Dec. 3, 2013
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No. 5 Ohio State Buckeyes (6-0) vs. the Maryland Terrapins (5-2)
|Date:||Dec. 4, 2013|
|Site:||Value City Arena (18,809)|
|Game Time:||7 p.m. ET|
|Talent:|| Dave O’Brien (play-by-play)
Bob Knight (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)
Buckeyes in the Challenge
Ohio State has participated in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge for the last 12 years and has a 5-6 record in the event. The Buckeyes first took part 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 2011 game vs. Duke in Columbus pitted the highest combined ranking of Ohio State (2) and Duke (3) in the Buckeyes’ previous Challenge games. That record was nearly tied last year with the No. 4 Buckeyes traveling to No. 2 Duke. Ohio State was No. 3 and North Carolina came in at No. 7 in the 2006 Challenge. Ohio State has faced a ranked ACC opponent eight times in the Challenge. The Buckeyes have won four of the last five Challenge games and are 3-2 at home in the event.
The Buckeyes In Big Ten/ACC Challenge
|12/3/02||vs. No. 4 Duke||L||76-91(4)|
|12/3/03||No. 13 Georgia Tech||L||53-73(13)|
|11/29/06||at No. 7 North Carolina||L||89(3)-98(7)|
|11/29/07||No. 1 North Carolina||L||55-66(1)|
|12/2/08||at No. 21 Miami, Fla.||W||73-68(21)|
|12/2/09||No. 21 Florida State||W||77(15)-64(21)|
|11/30/10||at Florida State||W||58(2)-44|
|11/29/11||No. 3 Duke||W||85(2)-63(3)|
|11/28/12||at No. 2 Duke||L||68(4)-73(2)|
Current Ohio State associate head coach Dave Dickerson both played and coached at Maryland. In nine years as an assistant, the Terrapins advanced to postseason play each year, winning the national title in 2002, winning 20-plus games eight times and playing in two Final Fours. Ohio State freshman guard Kam Williams is a native of Baltimore, Md. Former Ohio State head coach Gary Williams left Ohio State for the Maryland job after the 1989 season. He led the Terrapins to the national title in 2002. As a Buckeye, Gary Williams won 20 games twice and 19 in his final season (1989-90). He was 59-41 overall before returning to his alma mater.
Craft, Smith Jr., Win No. 100
The Ohio State senior class of Aaron Craft and Lenzelle Smith Jr. has recorded 100 victories over their careers (119 career games). The win vs. North Florida Nov. 29 gave the pair the Ohio State record for 100 wins in the fewest possible games (119). William Buford (2008-11) held the previous record with 100 wins in his first 124 career games. The Craft and Smith Jr. duo were part of a team that won 34 games during their rookie campaign in 2011. Their sophomore season concluded with 31 wins and a trip to the 2012 Final Four in New Orleans. As juniors the pair led the Buckeyes to 29 wins and a trip to the Elite Eight in Los Angeles. Ohio State has averaged just over 31 wins a season the last three years. If the two reach that average as seniors, they would become the winningest four-year senior class in Ohio State history. David Lighty, who graduated in 2011, recorded 129 career wins in just over four seasons of competition. He played in seven games, all wins, during his junior season before breaking a bone in his right foot, ending his season. He was awarded an additional season of eligibility and won 63 more games as a Buckeye following his recovery from injury.
Craft Working on Historic Career
Senior Aaron Craft became the first Buckeye in history to record 500 assists, 200 steals and 1,000 career points after a 10-point, 10-assist effort at No. 17 Marquette Nov. 16. He also could reach 500 career rebounds as well (388). Craft is the 50th Buckeye to reach 1,000 career points (1,040). He already is the Ohio State career record holder in steals with 263, only the second Buckeye with 200 or more. With three steals against Ohio University Nov. 12, he became just the third player in Big Ten history to accumulate more than 500 career assists and 250 career steals. Craft became the third Buckeye in history to reach 500 career assists with eight vs. Nebraska March 15, 2013. He has a career total of 562, No. 2 all-time at Ohio State. Jamar Butler owns the Ohio State record with 579 helpers from 2005-08.
Ohio State in the Big Ten
The Buckeyes are holding opponents to 53.3 points per game to lead the Big Ten in scoring defense. The Buckeyes are No. 2 in scoring margin (+21.2 ppg.), No. 2 in 3-point percentage defense (.245) and No. 3 in field goal percentage defense (.353). Junior Amir Williams leads the conference in field goal percentage (25-37/.676) and offensive rebounds (4.2). Aaron Craft is No. 4 in assists per game (5.3) and No. 2 in steals (2.5). Shannon Scott is No. 3 in steals with 2.2 spg.
The Maryland Series
Ohio State and Maryland have met five times previously with the Buckeyes owning a 3-2 advantage. Ohio State defeated the Terrapins 78-66 in Columbus when the squads last met Nov. 30, 1985. The Buckeyes first won in the series March 12, 1979 in a National Invitation Tournament game at Maryland (79-72). The Buckeyes then won a neutral site game Dec. 1, 1982 in East Rutherford, N.J. Maryland won the series opener 50-41 in College Park Dec. 29, 1935. Maryland also won a home game Dec. 11, 1984, 76-63. Maryland will join the Big Ten following this season.
A Look at the Terrapins
Maryland started the season with a 1-2 record before four-consecutive wins to enter the Ohio State game with a 5-2 record. The last four wins have come against Marist, Northern Iowa, Providence and Morgan State (89-62). Ohio State opened the season vs. Morgan State, an 89-50 victory for the Buckeyes. The Terrapins are led by a trio averaging double figures offensively. Sophomore guard Jake Layman (16.4 ppg.), Evan Smotrycz, a junior Michigan transfer (13.7 ppg.) and Xavier transfer Dez Wells (12.9 ppg.) pace the Terps. Smotrycz is the leading rebounder with 7.6 rpg.
Ohio State vs. The Atlantic Coast Conference
The Buckeyes are 65-42 all-time against teams currently representing the Atlantic Coast Conference. Duke was the last team from the ACC to face the Buckeyes. The Blue Devils won a year ago in Durham, N.C.
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 North Florida Game
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