Dec. 14, 2012
Dec. 15, 2012
No. 7 Ohio State (7-1) vs. UNC Asheville Bulldogs (3-6)
|Site:||Value City Arena (19,049)|
|Television:||Big Ten Network|
|Talent:||Tom Hamilton (play-by-play)|
Jim Jackson (expert analysis)
|Radio:||OSU-IMG Sports Network (56 stations)|
|Satellite Radio:||XM 91/Sirius 91|
|Local Radio:||WBNS FM-97.1 AM-1460|
|Radio Talent:||Paul Keels (play-by-play)|
Ron Stokes (expert analysis)
|Ohio State Notes | UNC Asheville Notes | Big Ten Stats|
|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 Della Valle|
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The UNC Asheville Series
Ohio State and UNC Asheville have played four times previously, all wins for the Buckeyes. The teams first met Dec. 4, 1993 at St. John Arena in Columbus, a 93-59 Ohio State win. The Bulldogs faced the Buckeyes in a 2008 National Invitational Tournament contest March 18, 2008. Thad Matta's Buckeyes earned an 84-66 victory to advance and eventually win the 2008 NIT crown. Asheville returned to Columbus Nov. 22, 2008 for a regular-season meeting with the Buckeyes. Ohio State, ranked No. 15 nationally, won 83-59. The Buckeyes were ranked No. 2 nationally in the most recent meeting, a 96-49 win at Value City Arena Dec. 21, 2010.
Overall, Ohio State has a record of 13-0 vs. teams representing the Big South Conference, which includes three wins vs. Virginia Military Institute, two victories each against Radford and Presbyterian and lone wins vs. Coastal Carolina and Gardner Webb. Ohio State has yet to play against Campbell, Charleston Southern, High Point, Liberty, Longwood and Winthrop, who Ohio State will host Dec. 18. Thad Matta is 10-0 during his coaching career against members of the Big South Conference. The last Big South school to take on Ohio State was VMI Nov. 23 at Value City Arena, a 107-74 Buckeyes win.
A Look at the Bulldogs
UNC Asheville opened the season with a 71-61 win against Western Carolina. The Bulldogs then battled through six-consecutive losses before an 85-51 win against Montreat College Dec. 8. and a 66-55 win over Lenoir-Rhyne Wednesday. Asheville is led by senior forward Jeremy Atkinson with 18.1 points a game. Both Trent Meyer, a junior guard, and Keith Hornsby, a sophomore guard, contribute 10+ points with 12.1 ppg., and 11.6 ppg., scoring averages, respectively. Atkinson is the team leader in rebounding with 7.9 rpg.
Seven Foes Among Top 20
In the latest Associated Press Top 25 poll, seven Ohio State opponents are among the Top 20 and five opponents are ranked in the Top 10. The Buckeyes are scheduled to play 11 games against teams currently 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.
Depth Helps Buckeyes to 7-1 Start
Ohio State's reserves contributed 32 or more points four times in each of the last three games. In all of last season the Buckeye bench scored 30 or more points in a game three times. This season, Ohio State reserves provide an average of 24.9 points a game, outscoring opponent reserves by just over 12 points a game. Against Long Beach State Dec. 8, Ohio State reserves scored 37 points, the most since a 41-point effort by the Buckeye bench vs. North Carolina A&T Nov. 11, 2010.
Buckeyes on home win streak
In the nine seasons Thad Matta has coached the Buckeyes, his teams are 74-2 in Columbus vs. non-conference opponents. Ohio State has won the last 37 non-Big Ten games in Columbus after falling to West Virginia Dec. 27, 2008. In the 76 non-league games, Ohio State has averaged nearly 90 points a game while giving up just over 63 (+26.6 ppg.). The largest 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 74 wins, eight have been by fewer than 10 points. Ohio State has won its last 14 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 37 non-conference home wins rates No. 6 nationally.
Longest Active HOME Win Streaks vs. Non-Conference Teams (as of 12/12/12, Stats.Inc)
Most Consec. Home Wins by 20+ Points vs. Non-Conf. Teams, Active
Homestand Runs To Jan. 2
Ohio State has played five 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.
For more information click on the Ohio State Notes link above.
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