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Jan. 9, 2010
Ohio State (11-4, 1-2) vs. Minnesota (11-4, 2-1)

Site: Williams Arena (14,625)
Game Time: 3:30 p.m. ET
Television: Big Ten Network
Talent: Craig Coshun (play-by-play); John Laskowski (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)
 

Turner Selected to Midseason Wooden Top 30 List
     The Top 30 candidates for the John R. Wooden Award, the nation’s most coveted college basketball honor, were named Monday by The Los Angeles Athletic Club’s John R. Wooden Award Committee. Composed of the players who will compete for the player of the year award this season, the midseason list is based on individual excellence and team record during the first half of the season. Ohio State’s Evan Turner was added to the list despite missing six games with an injured back. Turner was averaging 17.3 points, 10.6 rebounds and 5.8 assists a game. 

Ohio State to Celebrate 1960 NCAA Championship
     The 1960 Ohio State men’s basketball team will be honored at halftime of the Minnesota game Jan. 31 at Value City Arena (1 p.m./CBS). The squad won the NCAA and Big Ten titles that season with a 25-3 record and a 13-1 mark in the Big Ten. A reception will be held Jan. 30 at St. John Arena from 7-9 p.m. Limited availability remains. For more information and for reservations ($100 for individuals and $175 for couples) for the “Cocktails & Hightops” event can be made by calling 614-292-9908. Reservation deadline is Jan. 20. The entire team is expected back for this weekend, including three-time All-American and  Big Ten Player of the Year Jerry Lucas, All-American and two-time All-Big Ten selection John Havlicek and Bob Knight, the NCAA career leader in coaching victories (Army, Indiana and Texas Tech) with 902. All three are members of the Basketball Hall of Fame.

Diebler approaching 200 made 3s
     Junior Jon Diebler has made 197 career 3-pointers to rank No. 2 all time at Ohio State behind Jamar Butler’s 242 career makes. Butler played from 2005-08 and averaged nearly 61 made 3s a season. Diebler has averaged 65 a season over three years with about half of the 2009-10 campaign remaining. Butler’s career percentage from long range ranks No. 8 all time at 37.2 percent accuracy (242-650). Diebler is shootng 38.8 percent (197-508) for his career. This after connecting on just 29 percent (48-166) as a freshman. He shot 42 pecent as a sophomore (96-231) and is making 48 percent this season (53-111). His percentage from long range this year is a single season record to date. 

Buckeyes Open 98th Season of Big Ten Play
    This is the 98th season of Big Ten membership in men’s basketball for the Buckeyes. Ohio State is 54-42 (.563) in conference openers, 64-30 (.681) in league home openers and 35-59 (.372) in the first road game of the season in Big Ten play. Ohio State has opened Big Ten play on the road 42 times and has an 18-24 record in those games.

Matta Owns Top Win Percentage among Ohio State Coaches
     Thad Matta, now in his sixth season as head coach of the Buckeyes, has an overall win percentage of .734 (138-50) after 187 games at Ohio State. That winning mean is the highest among the 11 head coaches in the history of the Ohio State men’s basketball program with three or more seasons on the sidelines. Matta’s 56-31 record in Big Ten regular-season play (.644) also has produced the highest winning percentage in conference play among any previous Ohio State coach. Fred Taylor (1959-76) is second in both overall win percentage (.653/297-158) and Big Ten win percentage (.608/158-102) in 18 seasons.

Lighty Earns Ohio State’s 4th League Player of the Week honor, First of Career
 Starting with a dunk at 13:12 in the second half, the Dec. 22 ESPN Top Play of the Day, the Buckeyes went on a 16-6 run with junior forward David Lighty scoring 15 of Ohio State’s 16 points during a 5:47 stretch in a 72-59 win over Cleveland State. Lighty, the Big Ten Player of the Week, finished with a team-high 30 points (9-of-16) with seven rebounds and five assists vs. his hometown school. His 30 points was a career high. He is the first Buckeye since Jamar Butler to reach the 30-point mark. Butler had 32 points vs. Illinois Jan. 3, 2008. Lighty reached the 700-point mark in his career against the Vikings and now has 717 points. Lighty scored at least 20 points for the fifth time in his career and third time this season. He has had at least 20 points in two of the last three games. Against CSU, Lighty had a team-high five assists and has scored in double-digits in his  fifth-consecutive game, a career-long streak of at least 10 points. From behind the arc, Lighty went 3-of-5, which tied his career high in 3-pointers made. Lighty made nine free-throws on 13 free-throw attempts, both career highs. Evan Turner was named the Big Ten’s player of the week three times before suffering a back injury Dec. 5 vs. Eastern Michigan.

Matta Reaches Double-Digit Non-Conference Wins
 Thad Matta has directed Ohio State to at least 10 wins during non-conference play in each of six seasons in Columbus and is 10-2 this season with one game to play against a non-Big Ten Conference opponent. Matta is 75-15 vs. non-conference competition at Ohio State and 63-34 vs. Big Ten competition for an overall record of 138-50. Ohio State has West Virginia (Jan. 23) remaining on the non-conference schedule.

Buckeyes Comfortable at VCA
 Ohio State is 10-0 at home to date and shooting well on familiar ground. The Buckeyes are shooting 53 percent as a team at home this season and 43 percent from 3-point range. The team has reached 100 or more points three times and average a margin of victory of +29.9. Five Buckeyes average more than 10 points a game, led by Jon Diebler’s 15.6 points per game. Evan Turner (15.3 ppg.) and David Lighty (14.1 ppg.) follow Diebler. Diebler is making 53 percent of his field goals (48-91) and 54 percent of his 3-point attempts (40-74). Six Buckeyes are shooting 50 percent or better at home and four are making 60 percent or better. Dallas Lauderdale has missed seven shots on the VCA court this season. He is 28-35 overall (.800). Jeremie Simmons has connected on 33 of 56 FG attempts (.589) and Kyle Madsen is 13 of 20 (.650). Evan Turner is shooting 59 percent overall (46-78).

Buckeyes Play for 3rd time on Road in Early Going of Big Ten Season
 Ohio State is on the road for the third time in four games to start the league season at Minnesota. The Buckeyes travel to Minnesota and Purdue to complete an opening stretch of four road games in the first five league contests of the season. Ohio State owns a 74-54 advantage in the all-time series with the the Golden Gophers. Minnesota is 36-28 in Minneapolis vs. the Buckeyes. Evan Turner is the leading scorer for the Buckeyes in the Minnesota series with an average of 16.0 points a game over four career meetings. He also is the top rebounder .

LAST TIME vs. The Golden Gophers: Feb. 7, 2009: Ohio State 64, Minnesota 58
 Evan Turner made seven free throws in the final 64 seconds, leading Ohio State past No. 19 Minnesota 64-58 for the Buckeyes’ fifth win over a ranked opponent. Turner finished with 18 points and 10 rebounds, while Jon Diebler and William Buford each scored 11 points and B.J. Mullens had 10 for Ohio State. The Buckeyes won their fourth in a row while running their record against ranked opponents to 5-4. Blake Hoffarber, scoreless in the first half, tossed in 19 points – all but one on 3-pointers – for the Golden Gophers. Damian Johnson added 12. The Buckeyes never trailed after a 10-0 first-half spurt but had to scratch and claw down the stretch to hang on to the lead. Ohio State led by three at the half and stretched the lead to 38-31 on two free throws by B.J. Mullens at the 13:52 mark. The Golden Gophers drew to within four points twice before the Buckeyes pulled away again.
 
NOTING THE INDIANA GAME  (Jan. 6)

  • Ohio State is 71-99 all-time vs. Indiana. The Buckeyes own a 46-34 advantage in games played in Columbus.
  • Ohio State’s starting line up of Evan Turner, David Lighty, Jon Diebler, William Buford and Dallas Lauderdale is 6-0 this season.
  • Ohio State shot 11-of-23 (47.8 percent) from the field and 5-of-10 (50 percent) from behind the arc in the first half.
  • The Buckeyes outscored IU, 17-2, in bench points during the first half.
  • The Buckeyes are now 10-0 in Value City Arena this season.
  • Ohio State limited Indiana to 6-of-20 (30 percent) shooting and 2-of-8 (25 percent) on three-point attempts in the first half.
  • Ohio State is 11-0 this season when leading with five minutes or less left in regulation and 125-5 under Matta.
  • The Buckeyes have won 72 of their last 73 games against unranked opponents in Columbus (67 in Value City Arena, 3 in St. John Arena and 1 in Nationwide Arena). Their last loss to an unranked team was vs. West Virginia, Dec. 27, 2008 (76-48).
  • The team is shooting 53.2 percent from the field (300-of-563) and 43.2 percent from behind the arc (100-of-231) at Value City Arena this season.
  • Over a 10:20 span in the first half, Ohio State used a 20-4 run to extend a one point lead to 25.
  • The Buckeyes opened the second half on a 14-6 run during the first 3:50.
  • Ohio State scored 24 points off 24 Indiana turnovers.
  • The 25-point margin was the largest against Indiana in Value City Arena. Ohio State won by 24 last season.
  • Thad Matta’s career record is now 239-81 in his 10th season all-time as a head coach. He is 138-51 in his sixth year at Ohio State.
  • Under Matta, Ohio State is 81-2 against unranked opponents in Columbus, including a 76-2 mark in VCA, 4-0 in St. John Arena and 1-0 in Nationwide Arena.
  • Dallas Lauderdale connected on 2-of-4 field-goal attempts. For the season, he is shooting 43-of-58 from the field (74.1 percent), tops in the Big Ten.
  • He is 28-of-33 (84.8 percent) at Value City Arena.
  • Jon Diebler has made at least one 3-pointer in his past 24 games, dating to last season. The last time Diebler went scoreless from behind the arc was Feb. 14, 2009, in a 0-of-3 effort against Wisconsin.
  • Diebler went 4-of-5 from the free-throw line. He has only missed six the entire season going 36-of-43 from the stripe (.837).
  • Diebler had a team-high 21 points, going 5-of-8 from behind the arc.
  • Diebler has scored in double-figures 10 times this season.
  • Diebler scored his 800th point on a free throw in the second half (806).
  • William Buford scored 16 points, the 12th time he has been in double figures this season.
  • Buford is averaging 18.7 points a game vs. the Hoosiers in his career (three games). He is 21-of-38 (55 percent) from the field and 7-of-13 (53.8 percent) from behind the arc.
  • Buford led the squad with six rebounds vs. Indiana.
  • Evan urner started his first game since breaking two bones in his back Dec. 5.
  • Turner had eight points, four rebounds and five assists in 20 minutes.

 Turner misses 4+ weeks with Back injury
     Junior Evan Turner fell hard to the floor on a dunk attempt early in the first half vs. Eastern Michigan Dec. 5. He left the game and tests revealed a fracture in his lower back. He missed a little more than four weeks recovering from the injury. He returned to face Indiana Jan. 6, a 79-54 Ohio State victory. In that game Turner recorded eight points, four rebounds and a game-high five assists in 20 minutes of action.

Turner Has Earned three POWs in 2009-10
    Evan Turner was selected the Big Ten’s co-player of the week Nov. 30, the third conference award in as many weeks for the junior guard from Chicago. Turner recorded Ohio State’s third all-time triple-double in win vs. Lipscomb Nov. 24 with 16 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists. He shot 71 percent from the field for the week (15-21) and was a perfect 7-7 from the field vs. St. Francis Nov. 28. Averaged 16 points, 9.0 rebounds and 8.0 assists for the week with four blocks and three steals. Turner also became the 44th Buckeye to reach 1,000 points with 16 vs. St. Francis (Pa.) in just 27 minutes vs. the Red Flash.
 
Turner Nearing Rare Accomplishments
    Only 20 players in Ohio State history have scored more than 1,000 points and collected 500 rebounds. Turner has 1,041 career points and 493 career rebounds at Ohio State. The most recent addition to the list was Terence Dials, who from 2002-06, scored 1,566 points and grabbed 876 rebounds. He was the Big Ten Player of the Year in 2006. Just 26 Ohio State players have recorded 500 or more career rebounds. J.J. Sullinger was the last to join the list in 2006 in his third season in Columbus. He finished his career with 535 career rebounds. Turner could become just the second player in recorded history to reach 1,000 points, 500 rebounds and 300 assists. Jim Jackson is the only other Buckeye to do so with 1,785 career points, 552 career rebounds and 372 career assists from 1990-92. Turner has 281 career assists to date and is averaging 5.8 assists a game this season.

Seven Opponents in Top 25
 Ohio State has seven opponents currently in the Top 25 nationally in the ESPN/USA Today and Associated Press weekly polls. Purdue, West Virginia, Michigan State, North Carolina, Wisconsin and Florida State are listed in both polls, while Butler appears in the ESPN Top 25. California and Minnesota are receiving votes in at least one of the polls.

Turner streak a first since ’80-81
 Evan Turner opened the season with five-consecutive double-doubles for the first time since Clark Kellogg did so in 1980-81. Turner reached 10 or more points and rebounds vs. Alcorn State (14/17/10 assts.), James Madison (24-17), North Carolina (23/11), California (26/14) and Lipscomb (16/10/11 assts.). Kellogg began the 1980-81 campaign with double-doubles in five-consecutive games vs. Cleveland State (23/14), at Kentucky (12/13), Colgate (16/17), South Alabama (18/18) and at Arizona State (18/10).
 
Ohio State vs. The Ranked
 The Buckeyes have an all-time record of 131-219 vs. ranked opponents in the Associated Press Top 25. That includes a mark of 54-111 vs. Top 10 foes. The Buckeyes are 2-4 in the last six games vs. Top 10, including a victory over then-No. 13 California, 76-70, in Madison Square Garden Nov. 20. As a ranked team, Ohio State is 345-102 all-time.

Climbing the Scoring Chart
 Evan Turner has scored 1,041 points over 79 Ohio State games in his career for an average of 13.2 points a game. His 16 points vs. St. Francis (Pa.) Nov. 28 made him the 44th player in Ohio State history to reach 1,000 career points. With 25 points vs. Florida State Dec. 2, Turner moved to No. 41 all-time on the career scoring chart at Ohio State. Jamie Skelton and Ken Johnson are next, tied for No. 39 with 1,055 career points. Two others on the current roster are on pace to reach 1,000 points. Junior David Lighty has 746 career points over 97 career games. Jon Diebler has 806 points (85 games) in his three seasons at Ohio State. William Buford is well on his way as a sophomore as well (569/48 games).

Wins Follow Buckeye Double-Doubles
 Ohio State has had a player record a double-double (10+ points, rebs, assists, steals or blocks) in 795 games. The Buckeyes are 539-256 in those contests (.678). Evan Turner has 17 career double-doubles and the Buckeyes are 11-6 in those contests, including wins in nine of his last 11 games with a D-D. Turner is among the Top 20 players in OSU history with 17 career double-doubles at No. 18, tied with Dennis Hopson (1984-87) and Steven Wenner (1973-75). Terence Dials (2002-06), Bill Andreas (1973-75) and Tony Campbell (1981-84) are tied for No. 15 with 18 career double-doubles. William Buford became the 100th Ohio State player to record a double-double with 16 points and 10 assists in Ohio State’s win vs. Eastern Michigan Dec. 5. He added his second D-D with 17 points and a career-high 13 rebounds at Michigan Jan. 3. 

100 Points Equates to Near Perfection
 Ohio State has scored 100 or more points 69 times all-time and has a record of 68-1 in those games. The Buckeyes are 49-0 at home when reaching the century mark, 3-0 on neutral courts and 16-1 on opponent courts. The last win with 100 or more points was a 111-60 victory vs. Eastern Michigan Dec. 5. The only loss for OSU when scoring 100 points was a double-overtime thriller at LSU Jan. 15, 2005. The Buckeyes battled the Tigers but fell 113-101.

Double Digit 3’s
 Ohio State has made 10 or more 3-pointers in a game 64 times since the long-range shot was instituted for the 1986-87 season. The Buckeyes are 53-11 in those games after knocking down 10 of 32 treys against Michigan Jan. 3. Opponents have made double-digit 3s 82 times and are 33-49 in those games vs. the Buckeyes. Matta’s Ohio State teams are 37-9 when making 10 or more 3s in a game.   

First Four Games part of 2K Classic
 The first four games of the regular-season made up the 2K Sports Classic benefiting Coaches vs. Cancer event on the Ohio State schedule. Alcorn State (Nov. 9) and James Madison (Nov. 12) traveled to Columbus before the Buckeyes played at Madison Square Garden in New York vs defending national champions North Carolina Nov. 19 and California Nov. 20.

Club Tril T-shirts Now Available
 Mark Titus, senior walk-on from Brownsburg, Ind., has been writing and publishing his blog – clubtrillion.com –  for the last two years on college basketball from an “end-of-the-bench” perspective. Approaching 2,000,000 hits, the blog is somewhat popular in college basketball circles. To take advantage of the interest in the site, Titus has teamed with “A Kid Again,” a local charity for children with life-threatening illnesses, to help support the charity’s efforts. For a $25 donation fans of the blog will receive a Club Tril T-shirt. All the proceeds will then go to support “A Kid Again.” Get your shirt today by placing an order at clubtrillion.com.
 
Buckeyes Picked 3rd in Big Ten Preseason Media poll
 Evan Turner was tabbed a preseason first team All-Big Ten selection by league media at the annual media day in Chicago. Turner is the league’s top returning scorer (17 ppg.). He led the Buckeyes in scoring, rebounding, assists and steals as a sophomore last year. Thad Matta’s Buckeyes were selected No. 3 in the preseason media poll behind Michigan State and Purdue.

Schedule Has Buckeyes playing the Nation’s Best
 Ohio State will play five of the preseason Top 10 ranked teams (ESPN/coaches poll) in the country by year’s end. Preseason No. 2 Michigan State, No. 4 North Carolina, No. 7 Purdue, No. 9 West Virginia and No. 10 Butler all dot the Ohio State slate in 2009-10. Five Big Ten teams were ranked among the Top 20 with No. 15 Michigan, No. 18 Minnesota, and No. 17 Ohio State all slated among the top teams nationally. Ohio State also faced No. 12 California at the 2K Classic benefiting Coaches vs. Cancer in New York, defeating the Bears 76-70. Illinois was just outside the preseason Top 25 at No. 27.
 
Seven Former Buckeyes In NBA Rosters in 2009-10

 Ohio State leads all Big Ten teams with seven players on current NBA rosters. The Big Ten started the season with 33 players on NBA active lists. Nine Big Ten teams have at least one player competing in the NBA. Michael Redd (Milwaukee Bucks) is the longest-tenured Buckeye in the NBA. Greg Oden (Portland), Michael Conley (Memphis), Daequan Cook (Miami), Othello Hunter (Atlanta), Kosta Koufos (Utah) and B.J. Mullens (Oklahoma) represent Ohio State in the NBA.