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Buckeyes Meet Wichita State in Elite 8 Saturday

LaQuinton Ross follows through on the game-winning 3-pointer vs. Arizona.
LaQuinton Ross follows through on the game-winning 3-pointer vs. Arizona.

March 29, 2013

No. 2 seed Ohio State Buckeyes (29-7) vs. No. 9 seed Wichita State Shockers (29-8)

Date:March 30, 2013
Site:Staples Center (18,118)
Game Time:7:05 p.m. ET
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TeamConf.Overall
Indiana14-426-5
Ohio State13-523-7
Michigan State13-524-7
Wisconsin12-621-10
Michigan12-625-6
Iowa9-920-11
Purdue8-1015-16
Illinois8-1021-11
Minnesota8-1020-11
Nebraska5-1316-17
Northwestern4-1413-18
Penn State2-1610-20
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Ohio State and The NCAA Tournament
This is Ohio State's 25th appearance in the NCAA tournament. Overall, Ohio State has a 48-23 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 four-consecutive NCAA "Sweet 16s," a record accomplishment for Ohio State. Ohio State had last accomplished three-consecutive "Sweet 16s" from 1960-62. No remaining team in the 2013 NCAA Tournament has played in the last four "Sweet 16s." The Buckeyes have made 14 "Elite 8" appearances in NCAA tournament play.

Ohio State In The NCAA Tournament

YearRegion/SeedRcdRound
1939Eastern *2-1#Finals
1944Eastern *1-1#Semifinals
1945Eastern *1-1#Semifinals
1946Eastern *2-1#Semifinals
1950Eastern *1-1Reg. Finals
1960Mideast *4-0#Finals
1961Mideast *3-1#Finals
1962Mideast *3-1#Finals
1968Mideast *3-1#Semifinals
1971Mideast *1-1Reg. Finals
1980West/41-1Reg. Semifinals
1982East/80-1First Round
1983East/31-1Reg. Semifinals
1985Midwest/41-12nd Rnd.
1987Southwest/91-12nd Rnd.
1990West/81-12nd Rnd.
1991Midwest /12-1Reg. Semifinals
1992Southwest/13-1Reg. Finals
2006Minneapolis/21-12nd Rnd.
2007South/15-1#Finals
2009Midwest/80-11st Rnd.
2010Midwest/22-1Reg. Semifinals
2011East/12-1Reg. Semifinals
2012East/24-1Semifinals
2013West/23-0 
Totals 48-23 (.676) 
* Teams were not seeded prior to 1979.
# Final Four Appearance

Final Four Appearances: 10 (1939, 1944, 1945, 1946, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1968, 2007, 2012)
NCAA Championships: 1 (1960)

Record by Region:
In East: 14-8 (.636)
In South/Southeast: 9-3 (.750)
In Midwest: 5-4 (.556)
In West: 5-2 (.714)
In Mideast: 14-4 (.778)
Minneapolis: 1-1 (.500)

Record by Seed:
As No. 1 seed: 12-4 (.775)
As 2 seed: 8-2 (.800)
As 3 seed: 1-1 (.500)
As 4 seed: 2-2 (.500)
As 8 seed: 1-3 (.250)
As 9 seed: 1-1 (.500)

The 2013 NCAA Tournament
The No. 2-seeded (West) Buckeyes entered 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 game vs. Wichita State with a 29-7 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 their 25th appearance in the NCAA tournament.

2013 Buckeyes in the NCAA Tournament: Deshaun Thomas is averaging 22.0 points and 3.0 rebounds in NCAA tournament play this year. Sam Thompson has contributed 12.7 points along with a team-leading 7.0 rebounds a game. LaQuinton Ross (13.7 ppg.) and Aaron Craft (11.7 ppg.) also are in double digits offensively. Craft has 18 assists and a team-high nine steals. As a team, Ohio State is shooting 47 percent from the field (81-172/.471) while averaging 82.0 ppg. The Buckeyes are shooting 50 percent from 3-point range (23-46).

Buckeyes in 19 Games vs NCAA Field
The Buckeyes are 12-7 against the 12 teams on the schedule this year that qualified for the 2013 NCAA Tournament. Ohio State entered the NCAA tournament on a six-game winning streak against teams in the 2013 NCAA field before the wins over Iona, Iowa State and Arizona. Five of those wins were against Associated Press Top 25 teams. In the 19 games Ohio State played vs. the 2013 NCAA field, Deshaun Thomas has led the way with an average of 19.9 points per game. Aaron Craft averaged 11.9 ppg. Thomas has made 86 percent of his free throws (69-80) while Craft was 47-63 at the line (.746).

Ohio State on 11-Game Win Streak
Ohio State enters the Wichita State game on a 11-game win streak, including five victories to close out the regular season and three wins in the Big Ten Conference Tournament. five 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 18.8 points per game while Aaron Craft has pitched in 11.8 ppg. Craft has made 51 percent of his shots from the field (47-92) during the win streak while handing out 61 assists and recording 27 steals. Sam Thompson (36-69/.522) and LaQuinton Ross (36-71/.507) 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 Scott also has been a key to Ohio State's success down the stretch. During the win steak he handed out 45 assists and has 23 steals.

Four Average 10+ pts in Postseason
Deshaun Thomas (19.7 ppg.), Sam Thompson (12.2 ppg.), Aaron Craft (11.8 ppg.) and LaQuinton Ross (11.3 ppg.) all average in double figures during postseason competition this year. Thomas leads the way with 5.3 rebounds a game for the Buckeyes. Thompson scored a career-high 20 points to go with a career best 10 rebounds vs. Iona March 22. He has made 25-of-43 (.581) shots from the field, 8-of-13 treys (.615) and 15-of-17 foul shots (.882). Ohio State is holding opponents to 40 percent shooting (128-317/.404) and to just 30 percent from 3-point range (36-122). Craft has handed out 36 assists to move to the No. 2 spot all-time in career assists at Ohio State (528). He also has 15 steals in the last six games. Shannon Scott has dished out 25 helpers to go with eight steals in postseason play. Evan Ravenel owns nine blocks.

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 246, only the second Buckeye with 200 or more. He became the third Buckeye in history to reach 500 career helpers with eight assists vs. Nebraska March 15. He added nine assists in the win vs. Michigan State March 16. He now has a career total of 528 after handing out five vs. Arizona Thursday. With 37 points, Craft will become Ohio State's 49th Buckeye to reach 1,000 career points. Over 112 career games, he has averaged 3.2 rebounds a contest for a career total of 358.

BiG road Wins Lead to Titles
Thad Matta teams have won five or more road games in the Big Ten six times in his nine years at Ohio State, including the five road wins this season (Purdue, Penn State, Nebraska, Northwestern, Indiana). In the five previous seasons with five or more road wins (2006-5, 2007-7, 2010-6, 2011-7, 2012-6) in league play, Ohio State won or shared the Big Ten regular-season title. The Buckeyes won the 2013 Big Ten Tournament title this year. Ohio State has won five or more on the road in each of the last four years. Factor in neutral site games and Ohio State is 13-5 away from Columbus this year, including a 8-0 mark on neutral courts.

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 53-12, the third-best record by percentage (.815) 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 3/28/13)
1. John Calipari, Memphis/Kentucky65-13.833
2. Shaka Smart, VCU23-5.821
3. Thad Matta, Ohio State53-12.815
4. Roy Williams, North Carolina57-15.792
5. Brad Stevens, Butler24-8.750
 
March-April Games:
1. John Calipari67-15.817
2. Thad Matta55-13.809
3. Shaka Smart23-6.793
4. Roy Williams62-17.785
5. Bill Self, Kansas45-13.776
Source: Stats, Inc.

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 29-7 to date in 2012-13 after the 73-70 win over Arizona Thursday in Los Angeles, to advance to the 2013 NCAA "Elite 8." 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 regular-season titles, including three of the last four (2010-12), four Big Ten postseason tournament crowns in seven title game opportunities, seven NCAA tournament appearances, including four-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 eight-consecutive attempts and in every year in which Ohio State was eligible.

Matta Year by Year

YearRecordBig Ten Record/Finish
2004-0520-128-8/6th
2005-0626-612-4/1st
2006-0735-415-1/1st
2007-0824-1310-8/5th
2008-0922-1110-8/4th-T
2009-1029-814-4/1st-T
2010-1134-316-2/1st
2011-1231-813-5/1st-T
2012-1329-713-5/2nd-T

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 (1,607 career points/555 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 700 Points
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 710 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 tied for No. 6 in Ohio State history. Michael Redd scored 703 points in 1998-99 to rank No. 7 in single-season scoring at Ohio State. Only seven players have reached the 700-point mark in a single season as a Buckeye.

The Wichita State Series
Ohio State and Wichita State have met four times previously with the Buckeyes winning three. The teams met from 1960-63 in a pair of home-and-home series. Ohio State carries a No. 7 national ranking into the game Saturday. The Buckeyes have been among the Top 10 in four of the five meetings. The series opened in Wichita with the No. 1 Buckeyes winning 93-82 over the No. 16 ranked Shockers Dec. 17, 1960. Ohio State was No. 1 the following year in Columbus, an 85-62 win Dec. 8, 1961. Wichita State won the Dec. 29, 1962 game in Wichita over the No. 2 Buckeyes 71-54. The Buckeyes won the 1963 meeting 78-60 in Columbus (12/21/63).

Thomas, Craft Celebrate Century Mark
Both Deshaun Thomas (75 games started) and Aaron Craft (76 gs) played in their 100th career game Feb. 14 when Ohio State defeated Northwestern 69-59 in Columbus. The junior starters experienced great success over the first 100 games of their careers. Ohio State was 83-17 (.830) overall and 36-11 (.766) in Big Ten regular-season games over the first 100 games of their careers. The pair has two Big Ten regular-season titles, three Big Ten tournament title game appearances with two BTT titles (2011, 2013), three NCAA "Sweet 16" appearances and one trip to the Final Four (2012) to their credit. Classmate Lenzelle Smith Jr., shares the successes in 95 career game appearances. Ohio State's junior class owns 94 wins.

Craft Moving Up Big Ten Steals Chart
Aaron Craft is in the Top 7 spot in all-time steals in Big Ten history. After recording four steals at No. 2 Indiana March 5, he added eight vs. Iona (6) and Iowa State (2) last week in Dayton. Craft has 246 for his career, already the Ohio State record and currently behind Brian Cardinal of Purdue (1997-2000) at No. 6 with 259.

Career Steals (Big Ten)

1.324Bruce Douglas, Illinois1983-86
2.300Gary Grant, Michigan1985-88
3.275Mike Kelley, Wisconsin1998-2001
4.274Chris Kramer, Purdue2007-10
5.272Pat Baldwin, Northwestern1991-1994
6.259Brian Cardinal, Purdue1997-2000
7.246Aaron Craft, Ohio State2011-present
8.231Dee Brown, Illinois2003-06
9.218Kendall Gill, Illinois1987-1990
 218Titus Ivory, Penn State1998-2001

Thomas Leads B1G
Junior Deshaun Thomas reached 20 or more points in eight of 18 Big Ten Conference regular-season games this season. He reached 20 or more in the first five games of the league season, a first since Jim Jackson had a five-game 20-point scoring streaks during both his junior (1992) and sophomore (1991) seasons. The last Ohio State player with a string of 20+ scoring games in six or more league games was Dennis Hopson, who amazingly reached at least 20 points in 17-consecutive Big Ten games to end the 1987 season. Including a non-conference game vs. Florida International and two NCAA tournament games. Hopson ended his career on a streak of 20-consecutive games with at least 20 points scored. The last Ohio State player to score more than 20 points in five-consecutive games was Michael Redd, who posted a streak of nine-consecutive 20+ scoring games during his freshman season in 1997-98. Thomas has scored 20 or more in 16 games this season and in 28 career games (3-2010-11, 9-2011-12, 16-2012-13). He has reached 20 points in 14 games vs. league foes, including twice in Big Ten tournament play. Thomas has scored 19 or more in nine of the last 13 games and in 24 games this season, including 20 vs. Arizona.

Ohio State In the Big Ten
The Buckeyes are No. 2 in scoring defense (59.1 ppg.) and No. 3 in 3-point field goal percentage (.362), scoring margin (11.2 ppg.) and No. 1 in turnover margin (+2.9) among Big Ten teams. Individually, Deshaun Thomas leads the conference in scoring with 19.7 points per game and is No. 2 in free throw percentage (.838/134-160). Aaron Craft (4.7) rated No. 2 in assists per game and No. 1 in steals (2.1). Shannon Scott is No. 1 in assist-to-turnover ratio (+3.2). Craft is third (+2.5). Scott was No. 3 in steals (1.8).

Milestones
Aaron Craft: Reached 900 points for his career with 20 vs. Michigan State March 16 (963) ... 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 March 15 ... his 528 career total rates No. 2 all-time at Ohio State, passing Kelvin Ransey (516, 1977-80) with seven helpers vs. Iona ... reached 100 steals 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 six assists vs. Iowa State March 24, Craft has 20 games this season with five or more, including 14 of the last 20 outings ... 18 games this season with 10 or more points, including double digits in 12 of the last 20 games ... is shooting 78 percent from the foul line (83-107) this season, up from 71 percent as a junior ... a career 74 percent foul shooter (239-324) ... has more career steals (246) than turnovers (232) ... owns Ohio State career record for steals (246) which he set 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 246 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 (118-224) and 52 percent this year (72-139) ... set a career high with 10 rebounds vs. Chicago State ... played in his 100th career game at Michigan Feb. 5 ... has played in 75 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 75 percent of his foul shots (43-57) this season ... made both 3s vs. Arizona, including the game-winner with just over two seconds to play ... finished with 17 points vs. the Wildcats ... knocked down 3 of 4 3-pointers in the win vs. Nebraska March 15 and then 2 of 3 treys vs. Michigan State March 16 ... made Ohio State's only 3-point attempts in BTT title games. Wisconsin March 17 ... scored 17 points in the win over Iowa State March 24 on 6 of 10 shooting. Shannon Scott: Scored career-high 15 points vs. Kansas to go with six rebounds, which tied a career best ... has 140 assists this season after handing out 60 as a freshman ... reached 200 for his career with three vs. Iowa State March 24 ... just 45 turnovers have been charged to him this year ... handed out 10 assists to tie a career high in the win over Iona March 22 ... 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 600 career-point plateau with four vs. Nebraska March 17 (624). Deshaun Thomas: Reached 500 career rebounds with seven vs. Michigan State Feb. 24, added eight boards at No. 2 Indiana March 5 and seven more in the win vs. Wisconsin March 17 (555) ... 224 of his career 555 boards have come on the offensive end ... moved into the No. 11 spot in career scoring with 20 vs. Arizona March 28 (1,607) ... 20 or more points in eight Big Ten games this season ... shooting 84 percent at the line this year (134-160) ... has made 50 3-pointers in back-to-back (50/72) seasons, William Buford (2009-12) was the last to do so during his junior (61) and senior seasons (62) ... currently No. 9 in career 3s made at Ohio State with 143 ... Jamie Skelton (144) is next on the career list. Sam Thompson: Reached 100 made field goals with a 6 of 10 shooting effort vs. Iona March 22 ... has made 25 of his last 43 field goal attempts to up his season average to 50 percent (105-210) ... second on the team in blocks with 30 ... set career highs in points (20) and rebounds (10) vs. Iona March 22. 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 140 rebounds this year, nearly half (62) have been on the offensive end ... 89 of his career 202 boards have been a teammate's missed shot ... has made 56 percent of his field goals this year (40-72) and is shooting 55 percent for his career (59-108).

Ohio State vs. The Ranked
The Buckeyes have an all-time record of 153-238 (6-7 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 455-123 all-time. In games when both teams enter with a Top 25 ranking, Ohio State is 73-64. When ranked among the Top 10 nationally, Ohio State is 322-72. All-Time (2012-13)

Ohio State in Top 25455-123 (29-7)
Ohio State in Top 10322-72 (17-5)
Ohio State vs. Top 25153-238 (6-7)
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 2573-64 (6-7)

This year when ranked...

No. 31-0 (35-7 all-time)
No. 44-1 (37-6)
No. 77-1 (38-11)
No. 81-1 (9-5)
No. 104-2 (18-9)
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)

Matta's 10 wins vs. Top 5 Opponents

DateOpponentAP RankScore OSU-Opp
3/6/05IllinoisNo. 165-64
2/25/07WisconsinNo. 149(2)-48
3/11/07(1) WisconsinNo. 366(1)-49
3/24/07(2) MemphisNo. 592(1)-76
11/29/12(3) DukeNo. 385(2)-63
3/4/12@Michigan St.No. 572(10)-70
3/24/12(4) SyracuseNo. 277(7)-70
1/13/13MichiganNo. 256(15)-53
2/24/13Michigan St.No. 468(18)-60
3/5/13@IndianaNo. 267(14)-58
1-Big Ten Tournament, United Center, Chicago
2-NCAA South Regional Finals, Alamo Dome San Antonio
3-Big Ten/ACC Challenge, Value City Arena, Columbus

Seven Foes Among Top 25
In the latest Associated Press Top 25 poll, eight Ohio State opponents are among the Top 25 and five opponents are ranked in the Top 10. The Buckeyes played 13 games against teams currently ranked.

Current

Rankvs. Ohio StateDateSiteResult
3.No. 9 KansasDec. 22AL, 74-66
4.No. 1 IndianaFeb. 10HL, 81-68
 No. 2 IndianaMarch 5AW, 67-58
6.No. 4 DukeNov. 30AL, 73-69
9.No. 4 Michigan St.Feb. 24HW, 68-60
 No. 18 Michigan St.Jan. 19AL, 56-53
 No. 8 Michigan St.March 16NW, 61-58
10.No. 2 MichiganJan. 13HW, 56-50
 No. 3 MichiganFeb. 5AL, 76-74 ot
18.RV WisconsinJan. 29HW, 58-49
 No. 20 WisconsinFeb. 17AL, 71-49
 No. 22 WisconsinMarch 17NW, 50-43
22No. 22 ArizonaMarch 28NW, 73-70

Thomas Reaches 1,000, Craft Next
Juniors Deshaun Thomas and Aaron Craft both could join Ohio State's 1,000-point club this season. Thomas reached the milestone with 16 points at Duke Nov. 28. He has 1,607 for his career, good for the No. 11 spot all-time at Ohio State. Craft is 37 points away. Thomas averages 14.3 points over his career. Craft has averaged 8.6 points a game over 112 career outings.

Craft Sets Steals Record
In the 18th game of his junior season, Aaron Craft set the Ohio State all-time steals record (246) after recording four thefts vs. Iowa Jan. 22. Jay Burson (1986-89) owned the Ohio State career record previously with 204.

Noting the Arizona Game

  • Ohio State advances to its second-consecutive Elite Eight and 14th all-time in program history.
  • For the second-consecutive game, Ohio State won on a 3-pointer with 2.1 seconds or less on the clock at the end of regulation.
  • The win is the 11th-consecutive for Ohio State since Feb. 17.
  • The 11-point deficit was the largest comeback win for Ohio State this season. The previous was 9 three different times vs. Michigan State (2/24), Nebraska (3/15) and Wisconsin (3/17).
  • Trailing by seven, 38-31, with 2 minutes left in the first half, Ohio State went on a 22-5 run extending into the second half to take a 53-43 lead with 10:39 left in the game.
  • Ohio State is now 48-23 all-time in NCAA tournament play.
  • Ohio State is now 8-2 all time in the tournament as a No. 2 seed.
  • At least four players scored in double figures for Ohio State for the 11th time this season: Deshaun Thomas (20 points), LaQuinton Ross (17), Aaron Craft (13) and Sam Thompson (11). Ohio State is 10-1 in those games (only loss at Michigan).
  • Ohio State connected on 22 free throws (22-of-26), one shy of its season high.
  • Arizona shot 44.2 percent and 23-of-52 for the game, the same exact totals (FGs, FGAs and percentage) Iowa State shot against the Buckeyes in the second round in Dayton.
  • The Buckeyes have held opposing teams under 50 percent shooting in 33 of 36 games.
  • Thursday was the first game for Ohio State at Staples Center and the first NCAA tournament game at Staples.
  • Thursday was the second meeting all-time between Ohio State and Arizona. The Buckeyes won the first meeting, 90-47, back on Dec. 29, 1972 at the UCLAN Classic in Los Angeles.
  • Ohio State improves to 38-36 all-time against Pac-12 schools.

    Thad Matta

  • Matta is now 10-4 against former assistant coaches, including 2-0 against Sean Miller.
  • Matta is 250-72 during his career at Ohio State and 351-103 overall as a head coach.
  • Matta is 17-6 in the NCAA tournament as head coach of the Buckeyes (23-10 overall). He is 41-11 in postseason tournaments at Ohio State.
  • Matta has compiled a record of 53-12 as a head coach in March, including 8-0 this season. His March win percentage is the third-best (.815) among active coaches.

    Deshaun Thomas

  • Led Ohio State with 20 points, marking the 16th time this season he has scored at least 20 points and for the third consecutive game in the tournament.
  • Averaging 22.0 points (66) in NCAA tournament play.
  • Thomas moved to No. 11 on Ohio State's all-time scoring list (1,607), passing Robin Freeman (1,597).
  • Thomas became the first Buckeye since Michael Redd (703 points) in 1998-99 to score 700 points in a season. Thomas now has 710, which ties him for fifth with Jerry Lucas who scored 710 in 1960.
  • Thomas now has 182 points in NCAA tournament play in his career, good for second on Ohio State all-time NCAA list (266, Jerry Lucas).
  • Thomas has scored in double figures in all 36 games this season.

    LaQuinton Ross

  • Scored 14 of his 17 points in the second half, including the game-winning 3-pointer with 2.1 seconds left in regulation.
  • Scored in double-figures for the 12th time this season.
  • Hit two 3-pointers and has connected on 12 3-pointers over the past six games.
  • After not making an appearance in the 2012 NCAA Tournament, Ross has contributed with 41 points (13.6 ppg) in three tournament games this season.

    Aaron Craft

  • With 13 points Thursday, Craft has scored in double figures 18 games this season.
  • With five assists against the Wildcats, Craft improved on his No. 2 spot on Ohio State's all-time list with 528. He needs 52 assists to pass Jamar Butler for the No. 1 spot.
  • Has totaled five or more assists in 20 games this season, including 14 of the last 20 outings.
  • With one steal Thursday, Craft remains seventh all-time in Big Ten history with 246. He needs 14 steals to pass Brian Cardinal of Purdue (1997-2000) for sixth.
  • Has recorded at least one steal in all but two games this season.

    Sam Thompson

  • Scored 11 points and has 38 points in three NCAA tournament games.
  • Scored in double figures for the 10th time this season.
  • Finished with eight rebounds and has 21 in three NCAA tournament games.


     

     

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