Arizona vs. Ohio State: Full Game Preview

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Arizona vs. Ohio State: Full Game Preview
(21) Arizona
(27-7, 7-4 away)
(7) Ohio State
(28-7, 16-2 home)
Venue: Staples Center
7:47PM ET / 4:47PM PT, March 28, 2013
Team Leaders
Points Rebounds Assists
Arizona M Lyons 15.4 K Tarczewski 6.2 N Johnson 3.3
Ohio State D Thomas 19.7 D Thomas 6.1 A Craft 4.7

No. 6-seeded Arizona squares off against No. 2-seeded Ohio State in the sweet sixteen of the NCAA Tournament at Staples Center on Thursday. It gets started at 7:47 p.m. ET.

In their last game on Mar. 23, Mark Lyons put up 27 points as the Wildcats ran it up on Harvard 74-51. At 15.4, he paces the team in points per game. For the Buckeyes, Aaron Craft put up 18 points and six assists in the 78-75 win over Iowa State on Mar. 24. With 4.7 assists per game and 2.1 steals per game, he has team-best marks in both categories.

Ohio State StatSmack

  • Even computers respect Arizona more. Arizona has a better RPI this season than Ohio State (RPI: No. 11 vs. No. 13).
  • The Pac-12 has 2 teams - Utah (75.3 percent) and Arizona (74.7 percent) - that shoot a better free throw percentage than the Big Ten leader, Indiana (74.3 percent).
  • The Arizona steals leader (Nick Johnson, 61 steals) has more steals than the Ohio State steals leader (Aaron Craft, 60 steals).
  • You'll do better on next semester's exams, right? Arizona currently has a higher Academic Progress Rate (975 to 962) than Ohio State, per the NCAA.
  • Nick Johnson is ranked 50th nationally in steals.
  • Arizona has a better record on the road than Ohio State this season (7-4 vs. 5-5).
  • Arizona has more NCAA Tournament appearances over the last 10 years than Ohio State (eight vs. six).
  • Ohio State has to pay up to win. The coach for Arizona has a much lower base salary than Ohio State ($2,300,000 vs. $2,555,000).
  • The Pac-12 has 2 teams - Oregon (8.6) and UCLA (8.2) - that create more steals per game than the Big Ten leader, Michigan State (8.2).
  • The Pac-12 has had 25 more NBA Draft picks than the Big Ten over the past 10 years.
Arizona Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
B+ Solomon Hill 33 14 5 3 1 1 2
B+ Nick Johnson 31 11 4 3 2 1 2
B+ Mark Lyons 30 15 2 3 1 0 3
B Kevin Parrom 24 9 5 2 1 0 1
B- K. Tarczewski 22 6 6 0 0 1 2
B- Brandon Ashley 21 7 5 1 1 1 1
C+ Grant Jerrett 18 5 4 1 0 1 1
C- Jordin Mayes 12 2 1 1 1 0 1
C- Gabe York 6 3 0 1 0 0 0
C- Angelo Chol 9 2 2 0 0 0 1
D+ Max Wiepking 3 2 1 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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