No. 5 Ohio State Advances to Face No. 4 Nebraska
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|Date:||March 14, 2014
Ohio State Buckeyes (24-8) vs. the Nebraska Cornhuskers (19-11)
|Site:||Bankers Life Fieldhouse (18,165)|
|Game Time:||2:30 p.m. ET|
|Talent:|| Mike Tirico (play-by-play)
Dan Dakich (expert analysis)
Allison Williams (Sideline)
|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)
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National Pi Day and Aaron Craft
The Ohio State University produced the following (http://go.osu.edu/CraftTimeline) to honor Aaron Craft the student and the athlete. While producing the piece, Aaron's memory was put to the test. Friday March 14 is national Pi day and to celebrate here is Aaron Craft reciting the number for Pi:
Pi Day is celebrated on March 14th (3/14) around the world. Pi (Greek letter "π") is the symbol used in mathematics to represent a constant -- the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter -- which is approximately 3.14159. Pi has been calculated to over one trillion digits beyond its decimal point. As an irrational and transcendental number, it will continue infinitely without repetition or pattern. While only a handful of digits are needed for typical calculations, Pi's infinite nature makes it a fun challenge to memorize, and to computationally calculate more and more digits.
The Nebraska Series
Ohio State leads the all-time series with the Cornhuskers 10-3. Ohio State is 1-1 in neutral-site games vs. Nebraska. The Buckeyes split with Nebraska during the 2014 Big Ten regular season. The Buckeyes opened the home Big Ten season with an 84-53 victory Jan. 4. The Huskers evened the season series with a 68-62 win in Lincoln Jan. 20. Three Buckeyes averaged in double figures vs. Nebraska this season with LaQuinton Ross leading the way with 11.0 ppg. Aaron Craft and Marc Loving each contributed 10.5 ppg. Craft also dished seven assists and recorded five steals in the two games vs. the Cornhuskers. Overall in the series with Nebraska, Lenzelle Smith Jr. leads Ohio State veterans with 8.9 points a game over seven career meetings. Craft averages 7.6 ppg. and a team high 4.4 rebounds per game in seven meetings vs. Nebraska. Thad Matta is 6-1 vs. Nebraska as the coach of the Buckeyes. Ohio State has won nine of the last 10 games in the series. As a ranked team in the Associated Press Top 25, Ohio State is 7-1 vs. Nebraska.
A Look at the Cornhuskers
Nebraska enters the 2014 Big Ten Tournament as the No. 4 seed after a 19-11 overall record and an 11-7 mark on the Big Ten. The Cornhuskers are led by Terran Petteway with 18.0 ppg. followed by Shavon Shields with 12.7 ppg. Shields is the squad's top rebounder with 5.8 rpg. Petteway adds 4.9 boards a contest. Nebraska started the year with an 8-8 record before winning 11of the final 14 games.
OSU Big Ten Tournament History
The No. 5-seed Buckeyes are 23-9 all-time in Big Ten Tournament play since the event began in 1998. Ohio State is the No. 5 seed in 2014 and has won 19 of its last 23 league tournament games, including 12 of the last 13. By seed, Ohio State is 11-2 as No. 1, 3-0 as No. 2, 2-1 as No. 3, 3-2 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 20-5 in league tournament play with four titles (2007, 2010, 2011, 2013) and six title game appearances (2006, 2009). The Buckeyes have been seeded higher in 20 Big Ten Tournament games all-time and are 18-2 in those games. As the lower seed, the Buckeyes are 5-7 all-time.
Noting the Purdue Game
Purdue leads the all-time series with Ohio State 83-82. The Buckeyes own a 3-1 edge in neutral court games.
OSU owns an overall record of 766-680 against current Big Ten members.
Ohio State is 23-9 all-time in the Big Ten Tournament. The Buckeyes own the best winning percentage (71.8 percent) among conference teams in the tournament.
The Buckeyes have won 19 of their last 23 conference tournament games.
Ohio State was credited with 10 blocked shots, an Ohio State Big Ten Tournament record.
Purdue made 2 of 10 from 3-point range, record lows in both attempts and makes for an Ohio State opponent in the BTT.
OSU is 3-2 as the No. 5 seed at the Big Ten Tournament and 3-1 against Purdue. The Buckeyes are 18-2 as the higher seed in the tournament.
The Buckeyes have held opponents to under 50 percent shooting 30 times this season (Purdue: 41.4 percent, 24-58).
Purdue shot 20 percent from 3-point range (2-10). Ohio State entered the game as one of the nation's top teams in 3-point field goal percentage defense (28.6 percent).
Scored 20 points off of 17 Purdue turnovers.
As an AP ranked team, No. 24 Ohio State is 476-132 all-time.
Matta is 274-81 during his career at Ohio State and 376-112 overall as a head coach.
In 14 seasons as a head coach, Matta owns an overall record of 144-60 vs. Big Ten members, including a mark of 141-58 while coaching the Buckeyes.
Matta is 20-5 in Big Ten Tournament play, the most wins and best winning percentage (80 percent) of any conference coach in tournament history.
Matta is 17-6 all-time against Purdue.
At the helm of the Ohio State program, Matta is 55-14 in the month of March, a 79.7 winning percentage, fifth-best among active Division I coaches over the last 10 years. He is 57-15 (79.2 percent) in games played in March and April, the fourth-best win percentage for the two-month period among active coaches over the last 10 years.
Posted his fifth career double-double with a game-high 19 points and career-high 15 rebounds.
He has reached double figures in 14 of his last 16 games.
Smith Jr. tied an Ohio State Big Ten Tournament recored with four steals vs. Purdue.
Grabbed three steals. He is the all-time career steals leader in Big Ten history with 331. He is 16th on the all-time NCAA career steals list.
Scored 16 points vs. Purdue. He has 1,283 points for his career, passing former teammate Jared Sullinger for 30th on the all-time scoring list at Ohio State. He needs three points to pass Clark Kellogg (1,285) for 29th.
Dished five assists. He is Ohio State's all-time assists leader with 678 for his career and is ranked sixth on the all-time Big Ten list. He needs 13 assists to pass Bruce Parkinson of Purdue (690) for fifth all-time.
Craft played in career game No. 145 to tie William Buford (2009-12) for the No. 2 spot all time at OSU. David Lighty played in 157 (2007-11).
Lenzelle Smith Jr.
Scored nine points, passing 1,000 for his career (1,002). He is the 26th player in Ohio State history with 1,000 career points and 500 career rebounds.
Smith Jr. played in his 128th career game, good for the No. 10 spot in OSU history.
Amir Williams is tied with Lawrence Funderburke (1992-94) on the OSU career blocks chart with 131 career rejections.
Buckeyes in the Big Ten Tournament
Aaron Craft: In 10 career league tournament games, Craft has averaged 11.1 points with a total of 46 assists, 18 steals and six blocks ... shooting 53 percent overall (45-85) while averaging 35 minutes a game. Lenzelle Smith Jr.: Has played in seven BTT games, all starts ... averages 6.1 points and 4.1 rebounds ... owns 11 assists, 10 steals and three blocks ... shooting 71 percent from the foul line (10-14) in 26.4 minutes a game. Sam Thompson: Has four starts and seven appearances in BTT play ... averages 6.2 points on 18 of 33 shooting (.545). Amir Williams: Averages 3.4 rebounds and 1.8 points over seven BTT appearances and four starts. Shannon Scott: In seven career BTT games, Scott averages 14.4 minutes per game, has 15 assists and eight steals in conference tournament play while shooting 6 of 14 (.429). LaQuinton Ross: In six BTT games, Ross has averaged 8.0 points on 19 of 41 shooting (.463) ... makes 60 percent of his 3-pointers (6-10) ... made first career postseason start in the 2014 BTT vs. Purdue.
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 766-680 against current league members. Thad Matta, in 14 seasons as a head coach, owns an overall record of 144-60 vs. league members, including a mark of 141-58 while coaching the Buckeyes.
For more on the Buckeyes click on the Ohio State Notes link above.