Winthrop Eagles Up Next for Buckeyes

Jody Victor: Here’s some great Buckeye basketball news from and

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.


Jody Victor