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March 13, 2015

Thad Matta, the winningest head coach in Ohio State history

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No. 6 seed Ohio State Buckeyes (23-9) vs. No. 3 Michigan State Spartans (21-10)

Date: March 13th, 2015
Site: United Center (22,917)
Game Time: 9 p.m. ET
Television: BTN
Talent: Eric Collins (Play-By-Play)
Bill Raftery (Expert Analysis)
Rick Pizzo (Sideline)
Radio: OSU-IMG Sports Network (56 stations)
Satellite Radio: Sirius 91/XM 91
Local Radio: WBNS FM-97.1 AM-1460
Radio Talent: Paul Keels (play-by-play)

The Ohio State vs. Michigan State Series
Michigan State leads the overall series with the Buckeyes 63-55 with Ohio State leading 3-2 on neutral courts. Thad Matta’s Buckeyes are 11-11 vs. Michigan State since the 2004-05 season. Over the last 22 games, Michigan State has outscored the Buckeyes 1,433 to 1,432. The last four games have been decided by four or fewer points. Nine of the 22 games during the Matta era have been decided by 4 or fewer points. Ohio State is 4-5 in those games. The Buckeyes have won three of the last five in the series. In four Big Ten tournament games vs. MSU during the Matta era, the teams are 2-2. Ohio State owns the scoring edge in those games 267-263.

OSU Big Ten Tournament History
The No. 6 seed in the 2015 Big Ten Tournament, the Buckeyes are 25-10 all-time in BTT play since the event began in 1998. Ohio State was the No. 5 seed in 2014 and has won 21 of its last 26 league tournament games, including 14 of the last 16. By seed, Ohio State is 11-2 as No. 1, 3-0 as No. 2, 2-1 as No. 3, 4-3 as No. 5, 2-1 as No. 6, 3-1 as No. 8, 0-1 as No. 9 and 0-1 as No. 11. Ohio State has entered the tournament as the No. 1 seed five times (2000, 2006, 2007, 2010, 2011). Thad Matta is 22-6 in league tournament play with four titles (2007, 2010, 2011, 2013) and six title game appearances (2006, 2009). The Buckeyes have been seeded higher in 21 BTT games all-time and are 19-2 in those games. As the lower seed, the Buckeyes are 6-8 all-time.

Matta in the Big Ten Tournament
Ohio State has played in more games in the Big Ten Tournament (28) than any other league school since Thad Matta took over in Columbus 11 years ago. The Buckeyes also have the most wins (22) with the next closest being Michigan State with 14. Ohio State’s winning percentage of 78.6 (22-6) also tops all league schools.

Games Highs
Points: 90 vs. Minnesota (W, 90-61) 3/14/10
FGM: 37(61) vs. Purdue (W, 88-71) 3/9/12
FGA: 67 (32) vs. Illinois (W, 88-81 2ot) 3/13/10
FG%: .607 (37-61) vs. Purdue (W, 88-71) 3/9/12
3FGM: 12 (22) vs. Minnesota (W, 90-61) 3/14/10
3FGA: 31 (11) vs. Penn State (W, 72-69) 3/10/05
3FG%: .583 (7-12) vs. Michigan (W, 69-68) 3/12/10
FTM: 26 (32) vs. Northwestern (W, 67-61 ot) 3/11/11
FTA: 32 (26) vs. Northwestern (W, 67-61 ot) 3/11/11
FT%(10 att): .813 (26-32) vs. N’western (W, 67-61 ot) 3/11/11
ORebs: 21(2) last vs. N’western (W, 67-61 ot) 3/11/11
DRebs: 32 vs. Purdue (W, 88-71) 3/09/12
Rebs: 49 vs. Purdue (W, 63-52) 3/10/07
Assists: 20 vs. Nebraska (W, 71-50) 3/15/13
Steals: 13 vs. Illinois (W, 88-81 2OT) 3/13/10
Blocks: 7(2) last vs. Purdue (W, 63-61) 3/13/14

Matta Makes Ohio State History
Thad Matta has made a habit of achieving records and milestones over his coaching career, which spans 15 years. After a season at Butler, three at Xavier and the last 11 in Columbus, Matta coached his 500th career game as a head coach Dec. 13 vs. Morehead State. As an Ohio State head coach, the 13th in the history of the program, Matta set the all-time wins record, formerly held by Fred Taylor with 297 career wins over 18 seasons from 1959-1976, with the 79-73 win vs. Minnesota Thursday. Matta has a career record of 298-92. The Minnesota win gives him 400 victories for his career (400-123). Matta teams have never failed to win at least 20 games. His Ohio State teams have averaged 27.0 victories over his 11 full years in Columbus.

Matta’s Career Milestone Games
100th Game 11/25/03 L at Ball State, 63-75, 3rd year at Xavier
200th Game 11/28/05 W vs. Virginia Tech, 69-58, 2nd year at OSU
300th Game 2/28/09 L at Purdue, 50-75, 5th year at OSU
400th Game 1/21/12 W at Nebraska, 79-45, 8th year at OSU
500th Game 12/13/14 W vs. Morehead St., 87-71, 11th year at OSU
Win 297 3/4/15 at Penn State (77-67), tied Fred Taylor for OSU
career wins record
Win 298 3/13/15 vs. Minnesota (79-71), sets OSU career wins record

100 Game Rcd. 79-21 (.790)
200 Game Rcd. 151-49 (.755) 2nd 100 gms. 72-28 (.720)
300 Game Rcd. 225-75 (.750) 3rd 100 gms. 74-26 (.740)
400 Game Rcd. 309-91 (.773) 4th 100 gms. 84-16 (.840)
500 Game Rcd. 385-115 (.770) 5th 100 gms. 76-24 (.760)
Career Record 400-123 (.765) 6th 100 gms. 15-8 (.652)

100th Win, 80-70 vs. Louisville (3/18/04),
TD Waterhouse Centre, Orlando, Fla
200th Win, 65-47 at Northwestern (2/13/2008), Welsh Ryan Arena
300th Win, 64(2)-35 vs. Texas-Pan American (12/3/2012),
Value City Arena
400th Win, 79-73 vs. Minnesota (3/13/15), United Center, Chicago

Ohio State Career Coaching Records (10 or more years)
Thad Matta 2005- 11 298-92 (.764)
Fred Taylor 1959-76 18 297-158 (.653)
Harold G. Olsen 1923-46 24 259-197 (.568)
Eldon Miller 1977-86 10 174-120 (.592)

Matta Continues to Build Impressive Ohio State Résumé
Thad Matta has accomplished a remarkable list of accomplishments in 11 years as head coach of the Buckeyes. Matta’s teams have never failed to win 20 games, a record streak (11 seasons) in Ohio State history. In fact, Matta has never failed to reach the 20-win plateau in 15 years as a head coach. Ohio State (23-9) reached 20 wins in 2014-15 with a win at home over Nebraska (2/26/15). Ohio State has reached 30 or more wins three times, all with Matta at the helm. Back-to-back seasons with 30 wins in 2010-11 (34) and 2011-12 (31) only trail the 35 wins recorded in 2006-07, the Ohio State record for single-season victories. In addition, Matta has won five Big Ten regular-season titles, including three of the last five (2010-12), four Big Ten postseason tournament crowns in seven title game opportunities, eight NCAA tournament appearances, including four-consecutive (2010-13) runs to the “Sweet 16,” a pair of Final Four trips (2007, 2012) and a title game appearance in 2007. Throw in a National Invitation Tournament title in 2008 and Matta has guided the Buckeyes to postseason play in nine-consecutive attempts and in every year in which Ohio State was eligible.

Matta Year-by-Year
Year Record Big Ten/Finish Postseason
2004-05 20-12 8-8/6th
2005-06 26-6 12-4/1st NCAA Rd. 2
2006-07 35-4 15-1/1st NCAA Title Game
2007-08 24-13 10-8/5th NIT Championship
2008-09 22-11 10-8/4th-T NCAA Rd. 1
2009-10 29-8 14-4/1st-T NCAA Sweet 16
2010-11 34-3 16-2/1st NCAA Sweet 16
2011-12 31-8 13-5/1st-T NCAA Final Four
2012-13 29-8 13-5/2nd-T NCAA Elite Eight
2013-14 25-10 10-8/5th NCAA Rd. 2
2014-15 23-9 11-7/6th

Seniors Posting Lofty Wins Total
The Ohio State four-year senior class of Shannon Scott, Sam Thompson, Amir Williams and Trey McDonald have experienced great success over their careers. The group owns one Big Ten regular-season title, two Big Ten Tournament title game appearances with one Big Ten Tournament title (2013), two NCAA “Sweet 16” appearances, two “Elite Eights” and one trip to the Final Four (2012). The four have a chance to become one of the Top 5 senior classes in terms of wins in Ohio State history.

Most Career Wins by Four-Year Class
Rk. Wins Four-Year Seniors Yr.-by-Yr. Wins
1. 129 David Lighty (2007-2011) 35,24,7,29,34
2. 123 No 4-year seniors (2010-13) 29,34,31,29
3. 119 Aaron Craft, Lenzelle Smith Jr. (2011-14) 34,31,29,25
4. 116 William Buford (2009-12) 22,29,34,31
5. 110 Danny Peters, Mark Titus (2007-10) 35,24,22,29
6. 108 Shannon Scott, Sam Thompson, 31,29,25,22
Amir Williams, Trey McDonald

Buckeye Bullets

  • Thad Matta has put together a stellar record in the month of March over his career. He is No. 2 among active coaches with a 59-17 record in March over his 15-year career. At Ohio State,
  • Rookie Jae’Sean Tate set a career high with 22 points vs. Nebraska Feb. 26. He now has three 20-point games to his credit, all in Big Ten Conference play. In those games at Indiana (9-10 shooting/20 pts.), at Rutgers (8-11/20 pts.) and vs. Nebraska at home (8-9/22 pts.), he made a combined 25-of-30 field goals (.833).
  • Jae’Sean Tate currently holds the No. 4 spot among freshmen in Ohio State history in season field goal shooting percentage at 59.1 pct. (114-193). His father, Jermaine Tate, is No. 5 at 56.9 pct. (115-202). Jermaine played his freshman season at Ohio State in 1996.
  • Since entering the starting lineup 12 games ago at Northwestern, Tate has averaged 12.1 points and 5.5 rebounds per game. He has made 62-102 field goal attempts (.608), blocked seven shots and recorded eight steals in 27.2 minutes per game.
  • Freshman D’Angelo Russell has scored 619 (19.3 ppg.) points this season in 32 games … he is the 32nd Buckeye all-time to reach 500 points in a single season … The last freshman to score 500+ in a season at Ohio State was Jared Sullinger in 2011 with 635 points (17.2 ppg.) … Matta teams have had at least one 500-point scorer in 10 of 11 seasons prior to this year. A total of 15 Buckeyes (22 total seasons) have reached 600+ points at least once. Six players have multiple 600+ point seasons led by Jerry Lucas with three. Russell is the third Ohio State freshman to reach 600 points in a season–Michael Redd with 658 in 1998 and Jared Sullinger with 635 in 2011.
  • Senior Shannon Scott has 208 career steals, good for the No. 2 spot in Ohio State history … his 140 career game appearances rank No. 6.
  • Scott has 187 assists this season, good for the No. 4 spot in single-season history at Ohio State.
  • Senior Sam Thompson has scored 968 career points over 143 career games … his games played total ranks No. 5 all-time … Jon Diebler is at No. 4 (144 gp/2008-11).
  • As Ohio State head coach, Matta recorded his 154th win vs. Big Ten opponents with the 79-73 win vs. Minnesota March 13 … he has 158 career wins vs. Big Ten foes over his 15-year head coaching career.
  • Ohio State’s four-year senior class (Shannon Scott, Sam Thompson, Amir Williams, Trey McDonald) has 108 career wins and has recorded at least 20 wins each year (31, 29, 25, 23). The Buckeyes are 23-9 this season.

Noting the Minnesota Game
• Ohio State owns the all-time series vs. Minnesota, 83-56.
• Ohio State is 2-0 vs. Minnesota in neutral site games.
• Ohio State has won nine of the last 10 contests vs. Minnesota.
• Ohio State and Minnesota have met once previously in the Big Ten Tournament, a 90-61 Buckeye win in the 2010 title game.

Big Ten Tournament
• Ohio State is 25-10 all-time in the B1G Tournament.
• Ohio State has won 21 of its last 26 B1G Tournament games, including 14 of the last 16.
• Ohio State is 2-1 as the No. 6 seed.
• Playing with a higher seed than their opponent, the Buckeyes are 22-6 in the B1G Tournament.
Thad Matta’s Buckeyes are 8-1 in Big Ten Tournament play at the United Center, which includes wins in the last seven tournament games in Chicago.
• It is the first time in the Matta era the Buckeyes have allowed a league opponent to reach 70 points in the United Center.

Team Notes–Minnesota Game
• Three players scored in double figures for the Buckeyes: D’Angelo Russell (23), Shannon Scott (21) and Marc Loving (12).
• The Buckeyes are 20-1 when scoring 70 or more points in a game this season.
• Ohio State and Minnesota were tied, 35-35, at the half, marking the first time this season Ohio State was tied with its opponent after the first 20 minutes.
• Ohio State is 15-0 when shooting 50 percent or better this season. Ohio State connected on 26 of 52 shots (.500) vs. Minnesota.
• The Buckeyes owned a 35-28 advantage on the boards vs. Minnesota. Ohio State is 18-1 when outrebounding its opponent this season.
• The Buckeyes were 22-28 (.779) from the free-throw line vs. Minnesota. Russell and Scott each went 6-6 (1.000) from the charity stripe vs. Minnesota.
• The Buckeyes own an overall record of 783-692 against current league members.

Thad Matta
• With the win, Matta becomes the all-time career wins leader in Ohio State history, breaking Fred Taylor’s previous record at Ohio State with 298 wins. The win also marks his 400th career victory as a head coach. Matta is 298-92 during his career at Ohio State and 400-123 overall as a head coach.
• Matta is 158-69 overall vs. Big Ten opponents, including a mark of 154-66 while coaching the Buckeyes.
• Matta is 22-6 in league tournament play. In the Matta era, the Buckeyes have appeared in a conference-high 28 games with a league-best 22 wins. Ohio State’s winning percentage of 78.5 (22-6) also tops all B1G schools in the B1G Tournament.
• Matta is 59-17 during March in his career.
• Matta teams are 9-6 at Ohio State tied at the half.

D’Angelo Russell
• With 23 points vs. Minnesota, Russell surpassed 600 points this season (619) and posted 20+ points for the 15th time this season. He is one of 15 Buckeyes, including two other freshmen, to reach the 600-point mark. He needs 17 more to pass Jared Sullinger for the No.2 spot in the freshman record book for single-season scoring.
• Russell tallied a career-high three blocks vs. Minnesota.
• Russell earned five rebounds and handed out four assists. With 165 assists this season, Russell is tied for 10th with Mark Baker for 10th all-time in season assists. He ranks third all-time for an Ohio State freshman and needs 13 to pass Aaron Craft’s freshman season (177).

Shannon Scott
• Scott totaled a career-high 21 points vs. Minnesota. He has scored in double figures the last three games and in five of the last seven contests.
• Scott recorded a team-high six assists. He is fourth in the Ohio State record book with 508 career assists. He needs nine to pass Kelvin Ransey for third with 516 assists.
• Scott has totaled 187 assists in his senior campaign and ranks fourth all-time for season assists in Ohio State history.
• Scott recorded one steal and is second all-time with 208 career thefts.

Sam Thompson
• Thompson notched a season-high seven rebounds vs. Minnesota.
• Thompson scored nine points, totaling 968 career points as a Buckeye.
• Thompson contributed one steal and has recorded 99 career thefts.

Marc Loving
• Loving tallied 12 points, scoring in doubles for the first time tying his career high vs. Maryland with 19 points.
• Loving added five rebounds and one steal for the Buckeyes.

Amir Williams
• With 184 blocks for his career, A. Williams ranks fifth on Ohio State’s all-time list for blocked shots acquired in a career. He needs two more to surpass Brad Sellers for the No. 4 spot.
• A. Williams added six rebounds, two points and one steal vs. Minnesota.