May 14, 2012

2011-12 Final Notes

COLUMBUS, Ohio–The 14th annual Big Ten/ACC Challenge Presented by DICK’S Sporting Goods Nov. 27-28 will be highlighted by Ohio State at Duke Nov. 28 in Durham, N.C.. ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU and will combine to televise all 12 games of the two-day event.

Thad Matta, head coach of the Buckeyes, has a 5-3 record in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge and has won the last four games in the Challenge.  

“The game last year in Columbus had two perennial top college basketball programs battle each other in an extraordinary environment,” Matta said. “I expect something very similar when the Buckeyes travel to Duke this November.”

Ohio State advanced to the 2012 NCAA Final Four in New Orleans. The Buckeyes finished the 2011-12 season with an overall record of 31-8, which included a 13-5 record in the Big Ten. Ohio State tied for the regular-season Big Ten title, its third-consecutive league crown.

Matta has led the Buckeyes to four-consecutive trips to the NCAA tournament, three consecutive appearances in the NCAA “Sweet 16,” five Big Ten titles in the last seven years and three-consecutive appearances in the annual Big Ten postseason tournament, earning titles in 2010 and 2011.

The Buckeyes return nine letterwinners and three starters in 2012-13. Juniors Deshaun Thomas and Aaron Craft will be will receive consideration for preseason All-Big Ten and national honors.

Craft was the Big Ten’s 2012 Defensive Player of the Year while Thomas is Ohio State’s top returning scorer at 15.9 ppg. Craft is among Ohio State’s all-time steals leaders after just two seasons with 171, good for the No. 3 spot all-time. Thomas is just 103 points away from becoming Ohio State’s 49th career 1,000-point scorers.

Ohio State is participating in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge for the 11th-consecutive year and has a 5-5 record in the event. The Buckeyes first participated in the event during the 2002-03 season against Duke in Greensboro, N.C., a 91-75 Blue Devils’ victory. Ohio State defeated Virginia Tech in Columbus in 2005-06, 69-59, for its first victory in the event. The game vs. Duke in Columbus last November pitted the highest combined ranking of Ohio State (2) and Duke (3) in the Buckeyes’ previous Challenge games. Ohio State was No. 3 and North Carolina came in at No. 7 in the 2006 Challenge.   

12/3/02     vs. Duke             L    76-91(4)
12/3/03     Georgia Tech       L     53-73(13)
12/1/04     at Clemson         L     73-80
11/28/05   Virginia Tech       W     69-59
11/29/06   at North Carolina  L     89(3)-98(7)
11/29/07   North Carolina      L     55-66(1)
12/2/08     at Miami, Fla.      W    73-68(21)
12/2/09     Florida State       W     77(15)-64(21)
11/30/10   at Florida State    W    58(2)-44
11/29/11   Duke                  W    85(2)-63(3)

Ohio State and Duke have met six times previously with each team owning three victories. The Buckeyes will be making their first trip to Duke. Ohio State has played each member of the current Atlantic Coast Conference at least once previously. The Buckeyes are 38-26 overall against ACC teams. Thad Matta, now in his ninth season at Ohio State, coached his last game as head coach at Xavier against Duke. The No. 6 Blue Devils won that game 66-63 to advance to the 2004 Final Four. Matta is 1-1 vs. the Blue Devils.

No. 2 Ohio State 85, No. 3 Duke 63
Nov. 29, 2011, Columbus
COLUMBUS-Jared Sullinger scored 21 points and three teammates were close behind as No. 2 Ohio State roared out to an 11-0 lead and never looked back in beating third-ranked Duke 85-63 in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge. The Buckeyes never trailed, weathering a Duke rally later in the first half and then leading by 20 for most of the second half. Austin Rivers had 22 points and Mason Plumlee 16 for the Blue Devils. William Buford scored 20, Deshaun Thomas 18 and Aaron Craft17 for the Buckeyes. Craft also had eight assists and five rebounds for the Buckeyes, who built a double-digit lead in the first half. Ohio State led by 24 with 15 minutes left after Craft banked in a 3.

The Ohio State Duke Series
12/6/63        L         1-vs. Duke             75(7)-76(4)
12/30/64      L         Duke (2ot)             89-94(8)
12/29/66      W        2-vs. Duke             83-82
12/29/78      W        3-vs. Duke (ot)      90-84(1)
12/3/02        L         4-vs. Duke             76-91(4)
11/29/12      W        Duke                     85(2)-63(3)
1-Centennial B-ball Classic, Morgantown, W.Va.
2-at Greensboro, N.C.
3-ECAC Holiday Tournament, New York
4-ACC/Big Ten Challenge, Greensboro, N.C.

2012 Big Ten/ACC Challenge schedule (times and networks are to be determined):
Tuesday, November 27th
•    Minnesota @ Florida State
•    North Carolina @ Indiana
•    North Carolina State @ Michigan
•    Maryland @ Northwestern
•    Iowa @ Virginia Tech
•    Nebraska @ Wake Forest

Wednesday, November 28th
•    Purdue @ Clemson
•    Ohio State @ Duke
•    Georgia Tech @ Illinois
•    Michigan State @ Miami, FL
•    Boston College @ Penn State
•    Virginia @ Wisconsin

Game times and ESPN platforms (ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU) will be determined and announced at a later date.

Since 2000, the ACC (10) and the Big Ten (10) have combined for 20 Final Four appearances and six national titles: North Carolina (2009 and 2005), Maryland (2002), Duke (2001 and 2010) and Michigan State (2000). The ACC leads in NCAA Tournament victories and Final Four appearances while the Big Ten is first in Tournament appearances.