back and make corrections."

Ohio State will try to take advantage of UMass Lowell (1-1) playing its second game in less than 24 hours in a season where strangeness has become the norm because of COVID-19.

The River Hawks lost 82-72 to Illinois State on Saturday afternoon in Columbus despite 35 points by Obadiah Noel, preventing UMass Lowell from its best start since 2012-13.

The game was part of the multi-team event Ohio State arranged after the Buckeyes withdrew from playing in a tournament in South Dakota because of coronavirus concerns.

UMass Lowell had to pause practice in October after two members of the program tested positive.

The River Hawks also opened the season Wednesday, defeating San Francisco 76-68 at the Mohegan Sun Bubbleville Tournament in Uncasville, Conn.

UMass Lowell flew Friday to Columbus on a chartered flight, "Which is something none of my players have ever experienced, so they're excited about that," UMass Lowell coach Pat Duquette said.

The win over San Francisco impressed Duquette even before the Dons two days later beat No. 4 Virginia 61-60. He said his players had "four-and-a-half" practices coming out of quarantine before playing the first game.

"[It was] as good as a win for us, especially at the beginning of the year, that we've had in our program," he said. "Hopefully, we'll stay healthy but if we have to put on our masks and get tested every day and be inconvenienced here and there, if you ask my players if it's worth it, I guarantee you they'll be jumping up and down and saying, yeah, they'll do it again."

Even if it's against the Buckeyes, who were led to the victory against Illinois State by California transfer Justice Sueing in his Ohio State debut. He had 19 points on 8-of-9 shooting in 20 minutes.

"I think it sets a good tone to show how good we can be," Sueing said. "I feel like we're just scratching the surface with this one. Obviously, it's going to pick up as the season continues."

Because of a men's hockey game at Value City Arena the game, sans fans, will be played at the Covelli Center, the 3,700-seat facility that houses that houses Ohio State's gymnastic, volleyball, fencing and wrestling teams.

--Field Level Media

Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W/L Strk Home Away Neutral Day Night Conf
Massachusetts Lowell 1-1 L1 0-0 0-0 1-1 1-1 0-0 0-0
Ohio St. 1-0 W1 1-0 0-0 0-0 1-0 0-0 0-0
Last Meeting
Massachusetts Lowell Ohio St.
Date Away Home Pts Reb FG% Pts Reb FG%
11/10/19 UMASS 56 OSU 76 56 35 32.8 76 41 49.1
Player Stats
Previous Matchup
Points Player Total FG% FTM
Massachusetts Lowell O. Noel 15 50.0 2
Ohio St. D. Carton 13 83.3 0
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
Massachusetts Lowell C. Withers 11 4 7
Ohio St. K. Wesson 13 2 11
Assists Player  
Massachusetts Lowell O. Noel 3
Ohio St. K. Wesson 5
Points Player Total FG% FTM
Massachusetts Lowell O. Noel 57 51.6 21
Ohio St. J. Sueing 19 88.9 2
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
Massachusetts Lowell O. Noel 13 5 8
Ohio St. J. Sueing 8 4 4
Assists Player  
Massachusetts Lowell O. Noel 6
Ohio St. C. Walker 6
Quickchart Matchup
blue bar Massachusetts Lowell Off vs  red bar Ohio St. Defense
blue bar 74.0 Points For
red bar 67.0 Points Against
blue bar 47.0 FG%
red bar 38.6 FG%
blue bar 34.0 Reb
red bar 29.0 Reb
red bar Ohio St. Off vs  blue bar Massachusetts Lowell Defense
red bar 94.0 Points For
blue bar 75.0 Points Against
red bar 48.4 FG%
blue bar 42.2 FG%
red bar 38.0 Reb
blue bar 29.5 Reb