Postgame Notes: Ohio State vs. Iowa

Jan. 22, 2013

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No. 14 Ohio State (14-4, 4-2 Big Ten) 72, Iowa (13-6, 2-4) 63
Jan. 22, 2013
Value City Arena – Columbus, Ohio
Attendance – 16,040


  • The game marks the 144th meeting between the Ohio State Buckeyes and Iowa Hawkeyes.
  • Ohio State has won the last eight meetings with the Hawkeyes and have wins in the last seven games played in Columbus.
  • Overall, Iowa owns the series lead with a 73-71 record. Ohio State is 46-25 in games played at home.
  • As a ranked team, Ohio State is 23-10 in the Iowa series.


  • Four Ohio State players reached double figures: Deshaun Thomas (16 points), Lenzelle Smith, Jr. (12), Aaron Craft (12) and Evan Ravenel (11).
  • Iowa shot 35.5 percent from the field. The Buckeyes have held opponents to under 40 percent shooting in ten of 18 games this season and under 50 percent in 17 of 18 games.
  • In a balanced scoring effort, eight different players scored for Ohio State.
  • The Buckeyes ended the first half on a 13-4 run. They continued the momentum into the second half with a 17-7 run, extending the Buckeye lead to 24 points.
  • In points scored in the paint, OSU held a 32-28 advantage over the Hawkeyes.
  • The Buckeyes had nine team blocks compared to the Hawkeyes’ one.
  • Ohio State scored 12 points off of 14 Iowa turnovers and tallied 12 points on the fast break.
  • As a ranked team (AP), No. 14 Ohio State is 440-120 all-time.
  • In games where both teams enter with a Top 25 ranking, Ohio State is 69-60 all-time.
  • The Buckeyes are 743-670 all-time in Big Ten play, as well as 72-20 vs. conference opponents in Value City Arena.

Thad Matta

  • Matta is 235-69 during his career at Ohio State and 336-100 overall as a head coach.
  • In his 13 years as a head coach, Matta is 121-49 vs. current Big Ten opponents, including a record of 117-47 at Ohio State.
  • Matta holds an 11-4 record vs. the Hawkeyes.

Deshaun Thomas

  • Led all scorers with 16 points.
  • With 1,266 points, Thomas remains No. 30 on the all-time scoring list at Ohio State. He needs 16 points to pass former teammate Jared Sullinger for 29th all-time.
  • Has scored in double figures in all 18 games this season.

Aaron Craft

  • With four steals in the game, Craft became the all-time leader at Ohio State with 208. He was previously tied with Jay Burson (1986-89) for the top spot (204).
  • Craft recorded five assists vs. the Hawkeyes. He remains fourth on the all-time list at Ohio with 442 for his career. He needs 33 assists to pass Curtis Wilson for third.
  • Has recorded at least one steal in 13-consecutive games.
  • In the last seven games, Craft has handed out 36 assists.
  • Made a career-high eight free throws. Also, set a career-high with 10 free throws attempted.  

Amir Williams

  • Recorded a career-high six blocked shots.