Next Two on the Road for No. 11 Buckeyes

Jan. 15, 2014

Ohio State did not travel to Minnesota last year.
Ohio State's last trip to Minnesota was on Valentines Day in 2012, a 12-point win for the Buckeyes.
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Date: Jan. 16, 2014
Site: Williams Arena (14,625)
Game Time: 9:05 p.m. ET
Television: ESPN2
Talent: Joe Tessitore (play-by-play)
Sean Farnham (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)

Vote Thad Matta
Thad Matta is one of 48 Division I coaches participating in the third annual Coaches' Charity Challenge, a fan-vote contest, with the total contributions exceeding $300,000. Matta won the challenge in 2012 and 2013, earning $100,000 for the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Ohio. He is once again supporting RMHC. This year, the challenge will run for 10 weeks in a tournament-style contest. For the next three weeks, fans can vote once a day at to help Matta advance to the round of 24. Votes will not carry over to the next round.

Craft Finalist for 2014 Collegiate Wooden Cup
Aaron Craft, a senior on the Ohio State men's basketball team, is a finalist for the 2014 Collegiate Wooden Cup, given annually to a collegiate and a professional athlete who have made the greatest positive influence in the lives of others. Craft is one of five collegiate finalists for the award, which will be presented April 22 in Atlanta. A champion on the court, Craft also finds time to work with others in the Columbus community and abroad. He traveled to Haiti last summer on a mission trip, has volunteered at a local food bank and provided support to children suffering from life-threatening illnesses.

Craft Earns Big Ten Player of the Week
Aaron Craft reached 600 career assists with 10 helpers at Purdue to crack the Top 10 all-time in Big Ten history. He finished the first week of conference play with 14 assists, no turnovers and seven steals to lead Ohio State to a 2-0 start in Big Ten Conference play and an overall mark of 15-0. Craft averaged 8.0 points, 5.5 rebounds, 7.0 assists, 3.5 steals and shot 50 percent from the field (7-14) in wins at Purdue (78-69) and at home vs. Nebraska (84-53).

The Minnesota Series
Ohio State leads the all-time series against the Gophers 80-55. Minnesota owns a 37-30 edge in Minneapolis. Thad Matta is 10-5 overall vs. the Gophers since taking over the Ohio State program in 2004-05. Ohio State has won the last six games in the series. The Buckeyes enter the game No. 11 nationally. Ohio State is 26-3 when ranked during a game in the Minnesota series. The Buckeyes have won the last six and 13 of the last 14 games when ranked vs. Minnesota. Seniors Aaron Craft (4) and Lenzelle Smith Jr. (3) are the only Buckeyes with more than 2 games of experience playing in the Minnesota series. Craft averages 7.0 points in the series. LaQuinton Ross, a junior, scored 10 points in the only meeting with Minnesota last year.   

A Look at the Gophers
Minnesota is 13-4 overall and 2-2 in Big Ten Conference play entering the game with the Buckeyes. The Gophers are led by Andre Hollins with 16.3 points per game. Three others, Austin Hollins (12.1 ppg.), DeAndre Mathiew (11.4 ppg.) and Malik Smith (10.1 ppg.) also contribute 10 or more points a game. Elliott Eliason is the team's leading rebounder with 8.6 a game. Minnesota is 10-1 at home this season. 

Ohio State vs. The Big Ten
Ohio State is in its 102nd season as a member of the Big Ten Conference. The Buckeyes own an overall record of 757-675 against current league members. Thad Matta, in 14 seasons as a head coach, owns an overall record of 135-54 vs. league members, including a mark of 132-52 while coaching the Buckeyes.  

For more on the Buckeyes go to the Ohio State Notes link above.