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No. 20 Ohio State (15-6, 5-3) vs. Minnesota (13-7, 4-4)

Jan. 31, 2010
Opponent: Minnesota (13-7, 4-4)
Site: Value City Arena (19,049)
Game Time: 1 p.m. ET
Television: CBS
Talent: Kevin Harlan (play-by-play); Bill Raftery (expert analysis); Clark Kellogg (expert analysis)
Radio: OSU Radio Network (60 stations)
Local Radio: WBNS FM-97.1 AM-1460
Radio Talent: Paul Keels (play-by-play); Ron Stokes (expert analysis)

OHIO STATE CELEBRATES THE 1960 TEAM
The 1960 Ohio State men’s basketball team will be honored at halftime of the Minnesota game Jan. 31 at Value City Arena (1 p.m./CBS). The squad won the NCAA and Big Ten titles that season with a 25-3 record and a 13-1 mark in the Big Ten. A “Cocktails & Hightops” reception will be held Jan. 30 at St. John Arena from 7-9 p.m. Nearly the entire team is expected back for this weekend, including three-time All-American and  Big Ten Player of the Year Jerry Lucas, All-American and two-time All-Big Ten selection John Havlicek and Bob Knight, the NCAA career leader in coaching victories (Army, Indiana and Texas Tech) with 902. All three are members of the Basketball Hall of Fame.

MICHIGAN STATE GAME TIME SET
Ohio State will face Michigan State at noon Feb. 21 on CBS. The game had been listed as TBA as part of the wildcard selections. The Buckeyes still await the date and time of the Michigan and Illinois contests. Those games will be set no later than mid-February.

LIGHTY GIVES BUCKEYES 3 WITH 800
David Lighty has 817 career points in 104 career games (7.9 ppg.). With 20 points he joins classmates Evan Turner (1,161 career pts./85 games) and Jon Diebler (861/91) on the Ohio State roster in the 800 club. With another 147 points, the Buckeyes could add William Buford (54 games) to the group.

LEAGUE AWARD GOES TO TURNER, HIS 4TH
Junior Evan Turner was selected as the Big Ten’s Player of the week for the fourth time this season Jan. 18 after leading the Buckeyes to wins at No. 6 Purdue and at home vs. No. 13 Wisconsin the previous week. Turner poured in a career-high 32 points against the Boilermakers Jan. 12, including 23 second-half points, to lead a come-from-behind effort in West Lafayette, where Purdue was previously unbeaten. Despite missing 14 first-half minutes vs. the Badgers because of foul trouble Jan. 16, Turner contributed 15 points to help the Buckeyes avenge an early season loss to Wisconsin, in which he did not play, in Madison. 

TURNER VS. THE RANKED
Ohio State is 4-4 vs. ranked teams in the Associated Press Top 25 this season and 4-2 with a full roster. Evan Turner missed six games this season with a back injury. Ohio State was 3-3 in those games, including an 0-2 mark vs. ranked foes. Turner averages 23.2 points and 9.8 rebounds vs. six ranked opponents this season (North Carolina, California, Florida State, Purdue, Wisconsin and West Virginia). He is connecting on 54 percent of his shots (52-97) and has 25 assists, four blocks and eight steals.
    
TURNER SELECTED TO MIDSEASON WOODEN TOP 30 LIST
The Top 30 candidates for the John R. Wooden Award, the nation’s most coveted college basketball honor, were named Jan. 4 by The Los Angeles Athletic Club’s John R. Wooden Award Committee. Composed of the players who will compete for the player of the year award this season, the midseason list is based on individual excellence and team record during the first half of the season. Ohio State’s Evan Turner was added to the list despite missing six games with an injured back. Turner was averaging 17.3 points, 10.6 rebounds and 5.8 assists a game before the injury.  

LIGHTY TURNS 100
Against Purdue Jan. 12, the veteran of the Ohio State roster reached 100 games played in his fourth season in the program. David Lighty, who missed the majority of the 2008-09 season with a broken foot, is a junior this year after receiving a medical redshirt after playing just seven games a year ago. Lighty has appeared in 104 games to date, starting 72. With another year of eligibility, Lighty has a chance to play in more games than any Ohio State player previously and finish among the Top 10 in career starts. The career leader in games played is Jamar Butler with 139 from 2005-08. Jamaal Brown (1989-92) and Jerry Francis (1986-89) own the record for career starts with 126.

TITUS, PETERS COULD BE PART OF ALL-TIME WINNINGEST CLASS
Seniors Mark Titus and Danny Peters have been a part of Ohio State’s program for 96 victories over their careers. The four-year record for victories by scholarship players is 105 set by Jamar Butler and Matt Terwilliger from 2005-08. The four-year record for wins at Ohio State is 107 from 2006-09 but there were no four-year seniors on the 2009 team. Peters and Titus both started their Ohio State careers as managers and joined the team as players for the start of the 2006-07 season. Peters was a manager in 2005-06 and Titus was a manager briefly in the fall of 2006 before he and Peters were added to the roster. Peters will leave Ohio State with five varsity letters.

DIEBLER REACHES 200 MADE 3S
Junior Jon Diebler has made 206 career 3-pointers to rank No. 2 all time at Ohio State behind Jamar Butler’s 242 career makes. Butler played from 2005-08 and averaged nearly 61 made 3s a season. Diebler has averaged 69 a season over three years. Butler’s career percentage from long range ranks No. 8 all time at 37.2 percent accuracy (242-650). Diebler is shooting 38.3 percent (206-538) 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 is making 44 percent this season (62-141). His percentage from long range this year is a single season record to date.

MATTA OWNS TOP WIN PERCENTAGE AMONG OHIO STATE COACHES
Thad Matta, now in his sixth season as head coach of the Buckeyes, has an overall win percentage of .732 (142-52) after 194 games at Ohio State. That winning mean is the highest among the 11 head coaches in the history of the Ohio State men’s basketball program with three or more seasons on the sidelines. Matta’s 60-32 record in Big Ten regular-season play (.652) also has produced the highest winning percentage in conference play among any previous Ohio State coach. Fred Taylor (1959-76) is second in both overall win percentage (.653/297-158) and Big Ten win percentage (.608/158-102) in 18 seasons.

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 six seasons in Columbus and is 10-3 this season at the conclusion of non-Big Ten play. Matta is 75-16 vs. non-conference competition at Ohio State and 67-36 vs. Big Ten competition (regular season and Big Ten tournament games) for an overall record of 142-52.

BUCKEYES COMFORTABLE AT VCA
Ohio State is 12-0 at home to date and shooting well on familiar ground. The Buckeyes are shooting 53 percent as a team at home this season and 42 percent from 3-point range. The team has reached 100 or more points three times and average a margin of victory of +27.3. Four Buckeyes average more than 10 points a game, led by Evan Turner’s 15.8 ppg. Jon Diebler contributes 15.1 points per game. David Lighty (13.8 ppg.) and William Buford (11.8 ppg.) follow Diebler. Turner is making 59 percent of his field goals (60-102) and Diebler tosses in 53 percent of his 3-point attempts (44-83). Six Buckeyes are shooting 50 percent or better at home. Dallas Lauderdale has missed seven shots on the VCA court this season. He is 36-43 overall (.837). Jeremie Simmons has connected on 33 of 60 FG attempts (.550) and Kyle Madsen is 16 of 24 (.667).

OHIO STATE ENDS SEASON SERIES WITH GOPHERS IN COLUMBUS
Ohio State owns a 74-55 advantage in the all-time series with the the Golden Gophers. Minnesota is 37-28 in Minneapolis vs. the Buckeyes while Ohio State is 46-18 at home in the series. The teams complete the regular-season series this year in Columbus after the Buckeyes dropped a 73-62 decision Jan. 9 in Minneapolis. Evan Turner is the leading scorer for the Buckeyes in the Minnesota series with an average of 16.6 points a game over five career meetings. He also is the top rebounder with 7.2 boards a game. Ohio State has won 20 of 23 games in the series when ranked among the Top 25 teams nationally, 12-12 when playing ranked Minnesota teams and 2-1 when both teams are ranked.  The Buckeyes have won seven of the last eight games as a ranked team in the series. Ohio State has won five of the last six games at home in the series with the only loss coming in an overtime affair Jan. 19, 2005, a 60-58 Ohio State setback.
        
LAST TIME VS. MINNESOTA
Jan. 9, 2010: Minnesota 73, Ohio State 62
Blake Hoffarber scored a career-high 27 points, with six 3-pointers in the second half, to lead Minnesota to a 73-62 victory over Ohio State. Lawrence Westbrook added 15 points for the Gophers, who bounced back in a big way from a 79-60 defeat at fourth-ranked Purdue earlier in the week. Hoffarber, the conference’s leading 3-point shooter at better than 50 percent, had only three points in that game. Evan Turner got going in the second half and gave the Buckeyes 19 points, eight rebounds, seven assists, four steals and two blocks in his second game back after missing more than four weeks while broken bones in his back healed. The rest of the Buckeyes had trouble on the road. David Lighty had 15 points, but he fouled out. Dallas Lauderdale managed two points and Jon Diebler struggled with his shot, going 1-for-8 from 3-point range. Turner’s eight rebounds pushed him over the 500 mark for his career (501). He is just the 21st player in Ohio State history to record more than 1,000 points and 500 rebounds. He will become just the second player in recorded history to reach 300 assists along with his point and rebound totals.

NOTING THE IOWA GAME  (Jan. 27)

  • Ohio State is 66-73 vs. Iowa and is 21-47 all-time in Iowa City. The Buckeyes are 18-10 overall when ranked among the Top 25 in the Associated Press Poll.
  • Ohio State’s starting lineup of Evan Turner, David Lighty, Jon Diebler, William Buford and Dallas Lauderdale is 10-2 this season.
  • Evan Turner finished the game with 16 points, 12 rebounds and seven assists.
  • Turner garnered his ninth double-double of the season against the Hawkeyes and 20th of his career. He is now No. 14 all-time in career double-doubles. Craig Tayloer (1973-76) is No. 13 with 23.
  • Turner now has 1,161 career points, good for the No. 30 spot all-time at Ohio State in scoring. He passed Frank Howard (1,147) with 16 points vs. the Hawkeyes. Lawrence Funderburke is next with 1,179 at the No. 29 spot;
  • Jon Diebler had made at least one 3-pointer in 30-consecutive games, dating to last season. Iowa held him without a trey (0-3) to snap the string. The last time Diebler went scoreless from behind the arc was Feb. 14, 2009, in an 0-of-3 effort against Wisconsin.
  • David Lighty led the Buckeyes with 20 points on 7 of 11 shooting from the field.
  • William Buford leads the Buckeyes with 16 games in double figures this season. He tallied 11 points in the win vs. Iowa.
  • Jon Diebler grabbed a career-high seven rebounds in the win.
  • Ohio State rallied from a halftime deficit (25-20) to win 65-57. The Buckeyes are 2-3 on the year when trailing at the break. Ohio State also trailed with 5:00 to play in the second half but overtook the Hawkeyes down the stretch to improve 2-6 on the year when down at the 5-minute mark.

 
TURNER MISSES 4+ WEEKS WITH BACK INJURY
Junior Evan Turner fell hard to the floor on a dunk attempt early in the first half vs. Eastern Michigan Dec. 5. He left the game and tests revealed a fracture in his lower back. He missed a little more than four weeks recovering from the injury. He returned to face Indiana Jan. 6, a 79-54 Ohio State victory. In that game Turner recorded eight points, four rebounds and a game-high five assists in 20 minutes of action.

TURNER HAS EARNED FOUR POWs IN 2009-10, INCLUDING STRETCH OF 3 IN 3 WEEKS
Evan Turner was selected the Big Ten’s co-player of the week again Jan. 18 after earning his third-consecutive honor Nov. 30 when he recorded Ohio State’s third all-time triple-double in win vs. Lipscomb Nov. 24 with 16 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists. He shot 71 percent from the field for the week (15-21) and was a perfect 7-7 from the field vs. St. Francis Nov. 28. Averaged 16 points, 9.0 rebounds and 8.0 assists for the week with four blocks and three steals. Turner also became the 44th Buckeye to reach 1,000 points with 16 vs. St. Francis (Pa.) in just 27 minutes vs. the Red Flash.
 
TURNER JOINS JACKSON IN RECORD BOOK
Evan Turner 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. Jim Jackson is the only other Buckeye to do so with 1,785 career points, 552 career rebounds and 372 career assists from 1990-92.

TURNER REACHES RARE ACCOMPLISHMENTS
Only 21 players in Ohio State history have scored more than 1,000 points and collected 500+ rebounds. Evan Turner has 1,161 career points and 547 career rebounds at Ohio State. The most recent addition to the list was Terence Dials, who from 2002-06, scored 1,566 points and grabbed 876 rebounds. He was the Big Ten Player of the Year in 2006. Just 27 Ohio State players have recorded 500 or more career rebounds. J.J. Sullinger was the last to join the list in 2006 in his third season in Columbus. He finished his career with 535 career rebounds. 

FIVE OPPONENTS IN TOP 25
Ohio State has five opponents currently in the Top 25 nationally in the ESPN/USA Today and Associated Press weekly polls. Purdue, West Virginia, Michigan State, Wisconsin and Butler appear in at least one of the polls. Florida State, Northwestern, California and North Carolina are receiving votes in one or both polls.

TURNER STREAK A FIRST SINCE ’80-81
Evan Turner opened the season with five-consecutive double-doubles for the first time since Clark Kellogg did so in 1980-81. Turner reached 10 or more points and rebounds vs. Alcorn State (14/17/10 assts.), James Madison (24-17), North Carolina (23/11), California (26/14) and Lipscomb (16/10/11 assts.). Kellogg began the 1980-81 campaign with double-doubles in five-consecutive games vs. Cleveland State (23/14), at Kentucky (12/13), Colgate (16/17), South Alabama (18/18) and at Arizona State (18/10).
 
OHIO STATE VS. THE RANKED
The Buckeyes have an all-time record of 132-220 vs. ranked opponents in the Associated Press Top 25. That includes a mark of 54-111 vs. Top 10 foes. The Buckeyes are 2-4 in the last six games vs. Top 10, including a 70-66 win at No. 6 Purdue Jan. 12. As a ranked team, Ohio State is 346-103 all-time. In games when both teams enter with a Top 25 ranking, Ohio State is 53-45.

CLIMBING THE SCORING CHART
Evan Turner has scored 1,161 points over 85 Ohio State games in his career for an average of 13.7 points a game. His 16 points vs. St. Francis (Pa.) Nov. 28 made him the 44th player in Ohio State history to reach 1,000 career points. With 16 points vs. Iowa Jan. 27, Turner moved to No. 30 all-time on the career scoring chart at Ohio State. Lawrence Funderburke is No. 29 with 1,179 career points. Two others on the current roster are on pace to reach 1,000 points. Junior David Lighty has 817 career points over 104 career games. Jon Diebler has 861 points (91 games) in his three seasons at Ohio State. William Buford is well on his way as a sophomore as well (653/54 games).

WINS FOLLOW BUCKEYE DOUBLE-DOUBLES
Ohio State has had a player record a double-double (10+ points, rebs, assists, steals or blocks) in 798 games. The Buckeyes are 541-257 in those contests (.678). Evan Turner has 20 career double-doubles and the Buckeyes are 13-7 in those contests, including wins in 11 of his last 14 games with a D-D. Turner is among the Top 15 players in OSU history with 20 career double-doubles at No. 14. William Buford became the 100th Ohio State player to record a double-double with 16 points and 10 assists in Ohio State’s win vs. Eastern Michigan Dec. 5. He added his second D-D with 17 points and a career-high 13 rebounds at Michigan Jan. 3.