Buckeyes and Illini Square Off in Champaign Saturday
Thad Matta is 11-4 vs. Illinois during his head coaching career.

Jan. 4, 2013

Jan. 5, 2013
No. 8 Ohio State (11-2, 1-0) at No. 11 Illinois Fighting Illini (13-2, 0-1)

Site:Assembly Hall (16,618)
Game Time:2:21 p.m. ET
Television:Big Ten Network
Talent:Kevin Kugler (play-by-play)
Jim Jackson (expert analysis)
Radio:OSU-IMG Sports Network (56 stations)
Satellite Radio:Sirius 85/XM 85
Local Radio:WBNS FM-97.1 AM-1460
Radio Talent:Paul Keels (play-by-play)
Ron Stokes (expert analysis)
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Press Conference w/ Coach Matta | Press Conference w/ Craft and Smith Jr.

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101 Years in Big Ten
Ohio State celebrates 101 years as a member of the Big Ten Conference in men's basketball in 2013. The Buckeyes finished in the No. 6 spot in the 1913 conference standings, the first season of league play. Over the 100 previous seasons, Ohio State has earned 20 Big Ten regular-season titles with 24 NCAA tournament appearances, one national championship (1960) and 10 trips to the Final Four. Eight former coaches and players are members of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame while nearly 50 student-athletes have been drafted by National Basketball Association teams, including 23 in the first round.

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 Upcoming Games
All Times ET and subject to change
3/30/13(9) Wichita St.7:05 p.m. ET
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4/8/13NCAA Final. *9 p.m. ET
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 Big Ten Conference Standings
(Final Reg. Season Standings)
Ohio State13-523-7
Michigan State13-524-7
Penn State2-1610-20
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Ohio State Opens 101st Season in B1G
This is the 101st season of Big Ten membership in men's basketball for the Buckeyes. Ohio State is 53-44 (.546) in conference openers, 67-30 (.691) in league home openers and 33-63 (.344) in the first road game of the season in Big Ten play. When the Buckeyes open the Big Ten season at home, their record is 38-16 (.704). When Ohio State begins Big Ten play on the road, the record is 16-28 (.364).

Ohio State In the Big Ten
The Buckeyes are No. 2 in scoring defense (56.5 ppg.) among Big Ten teams, No. 3 in scoring offense (77.6 ppg.), scoring margin (+21.2) and assist-to-turnover ratio (+1.5). The Buckeyes are in the No. 2 spot in turnover margin (+4.8). Individually, Deshaun Thomas leads the conference in scoring with 19.9 points per game. Aaron Craft (5.0) and Shannon Scott (4.5) rate No. 3 and No. 4, respectively in assists per game. Scott also is No. 2 in steals per game (2.2) and No. 1 in assist to turnover ratio (+4.8). Craft is No. 3 in the league (+3.6).

Ohio State vs. the Big Ten
Ohio State is in its 101st season as a member of the Big Ten Conference. The Buckeyes own an overall record of 740-668 against current league members. Thad Matta, in 13 seasons as a head coach, owns an overall record of 118-47 vs. league members, including a mark of 114-45 record while coaching the Buckeyes. Ohio State is 65-100 overall vs. Illinois with Matta owning an 11-4 record vs. the Illini.

Aaron Craft: Reached 700 career points with 10 vs. Chicago State (709)...reached 400 career assists with eight vs. UNC Asheville ... his 423 career total rates No. 5 all-time, passing Ron Stokes (419) and Troy Taylor (421) with eight helpers vs. Nebraska. Mark Baker is No. 4 with 424 career assists. Curtis Wilson is No. 3 with 475. Evan Ravenel: Scores at a 54 percent clip in two seasons as a Buckeye (77-142) and 54 percent this year (31-57)...he set a career high with 10 rebounds vs. Chicago State. Shannon Scott: Scored career high 15 points vs. Kansas to go with six rebounds, which tied a career best ...  Lenzelle Smith Jr.: Connected on 5 of 7 3-pointers vs. Nebraska, a career best for long range makes in a game...shooting 45 percent from distance this year (25-56) and 39 percent for his career (57-146). Deshaun Thomas: Reached 400 career rebounds with 10 vs. UNC Asheville, added eight boards vs. Nebraska (431) ... moved into the No. 35 spot in career scoring with 22 vs. Nebraska (1,156). Lawrence Funderburke is No. 34 with 1,179. Amir Williams: Made first career start vs. Chicago State (12/29/12).

The Illinois Series
Ohio State has won 11 of the last 14 meetings with the Illini, including four of the last six games in Champaign. Overall, Illinois owns the series lead with 100-65 record and a 59-24 lead in Champaign. As a ranked team, Ohio State is 22-10 in the Illinois series. Illinois is 35-10 when ranked in games vs. Ohio State. When both teams carry an Associated Press Top 25 ranking, the series is tied at five games apiece. The last time both teams were ranked was in the 2011 Big Ten season when No. 1 Ohio State defeated No. 23 Illinois 73-68 in Champaign. The last time both teams met while ranked in the AP Top 11 was in 1963 when No. 3 Illinois defeated No. 4 Ohio State in Champaign 90-78. No. 5 Ohio State defeated No. 8 Illinois 97-73 Jan. 4, 1960 in Columbus. No. 7 Illinois downed No. 11 Ohio State 96-89 Feb. 4, 1957 in the only other meeting between the schools while ranked in the Top 11 nationally. Deshaun Thomas (14.0 ppg.) and Aaron Craft (10.0 ppg.), both juniors, lead the Buckeyes in the Illinois series on the offensive end. Thomas' 3.5 rebounds per game also leads Ohio State vs. the Illini. Thomas is shooting 70 percent from the field in the series (19-27) and has made 6 of 7 from long range (.857). He also has made 12 of 14 foul shots (.857).

A Look at the Illini
Illinois enters the game with the Buckeyes ranked No. 11 nationally after a 13-2 start to the season under first-year head coach John Groce, a former assistant at Ohio State under Thad Matta. Senior guard Brandon Paul leads Illinois offensively with 18.5 points per game. Tracy Abrams contributes 12.1 ppg. and D.J. Richardson adds 10.7 ppg. Paul is the team's top rebounder at 5.0 a contest. Illinois has taken 384 3-pointers, making 142 (37.0 pct.). Illinois defeated Butler in the title game of the Maui Classic, 78-71, and owns an 85-74 win at Gonzaga. The lone nonconference loss was to Missouri in St. Louis, 82-73. Illinois fell at Purdue Wednesday (68-61) in the Big Ten Conference opener for both teams.

For more on the Buckeyes click on the Ohio State Notes link above.