It also gives the Buckeyes (22-8, 11-6) an opportunity to head into the postseason with some serious season as a victory would extend their winning streak to four.
For six seniors, it means even more as they suit up for their final home game at Ohio State. Four of those players – Shannon Scott, Sam Thompson, Trey McDonald and Amir Williams – have been scholarship players in the program for four seasons. They have to their name two Big Ten regular-season titles, the 2013 Big Ten Tournament title, two Sweet 16 appearances, two Elite Eight appearances and one trip to the Final Four. They have 107 career wins, three short of moving in to the Top 5 for a four-year class at Ohio State. Those players and head coach Thad Matta addressed the media Saturday in advance of their senior day.
Here is a look at the Buckeyes four four-year players and their time at Ohio State.
- Career stats: 5.2 points per game, 3.6 assists per game, 2.7 rebounds per game, 1.5 steals per game.
- Season stats: 7.9 ppg, 5.9 apg, 3.6 rpg, 1.7 spg.
- Career stats: 4.9 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 1.4 blocks per game
- Season stats: 6.4 ppg, 4.9 rpg, 1.6 bpg
- Career stats: 1.9 ppg, 1.7 rpg
- Season stats: 2.9 ppg, 2.6 rpg
- Career stats: 6.8 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 0.7 spg
- Season stats: 10.5 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 1.4 spg
Scott came to Ohio State the highest-ranked member of the 2011 as the No. 33 overall player and No. 6 point guard out of Alpharetta, Ga. He was stuck behind Aaron Craft for the first three years of his career, forced to play out of his natural position when he shared the floor with Craft. This was the first year that the reins of the offense were supposed to be handed to Scott, but he has had to play off the ball at times this season because of the skills of D’Angelo Russell.
Scott enters the game with Wisconsin with 178 assists on the year, the No. 6 spot in single-season history and three from tying Craft for fifth all-time. He also has 204 career steals, tied with Jay Burson for the second most in Ohio State history. He won’t be able to catch Craft for first all time, but is a safe bet to make his second straight Big Ten All-Defense team.
Williams came to Ohio State as a four-star player out of Detroit County Day High School, the No. 49 player nationally and No. 5 center in the 2011 class. He is in his second season as a starter and has averaged more than a block a game for each of the past three seasons.
McDonald was the only member of the five-player 2011 class to not rank in the Sout Top 100, coming to Ohio State as a three-star out of Battle Creek (Michigan) Central High School. He was the No. 18 center in the class.
McDonald has never been a starter at Ohio State, but has contributed off the bench for the Buckeyes. His 2.9 points per game this year and 2.6 rebounds a contest are both career highs.
Thompson came to Ohio State as a four-star prospect, the No. 51 overall player in the class and No. 15 small forward out of Illinois. He has been the most productive member of the class, playing in 141 career games, the fifth most of any player at Ohio State and three games from matching Jon Diebler for fourth all-time. He has 957 points in his four years as a Buckeye.
This is the first year that Thompson has averaged double digit points per game and he is also logging career highs in steals, rebounds, assists and blocks.