Jody Victor: Indiana has won its last three games and six of the last seven after going to the wire to win (85-82) at Northwestern last Saturday in Evanston, Ill. After a win at Ohio State Feb. 10 (59-53), the Hoosiers fell to Wisconsin at home 68-66 before wins in Bloomington, against Michigan State (80-61) and Purdue (77-68). Freshman Eric Gordon leads the team offensively with 21.5 points a game. He is followed by senior D.J. White's 17.1 ppg. White also tops the Big Ten in rebounding with an average of 10.4 boards per game.
Ohio State began its final regular season stretch run vs. Wisconsin Sunday, with a 58-53 loss to the No. 11 Badgers in one of three home games over the final five contests before the 2008 Big Ten Tournament (March 13-16/Indianapolis). The Buckeyes stand in the No. 5 position in the league standings with games remaining against the three teams in front and the one behind Ohio State in the standings. After taking on Wisconsin (13-2), ahead of 12-2 Purdue and Indiana, Ohio State travels to take on the Hoosiers tonight and Minnesota, currently sixth after a win vs. Penn State in Minneapolis Sunday. Ohio State then plays host to the Boilermakers March 4 before ending the season against Michigan State in Columbus (3/9).
Senior guard Jamar Butler is the most experienced Buckeye in games vs. Indiana. Butler has six appearances under his belt with an average of 5.8 points per game. He also averages 3.2 rebounds a contest in the IU series. Freshman Kosta Koufos tallied 18 points and grabbed nine rebounds in the earlier meeting this season. Classmate John Diebler scored 14 in his debut vs. the Hoosiers. Senior Othello Hunter averages 10 points and six rebounds in his two meetings vs. the Hoosiers.
Tonight's game at Assembly Hall will start at 7:00 pm ET. You can watch the game on ESPN or listen to the OSU Radio Network, or Sirius Radio Ch. 123.
Jody Victor: Kosta Koufos scored 18 points and Evan Turner had 16 for the Buckeyes (17-9, 8-5), but it wasn't enough as Michigan pulled away late for an 80-70 victory Sunday at Crisler Arena. It was Ohio State coach Thad Matta's first loss to Michigan in eight games.
Freshman Manny Harris scored a career-high 27 points and DeShawn Sims added 22 for Michigan.
Kelvin Grady also had eight points for the Wolverines (8-17, 4-9 Big Ten). Michigan has won three straight conference games for the first time since it registered five consecutive victories over a stretch in January and February 2006.
After Ohio State took a 44-43 lead early in the second half, Michigan blew the game open with a 15-5 run to build a 58-48 advantage with 10:42 left. The Wolverines had 3-pointers from Harris, Sims and Grady during the stretch.
The Buckeyes responded by scoring 10 of the next 12 points to cut the deficit to 60-58. The game stayed close down the stretch but Michigan was able to hold off Ohio State by hitting 9 of 12 free throws in the final 86 seconds.
Neither team could gain full control of the first half. There were eight lead changes and six ties, including 38-all at halftime.
The Buckeyes are back in action at 4 p.m. this Sunday against Wisconsin at Value City Arena. Be sure to catch the game on CBS.
Jody Victor: Ohio State is 104-44 all-time vs. Northwestern with a 62-14 record in Columbus and a 42-30 advantage in Evanston. The Buckeyes won the earlier meeting this season 62-51. The Buckeyes have won the last 16 games in the series, including the last seven in Evanston. Ohio State has won the last 24 in Columbus. All the recent Ohio State win streaks are the longest for the Buckeyes in the all-time series.
Jamar Butler is the most experienced Buckeye in the Northwestern series with six games played. He averages 9.0 points with an average of 33 minutes a game. In the earlier meeting this season freshman Kosta Koufos scored 17 points and grabbed 12 rebounds while classmate and Chicago native Evan Turner contributed 16 points. Rookie Jon Diebler also helped with 15 points.
Northwestern opened the 2008 Big Ten Conference season Jan. 2 against Penn State in Evanston. The Wildcats completed its non-conference schedule with a 5-4 record, including a stretch of four-consective victories to end 2007. Sophomore Kevin Coble leads the team with 16 points a game in 12 appearances. He also leads the squad with 5.8 rebounds a game. Junior Craig Moore contributes 13.6 points while freshman Michael Thompson adds 12.5 ppg. Thompson leads the Big Ten in minutes played with 36 a contest. Nine Wildcats have made at least two 3-pointers on the season with Moore leading the way with 68 made and 174 attempted treys. Ten Buckeyes have made a 3-pointer this season. Jamar Butler leads the way with 65 makes and 163 attempted.
Jamar Butler has played in all but one game in his Ohio State career, a total of 126. Senior classmate Matt Terwilliger has made 105 appearances during his career. The pair could go down as the winningest Buckeyes all-time and Butler is on pace to appear in more games than any other Buckeye in history.
Don't miss the Buckeye's game tonight against Northwestern at the Welsh-Ryan Arena. Game time is 9:00 p.m. ET on the Big Ten Network or radio WBNS FM-97.1, AM-1460.
Jody Victor: Michigan is 5-16 overall and 1-8 in league play heading into the game tonight in Columbus with the Buckeyes. The Wolverines have dropped their last five games after a win at Northwester Jan. 12. That win broke a five-game losing streak. Michigan is led by Manny Harris' 16.3 game. DeShawn Sims and Ekpe Udoh lead the team in rebounding with 4.8 per contest.
Ohio State four-year seniors Matt Terwilliger and Jamar Butler are 6-0 vs. Michigan in their careers. Butler averages a team high 7.7 points a game vs. the Wolverines and averages 33.5 minutes a game. Senior Othello Hunter, a junior college transfer, faced Michigan three times a year ago and owns the team lead with 4.3 rebounds a game.
Thad Matta, head coach of the Buckeyes, is 6-0 in the Michigan series during his tenure with the Buckeyes. Ohio State leads the all-time series 82-69 with a record of 47-26 in Columbus. The Buckeyes faced Michigan three times last season winning 73-63 in Columbus Feb. 6, 65-61 in Ann Arbor March 3 and in the quarterfinal round of the 2007 Big Ten Conference Tournament, 72-62 March 9.
Jamar Butler needs only four assists to reach 500 for his career. He will become just the second Buckeye to reach 500 helpers, Kelvin Ransey is the career leader with 516 from 1977-80.
You can catch tonight's game at 7:00 pm ET on ESPN or radio WBNS FM-97.1, AM-1460.