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Two Road Games in Four Days Begins in Madison Saturday

February 1, 2014

Date: Feb. 1, 2014
No. 24 Ohio State Buckeyes (16-5, 3-5) at
No. 15 Wisconsin Badgers (17-4, 4-4)
Site: Kohl Center (17,230)
Game Time: Noon ET
Television: ESPN
Talent: Bob Wischusen (play-by-play)
Dan Dakich (expert analysis)
Radio: OSU-IMG Sports Network (56 stations)
Satellite Radio: Sirius 91/XM 91
Local Radio: WBNS FM-97.1 AM-1460 Radio
Radio Talent: Paul Keels (play-by-play)
Ron Stokes (expert analysis)

Craft Makes Capital One All-District IV
For the third-consecutive year, Ohio State's Aaron Craft has qualified for Academic All-America consideration. He was named Capital One Academic All-District IV Jan. 30 and is on the ballot for the 2014 CoSIDA Capital One Academic All-America team. Craft is a two-time Capital One Academic All-American, winning as both a sophomore and junior. In 2013 he was named the Academic All-America of the year in men's basketball. Craft is Ohio State's only two-time Academic All-American. There have been just three Big Ten student athletes in men's basketball to be named a three-time CoSIDA Academic All-American.

Three-Time Big Ten Academic All-Americans
Men's Basketball
Steve Grote, IOWA, 1975-76-77
Shon Morris, NU, 1986-87-88
Chris Hill, MSU, 2004-05-06

Vote Thad Matta
After the first round of the third annual Coaches' Charity Challenge, head coach Thad Matta is leading all coaches with 35 percent of votes and a 17-point percentage lead over Matt Painter of Purdue. With 48 coaches participating at the start, the field is now set at 24 and votes have been reset to zero. For the next three weeks, fans can vote once a day at VoteCoachMatta.com to help Matta advance to the round of 16.  The Coaches' Charity Challenge is a fan-vote contest that will run for 10 weeks in a tournament-style format. Contributions from the contest have exceeded 300,000. Matta won the challenge in 2012 and 2013 earning 100,000 for the Ronald McDonald House of Charities of Central Ohio. He is once again supporting RMHC.        

The Wisconsin Series
Ohio State leads the all-time series with Wisconsin 85-67. The Buckeyes are 29-43 in Madison vs. the Badgers. Thad Matta's Buckeyes are 11-11 vs. Wisconsin since 2004-05, his first at Ohio State. When ranked in the Associated Press Top 25 Poll, Ohio State is 23-12 vs. the Badgers. Ohio State is 10-11 vs. ranked Wisconsin teams and when both squads are ranked, Ohio State owns the 7-3 lead in the series. Senior Aaron Craft is the most experienced Buckeye in the Wisconsin series with seven games vs. the Badgers. He averages a team-high 7.7 points per game in 34.7 minutes a contest. Junior Sam Thompson is shooting 60 percent from the field (9-15) in five career games vs. Wisconsin.

A Look at the Badgers
Sam Dekker (14.0 ppg.) is one of four players on the Wisconsin roster averaging 10 or more this season. Frank Kaminsky (13.1 ppg.), Ben Brust (13.2 ppg.) and Traevon Jackson (11.0 ppg.) also contribute double figures. Dekker also is the team's top rebounder with 6.4 boards a game. Wisconsin started the season 16-0 before dropping three-consecutive games in Big Ten Conference play. The Badgers have split their last two games, at Purdue (W, 72-58) and at home vs. Northwestern Wednesday (L 65-56).

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