Ohio State Scheduled to Play Host to Maryland in 2013 Big Ten/ACC Challenge
Aaron Craft is one of seven Ohio State upperclassmen returning for the 2013-14 season.
May 8, 2013
COLUMBUS, Ohio- The 15th annual Big Ten/ACC Challenge Presented by DICK'S Sporting Goods will feature Maryland at Ohio State Dec. 4 in Columbus. The ESPN family of networks will televise the 12 games of the two-day event (Dec. 3-4). Times and television will be determined later this summer.
Thad Matta, head coach of the Buckeyes, has a 5-4 record in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge and has won four of the last five games in the event.
"We are looking forward to having the University of Maryland on our campus this year in the Challenge," Matta said. "The game will give fans of both programs a glimpse at what the series will look like when the Terrapins join the Big Ten in 2014-15."
Ohio State advanced to the 2013 NCAA Elite Eight in Los Angeles. The Buckeyes finished the 2012-13 season with an overall record of 29-8, which included a 13-5 record in the Big Ten regular season race. Ohio State finished tied for second in the Big Ten. The Buckeyes then captured the 2013 Big Ten Tournament title in Chicago.
Matta has led the Buckeyes to five-consecutive trips to the NCAA tournament, four-consecutive appearances in the NCAA "Sweet 16," five Big Ten titles in the last eight years and four-consecutive appearances in the annual Big Ten postseason tournament title game, earning championships in 2010, 2011 and 2013.
The Buckeyes return eight scholarship letterwinners and four starters in 2013-14. Seniors Aaron Craft and Lenzelle Smith Jr.lead a veteran team that includes five juniors, a sophomore and a pair of incoming freshmen.
Craft was the Big Ten's 2012 Defensive Player of the Year. He made the all-defensive team and was first team All-Big Ten last year. Craft is Ohio State's all-time steals leader with 248. He is just 18 points away for 1,000 career points and is on pace to become Ohio State's all-time assist leader as well. He has earned First Team Academic All-America honors in each of the last two seasons and was named Capital One Academic All-America of the Year for 2013 in Division I men's basketball.
2013-14 season tickets for new buyers are on sale now. For more information, contact the Ohio State athletics ticket sales department by calling 1-800-GOBUCKS (select option 2). Fans will be directed to a sales representative who can discuss seating options over the phone or schedule a time to tour the Jerome Schottenstein Center to pick out seats.
Buckeyes In The Challenge
Ohio State is participating in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge for the 12th-consecutive year and has a 5-6 record in the event. The Buckeyes first participated in the Challenge during the 2002-03 season against Duke in Greensboro, N.C., a 91-75 Blue Devils' victory. Ohio State defeated Virginia Tech in Columbus in 2005-06, 69-59, for its first Challenge victory. The game vs. Duke in Columbus in 2011 pitted the highest combined ranking of Ohio State (2) and an opponent (No. 3 Duke) in the Buckeyes' previous Challenge games. The 2012 game at Duke pitted the No. 4 Buckeyes vs. the No. 2 Blue Devils. Ohio State has been among the Top 15 teams nationally in each of the last four Challenge games (3-1 record). The Buckeyes are 3-2 in home Challenge games.
The Buckeyes In Big Ten/ACC Challenge
|11/29/06||at North Carolina||L||89(3)-98(7)|
|12/2/08||at Miami, Fla.||W||73-68(21)|
|11/30/10||at Florida State||W||58(2)-44|
Ohio State vs. Maryland
Ohio State and Maryland have met five times previously with Ohio State owning the series lead, 3-2. The teams first met at Maryland Dec. 29, 1935, a 50-41 Terrapin victory. Ohio State knocked off Maryland on the road in the 1980 National Invitation Tournament, 79-72. The teams played a neutral site game in 1983, an Ohio State win in East Rutherford, N.J., before splitting a home-and-home series in 1984 and 1985. Ohio State has not been ranked nationally in the five previous meeting. Maryland has lost both times it was ranked, a 72-68 defeated while ranked No. 8 in 1983 and a 78-66 loss as the No. 19 team in Columbus in 1985. Thad Matta is 0-1 vs. Maryland. While at Xavier, Matta's Musketeers fell 77-64 to No. 17 Maryland in the second round of the 2003 NCAA Tournament in Nashville, Tenn.
Last Time vs. Maryland
Ohio State 78, No. 19 Maryland 66
Nov. 30, 1985, Columbus
COLUMBUS- Dennis Hopson five Buckeyes in double figures with 18 points while Brad Sellers contributed 14 points, 19 rebounds and five blocks in a 78-66 victory over No. 19 Maryland at St. John Arena. Len Bias scored 23 points with a team-high eight rebounds for the Terrapins. Ohio State made 26 of 33 foul shots, including 15 of 17 in the second half while outrebounding Maryland 40-28.
The Ohio State Maryland Series
(1) National Invitation Tournament
(2) at East Rutherford,N.J.
Buckeye and Terrapin Ties
Dave Dickerson, Ohio State associate head coach, both played and coached at Maryland prior to joining Thad Matta's staff at the start of the 2010-11 season. Dickerson spent nine years as an assistant under Gary Williams, who coached the Buckeyes from 1987-1989, at Maryland and in 2004-05, was the program's associate head coach. Dickerson helped the Terrapins to nine-consecutive postseason appearances, including five "Sweet 16s," two Final Fours and one national championship in 2002. A native of Olar, S.C., Dickerson graduated from Maryland in 1990 with a degree in government and politics. Williams posted a record of 59-41 at Ohio State before returning to his alma mater to become its head coach. Alissa Clendenen, now in her sixth year at Ohio State in the athletics communications office as an assistant director, is a 2004 Maryland graduate with a degree in communications. She is the secondary contract for men's basketball at Ohio State.
2013 Big Ten/ACC Challenge Schedule (times and networks are to be determined)
|Tue, Dec 3||Indiana at Syracuse|
|Michigan at Duke|
|Notre Dame at Iowa|
|Florida State at Minnesota|
|Penn State at Pittsburgh|
|Illinois at Georgia Tech|
|Wed, Dec 4||North Carolina at Michigan State|
|Maryland at Ohio State|
|Miami at Nebraska|
|Wisconsin at Virginia|
|Boston College at Purdue|
|Northwestern at NC State|
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