Dec. 22, 2012
No. 9 Kansas (10-1) 74, No. 7 Ohio State (9-2) 66
Dec. 22, 2012
Value City Arena – Columbus, Ohio
Attendance: 19,049 (sellout)
• Saturday’s contest marked the 10th meeting all-time between Ohio State and Kansas. The Jayhawks hold a 7-3 advantage in the series and have won five games in a row.
• With the loss, OSU falls to 25-24 all-time against members of the Big 12 Conference.
• The game was the last on the current Value City arena court for Ohio State. A new court will be installed prior to the Dec. 29 contest vs. Chicago State.
• The loss snapped Ohio State’s 39-game non-conference winning streak at Value City Arena, the fifth longest in the nation. The last loss prior to Saturday’s contest was Dec. 27, 2008 vs. West Virginia.
• Saturday’s game was the first sellout of the season at Value City Arena. Ohio State owns a 57-16 record in sellouts at VCA. The Buckeyes are 20-9 all-time in sellouts vs. AP ranked teams at the arena and 10-4 vs. the AP Top 10.
• Ohio State shot a season-low 30.8 percent (20-65) for the game, 25 percent in the second half (9-36).
• The Buckeyes trailed at the half for the first time this season (37-35).
• Trailing 23-17 at the 10:10 mark of the first half, the Buckeyes used a 14-0 run over the next 3:59 to take a 31-23 lead. Kansas responded with a 14-4 run to close the half.
• Kansas shot 51 percent from the field (25-49), the first OSU opponent to shoot 50 percent or better against the Buckeyes this season.
• Ohio State scored 23 points off of 19 Kansas turnovers, a season high for the Jayhawks.
• The Buckeyes held a 25-8 advantage in bench points. The OSU bench has outscored opponents 256-138 this season.
• Ohio State owned a 26-18 advantage in second chance points.
• As a ranked team (AP), No. 7 Ohio State is 435-118 all-time. Ohio State is 314-69 when ranked in the Top 10.
• The Buckeyes have an all-time record of 147-233 vs. ranked opponents in the Associated Press Top 25. That includes a mark of 62-116 vs. Top 10 foes.
• In games when both teams enter with a Top 25 ranking, Ohio State is 67-59 all-time.
• Matta is 230-67 during his career at Ohio State and 332-98 overall as a head coach.
• In his nine seasons as Ohio State head coach, Matta has compiled a 76-3 record against non-conference opponents at home and a 117-22 record overall against non-conference foes. His teams have never failed to win at least 10 non-Big Ten games.
• Matta owns a 36-9 record in sellouts at VCA and is 5-2 vs. the AP Top 10 in arena sellouts.
• Matta is 5-7 at OSU against members of the Big 12 Conference.
• Ohio State owns a 144-13 home record during the Matta era. The Buckeyes are 62-4 in Columbus over the past four seasons.
• Led Ohio State with 16 points.
• With 1,117 points, Thomas moves to No. 40 on the all-time scoring list at Ohio State. He needs four points to surpass Curtis Wilson for 39th.
• Has scored in double figures in all 11 games this season.
• Made three 3-pointers for the game to pass 100 for his career (101).
• Recorded one steal against the Jayhawks. He has 189 for his career, good for No. 3 all-time in Ohio State history. David Lighty (2007-11) is No. 2 with 191. Jay Burson (1986-89) is Ohio State’s career leader with 204.
• Collected three assists for the game, bringing his career total to 409. Needs six assists to pass Evan Turner (414) for seventh on the all-time list at Ohio State.
• Totaled a season-high five rebounds.
• Needs one point for 700 career points at Ohio State.
• Scored a career-high 15 points.
• Tied a career-best with six rebounds.
• Has recorded at least one steal in nine-consecutive games.
• Made two 3s for the game, a career best.
• Collected a career-best three steals.
• Passed 200 points for his career at Ohio State (202).
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