Postgame Notes: No. 24 Ohio State 76, Northwestern 60

Feb. 19, 2014

Recap |  Box Score |  Quotes |  USATSI Gallery 

No. 24 Ohio State (21-6, 8-6) 76, Northwestern (12-15, 5-9) 60
Feb. 19, 2014
Value City Arena – Columbus, Ohio
Attendance: 15,878
• Ohio State leads the all-time series with the Wildcats 114-45.
• The Buckeyes are 67-14 overall vs. Northwestern in Columbus. Ohio State has won the last nine meetings in the series and the last 30 games played at home, the longest active Big Ten home win streak against a conference opponent. 
• The Buckeyes own an overall record of 763-678 against current Big Ten members.
• Ohio State took control of the game with a 25-5 run from the 5:37 mark of the first half to the 16:43 mark of the second half. The run included a 9-0 spurt to open the second half.
• The Buckeyes scored on 20 of 22 possessions from the 7:01 mark of the first half (NW, 25-18) to the 12:16 mark of the second half (OSU, 60-40).
• Four players scored in double figures for the Buckeyes: LaQuinton Ross (16 points), Aaron Craft (14), Lenzelle Smith Jr. (14) and Sam Thompson (11).
• Ohio State is 474-130 all-time as a ranked team. The Buckeyes hold a record of 37-2 vs. the Wildcats when ranked.
• Ohio State has held opponents to under 50 percent shooting 26 times this season (Northwestern: 46 percent, 23-50).
• Northwestern shot 23.8 percent from 3-point range (5-21). Through 26 games, OSU ranks No. 4 nationally in 3-point field goal percent defense (27.3 percent).
• The Buckeyes owned a 34-23 rebounding advantage.
Thad Matta
• Matta is 271-79 during his career at Ohio State and 372-110 overall as a head coach.
• In 14 seasons as a head coach, Matta owns an overall record of 141-58 vs. Big Ten members, including a mark of 138-56 while coaching the Buckeyes.
• Matta is 16-1 against Northwestern.
• At the helm of the Ohio State program, Matta is 49-23 in the month of February.
Aaron Craft
• Scored 14 points. He has 1,232 for his career, No. 32 on the all-time scoring list at Ohio State. He needs nine points to pass Ronnie Stokes (1,240) for 31st.
• Dished three assists. He is Ohio State’s all-time assist leader with 653 for his career. He needs 22 assists to pass Dee Brown of Illinois (674) for sixth on the all-time Big Ten list.
• Had four steals. He ranks second all-time in the Big Ten with 317 for his career. He needs eight steals to pass Bruce Douglas of Illinois (324) for first place.
• Moved into the NCAA Division I Top 25 in career steals (317). The NCAA first recognized steals during the 1985-86 season.

LaQuinton Ross
• Led Ohio State with 16 points, passing the 700-point mark for his Buckeye career (715).
• Has scored in double figures in 16 of his last 18 games.

Lenzelle Smith Jr.
• Scored 14 points. He has scored in double figures in seven of his last nine games.

Sam Thompson
• Tied a career best with three 3-point field goals.