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No. 2 Ohio State 71 (25-1, 12-1), Michigan State 61  (14-11, 6-7)                                                     
Value City Arena – Columbus, Ohio
February 15, 2011
Attendance: 18, 809
POSTGAME NOTES

 TEAM

  • The Buckeyes’ 25-1 overall record is the second-best start in school history (1960-61, 27-0).
  • As a ranked team, Ohio State is 386-106 all-time. The Buckeyes are 34-1 at home over the last two seasons. They are 4-1 this season vs. ranked teams.
  • The Buckeyes are now 19-7 when ranked No. 2 by the Associated Press.
  • Ohio State moves to 12-4 vs. Big Ten opponents when ranked No. 2 by the Associated Press (last game was a 49-48 win vs. No. 1 Wisconsin, 2/25/07).
  • Ohio State sold out Value City for the third time this season and 64th overall. They are 55-13 in sellout games.
  • Ohio State is 40-3 in its last 43 games.
  • With the win, Ohio State improves to 59-18 vs. Big Ten competition at Value City Arena. They are 139-23 overall, including an 80-5 mark vs. non-conference opponents.
  • Ohio State improves to 36-1 in its last 38 home games.
  • The Scarlet and Gray improve to 28-2 in their last 30 Big Ten games, including 19-1 in their last 20 conference games.
  • The Buckeyes are 123-18 when ranked among the Top 3 in the country.
  • When ranked in the Top 10 nationally, Ohio State is 265-57 with wins in 56 of its last 60 outings.
  • Ohio State moves to 16-0 on the season and 103-2 under Matta at home vs. unranked opponents.
  • The Buckeyes are 51-58 vs. the Spartans all-time, with an overall Big Ten record of 713-659.
  • Ohio State improves to 3-4 vs. Michigan State at Value City Arena and 37-16 in Columbus.
  • Ohio State is 19-8 vs. Michigan State when ranked among the Associated Press Top 25.
  • The win marks the fifth-consecutive win over Michigan State when the Buckeyes have been ranked.
  • The Scarlet and Gray are 1-0 when ranked No. 2 vs. the Spartans (only game was a 65-64 win vs. Michigan State, 3/3/91).
  • Michigan State moves to 3-7 vs. ranked teams this season (last win was 64-61 in OT vs. No. 20 Wisconsin, 1/11/11).
  • The Buckeye freshmen have accounted for 46 percent of total scoring for the season (921/2006), including 18 of Ohio State’s 71 total points against Michigan State.
  • Ohio State’s four returning starters for 2010-11 (Jon Diebler, David Lighty, Dallas Lauderdale and William Buford) have combined for 396 career starts and 501 games played.
  • This is the 251st-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 committed 12 fouls. They lead the nation with fewest fouls per game with 14.3.
  • Ohio State only committed seven turnovers vs. the Spartans. They are second in the country in turnover margin with a plus-5.7 margin.
  • Ohio State’s defense only gave up 61 total points. Its average is 57.8 ppg, which is sixth nationally.
  • Michigan State’s Draymond Green leads the Spartans in rebounding (8.5 rpg), steals (1.8 spg) and assists (4.2 apg). He also ranks second in scoring (13.2 ppg). His marks for the loss vs. Ohio State were as follows: 10 points, four rebounds, one steal and four assists.
  • Tom Izzo falls to 18-10 vs. Ohio State. The Spartans fall to 1-3 in February.
  • Michigan State boasts three players from Ohio. They are (stats followed in parentheses): Delvon Roe (zero points, two rebounds), Garrick Sherman (zero points, two rebounds) and Adreian Payne (10 points, two rebounds).

THAD MATTA

  • The 25-1 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.
  • Matta has won at least 10 Big Ten regular-season games in each of the last six seasons. That effort surpassed Fred 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).
  • Since Matta took over at Ohio State in 2004-05, the Buckeyes have amassed 80 Big Ten wins, tied with Wisconsin for the most during that time period.
  • 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’s career record now stands at 283-86 overall and 181-55 at Ohio State.
  • With the win, Ohio State is 32-15 in February under Matta and 3-1 this season.
  • Matta is now 7-6 vs. Michigan State in his career, with an overall mark of 91-38 against Big Ten opponents.
  • Matta is 90-17 vs. non-conference competition at Ohio State and 91-38 vs. Big Ten foes (regular season and Big Ten tournament games) for an overall record of 181-55. He is 116-10 in games played in Columbus, which are the most home wins among Big Ten schools during that span.
  • The Buckeyes are 19-1 this season and 149-20 under Matta when leading at the half.
  • The Buckeyes are 23-1 this season and 151-42 when having 15 or fewer turnovers in a game (Ohio State had seven turnovers vs. Michigan State).
  • When Ohio State leads with five minutes to play, they are undefeated on the year at 25-0 and an impressive 167-5 (.971) under Matta.
  • With 71 total points, Ohio State improves to 17-0 on the season and 121-11 under Matta when the team scores 70 or more in a game.

JARED SULLINGER

  • 11-time Big Ten Freshman of the Week Jared Sullinger finished the contest with 11 points. Sullinger has scored at least 10 points in 23 of 26 games.
  • Sullinger also added two rebounds for the Buckeyes (his 10.3 average is second in the Big Ten). He now has 260 rebounds on the season.

 WILLIAM BUFORD

  • Junior guard William Buford knocked down a game-high 23 points, pushing his career total to 1,260. Buford passed Ronnie Stokes (1,240) in all-time career scoring at Ohio State. He is 25 points behind Clark Kellogg (1, 285) for 27th-place.
  • The 23 point-performance for Buford is the 20th time this season he has scored in double-figures and fourth time he has led the team in scoring.
  • In five career games vs. the Spartans, Buford is averaging 16.4 points and 5.3 rebounds.
  • Buford has scored in double-figures for six-consecutive Big Ten games, including two 20-point games in a row (21 at Wisconsin, 2/12/11).

 DAVID LIGHTY

  • Lighty, the third player in Ohio State history to reach 1,000 points, 500 rebounds and 300 assists, ended the contest with 12 points, six rebounds and three assists. Lighty’s current marks: 1,232 points, 530 rebounds and 338 assists.
  • Lighty has played in 146 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 133).
  • The game vs. Michigan State marked senior David Lighty’s 114th career start for Ohio State, tying Herb Williams for sixth-place in career games started in a Buckeye jersey.
  • With 12 points, Lighty is three behind Jim Cleamons (1, 335) for 24th-place in Ohio State history for career scoring. He has 1,332 career points.
  • Lighty had one steal, pushing his Ohio State second-place record to 179.

 JON DIEBLER

  • With two made 3-pointers vs. Michigan State, senior Jon Diebler now has 331 for his career, tying Shawn Respert (331, Michigan State, 1991-95) for second all-time in Big Ten history.
  • Diebler’s 2.76 average of made 3-pointers per game is first in the Big Ten.
  • With two made 3-pointer, Diebler extends his streak to 42 games in a row with at least one 3-pointer made.
  • Diebler’s current 3-point field goal percentage of 46.7 percent (71-152) puts him in the record books as having the best single season three-point percentage.
  • Diebler’s 46.7 percent shooting percentage from 3-point range is No. 3 nationally.
  • With 12 points against the Spartans, Diebler now has 1,357 career points, good for 23rd-place in Ohio State history. Diebler is 11 points away from tying Brent Darby (1, 368) for 22nd-place.
  • The game vs. Michigan State was Diebler’s 133rd game donning the Scarlet and Gray, tied with Jerry Francis (1986-89) for third all-time.

  AARON CRAFT

  • Aaron Craft had four assists. He now has 121 assists on the season to just 57 turnovers.
  • Craft also had four steals (his 1.64 average per game is third in the Big Ten).