Postgame Notes: No. 24 Ohio State 64, Purdue 61

March 13, 2014

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POSTGAME NOTES
No. 24 Ohio State (24-8) 63, Purdue (15-17) 61
2014 Big Ten Tournament Opening Round
March 13, 2014
Bankers Life Fieldhouse – Indianapolis
Attendance: 18,596 (sellout)

Ohio State advances to the Big Ten Tournament quarterfinal against No. 4-seed Nebraska. Tip time is 2:30 p.m. ET Friday on ESPN.

GAME/SERIES
• Purdue leads the all-time series with Ohio State 83-82. The Buckeyes own a 3-1 edge in neutral court games.
• OSU owns an overall record of 765-680 against current Big Ten members.

BIG TEN TOURNAMENT
• Ohio State is 23-9 all-time in the Big Ten Tournament. The Buckeyes own the best winning percentage (71.8 percent) among conference teams in the tournament.
• The Buckeyes have won 19 of their last 23 conference tournament games.
• OSU is 3-2 as the No. 5 seed at the Big Ten Tournament and 3-1 against Purdue. The Buckeyes are 18-2 as the higher seed in the tournament.

TEAM
• The Buckeyes have held opponents to under 50 percent shooting 30 times this season (Purdue: 41.4 percent, 24-58).
• Purdue shot 20 percent from 3-point range (2-10). Ohio State entered the game as one of the nation’s top teams in 3-point field goal percentage defense (28.6 percent).
• Scored 20 points off of 17 Purdue turnovers.
• As an AP ranked team, No. 24 Ohio State is 476-132 all-time.

Thad Matta
• Matta is 274-81 during his career at Ohio State and 375-112 overall as a head coach.
• In 14 seasons as a head coach, Matta owns an overall record of 144-60 vs. Big Ten members, including a mark of 141-58 while coaching the Buckeyes.
• Matta is 20-5 in Big Ten Tournament play, the most wins and best winning percentage (80 percent) of any conference coach in tournament history.
• Matta is 17-6 all-time against Purdue.
• At the helm of the Ohio State program, Matta is 55-14 in the month of March, a 79.7 winning percentage, fifth-best among active Division I coaches over the last 10 years. He is 57-15 (79.2 percent) in games played in March and April, the fourth-best win percentage for the two-month period among active coaches over the last 10 years.

LaQuinton Ross
• Posted his fifth career double-double with a game-high 19 points and career-high 15 rebounds.
• He has reached double figures in 14 of his last 16 games.

Aaron Craft
• Grabbed three steals. He is the all-time career steals leader in Big Ten history with 331. He is 16th on the all-time NCAA career steals list.
• Scored 16 points vs. Purdue. He has 1,283 points for his career, passing former teammate Jared Sullinger for 30th on the all-time scoring list at Ohio State. He needs three points to pass Clark Kellogg (1,285) for 29th.
• Dished five assists. He is Ohio State’s all-time assists leader with 678 for his career and is ranked sixth on the all-time Big Ten list.  He needs 13 assists to pass Bruce Parkinson of Purdue (690) for fifth all-time.

Lenzelle Smith Jr.
• Scored nine points, passing 1,000 for his career (1,002). He is the 26th player in Ohio State history with 1,000 career points and 500 career rebounds.