Some Celebratory Notes Following the Win Over Michigan State

By Chris Lauderback on March 16, 2013 at 7:45p

Courtesy of Ohio State:

  • The win marks the first time Ohio State has defeated Michigan State twice in the same season when the Spartans are ranked in the Top 10 nationally.
  • Ohio State is 21-9 all-time in the Big Ten Tournament.
  • The Buckeyes have advanced to six of the last seven tournament finals (five consecutive) and have won 17 of their last 21 games in the tourney overall.
  • Michigan State shot 40 percent for the game (20-50). The Buckeyes have held opposing teams under 50 percent shooting in 29 of 32 games.
  • OSU owned a 15-6 advantage in bench points. The Buckeyes have a 587-379 edge over opposing benches in points scored this season.
  • Matta owns the best Big Ten Tournament winning percentage (.783) and the second-most tournament wins (18) of any conference coach in history.
  • Matta has compiled a record of 49-12 as a head coach in March, the fourth-best record by percentage (.803) among active coaches.
  • With 16 points, Deshaun Thomas moved to No. 17 on the all-time scoring list at Ohio State (1,524 total points). He needs six points to pass Tony Campbell for 16th.
  • Aaron Craft has totaled five or more assists in 17 games this season.
  • In 32 games played this season, Craft has recorded a steal in all but one game.


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703Buckeye's picture

Watching Craft in the second half was a treat. Hopefully he can ride that momentum into tomorrow.

"Attack the Strong, Trample the Weak, Hurdle the Dead!"
-Former OSU S&C Coach Lichter

lamplighter's picture

who down voted this?  Up vote

Orlando Pancakes's picture

The uptick in Craft's offensive game couldn't come at a better time. Q is the microwave coming off the bench and Thompson always seems to come up with a vital shot or slam. We are really starting to gel at just the right time. Now only if Smith Jr. wouldn't disappear against good competition we could be even better.

Basso Profondo's picture

It is incredibly disappointing to see Smith Jr. struggle so much  (and consistently) when we could really use at least modest production from him.  I hope he can get it figured out. 

Hovenaut's picture

Awesomeness all around. Proud of the way these guys fought today, especially AC.

d5k's picture

Matta keeps saying Smith is the most underrated player but I am starting to think he is the most overrated player on our team (by the coaching staff).  He obviously isn't terrible but I think he might be our 6th best perimeter player.  Definitely 5th at best at the moment with Scott and Thompson's solid play.  Thompson has been a rock solid shooter since mid January.  I no longer hope he passes up an open 3 in the corner at all.  And Scott is obviously a prototypical game managing PG and stellar at D.  If Smith isn't nailing 3 pointers and driving effectively I don't think he is a better option than Scott or Thompson and I like the change-up that Ross provides, especially if he moves without the ball like he has been.
I will say the one thing Smith has over the 3 sophomores is getting the tough rebounds which cannot be underestimated.
And it is also obvious that Ravenel has been giving us more than Amir during this streak.  Amir got some tough rebounds today but Ravenel plays the pick-n-roll game much better (he can actually catch the ball).  The lineup of Craft, Scott, Thompson, Thomas, Ravenel is probably our best right now.  Ball pressure, post defense, and the pick-n-roll offense with 2 ball handlers and 3 screeners.  Thomas and Thompson are solid with the corner 3, and as I said Ravenel is a much better bailout option (if he and Craft can connect on the lobs a little better).  I think we could've won by 10 if we didn't have several breakdowns in transition which seem to almost never happen lately.  Craft is on fire.

rightfield's picture

That was an exciting game and great victory. Now Matta gets a chance at revenge on Bo and the Badgers. It should be a blood bath tomorrow when considering the rivalry and how the refs are calling this tourny.  

Its good to be the king

dubjayfootball90's picture

Crafts defense is amazing. I love it

You can feed a bobcat all the chili it wants. That don't mean it's going to crap out diamonds.

Citrus's picture

Thad doesn't get enough love around here. Craft's game is a 100% improvement on last year. Seems like Thomas has been a little cold (for him, he is still playing well).

AndyVance's picture

It's Thad's tournament, everyone else just plays in it.

osbucks9's picture

Absolutely. We need T-shirts with that on it. 11W Dry Goods?

topher3003's picture

FYI, it's not just 6 of the last 7 finals, but 7 of the last 8.

gbdawg's picture

In Thad we trust, great job this year coach!