Jody Victor: Junior Jeremie Simmons, one of two Chicago natives on the Ohio State roster, is making his first trip to Northwestern Wednesday. The game will tip off at 9 p.m. ET on the Big Ten network.
Ohio State leads the all-time series vs. Northwestern 105-44 with a record of 43-30 in Evanston. The Buckeyes have won the last 11 games in the series since Feb. 21, 1998, a 70-62 setback in Evanston. Thad Matta is 7-0 vs. the Wildcats since taking over the Ohio State program in 2004-05. Evan turner averaged 13.0 points and 5.0 rebounds a game in two appearances vs. the Wildcats last season to lead the current roster of Buckeyes in the series. He connected on 10 of 15 field goals and 4 of 5 3-pointers a gear ago vs. Northwestern. Jon Diebler contributed 12 points a game as well. The teams will end the regular season in Columbus March 8. Northwestern has dropped its last 25 games in Columbus. The last Wildcat win on Ohio State's campus was an 83-72 victory at St. John Arena Feb. 24, 1977.
Sophomore Evan Turner has won the Big Ten's Player of the Week award three times this season after earning his second-consecutive honor after a pair of wins vs. ranked teams last week. Turner averaged a double-double in wins vs. No. 12 Purdue Feb. 3 and No. 19 minnesota Feb. 7. Both games were in Columbus. The most recent honor followed his second POW honor Feb 2 after wins vs. Michigan Jan. 25 at home and a win at Indiana Jan. 31. His first POW of the year followed victories at No. 21 Miami, Fla., Dec. 2 and vs. No. 7 Notre Dame Dec. 6 in Indianapolis. Turner is the first Buckeye to repeat as the Big Ten POW since Terence Dials won back-to-back awards in 2004-05. The last Ohio State players to win three awards in the same year were Scoonie Penn and Michael Redd, who each did so in 1998-99.