Nov. 30, 2012
Dec. 1, 2012
No. 4 Ohio State Buckeyes (4-1) vs. Northern Kentucky Norse (0-4)
|Site:||Value City Arena (18,809)|
|Game Time:||4:31 p.m.|
|Television:||Big Ten Network|
|Talent:||Tom Hamilton (play-by-play)|
Jim Jackson (expert analysis)
|Radio:||OSU-IMG Sports Network (56 stations)|
|Satellite Radio:||Sirius 139, XM 194|
|Local Radio:||WBNS FM-97.1 AM-1460|
|Radio Talent:||Paul Keels (play-by-play)|
Ron Stokes (expert analysis)
Homestand Starts with NKU
Ohio State has played just two home games this season to date but will begin a run of eight-consecutive home games vs. Northern Kentucky Saturday. The Buckeyes will play seven games at Value City Arena in December before the Big Ten Conference opener Jan. 2 vs. Nebraska on the home court.
Buckeyes on Home Win Streak
In the nine seasons Thad Matta has coached the Buckeyes, his teams are 71-2 in Columbus vs. non-conference opponents. Ohio State has won the last 34 non-Big Ten games in Columbus after falling to West Virginia Dec. 27, 2008. In the 73 non-league games, Ohio State has averaged nearly 90 points a game while giving up just over 63 (+26.4 ppg.). The largerst margin of victory was 63 points vs. St. Francis (Pa.) Nov. 28, 2009 (110-47). The smallest were two-point wins vs. No. 21 LSU 78-76 Dec. 31, 2006 and vs. No. 16 Tennessee (68-66) Jan. 13, 2007. In the 71 wins, eight have been by fewer than 10 points. Ohio State has won its last 11 non-conference home games by 20 or more points.
The NKU Series
Ohio State and Northern Kentucky are playing for the first time. The Buckeyes are 12-0 against members of the Atlantic Sun Conference. Ohio State has faced all but two members of the league - Kennesaw State and the Norse. Ohio State has three wins vs. Stetson, two victories over East Tennessee State and Jacksonville and a win each vs. Florida Gulf Coast, Lipscomb, Mercer, North Florida and South Carolina-Upstate. Ohio State last played against a Atlantic Sun foe last season, an 82-58 win vs. USC-Upstate at Value City Arena. Ohio State was ranked No. 2 at the time.
A Look at the Norse
Northern Kentucky enters the game with the Buckeyes with an 0-4 record. San Diego, Tulsa, Siena and Cal State Northridge own wins vs. NKU this season. The Norse have yet to play a home game. The game vs. San Diego was the first for the Norse as a Division I men's basketball program. After first fielding a men's basketball program 41 years ago, the Norse are playing its first in Division I. NKU is 6-25 vs. Division I competition all-time with the last win coming against Tennessee State, 66-64, Jan. 14, 1984. The six victories have come against Xavier and Eastern Kentucky, twice each, Evansville and Tennessee State. In four games this season, the Norse are led by senior guard Eshaunte Jones with 15.8 points per game. The leading rebounder for NKU is senior guard Ethan Faulkner with 5.3 rpg. The Norse roster has seven players from Ohio.
Noting the Norse
NKU made its debut in Division I basketball with four games in five days in San Diego, Calif., Nov. 14-18.
The Norse held second-half leads in all four games.
NKU has never played a Big Ten basketball team during the regular season.
The Norse met Ohio State in an exhibition game on Nov. 9, 2004. The Buckeyes posted a 77-67 victory.
NKU's last regular-season win against a Division I team came on Jan. 14, 1984, when the Norse upset Tennessee State, 66-64, in Highland Heights, Ky.
Thomas Reaches 1,000, Craft Approaching
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 1,009 for his career, good for the No. 48 spot all-time at Ohio State. Craft is 331 points away. Thomas averages 12.5 points over his career after contributing 15.9 points a game as a sophomore. Craft has averaged just over eight points a game over 81 career outings. He averaged 8.8 ppg. as a sophomore.
Craft Closing on Steals Record
Four games into his junior season, Aaron Craft is closing on the Ohio State all-time steals record with 177 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.
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