Ohio State Upsets No. 17 Iowa, 76-69

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IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) – It was easy to forget about Ohio State after a string of losses, including one at home to Iowa, sent the Buckeyes tumbling out of the Top 25.

They got the Hawkeyes back in Iowa City behind a signature performance from senior Aaron Craft.

Craft had 17 points with six assists and six steals to help Ohio State upset 17th-ranked Iowa on Tuesday night 76-69 for its third win in four games.

LaQuinton Ross added 13 points for the Buckeyes (18-5, 5-5 Big Ten), who moved back to .500 in the league after starting a surprising 2-4.

Craft had 14 of his points in the first half, and his three-point play put Ohio State ahead 66-59 with 1:17 left.

That sealed back-to-back road wins for the surging Buckeyes, who answered a loss to Penn State by beating Wisconsin 59-58 on Saturday.

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No. 24 Ohio State Hosts Penn State Wednesday at VCA

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No. 24 Ohio State (16-4; 2-4) vs. Penn State (10-10, 1-6)

Site Value City Arena (18,809)
Game Time 7:01 p.m. ET
Television Big Ten Network
Talent Kevin Kugler (play-by-play) Stephen Bardo (expert analysis)
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 Penn State Series
Ohio State leads the all-time series with Penn State 29-12. The Buckeyes are 15-3 in Columbus vs. the Nittany Lions. Thad Matta’s Buckeyes are 17-0 vs. Penn State since 2004-05, his first at Ohio State. Penn State is 0-9 at Value City Arena and overall, Ohio State is on an 18-game win streak in the series. When ranked in the Associated Press Top 25 Poll, Ohio State is 16-2 vs. the Nittany Lions. Junior Sam Thompson (11.0 ppg.) and senior Aaron Craft (10.2 ppg.) average double figures offensively in the Penn State series. Thompson and classmate Amir Williams each average a team high 4.0 rebounds. Thompson has made 8 of 10 field goals in the series.

A Look at the Nittany Lions
Penn State enters the game vs. the Buckeyes with a 10-10 overall record. The Nittany Lions are 1-6 in Big Ten Conference play and 2-4 on the road. Penn State is led by guards D.J. Newbill (17.2 ppg.) and Tim Frazier (16.5 ppg.). Ross Travis also adds 10.2 ppg. Travis leads the squad in rebounds with 7.3 a contest.

Ohio State vs. The Big Ten
Ohio State is in its 102nd season as a member of the Big Ten Conference. The Buckeyes own an overall record of 758-677 against current league members. Thad Matta, in 14 seasons as a head coach, owns an overall record of 136-56 vs. league members, including a mark of 133-54 while coaching the Buckeyes.

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No. 20 Iowa 84, No. 3 Ohio State 74

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POSTGAME NOTES
No. 20 Iowa 84 (14-3, 3-1), No. 3 Ohio State 74 (15-2, 2-2)
Jan. 12, 2014
Value City Arena – Columbus, Ohio
Attendance: 18,809 (sellout)

GAME/SERIES
•The Hawkeyes lead the all-time series with the Buckeyes 74-71. Ohio State owns a 46-26 record in games played in Columbus.
•As a ranked team, the Buckeyes are 23-11 against Iowa. The Buckeyes are 5-3 when both teams are ranked.
•All-time, OSU is 59-18 in Value City Arena sellouts, 48-14 against Big Ten opponents. The Buckeyes are 22-11 all-time in sellouts vs. AP ranked teams at the arena.
•The Buckeyes own an overall record of 757-675 against current Big Ten members.
•Trailing by nine in the second half, Iowa went on a 40-21 run during the final 12:29 of play.

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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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