Northwestern vs. Ohio State: Full Game Preview

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Northwestern vs. Ohio State: Full Game Preview
Northwestern
(13-11, 5-4 away)
(13) Ohio State
(17-6, 13-2 home)
Venue: Value City Arena
7:00PM ET / 4:00PM PT, February 14, 2013
Team Leaders
Points Rebounds Assists
Northwestern R Hearn 14.2 J Swopshire 6.7 D Sobolewski 4.2
Ohio State D Thomas 20.1 D Thomas 6.1 A Craft 4.4

On Thursday, No. 13 Ohio State plays host to Northwestern at Value City Arena. The game gets underway at 7 p.m. EST and you can see it on Big Ten Network. The Buckeyes are 6-1 against the Wildcats over the last four years. The last time they met (Feb. 29, 2012) they won 75-73.

Ohio State is in fifth place in the conference, Northwestern is in eigth place.

In their last outing, despite 26 points and 7 rebounds from Deshaun Thomas, the Buckeyes fell to Indiana 81-68 on Feb. 10. With 20.1 points per game and 6.1 rebounds per game, he has team-best marks in both categories. For the Wildcats, Reggie Hearn put up 13 points and 6 rebounds in the 71-57 loss to Iowa on Feb. 9. He leads the team in points with 14.2 per game and steals with 1.2 per game.

There is a single key statistical area where Ohio State can exploit Northwestern, scoring, where the Buckeyes have an edge over the Wildcats, 71 points per game to 63 points per game. One category in which Northwestern is especially proficient is turnover percentage at 17.1 percent, ranking second in their conference (and 23rd nationally).

Northwestern StatSmack

  • Ohio State has a stronger schedule than Northwestern this season (SOS Rank: No. 23 vs. No. 48).
  • That must sting. Ohio State has blown out Northwestern by 20 points or more on four occasions since 1999.
  • Ohio State beat Northwestern by 2 points the last time they played (Feb 29, 2012).
  • Ohio State has a much lower out-of-state cost per year according to Kiplinger than Northwestern ($34,224 vs. $54,190).
  • The Ohio State three-point leader (Deshaun Thomas, 54 three-pointers) has more three-pointers than the Northwestern three-point leader (Dave Sobolewski, 39 three-pointers).
  • A for effort, but Ohio State has emerged victorious against Northwestern the last six times they've played.
  • Over the past 10 years, Ohio State has had more players drafted by the NBA than Northwestern (eight vs. zero).
  • Since 1998, Ohio State has recruited more Top 10 high school players than Northwestern (three vs. zero).
  • The Ohio State steals leader (Aaron Craft, 44 steals) has more steals than the Northwestern steals leader (Reggie Hearn, 27 steals).
  • Ohio State allows fewer rebounds (32.1 allowed per game vs. 36.9 allowed per game) than Northwestern this season.
  • Ohio State has an average margin of victory of 12 over Northwestern in 49 wins since 1980.
NU Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
B Reggie Hearn 32 14 5 1 1 0 2
B Jared Swopshire 32 10 7 2 1 1 1
B Drew Crawford 32 14 5 2 1 1 2
B Dave Sobolewski 35 11 3 4 1 0 2
C+ Alex Olah 22 6 4 2 0 1 1
C A. Marcotullio 19 4 3 2 1 0 1
C Tre Demps 17 7 2 1 0 0 1
C- Kale Abrahamson 13 4 1 0 0 0 0
C- Mike Turner 16 2 2 2 0 1 1
D Sanjay Lumpkin 7 1 1 1 0 0 1
D Nikola Cerina 4 1 1 0 0 0 0
D Chier Ajou 4 1 1 0 0 0 0
D J. Montgomery III 3 1 0 0 0 0 0
D Omar Jimenez 3 0 0 0 0 0 0
OSU Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
A Deshaun Thomas 35 20 6 2 1 0 1
B+ Aaron Craft 33 10 4 4 2 0 2
B L. Smith Jr. 28 10 5 2 0 0 2
C+ Sam Thompson 24 7 3 1 1 1 1
C+ Shannon Scott 20 5 2 4 2 0 1
C+ Amir Williams 17 4 4 0 0 2 1
C+ Evan Ravenel 18 6 5 0 0 1 1
C+ LaQuinton Ross 17 8 3 1 0 0 2
C A. Della Valle 8 3 2 0 0 0 1
D+ Jake Lorbach 1 1 0 0 0 0 0
D+ Alex Rogers 2 0 1 0 0 0 0
D+ Trey McDonald 8 1 1 0 0 0 0
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