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. 2-seeded Ohio State meets No. 6-seeded Arizona in the sweet sixteen of the NCAA Tournament at Staples Center on Thursday. Tipoff is at 7:47 p.m. ET.

The 22 points and five rebounds by Deshaun Thomas helped the Buckeyes to a 78-75 victory over Iowa State on Mar. 24. He paces the team in points per game with 19.7, and rebounds per game with 6.1. In a 74-51 blowout of Harvard on Mar. 23, Mark Lyons put up 27 points for the Wildcats. His 15.4 points per game is the highest mark on the team. Areas of strength for Arizona include: defensive rebounding percentage at 73.5 and effective field goal percentage at 52.6.

Arizona StatSmack

  • The Ohio State assist leader (Aaron Craft, 134 assists) has more assists than the Arizona assist leader (Nick Johnson, 94 assists).
  • Ohio State has a stronger schedule than Arizona this season (SOS Rank: No. 13 vs. No. 33).
  • Ohio State has a much better overall winning percentage over the last five years (79.0 percent to 67.5 percent).
  • The Ohio State scoring leader (Deshaun Thomas, 592 points) has more points than the Arizona scoring leader (Mark Lyons, 446 points).
  • Arizona has been ducking Ohio State for over 30 years.
  • The Ohio State three-point leader (Deshaun Thomas, 61 three-pointers) has more three-pointers than the Arizona three-point leader (Mark Lyons, 56 three-pointers).
  • Deshaun Thomas is ranked 21st nationally in points.
  • The Ohio State basketball team finishes what they start, with a better graduation rate than Arizona (64 percent vs. 20 percent).
  • The Ohio State blocks leader (Amir Williams, 41 blocks) has more blocks than the Arizona blocks leader (Grant Jerrett, 26 blocks).
  • Ohio State has more wins over the last 5 years than Arizona (163 vs. 133).
  • Ohio State is better at defending the three (32.7 percent allowed vs. 36.5 percent allowed) than Arizona this season.
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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