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.