No. 22/20 Ohio State looks to win fourth-straight, hosts That Team Up North tonight

Riding a three-game winning streak, the No. 22/20 Ohio State Buckeyes host That Team Up North tonight. Tip-off at Value City Arena is scheduled for 9:05 p.m. ET.

Sam Thompson #12 of the Ohio State Buckeyes sails in for a slam dunk after stealing the ball from the Michigan Wolverines in the first half on January 13, 2013 at Value City Arena in Columbus, Ohio. Ohio State defeated Michigan 56-53. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)

Sam Thompson #12 of the Ohio State Buckeyes sails in for a slam dunk after stealing the ball from the Michigan Wolverines in the first half on January 13, 2013 at Value City Arena in Columbus, Ohio. Ohio State defeated Michigan 56-53. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)

TV and Radio:

Tonight’s game will be televised on ESPN with Mike Tirico and Dan Dakich. 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.

Buckeye Notes:

After winning 15-straight games to begin the campaign, the Buckeyes dropped five of their next six that culminated with a puzzling 71-70 loss in overtime to Penn State at home. Since Feb. 1, Ohio State has reeled off three-straight victories including two over ranked opponents after dispatching Wisconsin and Iowa in the past two weeks.

Currently, the Buckeyes are 19-5 overall and are tied for third in the Big Ten with a 6-5 mark. In the latest RPI rankings, Ohio State is 15th with a 3-3 record against teams in the RPI top 50, and are 10-4 against squads in the RPI top 100.

Junior forward LaQuinton Ross leads the team in scoring at 14.2 points per game and senior guard Lenzelle Smith Jr. is second at 12.0 points per outing. Junior center Amir Williams contributes 9.2 points and a team-best 6.2 rebounds per contest. The reigning Big Ten Player of the Week, senior point guard Aaron Craft, is averaging 9.3 points, 4.8 assists and 2.6 steals per game. Craft is second on the all-time Big Ten career steals list and is just 15 behind the leader, Illinois’ Bruce Douglas (1983-86). Craft has 62 swipes in just 24 games this year.

Wolverine Notes:

Losers of two out of the last three, Michigan enters the game with a 17-6 overall record and are tied with Michigan State in the Big Ten at 9-2. The Wolverines were undefeated in conference play at 8-0 before losing to Indiana (63-52) on Feb. 2 and Iowa (85-67) on Feb. 8.

In the RPI, the Maize & Blue are 17th with a record od 5-4 against teams in the RPI top 50, and 9-5 against squads in the RPI top 100.

Sophomore guard Nik Stauskas leads three Wolverines in double figures offensively with 17.0 points per game along with sophomore forward Glenn Robinson III (13.1 ppg) and sophomore guard Caris LeVert (12.6 ppg.). Junior forward Jon Horford leads Michigan with 4.6 rebounds per game, while Stauskas is the team’s best three-point shooter at 44.4 percent.

Series History:

Ohio State leads the all-time series with Michigan 93-73. In Columbus, the Buckeyes have a 53-26 advantage. The game Tuesday night is the only regular-season meeting between the teams this year. Thad Matta is 17-4 all-time vs. Michigan and has won eight of the last 10 meetings. Ohio State has won the last nine games vs. Michigan in Columbus. When Ohio State is ranked in games vs. the Wolverines, the Buckeyes are 35-6. Ranked Michigan teams are 25-15 vs. the Buckeyes. When both teams are ranked, Ohio State is 7-4.

2013-14 TEAM STATISTICS

NO. 22/20 OHIO STATE BUCKEYES
19-5, 6-5 Big Ten
OSU
OPP
Points Per Game
71.9
58.9
Field Goals Made-Att.
589-1294
524-1307
Field Goal Pct.
.455
.401
3-Pt. Field Goals Made-Att.
160-453
106-403
3-Pt. Field Goal Pct.
.353
.263
3-Pt. FGs Made Per Game
6.7
4.4
Free Throws Made-Att.
388-558
259-379
Free Throw Pct.
.695
.683
FTs Made Per Game
16.2
10.8
Rebounds Per Game
34.4
34.5
Assists Per Game
12.8
8.9
Turnovers Per Game
11.1
14.7
Assist-to-Turnover Ratio
1.1
0.6
Steals Per Game
7.6
3.8
Blocks Per Game
4.2
3.0

NO. 15/18 MICHIGAN WOLVERINES
17-6, 9-2 Big Ten
UM
OPP
Points Per Game
75.7
64.6
Field Goals Made-Att.
605-1249
553-1272
Field Goal Pct.
.484
.435
3-Pt. Field Goals Made-Att.
195-499
132-389
3-Pt. Field Goal Pct.
.391
.339
3-Pt. FGs Made Per Game
8.5
5.7
Free Throws Made-Att.
337-445
248-344
Free Throw Pct.
.757
.721
FTs Made Per Game
14.7
10.8
Rebounds Per Game
32.7
31.1
Assists Per Game
15.1
11.9
Turnovers Per Game
9.9
11.5
Assist-to-Turnover Ratio
1.5
1.0
Steals Per Game
5.6
5.2
Blocks Per Game
3.0
2.6
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. 24.1 9.2 6.2 0.3 .614 .000 .690
F 10 LaQuinton Ross 6-8 220 Jr. 27.3 14.2 5.5 0.9 .436 .416 .705
G 32 Lenzelle Smith Jr. 6-4 210 Sr. 28.3 12.0 4.9 1.5 .445 .380 .773
G 4 Aaron Craft 6-2 195 Sr. 34.8 9.3 3.4 4.8 .477 .361 .736
G 3 Shannon Scott 6-1 185 Jr. 27.7 7.8 3.5 3.6 .437 .273 .705
Key Reserves:
F 12 Sam Thompson 6-7 200 Jr. 23.4 7.2 2.9 0.9 .438 .356 .674
F 2 Marc Loving 6-7 215 Fr. 12.6 5.4 2.1 0.3 .379 .271 .776
G 33 Amedeo Della Valle 6-5 190 So. 12.6 4.8 1.9 0.3 .381 .361 .625
MICHIGAN WOLVERINES
Pos. No. Name Ht. Wt. Cl. MPG PPG RPG APG FG% 3FG% FT%
F 52 Jordan Morgan 6-8 250 Sr. 16.6 4.9 4.0 0.4 .676 .000 .645
F 1 Glenn Robinson III 6-6 220 So. 30.7 13.1 4.3 1.2 .491 .280 .744
G 11 Nik Stauskas 6-6 205 So. 35.0 17.0 3.5 3.7 .489 .444 .822
G 23 Caris LeVert 6-6 185 So. 33.2 12.6 4.4 2.8 .444 .388 .797
G 10 Derrick Walton Jr. 6-1 185 Fr. 25.7 8.6 2.4 2.9 .467 .403 .754
Key Reserves:
G 21 Zak Irvin 6-6 200 Fr. 16.5 7.5 1.7 0.4 .443 .424 .600
F 15 Jon Horford 6-10 250 Jr. 14.8 4.8 4.6 0.6 .583 .000 .722
G 2 Spike Albrecht 5-11 175 Fr. 16.2 3.5 1.3 2.4 .415 .378 .667

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