No. 10 Ohio State Visits No. 17 Marquette Saturday

Nov. 14, 2013

Shannon Scott

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No. 10 Ohio State (2-0) at No. 17 Marquette (20)

Date:Nov. 16, 2013
Site:Bradley Center (18,600)
Game Time:1 p.m. ET
Talent:Brian Anderson (play-by-play)
Jim Jackson (expert analysis)
Radio:OSU-IMG Sports Network (56 stations)
Satellite Radio:Sirius 92/XM 197
Local Radio:WBNS FM-97.1 AM-1460
Radio Talent:Herb Howenstine (play-by-play)
Ron Stokes (expert analysis)

Craft Working on Historic Career
In the near future, senior 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. He needs just five points to reach 1,000 as a Buckeye, the 50th to do so in Ohio State history. Craft already is the Ohio State career record holder in steals with 252, only the second Buckeye with 200 or more. With three steals against Ohio University Nov. 12, he became just the third player in Big Ten history to accumulate more than 500 career assists and 250 career steals. Craft became the third Buckeye in history to reach 500 career assists with eight vs. Nebraska March 15, 2013. He has a career total of 540, No. 2 all-time at Ohio State. Over 115 career games, he has averaged 3.3 rebounds a contest for a career total of 375.

Ross, Craft Selected to Wooden List
A pair of Buckeyes were selected to the John R. Wooden Award Preseason Top 50 list Nov. 12. Chosen by a preseason poll of national college basketball experts, the list is comprised of 50 student-athletes who are the early front-runners for the sport's most prestigious honor. The award is presented annually by the Los Angeles Athletic Club. The 2014 winner will be named at the club the weekend of April 11-12.

USBWA Places Craft on Preseason List
Aaron Craft is among 15 players selected (Nov. 5) to the preseason watch list for the Oscar Robertson Trophy, presented annually to the national player of the year by the United States Basketball Writers Association. Evan Turner (2010) was the last Buckeye to earn national player of the year honors. Jerry Lucas claimed the USBWA award twice (1961, 1962).

The Marquette Series
Ohio State leads the all-time series with the Golden Eagles 5-4. Marquette has won three of the last four games. The teams have not met since Nov. 30, 1994 in Columubs, an 82-70 win for the Golden Eagles. Each team has two victories in Milwaukee. Ohio State's last win on the road in the series was Dec. 9, 1950, a 76-55 victory. Ohio State enters the game this year ranked No. 10 nationally in the Associated Press poll. Marquette is No. 17. The teams have met just once previously when both teams were ranked, a 60-59 Ohio State win at the 1970 NCAA Tournament Midwest Regional in Athens, Ga. Marquette was ranked No. 2 in that game.

A Look at the Golden Eagles
Ohio State and Marquette were scheduled to open the 2012-13 season Nov. 9, 2012 on the USS Yorktown in the Carrier Classic in Mount Pleasant, S.C. Because of condensation on the outdoor court, the game was cancelled. Marquette posted a 26-9 overall record a year ago, finishing Big East Conference play with a 14-4 record. The Golden Eagles are off to a 2-0 start in 2013-14 with home wins over Southern University and Grambling State. Three Golden Eagles average in double figures offensively. Senior forward Davante Gardner (17.5 ppg.), junior guard Todd Mayo (14.0 ppg.) and senior forward Jamil Wilson (10.5 ppg.) pace the offense while sophomore forward Steve Taylor supplies support on the boards with eight rebounds a game.

Ohio State vs. The Big East
The Buckeyes are 62-29 vs. the current alignment of the Big East Conference. Ohio State has faced every member of the league and last faced a Big East representative vs. Butler Dec. 13, 2008, a 54-51 win in Columbus for the then No. 21-ranked Buckeyes. Ohio State was scheduled to play Marquette to open the 2012-13 season in the 2012 Carrier Classic but the game was cancelled becuase of poor court conditions.

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