Jody Victor®: No. 2 Buckeyes Set for Showdown with Spartans

Jody Victor: Tonight's basketball game pits No. 2 Ohio State (24-1, 11-1) against Michigan State (14-10, 6-6) at home in Value City Arena. Game time is 9 pm ET and it will be televised on ESPN. In the meantime, here's some news from osu.edu.

Since Thad Matta took over the Buckeye program in 2004-05, Ohio State is 115-10 in Columbus, the most home wins among Big Ten schools. Over the last two seasons Ohio State is 33-1 in Columbus.

The Buckeyes are 15-0 at home this season in Value City Arena (1-0 at St. John Arena). In games at VCA, Ohio State is shooting 49 percent from the field (441-894). The Buckeyes are outscoring opponents by 25 ppg. and have a rebounding advantage of 7.9 rpg. No opponent has scored more than 66 points at Value City Arena this season. Ohio State finished 17-1 at home last season, the second most home victories in a season at Ohio State. The team reached 100 or more points three times and averaged a margin of victory of +22.1. The Buckeyes opened the 2010-11 campaign with a 102-61 victory over NC A&T and recently defeated UT-Martin 100-40. Ohio State is 69-1 all-time when scoring 100 or more points in a game.

Michigan State leads the all-time series with the Buckeyes 58-50 with Ohio State leading 36-16 in Columbus. Ohio State has won the last two meetings with the Spartans. As a ranked team, Ohio State is 18-8 in games vs. Michigan State, including wins in the last four meetings as a ranked team. Junior William Buford is Ohio State's top scorer in the Michigan State series with 14.8 points per game over his four career games vs. the Spartans. He also is Ohio State's top rebounder with an average of 5.3 rebounds a game.

Go Bucks!!!

Jody Victor