2013 Big Ten Tournament Next for No. 2 Seed Buckeyes
Shannon Scott was selected to the 2013 Big Ten All-Defensive Team.

March 12, 2013

2-Ohio State Buckeyes (23-7) vs. 7-Purdue (15-16) or 10-Nebraska (14-17)

Date:March 15, 2013
Site:United Center (22,000)
Game Time:6:30 p.m. ET
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Thomas, Craft Earn First Team All-Big Ten Honors
Deshaun Thomas was selected by both the Big Ten coaches and media (unanimous) to the 2013 All-Big Ten First Team Monday. Aaron Craft earned first team honors from the media and second team accolades by the coaches. League coaches unanimously selected Craft to the all-defensive team as well. Shannon Scott also was selected to the all-defensive team by the conference coaches. Thomas led the Big Ten in scoring during the regular season with 19.7 points per game. He also was the league's top free throw shooter, making 84 percent (107-127) over 30 games. Craft, who averaged 2.0 steals per game as a junior, became Ohio State's all-time steals leader in 2013 and heads into postseason play with 231 career thefts, which is tied for the No. 7 spot in Big Ten history. He was No. 2 in the league this year with 2.0 steals per game during regular season play. Craft also handed out 134 assists for an average of 4.5 a game, second overall among Big Ten players. Scott recorded 55 steals over his sophomore season while handing out 115 assists and recording 10 blocks. Scott had 18 steals as a freshman. He averaged 1.8 steals as a sophomore, good for third among league players. Sam Thompson was Ohio State's Sportsmanship Award winner.

Thad Matta's All Big Ten Honorees
First Team All-Big Ten

2006 - Terence Dials
2007 - Greg Oden, Mike Conley, Jr.
2008 - Jamar Butler
2009 - Evan Turner
2010 - Evan Turner
2011 - Jared Sullinger
2012 - Jared Sullinger
2013 - Deshaun Thomas, Aaron Craft

OSU Big Ten Tournament History
The No. 2-seed Buckeyes are 19-9 all-time in Big Ten Tournament play since the event began in 1998. Ohio State was the No. 3 seed in 2012 and has won 15 of its last 19 league tournament games, including eight of the last nine. By seed, Ohio State is 11-2 as No. 1, 2-1 as No. 3, 2-2 as No. 5, 1-1 as No. 6, 3-1 as No. 8, 0-1 as No. 9 and 0-1 as No. 11. Ohio State has entered the tournament as the No. 1 seed five times (2000, 2006, 2007, 2010, 2011). Thad Matta is 16-5 in league tournament play with three titles (2007, 2010, 2011) and five title game appearances (2006, 2009).

Year (seed)W/LOpponent (seed)Score
1998 (11)LIndiana (6)71-78
2000 (1)LPenn State (9)66-71
2003 (8)WIowa (9)66-64
WWisconsin (1)58-50
WMichigan State (5)55-54
LIllinois (2)59-72
2004 (9)LIndiana (8)69-83
2005 (6)WPenn State (11)72-69
LWisconsin (3)49-60
2006 (1)WPenn State (8)63-56
WIndiana (5)52-51
LIowa (2)60-67
2007 (1)WMichigan (8)72-62
WPurdue (5)63-52
WWisconsin (2)66-49
2008 (5)LMichigan State (4)60-67
2009 (5)WWisconsin (4)61-57
WMichigan State (1)82-70
LPurdue (3)61-65
2010 (1)WMichigan (8)69-68
WIllinois (5)88-81 (2OT)
WMinnesota (6)90-61
2011 (1)WNorthwestern (8)67-61 (OT)
WMichigan (4)68-61
WPenn State (6)71-60
2012 (3)WPurdue (6)88-71
WMichigan (2)77-55
LMichigan State (1)64-68
2013 (2)Purdue (7) or Nebraska (10)

Buckeyes in the Big Ten Tournament
Aaron Craft: In six career league tournament games, Craft has averaged 9.8 points with a total of 23 assists, nine steals and five blocks ... shooting 55 percent overall (23-42) while averaging 34 minutes a game. Deshaun Thomas: Averages 11 points and 4.2 rebounds in six BTT games ... shooting 55 percent from the field (28-51) in just under 24 minutes per game. Lenzelle Smith Jr.: Has played in three BTT games, all starts ... averages 8.0 points and 4.0 rebounds ... owns six assists, a pair of steals and a block ... shooting 86 percent from the foul line (6-7) in just over 28 minutes a game. Sam Thompson: Played briefly in all three BTT games a year ago as a freshman (26 minutes) ... did not score. Amir Williams: Played briefly in all three BTT games a year ago as a freshman (8 total minutes) ... did not score. Shannon Scott: Played 19 minutes as a rookie in the BTT, scored four points. Evan Ravenel: Made 3 of 7 field goals in three BTT games last year (6 pts.) ... also grabbed seven rebounds in 26 total minutes. LaQuinton Ross: Played briefly in two BTT games a year ago, scoring two points in four total minutes.

Final B1G POW Goes to Craft
Following wins at No. 2 Indiana and in the regular season finale vs. Illlinois, Aaron Craft was selected the Big Ten Co-Player of the Week. Craft made 7 of 10 shots in the road win over the No. 2 Hoosiers to finish the week connecting on 65 percent of his field goals. He also averaged 14.5 points, 5.0 assists, 4.0 rebounds and 3.5 steals. His efforts helped lead the Buckeyes to a No. 2 seed in the 2013 Big Ten Tournament in Chicago with a 13-5 record in conference play and an overall mark of 23-7.

Craft Working on Historic Career
In the near future, junior Aaron Craft will become the first Buckeye in history to record 500 assists, 200 steals and 1,000 career points. He also could reach 500 career rebounds as well. Craft already is the Ohio State career record holder in steals with 231, only the second Buckeye with 200 or more. He is just eight assists away from becoming the third Buckeye in history to reach 500 career helpers. With 108 points, Craft will become Ohio State's 49th Buckeye to reach 1,000 career points. Over 106 career games, he has averaged 3.2 rebounds a contest for a career total of 341.

Thomas a Finalist for Wooden Award, Robertson Trophy
The United States Basketball Writers Association announced the 14 finalists for 2013 Oscar Robertson National Player of the Year March 4. Ohio State junior Deshaun Thomas made the 14-member list as the leading scorer in the Big Ten with 19.7 points per game. He was named one of 15 finalists for the John R. Wooden Award March 9. 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. The Wooden Award winner will be announced April 12 in Los Angeles.

Matta Among Best in March
Thad Matta has 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 47-12, 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 3/10/13)
1. John Calipari, Memphis/Kentucky65-12.844
2. Shaka Smart, VCU20-4.833
3. Roy Williams, North Carolina54-13.806
4. Thad Matta, Ohio State47-12.797
5. Brad Stevens, Butler22-6.786
March-April Games:
1. John Calipari67-14.827
2. Shaka Smart20-5.800
3. Roy Williams59-15.797
4. Thad Matta49-13.790
5. Bill Self, Kansas41-13.759
Source: Stats, Inc.

Thomas Named To 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. Thomas also 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 Sullinger was 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 Matta has 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 23-7 to date in 2012-13 after the 68-55 home win over Illinois Sunday. 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 three of the last four (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 every year in which Ohio State was eligible.

Matta Year by Year

YearRecordBig Ten Record/Finish

Craft Earns First Team Academic All-America Honor for Second Time
Aaron Craft was 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 23-7 overall record. In three seasons at Ohio State, Craft has set the career record for steals (231) and has led the Buckeyes to 88 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 492.

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 (1,489 career points/523 rebounds) was 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 19.7 points per game for a total of 592 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. Thomas needs eight points to reach 600 points this season. Sullinger (635, 647) was the last Buckeye to post back to back 600-point seasons. Thomas' point total this season ranks No. 21 in Ohio State history behind the 609 points scored by Scoonie Penn (1998-99) and Jerry Lucas (1961-62).

The Purdue and Nebraska Series
Against Nebraska: Ohio State leads the all-time series 8-2. Nebraska owns the edge on a neutral floor, 1-0. The Cornhuskers downed the Buckeyes 69-66 Dec. 30, 1985 in El Paso, Texas. Ohio State is 5-0 in the series when ranked in the Associated Press Top 25 Poll. The Buckeyes won both meetings this year, a 70-44 win in Columbus Jan. 2 to open the Big Ten season and then in Lincoln, Neb., 63-56 Feb. 2. Deshaun Thomas leads Ohio State in the Nebraska series with an average of 16.8 ppg in four career meetings. Lenzelle Smith Jr. contributes 11.3 points a contest in the Nebraska series. Thomas is Ohio State's top rebounder in the series with 5.8 boards a game. Since Nebraska joined the Big Ten Conference, Ohio State is 4-0 in the series. In the two games this season vs. the Cornhuskers, Smith Jr. averaged 19 points on 12 of 15 shooting (.800) and made 8 of 10 from 3-point range. Thomas added 18.5 ppg vs. Nebraska this year. Craft handed out 14 assists in the two games and made 6 of 7 from the foul line.

Against Purdue: The Boilermakers lead in the overall series 83-79. Ohio State is up 2-1 on neutral floors. The Buckeyes won the lone meeting this year in West Lafayette, Ind., 74-64 Jan. 9. Ohio State has won the last three games in the series and four of the last five. Thomas leads the Buckeyes in the Purdue series with 14.0 points a game in five career meetings. He also leads Ohio State with 5.8 rebounds a game. Aaron Craft adds 11.8 points per game and has made 15 of 17 from the foul line in the series. In the game this year, Thomas scored 22 points with Craft adding 15.

A Look at Nebraska, Purdue
Nebraska enters the 2013 Big Ten Tournament with a 14-17 record. The Cornhuskers defeated Minnesota March 6 in Lincoln before a loss at Iowa last Saturday. Dylan Talley leads the team wtih 14.2 points per game. Both Ray Gallegos (12.8 ppg.) and Brandon Ubel (11.2 ppg.) also contributes double figures. Ubel tops the squad with 6.7 rebounds per game.

Purdue enters the league tournament with a 15-16 record and wins in two of the last three games. Terone Johnson tops the squad with 13.5 points a contest. His brother, Ronnie Johnson, adds 10.0 points a game. A.J. Hammons, the team`s leading rebounder wtih 6.2 boards a game, adds 10.6 points a game.

Buckeye Madness
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