March 21, 2015
No.2-seed Arizona 73 (33-3) No. 10-seed Ohio State 58 (24-11)
March 21, 2015
Moda Center – Portland, Ore.
Ohio State is 49-26 all-time in NCAA Tournament play.
Ohio State is 6-4 in the West Region.
Ohio State improves to 1-1 all-time as the No. 10 seed.
Ohio State is 2-1 all-time vs. Arizona. The two squads are meeting for the second time in the last three years in the NCAA Tournament. Last time out, Ohio State downed the Wildcats, 73-70, in the 2013 West Regional Semifinals.
Ohio State is 38-37 all-time vs. teams from the Pacific 12 Conference.
Two players scored in double figures for the Buckeyes: Sam Thompson (18) and Shannon Scott (10).
The four-year senior class (Scott, Thompson, McDonald, A. Williams) finishes with 109 career wins, sixth in Ohio State history.
The Buckeyes trailed by one point at the half, 26-25 vs. Arizona, for the second-straight tournament game and are 4-11 when down after the first 20 minutes this season.
Ohio State is 0-3 when scoring less than 60 points in a tournament game under Matta.
The Buckeyes were outrebounded by the Wildcats, 43-26. It is the second time in the Matta era the Buckeyes have collected 26 or less rebounds in a tournament game.
The Buckeyes went 13-15 (.867) from the free-throw line vs. Arizona.
The Buckeyes totaled 2,635 points this season, eighth most in program history.
The Buckeyes made 236 three-pointers this season, seventh in Ohio State history.
The Buckeyes earned 266 steals, tied for fifth-most in a single season in Ohio State history.
Ohio State recorded 534 assists this season, seventh in program history.
Matta is 299-94 during his career at Ohio State and 401-125 overall as a head coach. Matta became the winningest coach in Ohio State basketball program history with the win vs. Minnesota March 12, 2015 (298).
The Buckeyes are 18-9 under Matta’s direction in the NCAA Tournament, making their seventh-straight NCAA appearance. In postseason competition at Ohio State, Matta is 45-16 overall with a 22-7 record in Big Ten Tournament, 18-9 in NCAA Tournament and 5-0 in NIT.
Matta is 60-19 during March in his career.
Matta is 13-6 in games coached against his former assistant coaches.
Matta is 2-1 vs. Sean Miller as a head coach (Arizona 1-1, Xavier 1-0).
Thompson surpassed 1,000 career points as a Buckeye with 18 points vs. Arizona. He totaled 1,001 points in his career and is one of 52 Buckeyes all-time and the 11th in the Matta era to reach 1,000 or more career points.
Thompson collected four rebounds, surpassing 400 career rebounds (403), and two blocks vs. the Wildcats.
Thompson went 4-4 from the free-throw line.
Playing in his 146th career game vs. Arizona, Thompson owns sole possession of third-most games played in Ohio State history.
Scott recorded 10 points vs. Arizona, scoring in double figures for the fifth time in the last six games.
Scott recorded one steal vs. Arizona, finishing his career second in program history with 211 career thefts.
With 528 career assists, Scott is third in Ohio State history in career assists.
With 207 assists in his senior campaign, he is also third amongst Buckeyes all-time for a single season.
Russell recorded nine points, seven rebounds and six assists vs. Arizona. He is the all-time Ohio State freshman scoring leader with 675 points this season.
Russell recorded one three-pointer vs. Arizona, finishing No. 1 among Ohio State freshman and No. 5 all-time in three-pointers made in a single season (95).
Russell concludes his freshman campaign with 231 made field goals, second most among Buckeye freshman all-time.
Russell handed out 175 assists this season, ranking third among Ohio State freshman.
Russell made 118 free throws this season, ranking fourth among Ohio State freshman.
Russell collected 198 rebounds this season, ranking seventh among Ohio State freshman.
With 187 blocks for his career, A. Williams ranks fifth on Ohio State’s all-time list for blocked shots acquired in a career.
Tate contributed seven points on 3-5 shooting and four rebounds vs. Arizona.