Men's Basketball – Ohio State 77 Illinois 61

 

 

 

 

POSTGAME NOTES

No. 20 Ohio State 77 (12-3, 1-1), Illinois 61 (10-5, 0-2)

January 3, 2014

Value City Arena – Columbus, Ohio

Attendance: 16,028

GAME/SERIES

 Illinois leads the overall series with the Buckeyes 101-69 with Ohio State leading 44-40 in Columbus.

 Ohio State has won 10 of the last 12 games vs. Illinois and the last six in Columbus.

 As a ranked team, Ohio State is 26-11 vs. the Illini and has won 16 of the last 18 meetings when ranked.

 Trailing 44-41 at 16:34 of the second half, Ohio State seized control of the game with a 21-2 run over 6:33 of play. Ilinois

was held without a field goal during the run.

TEAM

 Three players scored in double figures for the Buckeyes: D’Angelo Russell (22), Marc Loving (13) and Sam Thompson (13).

 The Buckeyes earned their first win of the season when trailing at the half (0-3).

 Ohio State outscored Illinois in the paint 34-14.

 Ohio State is 12-1 at home this season.

 Ohio State shot 60 percent for the game (27-45). The last time Ohio State 60 percent in a Big Ten game: March 9, 2012

against Purdue in an 88-71 win in the Big Ten tournament.

 Ohio State has shot better than 60 percent in six games this season and better than 50 percent in 10 games. The team is

undefeated when shooting better than 50 percent for the game.

 Since the 2009-10 season, Ohio State holds a 100-9 (.917) record at home, the most home wins in the country.

 Russell and Scott combined for nine assists vs. the Illini. The duo averages 12.8 helpers per game this season.

Ohio State 77, Illinois 61 - final box

THAD MATTA

 Matta is 287-86 during his career at Ohio State and 389-117 overall as a head coach.

 Matta is 147-63 vs. Big Ten opponents at Ohio State.

 Matta is 13-5 vs. former assistant coaches, 4-1 against Iliinois coach John Groce.

 Matta teams are 15-5 vs. Illinois and 9-1 in games against the Illini played at Value City Arena.

 With Matta at the helm, the Buckeyes are 12-2 when ranked among the AP Top 25 vs. the Illini.

 Matta is 161-4 in Columbus vs. unranked opponents and Ohio State is 57-3 in Columbus vs. unranked Big Ten opponents.

D’ANGELO RUSSELL

 Russell tallied 22 points against Illinois. He has scored in double figures in 13-consecutive games this season.

 Russell totaled four assists and leads the Top 25 true freshman nationally with 77 assists this season.

 For the season, Russell is recording a PAR (points+assists+rebounds/game) of 27.2.

SHANNON SCOTT

 With five helpers vs. Iowa, Scott ranks fifth in Ohio State history with 432 assists. He needs 44 to pass Curtis Wilson (475)

for No. 4.

 Scott recorded three steals vs. Iowa. He remains fourth on Ohio State’s all-time steals list with 189 behind David Lighty with

191 thefts. Scott needs 11 more assists this season to become the third Buckeye all-time to reach 200 steals in a career.

 Scott scored nine points, passing 600 for his career (603).

MARC LOVING

 Scored 13 points. He has scored in double figures in 12 games this season.

 Tied a career high with eight rebounds.

SAM THOMPSON

 Scored 13 points. He has scored in double figures in 10 games this season.

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