Postgame Notes: No. 9 Kansas 74, No. 7 Ohio State 66

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? Saturday?s contest marked the 10th meeting all-time between Ohio State and Kansas. The Jayhawks hold a 7-3 advantage in the series and have won five games in a row.
? With the loss, OSU falls to 25-24 all-time against members of the Big 12 Conference.
? The game was the last on the current Value City arena court for Ohio State. A new court will be installed prior to the Dec. 29 contest vs. Chicago State.
? The loss snapped Ohio State?s 39-game non-conference winning streak at Value City Arena, the fifth longest in the nation. The last loss prior to Saturday?s contest was Dec. 27, 2008 vs. West Virginia.
? Saturday?s game was the first sellout of the season at Value City Arena. Ohio State owns a 57-16 record in sellouts at VCA. The Buckeyes are 20-9 all-time in sellouts vs. AP ranked teams at the arena and 10-4 vs. the AP Top 10.

? Ohio State shot a season-low 30.8 percent (20-65) for the game, 25 percent in the second half (9-36).
? The Buckeyes trailed at the half for the first time this season (37-35).
? Trailing 23-17 at the 10:10 mark of the first half, the Buckeyes used a 14-0 run over the next 3:59 to take a 31-23 lead. Kansas responded with a 14-4 run to close the half.
? Kansas shot 51 percent from the field (25-49), the first OSU opponent to shoot 50 percent or better against the Buckeyes this season.
? Ohio State scored 23 points off of 19 Kansas turnovers, a season high for the Jayhawks.
? The Buckeyes held a 25-8 advantage in bench points. The OSU bench has outscored opponents 256-138 this season.
? Ohio State owned a 26-18 advantage in second chance points.
? As a ranked team (AP), No. 7 Ohio State is 435-118 all-time. Ohio State is 314-69 when ranked in the Top 10.
? The Buckeyes have an all-time record of 147-233 vs. ranked opponents in the Associated Press Top 25. That includes a mark of 62-116 vs. Top 10 foes.
? In games when both teams enter with a Top 25 ranking, Ohio State is 67-59 all-time.


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Winthrop Eagles Up Next for Buckeyes

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Dec. 18, 2012
No. 7 Ohio State Buckeyes (8-1) vs. Winthrop Eagles (4-4)

Site: Value City Arena (19,049)
Game Time: 7 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: XM 92/Sirius 190
Local Radio: WBNS FM-97.1 AM-1460
Radio Talent: Paul Keels (play-by-play)
Ron Stokes (expert analysis)

Ohio State In the Big Ten
The Buckeyes are No. 2 in scoring offense among Big Ten teams (80.1 ppg.) and scoring margin (+22.7). From long range, Ohio State has made 40 percent of its 3-point attempts, good for the No. 2 spot in the league. The Buckeyes also are in the No. 2 spot in both turnover margin (+4.3) and assist to turnover ratio (+1.5). Individually, Deshaun Thomas leads the conference in scoring with 20.3 points per game. Shannon Scott (5.0) and Aaron Craft(4.8) rate No. 2 and No. 3, respectively, in assists per game. Scott also is No. 2 in steals per game (2.6) and No. 1 in assist to turnover ratio (+5.0). Craft is No. 3 in the league (+3.6).

Aaron Craft: Needs 16 points to reach 700 for his career…reached 400 career assists with eight vs. UNC Asheville … his 401 career total rates tied for No. 8 all-time with Larry Bolden (1974-77) … Evan Turner is No. 7 with 414. Evan Ravenel: reached 300 (302) career points with 12 vs. UNC Asheville … with seven rebounds vs. the Bulldogs he reached 200 career rebounds (207). Shannon Scott: Scored seven points vs. UNC Asheville to top the century mark in career scoring (104) … his nine assists also moved him over 100 for this career (105). Lenzelle Smith Jr.: Needs 11 points to reach 400 for his career. Deshaun Thomas: Reached 400 career rebounds with 10 vs. UNC Asheville … needs five made 3-pointers for 100 made in his career … 20 points shy of No. 41 Mel Nowell (1,100) on the career scoring list. Amir Williams: 15 points shy of 100 career points and eight rebounds short of 100.

The Winthrop Series
The Eagles and Buckeyes will be meeting for the first time Tuesday. Winthrop, located in Rock Hill, S.C., is a member of the Big South Conference. The Eagles are the second-consecutive Big South representative to face the Buckeyes after UNC Asheville traveled to Ohio State last Saturday (OSU win, 90-72). Overall, Ohio State has a record of 14-0 vs. teams representing the Big South Conference, which includes five wins vs. Asheville, 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 and Longwood. Thad Matta is 11-0 during his coaching career against members of the Big South Conference. The last Big South school to take on Ohio State (before Asheville and Winthrip) was VMI Nov. 23 at Value City Arena, a 107-74 Buckeyes win.

A Look at the Eagles
Winthrop enters the game vs. Ohio State with a 4-4 record. Wins have come against St. Andrews, Lenoir-Rhyne, Brevard and at home vs. Ohio University last Saturday (50-49). Losses have been to Indiana State, Virginia Commonwealth, Wofford and James Madison. The Eagles are led by sophomore guard Derrick Henry with 15.6 points a game. Gideon Gamble, a graduate guard of Winthrop, and sophomore point guard Andre Smith average just shy of 10 points a game. Larry Brown is the team’s top rebounder with 5.8 caroms a contest.


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Buckeyes earn AP All-American honors

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – Three Ohio State University football standouts – junior defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins, sophomore cornerback Bradley Roby and senior defensive end John Simon – were named Associated Press All-Americans today. Hankins and Roby were each honored with second-team recognition while Simon was a third-team selection for the second consecutive year.

Each was a major contributor this season for the Buckeyes, who are ranked No. 3 by the Associated Press after completing a 12-0 campaign that included an 8-0 mark in the Big Ten Conference and a championship of the league’s Leaders Division.

Hankins, who announced Dec. 10 he would forego his senior season and enter the 2013 NFL Draft, ranked fifth on the team this season with 55 tackles, including 4.0 TFLs (minus-22 yards). He had a career-high 10 tackles against both California and UAB.

Roby ranks second in the nation in passes defended with 1.73 per game and 19 total (17 pass break-ups and two interceptions). He scored three touchdowns – via interception, recovered fumble and recovered bobbled snap – this season, and he had two interceptions vs. Nebraska and a career-high four PBUs vs. Penn State.

Simon, the Big Ten’s defensive player of the year and its defensive lineman of the year, led the Big Ten in quarterback sacks (9.0 for minus-73 yards) and ranked second with 14.5 tackles-for-loss, totaling minus-87 yards – both Top 25 marks nationally.
All three players were first-team all-Big Ten performers this year for Coach Urban Meyer. Simon, a three-year starter, had started 37 consecutive games for the Buckeyes until a knee injury forced him to miss the teams undefeated-season-capping 26-21 win over Michigan. Hankins and Roby have each started 25 consecutive games.


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Meyer FWAA Coach of the Year Finalist

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – First-year Ohio State football coach Urban Meyer is a finalist for the Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year Award, the Football Writers Association of America announced today. Meyer guided the Buckeyes to a 12-0 record and to the championship of the Big Ten Conference Leaders Division one season after the team went 6-7 overall and 4-4 in the Big Ten.

This is Meyer’s third time as a finalist for the award in his 11 seasons as a head coach. He won the award in 2004 after guiding Utah to a 12-0 record and he was a finalist in 2008. Joining him as 2012 finalists are (alphabetically): Gary Andersen (Utah State), Dave Doeren (Northern Illinois), Brian Kelly (Notre Dame), Will Muschamp (Florida), Bill O’Brien (Penn State), David Shaw (Stanford), Bill Snyder (Kansas State) and Kevin Sumlin (Texas A&M).

Ohio State’s undefeated/untied season was just the sixth for the program in 123 years of football. The Buckeyes went 8-0 in the Big Ten with wins over three Top 20 teams – at Michigan State, Nebraska and Michigan – plus another huge win over Wisconsin at difficult Camp Randall Stadium.

Meyer, the second-winningest active Football Bowl Subdivision coach with a winning percentage of .835, is now 116-23 overall, a record that includes a 65-7 home record, a 68-18 mark against conference competition, a 24-7 record against teams in the Top 25 and a 22-3 record in “rivalry games.”

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