Jan. 21, 2013
Jan. 22, 2013
No. 14 Ohio State Buckeyes (13-4, 3-2) vs. the Iowa Hawkeyes (13-5, 2-3)
|Site:||Value City Arena (18,809)|
|Game Time:||6:31 p.m. ET|
|Television:||Big Ten Network|
|Talent:||Gus Johnson (play-by-play)
Jim Jackson (expert analysis)
|Radio:||OSU-IMG Sports Network (56 stations)|
|Satellite Radio:||Sirius 123/XM 190|
|Local Radio:||WBNS FM-97.1 AM-1460|
|Radio Talent:||Paul Keels (play-by-play)
Ron Stokes (expert analysis)
|Ohio State Notes | Iowa 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/ Craft and Thomas|
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Thomas on Scoring streak vs. B1G
Junior Deshaun Thomas has reached 20 or more points in five-consecutive Big Ten Conference regular-season games for the first time since Jim Jackson accomplished the feat during both his junior (1992) and sophomore (1991) seasons. The last Ohio State player with a string of 20+ scoring games in six or more league games was Dennis Hopson, who amazingly reached at least 20 points in 17-consecutive Big Ten games to end the 1987 season. Including a non-conference game vs. Florida International and two NCAA tournament games, Hopson ending his career on a streak of 20-consecutive games with at least 20 points scored. The last Ohio State player to score more than 20 points in five-consecutive games was Michael Redd, who posted a streak of nine-consecutive 20+ scoring games during his freshman season in 1997-98. Thomas has scored 20 or more in 10 games this season and in 22 career games (3-2010-11, 9-2011-12, 10-2012-13). He has reached 20 points in 11 games vs. league foes, including twice in Big Ten tournament play.
The Iowa Series
Ohio State has won the last seven meetings with the Hawkeyes and have wins in the last six games played in Columbus. Overall, Iowa owns the series lead with a 73-70 record. Ohio State is 45-25 in games played at Ohio State. As a ranked team, Ohio State is 22-10 in the Iowa series. No current Buckeye averages 10 or more points against the Hawkeyes. Junior Deshaun Thomas, in three career meetings, averages 7.7 points on 10 of 17 shooting (.588).
A Look at the Hawkeyes
Iowa enters the game with a 13-5 record and a 2-3 mark in the Big Ten. The Hawkeyes are led by Roy Devyn Marble's 14.9 points per game. Aaron White contributes 13.5 ppg. White also leads the team on the boards with 6.2 caroms a contest. Iowa has won its last two league games, a 70-50 win at Northwestern and a 70-66 win over Wisconsin last Saturday, which handed the Badgers their first league loss of the season.
Ohio State In the Big Ten
The Buckeyes are No. 2 in scoring defense (57.9 ppg.), field goal percentage defense (.382) and turnover margin (+3.4) among Big Ten teams. Ohio State is No. 3 in scoring margin (+15.6). Individually, Deshaun Thomas leads the conference in scoring with 20.8 points per game and made 3s per game with 2.8. Aaron Craft (4.7) rates No. 3 in assists per game. Shannon Scott is No. 4 in assists (4.6), No. 4 in steals per game (1.9) and No. 1 in assist to turnover ratio (+3.9). Craft is No. 3 in the league (+3.0). He is also No. 3 in steals (1.9).
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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