Buckeyes and Wolverines Tip at 9 p.m. Tuesday in Columbus
|In eight meetings with the Wolverines, Aaron Craft has 62 points, 22 rebounds, 21 assists, and 16 steals.|
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|Date:||Feb. 11, 2014
Ohio State Buckeyes (19-5, 6-5) vs. the Michigan Wolverines (17-6, 9-2)
|Site:||Value City Arena (18,809)|
|Game Time:||9:00 p.m. ET|
|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 Earns 3rd Career B1G POW, 2nd of 2014
Aaron Craft averaged 12.0 points while recording 10 assists and nine steals in a pair of wins last week. The Buckeyes downed No. 17 Iowa on the road and then dispatched Purdue at home last Saturday. Craft scored 17 points while handing out six assists and recording six steals at Iowa, the best single-game numbers in the Big Ten since 2001. Craft moved to No. 7 all-time in assists (646) in Big Ten history while also taking over the No. 1 spot in career steals (310) since the NCAA officially recognized steals in 1985-86. Craft has earned three career Big Ten POW honors and two this season.
Ross, Craft Guide Buckeyes to +.500 in Big Ten
Four Buckeyes averaged in double figures in a pair of road wins vs. ranked opponents and a home win vs. Purdue to get Ohio State above the .500 mark in the Big Ten standings at 6-5. Juniors LaQuinton Ross (14.3 ppg.) and Amir Williams (10.0 ppg.) along with seniors Aaron Craft (10.3 ppg.) and Lenzelle Smith Jr. (10.0 ppg.) led Ohio State to wins at No. 14 Wisconsin and at No. 17 Iowa. Craft was especially productive, making 11 of 18 field goals (.611), 3 of 5 attempts from 3-point range and 6 of 8 foul shots (.750). He also handed out 14 assists and recorded 11 steals. Wisconsin, Iowa and Purdue were a combined 11-50 from 3-point range (.220). Ohio State was 20-44 from distance (.455) and made 73 percent of its foul shots (40-55) 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
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 Michigan Series
Ohio State leads the all-time series with Michigan 93-73. In Columbus, the Buckeyes have a 53-26 advantage. The game Tuesday night is the only regular-season meeting between the teams this year. Thad Matta is 17-4 all-time vs. Michigan and has won eight of the last 10 meetings. Ohio State has won the last nine games vs. Michigan in Columbus. When Ohio State is ranked in games vs. the Wolverines, the Buckeyes are 35-6. Ranked Michigan teams are 25-15 vs. the Buckeyes. When both teams are ranked, Ohio State is 7-4. Senior Aaron Craft (7.3 ppg.) and classmate Lenzelle Smith Jr. (7.2.3 ppg.) lead the Buckeyes offensively in the series vs. Michigan. Smith also is the team leader with 6.4 rebounds a game in five career meetings against the Wolverines. Craft, in eight career games vs. Michigan, has connected on 7 of 13 shots from 3-point range (.538).
A Look at the Wolverines
Nik Stauskas leads three Wolverines in double figures offensively with 17.0 points per game. Glenn Robinson III (13.1 ppg.) and Caris LeVert (12.6 ppg.) are the others. Jon Horford leads Michigan with 4.6 rebounds per game. Michigan enters the game with the Buckeyes with a 17-6 overall record and a 9-2 mark in the Big Ten. The Wolverines started league play 8-0 before a loss at Indiana, a home win vs. Nebraska and a loss at Iowa last Saturday.
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