Court Report: Buckeyes look to continue their winning ways, host Penn State on Wednesday

On Wednesday, the No. 24/23 Ohio State Buckeyes host the Penn State Nittany Lions. Tip-off at Value City Arena is scheduled for 7:01 p.m. ET.

Ohio State's Lenzelle Smith Jr. (32) works past Penn State's D.J Newbill (2) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in State College, Pa., Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013. OSU won 65-51. (AP Photo/Ralph Wilson)

Ohio State’s Lenzelle Smith Jr. (32) works past Penn State’s D.J Newbill (2) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in State College, Pa., Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013. OSU won 65-51. (AP Photo/Ralph Wilson)

TV and Radio:

The Ohio State-Penn State game will be televised on BTN with Kevin Kugler and Stephen Bardo. On your terrestrial radio dial, WBNS-FM 97.1 The Fan is the flagship station for the 56 outlets on the Ohio State IMG Sports Network. Paul Keels will call the play-by-play with analysis from Ron Stokes. The game can also be heard live via satellite on Sirius 91 and XM 91

Series History:

This is the 46th meeting between the two programs. Dating back to the first-ever contest between the Buckeyes and Nittany Lions in 1950, Ohio State leads the all-time series with Penn State, 32-13. In games played in Columbus, the Buckeyes are 17-4. In the nine-plus seasons as head coach, Thad Matta’s squads are 17-0 vs. Penn State since 2004-05. Penn State is 0-9 at Value City Arena and overall, Ohio State is on an 18-game win streak in the series. When ranked in the Associated Press top 25 poll, the Buckeyes are 16-2.

Last Time Out – Jan. 26, 2013:

Sam Thompson led all scorers with 16 points on 6-of-7 shooting from the field as Buckeyes had no problems dispatching Penn State, 65-51, at the Bryce Jordan Center in University Park, Penn.

“Sam was tremendous today. I really challenged Sam to play his best basketball,” Ohio State head coach Thad Matta said after the Penn State game. “From the standpoint of what he brought to the table today, I couldn’t be happier for him. He was very instrumental in terms of our success today.”

Deshaun Thomas, who entered the league tilt averaging 20.5 points per game, finished with just 11 points on 4-of-13 shooting.

After LaQuinton Ross drained a triple with 7:28 left in the first half to put Ohio State up 22-12, the Buckeyes held a double-digit lead for most of the game. The closest Penn State got the rest of the way was nine points on two occasions early in the second stanza.

The Buckeyes connected on 43.8 percent of their shots and went 4-of-9 from beyond the arc against the Nittany Lions, who shot just 36.2 percent from the floor and 4-for-17 from three-point range.

Buckeye Notes:

The Buckeyes enter Wednesday night’s conference match-up after having lost four of the last five games that includes defeats to No. 5 Michigan State (72-68, OT), No. 20 Iowa (84-74), Minnesota (63-53) and Nebraska (68-62) in consecutive outings. Last Thursday, OSU ended a four-game losing skid with a 62-55 win over Illinois at Value City Arena.

Currently, Ohio State is 16-4 overall, tied for sixth in the Big Ten with a 3-4 mark, and are 17th in the latest RPI. The Buckeyes are 1-3 against teams in the RPI top 50 and that lone victory came against North Dakota State (79-62) on Dec 14. OSU also has eight wins against the RPI top 100 which includes victories over Ohio (79-69), Marquette (52-35), Wyoming (65-50), Maryland (76-60), Delaware (76-64), Notre Dame (64-61), Nebraska (84-53) and Illinois.

In Ohio State’s last game against Illinois, three players scored in double figures for the Buckeyes as LaQuinton Ross netted 18 points, Lenzelle Smith Jr. had 16, and Aaron Craft chipped in 11 in the 62-55 win.

Nittany Lion Notes:

Penn State is 10-10 overall, sit dead-last in the Big Ten at 1-6, and are ranked 116th in the RPI. The Nittany Lions are 0-4 against teams in the RPI top 50 and are 3-7 against opponents in the RPI top 100. Penn State’s best win to date was last week over No. 72 Nebraska.

In the Nittany Lions’ last game against the Cornhuskers on Jan. 23, D.J. Newbill scored 16 points as four Penn State players posted double-figure efforts to snap a six-game losing streak with a 58-54 win over Nebraska at the Bryce Jordan Center.

Along with Newbill, John Johnson tallied 13 points, while Brandon Taylor and Tim Frazier netted 11 points apiece

The victory marked the Nittany Lions’ first Big Ten win of the 2013-14 campaign.

2013-14 TEAM STATISTICS

NO. 24 OHIO STATE BUCKEYES
16-4, 3-4 Big Ten
OSU
OPP
Points Per Game
72.7
58.3
Field Goals Made-Att.
497-1087
430-1094
Field Goal Pct.
.457
.393
3-Pt. Field Goals Made-Att.
135-393
86-328
3-Pt. Field Goal Pct.
.344
.262
3-Pt. FGs Made Per Game
6.8
4.3
Free Throws Made-Att.
325-474
220-317
Free Throw Pct.
.686
.694
FTs Made Per Game
16.3
11.0
Rebounds Per Game
35.3
34.5
Assists Per Game
13.1
8.8
Turnovers Per Game
11.6
15.2
Assist-to-Turnover Ratio
1.1
0.6
Steals Per Game
7.7
4.1
Blocks Per Game
4.5
2.8

PENN STATE NITTANY LIONS
10-10, 1-6 Big Ten
PSU
OPP
Points Per Game
75.2
72.6
Field Goals Made-Att.
513-1151
470-1150
Field Goal Pct.
.446
.409
3-Pt. Field Goals Made-Att.
136-412
148-416
3-Pt. Field Goal Pct.
.330
.356
3-Pt. FGs Made Per Game
6.8
7.4
Free Throws Made-Att.
342-462
364-514
Free Throw Pct.
.740
.708
FTs Made Per Game
17.1
18.2
Rebounds Per Game
35.5
36.0
Assists Per Game
12.3
12.4
Turnovers Per Game
10.3
11.1
Assist-to-Turnover Ratio
1.2
1.1
Steals Per Game
4.6
5.1
Blocks Per Game
5.2
4.3
PROBABLE LINEUPS & INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS
OHIO STATE BUCKEYES
Pos. No. Name Ht. Wt. Cl. MPG PPG RPG APG FG% 3FG% FT%
C 23 Amir Williams 6-11 250 Jr. 24.2 8.9 6.6 0.4 .617 .000 .676
F 10 LaQuinton Ross 6-8 220 Jr. 26.8 14.1 5.6 0.8 .432 .400 .659
G 32 Lenzelle Smith Jr. 6-4 210 Sr. 27.8 12.1 5.0 1.5 .465 .371 .778
G 4 Aaron Craft 6-2 195 Sr. 34.5 9.3 3.5 4.9 .457 .300 .741
G 3 Shannon Scott 6-1 185 Jr. 28.1 7.6 3.9 3.8 .438 .281 .667
Key Reserves:
F 12 Sam Thompson 6-7 200 Jr. 23.6 7.7 3.1 1.0 .441 .308 .690
F 2 Marc Loving 6-7 215 Fr. 12.9 6.4 2.3 0.3 .419 .295 .811
G 33 Amedeo Della Valle 6-5 190 So. 12.3 4.8 1.9 0.3 .380 .370 .571
PENN STATE NITTANY LIONS
Pos. No. Name Ht. Wt. Cl. MPG PPG RPG APG FG% 3FG% FT%
F 5 Donovan Jack 6-9 210 So. 21.2 7.5 5.8 0.7 .505 .425 .700
F 43 Ross Travis 6-6 225 Jr. 31.4 10.2 7.3 1.0 .495 .300 .645
F 10 Brandon Taylor 6-7 235 So. 24.4 9.6 4.9 0.6 .386 .290 .868
G 2 D.J. Newbill 6-4 205 Jr. 34.6 17.2 5.3 1.9 .478 .378 .722
G 23 Tim Frazier 6-1 170 Sr. 35.4 16.5 4.6 6.4 .469 .327 .800
Key Reserves:
G 1 John Johnson 6-1 175 Jr. 22.0 9.1 1.0 0.4 .435 .333 1.000
G 11 Allen Roberts 6-3 214 Sr. 19.4 5.6 2.7 1.0 .333 .288 .767
G 13 Geno Thorpe 6-3 180 Fr. 11.1 2.8 1.5 0.4 .531 .167 .633