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Feb. 6, 2011
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No. 1 Ohio State (23-0, 10-0) at No. 18/20 Minnesota (16-6, 5-5)
Site:
 Williams Arena (14,625)
Game Time: 2 p.m. ET
Television: ESPN
Talent: Dave O’Brien (play-by-play), Dan Dakich (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)

Matta Earns Another 20-Win Season, Sets Record for 10-Win League Seasons
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 six seasons. That effort surpassed Taylor’s mark of 10+ league wins in each of the five 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 four (10, 10, 14, 10).

Ohio State In NCAA Statistics
Ohio State is leading the nation in scoring margin (20.3 ppg.) and fewest fouls a game (14.0). The Buckeyes are No. 4 in turnover margin (5.5), field goal percentage (.498) and in assist to turnover ratio (+1.54). The Buckeyes also are No. 7 in scoring defense (57.3 ppg.) and No. 10 in fewest turnovers per game (10.9). 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 10-0 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     27
Overall Wins                  23
Home Wins                   18
Wins vs. Big Ten Teams 17
38-2 in last 40 games
35-1 in last 36 home games
33-1 in last 34 regular-season games
26-1 in last 27 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, 23-0 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 79 (As of Feb. 5).  

Big Ten in Matta Era  (2004-05 to present) 
                           Overall Record   Conference Record
Team                          W L      Pct.              W L       Pct.
Ohio State           179 54 .768           79 33  .705
Wisconsin            165 59 .737           78 33  .703
Michigan State     170 65 .723            75 37  .670
Illinois                162 72 .692            66 45  .595
Purdue               137 82 .626            62 50  .554

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 all league 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 20.0 ppg., and McCamey (14.7 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 23 victories headed into the road game vs. Minnesota Sunday. 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)
23  2010-11
22  2006-07
22  1961-62

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 Holds On to No. 1
With a 23-0 record and a 10-0 mark in Big Ten Conference play, Ohio State is ranked No. 1 nationally in both the ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll and the Associated Press Poll for the third-consecutive week (since 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 64-4 when No. 1 in the AP Poll and 16-2 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 458 career field goals and has logged 4,106 career minutes during his 143-game career. Classmate Jon Diebler has 411 made baskets (325 of which are 3s) while playing a total of 4,154 minutes in 130 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 454 career field goals and has logged 2,906 career minutes in 92 games.

Matta off to Best Start To OSU Season
With the win vs. Michigan Thursday, Thad Matta has led Ohio State to its first 23-0 start to a season over his seven-year tenure in Columbus. The Buckeyes started 11-0 in 2005-06. The current streak also is 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   23-0 
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 118 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 23-0 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 112.

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 1,293 points, 520 rebounds and 330 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 15-0 at home this season in Value City Arena (1-0 at St. John Arena). In games at VCA, Ohio State is shooting 49 percent from the field (441-894). The Buckeyes are outscoring opponents by 25 ppg. and have a rebounding advantage of 7.9 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 115-10 in Columbus, the most home wins among Big Ten schools. In conference play, Ohio State is 48-8 at home over that same span, second to Wisconsin’s 50 wins and just ahead of Michigan State (47). Over the last two seasons Ohio State is 33-1 in Columbus.

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 8.9 ppg. Sullinger leads all league rookies with 10.1 rebounds a game while Thomas is fifth with 4.0 rpg. Sullinger is No. 2 in field goal percentage (.582/146-251) and No. 3 in steals with 1.0 spg. Aaron Craft leads freshmen in steals (1.7 spg.) and assists (4.7 apg.).

The Ohio State, Minnesota Series
Ohio State leads the all-time series with the Golden Gophers 77-55 with Minnesota leading 37-28 in Minneapolis. Ohio State has won four of the last five meetings with the Gophers. As a ranked team, Ohio State is 23-3 in games vs. the Minnesota, including wins in the last three meetings as a ranked team. Ohio State’s No. 1 ranking heading into the game Sunday is its highest vs. Minnesota since Feb.  10, 1962 when top-ranked Ohio State defeated the Gophers 91-66 in Columbus.
 Junior William Buford is Ohio State’s top scorer in the Minnesota series at 13.7 points per game over his six career games vs. the Gophers. David Lighty is Ohio State’s top rebounder with an average of 4.6 rebounds  in the series over seven career games. Freshmen Jared Sullinger (15 points) and Aaron Craft (11) each reached double figures in their debut games vs. Minnesota earlier this season. Veterans Lighty (11.1 ppg.) and Jon Diebler (10.8 ppg.) also average double digits. Sullinger also had 12 boards in the Minnesota game earlier this year.

Ohio State as No. 1 vs. Minnesota
1/21/61 W Minnesota 75(1)-56
1/20/62 W @Minnesota 90(1)-76
2/10/62 W Minnesota 91(1)-66

Ohio State vs. the Big Ten
Illinois           63-99
Indiana          73-99
Iowa              69-73
Michigan          89-71
Michigan State 50-58
Minnesota       77-55
Northwestern   108-45
Penn State      25-12
Purdue           76-82
Wisconsin       81-64
Total               711-658

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 89-37 vs. Big Ten foes (regular season and Big Ten tournament games) for an overall record of 179-54. In 11 seasons as a head coach (1 at Butler, 3 at Xavier and 7 at Ohio State) Matta is 93-39 vs. the Big Ten. He has winning records vs. eight league teams (9-3 vs. ILL, 8-5 vs. IND, 9-4 vs. IOWA, 13-2 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              10 0             23 0
              90 17                 89 37             179 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 143rd career game, No. 1 all-time, vs. Michigan Feb. 3. 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 23 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 23 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 10.1 a contest. Junior William Buford is next with 13.5 ppg., followed by senior David Lighty (12.2 ppg.) and classmate Jon Diebler (11.2 ppg.). Freshman Deshaun Thomas contributes 8.9 ppg.
 Freshman Aaron Craft leads with 107 total assists. Senior starting center Dallas Lauderdale has 41 of the team’s 80 blocks on the year. Lauderdale also makes 69 percent of his field goals (48 of 70) while Sullinger (147-251/.582) and Thomas (78-156/.500) all connect at 50+ percent from the field. Diebler has made 65 3-pointers on the season on 137 attempts (.474).

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 325 career 3s, No. 4 on the all-time Big Ten list. He has averaged 2.5 made 3s a game for his 130-game career. On that pace, he will become the Big Ten’s all-time leader. Ohio State has a minimum of nine games remaining, eight in regular-season games and at least one in the Big Ten tournament. He is on pace to make 25 more 3s this season, or 350 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. 325  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 Michigan Game:
Ohio State 62, Michigan 53 (Feb. 3)

  • The Buckeyes’ 23-0 overall record is the second-best start in school history (1960-61, 27-0). Ohio State currently holds the nation’s longest active winning streak at 23. They are the only remaining unbeaten team in the country. They also have the longest active regular season win streak dating back to last season with 26 wins in a row.
  • The 23-game winning streak is the second-longest in Ohio State history (1959-61, 32).
  • The win vs. Michigan was the 63rd sellout in Value City Arena history. Ohio State is now 50-13 in those games.
  • Ohio State defeated Michigan for the fourth-consecutive time.
  • Ohio State improved to 64-4 when ranked first in the country by the Associated Press.
  • The Buckeyes are 50-1 in regular season games as the AP No. 1 team. The record improves to 53-1 in non-NCAA tournament games when AP No. 1.
  • As a ranked team, Ohio State is 384-105 all-time. The Buckeyes are 32-1 at home over the last two seasons.
  • The Buckeyes improved to 37-1 against Big Ten opponents when ranked No. 1 by the Associated Press.
  • Ohio State is 38-2 in its last 40 games and 35-1 in its last 36 games.
  • The Scarlet and Gray improved to 26-1 in their last 27 Big Ten games.
  • The Buckeyes are 121-17 when ranked among the Top 3 in the country.
  • Ohio State swept the season series vs. Michigan (the Buckeyes defeated the Wolverines 86-64 in Ann Arbor, 1/12/11).
  • When ranked in the Top 10 nationally, Ohio State is 263-56 with wins in 54 of its last 56 outings.
  • The Buckeyes are 10-0 in league play for the first time since the 1961-62 season and for the fourth time in history. Ohio State finished 14-0 in 1961 and had 12-0 starts in 1960 and 1962.
  • The Buckeyes are 89-71 vs. the Wolverines all-time, improving their overall Big Ten record to 711-658.
  • Michigan moves to 1-22 vs. AP No. 1-ranked team (only win was 81-73 vs. Duke, 12/13/97).
  • Ohio State improves to 51-26 vs. Michigan in Columbus.
  • The Buckeyes improve to 6-0 vs. the Wolverines when ranked No. 1 (last was a 72-62 win, 3/9/07, Big Ten Tournament).
  • Ohio State improves to 138-23 in Value City Arena, including 58-18 vs. Big Ten competition. The Buckeyes are 80-5 vs. non-conference opponents.
  • Ohio State is 31-4 vs. Michigan when ranked among the Associated Press Top 25, including the last 10 meetings as a ranked team.
  • The Buckeye freshmen have accounted for 47.5 percent of total scoring for the season (848/1786), including 29 of Ohio State’s 62 total points against Michigan.
  • Ohio State’s four returning starters for 2010-11 (Jon Diebler, David Lighty, Dallas Lauderdale and William Buford) have combined for 384 career starts and 489 games played.
  • This is the 248th-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 Michigan was the 74th victory for the Buckeyes since the 2008-09 season, which ties Purdue for fifth-most in the nation.
  • With the win, the Buckeyes hold the record for the best start to a season after losing the National Player of the Year (Evan Turner). The previous record was held by UCLA in 1969-70 when the Bruins went 21-0 after losing Player of the Year Lew Alcindor.
  • Michigan moves to 1-6 vs. ranked teams this season (lone win was 61-57 vs. No. 25 Michigan State).
  • Michigan had six 3-point field goals, which is behind their 8.45 average per game; currently second in the Big Ten.
  • Michigan’s Darius Morris, who leads the Big Ten in assists with 7.18 per game, only had four vs. the Buckeyes.
  • Ohio State has had a player record a double-double (10+ points, rebs, assists, steals or blocks) in 816 games. The Buckeyes are 559-257 in those contests (.686). Freshman Jared Sullinger (19/15) recorded a double-double vs. Michigan, his 10th on the season.
  • Ohio State had 10 team assists, seven behind their season average of 17.1 apg, which is second in the Big Ten.
  • The Buckeyes only allowed Michigan to score 53 points, less than its 57.5 ppg average; second in the Big Ten.
  • Ohio State connected on 5-15 from behind the arc. They are currently second in the Big Ten with a 40.4 percent average (174-430).
  • The Buckeyes started the contest on a 7-0 run over the first 3:28. Ohio State also took the lead on a 13-4 run in the second half starting at the 15:49 mark.
  • The 23 first half points by the Buckeyes are the fewest they have had this season (previous low was 27 vs. Northwestern, 1/29/11).
  • Michigan shot their first free-throws of the game at the 10:57 mark in the second half.
  • The 23-0 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 79 Big Ten wins, the most of any other team. Wisconsin is second with 78 (The Badgers won 66-59 vs. No. 10 Purdue on Tuesday).
  • 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 281-85 overall and 179-54 at Ohio State.
  • With the win, Ohio State is 30-14 in February under Matta and 1-0 this season.
  • Matta is now 13-2 vs. Michigan in his career, with an overall mark of 89-37 against Big Ten opponents. He is 7-0 vs. the Wolverines in Columbus.
  • Matta is 90-17 vs. non-conference competition at Ohio State and 89-37 vs. Big Ten foes (regular season and Big Ten tournament games) for an overall record of 179-54. He is 115-10 in games played in Columbus, which are the most home wins among Big Ten schools during that span.
  • Ohio State is 18-0 this season and 159-17 under Matta when shooting a better field goal percentage than their opponent.
  • While outrebounding Michigan 36-28, Ohio State improves to 14-0 on the season and 101-14 under Matta when outrebounding their opponents (Ohio State’s plus-five rebounding margin is second in the Big Ten).
  • During Matta’s tenure at Ohio State, the Buckeyes are 165-5 when leading with five minutes to play.
  • The Buckeyes are 21-0 this season and 149-43 when having 15 or fewer turnovers in a game (Ohio State had 14 turnovers vs. Michigan).
  • Big Ten Freshman of the Week (10th-time) Jared Sullinger finished the contest with a team-high 19 points. Sullinger has scored at least 10 points in 21 of 23 games
  • Sullinger also added 15 rebounds for the Buckeyes (his 10.1 average is second in the Big Ten), good for his 10th double-double of the season. He now has 233 rebounds on the season.
  • Sullinger had 11 defensive boards, four more than his average of seven per game, good for second in the Big Ten. He also pulled in four offensive rebounds. He averages three per game, which is also second in the conference.
  • Senior David Lighty has played in 143 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 nine points, six rebounds and two assists. Lighty’s current marks: 1,293 points, 520 rebounds and 330 assists.
  • Lighty recorded his 118th win as a Buckeye vs. Michigan on Thursday. He had 35 as a freshman, 24 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 111th win.
  • The game vs. Michigan marked senior David Lighty’s 111th career start for Ohio State, tying Kelvin Ransey for seventh-place in career games started in a Buckeye jersey.
  • With nine points, Lighty passed Clark Kellogg (1,285) for 26th-place in Ohio State history for career scoring. He is 20 behind Jamar Butler for 25th-place.
  • With two made 3-pointers vs. Michigan, senior Jon Diebler now has 325 for his career, two away from tying Cory Bradford (327, Illinois, 1998-2002) for third place in career 3-pointers made in Big Ten history.
  • Diebler’s 2.86 average of made 3-pointers per game is second in the Big Ten.
  • With two made 3-pointers, Diebler extends his streak to 39 games in a row with at least one 3-pointer made.
  • Diebler’s current 3-point field goal percentage of 47 percent (65-137) puts him in the record books as having the best single season three-point percentage.
  • With nine points against the Wolverines, Diebler now has 1,326 career points. He is nine points behind Jim Cleamons for 23rd place.
  • Junior guard William Buford knocked down 13 points, pushing his career total to 1,201. Buford is 10 behind Luke Witte (1,211) for 31st-place in all-time career scoring at Ohio State.
  • The 13 points for Buford are the 17th time this season he has scored in double-figures.
  • Aaron Craft had one assist. He now has 107 assists on the season to just 50 turnovers.
  • Craft had three steals, for a total of 40 on the season. (His average of 1.68 is second in the conference).
  • Dallas Lauderdale had one block vs. Michigan for his 200th career block. Overall, Lauderdale has 41 of the team’s 80 blocks on the season.

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 1,201 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 (1,293) and Jon Diebler (1,326) 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 325 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 47 percent from long range (65-137) and is at 40 percent for his career (324-810).

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 (325 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 (325-810) 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 143 games during his career, starting 111. 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 384-105 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 263-56 with wins in 54 of last 57 outings.

Wins Follow Buckeye Double-Doubles
Ohio State has had a player record a double-double (10+ points, rebs, assists, steals or blocks) in 816 games. The Buckeyes are 559-257 in those contests (.685). Freshman Jared Sullinger (19/15) last recorded a double-double in the win vs. Michigan Feb. 3. 

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 489 games at Ohio State with a total of 385 starts. Senior David Lighty leads that list with 143 games played and 111 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.