Second Round of 2013-14 Series with Purdue set for Saturday

Feb. 7, 2014

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The Buckeyes start the second half of B1G play with a match up against the Boilermakers in Value City Arena.
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Date: Feb. 8, 2014
Ohio State Buckeyes (18-5, 5-5) vs. the Purdue Boilermakers (14-9, 4-6)
Site: Value City Arena (18,809)
Game Time: 6:00 p.m. ET
Television: BTN
Talent: Eric Collins (play-by-play)
Jim Jackson (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)

Ross, Craft Guide Buckeyes to .500 in Big Ten
Four Buckeyes averaged in double figures in a pair of road wins vs. ranked opponents to get Ohio State back to even in the Big Ten standings at 5-5. Juniors LaQuinton Ross (13.0 ppg.), Amir Williams (10.5 ppg.) and Shannon Scott (10.0) along with senior Aaron Craft (12.0 ppg.) led Ohio State to wins at No. 14 Wisconsin and at No. 17 Iowa. Craft was especially productive, making 8 of 11 field goals (.727), all three attempts from 3-point range and 5 of 6 foul shots (.833.). He also handed out 10 assists and recorded eight steals. Wisconsin and Iowa were a combined 6-37 from 3-point range (.162). Ohio State was 12-25 from distance (.480) and made 74 percent of its foul shots (31-42) in the wins.   

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 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 Purdue Series
Purdue leads the all-time series with Ohio State 83-80. In Columbus, the Buckeyes have a 52-28 advantage. Ohio State won in West Lafayette to start the Big Ten season. The Boilermakers are 54-26 vs. Ohio State in West Lafayette. Thad Matta is 15-6 all-time vs. Purdue and has won five of the last six meetings. Ohio State has won eight of the last nine games vs. Purdue in Columbus. Senior Aaron Craft (11.0 ppg.) and junior LaQuinton Ross (10.3 ppg.) lead the Buckeyes offensively in the series vs. Purdue. Ross also is the team leader with 5.0 rebounds a game in three career meetings against the Boilermakers. Craft has connected on 24 of 44 shots from the field (.545) and 16-20 foul shots (.800) vs. Purdue teams.

A Look at the Boilermakers
Brothers Terone (12.8 ppg.) and Ronnie (10.7 ppg) Johnson lead Purdue offensivley with center A.J. Hammons (10.4 ppg.) also contributing double figures. Hammons is the team leader in rebounds with 7.3 rpg. Purdue is 13-9 on the season with a 3-6 record in Big Ten Conference play. The game vs. the Buckeyes is the fourth in six games on the road for the Boilermakers. Purdue has lost it's last five games entering the game with Ohio State.

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 760-677 against current league members. Thad Matta, in 14 seasons as a head coach, owns an overall record of 138-57 vs. league members, including a mark of 135-55 while coaching the Buckeyes.  
400 and 4,000 Club
Aaron Craft needs four 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 136 career games to date and has logged 4,413 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.

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