Buckeyes Head to Penn State for Noon Game Saturday
Aaron Craft

Jan. 25, 2013

Jan. 26, 2013
No. 14 Ohio State Buckeyes (14-4, 4-2) at the Penn State Nittany Lions (8-11, 0-7)

Site:Bryce Jordan Center (15,261)
Game Time:Noon ET
Talent:Bob Wichusen (play-by-play)
Dan Dakich (expert analysis)
Radio:OSU-IMG Sports Network (56 stations)
Satellite Radio:Sirius 134/XM 192
Local Radio:WBNS FM-97.1 AM-1460
Radio Talent:Paul Keels (play-by-play)
Ron Stokes (expert analysis)
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The Penn State Series
Ohio State has won the last 17 meetings with the Nittany Lions and have wins in the last six games played in State College, Pa. Overall, Ohio State owns the series lead with a 28-12 record and is 10-7 in games played at Penn State. As a ranked team, Ohio State is 15-2 in the PSU series. Aaron Craft is Ohio State's leading scorer among current players in the Penn State series. He averages 11 points in four career meetings. He has connected on 61 percent of his field goals (17-28) and 7 of 12 3-pointers (.583).      
A Look at the Nittany Lions
Penn State put together an 8-4 non-conference season before dropping the first seven Big Ten Conference games of the season. The Nittany Lions are without their leading scorer, point guard Tim Frazier, who is out for the season with injury. He played in four games, averaging 16.2 points, before being lost for the year. D.J. Newbill runs the offense in place of Frazier. Newbill averages 15.0 points with a team-best 74 assists. Jermaine Marshall adds 15.0 points a game while Ross Travis leads the squad with 7.1 rebounds a game.

Thomas Leads B1G
Junior Deshaun Thomas has reached 20 or more points in five of six Big Ten Conference regular-season games. He reached 20 or more in the first five games of the league season, a first since Jim Jackson had five-game 20-point scoring streaks 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.

Ohio State In the Big Ten
The Buckeyes are No. 3 in scoring defense (57.8 ppg.), field goal percentage defense (.380), scoring margin (15.3 ppg.), 3-point field goal percentage (.370) and No. 2 in turnover margin (+3.1) among Big Ten teams. Individually, Deshaun Thomas leads the conference in scoring with 20.5 points per game and made 3s per game with 2.7. Aaron Craft (4.7) rates No. 2 in assists per game and steals (2.1). Shannon Scott is No. 4 in assists (4.6), No. 4 in steals per game (4.5) and No. 2 in assist to turnover ratio (+3.7). Craft is No. 3 in the league (+2.6).

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.

VOTE Thad Matta
Thad Matta is one of 48 Division I coaches participating in the third annual Coaches' Charity Challenge, a fan-vote challenge, with the total contributions exceeding $300,000. Matta won the challenge a year ago, earning $100,000 for the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Ohio. He is once again supporting RMHC. Fans can vote once a day for the next eight weeks: VoteCoachMatta.com.

Craft Among Cousy Top 20 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 was cut to 20 around Jan. 10. 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 743-670 against current league members. Thad Matta, in 13 seasons as a head coach, owns an overall record of 121-49 vs. league members, including a mark of 117-47 record while coaching the Buckeyes. Ohio State is 28-12 vs. Penn State all-time. Thad Matt is 16-0 vs. the Nittany Lions.  

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