Ohio State Makes Final Road Trip of B1G Regular Season

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No. 14 Ohio State Buckeyes (21-7, 11-5) vs. the No. 2 Indiana Hoosiers (25-4, 13-3)

Date: Tuesday, March 5, 2013
Site: Assembly Hall (17,472)
Game Time: 9:05 p.m. ET
Television: ESPN
Talent: Mike Tirico (play-by-play)
Dan Dakich (expert analysis)
Sam Ponder (Sideline)
Online Stream: WatchESPN.com
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)

Thomas a Finalist for Robertson Trophy
The United States Basketball Writers Association announced the 14 finalists for 2013 Oscar Robertson National Player of the Year Monday. Ohio State junior Deshaun Thomasmade the 14-member list as the leading scorer in the Big Ten with 19.8 points per game. He has reached 20 or more points in eight conference games this season, including a 22-point effort most recently vs. Northwestern Feb. 14. The winner of the Robertson Trophy will be announced April 5.

Season Finale Set for 12:30 pm Sunday
Ohio State’s final game of the 2012-13 regular season vs. Illinois will tip at 12:30 p.m. ET Sunday at Value City Arena. The game will be televised by ESPN. Evan Ravenel, Ohio State’s lone senior, will be recognized during a pregame ceremony.

Matta Among Best in March
Thad Mattahas put together one of the best records nationally when it counts the most – during the months of March and April. Entering March for the ninth time as head coach of the Buckeyes, Matta has compiled a record of 45-12 in March, the fourth best record by percentage among active coaches. The record is the best among Big Ten coaches as well.

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No. 18 Ohio State Takes Down No. 4 Michigan State, 68-60

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – Aaron Craft slashed through the lane for a career-high 21 points on Sunday – more than he had scored in the last three games combined – to lead No. 18 Ohio State to a 68-60 victory over fourth-ranked Michigan State.

The loss crippled the Spartans’ hopes of catching up with top-ranked Indiana, which now leads the Big Ten race by two full games with four remaining.

Deshaun Thomas added 12 of his 14 points in the second half for the Buckeyes (20-7, 10-5), who stand fifth in the conference. Evan Ravenel added 10 points and a crucial block in the final minute.

Freshman Gary Harris had 14 points and Adreian Payne and Derrick Nix each had 12 for the Spartans (22-6, 11-4), who have dropped two in a row after winning 11 of 12.

The victory improved Ohio State to 2-7 against ranked teams this season – both wins against Michigan’s Big Ten teams at Value City Arena. The Buckeyes are 18-0 against teams not in the Associated Press Top 25.

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

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POSTGAME NOTES
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

GAME/SERIES

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.
TEAM

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: http://www.twitter.com/rustymillerap)

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