Feb. 14, 2013

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No. 13 Ohio State (18-6, 8-4 Big Ten) 69, Northwestern (13-12, 4-8 Big Ten)
Feb. 14, 2013
Value City Arena – Columbus, Ohio
Attendance – 15,842

• Ohio State is 112-45 vs. Northwestern and leads 66-14 in games played in Columbus. The Buckeyes are 10-0 vs. the Wildcats at Value City Arena and have won the last 29 games in the series played on the Buckeyes’ home court.
• Ohio State has won 18 of the last 19 meetings against Northwestern, including each of the last six.
• As a ranked team, Ohio State is 35-2 in the Northwestern series.
• Ohio State is 15-12 all-time on Valentine’s Day, with wins in the four of the last five games played.

• Four players reached double figures for the Buckeyes: Deshaun Thomas (22 points), Lenzelle Smith, Jr. (12), Sam Thompson (11) and Amir Williams (10).
• Tied at 57 with 3:31 remaining, Ohio State went on a 12-0 run over 3:11 of play to seal the win.
• Ohio State held a commanding 23-6 lead in second-chance points and a 34-20 edge in points in the paint. The Buckeyes also outrebounded the Wildcats 41-21.
• As a ranked team (AP), No. 13 Ohio State is 444-122 all-time.
• Ohio State is 747-672 all-time in Big Ten play.

Thad Matta
• Matta is 239-71 during his career at Ohio State and 340-102 overall as a head coach.
• In his 13 years as a head coach, Matta is 125-51 vs. current Big Ten opponents, including a record of 121-49 at Ohio State.
• Against unranked opponents, Matta owns a 198-22 record as Ohio State head coach.
• Ohio State owns a 150-14 home record during the Matta era. The Buckeyes are 68-5 in Columbus over the past four seasons.
• The Buckeyes are 64-11 vs. Big Ten opponents at Value City arena in nine seasons under Matta.
• Matta holds a 14-1 record vs. the Wildcats.

Deshaun Thomas
• Led all scorers with 22 points. It was his eighth 20-point effort in Big Ten play this season.
• Moved to No. 25 on the all-time scoring list at Ohio State (1,382 total points). He needs three points to pass Brian Brown for 24th all-time.
• Tallied 10 free throws made and 12 attempts, both career highs.
• Has scored in double figures in all 24 games this season.
• Played in his 100th career game at Ohio State.

Aaron Craft
• With three steals against the Wildcats, Craft moved into a three-way tie for eighth all-time in Big Ten history with Kendall Gill (1987-90) of Illinois and Titus Ivory (1998-2001) of Penn State (218 thefts). He needs 14 steals to pass Dee Brown (2003-06) of Illinois for seventh.
• Craft contributed six assists against the Wildcats. He remains fourth on the all-time list at Ohio State with 466 for his career. He needs nine assists to pass Curtis Wilson for third.
• Played in his 100th career game at Ohio State.

Amir Williams
• Scored a career-high 10 points.

Shannon Scott
• Collected a career-best seven rebounds.