O-H-L-A: Buckeyes Face Arizona In NCAA Sweet 16

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No. 2 seed Ohio State Buckeyes (28-7) vs. No. 6 seed Arizona Wildcats (27-7)

Date: March 28, 2013
Site: Staples Center (18,118)
Game Time: 7:47 p.m. ET
Television: TBS
Talent: Kevin Harlan (play-by-play)
Reggie Miller (expert analysis)
Len Elmore (expert analysis)
Lewis Johnson (sideline)
Radio: OSU-IMG Sports Network (56 stations)
Satellite Radio: Sirius TBA/XM TBA
Local Radio: WBNS FM-97.1 AM-1460
Radio Talent: Paul Keels (play-by-play)
Ron Stokes (expert analysis)

The 2013 NCAA Tournament
The No. 2-seeded (West) Buckeyes entered the 2013 NCAA Tournament after winning the 2013 Big Ten Tournament in Chicago with a 3-0 record. Thad Matta, in his ninth year as head coach at Ohio State, has taken the Buckeyes to seven NCAA tournaments during his time in Columbus, including a title game appearance in 2007. The Buckeyes have appeared in the last five NCAA tournaments.

Ohio State enters the game vs. Arizona with a 28-7 overall record and as 2013 Big Ten Tournament Champions. The Buckeyes finished the Big Ten regular season with a 13-5 record, good for a tie for second with Michigan State. Ohio State was the No. 2 seed in the league tournament last week. The Buckeyes have won 20 Big Ten titles and are making their 25th appearance in the NCAA tournament.

2013 Buckeyes in the NCAA Tournament: Deshaun Thomas is averaging 23.0 points and 4.0 rebounds in NCAA tournament play this year. Sam Thompson has contributed 13.5 points along with a team-leading 6.5 rebounds a game. LaQuinton Ross (12.0 ppg.) and Aaron Craft (11.0 ppg.) also are in double digits offensively. Shannon Scottand Craft each have 13 assists. Craft has a team-high eight steals. As a team, Ohio State is shooting nearly 50 percent from the field (59-120/.492) while averaging 86.5 ppg.

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Buckeyes Move from Madhouse to Madness

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No. 2 Seed Ohio State Buckeyes (26-7) vs. the No. 15 Seed Iona Gaels (20-13)

Date: March 22, 2013
Site: Dayton Arena (13,409)
Game Time: 7:15 p.m. ET
Television: CBS
Talent: Jim Nantz (play-by-play)
Clark Kellogg (expert analysis)
Tracy Wolfson (sideline)
Radio: OSU-IMG Sports Network (56 stations)
Satellite Radio: Sirius 93/XM 191
Local Radio: WBNS FM-97.1 AM-1460
Radio Talent: Paul Keels (play-by-play)
Ron Stokes (expert analysis)

Ohio State and The NCAA Tournament
This is Ohio State’s 25th appearances in the NCAA tournament. Overall, Ohio State has a 45-23 record all-time in NCAA tournament play. The Buckeyes have advanced to play in 10 Final Fours, have finished as the runner up four times (1939, 1961, 1962, 2007) and own one title (1960). Ohio State finished third four times (1944, 1945, 1946, 1968). The Buckeyes have played in three-consecutive NCAA “Sweet 16s,” a feat last accomplished at Ohio State from 1960-62. The Buckeyes have made 13 “Sweet 16” appearances in NCAA Tournament play.

The 2013 NCAA Tournament
The No. 2-seeded (West) Buckeyes enter the 2013 NCAA Tournament after winning the 2013 Big Ten Tournament in Chicago with a 3-0 record. Thad Matta, in his ninth year as head coach at Ohio State, has taken the Buckeyes to seven NCAA tournaments during his time in Columbus, including a title game appearance in 2007. The Buckeyes have appeared in the last five NCAA tournaments.

Ohio State enters the 2013 NCAA event with a 26-7 overall record and as 2013 Big Ten Tournament Champions. The Buckeyes finished the Big Ten regular season with a 13-5 record, good for a tie for second with Michigan State. Ohio State was the No. 2 seed in the league tournament last week. The Buckeyes have won 20 Big Ten titles and are making its 25th appearance in the NCAA tournament.

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2013 Big Ten Tournament Next for No. 2 Seed Buckeyes

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2-Ohio State Buckeyes (23-7) vs. 7-Purdue (15-16) or 10-Nebraska (14-17)
Date: March 15, 2013
Site: United Center (22,000)
Game Time: 6:30 p.m. ET
Television: Big Ten Network
Talent: Gus Johnson (play-by-play)
Shon Morris (expert analysis)
Stephanie White (sideline)
Radio: OSU-IMG Sports Network (56 stations)
Satellite Radio: Sirius TBA/XM TBA
Local Radio: WBNS FM-97.1 AM-1460
Radio Talent: Paul Keels (play-by-play)
Ron Stokes (expert analysis)

OSU Big Ten Tournament History
The No. 2-seed Buckeyes are 19-9 all-time in Big Ten Tournament play since the event began in 1998. Ohio State was the No. 3 seed in 2012 and has won 15 of its last 19 league tournament games, including eight of the last nine. By seed, Ohio State is 11-2 as No. 1, 2-1 as No. 3, 2-2 as No. 5, 1-1 as No. 6, 3-1 as No. 8, 0-1 as No. 9 and 0-1 as No. 11. Ohio State has entered the tournament as the No. 1 seed five times (2000, 2006, 2007, 2010, 2011). Thad Matta is 16-5 in league tournament play with three titles (2007, 2010, 2011) and five title game appearances (2006, 2009).

Buckeyes in the Big Ten Tournament
Aaron Craft: In six career league tournament games, Craft has averaged 9.8 points with a total of 23 assists, nine steals and five blocks … shooting 55 percent overall (23-42) while averaging 34 minutes a game. Deshaun Thomas: Averages 11 points and 4.2 rebounds in six BTT games … shooting 55 percent from the field (28-51) in just under 24 minutes per game. Lenzelle Smith Jr.: Has played in three BTT games, all starts … averages 8.0 points and 4.0 rebounds … owns six assists, a pair of steals and a block … shooting 86 percent from the foul line (6-7) in just over 28 minutes a game. Sam Thompson: Played briefly in all three BTT games a year ago as a freshman (26 minutes) … did not score. Amir Williams: Played briefly in all three BTT games a year ago as a freshman (8 total minutes) … did not score. Shannon Scott: Played 19 minutes as a rookie in the BTT, scored four points. Evan Ravenel: Made 3 of 7 field goals in three BTT games last year (6 pts.) … also grabbed seven rebounds in 26 total minutes. LaQuinton Ross: Played briefly in two BTT games a year ago, scoring two points in four total minutes.

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No. 14 Ohio State Holds Off Iowa, 72-63

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – Deshaun Thomas, who missed part of the second half with a cut above his eye, scored 16 points and No. 14 Ohio State built a big lead and then held on to beat Iowa 72-63 on Tuesday night.
Thomas, the Big Ten’s leading scorer at 21 points per game, sat out about 3 minutes while an open cut over his right eye was bandaged.
The Buckeyes (14-4, 4-2 Big Ten) led by 24 points with under 13 minutes left but watched as Iowa cut the lead to four with 1:30 remaining.
Aaron White, an Ohio native playing his first college game in his home state, had 13 points for Iowa (13-6, 2-4).
Aaron Craft and Lenzelle Smith Jr. both had 12 points and Evan Ravenel added 11 for Ohio State.
The Buckeyes used a 10-0 run bridging halftime to build a 24-point lead. Iowa rallied to draw within five points on White’s bank shot with 2:30 left.
Ohio State missed a shot but rebounded it, before Craft was called for an offensive foul.
White then was fouled and hit the second of two to cut the lead to 63-59 with 1:30 remaining.
Craft added a foul shot with 1:02 left and, after forcing a turnover, Thomas made two more with 52.9 seconds remaining.
Roy Devyn Marble, who had a miserable shooting night for the Hawkeyes, then missed two free throws before Craft made two more to push the lead to 68-59 with 40 seconds left.
The victory finally broke a stalemate in the series, which began in 1915. Each team had won 75 meetings coming in. Ohio State has won eight straight against Iowa and 10 of the last 11. The Hawkeyes haven’t won in Columbus since 2004.
The Hawkeyes’ four Big Ten losses have come to teams ranked in the top 15 – No. 2 Michigan, No. 7 Indiana, No. 13 Michigan State and the 14th-ranked Buckeyes. Those teams came into the week with an overall combined record of 62-10 and 16-5 in the conference.
Ahead by 12 at halftime, Ohio State stepped up the pressure on defense in the opening minutes of the half.
Iowa turned the ball over on three of its first four possessions as Ohio State stretched a 6-0 run to end the half into a 10-0 streak as Craft and Thomas hit shots. That stretched the lead to 38-22.
The Buckeyes led by 24 points with 12:48 remaining before Iowa made it interesting by pressing full court, contesting every shot and making free throws.
Iowa, which had won its last two games, stayed within striking range despite shooting just 25 percent in the opening half.
The Buckeyes took the lead for good when LaQuinton Ross came in and hit a 3 and then a 12-foot jumper to go up 17-13. The lead hovered around five points for several minutes until Ohio State made a late surge.
With the Buckeyes ahead 28-22, Sam Thompson scored inside off an assist from Shannon Scott. At the other end, Ravenel blocked a shot by Basabe.
The Hawkeyes then collapsed in the waning seconds. Scott passed into the lane to Ravenel, who was fouled by Marble as he hit the basket. He missed the foul shot, but Smith leaped between two defenders to retrieve the ball and then bank it in for a 34-22 lead.
One reason Iowa was able to stay close was because of its hard work on the boards. The Hawkeyes grabbed 13 of the first 15 rebounds, including eight offensive boards. By halftime, Ohio State had narrowed the gap to 23-15 on the glass.
Craft set the school’s career mark for steals with 205 when he plucked the ball from White at the 14:25 mark with the Buckeyes leading 10-6. The junior came in sharing the record with Jay Burson (1986-89).
Iowa dropped to 1-3 on opposing teams’ home courts.
The victory followed a curious pattern for Ohio State. Over their last 10 games they have won, won, lost, won, won, lost, won, won, lost and now won. (Follow Rusty Miller on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/rustymillerap)

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Buckeyes Begin Big Ten Season vs. Nebraska

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Jan. 2, 2013
No. 8 Ohio State Buckeyes (10-2, 0-0) vs. the Nebraska Cornhuskers (9-4, 0-0)
Site: Value City Arena (19,049)
Game Time: 6:30 p.m.
Television: Big Ten Network
Talent: Kevin Kugler (play-by-play)
Dan Bonner (expert analysis)
Radio: OSU-IMG Sports Network (56 stations)
Satellite Radio: Sirius 128 /XM 190
Local Radio: WBNS FM-97.1 AM-1460
Radio Talent: Paul Keels (play-by-play)
Ron Stokes (expert analysis)

101 Years in Big Ten
Ohio State celebrates 101 years as a member of the Big Ten Conference in men’s basketball in 2013. The Buckeyes finished in the No. 6 spot in the 1913 conference standings, the first season of league play. Over the 100 previous seasons, Ohio State has earned 20 Big Ten regular-season titles with 24 NCAA tournament appearances, one national championship (1960) and 10 trips to the Final Four. Eight former coaches and players are members of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame while nearly 50 student-athletes have been drafted by National Basketball Association teams, including 23 in the first round.

The Nebraska Series
The Big Ten opener vs. Nebraska marks the second season Ohio State and the Corn Huskers have met in Big Ten play. Overall, the Buckeyes are 6-2 in the series. Ohio State has won the last five meetings, including both last year in Nebraska’s inaugural Big Ten season. The Buckeyes are 4-0 in Columbus vs. the Huskers. Ohio State won 71-40 at Value City Arena last year on Jan. 3, 2012. Ohio State is 3-0 as a ranked team in the series. The Buckeyes were ranked No. 6 in the Associated Press poll in both games last year. Deshaun Thomas leads Ohio State in the Nebraska series with an average of 15 points a game. He also is Ohio State’s top rebounder with 5.0 boards a game in the series. In two games last year, Thomas connected on 12 of 18 shots from the field (.667) vs. the Huskers. Evan Ravenel averaged six points and 3.5 rebounds. He made 5 of 7 shots vs. the Huskers (.714).

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