Ohio State Hits the Road at Iowa Tuesday

Feb. 3, 2014

The Buckeyes travel to Iowa City Tuesday night looking to even up their B1G record.

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Ohio State Buckeyes at No. 17 Iowa Hawkeyes

Date: Feb. 4, 2014
Site: Carver-Hawkeye Arena (15,400)
Game Time: 7:00 p.m. ET
Television: ESPN
Talent: Mike Tirico (play-by-play)
Dan Dakich (expert analysis)
Radio: OSU-IMG Sports Network (56 stations)
Satellite Radio: Sirius 91/XM 91
Local Radio: WBNS FM-97.1 AM-1460 Radio
Radio Talent: Paul Keels (play-by-play)
Ron Stokes (expert analysis)

Craft Makes Capital One All-District IV
For the third-consecutive year, Aaron Craft has qualified for Academic All-America consideration. He was named Capital One Academic All-District IV Jan. 30 and is on the ballot for the 2014 CoSIDA Capital One Academic All-America team. Craft is a two-time Capital One Academic All-American, winning as both a sophomore and junior. In 2013 he was named the Academic All-America of the year in men's basketball. Craft is Ohio State's only two-time Academic All-American. There have been just three Big Ten student athletes in men's basketball to be named a three-time CoSIDA Academic All-American.

Three-Time Big Ten Academic All-Americans
Men's Basketball
Steve Grote, IOWA, 1975-76-77
Shon Morris, NU, 1986-87-88
Chris Hill, MSU, 2004-05-06

Vote Thad Matta
After the first round of the third annual Coaches' Charity Challenge, head coach Thad Matta is leading all coaches with 35 percent of votes and a 17-point percentage lead over Matt Painter of Purdue. With 48 coaches participating at the start, the field is now set at 24 and votes have been reset to zero. For the next three weeks, fans can vote once a day at VoteCoachMatta.com to help Matta advance to the round of 16. The Coaches' Charity Challenge is a fan-vote contest that will run for 10 weeks in a tournament-style format. Contributions from the contest have exceeded 300,000. Matta won the challenge in 2012 and 2013 earning 100,000 for the Ronald McDonald House of Charities of Central Ohio. He is once again supporting RMHC.

The Iowa Series
Iowa leads the all-time series with Ohio State 74-71. The Buckeyes are 23-47 in Iowa City vs. the Hawkeyes. Thad Matta's Buckeyes are 11-5 vs. Iowa since 2004-05, his first at Ohio State. When ranked in the Associated Press Top 25 Poll, Ohio State is 23-11 vs. the Hawkeyes. Ohio State is 11-18 vs. ranked Iowa teams and when both squads are ranked, Ohio State owns the 5-3 lead in the series. Senior Aaron Craft is the most experienced Buckeye in the Iowa series with five games vs. the Hawkeyes. Junior LaQuinton Ross leads Ohio State in the series with 9.7 points per game. He also is the top rebounder with four boards a game.

A Look at the Hawkeyes
Roy Devyn Marble leads Iowa with 16.3 points a game for the 17-5 Iowa Hawkeyes. Aaron White contributes 13.5 points and is leading the Big Ten Conference in field goal percentage, making 61.7 percent of his shots (100-162). White and Malsahn Basabe each average a team high 6.5 rebounds a game. Since winning in Columbus Jan. 12, Iowa is 3-2 in conference play with wins at home vs. Minnesota and road wins at Northwestern and Illinois. Losses were at Michigan and at home vs. Michigan State in overtime.

400 and 4,000 Club
Aaron Craft needs 10 field goals to reach 400 for his career and to become just the sixth Buckeye to record 400 career field goals and play 4,000 or more minutes. Craft has played in 135 career games to date and has logged 4,374 career minutes. William Buford scored 744 career field goals and logged 4,726 career minutes, an Ohio State record, in 145 games. David Lighty was added to the exclusive club following the game vs. Illinois Jan. 22, 2011. Lighty made 516 career field goals and logged 4,582 career minutes during his 157-game career. Lighty's classmate Jon Diebler had 473 made baskets (374 of which were 3s) while playing a total of 4,687 minutes in 144 games. Herb Williams and Jamar Butler also logged 4,000+ minutes at Ohio State. Williams (1978-81) made 834 career field goals over 114 games and 4,216 minutes. Butler connected on 420 FGs (242 3FGs) over 139 games and 4,213 minutes played. Four of the five all-time Buckeyes in this group have played for Thad Matta.

Career FGs Career Minutes
William Buford (2009-12)  744  4,726
 Jon Diebler (2008-11)  473  4,687
David Lighty (2007-08-10-11)  516  4,582
 Jamar Butler (2005-08) 420 4,219
Herb Williams (1978-81) 834 4,216
Aaron Craft (2011-present) 390   4,374

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