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Feb. 12, 2011
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No. 1 Ohio State (24-0, 11-0) at No. 13/14 Wisconsin (17-5, 7-3)
Site:
 Kohl Center (17,230)
Game Time: 2 p.m. ET
Television: ESPN
Talent: Dave O’Brien (play-by-play), Dick Vitale (expert analysis), Jill Montgomery (Sideline)
Radio: OSU Radio Network (60 stations)
Satellite Radio: Sirius-122, XM-143
Local Radio: WBNS FM-97.1 AM-1460
Radio Talent: Paul Keels (play-by-play), Ron Stokes (expert analysis)

Buckeyes Don Commemorative Patches
    Members of the Ohio State men’s basketball team will wear “3407” patches on its uniforms Satursday vs. Wisconsin in honor of the lives lost in the crash of Continental Flight 3407 on Feb. 12, 2009, and the efforts of the victims’ family members to fight for stronger aviation safety regulations.
    “Obviously our basketball family has deeply felt this tragedy through what Kevin has faced, and we hope to honor those who were lost in a small way by wearing these patches,’ stated head coach Thad Matta, referring to video coordinator Kevin Kuwik, who lost his 30-year old girlfriend Lorin Maurer in the crash.

Sullinger Among Naismith Midseason Top 30
     Jared Sullinger has been named to the 2010-11 Naismith midseason list of the top 30 men’s basketball talent in the nation, announced Friday by the Atlanta Tipoff Club. The Naismith Trophy will be awarded at the 2011 NCAA Men’s Final Four in Houston. Fan voting via text message will account for 25 percent of all of the final results – more than any other national college basketball award. Ohio State’s Evan Turner received the Naismith Award a year ago, sweeping the national player of the year awards.

Scott, Williams Add To Ohio State’s 17-Player McDonald’S List
     Ohio State recruits Shannon Scott (2011) and Amir Williams (2011) were selected Feb. 10 to represent the East (Scott) and West (Williams) teams in the 2011 McDonald’s All-America game. The game will be played March 30 at the United Center in Chicago. The Buckeyes currently have three All-America game participants on their roster in Jared Sullinger (2010), Deshaun Thomas (2010) and William Buford (2008).
     Four McDonald’s All-Americans were a part of Ohio State’s 2006-07 squad that finished 35-4 overall, 15-1 in Big Ten Conference play, won the league regular-season title outright and played for the NCAA national title vs. Florida in April of 2007. Ivan Harris (2003), Greg Oden (2006), Mike Conley Jr. (2006) and Daequan Cook (2006), all former McDonald’s All-Americans, played for the Buckeyes in 2006-07. Previously,  B.J. Mullens (2008), Kosta Koufos (2007), Clark Kellogg (1979), Perry Carter (1987), Treg Lee (1987), Jim Jackson (1989), Charles Macon (1992) and Greg Simpson (1992) all played for Ohio State after playing in the McDonald’s All-America game before joining the Ohio State program for a total of 17 all-time.

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 15-9 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, 11).

Ohio State In NCAA Statistics
Ohio State leads the nation in fewest fouls per game with 14.3 and is second nationally in scoring margin (20.0 ppg.) and turnover margin (5.7). The Buckeyes are No. 4 in field goal percentage (.496) and in assist to turnover ratio (+1.56). The Buckeyes also are No. 6 in scoring defense (57.8 ppg.) and No. 8 in fewest turnovers per game (10.8). Jon Diebler’s 47.7 percent shooting percentage from 3-point range is No. 3 nationally.

Buckeyes Tied for 4th Best League Start 
The 2010-11 Buckeyes are 11-0 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             28
Overall Wins                         24
Home Wins                          18
Wins vs. Big Ten Teams        18
39-2 in last 41 games
35-1 in last 36 home games
34-1 in last 35 regular-season games
27-1 in last 28 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, 24-0 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 80 (tied with Wisconsin).  

Big Ten in Matta Era  (2004-05 to present) 
                        Overall Record   Conference Record
Team                       W L     Pct.                   W L     Pct.
Ohio State        180 54 .769              80 33 .708
Wisconsin         167 59 .739              80 33 .708
Michigan State   171 65 .725             76 37 .673
Illinois              163 72 .694             67 45 .598
Purdue              138 82 .627             63 50 .558

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. 11
Ohio State rookies have earned all 13 Big Ten Conference Freshman of the Week awards this season. Jared Sullinger earned his 11th freshman honor Monday after averaging 18.5 points and 14.0 rebounds last week in wins vs. Michigan and at Minnesota. 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. Craft also 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 24 victories headed into the road game vs. Wisconsin Saturday. 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)
24  2010-11
22  2006-07
22  1961-62

Matta has Buckeyes Road Ready
Ohio State has won its last 13 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), at No. 23 Illinois (1/22/11), at Northwestern (1/29/11) and most recently at Minnesota (2/6/11). 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 12-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          13                    12
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 24-0 record and a 11-0 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 65-4 when No. 1 in the AP Poll and 17-2 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 465 career field goals and has logged 4,143 career minutes during his 144-game career. Classmate Jon Diebler has 414 made baskets (328 of which are 3s) while playing a total of 4,194 minutes in 131 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 459 career field goals and has logged 2,943 career minutes in 93 games.

Matta off to Best Start to an OSU Season
With the win at Minnesota last Sunday, Thad Matta has led Ohio State to its first 24-0 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             24-0 
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 119 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 24-0 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 113.

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 1,312 points, 523 rebounds and 334 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 8.8 ppg. Sullinger leads all league rookies with 10.3 rebounds a game while Thomas is fifth with 4.1 rpg. Sullinger is No. 2 in field goal percentage (.568/154-271) and No. 3 in steals with 1.0 spg. Aaron Craft leads freshmen in steals (1.7 spg.) and assists (4.6 apg.).

The Ohio State, Wisconsin Series
Ohio State leads the all-time series with the Badgers 81-64 with Wisconsin leading 42-27 in Madison. Ohio State has won two of the last three meetings with the Badgers. As a ranked team, Ohio State is 19-9 in games vs. Wisconsin, including wins in two of the last three meetings as a ranked team. Ohio State’s No. 1 ranking heading into the game Saturday is its highest vs. Wisconsin since March  11, 2007 when top-ranked Ohio State defeated the Badgers 66-49 at the Big Ten Tournament in Chicago. Wisconsin was ranked No. 3 in that game. When both teams are ranked in the series, Ohio State has a 4-1 record.
 Junior William Buford is Ohio State’s top scorer in the Wisconsin series at 9.3 points per game over his four career games vs. the Badgers. He also is Ohio State’s top rebounder with an average of 6.0 rebounds a game.
Ohio State as No. 1 vs. Wisconsin
1/30/61 W @Wisconsin 100 (1)-68
2/25/61 W Wisconsin 97 (1)-74
3/3/62 L @Wisconsin 67 (1)-86
3/11/07 W vs. Wisconsin 66(1)-49(3)

Ohio State vs. the Big Ten
Illinois 63-99
Indiana 73-99
Iowa 69-73
Michigan 89-71
Michigan State 50-58
Minnesota 78-55
Northwestern 108-45
Penn State 25-12
Purdue 76-82
Wisconsin 81-64
Total 712-658

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 90-37 vs. Big Ten foes (regular season and Big Ten tournament games) for an overall record of 180-54. In 11 seasons as a head coach (1 at Butler, 3 at Xavier and 7 at Ohio State) Matta is 94-39 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,  8-5 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 11 0 24 0
  90 17 90 37 180 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 24 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 24 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 10.3 a contest. Junior William Buford is next with 13.6 ppg., followed by senior David Lighty (12.5 ppg.) and classmate Jon Diebler (11.2 ppg.). Freshman Deshaun Thomas contributes 8.8 ppg.
 Freshman Aaron Craft leads with 111 total assists. Senior starting center Dallas Lauderdale has 43 of the team’s 83 blocks on the year. Lauderdale also makes 70 percent of his field goals (53 of 76) while Sullinger (154-271/.568) also connects at 50+ percent from the field. Diebler has made 68 3-pointers on the season on 142 attempts (.479).

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 328 career 3s, No. 3 on the all-time Big Ten list. He has averaged 2.5 made 3s a game for his 131-game career. On that pace, he will become the Big Ten’s all-time leader. Ohio State has a minimum of eight games remaining, seven 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 353 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. 328  Jon Diebler, OSU  2008-
4.  327  Cory Bradford, ILL  1998-2002
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 Minnesota Game:
Ohio State 82, Minnesota 69 (Feb. 6)

  • The Buckeyes’ 24-0 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 24. 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 27 wins in a row.
  • The 24-game winning streak is the second-longest in Ohio State history (1959-61, 32).
  • Ohio State improved to 65-4 when ranked first in the country by the Associated Press.
  • The Buckeyes are 51-1 in regular season games as the AP No. 1 team. The record improves to 54-1 in non-NCAA tournament games when AP No. 1.
  • As a ranked team, Ohio State is 385-105 all-time. The Buckeyes are 32-1 at home over the last two seasons.
  • The Buckeyes improved to 38-1 against Big Ten opponents when ranked No. 1 by the Associated Press.
  • Ohio State is 39-2 in its last 41 games.
  • The Scarlet and Gray improved to 27-1 in their last 28 Big Ten games.
  • The Buckeyes are 122-17 when ranked among the Top 3 in the country.
  • The win vs. Minnesota was the 18th-consecutive victory over a Big Ten opponent.
  • Ohio State was now won four-consecutive games vs. Minnesota.
  • Ohio State swept the season series vs. Minnesota (the Buckeyes defeated the Gophers 67-64 in Columbus, 1/9/11).
  • Ohio State has won its last 13 true road games dating back to last season. The last road loss was at No. 11 West Virginia, 1/23/10. The Buckeyes have won their last 12 Big Ten road contests since falling at Minnesota 73-62, 1/9/10. Ohio State last won 12-consecutive (14 total) road games in Big Ten play during the 1959-60,’60-61 season.
  • When ranked in the Top 10 nationally, Ohio State is 264-56 with wins in 55 of its last 57 outings.
  • The Buckeyes are 11-0 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 78-55 vs. the Golden Gophers all-time, improving their overall Big Ten record to 712-658.
  • Minnesota moves to 3-18 vs. AP No. 1-ranked team (last win was 69-62 vs. Illinois, 1/26/89).
  • Ohio State improves to 29-37 at Minnesota.
  • The Buckeyes improve to 4-0 vs. the Golden Gophers when ranked No. 1 (last was a 72-62 win, 2/10/62,).
  • Ohio State moves to 3-1 vs. Minnesota when both teams are ranked.
  • Ohio State is 24-3 vs. Minnesota when ranked among the Associated Press Top 25.
  • Tubby Smith is now 3-6 vs. the Buckeyes.
  • Minnesota gave up a season-high 22 offensive rebounds to the Buckeyes.
  • The Buckeye freshmen have accounted for 47 percent of total scoring for the season (876/1868), including 28 of Ohio State’s 82 total points against Minnesota.
  • Ohio State’s four returning starters for 2010-11 (Jon Diebler, David Lighty, Dallas Lauderdale and William Buford) have combined for 388 career starts and 493 games played.
  • Minnesota’s 39 second-half points are tied for the most allowed in the half by Ohio State this season (FGCU, 12/15/10).
  • Ohio State held Minnesota’s Trevor Mbakwe to eight points (tied-second fewest of the season) and seven rebounds (tied-third fewest of the year).
  • This is the 249th-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 Minnesota was the 75th victory for the Buckeyes since the 2008-09 season, which is fifth-most in the nation during that span.
  • 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.
  • Minnesota moves to 2-5 vs. ranked teams this season (last win was 70-67 vs. Purdue, 1/13/11).
  • Ohio State has had a player record a double-double (10+ points, rebs, assists, steals or blocks) in 817 games. The Buckeyes are 560-257 in those contests (.686). Freshman Jared Sullinger (18/13) recorded a double-double vs. Minnesota, his 11th on the season.
  • Ohio State had 18 team assists, one more than its season average of 16.8 apg, which is second in the Big Ten.
  • Minnesota scored 69 points, the most of any Big Ten opponent (68 was previous high; twice at Iowa and at Illinois. Ohio State only gives up an average of 57.3 ppg; second in the Big Ten.
  • Ohio State connected on 8-20 from behind the arc. They are currently second in the Big Ten with a 40 percent average (182-450).
  • The 24-0 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 282-85 overall and 180-54 at Ohio State.
  • With the win, Ohio State is 31-14 in February under Matta and 2-0 this season.
  • Matta is now 8-5 vs. Minnesota in his career, with an overall mark of 90-37 against Big Ten opponents.
  • Matta is 90-17 vs. non-conference competition at Ohio State and 90-37 vs. Big Ten foes (regular season and Big Ten tournament games) for an overall record of 180-54. He is 115-10 in games played in Columbus, which are the most home wins among Big Ten schools during that span.
  • The Buckeyes are 18-0 this season and 148-19 under Matta when leading at the half.
  • While outrebounding Minnesota 39-33, Ohio State improves to 15-0 on the season and 102-14 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 166-5 when leading with five minutes to play.
  • The Buckeyes are 22-0 this season and 150-43 when having 15 or fewer turnovers in a game (Ohio State had eight turnovers vs. Minnesota).
  • When Ohio State scores 70 or more points, they are 16-0 this season and 120-11 under Matta.
  • Big Ten Freshman of the Week Jared Sullinger finished the contest with 18 points. Sullinger has scored at least 10 points in 22 of 24 games
  • Sullinger also added 13 rebounds for the Buckeyes (his 10.3 average is second in the Big Ten), good for his 11th double-double of the season. He now has 246 rebounds on the season. It is the 12th time this season he has had 10 or more rebounds.
  • Sullinger had four defensive boards; his average of seven per game is good for second in the Big Ten. He also pulled in eight offensive rebounds. He averages three per game, which is also second in the conference.
  • Lighty, the third player in Ohio State history to reach 1,000 points, 500 rebounds and 300 assists, ended the contest with a game-high 19 points, three rebounds and three assists. Lighty’s current marks: 1,212 points, 520 rebounds and 333 assists.
  • Lighty has played in 144 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 132).
  • Lighty recorded his 118th win as a Buckeye vs. Minnesota on Sunday. He had 35 as a freshman, 25 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. Minnesota marked senior David Lighty’s 112th career start for Ohio State, two away from tying Herb Williams for sixth-place in career games started in a Buckeye jersey.
  • With 19 points, Lighty is now one shy of tying Jamar Butler for 25th-place in Ohio State history for career scoring.
  • Lighty’s 19 point-performance is the 16th time this season he has scored in double-figures. It is also the sixth-time he has led the team in scoring this season. 
  • With three made 3-pointers vs. Minnesota, senior Jon Diebler now has 328 for his career, passing Cory Bradford (327, Illinois, 1998-2002) for third place in career 3-pointers made in Big Ten history. Diebler is three away from tying Shawn Respert (331, Michigan State, 1991-95) for second all-time.
  • Diebler’s 2.86 average of made 3-pointers per game is second in the Big Ten.
  • With three made 3-pointers, Diebler extends his streak to 40 games in a row with at least one 3-pointer made.
  • Diebler’s current 3-point field goal percentage of 47 percent (68-142) puts him in the record books as having the best single season three-point percentage.
  • With 10 points against the Golden Gophers, Diebler now has 1,336 career points, passing Jim Cleamons for 23rd place in Ohio State history. Diebler is 32 points away from tying Brent Darby for 22nd place.
  • Junior guard William Buford knocked down 15 points, pushing his career total to 1,216. Buford passed Luke Witte (1,211) for 31st-place in all-time career scoring at Ohio State. He is seven points behind John Havlicek for 30th-place.
  • The 15-point performance for Buford is the 18th time this season he has scored in double-figures.
  • Aaron Craft had four assists. He now has 111 assists on the season to just 53 turnovers.
  • Craft had one steal, for a total of 41 on the season. (His average of 1.68 is second in the conference).
  • Lauderdale had two blocks vs. Minnesota. He now has 202 career blocks. Overall, Lauderdale has 43 of the team’s 83 blocks on the season.
  • Lauderdale had 10 points, including the first six of the second half. It was the fourth time this season he has scored in double-figures.

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 1,216 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 (1,312) and Jon Diebler (1,336) 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 328 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 48 percent from long range (68-142) and is at 40 percent for his career (328-815).

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 82 (328 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 (328-815) 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 144 games during his career, starting 112. 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 138-221 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 385-105 all-time. In games when both teams enter with a Top 25 ranking, Ohio State is 58-47. When ranked among the Top 10 nationally, Ohio State is 264-56 with wins in 55 of last 58 outings.

Wins Follow Buckeye Double-Doubles
Ohio State has had a player record a double-double (10+ points, rebs, assists, steals or blocks) in 817 games. The Buckeyes are 560-257 in those contests (.685). Freshman Jared Sullinger (18/13) last recorded a double-double in the win at Minnesota Feb. 6. 

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.

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 493 games at Ohio State with a total of 389 starts. Senior David Lighty leads that list with 144 games played and 112 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.