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Feb. 3, 2011
Vote for Lighty: http://go.osu.edu/VOTE4LIGHTY
No. 1 Ohio State (22-0, 9-0) vs.  Michigan (13-9, 3-6)
Site:
 Value City Arena (18,809)
Game Time: 7 p.m. ET
Television: ESPN
Talent: Bob Wischusen (play-by-play), Stephen Bardo (expert analysis)
Radio: OSU Radio Network (60 stations)
Local Radio: WBNS FM-97.1 AM-1460
Radio Talent: Paul Keels (play-by-play), Ron Stokes (expert analysis)
Tickets: OhioStateBuckeyes.com

Ohio State In NCAA Statistics
Ohio State is leading the nation in scoring margin (20.9 ppg.) and fewest fouls a game (14.1). The Buckeyes are No. 2 in turnover margin (5.8), No. 3 in field goal percentage (.500) and No. 4 in assist to turnover ratio (+1.59). The Buckeyes also are No. 7 in scoring defense (57.5 ppg.) and No. 9 in fewest turnovers per game (10.8). Jon Diebler’s 47.7 percent shooting percentage from 3-point range is No. 7 nationally.

Buckeyes Tied for 4th Best League start 
The 2010-11 Buckeyes are 9-0 in league play for the first time since the 1961-62 season and for the fourth time in history. The Buckeyes finished 14-0 in 1961 and had 12-0 starts in 1960 and 1962.
Other Steaks:
Regular-Season Wins     26
Overall Wins                 22
Home Wins                   17
Wins vs. Big Ten Teams 16
37-2 in last 39 games
34-1 in last 35 home games
32-1 in last 33 regular-season games
25-1 in last 26 games vs Big Ten teams

Ohio State Tops UCLA for Record Start 
The Buckeyes surpassed UCLA for the record for best start to a season after losing the National Player of the Year. The 1969-70 UCLA team took the court after losing Lew Alcindor the previous season. That squad opened the season 21-0. The 2010-11 Buckeyes, 22-0 and on the nation’s longest winning streak, lost Evan Turner from the 2009-10 squad. Turner earned every major player of the year award last season. Oregon ended the win streak for UCLA, the eventual national champions that year, with a 78-65 win at Oregon Feb. 21, 1970.

Matta Has Best Record Since 2004-05 
Since taking over the Ohio State program for the start of the 2004-05 season, Thad Matta has the Big Ten’s best overall record with a winning percentage of nearly 77 percent. He also has directed the Buckeyes to the most regular-season conference wins with 78.  

Big Ten in Matta Era  (2004-05 to present) 
                     Overall Record       Conference Record
Team                   W     L       Pct.                   W L     Pct.
Ohio State       178 54    .767             78 33  .703
Wisconsin        164 59    .735             77 33  .700
Michigan State  170 64    .726            75 36  .676
Illinois             161 72    .691            65 45  .591
Purdue            137 81    .628             62 49  .559

Lighty One of 10 Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award Finalists
David Lighty was named one of 10 finalists for the Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award in men’s basketball Jan. 26. Fan voting is underway. One-third of the award will be determined by fan voting. Coaches and media make up the other two-thirds. Fans can vote online at http://go.osu.edu/VOTE4LIGHTY. The award is presented each year to the outstanding senior NCAA Division I Student-Athlete of the Year across nine different sports. The acronym “CLASS” stands for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School®. The Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award celebrates the loyalty of seniors that honor a four-year commitment to their university. The Senior CLASS Award® recognizes these student-athletes for great achievement during competition and in their community while staying in school.

Sullinger Earns FOW NO. 10
Ohio State rookies have earned all 12 Big Ten Conference Freshman of the Week awards this season. Jared Sullinger earned his 10th freshman honor Monday after averaging 19 points and 7.5 rebounds last week in wins vs. Purdue and at Northwestern Aaron Craft, the third Buckeye to claim the FOW honor, scored a career-high 19 points vs. Penn State Jan. 15 to earn the league honor Jan. 17. The Findlay, Ohio, native averaged 14.5 points and shot 60 percent (6-10) from 3-point range.
 Classmate Deshaun Thomas has the other award for the Buckeyes (11/29/10). Sullinger also has four conference player of the week awards. He is the first OSU freshman to earn the league’s player of the week honor two or more times in a season since the Buckeyes’ Greg Oden did so as a rookie in 2006-07.

Craft Turns up the Heat on Defense
Freshman Aaron Craft leads allleague freshmen in steals and assists while leading the Buckeyes in both categories as well. He has been matched up against the league’s top point guards of late in wins over Penn State and at Illinois. Against the Nittany Lions’ Taylor Battle, Craft held the senior point guard to 5 of 17 shooting from the field, which included a 1-10 effort from 3-point range. Against Illinois in Champaign, senior Illini guard Demetri McCamey was held to 2 of 11 shooting and 1 of 5 from long range. Combined, Battle, who is second in league scoring with 20.4 ppg., and McCamey (15.6 ppg.) shot 7-28 from the field and 2-17 from 3-point range. McCamey had five assists and four turnovers while Battle had four helpers and three turnovers. In addition, Craft set the Ohio State freshman record for steals in a game with seven vs. Iowa Jan. 19.

Buckeyes on Fourth Longest Win Streak
The Buckeyes have won 20 or more consecutive games four times with a current streak of 22 victories headed into the home game vs. Michigan Thursday. In 2006-07, Ohio State surged down the stretch in Big Ten Conference play, winning 13-consecutive regular-season league games, three conference tournament contests and 22 in a row overall before losing in the NCAA title game. The Buckeyes won 32-consecutive games over the 1959-60 (last 5 gms.) and 1960-61 (first 27 gms.) seasons and the first 22 contests of the 1961-62 season.

All-Time Ohio State Win Streaks
W    Streak Year(s)
32  1959-60 (5) to 1960-61 (27)
22  2010-11
22  2006-07
22  1961-62

Matta Earns Another 20-Win Season
For each of the last 11 seasons, all as a head coach, Thad Matta has guided teams to at least 20 victories. Only Mark Few, among active coaches, has more consecutive 20-win seasons to start a career (11). Gonzaga is 13-8 this season. Matta set the Ohio State record for consecutive 20-win campaigns in 2008-09 with a 22-11 record and extended it this season with win No. 20 vs. Illinois Jan. 22 in Champaign, the seventh-consecutive Ohio State season with 20+ victories. The previous record was four held by the 1960-63 teams under legendary head coach Fred Taylor. Matta also has won at least 10 Big Ten regular-season games in each of the last five seasons. That effort tied Taylor’s mark of 10+ league wins in each of the seasons from 1960-64. Those were during 14-game regular-season slates. The Big Ten played a 16-game schedule in Matta’s first three seasons (8, 12, 15 league wins) and an 18-game schedule the last three (10, 10, 14).

Matta has Buckeyes Road Ready
Ohio State has won its last 12 true road games since finishing the 2009-10 season with five-consecutive road victories and starting this season with wins at then-No. 9 Florida (11/16/10), at Florida State (11/30/10), at Indiana (12/31/10), at Iowa (1/4/11),  at Michigan (1/12/11) and most recently at No. 23 Illinois (1/22/11) and Northwestern (1/29/11). The last road loss was at No. 11 West Virginia Jan. 23, 2010. The Buckeyes have won their last 11 Big Ten road contests since falling at Minnesota 73-62 Jan. 9, 2010. The Buckeyes last won 11-consecutive (14 total) road games in Big Ten play during the 1959-60, ’60-61 seasons when the Buckeyes won the final league road game in 1960, all seven in 1961 and the first six in 1962.
                                                          Big Ten
Year(s)                     Rd. W Strk.   Rd. W Strk.
1959-60, 1961-62       21              14
2009-10, 2010-11       12              11
1970-71, 1971-72        9                7
1932-33                      8                3
1949-50, 1950-51        7                5
2006-07, 2007-08        6                7
1908-09, 1909-10        6               N/A
1943-44, 1944-45       N/A              7

Ohio State Moves to No. 1
With a 22-0 record and a 9-0 mark in Big Ten Conference play, Ohio State was voted No. 1 nationally in both the ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll and the Associated Press Poll Jan. 17. The Buckeyes sit atop the rankings in college basketball for the second time under head coach Thad Matta, who directed the Buckeyes to a 35-4 record in 2006-07, a No. 1 ranking and a spot in the national title game. The Buckeyes are 63-4 when No. 1 in the AP Poll and 15-2 atop the coaches poll.

400 and 4,000 club 
David Lighty was added to an exclusive club following the game vs. Illinois Jan. 22. The senior reached  4,000 minutes played with more than 400 field goals in the Illinois win in Champaign, where he is 4-0 as a player. Lighty has made 456 career field goals and has logged 4,075 career minutes during his 142-game career. Classmate Jon Diebler has 408 made baskets (323 of which are 3s) while playing a total of 4,114 minutes in 129 games. He reached 400/4,000 with a triple and 36 minutes vs. Iowa Jan. 19.
      Herb Williams (4,216) and Jamar Butler (4,213) lead Ohio State in career minutes. Williams made 834 career field goals over 114 games and 4,216 minutes. Butler connected on 420 FGs (242 3FGs) over 139 games and 4,213 minutes played. Junior William Buford has already scored 449 career field goals and has logged 2,867 career minutes in 91 games.

Matta off to Best Start to OSU Season
With the win at Northwestern last Saturday, Thad Matta has led Ohio State to its first 22-0 start to a season over his seven-year tenure in Columbus. The Buckeyes started 11-0 in 2005-06. The current streak also is tied for the second best start in Ohio State history. The Buckeyes are the only remaining unbeaten team nationally.
Yr. Start Yr. W Strk. Postseason
1960-61 27-0 NCAA Title game
2010-11 22-0 
1961-62 22-0 NCAA Title game
1990-91 17-0 NCAA Regional Semifinal
2005-06 11-0 NCAA 2nd Round
2008-09 9-0 NCAA First Round

Lighty Earns Record Win
Senior David Lighty has been a part of an Ohio State record 117 victories during his tenure as a Buckeye. His freshman season Ohio State won 35 games followed by 24 as a sophomore and 29 as a junior in 2009-10. Lighty is credited with seven wins at the start of the 2008-09 season, which ended when he broke his right foot and earned a medical redshirt season. The Buckeyes are off to a 22-0 start this year. Mark Titus (2007-10) and Danny Peters (2007-10) set the previous record for wins last season with 110. Lighty is the active leader national in career wins. Duke’s Kyle Singler is No. 2 with 111.

Lucas Named Big Ten Icon No. 8
Ohio State’s Jerry Lucas was named Big Ten Icon No. 8, as the countdown of Big Ten Icons continues. A profile of the Middletown, Ohio, native who was a three-time All-American, three-time Big Ten Most Valuable Player, two-time National Player of the Year and two-time Final Four MVP for the Buckeyes, aired Jan. 16 on the Big Ten Network. Lucas began turning heads at Middletown High School, where he won two state championships. First-year Ohio State coach Fred Taylor won the recruiting battle for the two-time state player of the year, who had received more than 150 college scholarship offers. In his first year on the varsity squad, Lucas led Ohio State to its first national title, defeating defending champion California in the 1960 NCAA Tournament. His performance caught the eye of Golden Bears’ coach Pete Newell, who added Lucas to the 1960 Olympic team that steamrolled to the gold medal in Rome. Lucas finished his collegiate career averaging 24.3 points and 17.2 rebounds while leading the Buckeyes to an astounding 78-6 mark and three Big Ten titles. For his efforts, he was named Sports Illustrated’s 1962 Sportsman of the Year.

Sullinger Named to Wooden Award Midseason Top 30
Freshman standout Jared Sullinger was named to the John R. Wooden Award Midseason Top 30,   announced Jan. 6 by The Los Angeles Athletic Club. Selected by the Wooden Award National Advisory Board, the list is made up of 30 student-athletes who, based on their performances in November and December, are the early frontrunners for college basketball’s most prestigious honor. Sullinger is one of just two rookies on the list, joining Terrence Jones of Kentucky. Former Buckeye Evan Turner won the 2010 Wooden Award a year ago.
 
Lighty Joins Turner, Jackson in OSU Record Book
Evan Turner (1,517 pts., 682 rebs., 414 asts.) became just the second player in recorded history to reach 1,000 points, 500 rebounds and 300 assists with eight helpers vs. Northwestern Jan. 19, 2010. Jim Jackson was the only other Buckeye to do so with 1,785 career points, 552 career rebounds and 372 career assists from 1990-92. David Lighty joined the duo this season. He currently has 1,284 points, 514 rebounds and 328 assists to his credit. Only 22 players in Ohio State history have scored more than 1,000 points and collected 500+ rebounds. Lighty was added to the list with five rebounds vs. Iowa Jan. 19.

Buckeyes Comfortable at VCA
The Buckeyes are 14-0 at home this season in Value City Arena (1-0 at St. John Arena). In games at VCA, Ohio State is shooting 50 percent from the field (420-847). The Buckeyes are outscoring opponents by 26 ppg. and have a rebounding advantage of 8.1 rpg. No opponent has scored more than 66 points at Value City Arena this season. Ohio State finished 17-1 at home last season, the second most home victories in a season at Ohio State. The team reached 100 or more points three times and averaged a margin of victory of +22.1. The Buckeyes opened the 2010-11 campaign with a 102-61 victory over NC A&T and recently defeated UT-Martin 100-40. Ohio State is 69-1 all-time when scoring 100 or more points in a game.

Homecourt Advantage
Since Thad Matta took over Buckeye program in 2004-05, Ohio State is 114-10 in Columbus, the most home wins among Big Ten schools. In conference play, Ohio State is 47-8 at home over that same span, second to Wisconsin’s 49 wins and just ahead of Michigan State (47). Over the last two seasons Ohio State is 32-1 in Columbus. Only Duke (28-0) and Kentucky (27-0) have better win percentages over that span.

Ohio State Boasts Top Rookies
Jared Sullinger and Deshaun Thomas rate Nos. 1-4, respectively, in offensive production among Big Ten freshmen. Sullinger averages 18.0 points a game while Thomas contributes 9.2 ppg. Sullinger leads all league rookies with 9.9 rebounds a game while Thomas is fifth with 4.1 rpg. Sullinger is No. 2 in field goal percentage (.577/139-241) and No. 3 in steals with 1.0 spg. Aaron Craft leads freshmen in steals (1.7 spg.) and assists (4.8 apg.).

The Ohio State, Michigan Series
Ohio State leads the all-time series with the Wolverines 88-71 with the Buckeyes leading 50-26 in Columbus. Ohio State has won 12 of the last 14 meetings with Michigan. As a ranked team, Ohio State is 30-4 in games vs. the Wolverines, including wins in the last nine meetings as a ranked team. Ohio State’s No. 1 ranking heading into the game Thursday is its highest vs. Michigan since March 9, 2007 when top-ranked Ohio State defeated UM 72-62 in the 2007 Big Ten Tournament.
 Junior William Buford is Ohio State’s top scorer in the Michigan series at 16.3 points per game over his six career games vs. the Wolverines. He also is Ohio State’s top rebounder with an average of 7.7 rebounds  in the series. Freshmen Jared Sullinger (12 points) and Aaron Craft (10) each reached double figures in their debut games vs. the Wolverines earlier this season.

Ohio State as No. 1 vs. Michigan
2/4/61 W @Michigan 80(1)-58
1/13/62 W Michigan 89(1)-64
2/12/62 W @Michigan 72(1)-57
3/3/07 W @Michigan 65(1)-61
3/9/07 W vs. Michigan 72(1)-62

Ohio State vs. the Big Ten
Illinois              63-99
Indiana            73-99
Iowa                 69-73
Michigan            88-71
Michigan State    50-58
Minnesota          77-55
Northwestern     108-45
Penn State         25-12
Purdue              76-82
Wisconsin          81-64
Total                    710-658

Matta Reaches Double-Digit Wins vs. Non-Conference Foes
Thad Matta has directed Ohio State to at least 10 wins during non-conference play in each of his seven seasons in Columbus. Matta is 90-17 vs. non-conference competition at Ohio State and 88-37 vs. Big Ten foes (regular season and Big Ten tournament games) for an overall record of 178-54. In 11 seasons as a head coach (1 at Butler, 3 at Xavier and 7 at Ohio State) Matta is 92-39 vs. the Big Ten. He has winning records vs. eight league teams (9-3 vs. ILL, 8-5 vs. IND, 9-4 vs. IOWA, 12-2 vs. MICH,  7-5 vs. MINN, 10-1 vs. NW, 13-0 vs. PSU, 11-5 vs. PUR, is tied with Michigan State (6-6) and is 7-8 vs. Wisconsin.
            Non-Conf.           Big Ten            Overall
Yr.          W L                      W L                  W L
2005    11 3                 9 9            20 12
2006    12 1                14 5           26 6
2007    17 3                18 1           35 4
2008    14 4                10 9           24 13
2009    11 2                11 9           22 11
2010    12 4                17 4           29 8
2011    13 0                 9  0           22 0
           90 17              88 37         178 54

UNC Asheville, Oakland High-Lighty(s)
David Lighty, a senior from Cleveland, exploded for the first 11 points of the game, helping the Buckeyes to an 11-2 lead over the first 2:45 of the game against UNC Asheville Dec. 21. He went for a season-high 29 points, setting career highs in made 3-point field goals (7), 3-point field goals attempted (10 and made field goals (11). Lighty started his 100th game of his career vs. Oakland Dec. 23 and played in his 142th career game, No. 1 all-time, vs. Northwestern Jan. 29. The senior from Cleveland averaged 21.0 points in wins vs. UNC Asheville and Oakland. He connected on 60 percent of his field goals (15-25) and on 10 of 14 3-pointers (.714). He shot 70 percent from 3-point-range (7-10) vs. UNCA.

Jon “3-Bler” Diebler Strikes vs. FGCU
Senior Jon Diebler turned in another record individual performance in the span of three games for the then-14-0 and No. 2-ranked Buckeyes. After freshman Jared Sullinger set all sorts of Big Ten, Ohio State and personal marks with 40 points vs. IUPUI Dec. 9, Diebler followed suit making 9-of-14 3s in the win vs. Florida Gulf Coast Dec. 15.
Noting Diebler’s 3-point barrage vs. FGCU:

  • Most 3s made at Value City Arena-9
  • Most 3s made in OSU history-tie
  • Most 3s attempted in a game-14 (tie)
  • Second most 3s made in Big Ten history-tie
  • Most consecutive 3s made in OSU History-9
  • Most 3s made at Value City Arena-9
  • Most 3s attempted at Value City Arena-14 (tie)
  • Last Big Ten player with 9 made 3s was Matt Roth of Indiana vs. OSU 1/31/09
  • Diebler moved to No. 7 all-time in Big Ten history with 293 made 3s (now has 294), an OSU career record

Sullinger with Another Record Outing
Freshman Jared Sullinger scored a game-high 40 points for the Buckeyes in the 75-64 win vs. IUPUI Dec. 9. Along the way, the 6-foot-9-inch Columbus native set numerous Ohio State records. He then followed that effort with a 30-point, 19 rebound outing in the victory over South Carolina Dec. 18. He has since added 16 boards vs. UNC Asheville, tied for the fifth-most by an OSU rookie in a single game.

Noting Sullinger’s 40-point game vs. IUPUI:

  • Most Points by an Ohio State freshman-40
  • Most FTs Made by an Ohio State freshman-16
  • 3rd-T Free Throws Made at Ohio State
  • Most FTA by an Ohio State freshman-23
  • 10th-T FTs attempted in Big Ten history
  • 3rd Most FTs attempted in Big Ten history
  • 2nd 40-pt. by a Big Ten freshman all-time
  • No. 17-T Single Game Scoring at Ohio State
  • 57th time OSU player to score 35+ in a game-
  • Last time OSU player scored 35 or more pts. in a game was by Brent Darby (35) vs. Duke in 2002.
  • Last time OSU player scored 40 or more pts. in a game was by Dennis Hopson (41) at Dayton in 1986.
  • Last time a Big Ten player scored 40 or more pts. in a game was by Shawn Respert of Michigan State vs. Indiana, 1/11/95.

Noting Sullinger’s 30 pt., 19 reb. game vs. USC:

  • Fifth double-double of the season and ninth game in double figures
  • Tied 3rd-most points by a freshman in a game
  • Tied for the third-most in Value City Arena (David Lighty vs. Cleveland St., 12/22/09 and Scoonie Penn vs. Wisconsin, 2/24/99 each had 30)
  • 19 rebounds are a Value City Arena record (Evan Turner had 17 11/12/09 vs. James Madison and 11/9/10 vs. Alcorn St.)
  • Tied for second for most rebounds in a game for a freshman (Herb Williams had 22 vs. Marshall, 11/28/77). Greg Oden had 19 boards vs. Purdue March 10, 2007
  • Defensive rebounds (14) are the most for an Ohio State freshman (Greg Oden previously held the record with 13 vs. Tennessee on 1/13/07).
  • Defensive rebounds are tied for most defensive boards in Value City Arena history (Evan Turner vs. James Madison, 11/12/09)
  • Hit first career 3-pointer at the buzzer to end the first half, giving Ohio State a 42-21 halftime advantage

Five “Score” and More
Five Ohio State players already have tallied a score (20) or more points in a game 15 times after 22 contests this season.
Player Pts. Game (Date)
William Buford 23 UT Martin (12/27/10)
 24 at Indiana (12/31/10)
Jon Diebler 20 vs. Morehead State (11/23/10)
 29 vs. FGCU (12/15/10)
David Lighty 26 at Florida (11/16/10)
 21 vs. Miami (Ohio) (11/26/10)
 29 vs. UNC Asheville (12/21/10)
Jared Sullinger 26 at Florida (11/16/10)
 40 vs. IUPUI (12/9/10)
 30 vs. South Carolina (12/18/10)
 24 at Iowa (1/4/11)
 27 at Illinois (1/22/10)
 21 at Northwestern (1/29/11)
Deshaun Thomas 24 vs. No. Carolina A&T (11/12/10)
 20 vs. UT Martin (12/27/10)
Lighty (4), Diebler (7), Buford (6) and 2010 National Player of the Year Evan Turner (10) all scored 20 or more points multiple times last season.

Buckeyes Balanced Offensively
After 22 games, Ohio State has four players, all starters, averaging double-figures offensively. Freshman Jared Sullinger leads the team with 18.0 points per game. Sullinger also is the squad’s top rebounder with 9.9 a contest. Junior William Buford is next with 13.5 ppg., followed by senior David Lighty (12.4 ppg.) and classmate Jon Diebler (11.3 ppg.). Freshman Deshaun Thomas contributes 9.2 ppg.
 Freshman Aaron Craft leads with 106 total assists. Senior starting center Dallas Lauderdale has 40 of the team’s 77 blocks on the year. Lauderdale also makes 69 percent of his field goals (47 of 68) while Sullinger (139-241/.577) and Thomas (77-153/.503) all connect at 50+ percent from the field. Diebler has made 63 3-pointers on the season on 132 attempts (.477).

Diebler Moving Up in Big Ten
Senior Jon Diebler is among the Big Ten’s all-time Top 10 leaders in made 3-pointers. The sharpshooter from Upper Sandusky, Ohio, has made 323 career 3s, No. 5 on the all-time Big Ten list. He has averaged 2.5 made 3s a game for his 129-game career. On that pace, he will become the Big Ten’s all-time leader. Ohio State has a minimum of 10 games remaining, nine in regular-season games and at least one in the Big Ten tournament. He is on pace to make 29 more 3s this season, or 351 for his career. Pete Lisicky of Penn State (1994-98) currently owns the top spot in conference history with 332 made 3-pointers. 
Big Ten Career 3-point leaders
1.  332  Pete Lisicky, PSU  1994-98
2.  331  Shawn Respert, MSU  1991-95
3.  327  Cory Bradford, ILL  1998-2002
4. 323  Jon Diebler, OSU  2008-
5.  320  Craig Moore, NU  2006-09
6.  308  Joe Crispin, PSU  1998-2001
7.  299  Dee Brown, ILL  2002-06
8.  283  A.J. Guyton, IND  1997-2000
9.  271  Drew Neitzel, MSU  2004-08
10.  268  Dion Harris, MICH  2003-07

Noting the Northwestern Game:
Ohio State 58, Northwestern 57 (Jan. 29)

  • The Buckeyes’ 22-0 overall record is tied for the second-best start in school history (1960-61, 27-0; 1961-62, 22-0). Ohio State currently holds the nation’s longest active winning streak at 22. They are the only remaining unbeaten team in the country.
  • The 22-game winning streak is the fourth longest in Ohio State history (1959-61, 32; 1961-62 and 2006-07, 22).
  • The one-point margin of victory is the smallest Ohio State had won by all season. In one-point games all-time Ohio State is 67-56 and 19-24 on the road.
  • Ohio State improved to 63-4 when ranked first in the country by the Associated Press.
  • The Buckeyes are 49-1 in regular season games as the AP No. 1 team. The record improves to 52-1 in non-NCAA tournament games when AP No. 1.
  • As a ranked team, Ohio State is 383-105 all-time. The Buckeyes are 31-1 at home over the last two seasons.
  • The Buckeyes improved to 36-1 against Big Ten opponents when ranked No. 1 by the Associated Press.
  • The Buckeyes are 120-17 when ranked among the Top 3 in the country.
  • When ranked in the Top 10 nationally, Ohio State is 262-56 with wins in 53 of its last 55 outings.
  • Ohio State moved to 5-0 vs. Northwestern when ranked No. 1 (the previous four wins took place from Jan. 14, 1961 through Feb. 3, 1962).
  • Ohio State is now 383-105 as a ranked team.
  • Ohio State is 37-2 in its last 39 Big Ten games.
  • The Buckeyes are 108-45 vs. the Wildcats all-time, improving their overall Big Ten record to 710-658.
  • Northwestern moves to 0-16 vs. AP No. 1-ranked team.
  • Ohio State improves to 44-31 vs. Northwestern in Evanston.
  • Ohio State is 31-2 vs. Northwestern when ranked among the Associated Press Top 25.
  • The Buckeye freshmen have accounted for 47.5 percent of total scoring for the season, including 34 of Ohio State’s 58 total points against Northwestern.
  • Ohio State’s four returning starters for 2010-11 (Jon Diebler, David Lighty, Dallas Lauderdale and William Buford) have combined for 380 career starts and 485 games played.
  • This is the 247th-consecutive game Ohio State has made at least one 3-point field goal (1/10/04 vs. Penn State was the last game with zero made).
  • The win against Northwestern was the 73rd victory for the Buckeyes since the 2008-09 season, which ties Butler for fifth-best in the nation.
  • Ohio State has won its last 12 true road games dating back to the 2009-10 season (last road loss was at No. 11 West Virginia, Jan. 23, 2010).
  • The Buckeyes have won their last 11 Big Ten road contest since losing to Minnesota 73-62 Jan. 9, 2010. It is the second-longest conference road winning streak in Ohio State history (previous best was 14 between the seasons 1959-60 and 1961-62).
  • With the win, the Buckeyes hold the record for the best start to as season after losing the National Player of the Year (Evan Turner). The previous record was held by UCLA in 1969-70 when they went 21-0 after they lost Player of the Year Lew Alcindor.
  • Ohio State’s 27 halftime points are the fewest they have scored at intermission this season (28 previous low; Miami, 11/26 and Florida St., 11/30).
  • The 22-0 record to begin the season is the best start for Thad Matta at Ohio State (previous best was in 2005-06, when the team began 11-0).
  • This season is the seventh-consecutive year Matta has guided the Buckeyes to a 20-win campaign. That extends the longest streak in Ohio State history.
  • Since Matta took over at Ohio State in 2004-05, the Buckeyes have amassed 78 Big Ten wins, the most of any other team. Wisconsin is second with 77 (The Badgers lost 56-52 to Penn State on Saturday).
  • Matta has won at least 20 games in each of his 11 seasons as a head coach. Only Mark Few (Gonzaga), among active coaches, has more consecutive 20-win seasons to start a career.
  • Matta improved his career record to 280-85 overall and 178-54 at Ohio State.
  • With the win, Ohio State is 41-19 (.644) in January under Matta and 7-0 this season.
  • Matta is now 10-1 vs. Northwestern in his career, with an overall mark of 88-37 against Big Ten opponents.
  • Matta is 90-17 vs. non-conference competition at Ohio State and 88-37 vs. Big Ten foes (regular season and Big Ten tournament games) for an overall record of 178-54. He is 114-10 in games played in Columbus.
  • Ohio State improved to 17-0 on the season and 147-19 overall in games under Matta when they lead at the half.
  • Ohio State is 17-0 this season and 158-17 under Matta when shooting a better field goal percentage than their opponent.
  • During Matta’s tenure at Ohio State, the Buckeyes are 164-5 when leading with five minutes to play.
  • Ohio State is 11-0 on the season and 91-48 under Matta when having a field goal percentage of 50 percent or better.
  • The Buckeyes are 20-0 this season and 148-43 when having 15 or fewer turnovers in a game (Ohio State had five turnovers vs. Northwestern).
  • Northwestern attempted the most 3-point field goals (30) of any Buckeye opponent so far this season (previous high was 25, UT Martin, 12/27/10).
  • Big Ten Player/Freshman of the Week Jared Sullinger finished the contest with 21 points. Sullinger has scored at least 10 points in 20 of 22 games. It is his sixth time this season with 20-plus points.
  • Sullinger also added eight rebounds for the Buckeyes. He now has 218 rebounds on the season.
  • Lighty has played in 142 games as a Buckeye, the most all-time in an Ohio State uniform. Lighty also leads all NCAA active players in games played (Duke’s Kyle Singler is second with 131).
  • Lighty, the third player in Ohio State history to reach 1,000 points, 500 rebounds and 300 assists, ended the contest with six points and two rebounds. Lighty’s current marks: 1,284 points, 511 rebounds and 328 assists.
  • Lighty recorded his 116th win as a Buckeye vs. Northwestern on Saturday. He had 35 as a freshman, 25 as a sophomore, 29 as a junior and seven during the 2008-09 season when he received a medical redshirt because of a broken foot. He set the OSU record with his 112th win.
  • The game vs. Northwestern marked senior David Lighty’s 110th career start for Ohio State. He is one start away from tying Kelvin Ransey for seventh-place in career games started in a Buckeye jersey.
  • With six points, Lighty is one point away from tying Clark Kellogg for 26th-place in Ohio State history for career scoring.
  • With one made 3-pointer vs. Northwestern, senior Jon Diebler now has 323 for his career, four away from tying Cory Bradford (327, Illinois, 1998-2002) for third place in career 3-pointers made in Big Ten history.
  • With one made 3-pointer, Diebler extends his streak to 38 games in a row with at least one 3-pointer made.
  • Diebler’s current 3-point field goal percentage of 47 percent (63-133) puts him in the record books as having the best single season three-point percentage.
  • With three points against the Wildcats, Diebler now has 1,317 career points. He is 18 points behind Jim Cleamons for 23rd place.
  • Junior guard William Buford knocked down 11 points, pushing his career total to 1,188. Buford passed Lawrence Funderburke (1,179) for 32nd place in all-time career scoring at Ohio State.
  • The 11 points for Buford are the 16th time this season he has scored in double-figures.
  • Aaron Craft had three assists. He now has 106 assists on the season to just 46 turnovers.
  • Craft scored 13 points, the fifth time in Big Ten competition he has scored 10 or more.

Buford Reaches 1,000 Career Points
Ohio State boasts three players with at least 1,000 career points scored since junior William Buford reached the 96 points he needed in the 2010-11 season. With 17 points in the win vs. Florida Gulf Coast Dec. 15, Buford reached 1,000 and now has 1,188 career points, the 47th Buckeye all-time to reach 1,000. He scored 372 as a freshman and 532 a year ago for a total of 904 entering the campaign.
 Seniors David Lighty (1,284) and Jon Diebler (1,317) joined Ohio State’s 1,000-point club late last season. Diebler became the 45th player in Ohio State history to reach the 1,000 point plateau with 14 against Illinois March 13, 2010. Lighty reached 1,000 points with 18 vs. Georgia Tech in the second round of the 2010 NCAA Tournament. He was the third Buckeye, along with Evan Turner and Diebler, to achieve the feat last season. Lighty was the 46th player to reach 1,000 points in an Ohio State uniform.

Diebler On Track to Shatter Records
Senior Jon Diebler already owns several Ohio State 3-point shooting records and looks to increase his career totals from long range while setting new career marks in his last year of eligibility. Diebler’s career total of 323 made 3s and single season mark of 116 a year ago are Ohio State records. He has increased his shooting percentage during each of his three years at Ohio State from 29 percent as a freshman to 41.6 percent as a sophomore and 42 percent a season ago. He is currently shooting 48 percent from long range (63-132) and is at 40 percent for his career (323-805).

Diebler is Ohio State’s Three King
With four 3s in the 2010 Big Ten semifinal against Illinois, junior Jon Diebler surpassed Jamar Butler as the all-time leader at Ohio State in 3-point makes. Butler played from 2005-08 and averaged nearly 61 made 3s a season (242 total). Diebler has averaged 81 (323 total) a season over four years. Butler’s career percentage from long range ranks No. 8 all time at 37.2 percent accuracy (242-650). Diebler is shooting 40 percent (323-805) for his career. This after connecting on just 29 percent (48-166) as a freshman. He shot 42 percent as a sophomore (96-231) and made 42 percent last season (116-276).
 In just four seasons has a Buckeye made 80 or more 3s. Diebler has two of those after knocking down 96 treys as a sophomore and 116 last year. Diebler set the single-season record for made 3s in a season after making 11 treys in Milwaukee in the opening rounds of the 2010 NCAA Tournament. Diebler surpassed the century mark from long range with five makes in the 2010 Big Ten Tournament title victory over Minnesota.

Lighty Offers Veteran Leadership
Fifth-year senior David Lighty has battled injury over his career, missing the majority of the 2008-09 season with a broken bone in his right foot and then re-injuring the same foot during off-season workouts following the 2009-10 season. Lighty has played in a school record 142 games during his career, starting 110. He was part of the 2007 NCAA Championship game, three NCAA tournament appearances, a National Invitational Tournament title (2009), a pair of Big Ten Tournament titles (2007, 2010) and two Big Ten championships (2007, 2010) during his tenure as a Buckeye.

Ohio State vs. The Ranked
The Buckeyes have an all-time record of 137-221 vs. ranked opponents in the Associated Press Top 25. That includes a mark of 55-112 vs. Top 10 foes. As a ranked team, Ohio State is 383-105 all-time. In games when both teams enter with a Top 25 ranking, Ohio State is 57-47. When ranked among the Top 10 nationally, Ohio State is 262-56 with wins in 53 of last 56 outings.

Wins Follow Buckeye Double-Doubles
Ohio State has had a player record a double-double (10+ points, rebs, assists, steals or blocks) in 815 games. The Buckeyes are 558-257 in those contests (.685). Freshman Jared Sullinger (27/16) last recorded a double-double in the win at Illinois Jan. 22. 

Double Digit 3s
Ohio State has made 10 or more 3-pointers in a game 74 times since the shot was instituted for the 1986-87 season. The Buckeyes are 63-11 in those games after knocking down 11-of-19 treys against Purdue Jan. 25. Opponents have made double-digit 3s 87 times and are 35-52 in those games vs. the Buckeyes. Matta’s Ohio State teams are 50-9 when making 10 or more 3s in a game. Opponents are 9-30 against Matta-coached teams when making 10 or more treys.

Buckeyes win title vs. Eagles
Ohio State claimed the best record in the Global Sports Invitational with a victory vs. Morehead State (64-45, Nov. 23). Ohio State was 4-0 in the event. Florida went 3-1, North Carolina A&T 1-3, and UNC Wilmington 2-2. Morehead State finished 0-4.

Buford, Sullinger Make Naismith List
Junior guard William Buford and freshman center Jared Sullinger, both Ohio natives, are among the early contenders for the Naismith Award, given annually to the college national player of the year by the Atlanta Tipoff Club. Ohio State’s Evan Turner was selected for the honor after the 2009-10 season. In late February, the Atlanta Tipoff Club’s Board of Selectors will compile a mid-season team of the Top 30 players in the nation. Then in March, the Naismith Trophy voting academy will vote to narrow the list to the four finalists. 

Sullinger, Williams Start Careers in Similar Fashion
Ohio State freshman Jared Sullinger recorded a pair of double-doubles in his debut games as a Buckeye. He tallied 19 points and 14 rebounds in his first career game vs. NC A&T Nov. 12 and followed that effort with 26 points and 10 boards at Florida Nov. 16. He is the first freshman to start his career with back-to-back double-doubles since Herb Williams tallied three-consecutive D-Ds as a rookie in 1977. Williams did so against California Hayward (34/10), Marshall (21/22) and Stetson (18/16). Sullinger has four career double-doubles in seven games after grabbing 13 rebounds and scoring 40 points vs. IUPUI Dec. 9.

Buckeyes Know Mr. Basketball
The last four Associated Press Ohio HS Mr. Basketball awards have been earned by current Ohio State players. Senior Jon Diebler claimed the honor in 2007, junior William Buford claimed the honor in 2008 and freshman Jared Sullinger won it in both 2009 and 2010. Deshaun Thomas, another Ohio State rookie, claimed Indiana’s Mr. Basketball honor last year as a senior at Bishop Luers HS in Fort Wayne, Ind. Ohio State has had two of the last five Mr. Basketball honorees in Indiana with Greg Oden earning the honor in 2006.

Buckeyes Picked to Finish 2nd in Big Ten
Michigan State, Ohio State, Purdue. That is the 2010-11 order of finish the Big Ten media selected  at the annual media day in Chicago in late October. The Buckeyes return four starters and welcome one of the nation’s top recruiting classes after finishing the 2009-10 season 29-8 overall and winning the postseason conference tournament, a share of the regular-season crown and advancing to the 2010 NCAA Tournament “Sweet 16.”

Feast or Famine
The four returning starters (David Lighty, Dallas Lauderdale, Jon Diebler and William Buford) from the 2009-10 season have played a combined 485 games at Ohio State with a total of 381 starts. Senior David Lighty leads that list with 142 games played and 110 starts. Ohio State has five freshmen on the roster.

Buford Works with U.S. National Team
Junior William Buford was selected as one of 20 collegiate athletes to practice against the U.S. National Team July 19-24 in Las Vegas. Buford is Ohio State’s top returning scorer from the 2009-10 campaign at 14.4 points a game. He started all 37 contests for Ohio State a year ago and will be looked to for his offense and improving defense as a team veteran this season.

Sullinger Second Recruit to Earn Naismith HS Award in Last 5 yrs.
Jared Sullinger was named the Naismith High School Player of the Year March 10, 2010 by the Atlanta Tipoff Club. Sullinger is the second Thad Matta recruit to earn the award in the last five years. Greg Oden earned the honor in 2006. Sullinger, of Columbus Northland HS, averaged 24 points, 12 rebounds and nearly two blocks a game for his national No. 1 ranked high school squad, which was coached by his father “Satch” Sullinger, the 2010 Naismith High School Coach of the Year.

Dickerson Added to Staff
Dave Dickerson, former head coach at Tulane, was added to the Big Ten Champion Ohio State men’s basketball staff as an assistant coach in April. Dickerson replaced Alan Major, who accepted the head coaching position at Charlotte after last season. Prior to his time in New Orleans, Dickerson spent nine years as an assistant under former Ohio State coach Gary Williams at Maryland, his alma mater, and in 2004-05, was the program’s associate head coach. Dickerson also served as assistant coach at Gardner Webb (1990-91), James Madison (1991-92) and Radford (1993-96) before returning to Maryland. As a player, he lettered for the Terrapins from 1986-89, earning team captain status as a senior. A native of Olar, S.C., Dickerson graduated from Maryland in 1990 with a degree in government and politics.