Buckeyes Back on the Road at Purdue
Aaron Craft has 17 assists and just one turnover in the last three games.
Jan. 7, 2013
Jan. 8, 2013
No. 15 Ohio State Buckeyes (11-3, 1-1) at the Purdue Boilermakers (7-7, 1-1)
|Site:||Mackey Arena (14,846)|
|Game Time:||9:05 p.m. ET|
|Talent:||Mike Tirico (play-by-play)|
Dan Dakich (expert analysis)
|Radio:||OSU-IMG Sports Network (56 stations)|
|Satellite Radio:||Sirius 92/XM 190|
|Local Radio:||WBNS FM-97.1 AM-1460|
|Radio Talent:||Paul Keels (play-by-play)|
Ron Stokes (expert analysis)
|Ohio State Notes | Purdue Notes | Big Ten Notes | Big Ten Stats|
|Ohio State Men's Basketball|
|Men's Basketball||Jeff Boals||Greg Paulus||Dan Wallenberg||Alissa Clendenen|
|Press Conference w/ Coach Matta | Press Conference w/ Scott and Thomas|
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The Purdue Series
Ohio State has won three of the last four meetings with the Boilermakers. Overall, Purdue owns the series lead with an 83-78 record and a 54-24 lead in West Lafayette. As a ranked team, Ohio State is 24-4 in the Purdue series. Deshaun Thomas (12.0 ppg.) and Aaron Craft (11.0 ppg.), both juniors, lead the Buckeyes in the Purdue series on the offensive end. Thomas' 5.5 rebounds per game also leads Ohio State vs. the Boilers. Thomas is shooting 49 percent from the field in the series (19-39).
A Look at the Boilermakers
Purdue opened Big Ten Conference play with a 6-6 overall record before splitting the first two conference games of the year. The Boilermakers downed Illinois at home Jan. 2, 68-61 and then fell at Michigan State 84-61 last Saturday. Three Boilers average double-digits offensively with Terone Johnson leading the way with 13.4 points per game. A.J. Hammons and D.J. Byrd each contribute 10.0 ppg. Hammons leads the team with 5.9 rebounds a game.
Ohio State In the Big Ten
The Buckeyes are No. 2 in scoring defense (57.7 ppg.) among Big Ten teams and No. 3 in scoring margin (+18.3), field goal percentage defense (.377) and scoring offense (76.0). The Buckeyes are in the No. 2 spot in turnover margin (+4.6). Individually, Deshaun Thomas leads the conference in scoring with 20.2 points per game. Aaron Craft (4.9) rates No. 3 in assists per game. Shannon Scott is No. 2 in steals per game (2.3) and No. 1 in assist to turnover ratio (+4.7). Craft is No. 3 in the league (+3.8).
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.
Buckeye Hoops Highlights on the Go
The Big Ten Network and Cliptamatic, an iPhone application, have teamed up to offer Big Ten fans on-the-go access to the top moments of the 2013 conference season. Download the Cliptamatic App on your iPhone today and watch Big Ten basketball highlights wherever go. Download the app at the following link: http://go.osu.edu/OSUcliptamatic.
Craft Among Cousy Candidates
Aaron Craft, a junior guard for the Buckeyes, is among the candidates for the 2013 Bob Cousy Award, presented annually to the top point guard in the country. The list of more than 80 nominations will be cut to 20 around Jan. 1, 2013. Ten finalists will be announced near Feb. 1 and a final five March 1. The winner will be announced at the 2013 Final Four weekend.
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 740-669 against current league members. Thad Matta, in 13 seasons as a head coach, owns an overall record of 118-48 vs. league members, including a mark of 114-46 record while coaching the Buckeyes. Ohio State is 78-83 overall vs. Purdue with Matta owning a 13-6 record vs. the Boilermakers.
Aaron Craft: Reached 700 career points with 10 vs. Chicago State (720)...reached 400 career assists with eight vs. UNC Asheville ... his 426 career total rates No. 4 all-time, passing Mark Baker with three helpers at Illinois. Curtis Wilson is No. 3 with 475 ... in last three games, Craft has handed out 17 assists with just one turnover ... he has not turned the ball over in the last two games ... he has gone 95 minutes, 46 seconds without a turnover ... has at least one steal in nine-consecutive games and eight combined in the last three contests ... is shooting nearly 80 percent from the foul line (27-34) this season, up from 71 percent as a junior ... a career 73 percent foul shooter (183-251) ... has more career steals (197) than turnovers (181). Evan Ravenel: Scores at a 54 percent clip in two seasons as a Buckeye (78-144) and 54 percent this year (32-59)...he set a career high with 10 rebounds vs. Chicago State. LaQuinton Ross: Makes 82 percent of his foul shots (27-33) this season. Shannon Scott: Scored career high 15 points vs. Kansas to go with six rebounds, which tied a career best ... has 61 assists this season after handing out 60 as a freshman ... just 13 turnovers have been charged to him this year ... has more career steals (50) than turnovers (49). Lenzelle Smith Jr.: Connected on 5 of 7 3-pointers vs. Nebraska, a career best for long range makes in a game...shooting 46 percent from distance this year (27-61) and 39 percent for his career (59-151). Deshaun Thomas: Reached 400 career rebounds with 10 vs. UNC Asheville, added eight boards vs. Nebraska (435) ... moved into the No. 34 spot in career scoring with 24 at Illinois (1,180). Luke Witte is No. 33 with 1,211 ... shooting 80 percent at the line this year (45-56). Sam Thompson: Has scored 99 points on the year. Amir Williams: Of his 58 rebounds this year, half (29) have been on the offensive end ... 56 of his career 120 boards have been a teammate's missed shot ... has made 66 percent of his field goals this year (21-32) and is shooting 59 percent for his career (40-68).
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