Buckeyes Set for B1G Title Game Appearance
Amir Williams tied for the team lead with seven rebounds vs. Michigan State Saturday.

March 17, 2013

No. 2 seed Ohio State Buckeyes (25-7) vs. the No. 4 seed Wisconsin Badgers (23-10)

Date:March 17, 2013
Site:United Center (22,000)
Game Time:3:30 p.m. ET
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Tournament Central

Four Buckeyes Average Double Figures in Chicago
Deshaun Thomas leads Ohio State with 17.5 points per game in the first two outings in the 2013 Big Ten Tournament. He also leads the Buckeyes with 8.0 rebounds a contest. Sam Thompson, a Chicago native, and Aaron Craft each contribute 13.5 points per game while LaQuinton Ross adds 10.0 ppg. Thompson has made 10 of 14 field goals (.714) and 5 of 6 from 3-point range (.833). Craft has made 12 of 18 field goals (.667), while handing out 17 assists and recording six steals. Ross has made 5 of 7 from 3-point range (.714). As a team, the Buckeyes are shooting 50 percent (50-101) while holding opponents to just under 41 percent from the field (41-101). The Buckeyes have assisted on 37 of 50 total baskets and have 19 total steals over the two games.

OSU Big Ten Tournament History
The No. 2-seed Buckeyes are 21-9 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 17 of its last 21 league tournament games, including 10 of the last 11. By seed, Ohio State is 11-2 as No. 1, 2-0 as the No. 2, 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 18-5 in league tournament play with three titles (2007, 2010, 2011) and seven title game

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)WNebraska (10)71-50
WMichigan State (3)61-58
WWisconsin (4)

Noting the Michigan State Game

  • Ohio State has won six of the last nine games in the Michigan State series. MSU leads the all-time series 61-54. The Buckeyes lead the series 3-2 on neutral courts.
  • The win marks the first time Ohio State has defeated Michigan State twice in the same season when the Spartans are ranked in the Top 10 nationally.
  • Ohio State now has 25 wins in a season for the 11th time in school history.
  • OSU is 22-11 against Michigan State when ranked. When both teams are ranked, the teams are tied 7-all.
  • Ohio State is 21-9 all-time in the Big Ten Tournament. The Buckeyes have advanced to six of the last seven tournament finals (five consecutive) and have won 17 of their last 21 games in the tourney overall.
  • The Buckeyes are 3-2 against the Spartans in the Big Ten Tournament all-time.


  • In the first half, Ohio State had an assist on each of its 11 made field goals.
  • Aaron Craft and Shannon Scott combined for 14 assists, six steals and only three turnovers.
  • OSU tied a season low with only five turnovers.
  • Michigan State shot 40 percent for the game (20-50). The Buckeyes have held opposing teams under 50 percent shooting in 29 of 32 games.
  • OSU owned a 15-6 advantage in bench points. The Buckeyes have a 587-379 edge over opposing benches in points scored this season.
  • The Buckeyes outscored MSU 11-0 on the fast break.
  • Ohio State is 66-118 all-time (4-4 this season) against AP top-10 teams.
  • As a ranked team (AP), No. 14 Ohio State is 448-123 all-time. When both teams are ranked, Ohio State is 71-64 all-time.
  • Ohio State is 754-673 all-time in Big Ten play.

    Thad Matta

  • Matta is 246-72 during his career at Ohio State and 347-103 overall as a head coach.
  • In his 13 years as a head coach, Matta is 132-52 vs. current Big Ten opponents, including a record of 129-50 at Ohio State.
  • Matta owns the best Big Ten Tournament winning percentage (18-5/.783) and the second-most tournament wins (18) of any conference coach in history.
  • Matta has compiled a record of 49-12 as a head coach in March, the fourth-best record by percentage (.803) among active coaches.
  • Matta has won 25 or more games in six of his nine seasons at Ohio State and in nine of his 13 seasons as head coach. Matta coached teams have never failed to reach the 20-win plateau. The Buckeyes are 25-7 to date in 2012-13 after the victory Saturday.
  • Matta is 10-9 against Michigan State.

    Deshaun Thomas

  • With 16 points, Thomas moved to No. 17 on the all-time scoring list at Ohio State (1,524 total points). He needs six points to pass Tony Campbell for 16th.
  • Has scored in double figures in all 32 games this season.

    Aaron Craft

  • Led all scorers with 20 points. Craft scored 20 points against the Spartans for the second-consecutive game. He has three 20-point games in his career.
  • Totaled a season-best nine assists, the most by a Buckeye in a Big Ten Tournament game.
  • Craft had nine assists against the Spartans, bringing his career total at Ohio State to 509. He remains third on the all-time list at OSU and needs eight assists blank to pass Kelvin Ransey for second all-time.
  • With four steals against MSU, Craft remains seventh all-time in Big Ten history with 237. He needs 23 steals to pass Brian Cardinal of Purdue (1997-2000) for sixth.
  • Craft has totaled five or more assists in 17 games this season.
  • In 32 games played this season, Craft has recorded a steal in all but one game.

    The Wisconsin Series
    Ohio State leads 84-67 in the all-time series with the Badgers. The teams have met four times on neutral courts with Ohio State going 3-1 in those games. The teams split the season series with each winning on its home court. Ohio State fell in Madison 71-49 on Feb. 17 after winning in Columbus 58-49 Jan. 29. Ohio Sate is 22-12 when ranked among the nation's Top 25 in the Associated Press poll. When Wisconsin is ranked, the Badgers are 11-9 against the Buckeyes. Both teams have been ranked at the same time in nine previous games, Ohio State is 6-3 in that scenario. Deshaun Thomas leads Ohio State in the Wisconsin series with 14.2 points per game. Aaron Craft is next at 7.5 ppg. Evan Ravenel averages 4.0 rebounds to lead Ohio State on the boards against the Badgers in four career meetings. Trey McDonald grabbed six rebounds in his only meeting against Wisconsin in Madison this year. In the two games this season, Thomas averaged 21.5 points, making 18 of 34 shots from the field and 6 of 7 from the foul line.

    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 49-12, the fourth best record by percentage (.803) among active coaches. The record is the best among Big Ten coaches as well.

    Best March Record by D-I Head Coaches -

    1. Shaka Smart, VCU22-4.846
    2. John Calipari, Memphis/Kentucky65-13.833
    3. Roy Williams, North Carolina56-13.811
    4. Thad Matta, Ohio State49-12.803
    5. Brad Stevens, Butler23-7.767
    March-April Games:
    1. John Calipari, Memphis/Kentucky67-15.817
    2. Shaka Smart, VCU22-5.815
    3. Roy Williams, North Carolina61-15.803
    4. Thad Matta, Ohio State51-13.797
    5. Bill Self, Kansas43-13.768
    Source: Stats, Inc.

    Aaron Craft: Reached 900 points for his career with 20 vs. Michigan State Saturday (919) ... scored a career-high 21 points in the win over No. 4 Michigan State Feb. 24 in Columbus ... reached 500 career assists with eight vs. Nebraska last Friday ... his 509 career total rates No. 3 all-time at Ohio State, passing Curtis Wilson (475, 1984, 86-89) with six helpers vs. Michigan State Feb. 24, Kelvin Ransey (1977-80) is No. 2 with 516 ... reached 100 helpers for the third-consecutive season with three vs. Indiana Feb. 10 ... William Buford (2009-12) was the last to do so over the final three seasons of his career ... with nine assists vs. Michigan State Saturday, Craft has 17 games this season with five or more, including 11 of the last 16 outings ... at least one steal in 27-consecutive games ... 16 games this season with 10 or more points, including double digits in 10 of the last 16 games ... is shooting 79 percent from the foul line (68-86) this season, up from 71 percent as a junior ... a career 74 percent foul shooter (223-301) ... has more career steals (237) than turnovers (222) ... owns Ohio State career record for steals (233) after recording four thefts vs. Iowa Jan. 22 ... just the second Buckeye in history (Jay Burson-204) to record 200 career thefts ... currently No. 7 all-time in Big Ten history with 237 career steals ... played in 100th career game Feb. 14 vs. Northwestern. Evan Ravenel: Scores at a 53 percent clip in two seasons as a Buckeye (113-215) and 52 percent this year (67-130) ... set a career high with 10 rebounds vs. Chicago State ... played in his 100th career game at Michigan Feb. 5 ... has played in 71 games at Ohio State after transferring from Boston College, where he played in 39 contests ... scored 10 points vs. No. 4 Michigan State Feb. 24 in Columbus ... knocked down 6-7 foul shots vs. the Spartans ... tallied eight points and grabbed six rebounds in road win at No. 2 Indiana March 5. LaQuinton Ross: Makes 76 percent of his foul shots (34-45) this season ... knocked down 3 of 4 3-pointers in the win vs. Nebraska Friday and then 2 of 3 treys vs. Michigan State Saturday. Shannon Scott: Scored career-high 15 points vs. Kansas to go with six rebounds, which tied a career best ... has 124 assists this season after handing out 60 as a freshman ... just 42 turnovers have been charged to him this year ... handed out eight assists to go with four steals in road win at Northwestern Feb. 28 ... eight points, three assists and four steals in road win at No. 2 Indiana March 5. Lenzelle Smith Jr.: Connected on 6 of 11 3-pointers vs. Northwestern Feb. 28, a career-best for long-range makes in a game ... tallied a season-high 24 points vs. the Wildcats in Evanston Feb. 28 ... grabbed 10 rebounds at Purdue Jan. 8 and repeated that effort vs. Michigan Jan. 13, the first time in his career with back-to-back double digit rebound games (3 career) ... reached the 500 career-point plateau with 21 at Nebraska Feb. 2 (596). Deshaun Thomas: Reached 500 career rebounds with seven vs. Michigan State Feb. 24, added eight boards at No. 2 Indiana March 5 and nine more in the win vs. Nebraska Friday (539) ... 220 of his career 539 boards have come on the offensive end ... moved into the No. 20 spot in career scoring with 18 at No. 2 Indiana March 5 (currently No. 17-1,524) ... 20 or more points in eight Big Ten games this season ... shooting 84 percent at the line this year (117-140) ... is shooting 52-61 from the line in the last 10 games (.852) and 70-79 (.886) over the last 17 games ... has made 50 3-pointers in back-to-back (50/64) seasons, William Buford (2009-12) was the last to do so during his junior (61) and senior seasons (62). Amir Williams: Scored a career-high 10 points vs. Northwestern Feb. 14 ... scored nine points with four blocks and four rebounds in a career-high 36 minutes at Michigan Feb. 5 ... of his 128 rebounds this year, nearly half (58) have been on the offensive end ... 85 of his career 190 boards have been a teammate's missed shot ... has made 59 percent of his field goals this year (37-64) and is shooting 56 percent for his career (56-100).

    Ohio State vs. The Ranked
    The Buckeyes have an all-time record of 151-238 (4-7 in 2012-13) vs. ranked opponents in the Associated Press Top 25. That includes a mark of 66-118 vs. Top 10 foes. As a ranked team, Ohio State is 451-123 all-time. In games when both teams enter with a Top 25 ranking, Ohio State is 71-64. When ranked among the Top 10 nationally, Ohio State is 318-72.

    All-Time (2012-13)

    Ohio State in Top 25451-123 (25-7)
    Ohio State in Top 10318-72 (13-5)
    Ohio State vs. Top 25151-238 (4-7)
    Ohio State vs. Top 1066-118 (4-4)
    Ohio State as No. 1 (AP)72-6 (0-0)
    Ohio State as No. 1 (ESPN)24-4 (0-0)
    Both Teams Ranked in Top 2571-64 (4-7)

    This year when ranked...

    No. 31-0 (35-7 all-time)
    No. 44-1 (37-6)
    No. 74-1 (35-11)
    No. 81-1 (9-5)
    No. 103-2 (17-9)
    No. 112-1 (9-7)
    No. 131-1 (20-3)
    No. 144-0 (13-5)
    No. 152-0 (18-7)
    No. 161-0 (16-8)
    No. 182-0 (14-3)

    Thomas Reaches 600 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 19.6 points per game for a total of 627 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 reached 600 points as a junior with 19 points vs. Nebraska March 19. Sullinger (635, 647) was the last Buckeye to post back-to-back 600-point seasons. Thomas' point total this season ranks No. 16 in Ohio State history behind the 632 points scored by Evan Turner (2009-10).

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