Feb. 20, 2011
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No. 2 Ohio State (25-1, 12-1) at No. 11 Purdue (20-5, 10-3)
Site: Mackey Arena (14,123)
Game Time: 1 p.m. ET
Talent: Verne Lundquist (play-by-play), Clark Kellogg (expert analysis)
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)
Diebler Close to Big Ten Record
Senior Jon Diebler is tied for the No. 2 spot among the Big Ten’s all-time leaders in made 3-pointers. The sharpshooter from Upper Sandusky, Ohio, has made 331 career 3s, one away from the top spot on the all-time Big Ten list. He has averaged 2.5 made 3s a game for his 133-game career. Ohio State has a minimum of six games remaining, five in regular-season games and at least one in the Big Ten tournament. He is on pace to make 16 more 3s this season, or 347 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 Jon Diebler, OSU 2008-
331 Shawn Respert, MSU 1991-95
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
Sullinger Among Naismith Midseason 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 Feb. 11 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 18-9 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, 12).
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 4th Best League start
The 2010-11 Buckeyes were 11-0 in league play to start the season 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 (2009-10 to 2010-11):
Regular-Season Wins (2010 – 2011) 28
Overall Wins 25
Home Wins 19
Wins vs. Big Ten Teams 19
40-3 in last 43 games
36-1 in last 37 home games
35-2 in last 38 regular-season games
28-2 in last 30 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 started 24-0 after losing 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.
The Ohio State, Purdue Series
Purdue leads the all-time series with the Buckeyes 82-76. The Boilermakers are 53-24 vs. the Buckeyes in West Lafayette. Ohio State has won two of the last three meetings with Purdue. As a ranked team, Ohio State is 22-4 in games vs. The Boilermakers, including wins in eight of the last nine meetings as a ranked team. Ohio State is 6-2 vs. Purdue when both teams enter the game ranked nationally among the AP Top 25.
Junior William Buford is Ohio State’s top veteran scorer in the Purdue series with 15.3 points per game over his six career games vs. the Boilermakers. He also is Ohio State’s top rebounder with an average of 4.5 rebounds a game. Three Ohio State rookies scored 10 or more points in their debut game in the series earlier this season. Jared Sullinger (17), Deshaun Thomas (13) and Aaron Craft (11) all reached double figures earlier this year.
Ohio State vs. the Big Ten
Michigan State 51-58
Penn State 25-12
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