Dec. 11, 2012
Dec. 12, 2012
No. 7 Ohio State (6-1) vs. Savannah State Tigers (5-4)
|Site:||Value City Arena (19,049)|
|Game Time:||7:01 p.m.|
|Television:||Big Ten Network|
|Talent:||Eric Collins (play-by-play)|
Dan Bonner (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)
Seven Foes Among Top 20
In the latest Associated Press Top 25 poll, seven Ohio State opponents are among the Top 20. Five opponents are in the Top 10. The Buckeyes are scheduled to play 11 games against teams corrently ranked. No. 9 Kansas is up next Dec. 22 in Columbus. The Buckeyes will face No. 1 Indiana, No. 3 Michigan, No. 10 Illinois and No. 19 Michigan State twice each during the 2013 Big Ten season. No. 13 Minnesota plays at Ohio State in the lone meeting against the Gophers.
Buckeyes on Home Win Streak
In the nine seasons Thad Matta has coached the Buckeyes, his teams are 73-2 in Columbus vs. non-conference opponents. Ohio State has won the last 36 non-Big Ten games in Columbus after falling to West Virginia Dec. 27, 2008. In the 75 non-league games, Ohio State has averaged nearly 90 points a game while giving up just over 63 (+26.5 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 73 wins, eight have been by fewer than 10 points. Ohio State has won its last 13 non-conference home games by 20 or more points, the longest current streak of 20+ point wins in the nation. Ohio State's current streak of 36 non-conference home wins rates No. 6 nationally.
Longest Active HOME Win Streaks vs. Non-Conference Teams (as of 12/9/12, Stats.Inc)
Most Consec. Home Wins by 20+ Points vs. Non-Conf. Teams, Active
Homestand Runs To Jan. 2
Ohio State has played four home games this season to date but began a run of eight-consecutive home games vs. Northern Kentucky Dec. 1. 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.
The Savannah State Series
The Tigers of Savannah State University and Ohio State have never met in men's basketball. Against members of the Mid-Eastern Atlantic Conference, Ohio State is 15-0 all-time. Ohio State is 3-0 vs. both Coppin State and Delaware State, 2-0 vs. Florida A&M and owns single victories against Bethune-Cookman, Hampton, Howard, Morgan State and Norfolk State. Maryland Eastern Shore, North Carolina A&T, South Carolina State and the Tigers have yet to face the Buckeyes. Thad Matta is 9-0 vs. the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference. Ohio State last faced a team representing the MEAC in the 2010-11 season opener, a 102-61 victory against North Carolina A&T. Ohio State opened the season ranked No. 4 nationally. The game was part of the Global Sports Invitational.
A Look at the Tigers
Savannah State, a member of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference, enters the game against the Buckeyes with a 5-4 record. The Tigers have won two of its last three games after starting the season with three wins in four outings. SSU has not played since Dec. 1, a 55-45 loss in its league opener to Norfolk State. Wins this season have come against Trinity Baptist, North Florida, at Alabama State, Western Illinois and Robert Morris. Losses have been against Middle Tennessee, Central Florida, Florida and Norfolk State. Senior forward Rashad Hassan leads the team offensively with 13.2 points a game. He also leads the team in shooting percentage, making 58 percent of his field goals (50-86). Senior guard Preston Blackman adds 11.0 ppg. and has made the most 3s (13) and is tops in assists (26) for the Tigers.
Buckeyes Among National Leaders
In the recent release of national statistics (Dec. 10), Ohio State ranks among the Top 15 in assist-to-turnover ratio (6th/+1.6) and fewest turnovers per game (3rd/9.3 per game). The Buckeyes are No. 9 in scoring margin (+20.9) and No. 10 in field goal percentage defense (.362). Individually, junior DeshaunThomas is No. 17 in scoring with 20.6 ppg. Sophomore Shannon Scott is No. 4 nationally in assist-to-turnover ratio (+6.6).
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