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Lenzelle Smith, Jr.

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Date: March 2, 2014
Ohio State Buckeyes (22-7, 9-7) at the Indiana Hooisers (16-12, 6-9)
Site: Assembly Hall (17,472)
Game Time: 4:00 p.m. ET
Television: CBS
Talent: Ian Eagle (play-by-play)
Jim Spanarkle (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)

Maryland, Rutgers Added to 2015 Big Ten Slate
Ohio State's 2015 Big Ten Conference regular-season men's basketball opponents were announced Feb. 28 by the league office. With the addition of Maryland and Rutgers to the league in 2014-15, the men's basketball schedule will remain at 18 games. Each conference school will play five teams both home and away, four teams only at home and four teams only away. Ohio State will face Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Penn State and Purdue both on the road and in Columbus. Illinois, Maryland, Nebraska and Wisconsin will only travel to Columbus in 2015. The Buckeyes will travel to Michigan State, Minnesota, Northwestern and Rutgers. Game times, dates and television designation will be annnounced at later dates.

Season Tickets on Sale March 3
Season tickets for new account holders will go on sale March 3. Contact The Ohio State Athletic Ticket Sales Department at 1-800-GOBUCKS or AthleticSales@osu.edu to learn more about seating options or schedule a tour to select seats.
 
Craft Named Academic All-American for 3rd Time, Just 4th in B1G to do so
For the third-consecutive year, Aaron Craft has been named a NCAA Division-I First Team Academic All-American. He was named Capital One Academic All-District IV Jan. 30. Craft is a three-time Capital One Academic All-American, winning as a sophomore, junior and senior. In 2013 and again this year, he was named the Academic All-America of the year in men's basketball. Craft is Ohio State's only three-time Academic All-American in men's basketball. There have been just three previous Big Ten student-athletes in men's basketball to be named a three-time CoSIDA Academic All-American. Only two other Division-I men's basketball student-athletes have eanred two Academic All-America of the year honors: Alec Kessler of Georgia and Matt Bonner of Florida.

Big Ten Three-Time Academic All-Americans
Men's Basketball
Steve Grote, MICH, 1975-76-77
Shon Morris, NU, 1986-87-88
Chris Hill, MSU, 2004-05-06
Aaron Craft, OSU, 2012-13-14

Bob Cousy Award Names Craft a Finalist
The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced Feb. 17 the 23 watch list finalists for the 2014 Bob Cousy Collegiate Point Guard of the Year Award. Senior Aaron Craft made the list of 23. Named after Hall of Famer and former Boston Celtic Bob Cousy, the annual honor recognizes the top point guards in men's college basketball. The original watch list of 80 candidates was narrowed down to the list of 23 by a nationally based committee. Beginning Tuesday February 18th through Monday March 10th, fans from around the country will have the chance to vote for the top point guard in college basketball - fans can vote at www.cousyaward.com.

Craft Among Senior CLASS Award Finalists
Aaron Craft was named a finalist for the 2014 Senior CLASS award Feb. 12. Fans have a vote in selecting the 2014 Senior CLASS Award winner in men's basketball at http://go.osu.edu/Vote4AC. Thirty men's basketball student-athletes were named candidates at the start of the season. To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence - community, classroom, character and competition. Media, coaches and fans will select the winner, who will be announced at the 2014 Final Four. Craft, a two-time first team academic All-American, is the third Buckeye in the last four years to make the initial list of candidates. David Lighty (2011) and William Buford (2012) each advanced to make the final list of 10 finalists.

NABC Names Craft to 2014 Good Works Team
Aaron Craft was named one of five men's basketball student-athletes in NCAA Division I to the 2014 AllState Good Works Team. The group, along with 15 others from Division I and II in men's and women's basketball, will convene at the 2014 Final Four to be recognized for their career community service efforts. The National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) and Allstate Insurance Company announced the 202 nominees for the 2014 AllState NABC and WBCA Good Works Teams® Dec. 3. The award recognizes a select group of college basketball student-athletes who have made significant contributions to the greater good of their communities through volunteerism and civic service. In its second year, the AllState NABC and WBCA Good Works Teams® honor players at all levels of college basketball who represent the sport's finest in the areas of leadership and charitable achievements amongst their peers. The student-athletes nominated for this prestigious award embody the true spirit of teamwork and giving back.  

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  Feb. 4 and Feb. 8. The Buckeyes downed No. 17 Iowa on the road and then dispatched Purdue at home. 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 (662) in Big Ten history while also taking over the No. 1 spot in career steals (321) since the NCAA officially recognized steals in 1985-86. Craft has earned three career Big Ten POW honors and two this season.

Vote Thad Matta
After the first round of the third annual Coaches' Charity Challenge, head coach Thad Matta is leading all coaches with 30 percent of votes and a 10-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 week, 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 Indiana Series
Indiana leads the all-time series with Ohio State 101-76. The Buckeyes are 24-61 at Indiana. The Buckeyes are 20-13 vs. the Hoosers when ranked in the Associated Press Top 25 Poll. Thad Matta, now in his 10th season at Ohio State is 11-7 vs. the Hoosiers, including eight wins in the last 10 meetings. Ohio State earned a  67-58 win in Bloomington a year ago vs. the No. 2-ranked Hoosiers. Matta is 4-4 at Assembly Hall as coach of the Buckeyes. Senior Aaron Craft leads the Buckeyes offensively in the Indiana series with 10.8 points per game in six career meetings. He has made 61 percent of his field goals in the series (23-38) He also leads the squad with 4.2 rebounds vs. IU. Classmade Lenzelle Smith Jr. has made 51 percent of his field goals in the series (18-35), including 6-of-12 3-pointers.    

A Look at the Hoosiers
Indiana defeated Iowa Thursday in Bloomington 93-86 to improve to 16-12 overall and 6-9 in Big Ten Conference play. Indiana is 2-4 in its last six games. The Hoosiers are led by guard Kevin Ferrell with 17.6 ppg. Noah Vonley (11.6 ppg.) and Will Sheehey (10.8 ppg.) also contribute 10+ points offensively. Vonley leads the squad with 9.1 rebounds a game.       

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 764-679 against current league members. Thad Matta, in 14 seasons as a head coach, owns an overall record of 142-59 vs. league members, including a mark of 139-57 while coaching the Buckeyes.

Matta Extends Streak vs. Non-Conference Foes
Thad Matta has directed Ohio State to at least 10 wins during non-conference play in each of his 10 seasons in Columbus. Matta is 133-23 vs. non-conference competition at Ohio State and 139-57 vs. Big Ten foes (regular season and Big Ten tournament games) for an overall record of 272-80. In 14 seasons as a head coach (1 at Butler, 3 at Xavier and 10 at Ohio State) Matta is 142-59 vs. the Big Ten. He has winning records vs. 10 league teams:  ILL (14-5), IND (11-7), IOWA (12-5), MICH (17-5), MINN (11-6), NW (16-1), PSU (17-2), PUR (16-6), NEB (6-1) and WIS (12-11). Matta is 10-10 vs. Michigan State.
           
400 and 4,000 Club
Aaron Craft scored three field goals at home vs. Michigan Feb. 11 to reach 400 for his career (416) and to become just the sixth Buckeye to record 400 career field goals and play 4,000 or more minutes. Craft has played in 142 career games to date and has logged 4,598 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.

Defense Clicking for Buckeyes
Ohio State did not allow an opponent to reach 70 points this season over the first 15 games before No. 5 Michigan State reached 72 in an overtime win Jan. 7. The 15-game streak to start the season without an opponent scoring 70 or more points was the longest for Ohio State since a 22-game streak during the 2010-11 season from Nov. 20, 2010 to Feb. 6, 2011. The Buckeyes were 22-0 over that streak. Ohio State has held 19 of the last 23 Big Ten opponents under 70 points dating back to Feb. 20, 2013. In 15 of those games, the opponent was held to 60 or fewer points. No. 4 Michigan State scored 60 in a 68-60 loss to the No. 18 Buckeyes in Columbus Feb. 24, 2013. The first, all-time, team to score 70 points in a game vs. the Buckeyes was New York University in an overtime NCAA tournament game March 25, 1945. Ohio State lost in the Final Four 70-65 at Madison Square Garden. Marquette was the first team to score 70 points vs. Ohio State in a regular-season game. The Golden Eagles fell to Ohio State in Milwaukee 83-70 Dec. 13, 1947. The first team to score 70 against the Buckeyes in Columbus was DePaul, who defeated the Buckeyes 70-68 Dec. 3, 1949 in the season opener. Since the 1949-50 season, Ohio State's longest streak of holding opponents under 70 points is 32 games from Dec. 5, 1949 to Dec. 30, 1950. Thad Matta teams have three of the top four longest streaks in Ohio State history holding opponents under 70 points. The 15-game streak this season of not allowing an opponent to reach 70 points this season (15-0) is the  fourth longest all-time in Ohio State history.   

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