No. 4 Ohio State at No. 2 Duke Wednesday
Aaron Craft is one of the national leaders in assist-to-turnover ratio at +7.
Nov. 27, 2012
Nov. 28, 2012
No. 4 Ohio State Buckeyes (4-0) at No. 2 Duke Blue Devils (5-0)
|Site:||Cameron Indoor Stadium (9,314)|
|Game Time:||9:30 p.m.|
|Talent:||Brent Musburger (play-by-play)|
Jay Bilas (expert analysis)
|Radio:||OSU-IMG Sports Network (56 stations)|
|Local Radio:||WBNS FM-97.1 AM-1460|
|Radio Talent:||Paul Keels (play-by-play)|
Ron Stokes (expert analysis)
|Ohio State Notes | Duke Notes | Big Ten Release|
|Ohio State Men's Basketball|
|Men's Basketball||Jeff Boals||Greg Paulus||Dan Wallenberg||Alissa Clendenen|
|Press Conference w/ Coach Matta | Press Conference w/ Craft and Smith Jr.|
Buckeyes in the Challenge
Ohio State is participating in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge for the 11th-consecutive year and has a 5-5 record in the event. The Buckeyes first participated in the event 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 victory in the event. Last year the game vs. Duke pitted the highest combined ranking of Ohio State (2) and Duke (3) in the Buckeyes' previous Challenge games. That record was nearly tied this year with the No. 4 Buckeyes traveling to No. 2 Duke. Ohio State was No. 3 and North Carolina came in at No. 7 in the 2006 Challenge.
The Buckeyes In Big Ten/ACC Challenge
|12/3/02||vs. No. 4 Duke||L||76-91(4)|
|12/3/03||No. 13 Georgia Tech||L||53-73(13)|
|11/29/06||at No. 7 North Carolina||L||89(3)-98(7)|
|11/29/07||No. 1 North Carolina||L||55-66(1)|
|12/2/08||at No. 21 Miami, Fla.||W||73-68(21)|
|12/2/09||No. 21 Florida State||W||77(15)-64(21)|
|11/30/10||at Florida State||W||58(2)-44|
|11/29/11||No. 3 Duke||W||85(2)-63(3)|
|11/28/12||at No. 2 Duke|
Ohio State vs. Duke
Ohio State and Duke have met six times previously with each team earning three victories. Ohio State will be making its first trip to Durham, N.C. The teams are 2-2 at neutral sites and 1-1 in Columbus. This is the third time the teams have met in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge. Before the game last year in Columbus, the last time the teams met was Dec. 3, 2002 in Greensboro, N.C., in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge. Ohio State has played each member of the current Atlantic Coast Conference at least once previously. The Buckeyes are 38-26 overall against ACC teams. Thad Matta, now in his ninth season at Ohio State, coached his last game as head coach at Xavier against Duke. The No. 6 Blue Devils won that game 66-63 to advance to the 2004 Final Four.
A look at the Blue Devils
Ohio State and Duke both enter the game with unblemished records Wednesday. The Buckeyes are ranked No. 4 with a 4-0 record. The Blue Devils are rated No. 2 with a 6-0 mark. Duke won its last three games at the Battle 4 Atlantis in Paradise Island, Bahamas. The Blue Devils downed Minnesota, Virginia Commonwealth and No. 2 Louisville in the title game. Duke also owns wins over Georgia State, No. 3 Kentucky and Florida Gulf Coast. Five Blue Devils, all starters, average in double figures offensively. Senior forward Mason Plumlee leads the team with 19.7 points per game to go with a team-leading 10.0 rebounds a contest. Senior guard Seth Curry contributes 17.0 ppg.
Ohio State vs. the Ranked
Ohio State has an overall record of 147-231 vs. teams ranked in the Associated Press Top 25 poll. The Buckeyes are 7-15 against the No. 2 ranked team all-time. Ohio State defeated No. 2 Syracuse 77-70 March 24 in Boston to reach the 2012 Final Four last year. Against AP Top 10 teams, Ohio State is 62-14 all-time. The last time Ohio State faced a Top 5 team on the road was the 72-70 win at No. 5 Michigan State last year that clinched a share of the 2012 Big Ten regular season title (3/4/12). The last time Ohio State faced a team ranked No. 2 on the road was a 60-48 loss to No. 2 Minnesota Feb. 19, 1997.
Buckeyes Among National Leaders
In the first release of national statistics, Ohio State ranks No. 1 in 3-point field goal percentage among the 345 Division I institutions participating in men's basketball. Ohio State has made 32-67 treys on the season (48 percent). The Buckeyes are in the Top 10 in assist-to-turnover ratio (6th/+1.63) and fewest turnovers per game (5th/9.5 per game). Individually, junior DeshaunThomas is sixth in scoring with 24.0 ppg. Classmate Aaron Craft is No. 5 in assist-to-turnover ratio at +7.0. Sophomore Shannon Scott is No. 16 at +5.0.
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