Postgame Notes: No. 2 Ohio State 95, No. 15 Iona 70 (NCAA Second Round)
March 22, 2013
No. 2 Ohio State (27-7) 95, No. 15 Iona (20-14) 70
2013 NCAA Tournament Second Round
March 23, 2013
University of Dayton Arena – Dayton, Ohio
• Ohio State leads the all-time series with Iona 2-1. The Buckeyes are 5-3 against members of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC).
• Ohio State is 46-23 all-time in the NCAA tournament. The Buckeyes are 8-3 as a No. 2 seed and 2-2 in tournament games played in UD Arena.
• Four players scored in double figures for Ohio State: Deshaun Thomas (24 points), Sam Thompson (20), Lenzelle Smith, Jr. (12) and Evan Ravenel (11). The last time Ohio State had two players with 20 points in a game: Thomas (26) and Jared Sullinger (23) vs. Cincinnati on March 22, 2012.
• Ohio State scored a season-high 95 points (previous high 91 vs. Missouri-Kansas City), fourth most by an OSU team in an NCAA tournament game. The team also tied a season best with 25 assists, the second most by a Buckeye team in a tournament game.
• Guards Aaron Craft and Shannon Scott combined for 17 assists, eight rebounds, six steals and only four turnovers.
• Ohio State owned a 33-2 advantage in bench points. The Buckeyes have outscored opposing benches 647- 407 this season
• OSU scored 29 points off of a season-high 19 Iona turnovers.
• Ohio State outscored Iona 34-11 on the fast break.
• Iona shot 35.4 percent for the game (23-of-65). The Buckeyes have held opposing teams under 50 percent shooting in 31 of 34 games.
• After falling behind 4-0 to start the game, Ohio State seized control with a 27-4 run covering 10:31 of play to take a commanding 27-8 lead.
• Leading 37-33 with 1:36 remaining in the first half, Ohio State reasserted itself with a 15-0 run to take a 52-33 lead with 18:00 to play in the second half.
• Ohio State owned a 44-40 edge on the glass and a 48-28 scoring advantage in the paint. OSU is 16-2 this season when outrebounding its opponent and 153-24 under Thad Matta.
• As a ranked team (AP), No. 10 Ohio State is 450-123 all-time. When ranked in the Top 10, the Buckeyes are 320-72.
• Matta is 248-72 during his career at Ohio State and 349-103 overall as a head coach.
• Matta is 15-6 in the NCAA tournament as head coach of the Buckeyes (21-10 overall). He is 39-11 in postseason tournaments at Ohio State.
• Matta has compiled a record of 51-12 as a head coach in March, the third-best record by percentage (.810) among active coaches.
• Against unranked opponents, Matta owns a 203-22 record as Ohio State head coach.
• Matta has won 25 or more games in six of his nine seasons at Ohio State and in nine of his 13 seasons as head coach. Teams coached by Matta have never failed to reach the 20-win plateau. The Buckeyes are 27-7 to date in 2012-13 after the victory Friday.
• Matta is 2-0 as a head coach against Iona.
• Led all scorers with 24 points.
• With 24 points, Thomas remains No. 14 on the all-time scoring list at Ohio State (1,565 total points). He needs two points to pass Terrence Dials for 13th.
• Moved to No. 4 on Ohio State’s all-time NCAA tournament scoring list with 140 points. He needs 17 points to pass John Havlicek for third.
• Has scored in double figures in all 34 games this season.
• Scored a career-high 20 points.
• Collected a career-high 10 rebounds, passing 150 for his career (159).
• Shot 8-of-8 at the free throw, career highs in both makes and attempts.
• With seven assists against the Gaels, Craft moved to No. 2 on the all-time at Ohio State with 517. He needs 63 assists to pass Jamar Butler for the No. 1 spot.
• Has totaled five or more assists in 18 games this season, including 12 of the last 18 outings.
• Collected a season-high and Ohio State-tournament record six steals.
• With six steals against Iona, Craft remains seventh all-time in Big Ten history with 243. He needs 17 steals to pass Brian Cardinal of Purdue (1997-2000) for sixth. Six steals is tied for fourth most in school history.
• Has recorded at least one steal in all but two games this season.
• Tied a career high with 10 assists, second most in an NCAA tournament game for a Buckeye player.
• Scored a career-high five points.
• With eight rebounds, passed 100 for his career (104).
• Tied a career high with three blocks.