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March 19, 2010

No. 2 Seed Ohio State (27-7) vs. No. 15 UC Santa Barbara (20-9)
Site:
              Bradley Center (18,600)
Game Time:     8:45 CT/9:45 p.m. ET
Television:      CBS
Talent:           Ian Eagle (play-by-play)
                     Jim Spanarkel (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)

SETTING THE SCENE
 After winning the 2010 Big Ten Tournament last week in Indianapolis, Ohio State enters NCAA tournament play with a 27-7 overall record and a 14-4 regular season mark in Big Ten Conference play.  The Buckeyes finished tied atop the Big Ten with Purdue and Michigan State after the regular season slate. Thad Matta will lead the Buckeyes against First Round opponent UC Santa Barbara (20-9) Friday (9:45 p.m.) at the Bradley Center in Milwaukee, Wis. Ohio State is the No. 2 seed in the Midwest Region. UC Santa Barbara is the No. 15 seed. The winner of the game between the Buckeyes and the Gauchos will take on the winner of the game between Oklahoma State, the No. 7 seed, and Georgia Tech, the No. 10 seed.

THE NCAA TOURNAMENT
 Ohio State is making its 22nd appearance in the NCAA tournament. Overall, Ohio State has a 37-20 record all-time in NCAA tournament play. The Buckeyes have advanced to play in nine Final Fours, have finished as the runner up four times (1939, 1961, 1962, 2007) and own one title (1960). Ohio State has finished third four times (1944, 1945, 1946, 1968).

OHIO STATE IN THE NCAA TOURNAMENT
Year  Region/ Seed      Rcd
1939  Eastern *          2-1#  Finals
1944  Eastern *          1-1#  Semifinals
1945  Eastern *          1-1#  Semifinals
1946  Eastern *          2-1#  Semifinals
1950  Eastern *          1-1  Reg. Finals
1960  Mideast *         4-0#  Finals
1961  Mideast *         3-1#  Finals
1962  Mideast *         3-1#  Finals
1968  Mideast *         3-1#  Semifinals
1971  Mideast *         1-1  Reg. Finals
1980  West/4             1-1  Reg. Semifinals
1982  East/8              0-1  First Round
1983  East/3              1-1  Reg. Semifinals
1985 Midwest/4          1-1  2nd Rnd.
1987  Southwest/9      1-1  2nd Rnd.
1990  West/8             1-1  2nd Rnd.
1991  Midwest /1        2-1  Reg. Semifinals
1992  Southwest/1      3-1  Reg. Finals
2006  Minneapolis/2   1-1  2nd Rnd.
2007  South/1            5-1#  Finals
2009  Midwest/8         0-1 1st Rnd.
2010 Midwest/2 
Totals   37-20 (.649)
* Teams were not seeded prior to 1979.
# Final Four Appearance

Ohio state vs. uc Santa Barbara
 This is UC Santa Barbara’s first NCAA appearance since 2002. The Gauchos enter postseason play with a 20-9 overall record after knocking off Long Beach State, 69-64, in the Big West Tournament championship game. In their last NCAA tournament appearance in 2002, UC Santa Barabara fell to Arizona in the first round.
 The Buckeyes and Gauchos have squared off just twice before with Ohio State winning both matchups, an 82-75 win Dec. 18, 1991, and a 79-56 victory Dec. 14, 1993. 

NCAA TOURNAMENT FACTS

  • Ohio State has appeared in 22 NCAA Tournaments since 1939.
  • The Buckeyes are 2-0 vs. UC Santa Barbara in the all-time series and 4-0 vs. current members of the Big West Conference.
  • Ohio State last faced Oklahoma State Dec. 2, 1989, in the Tournament of Champions in Charlotte. The Buckeyes, 0-2 all-time vs. the Cowboys, dropped that matchup 81-59.
  • The Buckeyes are 10-3 all-time against Georgia Tech with the last matchup a 73-53 Tech win Dec. 3, 2003 in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge in Columbus.
  • Five Big Ten teams were selected to participate in the 2010 NCAA Tournament. Ohio State, Purdue, Wisconsin, Michigan State and Minnesota all will compete. Ohio State was 5-3 vs. those teams in the regular season and league tournament. The Buckeyes faced six teams (7-5 rcd.) this season that qualified for the 2010 NCAA Tournament. In addition to the Big Ten foes, Ohio State played California (W, 76-70, 11/20/09), Florida State (W, 77-64, 12/2/09), at Butler (L, 74-66, 12/12/09) and at West Virginia (L, 71-65, 1/23/10).
  • Ohio State has played 51 teams in the 2010 field of 65 in 110 seasons of Buckeye basketball. The Scarlet and Gray holds an all-time record of 474-383 against these teams. By 2010 regional assignment, the Buckeyes are 98-80 vs. the Midwest, 141-91 vs. the West, 128-105 vs. the East and 107-107 vs. the South.

 OSU BIG TEN TOURNAMENT HISTORY
The Buckeyes are 14-8 all-time in Big Ten Tournament play since the event began in 1998. Ohio State was the No. 1 seed in 2010 and has won 10 of its last 13 league tournament games.
Year (seed)   W/L  Opp. (seed)              Score
1998 (11)      L      Indiana (6)           71-78
2000 (1)        L      Penn State (9)      66-71
2003 (8)       W      Iowa (9)               66-64
                   W      Wisconsin (1)        58-50
                   W      Michigan State (5)  55-54
                    L      Illinois (2)             59-72
2004 (9)        L      Indiana (8)           69-83
2005 (6)       W      Penn State (11)    72-69
                    L      Wisconsin (3)        49-60
2006 (1)       W      Penn State (8)      63-56
                   W      Indiana (5)           52-51
                    L      Iowa (2)               60-67
2007 (1)       W      Michigan (8)         72-62
                   W      Purdue (5)            63-52
                   W      Wisconsin (2)        66-49
2008 (5)       L       Michigan State (4)  60-67
2009 (5)       W      Wisconsin (4)        61-57
                   W      Michigan State (1)  82-70
                    L      Purdue (3)            61-65
2010 (1)       W      Michigan (8)         69-68
                   W      Illinois (5)            88-81
                   W      Minnesota (6)       90-61

Turner Named Player of the Year, All-America by Sporting News
 Evan Turner, Ohio State’s do-it-all junior guard, is Sporting News’ national player of the year and first team All-America. The Big Ten’s top scorer and rebounder is the Buckeyes’ first winner since Jerry Lucas, who won back-to-back Sporting News player of the year awards in 1961-62. He is the first Big Ten player to be honored by SN since Illinois’ Dee Brown in 2005.
 During a record-setting junior season, Turner joined Jim Jackson as the only Buckeyes with 1,000 career points, 500 rebounds and 300 assists. Turner also piled up and a record seven Big Ten player of the week awards despite missing more than four weeks with a fracture in his lower back. The seven conference and 10 career player of the week honors are both season and career records for a league player.

2010 SPORTING NEWS ALL-AMERICANS
First team
G Evan Turner, Ohio State
G James Anderson, Oklahoma State
G Scottie Reynolds,Villanova
G John Wall, Kentucky
G Greivis Vasquez, Maryland

Turner Named Player of the Year in District V by USBWA
 The United States Basketball Writer’s Association named Evan Turner to its All-District V team and as the District’s player of the year. District V includes the states of Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin. Turner was a member of the USBWA All-District V Team in 2009. He is the first Buckeye to be named Disctict V Player of the Year. The 2010 USBWA All-America Team will be announced March 15 and the 2010 USBWA Player of the Year will be unveiled March 29 in Indianapolis at the Final Four.

Turner, Matta Voted Best in Big Ten
 Evan Turner earned Ohio State’s sixth Big Ten Player of the Year award March 8. The honor, voted on by both the league coaches and media, is the first for Ohio State since Terence Dials was named in 2006. Matta was tabbed Coach of the Year by the league’s media for the third time in six seasons at Ohio State. Ohio State coaches have earned the honor a total of eight times. Turner was the lone unanimous selection to the All-Big Ten First Team, by both coaches and media, this year. His selection as the 2010 Player of the Year in the Big Ten also was unanimous in the media vote. All five Ohio State starters were recognized with end-of-season league honors. In addition to Turner, junior David Lighty and sophomore William Buford were selected by the media to the Third Team All-Big Ten squad while junior Jon Diebler was an honorable mention selection. League coaches selected Buford as a third team member with both Diebler and Lighty making the honorable mention team. Dallas Lauderdale was selected by the coaches to the All-Defensive Team. Senior Kyle Madsen was selected for the Big Ten Sportsmanship Award Honoree.  

OHIO STATE’S BIG TEN PLAYERS OF THE YEAR
1987   Dennis Hopson
1991  Jim Jackson
1992  Jim Jackson
1999  Scoonie Penn
2006  Terence Dials
2010  Evan Turner

OHIO STATE’S BIG TEN COACHES OF THE YEAR
1983   Eldon Miller
1991  Randy Ayers
1992  Randy Ayers
1999  Jim O’Brien
2001  Jim O’Brien
2006  Thad Matta
2007  Thad Matta
2010  Thad Matta

Turner Among 6 Finalists for Cousy 
 The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced March 6 the final six candidates in consideration for the 2010 Bob Cousy Award presented by The Hartford Financial Services Group, Inc. This annual award is given to college basketball’s top point guard and is named after Hall of Famer and former Boston Celtics guard Bob Cousy. The winner of the 2010 Bob Cousy Award will be announced on April 1 with the award presentation coming at the Final Four on Monday April 5 as part of the Bob Cousy Award Breakfast and Basketball Hall of Fame Class Announcement.
2010 Bob Cousy Award Final Six
Evan Turner – Ohio State
Sherron Collins – Kansas
Scottie Reynolds – Villanova
Jon Scheyer – Duke
Greivis Vasquez – Maryland
John Wall – Kentucky

DIEBLER IS THE THREE KING
 With four threes in the 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 82 (248 total) a season over three years. Butler’s career percentage from long range ranks No. 8 all time at 37.2 percent accuracy (242-650). Diebler is shooting 38.5 percent (248-644) 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 is making 42 percent this season (104-247). In just four seasons has a Buckeye made 80 or more 3s in a season. Diebler has two of those after knocking down 96 treys as a sophomore. Diebler also is tied for the single season record for made 3s with Butler, who made 104 in 2008. Diebler (104 to date this year) surpassed the century mark from long range with five makes in the Big Ten Tournament title victory over Minnesota.

A GRAND FOR DIEBLER
 Jon Diebler became the 45th player in Ohio State history to reach the 1,000 point plateau with 14 against Illinois March 13. He is the second Buckeye along with Evan Turner to achieve the feat this season. He has 1,022 career points after knocking down 19 points vs. Minnesota March 14 in the Big Ten Tournament championship game (W 90-61).

Matta Earns Third Big Ten Title 
 Ohio State earned a share the Big Ten title after the win vs. Illinois in the regular-season finale March 2. Ohio State finished 14-4 in league play after winning 13 of its last 14 games following a 1-3 start to the league schedule. The Illini win secured Ohio State’s third conference crown in six years for head coach Thad Matta. He led the Buckeyes to the top spot in both 2006 and 2007. Ohio State also won the football and women’s basketball regular season titles in 2006, 2007 and 2010, the only Big Ten School to ever secure all three titles in the same season.
        Not since Coach Fred Taylor led Ohio State to five-consecutive titles from 1960-64 has an Ohio State coach led the Buckeyes to three titles in a five year span. Matta has led Ohio State to a school record six-consecutive seasons with at least 20 wins and five years in a row with at least 10 conference wins, which ties Taylor’s stretch from 1960-64. Overall, Ohio State has won 18 Big Ten titles, 12 outright.
 Matta has coached six teams to regular season conference championships. His 2000-01 team claimed the Midwestern Collegiate Conference title in his only season at Butler. While coaching Xavier (2002-04), Matta earned the Atlantic 10 regular season title in 2002 and 2003. Since joining Ohio State, Matta’s teams won the Big Ten in 2006, 2007 and 2010. Matta teams also have won four conference tournament titles (2001, 2002, 2004, 2007 and have made the league title game six times (2006, 2009).

Buckeyes Bid Farewell to Five Seniors
 Before the Illinois game March 2, the Ohio State men’s basketball program recognized five seniors who have helped accumulate several lofty achievements during their tenures. Kyle Madsen, P.J. Hill, Jeremie Simmons, Danny Peters and Mark Titus were in uniform for the final time as Buckeyes in Value City Arena. Peters and Titus have been part of 105 victories during their four years in uniform. The four-year victories record for scholarship players is 105.
 Madsen started his career as a Buckeye on the sidelines following a transfer from Vanderbilt. He worked against three first-round NBA draft choices during his time in Columbus (Greg Oden, Kosta Koufos, B.J. Mullens) and is seeing the benefits this year as one of Ohio State’s most valuable reserves. Hill helped the Buckeyes to the 2008 National Invitation Tournament Championship and to the 2009 NCAA Tournament a year ago. Simmons played a key role in Ohio State’s 2009 Big Ten Tournament Title game appearance as well as the NCAA tournament qualification. All five will end their careers in NCAA tournament play as well in 2010, Ohio State’s 22nd appearance in the event.

Buckeyes Earn Trifecta, Again
 Thad Matta’s third Big Ten title gives Ohio State league titles in the same year in football and men’s and women’s basketball for the third time in five seasons. No Big Ten school has accomplished the feat other than Ohio State. The three teams won outright titles in all three sports in 2007. Football shared in 2006 and the 2010 men’s basketball team share the title.  

Turner Earns Record Big Ten Awards
 Evan Turner collected his second weekly laurel in as many weeks after leading the Buckeyes to a pair of wins in Big Ten action while averaging 21.5 points, 9.0 rebounds and 7.0 assists the week of Feb. 22. Against Penn State, the junior lit up the scoreboard with 25 points on 8-of-17 (.471) shooting while registering an unblemished 9-of-9 mark from the foul line. The 6-7 swingman showcased his versatility by adding seven rebounds, seven helpers and three steals in the road win in State College, Pa. The Chicago native carried that momentum into the home victory over Michigan, posting his 13th double-double of the season, and 24th overall, with 11 rebounds and 18 points while connecting on eight-of-11 from the floor.  Turner also added a career-high four blocked shots against the Wolverines while dishing seven assists. For his career, Turner is currently No. 21 in scoring (1,373), No. 15 in rebounding (632), No. 8 in assists (375) and No. 7 in steals (151). The selection marks the seventh Player of the Week laurel for Turner this season, and his 10th overall, both are single season and career records for POW honors. 
 
Naismith Trophy Pegs Turner as One of 30 Finalists
 Evan Turner is among the Top 30 finalists and among the leading candidates to earn the 2010 Naismith Trophy, giving annually to the player of the year in collegiate basketball. The honor will be announced at the 2010 Final Four in Indianapolis. The four finalists for the award will be announced March 21 by CBS during first round coverage of the 2010 NCAA Tournament. The Naismith Award has been presented by the Atlanta Tipoff Club since 1969 when UCLA’s Lew Alcindor claimed the first honor. No previous Ohio State player has been awarded the Naismith Trophy. Glenn Robinson of Purdue is the last Big Ten representative to earn the award. He did so in 1994. Indiana’s Calbert Cheaney (1993) and Scott May (1976) are the other Big Ten winners of the award. 

MATTA REACHES 100 GAMES IN
REGULAR SEASON LEAGUE PLAY
 Thad Matta coached his 100th Big Ten Conference regular season game at Penn State Feb. 24. His overall win percentage in conference games among Ohio State coaches is No. 1 overall but second to Fred Taylor after the first 100 regular season league games. Taylor won 75 percent of the first 100 games vs. conference foes.

Ohio State Coaches at 100 Big Ten Games
Fred Taylor (1959-76)         75-25/.750
Thad Matta (2005- )               67-33/.670
Randy Ayers (1990-97)       54-46/.540
Eldon Miller (1977-86)        51-49/.510
Harold G. Olsen (1923-46)  43-57/.430
Floyd S. Stahl (1951-58)     42-58/.420

CAN YOU SPOT MATTA A 20?
 For each of the last 10 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). Matta set the Ohio State record for consecutive 20-win campaigns last year with a 22-11 record. He now has led six-consecutive Buckeye teams to 20+ wins. 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,  tying 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 two (10, 10, 14).
 Ohio State enters the 2010 NCAA Tournament with a 27-7 overall record and a 14-4 record in league play. The game vs. Purdue Feb. 17 also was the 200th for Matta as head coach of the Buckeyes. He enters the postseason with a record of 154-53 at Ohio State. He recorded career win No. 250 with a 74-67 victory at Michigan State Feb. 21. 

Sullinger, Thomas Add to Ohio State’s 15-player McDonald’s list
 Ohio State recruits Jared Sullinger (2010) and Deshaun Thomas (2010) were selected Feb. 11 to represent the East Team in the 2010 McDonald’s All-America game. The game will be played March 31 at Value City Arena in Columbus. Four McDonald’s All-Americans were a part of Ohio State’s 2006-07 squad that finished 35-4 overall, 15-1 in Big Ten Conference play, won the league regular-season title outright and played for the NCAA national title vs. Florida in April of 2007.
 Ivan Harris (2003), Greg Oden (2006), Mike Conley Jr. (2006) and Daequan Cook (2006), all former McDonald’s All-Americans, played for the Buckeyes in 2006-07. William Buford (2008), B.J. Mullens (2008), Kosta Koufos (2007), Clark Kellogg (1979), Perry Carter (1987), Treg Lee (1987), Jim Jackson (1989), Charles Macon (1992) and Greg Simpson (1992) all played for Ohio State after playing in the McDonald’s All-America game before joining the Ohio State program for a total of 15 all-time.
 Sullinger and Thomas make up one-third of Ohio State’s 2010 recruiting class, which has been rated No. 1 or 2 nationally. Sullinger was named the 2010 Naismith Boys’ High School Player of the Year.

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 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, Columbus Northland HS, averaged 24 points, 12 rebounds and nearly two blocks a game for his national No. 1 ranked high school squad, which is coached by his father “Satch” Sullinger, the 2010 Naismith High School Coach of the Year. 

MATTA TIES OHIO STATE RECORD
 Thad Matta tied an Ohio State record for win percentage at 200 games coached with the Buckeyes. Matta is 154-53 in 207 games at Ohio State for a win percentage of 74.4. Fred Taylor, who recently had a banner in his honor unfurled in Value City Arena, set the 200-game win percentage record at 73.5 (147-53). Only four previous Ohio State coaches have reached 200 games on the Buckeye sidelines.

Coach (Years) Record at 200 Win %
Fred Taylor (1959-76)         147-53 .735
Thad Matta (2005-Present) 147-53 .735
Eldon Miller (1977-86)        119-81 .595
Randy Ayers (1990-97)       113-87 .565
Harold G. Olsen (1923-46)  107-93 .535

OHIO STATE CELEBRATES 1960 TEAM, FRED TAYLOR
   The 1960 Ohio State men’s basketball team was honored at halftime of the Minnesota game Jan. 31 at Value City Arena. 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. Nearly the entire team returned for the 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. A fourth member of the team, its head coach Fred Taylor, also is a Basketball Hall of Fame inductee. His name will forever be memorialized in the rafters of the Schottenstein Center after a banner acknowledging his accomplishments was unfurled during the weekend festivities.

LIGHTY EFFORT VS. PSU GIVES BUCKEYES 3 WITH 900+, BUFORD REACHES 800
 David Lighty has 976 career points in 117 career games (8.3 ppg.). He joins classmates Evan Turner (1,453 career pts./98 games) and Jon Diebler (1,022/104) on the Ohio State roster in the 900 club. William Buford (67 games) reached 864 points with 17 vs. Illinois March 2 to give Ohio State four current players with 800+ career points.

TURNER VS. THE RANKED
 Ohio State is 5-5 vs. ranked teams in the Associated Press Top 25 this season and 5-3 with a full roster. Evan Turner missed six games this season with a back injury. Ohio State was 3-3 in those games, including an 0-2 mark vs. ranked foes. Turner averages 23.5 points and 9.5 rebounds vs. eight ranked opponents this season (North Carolina, California, Florida State, Purdue (2), Wisconsin, Michigan State and West Virginia). He is connecting on 51 percent of his shots (69-135) and has 36 assists, five blocks and 11 steals.
          
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 Jan. 4 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 before the injury. He currently leads the Big Ten in scoring and rebounding and is No. 2 is assists and steals.

LIGHTY, DIEBLER TURN 100
   Against Purdue Jan. 12, the veteran of the Ohio State roster reached 100 games played in his fourth season in the program. David Lighty, who missed the majority of the 2008-09 season with a broken foot, is a junior this year after receiving a medical redshirt after playing just seven games a year ago. Lighty has appeared in 117 games to date, starting 84. With another year of eligibility, Lighty has a chance to play in more games than any Ohio State player previously and finish among the Top 10 in career starts. The career leader in games played is Jamar Butler with 139 from 2005-08. Jamaal Brown (1989-92) and Jerry Francis (1986-89) own the record for career starts with 126. Jon Diebler played in game 101 for his career at Ohio State vs. Michigan Feb. 27. He has 75 career starts.

TITUS, PETERS PART OF ALL-TIME WINNINGEST CLASSES
   Seniors Mark Titus and Danny Peters have been a part of Ohio State’s program for 108 victories over their careers. The four-year record for victories by scholarship players is 105 set by Jamar Butler and Matt Terwilliger from 2005-08. The four-year record for wins at Ohio State is 107 from 2006-09 but there were no four-year seniors on the 2009 team. Peters and Titus both started their Ohio State careers as managers and joined the team as players for the start of the 2006-07 season. Peters was a manager in 2005-06 and Titus was a manager briefly in the fall of 2006 before he and Peters were added to the roster. Peters will leave Ohio State with five varsity letters.

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 .744 (154-53) after 207 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 69-33 record in Big Ten regular-season play (.676) 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.

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 six seasons in Columbus and is 10-3 this season at the conclusion of non-Big Ten play. Matta is 75-16 vs. non-conference competition at Ohio State and 76-37 vs. Big Ten competition (regular season and Big Ten tournament games) for an overall record of 154-53.
 Non-Conference 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 10 3    14  4   27   7
           75 16  76  37 154   53

BUCKEYES COMFORTABLE AT VCA
 Ohio State finished 17-1 at home this season, the second most home victories in a season at Ohio State. The Buckeyes shot 52 percent at home this season and 41 percent from 3-point range. The team has reached 100 or more points three times and average a margin of victory of +22.1. Four Buckeyes averaged more than 10 points a game, led by Evan Turner’s 18.9 ppg. Jon Diebler contributes 13.8 points per game. David Lighty (12.4 ppg.) and William Buford (13.8 ppg.) follow Diebler. Turner made 58 percent of his field goals (116-201) and Diebler tossed in 48 percent of his 3-point attempts (62-130). Six Buckeyes are shooting 50 percent or better at home. Dallas Lauderdale missed 11 shots on the VCA court this season. He was 50-61 overall (.820). Jeremie Simmons connected on 34 of 64 FG attempts (.531) and Kyle Madsen was 23 of 36 (.639).
 
NOTING THE 2010 Big Ten Tournament

  • This is the second Big Ten title for Ohio State in the last five years, following up a 2007 crown.
  • In 10 seasons as a head coach, Thad Matta has led his team to seven conference championship games, including four Big Ten title games in six seasons at the helm of the Buckeyes. He is 5-2 in conference title games and 2-2 in Big Ten Tournament title games.
  • Thad Matta is 4-0 in March this season and 29-8 overall in the month of Madness at Ohio State. Matta is 154-53 at Ohio State and in 10 years as a head coach, his record is 256-84.
  • Ohio State is now 14-8 all-time in Big Ten Tournament games. The Buckeyes are now 8-2 as a No. 1 seed.
  • The Buckeyes have played for the Big Ten Tournament title in four of the last five years.
  • Ohio State is 25-0 on the season when leading with 5:00 to play in the second half.
  • The team used a 20-5 run in the second half to build a 20-point lead (62-45), its largest of the game. David Lighty scored nine of the Buckeyes’ points in that stretch.
  • Turner finished with 31 points, 11 rebounds and 6 assists. Against Illinois in the semifinal, he became just the fifth Big Ten player to tally at least 20 points, 10 boards and five assists in the conference tournament. He is the only player to do so twice.
  • Turner notched his 16th double-double of the season with his 10th rebound with 17:30 to play. He now has 27 for his career. Turner has 71 career games with 10 or more points, 25 games with 20 or more and four games (all this season) with 30 or more in his career.
  • David Lighty finished with 20 points, including six-consecutive for the Buckeyes midway through the second half. He had nine points in their 20-5 run.
  • This is the seventh time in his career and fifth this season with a 20-plus point performance.
  • Jon Diebler led all scorers in the first half with 10 points off a pair of 3s, two free throws and a dunk. He finished the day with 19 points, his fourth-consecutive outing this season with double-digit points and eighth in the last nine games.
  • Evan Turner scored 31 points, which is a new Big Ten Championship game record and tied for third in Big Ten Tournament games (Evan Turner, vs. ILL 3/12/10, Kerwin Fleming, MINN vs. PUR 3/8/01).
  • Turner’s 12 field goals established a new Big Ten Tournament championship game record, breaking the old mark of 10 set by Brad Miller (10-15), PUR vs. MICH 3/8/98 and Devin Harris (10-16), WIS vs. ILL.
  • Evan Turner’s 80 Big Ten Tournament points is third-best in a single tournament. (91 by Luke Recker, Iowa 2002, 84 by Brent Darby, OSU 2003).
  • Thad Matta is 11-4 all-time in Big Ten Tournament games.
  • Turner averaged 26.7 points, 8.0 rebounds and 6.6 assists in Ohio State’s 3 wins. He also shot 55 pct. from the field (28-51), 64 pct. from 3-point range (7-11) and 81 pct. from the free throw line (17-21).
  • Ohio State had four players average 14 or more points in the Big Ten tournament; behind Turner, William Buford contributed 16.7 ppg, David Lighty added 15.7 ppg., and Jon Diebler averaged 14.7 ppg.
  • Diebler knocked down 11 of 25 3-pointers to set the Ohio State career record for made treys with 248. He also tied the single season record for 3s in a season with 104 (Jamar Butler in 2008).
  • Ohio State’s 12 3-point field goals (12-for-22) sets a team Big Ten Tournament championship game record (9 by OSU (9-for-22) vs. Iowa 3/10/02, WIS (9-for-18) vs. ILL 3/16/08).
  • Ohio State’s 34 field goals (34-for-59) sets a team Big Ten Tournament championship game record.
  • Evan Turner recorded his 16th double-double of the season and the 27th of his career.
  • The Buckeyes are now 2-3 all-time in Big Ten Tournament championship games, winning the 2007 title against Wisconsin.
  • David Lighty and William Buford played all but one minute (129 minutes) of Ohio State’s 2010 Big Ten Tournament games (40 v. Michigan, 50 v. Illinois and 39 v. Minnesota).
  • Ohio State’s 90 points set a record for most points scored in a tournament championship game.
  • The 29-point victory is the largest in a Big Ten Tournament title game and ties for the largest margin of victory in a Big Ten Tournament game (Illinois, 94, Northwestern 65 in 2003 quarterfinal).
  • Ohio State’s .502 shooting percentage (86-for-171) in the tournament is sixth-best in tournament history.
  • The Buckeyes shot .474 from 3-point range for the tournament (28-for-59), the fifth-best in tournament history.
  • Ohio State’s .576 shooting percentage is the best in a championship game and the ninth-best mark in a Big Ten Tournament game.

TURNER MISSED 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 JOINS JACKSON IN RECORD BOOK
 Evan Turner 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. 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. The pair also are the only Buckeyes to score more than 1,000 points, grab more than 500 rebounds and be among the Top 10 all-time in assists and steals.

TURNER REACHES RARE ACCOMPLISHMENTS
 Only 21 players in Ohio State history have scored more than 1,000 points and collected 500+ rebounds. Evan Turner has 1,453 career points and 656 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 27 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 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 134-220 vs. ranked opponents in the Associated Press Top 25. That includes a mark of 55-112 vs. Top 10 foes. The Buckeyes are 3-4 in the last seven games vs. Top 10 teams. As a ranked team, Ohio State is 360-104 all-time. In games when both teams enter with a Top 25 ranking, Ohio State is 54-46. When ranked among the Top 10 nationally, Ohio State is 238-55 with wins in 29 of last 31 outings.

CLIMBING THE SCORING CHART
 Evan Turner has scored 1,453 points over 98 Ohio State games in his career for an average of 14.8 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 31 points vs. Minnesota March 14, Turner moved to No. 17 all-time on the career scoring chart at Ohio State. Jerry Francis is next at No. 16 with 1,486 career points. Junior David Lighty has 976 career points over 117 career games. Jon Diebler has 1,022 points (104 games) in his three seasons at Ohio State. He is currently tied with Jason Singleton (1,022/1996-99) for the 43rd spot all time. William Buford is well on his way to 1,000 as a sophomore as well (864/67 games).

WINS FOLLOW BUCKEYE DOUBLE-DOUBLES
 Ohio State has had a player record a double-double (10+ points, rebs, assists, steals or blocks) in 805 games. The Buckeyes are 548-257 in those contests (.680). Evan Turner has 27 career double-doubles and the Buckeyes are 20-7 in those contests, including wins in 18 of his last 21 games with a D-D. Turner is among the Top 11 players in OSU history with 27 career double-doubles tied for No. 11 with John Havlicek (1960-62). 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 fourth D-D with 22 points and 10 rebounds vs. Illinois March 13.

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 3S
 Ohio State has made 10 or more 3-pointers in a game 67 times since the shot was instituted for the 1986-87 season. The Buckeyes are 56-11 in those games after knocking down 12 of 22 treys against Minnesota March 14. Opponents have made double-digit 3s 86 times and are 35-51 in those games vs. the Buckeyes. Matta’s Ohio State teams are 40-9 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. Surpassing 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. More than 3,600 have been sold, raising over $43,500 for charity.
 
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.
 
TURNER, USA EARN BRONZE AT WORLD UNIVERSITY GAMES
 Junior Evan Turner averaged 4.0 points, 3.7 rebounds and led Team USA with 18 assists at the World University Games in Belgrade, Serbia