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No. 1 Ohio State 70 (19-0, 6-0), Iowa 48 (7-11, 0-6)                                                     
Value City Arena – Columbus, Ohio
January 19, 2011
Attendance: 14,321

POSTGAME NOTES

 TEAM

  • Ohio State moved to 136-23 (.853) at Value City Arena, improving to 80-5 vs. non-conference opponents and 56-18 vs. Big Ten foes. They are 13-0 at Value City Arena this season.
  • The Buckeyes’ 19-0 overall record is the third-best start in school history (1960-61, 27-0; 1961-62, 22-0). Ohio State and San Diego State concurrently hold the nation’s longest active winning streak at 19 games. The Aztecs host Air Force Wednesday night.
  • Ohio State now has won 16 home games in a row (last home loss was to Purdue on 2/17/10).
  • As a ranked team, Ohio State is 380-105 all-time. The Buckeyes are 30-1 at home over the last two seasons.
  • Ohio State’s four returning starters for 2010-11 (Jon Diebler, David Lighty, Dallas Lauderdale and William Buford) have combined for 368 career starts and 473 games played.
  • Ohio State improved to 60-4 when ranked first in the country by the Associated Press.
  • Ohio State now is 4-0 when ranked No. 1 by the Associated Press at Value City Arena.
  • The Buckeyes improved to 33-1 against Big Ten opponents when ranked No. 1 by the Associated Press.
  • Ohio State is 20-0 at home and 4-0 at Value City Arena vs. Big Ten opponents when ranked No. 1 by the Associated Press.
  • The Buckeyes are 117-17 when ranked among the Top 3 in the country.
  • When ranked in the Top 10 nationally, Ohio State is 259-56 with wins in 50 of its last 52 outings.
  • Ohio State moved to 4-0 vs. Iowa when ranked No. 1 (last meeting was a 72-62 victory at Iowa on 2/26/62).
  • The Buckeyes are 69-73 vs. the Hawkeyes all-time, improving their overall Big Ten record to 707-658.
  • Before the game Wednesday, the last six games in the series have been decided by 10 points or fewer. It is the first game since 1/9/08 to have a margin-of-victory larger than 10 points (a 79-48 Ohio State win in Columbus).
  • Ohio State is 21-10 vs. Iowa when ranked among the Associated Press Top 25.
  • Iowa’s 48 points are the fewest it has scored all season (previous low was 51 vs. Northern Iowa, 12/7/10).
  • Iowa is 2-19 in games against the No. 1 ranked team in the country (last win was a 70-68 victory against No. 1 Connecticut on 11/11/99). The Hawkeyes have also lost 23-consecutive games to nationally-ranked opponents (last win was a 43-36 victory vs. No. 6 Michigan State at home).
  • Iowa has lost all five games against ranked Big Ten opponents this season (twice to Ohio State).
  • The Buckeyes have now won six-consecutive games against Iowa dating back to 2/2/08.
  • The Buckeyes improve to 45-25 all-time in games played in Columbus against the Hawkeyes and 6-3 in Value City Arena.
  • The Buckeye freshmen have accounted for 47 percent of total scoring for the season, including 25 of Ohio State’s 70 total points against Iowa.
  • Ohio State only allowed Iowa to connect on one 3-point field goal (1-7), which is the fewest they have allowed all season.
  • This is the 244th-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 Buckeyes had four players with four assists (Lighty, Diebler, Buford and Craft).
  • The win vs. Iowa was the eighth time this season and first in Big Ten play that Ohio State has forced 20-plus turnovers.
  • This is the third team Iowa head coach Fran McCaffery has competed with against Ohio State. His UNC Greensboro squad fell 85-54 in 2001 in Columbus and his 2008-09 Siena squad defeated the Buckeyes 74-72 in the first round of the 2009 NCAA Tournament.
  • Iowa’s Melsahn Basabe recorded 22 points, 13 rebounds and six blocks when Ohio State defeated the Hawkeyes in Iowa City earlier this season (the first Big Ten player in 15 years to post a 20-10-5 performance). The Buckeyes reversed the trend Wednesday, only allowing Basabe to garner 11 points, four rebounds and zero blocks.

THAD MATTA

  • The 19-0 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).
  • Matta improved his career record to 277-85 overall and 175-54 at Ohio State.
  • With the win, Ohio State is 38-19 (.643) in January under Matta and 5-0 this season.
  • Matta is now 101-2 against unranked opponents at home and 148-20 overall.
  • Matta is now 9-4 vs. Iowa in his career, with an overall mark of 85-37 against Big Ten opponents.
  • Matta is 90-17 vs. non-conference competition at Ohio State and 85-37 vs. Big Ten foes (regular season and Big Ten tournament games) for an overall record of 175-54. He is 113-10 in games played in Columbus.
  • During Matta’s tenure at Ohio State, the Buckeyes are 161-5 when leading with five minutes to play.
  • When leading at the half, Ohio State is 15-0 on the season and 145-19 under Matta.
  • The Buckeyes are 15-0 this season and 156-17 when they have a better shooting percentage than their opponent.
  • Ohio State improved to 13-0 on the season and 117-11 when scoring more than 70 points in a contest.

DAVID LIGHTY

  • Lighty ended the contest with five rebounds, becoming the third player in Ohio State history to reach 1,000 points, 500 rebounds and 300 assists. Lighty’s current marks: 1,259 points, 504 rebounds and 321 assists.
  • Lighty has played in 139 games as a Buckeye, tying Jamar Butler for most all-time in an Ohio State uniform.
  • Lighty recorded his 114th win as a Buckeye vs. the Hawkeyes on Wednesday. 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 112th win.
  • The game vs. Iowa marked senior David Lighty’s 107th career start for Ohio State. He is four starts away from tying Kelvin Ramsey for seventh-place in career games started in a Buckeye jersey.
  • With a game-high 18 points, Lighty is 26 points behind Clark Kellogg for 26th-place in Ohio State history for career scoring.
  • Lighty had one steal, keeping his spot as second all-time at Ohio State with 166. He also recorded three assists to give him 321 for his career.

AARON CRAFT

  • Big Ten Freshman of the Week, guard Aaron Craft finished the game with a career-high and game-high seven steals. It is second most in Ohio State history tied with Kelvin Ransey vs. Minnesota 2/23/78 (Troy Taylor recorded eight vs. St. Joe’s 12/29/83).
  • Craft’s seven steals are also a freshman record for most in a game (four players had the previous record with five each; Mike Conley was last vs. Minnesota on 2/18/07).
  • Craft also had four assists. He now has 93 assists on the season to just 38 turnovers

JARED SULLINGER

  • Jared Sullinger finished the contest with 13 points. Sullinger has scored at least 10 points in 17 of 19 games.
  • Sullinger also added a team-high nine rebounds.

 JON DIEBLER

  • With one made 3-pointer vs. Iowa, senior Jon Diebler now has 316 for his career, fifth-place in career 3-pointers made in Big Ten history. Diebler is four away from tying Craig Moore (320, Northwestern, 2006-09) for fourth place.
  • With one made 3-pointer, Diebler extends his streak to 34 games in a row with at least one 3-pointer made.
  • Diebler’s current 3-point field goal percentage of 47 percent (56-119) puts him in the record books as having the best single season three-point percentage.
  • With three points against the Hawkeyes, Diebler now has 1,286 career points, passing Clark Kellogg (1,285) for 25th-place in Ohio State history. He is 27 points away from tying Jamar Butler for 24th-place.

WILLIAM BUFORD

  • Junior guard William Buford knocked down 15 points for the Buckeyes, pushing his career total to 1,151. He passed Jamaal Brown (1,139) and Frank Howard (1,147) for 33rd place all-time in career scoring at Ohio State. Lawrence Funderburke is 32nd with 1,179 points.

DALLAS LAUDERDALE

  • With his first basket of the game vs. Iowa, Lauderdale eclipsed the 500-point mark in his Ohio State career. He now has 508 points in his career after finishing the contest with nine. Lauderdale finished with nine points.