Buckeyes Move from Madhouse to Madness
Aaron Craft was the Most Outstanding Player in the Big Ten Tournament last week.

March 19, 2013

No. 2 Seed Ohio State Buckeyes (26-7) vs. the No. 15 Seed Iona Gaels (20-13)

Date: March 22, 2013
Site: Dayton Arena (13,409)
Game Time: 7:15 p.m. ET
Television: CBS
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Ohio State and The NCAA Tournament
This is Ohio State's 25th appearances in the NCAA tournament. Overall, Ohio State has a 45-23 record all-time in NCAA tournament play. The Buckeyes have advanced to play in 10 Final Fours, have finished as the runner up four times (1939, 1961, 1962, 2007) and own one title (1960). Ohio State finished third four times (1944, 1945, 1946, 1968). The Buckeyes have played in three-consecutive NCAA "Sweet 16s," a feat last accomplished at Ohio State from 1960-62. The Buckeyes have made 13 "Sweet 16" appearances in NCAA Tournament play.

Ohio State In The NCAA Tournament

Year Region/Seed Rcd  
1939 Eastern * 2-1# Finals
1944 Eastern * 1-1# Semifinals
1945 Eastern * 1-1# Semifinals
1946 Eastern * 2-1# Semifinals
1950 Eastern * 1-1 Reg. Finals
1960 Mideast * 4-0# Finals
1961 Mideast * 3-1# Finals
1962 Mideast * 3-1# Finals
1968 Mideast * 3-1# Semifinals
1971 Mideast * 1-1 Reg. Finals
1980 West/4 1-1 Reg. Semifinals
1982 East/8 0-1 First Round
1983 East/3 1-1 Reg. Semifinals
1985 Midwest/4 1-1 2nd Rnd.
1987 Southwest/9 1-1 2nd Rnd.
1990 West/8 1-1 2nd Rnd.
1991 Midwest /1 2-1 Reg. Semifinals
1992 Southwest/1 3-1 Reg. Finals
2006 Minneapolis/2 1-1 2nd Rnd.
2007 South/1 5-1# Finals
2009 Midwest/8 0-1 1st Rnd.
2010 Midwest/2 2-1 Reg. Semifinals
2011 East/1 2-1 Reg. Semifinals
2012 East/2 4-1 Semifinals
2013 West/2    
Totals   45-23 (.662)

* Teams were not seeded prior to 1979.
# Final Four Appearance

The 2013 NCAA Tournament
The No. 2-seeded (West) Buckeyes enter the 2013 NCAA Tournament after winning the 2013 Big Ten Tournament in Chicago with a 3-0 record. Thad Matta, in his ninth year as head coach at Ohio State, has taken the Buckeyes to seven NCAA tournaments during his time in Columbus, including a title game appearance in 2007. The Buckeyes have appeared in the last five NCAA tournaments.

Ohio State enters the 2013 NCAA event with a 26-7 overall record and as 2013 Big Ten Tournament Champions. The Buckeyes finished the Big Ten regular season with a 13-5 record, good for a tie for second with Michigan State. Ohio State was the No. 2 seed in the league tournament last week. The Buckeyes have won 20 Big Ten titles and are making its 25th appearance in the NCAA tournament.

Buckeyes Faced 16 From NCAA Field
The Buckeyes were 9-7 against the nine teams on the schedule this year that qualified for the 2013 NCAA Tournament. Ohio State enters the NCAA tournament on a six-game winning streak against teams in the 2013 NCAA field. Four of those wins were against Associated Press Top 25 teams. In the 16 games Ohio State played vs. the 2013 NCAA field, Deshaun Thomas led the way with an average of 19.5 points per game. Aaron Craftaveraged 12.0 ppg. Thomas made 86 percent of his free throws (57-66) while Craft was 33-43 at the line (.767).

Ohio State on 8-game Win Streak
Ohio State enters NCAA tournament play on an eight-game win streak, that included five victories to close out the regular season and three wins in the Big Ten Conference Tournament. Four of the wins were against ranked opponents and three were against Top 10 squads. Deshaun Thomas has led the Buckeyes over the course of the streak with 17.6 points per game while Aaron Craft has pitched in 11.9 ppg. Craft has made 57 percent of his shots from the field (37-65) during the win streak while handing out 43 assists and recording 18 steals. Sam Thompson (25-46/.543) and LaQuinton Ross (23-44/.523) also made significant contributions to help the Buckeyes finish second in the 2013 Big Ten standings, earn a No. 2 seed in the league tournament and ultimately win the 2013 Big Ten Tournament title. Shannon Scottalso has been a key to Ohio State's success down the stretch. During the wins steak he handed out 32 assists and led the Buckeyes with 22 steals.

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