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Aug. 23, 2006

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Thad Matta, starting his third year as the Ohio State head men’s basketball coach, has the fifth-most victories among all NCAA Division I coaches after the first six years of a career, according to NCAA records.

Matta has totaled 148 wins at Butler (24), Xavier (78) and Ohio State (46) in the first six years of his coaching career. He has reached 20 or more wins every season as a head coach, including a 26-win campaign a year ago in Columbus.

In the first two seasons at Ohio State, Matta has a record of 46-18 after putting together a 24-8 season, his first as a head coach, at Butler in 2000-01 and a 78-23 record at Xavier (2002-04).

Among active NCAA Division I coaches, Matta and Mark Few of Gonzaga are the only coaches to produce 20 or more wins in each of his first six seasons as a head coach. Few has done so in all seven with the Bulldogs.

During his tenure, Matta has taken all five eligible teams to NCAA tournament play and has earned coach-of-the-year honors in each conference (Midwestern Collegiate, Atlantic 10 and Big Ten) he has worked.

Ohio State, the defending Big Ten regular-season champion, opens the 2006-07 season Nov. 10-12 in the BCA Classic at Value City Arena.

First 6 Seasons Seasons W L Pct.
Everett Case, North Carolina St. 1947-52 161 39 .805
Mark Few, Gonzaga 2000-05 159 37 .811
Roy Williams, Kansas 1989-94 159 45 .779
Bruce Stewart, WVa. Wesleyan & Middle Tenn. 1983-88 149 52 .741
Thad Matta, Butler, Xavier & Ohio St. 2001-06 148 49 .751

Matta in the NCAA Records Book
Victories to start a career

  Rk Record Pct.
After two seasons 13th 50-14 .781
After three seasons 4th 76-20 .792
After four seasons 5th 102-31 .767
After five seasons 8th 122-43 .739
After six seasons 5th 148-49 .751