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No. 3 Ohio State Buckeyes (8-0) vs. the Bryant Bulldogs (6-4)

Date: Dec. 11, 2013
Site: Value City Arena (19,049)
Game Time: 7:30 p.m. ET
Television: BTN
Talent: Eric Collins (play-by-play)
Jim Jackson (expert analysis)
Radio: OSU-IMG Sports Network (56 stations)
Satellite Radio: Sirius 85/XM 85193
Local Radio: WBNS FM-97.1 AM-1460
Radio Talent: Paul Keels (play-by-play)
Ron Stokes (expert analysis)

BlackRock Gotham Classic Game Program
The BlackRock Gotham Classic Program is available via the “College Hoops Events” mobile app. Fans can access the program by scanning the QR Code at go.osu.edu/MBB_Hoops_Events. Ohio State’s BlackRock Gotham Classic opponents are Bryant, North Dakota State, Delaware and Notre Dame. You may also scan the QR Code displayed to the right.

Ross Names B1G POW
Junior LaQuinton Rossearned Big Ten Player of the week honors following back-to-back 20-point scoring games in wins over Maryland and Central Connecticut State. Ross averaged 21.5 points in the wins while shooting 61.5 percent from the field (16-26) and 50 percent from 3-point range (4-8). He scored 20 points in the Maryland win and then tallied a career high 23 points vs. the Blue Devils of CCSU.

Buckeyes Heating up in December
Over the last three games the Buckeyes have connected on better than 52 percent of its field goals in each game. The best shooting effort over the first five games of the season was a 47.7 percent effort in the season opener vs. Morgan State (31-65). In wins vs. North Florida (36-52/.692), Maryland (25-48/.521) and Central Connecticut State (29-55/.527) the Buckeyes have combined to shoot 58 percent from the field (90-155). LaQuinton Ross is averageing 20 points over the last three games on 63 percent shooting from the field (22-35). Aaron Craft (13-18/.722) and Amir Williams (14-20/.700) have been the most efficient in the stretch. Lenzelle Smith Jr. has connected on 59 percent of his shots (13-22) with Sam Thompson(10-17/.588) close behind. The last time Ohio State made 50 percent or better from the field over three consecutive games was in 2011-12 vs. Virginia Military Institute (46-68/.676), Valparaiso (31-60/.517) and Duke (35-59/.593). The last time the Buckeyes hit on half their shots over four games was in 2008-09 vs. Michigan State (23-42/.548), Michigan (25-44/.568), at Indiana (29-46/.630) and Purdue (32-53/.604).

The Bryant Series
Ohio State and Bryant will be meeting for the first time in men’s basketball.

A Look at the Bulldogs
Bryant enters the game with Ohio State following a 70-59 loss at Notre Dame Monday in South Bend, Ind. The Bulldogs are 6-4 overall and 0-2 in the BlackRock Gotham Classic. Bryant, located in Smithfield, R.I., opened the event with a home loss to North Dakota State last Saturday (66-62). NDSU travels to Columbus this Saturday (8:15 p.m. tip/Big Ten Network). The Bulldogs are led by junior guard Dyami Starks with 22.1 points per game. Senior forward Alex Francis contributes 16.3 ppg. and a team high 6.2 rebounds per game. Bryant opened the season with a 100-76 loss at Gonzaga before winning six of the next seven games. Losses have come against Harvard and NDSU. The Bulldogs have defeaed Dartmouth, Vermont, New Hampshire, Brown, Salve Regina and Yale.

Ohio State vs. The Northeast Conference
Ohio State is 9-0 all-time vs. teams currently representing the Northeast Conference. The Buckeyes are 3-0 against Robert Morris, 3-0 vs. CCSU and have single wins vs. LIU-Brooklyn, Mount Saint Mary`s and St. Francis (Pa.). The Buckeyes have never faced Bryant, Fairleigh Dickinson, Sacred Heart, St. Francis (N.Y.) or Wagner. The Buckeyes defeated Central Connecticut State 74-56 last Saturday.

Craft a Nominee for 2014 Good Works Team
The National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) and Allstate Insurance Company announced the 202 nominees for the 2014 Allstate NABC and WBCA Good Works Teams® Dec. 3. The award recognizes a select group of college basketball student-athletes who have made significant contributions to the greater good of their communities through volunteerism and civic service. In its second year, the Allstate NABC and WBCA Good Works Teams® honor players at all levels of college basketball who represent the sport’s finest in the areas of leadership and charitable achievements amongst their peers. The student-athletes nominated for this prestigious award embody the true spirit of teamwork and giving back. The 2014 Allstate NABC Good Works Teams (two five-man teams) will be announced in February 2014, selected from the list of nominees.

Noting the CCSU Game

  • Ohio State is 3-0 all-time vs. Central Connecticut State and 9-0 vs. current members of the Northeast Conference.
  • Three players scored in double figures for Ohio State: LaQuinton Ross (23), Lenzelle Smith Jr.(17) and Amir Williams(11).
  • Ohio State has won 74-consecutive home games against unranked opponents, 47 consecutive against unranked non-conference opponents. The last loss was Dec. 27, 2008 vs. West Virginia.
  • Ohio State is 105-6 all-time vs. non-conference opponents at Value City Arena.
  • As a ranked team, No. 5 Ohio State is 463-124 all-time. The Buckeyes are 329-73 when ranked in the AP Top 10.
  • OSU scored 26 points off of a season-high 20 CCSU turnovers.
  • Ohio State held CCSU to 2-11 shooting from 3-point range. Opponents are shooting 22 percent (28-127) from 3 against OSU this season.
  • Thad Mattais 258-73 during his career at Ohio State and 360-104 overall as a head coach.
  • Against unranked opponents, Matta owns a 212-22 record as Ohio State head coach. Matta is 140-2 against unranked opponents at home.
  • Matta owns a 160-14 home record as head coach of the Buckeyes.
  • Matta is 57-9 in the month of December as OSU head coach.
  • LaQuinton Rossled all scorers with a career-high 23 points.
  • Ross set a season-high for the team with the 23 point performance and scored 20 or more points for the second-consecutive game.
  • Aaron Craftranks 45th all-time at Ohio State with 1,057 career points. With his seven points vs. CCSU, Craft passed Ken Johnson and Jamie Skelton for 45th. He needs 17 to pass Carter Scott for 44th.
  • Craft was credited with one steal against the Blue Devils. With 269 career steals, Craft remains sixth all-time in Big Ten history. He needs four to pass Pat Baldwin of Northwestern (272) for fifth.
  • Craft had two assists against CCSU. He ranks second on the all-time list at Ohio State with 570. He needs 10 assists to pass Jamar Butler (579) for first.

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