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.

Thad Matta
• 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).

Sam Thompson
• 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.

Shannon Scott
• 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.

D’Angelo Russell
• 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.

Amir Williams
• With 187 blocks for his career, A. Williams ranks fifth on Ohio State’s all-time list for blocked shots acquired in a career.

Jae’Sean Tate
• Tate contributed seven points on 3-5 shooting and four rebounds vs. Arizona.