Ohio State vs. Northwestern: Full Game Preview

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Ohio State vs. Northwestern: Full Game Preview
(18) Ohio State
(20-7, 4-5 away)
Northwestern
(13-15, 8-9 home)
Venue: Welsh-Ryan Arena
7:00PM ET / 4:00PM PT, February 28, 2013
Team Leaders
Points Rebounds Assists
Ohio State D Thomas 19.9 D Thomas 6.1 A Craft 4.4
Northwestern R Hearn 13.7 J Swopshire 6.7 D Sobolewski 3.9

On Thursday, No. 18 Ohio State visits Welsh-Ryan Arena to take on Northwestern. The game tips off at 7 p.m. EST and you can see it on ESPN 2. The Buckeyes defeated the Wildcats 69-59 on Feb. 14 and are 7-1 against them over the past four years.

Ohio State is in fourth place in the conference, Northwestern is in 10th place.

In a 68-60 triumph over Michigan State on Feb. 24, Aaron Craft put up 21 points and 6 assists for the Buckeyes. He paces the team in assists per game with 4.4, and steals per game with 1.9. The Wildcats were defeated by Purdue 74-43 on Feb. 24 despite 7 points from Alex Marcotullio. He is averaging 4.4 points and 2.3 rebounds per game.

In terms of team stats, Ohio State has an advantage in a single key area, scoring, where the Buckeyes have an edge over the Wildcats, 70 points per game to 61 points per game.

Northwestern StatSmack

  • Ohio State has come back to win after being down at half against Northwestern three times since 1998.
  • Ohio State has a significantly better overall winning percentage over the last 30 years (64.3 percent to 38.7 percent).
  • Ohio State has more wins over the last 5 years than Northwestern (160 vs. 97).
  • Ohio State is better under pressure, and has defeated Northwestern in seven out of the last eight games decided by five points or fewer.
  • Ohio State has more NCAA Tournament appearances over the last 10 years than Northwestern (six vs. zero).
  • Ohio State is ranked higher than Northwestern in the Big Ten (No. 4 vs. No. 10).
  • Ohio State has more Final Four appearances over the last 10 years than Northwestern (two vs. zero).
  • Diaper Dandies love Ohio State. Ohio State has recruited more McDonald's All-Americans out of high school than Northwestern (17 vs. 1).
  • A for effort, but Ohio State has emerged victorious against Northwestern the last seven times they've played.
  • Ohio State is a better shooting team (45.4 percent vs. 40.2 percent) than Northwestern this season.
  • Ohio State has a better record at home than Northwestern this season (15-2 vs. 8-9).
OSU Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
A Deshaun Thomas 35 20 6 1 0 0 1
B+ Aaron Craft 33 10 4 4 2 0 2
B L. Smith Jr. 27 10 5 2 0 0 1
B- 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 1 1
C+ Evan Ravenel 18 5 5 0 0 1 1
C+ LaQuinton Ross 17 8 3 0 0 0 2
C A. Della Valle 8 3 2 0 0 1 1
C 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 1
NU Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
B Jared Swopshire 32 10 7 2 1 1 1
B Reggie Hearn 33 14 4 1 1 0 2
B Drew Crawford 32 14 5 2 1 1 2
B- Dave Sobolewski 35 10 3 4 1 0 2
C Alex Olah 21 6 4 2 0 1 1
C Tre Demps 18 7 2 1 0 0 1
C A. Marcotullio 19 4 2 2 1 0 1
C- Kale Abrahamson 15 5 2 0 0 0 0
C- Mike Turner 16 2 2 2 1 1 1
D Sanjay Lumpkin 7 1 1 1 0 0 1
D Nikola Cerina 6 1 1 0 0 0 0
D Chier Ajou 4 1 1 0 0 0 0
D J. Montgomery III 4 1 0 0 0 0 0
D- Omar Jimenez 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
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