No. 16 Ohio State routs Rutgers 79-52

The Ohio State Department of Athletics and men's lacrosse program were saddened today to learn of the death of Terry Gilmore, who played for the Buckeyes from 1976 through 1979. Updates with new approach, quotes, details.

Junior guard C.J. Jackson led Ohio State with 18 points on an 8-for-12 night from the floor, his largest scoring outpoint since scoring 19 against North Carolina on December 23. Kaleb Wesson added 14, and Kam Williams, playing his last home game, had 13 as the Buckeyes (23-7, 14-3 Big Ten) got a feel-good win on senior night, coming on the heels of tough road losses to Penn State and MI that dropped them out of first place in the conference. The Scarlet Knights are 13-6 overall, 3-13 in the Big Ten and 11-10 against the spread.

A couple of underclassmen carried the Buckeyes on an emotional senior night. Despite the loss, Sanders had a solid game, scoring 13 points with five rebounds and three assists.

Kam Williams had 13 points for the Buckeyes, and Jae'Sean Tate had nine points and 10 rebounds. As a team, they have shot 48.6 percent from the field this season.

After taking down Purdue on the road, Ohio State had the Big Ten title entirely in their hands.

An 11-0 run gave OSU a 30-11 lead with 5:41 left, but then the Buckeyes went cold on the offensive end, and softened up on the defensive end. Rutgers put together a 16-2 run to finish the half, during which Ohio State went 1 for 8 from the floor. The Buckeyes shot 58.9 percent from the field and held the Scarlet Knights to 40.7 percent shooting, and they outrebounded Rutgers 36-25. "They don't want us to be robotic, and they really want us to just go out there and do what we do best and what we were recruited here ... to do".

Bates-Diop continued to struggle with his shooting.

Preparing to face last season's conference champions and two-time Big Ten Player of the Year Kelsey Mitchell, McKeown's message to his team is straightforward - commit fewer than 12 turnovers, out-rebound the Buckeyes and contain them in transition.

First and foremost, Ohio State already pounded Rutgers on the road, 68-46 earlier in the season. Keita Bates-Diop led OSU in the game with 20 points with nine rebounds and five blocks. With an emotional post-game speech, Bates-Diop said good bye without actually saying so. "This is the best league in the country - I don't care what anybody says - from top to bottom the best league".

Bates-Diop has a year of eligibility remaining but likely will leave for the National Basketball Association.

Will No. 16 Ohio State be able to stay in the Big Ten hunt tonight when the Buckeyes host Rutgers at 7PM ET?

Rutgers' regular season culminates on Sunday with a matchup against IL, which defeated the Scarlet Knights 91-60 on January 30.