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No. 2 Ohio State 67 (16-0, 3-0), Minnesota 62 (12-4, 1-3)                    
Value City Arena – Columbus, Ohio
January 9, 2011
Attendance: 17,392

 TEAM

  • Ohio State’s four returning starters (Jon Diebler, David Lighty, Dallas Lauderdale and William Buford) have combined for 356 career starts and 461 games played.
  • Ohio State moved to 134-23 (.853) at Value City Arena, improving to 79-5 vs. non-conference opponents and 54-18 vs. Big Ten foes.
  • The 16-0 overall record is the fourth-best start in Ohio State history (1960-61, 27-0; 1961-62, 22-0; 1990-91, 17-0). The Buckeyes are one win shy of tying the 1990-91 season for third-best start to a season.
  • Ohio State now has won 14 home games in a row (last home loss was to Purdue on 2/17/10).
  • As a ranked team, Ohio State is 377-105 all-time.
  • Ohio State improved to 29-7 when ranked second in the country, and 114-17 when ranked among the Top 3 in the country.
  • When ranked in the Top 10 nationally, Ohio State is 256-56 with wins in 47 of its last 49 outings.
  • The Buckeye freshmen have accounted for 47 percent of total scoring for the season, including 30 of Ohio State’s 67 total points against Minnesota.
  • The Buckeyes are now 77-55 vs. Minnesota all-time, improving their overall Big Ten record to 704-658.
  • Ohio State is 22-3 vs. Minnesota when ranked among the Associated Press Top 25.
  • The Buckeyes improve to 6-1 all-time in games played at Value City Arena against the Golden Gophers.
  • Ohio State is now 13-0 when leading at the half this season and 143-19 under head coach Thad Matta.
  • This is the 241st-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).
  • Ohio State has had a player record a double-double (10 points, rebounds, assists, steals or blocks) in 814 games. The Buckeyes are 557-257 in those contests (.684). Freshman Jared Sullinger (15/12) recorded his eighth of the season vs. Minnesota.

 THAD MATTA

  • The 16-0 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) and his first time completing a non-conference schedule undefeated.
  • Matta improved his career record to 274-85 overall and 172-54 at Ohio State.
  • With the win, Ohio State is 35-19 (.643) in January under Matta and 2-0 this season.
  • Matta is 90-17 vs. non-conference competition at Ohio State and 82-37 vs. Big Ten foes (regular season and Big Ten tournament games) for an overall record of 172-54. He is 111-10 in Columbus.
  • During Matta’s tenure at Ohio State, the Buckeyes are 158-5 when leading with five minutes to play.
  • When having the same amount of rebounds as their opponent (34), the Buckeyes are 2-0 this year and 11-1 under Matta
  • When Ohio State has fewer than 15 turnovers, the team is 15-0 on the season and 143-43 under Matta (OSU had 12 turnovers vs. Minnesota).
  • Matta is now 7-5 vs. Minnesota in his career, with an overall mark of 82-37 against Big Ten opponents.
  • Ohio State had a late 15-4 run in the closing minutes of the first half to lead 32-22 at intermission.

 DAVID LIGHTY

  • Lighty recorded his 111th win as a Buckeye, an Ohio State record, vs. the Golden Gophers 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.
  • Lighty ended the contest with three rebounds, seven shy of becoming just the third player in Ohio State history to reach 1,000 points, 500 rebounds and 300 assists. Lighty’s current marks are 1,222 points, 493 rebounds and 310 assists.
  • The game vs. Minnesota marked senior David Lighty’s 104th career start for Ohio State. He is one start away from tying Jim Smith for eighth-place in career games started in a Buckeye jersey.
  • While leading the Buckeyes with 19 points, Lighty passed Luke Witte (1,211) for 30th-place on the all-time scoring list at Ohio State with 1,222) career points, one behind John Havlicek for 29th all-time.
  • Lighty has played in 136 games as a Buckeye, which is second all-time, three behind Jamar Butler for first.
  • Lighty had one steal, which keeps ties him for second place with Dennis Hopson all-time at Ohio State with 164. He also recorded one assist to give him 310 for his career.

WILLIAM BUFORD

  • Junior guard William Buford knocked down nine points for the Buckeyes, pushing his career total to 1,104. He passed Mel Nowell (1,100) for 39th-place all-time in career scoring at Ohio State. He is three points away from tying Ron Sepic (1,107) for 38th-place.

JARED SULLINGER

  • Big Ten Freshman of the Week (his seventh of the season) Jared Sullinger finished the contest with 15 points. Sullinger has scored at least 10 points in 14 out of 16 games this season.
  • Sullinger also added 12 rebounds to record his eighth career double-double.

 JON DIEBLER

  • With two made 3-pointers vs. Minnesota, senior Jon Diebler now has 310 for his career, which is good for fifth-place in career 3-pointers made in Big Ten history. He is 10 away from tying Craig Moore (320, Northwestern, 2006-09) for fourth-place.
  • With two made 3-pointers, Diebler extends his streak to 32 games in a row with at least one 3-pointer made.
  • Diebler’s current three-point field goal percentage of 50 percent (50-100) currently puts him in the record books as having the best single-season three-point percentage.
  • With nine points against the Golden Gophers, Diebler now has 1,264 career points. He is 21 points away from tying Clark Kellogg for 25th-place in Ohio State history.

AARON CRAFT

  • Freshman guard Aaron Craft finished the game with a team-high seven assists. He now has 74 assists on the season to just 34 turnovers. It is his seventh time this season with more than seven assists and fourth out of the last five games.