Nov. 21, 2012
Nov. 23, 2012
No. 3 Ohio State (3-0) vs. Missouri-Kansas City (2-2)
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Thomas, Craft Approaching 1,000 Points
Juniors Deshaun Thomas and Aaron Craft both could join Ohio State's 1,000-point club this season. Thomas needs just 28 points while Craft is 348 points away. Thomas averages 12.3 points over his career after contributing 15.9 points a game as a sophomore. Craft has averaged just over eight points a game over 79 career outings. He averaged 8.8 ppg. as a sophomore. Jared Sullinger was the last Buckeye, the 48th all-time, to reach 1,000 career points. He finished his two-year career with 1,282 points, good for the No. 29 spot all-time in Ohio State history.
Big Ten POW goes to Thomas
Ohio State junior preseason All-American Deshaun Thomas scored a career-high 31 points against Washington and tallied 25 vs. Rhode Island to average 28.0 points per game over two contests at the Basketball Hall of Fame Tipoff last weekend. Those efforts earned him his second career Big Ten Player of the Week award. Thomas grabbed 10 boards against Rhode Island and eight vs. the Huskies to average 9.0 rebounds over the weekend. He shot 55.3 percent (21-for-38) from the field, including 46.2 percent (6-for-13) from long range. Thomas was named the BHOF Naismith Bracket MVP for his performance in the event. The last Ohio State Big Ten Player of the Week was Jared Sullinger (March 5, 2012).
Craft Closing on Steals Record
Three games into his junior season, Aaron Craft is closing on the Ohio State all-time steals record with 175 to date, good for No. 3 all-time in Ohio State history. David Lighty (2007-11) is No. 2 with 191. Jay Burson (1986-89) is Ohio State's career leader with 204.
Thomas Close to Joining 1,000/500 Club
A total of 24 Ohio State players have scored 1,000 or more points to go with 500 career rebounds. Deshaun Thomas will be the next to join the club with just 28 points and 139 rebounds. Jared Sullinger was the last to reach the milestone with 1,282 career points and 717 career rebounds. Thad Matta has coached five 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) and Sullinger were added to the list during Matta's tenure.
The UMKC Series
Ohio State and the Kangaroos of UMKC are meeting for the first time in the men's basketball. Ohio State has a 5-0 record vs. members of the Summit League. The Buckeyes own wins against Indiana University Purdue University-Indianapolis (1-0), Oakland (2-0) and South Dakota 2-0). Oakland was the first opponent to face the Buckeyes at Value City Arena when the facility opened for the 1998-99 season. Nine teams make up the Summit League. Ohio State has not played against Indiana Purdue-Fort Wayne, Nebraska-Omaha, North Dakota State, South Dakota State and Western Illinois. Thad Matta teams, which includes his tenure at Butler, Xavier and Ohio State, own a record of 3-0 vs. Summit League foes. Matta is 2-0 vs. Oakland and 1-0 vs. IUPUI.
A Look at the UMKC Roos
UMKC is the final Ohio State opponent in the 2012 Basketball Hall of Fame Tipoff. Ohio State opened the season with a home win vs. Albany then traveled to Connecticut for wins vs. Rhode Island and Washington last weekend in the event. The Kangaroos have a 2-2 overall record and is 1-2 in BHOF event. UMKC lost 75-36 at Seton Hall and 62-59 to Albany last Saturday in Connecticut. The Roos picked up their win in the BHOF Classic Sunday with a 63-57 win over Norfolk State. The other win to date for UMKC was over Lincoln (Mo.), 99-64. Junior forward Kirk Korver leads the team offensively with 12.3 points per game. Sophomore guard Tyler Estan adds 11.8 ppg. for UMKC. Junior center Fred Chatmon is the top rebounder with 6.8 a contest.
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