Iowa State vs. Ohio State: Full Game Preview

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Iowa State vs. Ohio State: Full Game Preview
Iowa State
(23-11, 6-10 away)
(7) Ohio State
(27-7, 21-2 home)
Venue: University of Dayton Arena
12:15PM ET / 9:15AM PT, March 24, 2013
Team Leaders
Points Rebounds Assists
Iowa State W Clyburn 14.9 M Ejim 9.3 K Lucious 5.6
Ohio State D Thomas 19.6 D Thomas 6.1 A Craft 4.7

No. 2-seeded Ohio State matches up against 10th-seeded Iowa State in the third round of the NCAA Tournament at University of Dayton Arena on Sunday. Tipoff is at 12:15 p.m. ET and you can see it on CBS. The Buckeyes have not played the Cyclones since the 2006-07 season, when they won 75-56.

The 24 points by Deshaun Thomas helped the Buckeyes to a 95-70 cakewalk over Iona on Mar. 22. On top of his scoring average of 19.6 points per game, he delivers 6.1 rebounds per game. In a 76-58 blowout of Notre Dame on Mar. 22, Melvin Ejim put up 17 points and eight rebounds for the Cyclones. He is averaging 11.3 points per game in addition to a team-best 9.3 rebounds per game. From a tempo-free perspective, Iowa State is strong in effective field goal percentage at 53.7. This is good enough for first in the conference and 23rd in the nation.

Iowa State StatSmack

  • The Big Ten has 2 teams - Indiana (48.8 percent) and Michigan (48.7 percent) - that shoot a better field goal percentage than the Big 12 leader, Kansas (47.3 percent).
  • The Big Ten has 2 teams - Indiana (41.8 percent) and Michigan (38.8 percent) - that shoot a better three-point percentage than the Big 12 leader, Iowa State (37.7 percent).
  • Ohio State has an average margin of victory of 11 over Iowa State in three wins since 1984.
  • Ohio State has a better conference record than Iowa State this season (13-5 vs. 11-7).
  • Even computers respect Ohio State more. Ohio State has a better RPI this season than Iowa State (RPI: No. 14 vs. No. 49).
  • Ohio State has more Final Four appearances over the last 10 years than Iowa State (two vs. zero).
  • Since 1998, Ohio State has recruited more Top 10 high school players than Iowa State (three vs. zero).
  • The top-ranking players between the two conferences for points, field goals made, free throws made, and assists are in the Big Ten.
  • Ohio State has more NCAA Tournament appearances over the last 10 years than Iowa State (six vs. two).
  • A for effort, but Ohio State has emerged victorious against Iowa State the last three times they've played.
  • Ohio State has a much better NCSA Power Ranking than Iowa State (No. 53 vs. No. 70).
ISU Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
B+ Will Clyburn 32 15 7 2 1 0 3
B Melvin Ejim 27 11 9 1 1 1 2
B Georges Niang 25 12 5 2 1 0 1
B Tyrus McGee 24 13 3 1 1 0 1
B Chris Babb 33 9 3 2 1 0 1
B- Korie Lucious 31 10 2 6 1 0 3
C Bubu Palo 13 3 1 2 0 0 1
C- Percy Gibson 13 5 3 0 0 1 0
C- Anthony Booker 12 3 3 0 0 1 1
D Naz Long 7 1 1 1 0 0 1
D Tyler Ellerman 3 0 1 0 0 0 0
D Nkereuwem Okoro 4 1 0 0 0 0 1
D Aaron Law 3 1 0 0 0 0 0
OSU Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
A Deshaun Thomas 35 20 6 1 0 0 1
B+ Aaron Craft 34 10 4 4 2 0 2
B L. Smith Jr. 28 10 5 2 0 0 1
B- Sam Thompson 24 7 3 1 1 1 1
B- Shannon Scott 20 5 2 4 2 0 1
C+ Evan Ravenel 18 5 5 0 0 1 1
C+ LaQuinton Ross 17 7 3 0 0 0 2
C+ Amir Williams 17 4 4 0 0 1 1
C A. Della Valle 7 3 2 0 0 0 0
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 0
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