March 10, 2013
No. 14 Ohio State (23-7, 13-5 Big Ten) 68, Illinois (21-11, 8-10 Big Ten) 55
March 10, 2013
Value City Arena – Columbus, Ohio
Attendance – 19,049 (sellout)
• Ohio State has won seven of the last nine meetings with Illinois, including the last four meetings in Columbus.
• Illinois leads the overall series with the Buckeyes 101-66. Ohio State has the edge in Columbus, 42-40.
• As a ranked team, Ohio State is 23-11 vs. the Illini. The Buckeyes have won 13 of the last 15 games as a ranked team against Illinois.
• The game Sunday was the fifth sellout at Value City Arena this season (Kansas, Michigan, Indiana, Michigan State and Illinois). Ohio State had a 3-2 record in home sellouts this season.
• All-time, OSU is 60-17 in Value City Arena sellouts, 49-13 against Big Ten opponents.
• Several members of the Ohio State basketball program were honored during pregame ceremonies for their contribution to the Buckeyes over their careers.
• Evan Ravenel, Ohio State’s lone senior student-athlete, played in his 69th game as a Buckeye vs. Illinois. Over his career, Ohio State has won 54 games, captured a Big Ten regular-season title and played in the Final Four.
• Debby Cacchio, men’s basketball secretary, will retire in April after 23 years with the program, in addition to seven years spent working in other university departments.
• Managers Patrick Ford, Weston Strayer, Mike Oeters, Evan Kurt and Luke Terwilliger also were recognized.
• With the win, Ohio State clinched the No. 2 seed and a first-round bye in the 2013 Big Ten Tournament and will face either Purdue or Nebraska in the quarterfinals Friday. The tournament will be held March 14-17 at the United Center in Chicago.
• Ohio State is the only Big Ten team to defeat every conference opponent at least once this season.
• Three players reached double figures for Ohio State: Deshaun Thomas (19 points), Aaron Craft (14) and Lenzelle Smith, Jr. (10).
• Buckeye guards Aaron Craft and Shannon Scott combined for 21 points, 15 rebounds, nine assists and five steals.
• The Buckeyes earned 15 points off of 12 Illini turnovers.
• OSU outrebounded Illinois 38-27, including 28-18 on the defensive end. When holding an advantage in the boards this season, Ohio State has a record of 14-2.
• Ohio State held a 22-16 advantage in points scored in the paint.
• Trailing 20-18, Ohio State went on a 15-4 run to end the first half. The run covered 7:24 of play and gave OSU a 33-24 lead at halftime.
• Illinois shot 35 percent (19-54) for the game. The Buckeyes have held opposing teams under 50 percent shooting in 27 of 30 games.
• OSU had a 20-13 advantage in bench points. The Buckeyes own a 571-379 edge over opposing benches in points scored this season.
• Ohio State has held opponents to under 25 points in a half a total of 21 times this season. Illinois scored 24 points in the first half.
• As a ranked team (AP), No. 14 Ohio State is 448-123 all-time.
• Ohio State is 752-673 all-time in Big Ten play.
• Thad Matta is 244-72 during his career at Ohio State and 345-103 overall as a head coach.
• In his 13 years as a head coach, Matta is 130-52 vs. current Big Ten opponents, including a record of 126-50 at Ohio State.
• Matta has compiled a record of 47-12 as a head coach in March, the fourth best record by percentage (79.7 percent) among active coaches.
• Against unranked opponents, Matta owns a 202-22 record as Ohio State head coach.
• Matta has never failed to reach the 20-win plateau in 13 years as a head coach. The Buckeyes are 23-7 to date in 2012-13 after the victory Sunday.
• Matta holds a 12-5 record vs. the Illini. He is 7-1 at home against the Illini, including a 65-64 upset of No.1 and undefeated Illinois on Senior Day in 2005.
• Deshaun Thomas led all Ohio State scorers with 19 points.
• With 19 points, Thomas moved to No. 19 on the all-time scoring list at Ohio State (1,489 total points). He needs nine points to pass Troy Taylor for 18th.
• Has scored in double figures in all 30 games this season.
• Aaron Craft with three steals against Illinois, Craft is tied for seventh all-time in Big Ten history with 231. Dee Brown (2003-06) of Illinois also recored 231 career steals.
• Craft contributed six assists vs. the Fighting Illini. He remains third on the all-time list at Ohio State with 492. Craft needs 37 assists to pass Kelvin Ransey for second all-time.
• Craft has totaled five or more assists in 15 games this season.
• In 30 games played this season, Craft has recorded a steal in all but one game.
• Shannon Scott collected a career-high eight rebounds vs. Illinois.
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