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No. 13/15 Ohio State (9-1; 0-0 Big Ten) 48, West Virginia (10-2; Big East 0-0) 76
Postgame Notes
Dec. 27, 2008
Value City Arena
Attendance: 19,049 (sellout)

The all-time series record between the Buckeyes and Mountaineers is 9-6. The teams last met Nov. 28, 1995 in Columbus, a 77-68 Ohio State victory which snapped a five-game Mountaineers win streak. Ohio State won the first eight meetings in the series that began Dec. 10, 1940. The game this year is part of a two-game series that will end next season in Morgantown, W. Va.

Ohio State’s record vs. Big East Conference opponents is 70-47. The Buckeyes are 1-1 vs. Big East opponents this season. Earlier this year, Ohio State beat Notre Dame, 67-62, in Indianapolis.

Sophomore guard Evan Turner recorded his fifth double-double of his career and third this season with 10 points and 11 rebounds. He owns all five of the Buckeyes’ double doubles among current players.

Junior guard Jeremie Simmons posted a career-high 11 points. Simmons, along with freshman guard William Buford, led Buckeye scorers. Simmons went 1-for-2 from the 3-point line. He has made a three-pointer in every game this season.

Buford reached double figures in scoring for the fourth time this season with 11 points Delaware State (13), Iona (10), UNC Asheville (16).  

The Buckeyes are 21-9 on Dec. 27. 

Ohio State wore its home gray uniforms for the first time this season.

The Ohio State starting lineup vs. West Virginia is the third different starting lineup in as many games for the Buckeyes.

The Buckeyes played before a sold out crowd as 19,049 attended the game Saturday. It is the first sellout of the season. The last time Ohio State sold out a game was March 26, 2008 vs. Dayton (W, 74-63) in the quarterfinals of the MasterCard NIT.

The Scarlet and Gray are 29-4 under head coach Thad Matta in the month of December.

The loss snapped a 12-game home win streak for the Buckeyes. The streak was the second-longest for Ohio State under Matta after his 2006-07, 2007-08 teams won 29-consecutive home games. The Buckeyes’ 14-game overall win streak also was snapped. Prior to the loss, Ohio State owned the nation’s longest winning streak at 14 games. 

Matta is 65-2 vs. unranked opponents in Columbus since taking over the Ohio State program in 2004-05. The only other loss prior to Saturday was an overtime setback to Minnesota Jan. 19, 2005 (60-56). Matta is 73-7 overall in Columbus with a record of 69-7 at VCA, 3-0 at St. John Arena and 1-0 at Nationwide Arena.

The Buckeyes’ loss to West Virginia was their first to an unranked non-conference opponent since a 76-67 setback to South Alabama Dec. 16, 1980, a span of 42 games. The Buckeyes were ranked No. 7 in that game.  

Matta’s career record is 216-67 in his ninth season as a head coach …  He is 114-36 in his fifth year at Ohio State.

Ohio State is 334-96 all time when ranked in the AP Top 25.

Ohio State is 42-4 at VCA when ranked among the AP Top 25. The Buckeyes are 29-1 in their last 30 games at the VCA.

Ohio State has a record of 59-5 vs. non-conference teams at Value City Arena and is 97-20 overall at the VCA.

Seven players have scored in double figures at least once this season. Turner leads the team with eight games.