Postgame Notes: No. 13 Ohio State 49, No. 20 Wisconsin 71

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No. 20 Wisconsin (18-8, 9-4 Big Ten) 71, No. 13 Ohio State (18-7, 8-5 Big Ten) 49
Feb. 17, 2013
Kohl Center – Madison, Wisconsin
Attendance – 17,249


The matchup Sunday was the 151st meeting between Big Ten foes Ohio State and Wisconsin.
Overall, the Buckeyes own the series lead with an 84-67 advantage.
The Buckeyes are 28-44 in games played in Madison.
As a ranked team, Ohio State is 22-12 in the Wisconsin series. When both teams are ranked, OSU is 6-4.

The Buckeyes had two players reach double-figures in scoring: Deshaun Thomas (18 points) and Sam Thompson (10).
Wisconsin held Ohio State to a season-low 49 points.
The 22-point margin of victory for Wisconsin was the largest against the Buckeyes this season. Ohio State fell to Illinois by 19 points on Jan. 5. The last time OSU lost by 22 or more points was 2009-10, also to Wisconsin (65-43, Dec. 21, 2009).
With 16:10 remaining in the first half, Wisconsin went on an 18-0 run to take an early 24-6 lead. During the span, Ohio State went 0-14 from the field.
Ohio State out-scored the Badgers on the fast break, earning a 9-2 advantage.
The Buckeyes were held to their lowest point total in a half this season with 22 points in the first half of play. OSU recorded its previous low of 24 points vs. the Badgers on Jan. 29.
As a ranked team (AP), No. 13 Ohio State is 444-123 all-time.
The Buckeyes have an all-time record of 148-238 (1-7 in 2012-13) vs. ranked opponents in the AP Top 25. In games when both teams enter with a Top 25 ranking, Ohio State is 68-64.
Ohio State is 747-673 all-time in Big Ten play.


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No. 10 Buckeyes Set for No. 3 Michigan Tuesday

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Feb. 4, 2013
No. 10 Ohio State (17-4, 7-2) at No. 3 Michigan Wolverines (20-2, 7-2)
Date: Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2013
Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Crisler Center (12,721))
Game Time: 9:05 p.m. ET
Television: ESPN
Talent: Mike Tirico (play-by-play)
Dan Dakich (expert analysis)
Samantha Ponder
Radio: OSU-IMG Sports Network (56 stations)
Satellite Radio: Sirius 91/XM 91
Local Radio: WBNS FM-97.1 AM-1460
Radio Talent: Paul Keels (play-by-play)
Ron Stokes (expert analysis)

The Michigan Series
Overall, the Buckeyes are up 93-72 in the series following the Ohio State victory in Columbus Jan. 13 over the then-No. 2 ranked Wolverines (56-63). The Buckeyes have won eight of the last nine meetings in the series. The Buckeyes are 36-45 in Ann Arbor vs. the Wolverines and are 35-5 as a ranked team vs. Michigan. The Buckeyes were ranked No. 15 in the Associated Press poll earlier this season in the game at Ohio State. Ohio State has won 14 of the last 15 games as a ranked team in the series. When both teams are ranked, Ohio State is 7-3. Both teams have been ranked in the last four meetings and Ohio State has won three of those games. Deshaun Thomas leads Ohio State in the Michigan series with an average of 13.4 points a game. Lenzelle Smith Jr. is Ohio State’s top rebounder with 7.3 boards a game in the series.

A Look at the Wolverines
Michigan and Ohio State enter the matchup tied for the No. 2 spot with Michigan State at 7-2 in the Big Ten regular-season standings. The Wolverines are 20-2 overall following the loss at Indiana last Saturday. Michigan opened the season on a 16-game win streak before falling to the Buckeyes in Columbus Jan. 13, 56-53. Columbus native Trey Burke leads Michigan with 18.2 points per game. He is one of four Wolverines in double figures offensively. Tim Hardaway Jr. (15.6 ppg.), Nik Stauskas (12.5 ppg.) and Glenn Robinson III (11.7 ppg.) are the others. Reserve Mitch McGary leads the team in rebounding with six boards a game.


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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:

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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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Postgame Notes: No. 9 Kansas 74, No. 7 Ohio State 66

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? Saturday?s contest marked the 10th meeting all-time between Ohio State and Kansas. The Jayhawks hold a 7-3 advantage in the series and have won five games in a row.
? With the loss, OSU falls to 25-24 all-time against members of the Big 12 Conference.
? The game was the last on the current Value City arena court for Ohio State. A new court will be installed prior to the Dec. 29 contest vs. Chicago State.
? The loss snapped Ohio State?s 39-game non-conference winning streak at Value City Arena, the fifth longest in the nation. The last loss prior to Saturday?s contest was Dec. 27, 2008 vs. West Virginia.
? Saturday?s game was the first sellout of the season at Value City Arena. Ohio State owns a 57-16 record in sellouts at VCA. The Buckeyes are 20-9 all-time in sellouts vs. AP ranked teams at the arena and 10-4 vs. the AP Top 10.

? Ohio State shot a season-low 30.8 percent (20-65) for the game, 25 percent in the second half (9-36).
? The Buckeyes trailed at the half for the first time this season (37-35).
? Trailing 23-17 at the 10:10 mark of the first half, the Buckeyes used a 14-0 run over the next 3:59 to take a 31-23 lead. Kansas responded with a 14-4 run to close the half.
? Kansas shot 51 percent from the field (25-49), the first OSU opponent to shoot 50 percent or better against the Buckeyes this season.
? Ohio State scored 23 points off of 19 Kansas turnovers, a season high for the Jayhawks.
? The Buckeyes held a 25-8 advantage in bench points. The OSU bench has outscored opponents 256-138 this season.
? Ohio State owned a 26-18 advantage in second chance points.
? As a ranked team (AP), No. 7 Ohio State is 435-118 all-time. Ohio State is 314-69 when ranked in the Top 10.
? The Buckeyes have an all-time record of 147-233 vs. ranked opponents in the Associated Press Top 25. That includes a mark of 62-116 vs. Top 10 foes.
? In games when both teams enter with a Top 25 ranking, Ohio State is 67-59 all-time.


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