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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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)

•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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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:
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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