No. 1-seed Ohio State (22-13) 74, No. 3-seed Dayton (23-11) 63
March 26, 2008
2008 MasterCard NIT Quarterfinal
Value City Arena, Columbus, Ohio
Attendance: 19,049 Sellout
The game Wednesday was the first matchup between Dayton and Ohio State since the two teams faced off Dec., 17, 1988 in Columbus. The Buckeyes won the match up 104-76.
Overall, OSU is 4-2 against the Flyers and 30-13 overall against the Atlantic-10.
The attendance at the Ohio State vs. Dayton game in Value City Arena Wednesday was 19,049, marking the 11th sellout crowd for Ohio State this season, including a sell out Monday in St. John Arena. The Buckeyes are 8-3 in sellouts this year and 47-10 all-time in VCA sellouts.
The Buckeyes are 3-2 all-time in NIT third-round games. Overall, Ohio State is 16-7 in the NIT.
In his career, Ohio State head coach Thad Matta is 8-1 against Dayton but this was his first meeting with Dayton while coaching the Buckeyes.
The Buckeyes have won 50-consecutive games against unranked opponents in Columbus (47 in Value City Arena, two in St. John Arena and one in Nationwide Arena). Their last loss to an unranked team was vs. Minnesota, Jan. 19, 2005 (60-56 OT).
Under Matta, OSU is 59-1 against unranked opponents in Columbus, including a 55-1 mark in VCA, 3-0 in St. John Arena and 1-0 in Nationwide Arena.
The game Wednesday was the latest date (March 26) the Buckeyes have ever played in a home arena in a season. The game also is the latest the Buckeyes have played in the state of Ohio since April, 6 1900, the second season of the OSU basketball program. That game was played at Mount Union University in Alliance, Ohio, in which the Buckeyes lost, 10-6.
During the postseason NIT the Buckeyes are shooting 53.3-percent (90-of-169) from the field.
The Buckeyes grabbed the lead in the second half, building on a run started at the end of the first half. With 1:04 left in the first, the Buckeyes trailed 31-26 but turned that deficit into a 49-37 lead with a 23-6 run that ended at 11:54 of the second half with back-to-back 3-point baskets from Butler and freshman Jon Diebler. The run was stated in the first half on free throws from senior Matt Terwilliger and sophomore P.J. Hill. In the second half alone the run was 19-6.
Senior Jamar Butler had seven assists to increase his total of 209 assists this season. He is only the second Buckeye to have 200 or more assists in a season, along with Mike Conley Jr. (2006-07 season), who holds the record with 238.
The seven assists were the 23rd time this season Butler has handed out five or more assists. During his time at Ohio State, the Buckeyes are 56-17 when he records at least four assists.
Terwilliger scored four points and Ohio State improved to 33-1 when he scores at least four points.
Butler scored 12 points to increase his career scoring to 1,277 career points, good for 24th place all-time in the Ohio State records. No. 23 on the list is Clark Kellogg (1980-82) with 1,285.
Butler did not go to the free-throw line for the third-consecutive game as his made FT streak remained at 22.
The win for the Buckeyes is their 17th on the season at home for the second-most in school history, trailing only the 18 wins a season ago. The 35 home wins over the past two seasons is the best two year total in school history.
All 13 Buckeyes who dressed for the game saw playing time for the third-consecutive game.
Kosta Koufos had double-digit points for the 17th time in the last 18 games with 21 points on 9-of-11 shooting. It was his fifth game of the season with 20 or more points.
Four Buckeyes scored in double figures for the fourth time in five games. Koufos led the team with his 21 points, followed by Butler (12), Evan Turner (11) and Diebler (10).