March 4, 2013
No. 14 Ohio State Buckeyes (21-7, 11-5) vs. the No. 2 Indiana Hoosiers (25-4, 13-3)
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Thomas a Finalist for Robertson Trophy
The United States Basketball Writers Association announced the 14 finalists for 2013 Oscar Robertson National Player of the Year Monday. Ohio State junior Deshaun Thomasmade the 14-member list as the leading scorer in the Big Ten with 19.8 points per game. He has reached 20 or more points in eight conference games this season, including a 22-point effort most recently vs. Northwestern Feb. 14. The winner of the Robertson Trophy will be announced April 5.
Season Finale Set for 12:30 pm Sunday
Ohio State's final game of the 2012-13 regular season vs. Illinois will tip at 12:30 p.m. ET Sunday at Value City Arena. The game will be televised by ESPN. Evan Ravenel, Ohio State's lone senior, will be recognized during a pregame ceremony.
Matta Among Best in March
Thad Mattahas put together one of the best records nationally when it counts the most - during the months of March and April. Entering March for the ninth time as head coach of the Buckeyes, Matta has compiled a record of 45-12 in March, the fourth best record by percentage among active coaches. The record is the best among Big Ten coaches as well.
Best March Record by D-I Head Coaches
Since 2004-05 (Min. 20 Gms/as of 3/3/13)
|1. John Calipari, Memphis/Kentucky
|2. Shaka Smart, VCU
|3. Roy Williams, North Carolina
|4. Thad Matta, Ohio State
|5. Brad Stevens, Butler
|1. John Calipari
|2. Shaka Smart
|3. Roy Williams
|4. Thad Matta
|5. Bill Self, Kansas
Source: Stats, Inc.
Thomas Named Naismith Awards Midseason 30 list
Deshaun Thomas was named to the Midseason Top 30 list for the Naismith Awards Men's College Player of the year Feb. 26. The preseason Top 50 watch lists for both the 2013 Wooden Award and the 2013 Naismith Player of the Year included Thomas and Aaron Craft, both juniors on the Ohio State men's basketball team. Thomas was named to the Midseason Wooden Watch List, containing the Top 25 student athletes at the midway point of the 2012-13 season. The 36th annual Wooden Award ceremony will take place at the men's Final Four Weekend (April 6-8) in Atlanta. Ohio State has been well represented among finalists for the Wooden Award over the last several years. Greg Oden was a finalist in 2007. Evan Turner was the 2010 Wooden Award winner and Jared Sullingerwas a finalist in both 2011 and 2012. The Naismith Men's College Player of the Year Award will be handed out April 7 in Atlanta as well.
Matta Continues to Build Impressive Ohio State Resume
Thad Mattahas accomplished a remarkable list of accomplishments in nine years as head coach of the Buckeyes and the 2012-13 season is no different. Matta's teams have never failed to win 20 games, a record streak (nine seasons) in Ohio State history. In fact, Matta has never failed to reach the 20-win plateau in 13 years as a head coach. The Buckeyes are 21-7 to date in 2012-13 after the 63-53 road win over Northwestern last Thursday. Ohio State has reached 30 or more wins three times, all with Matta at the helm. Back-to-back seasons with 30 wins in 2010-11 (34) and 2011-12 (31) only trail the 35 wins recorded in 2006-07, the Ohio State record for single-season victories. In addition, Matta has won five Big Ten titles, including the last three (2010-12), three Big Ten postseason tournament crowns, in six title game opportunities, six NCAA tournament appearances, including three-consecutive runs to the "Sweet 16," a pair of Final Four trips (2007, 2011) and a title game appearance in 2007. Throw in a National Invitation Tournament title in 2009 and Matta has guided the Buckeyes to postseason play in seven-consecutive attempts and in ever year in which Ohio State was eligible.
Matta Year by Year
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Craft Earns First Team Academic All-America honor for Second Time
Aaron Craftwas named to the Capital One Academic All-America Team for the second time Feb. 21, becoming Ohio State's first two-time first team honoree. This season, Craft was named Capital One Academic All-America of the Year in Division I men's basketball. A nutrition (pre-med) major, Craft has an overall grade-point average of 3.92 while leading Ohio State to a 21-7 overall record. In three seasons at Ohio State, Craft has set the career record for steals (224) and has led the Buckeyes to 86 victories, a pair of Big Ten titles, two appearances in the NCAA tournament "Sweet 16," and a Final Four appearance. He also is No. 3 in career assists at Ohio State with 482.
Buckeyes Record 10th League Win
Thad Mattaand the Buckeyes have won at least 10 Big Ten Conference regular-season games in each of the last eight seasons, a record streak at Ohio State. The Buckeyes head to Indiana with a 11-5 record in league play during the 2013 conference season. Ohio State has won at least 10 league games 31 times. Matta tied legendary Ohio State coach Fred Taylor, who coached eight teams to 10 or more league victories, with the win over Michigan State Feb. 24. Matta's nine 20-win seasons overall is an Ohio State record. Taylor led the Buckeyes to six 20+ win campaigns.
Thomas Added to 1,000/500 Club
A total of 25 Ohio State players have scored 1,000 or more points to go with 500 career rebounds. Deshaun Thomas (1,452 career points/511 rebounds) is the latest to join the club after a seven-rebound effort vs. No. 4 Michigan State Feb. 24. Before Thomas, Jared Sullinger was the last to reach the milestone with 1,282 career points and 717 career rebounds. Thad Matta has coached six of the players on the all-time list. William Buford (1,990/666), Terence Dials (1,566/876), Evan Turner (1,517/683), David Lighty(1,458/577), Sullinger and now Thomas have been added to the list during Matta's tenure.
Thomas Reaches 500 Points a 2nd Time
Thirty Ohio State players have reached the 500-point mark in a single season at least once. Deshaun Thomas became the 14th player to do so multiple times with 18 points at Wisconsin Feb. 17. Thomas scored 619 points as a sophomore last year, the 17th best single-season scoring effort in Ohio State history. Thomas leads the Big Ten in scoring with 19.8 points per game for a total of 555 points this season. William Buford (2009-12), one of three Buckeyes to score 500+ three times, and Jared Sullinger(2011-12), who did it twice, were the last to record multiple 500-point seasons at Ohio State.
The Indiana Series
Overall, Indiana owns the series lead with a 101-75 record and is 61-23 in Bloomington. As a ranked team, Ohio State is 19-13 while Indiana is 33-17 when ranked nationally vs. the Buckeyes. When both teams are ranked in the series, Indiana us up 9-6. The Buckeyes have won seven of the last nine meetings, including two of the last three games in Bloomington. Ohio State has three current players averaging 10 or more points in the Indiana series. Fort Wayne, Ind., native Deshaun Thomas leads Ohio State with 14.4 ppg. vs. IU. Aaron Craft contributes 10 points a game and LaQuinton Ross tallied 11 points in his lone game vs. Indiana. Craft leads Ohio State with an average of 4.2 rebounds over five career meetings. Lenzelle Smith Jr., who scored a career-high 28 points in the Jan. 5, 2012 matchup in Columbus, averages 9.6 ppg. vs. Indiana on 16 of 26 shooting (.615).
A Look at the Hoosiers
No. 14/13 Ohio State travels to Bloomington to take on the No. 2 Hoosiers (25-4, 13-3). The Hoosiers are led by Cody Zeller`s 16.5 points per game. Victor Oladipo (14.0 ppg.), Christian Watford (12.7 ppg.), Jordan Hulls (10.7 ppg.) and Will Sheehey (9.8 ppg.) follow. Zeller leads the Hoosiers with 8.1 rebounds per game.
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