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Feb. 17, 2010
No. 4/4 Purdue (21-3, 9-3) at No. 9/12 Ohio State (20-6, 10-3)

Site: Value City Arena (19,049)
Game Time: 6:31 p.m. ET
Television: Big Ten Network
Talent: Tom Hamilton (play-by-play); Jim Jackson (expert analysis); Charissa Thompson (sideline)
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)

FIVE BUCKEYES IN DOUBLE-DIGITS LAST WEEK VS. INDIANA, ILLINOIS
All five Ohio State starters averaged double figures in the road wins at IU and UI. Evan Turner and William Buford averaged 13 points while Dallas Lauderdale and David Lighty contributed 11.5 ppg. Jon Diebler added 10.5 points. The Buckeyes shot 51 percent from the field (53-105) last week and 41 percent from 3-point range (13-32). The squad also hit 71 percent from the foul line (22-31). The Buckeyes won by an average of 18 points vs. the Hoosiers and Illini, which combined shot 36 percent from the field (43-121).

CAN YOU SPOT MATTA A 20?
For each of the last 10 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). Matta set the Ohio State record for consecutive 20-win campaigns last year with a 22-11 record. He now has led six-consecutive Buckeye teams to 20+ wins. 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 five seasons,  tying Taylor’s mark of 10+ league wins in each of the 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 two (10, 10, 10).
     Ohio State enters the game vs. Purdue with a 20-6 overall record and a 10-3 record in league play. The game vs. Purdue also will be the 200th for Matta as head coach of the Buckeyes. He enters the game with a record of 147-52 at Ohio State.

PURDUE TICKET SPECIAL: BUY ONE, GET ONE
Fans will have the opportunity to buy one ticket and get a second free for the Purdue at Ohio State men’s basketball game Feb. 17 at Value City Arena. The tip time for that game is 6:30 p.m. Tickets start at $10 and will be available at OhioStateBuckeyes.com and at the Ohio State ticket windows in the SE corner of the Schottenstein Center both in advance and day of game. 

SULLINGER, THOMAS ADDED TO McDONALD’S ALL-AMERICA GAME ROSTERS
Ohio State recruits Jared Sullinger (2010) and Deshaun Thomas (2010) were selected Feb. 11 to represent the East Team in the 2010 McDonald’s All-America game. The game will be played March 31 at Value City Arena in Columbus. 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. William Buford (2008), 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 15 all-time.
     Sullinger and Thomas make up one-third of Ohio State’s 2010 recruiting class, which has been rated No. 1 or 2 nationally.

MATTA CLOSE TO OHIO STATE RECORD
Thad Matta could set the Ohio State record for win percentage at 200 games coached with the Buckeyes. Matta has coached 199 games in Columbus and is 147-52 in those contests for a win percentage of 73.9. Fred Taylor, who recently had a banner in his honor unfurled in Value City Arena, owns the 200-game win percentage record at 73.5 (147-53). Only four prevous Ohio State coaches have reached 200 games on the Buckeye sidelines.

TURNER EARNS RECORD BIG TEN AWARD
Evan Turner averaged 29.5 points, 8.5 rebounds, 5.5 assists and 3.5 steals in a pair of home wins vs. Penn State and Iowa the week of Feb. 1. The Buckeye junior connected on 57 percent of his field goals (21-37) and 17-of-22 attempts from the charity stripe (.773) while only committing three turnovers in 80 minutes of action. Against Penn Sate, Turner registered 27 points to go along with 10 rebounds and six assists. The Chicago native finished the week with a career-high tying 32 points to move into 26th on Ohio State’s all-time scoring list with 1,239 points. The 6-7 guard also added five assists and seven rebounds in the win over the Hawkeyes. His performance vs. Iowa marked the second 30-point effort of Turner’s career. Turner now has 61 career games with 10 or more points, including 16 this season. The Big Ten POW selection marks Turner’s fifth of the season, tying him with Purdue’s Glen Robinson for the single-season record. He has a league record eight career Big Ten POW honors.

BUCKEYES UNDEFEATED AT HOME
Ohio State has been undefeated at home 11 times previously and are 15-0 this season entering into the home game vs. Purdue Feb. 17. The Buckeyes last finished the home season unblemished in 2006-07 with a school-record 18 home victories. Ohio State has advanced to the NCAA Final Four seven times when undefeated at home and to the NCAA title game five times.

OHIO STATE CELEBRATES 1960 TEAM, FRED TAYLOR
The 1960 Ohio State men’s basketball team was honored at halftime of the Minnesota game Jan. 31 at Value City Arena. 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. Nearly the entire team returned for the 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. A fourth member of the team, its head coach Fred Taylor, also is a Basketball Hall of Fame inductee. His name will forever be memorialized in the rafters of the Schottenstein Center after a banner acknowledging his accomplishments was unfurled during the weekend festivities.

LIGHTY COULD GIVE BUCKEYES 3 WITH 900
David Lighty has 872 career points in 109 career games (8.0 ppg.). He joins classmates Evan Turner (1,265 career pts./90 games) and Jon Diebler (916/96) on the Ohio State roster in the 900 club. With another 67 points, the Buckeyes could add William Buford (59 games) to the group of 800+ scorers on the Ohio State roster.

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. He corrently leads the Big Ten in scoring and rebounding and is No. 2 is assists.

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 109 games to date, starting 77. 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 101 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 221 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 74 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 38.6 percent (221-572) 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 (77-175).

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 .739 (147-52) after 199 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 65-32 record in Big Ten regular-season play (.670) 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 72-36 vs. Big Ten competition (regular season and Big Ten tournament games) for an overall record of 147-52.

BUCKEYES COMFORTABLE AT VCA
Ohio State is 15-0 at home to date and shooting well on familiar ground. The Buckeyes are shooting 53 percent as a team at home this season and 41 percent from 3-point range. The team has reached 100 or more points three times and average a margin of victory of +24.9. Four Buckeyes average more than 10 points a game, led by Evan Turner’s 18.3 ppg. Jon Diebler contributes 14.3 points per game. David Lighty (13.2 ppg.) and William Buford (13.1 ppg.) follow Diebler. Turner is making 59 percent of his field goals (90-153) and Diebler tosses in 51 percent of his 3-point attempts (52-103). Six Buckeyes are shooting 50 percent or better at home. Dallas Lauderdale has missed eight shots on the VCA court this season. He is 41-49 overall (.837). Jeremie Simmons has connected on 34 of 63 FG attempts (.540) and Kyle Madsen is 22 of 33 (.667).
 
LAST TIME VS. PURDUE: Ohio State 70, Purdue 66 (Jan. 12)

Evan Turner scored 23 of his career-high 32 points in the second half, and Ohio State rallied from a 13-point deficit to beat No. 6 Purdue 70-66. Turner scored 14 of Ohio State’s final 18 points. He also had nine rebounds in his third game back since missing a month with a fracture in his back. William Buford had 19 points and seven rebounds for the Buckeyes. Robbie Hummel scored 29 of his career-high 35 points in the first half for Purdue. He tied a school-record with eight 3-pointers and had 10 rebounds. E’Twaun Moore added 19 points for the Boilermakers. Purdue took an early 13-9 lead before Ohio State responded with a 9-0 run, including three buckets by Buford, to take an 18-13 advantage with 10 minutes to play in the first half.  The Boilermakers closed the first half on an 11-2 run that included three 3-pointers by Hummel to take a 41-29 lead. Ohio State started the second half with a 13-6 run to cut Purdue’s lead to 47-42, but Moore converted a 3-point play to temporarily slow the Buckeyes’ momentum. The Buckeyes closed to 58-52, but a layup by Moore after an Ohio State turnover, then a fast-break dunk by JaJuan Johnson made it 62-52 with 4:07 to play. Ohio State responded with a 10-0 run, all on points by Turner, to tie the game. Hummel made two free throws with 20.5 seconds left, but Ohio State got the ball inbounds against Purdue’s pressure, and Buford converted two free throws with 16.8 seconds left to create the final margin.

OHIO STATE, PURDUE SERIES
Ohio State is 50-27 overall and 6-0 at Value City Arena vs. Purdue. Purdue leads the overall series 81-75. The teams have met 25 times with Ohio State carrying an Associated Press Top 25 ranking into the matchup. The Buckeyes are 21-4 in those games. Purdue has been ranked in 32 all-time meetings with the Buckeyes and have posted an 18-14 record vs. Ohio State in those contests. The teams have met six times previously with each team ranked among the Top 25. The Buckeyes are 5-1 in those games. The last time both teams were ranked in the series was a 76-65 Ohio State victory in Columbus. The Buckeyes were No. 14, Purdue No. 20. Evan Turner, fresh from a 32-point effort in the last meeting with the Boilermakers, leads Ohio State with an average of 19.5 points a game in six outings vs. Purdue. William Buford contributes 15.5 ppg in four Purdue games. Turner is Ohio State’s top rebounder with 7.7 a contest.

NOTING THE ILLINOIS GAME  (Feb. 14)

  • Sunday marked the first win over Illinois for Ohio State since Jan. 22, 2008, (a two-game streak) and the largest margin of victory (+19) since Jan. 19, 1991, when the Buckeyes won 89-55 (+34).
  • Illinois leads the all-time series with Ohio State 99-60 with the Illini winning 58 of 81 games played in Champaign.
  • Ohio State is 17-9 vs. Illinois when the Buckeyes are ranked among the Top 25 in the Associated Press poll. Seven of those wins have come in Champaign. Ranked Ohio State teams have won the last eight games vs. Illinois. The Illini were unranked in six of those games.
  • Ohio State held Illinois to 20 first-half points – the fewest for the Fighting Illini in the first half this season.
  • Of the Buckeyes’ 26 made field goals, 20 were assisted. Evan Turner had a team-high eight assists, while three others added three apiece.
  • The Buckeyes shot 53.1 percent from the field and 50 from behind the arc.
  • The Buckeyes wore patches on their uniforms Sunday in memory of the victims of Flight 3407 that crashed a year ago (Feb. 12) outside of Buffalo, N.Y. The crash claimed the lives of 50 people, including Lorin Maurer, the girlfriend of Ohio State video coordinator Kevin Kuwik. Each patch is a two-inch white circle with black border and 3407 in black inside the circle.
  • Ohio State recorded 20 assists in the game, the fifth time this season the Buckeyes recorded 20 or more assists. Ohio State is 27-0 in the Thad Matta era when dishing out 20 or more assists.
  • The Buckeyes shot 58 percent from the field in the second half (14-24) and finished the game shooting 53 percent overall (26-49). The Buckeyes are 13-0 on the year when hitting on more than half their shots. Ohio State also is 18-3 when leading at the half (36-20), 18-0 when leading with 5:00 to play, 20-2 when shooting better than opponents and 19-1 when scoring 70 or more points.
  • Thad Matta’s record is now 249-83 in his 10th season all-time as a head coach. He is 147-52 in his sixth year at Ohio State. His .738 win percentage is tops all-time among Ohio State coaches.
  • Matta could set the Ohio State record for best winning percentage after 200 games with a win vs. Purdue. At 147-52, another victory would improve Matta to .740, surpassing the current record of .735 set by Fred Taylor (147-53) over his first 200 games.
  • Matta is 64-32 (.667) in Big Ten games, also the highest percentage all-time at Ohio State.
  • Under Matta, Ohio State is 120-20 overall against unranked opponents, 15-2 this season.
  • The 2009-10 season marks the 10th-consecutive year head coach Thad Matta has earned at least 20 wins as a head coach. Only Mark Few, among active coaches, has more consecutive 20-win seasons to start a career (11, including this season). Matta set the Ohio State record for consecutive 20-win campaigns last year with a 22-11 record, the fifth-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 has now won at least 10 Big Ten regular-season games in each of the last five seasons. His 10-win effort this season ties Taylor’s mark of 10+ league wins in each of the 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 three, including this season (10, 10, 10+).
  • Jon Diebler finished the day with 18 points, all off 3-pointers. He was 6-for-11 from long-range, hitting three in each half. He is one of three players on the Ohio State roster now with more than 900 career points (916).
  • He now has made 221 career 3-pointers to rank No. 2 all time at Ohio State behind Jamar Butler’s 242 career makes.
  • Diebler has hit at least one 3 in 35 of last 36 games (minus Iowa, 1/27/10) and has scored at least five 3-pointers six times this season.
  • After scoring just four points in the first half, Evan Turner posted 12 in the second to finish with 16. He now has 1,265 career points, good for No. 25 all-time and 20 away from Clark Kellogg in 24th-place.
  • With 11 rebounds, Turner earned his 22nd career double-double – 11th this season. He was two assists away from his third triple-double of the season.
  • Turner’s double-double was the 800th in Ohio State history. The Buckeyes are 543-257 all-time when at least one Buckeyes records a combination of 10 points, 10 rebounds, 10 assists, 10 blocks or 10 steals.

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 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 1,265 career points and 585 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 both polls. California, Florida State and Illinois are receiving votes in at least one poll.

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 133-219 vs. ranked opponents in the Associated Press Top 25. That includes a mark of 55-111 vs. Top 10 foes. The Buckeyes are 3-3 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 350-103 all-time. In games when both teams enter with a Top 25 ranking, Ohio State is 53-45. When ranked among the Top 10 nationally, Ohio State is 231-54 with wins in 22 of last 23 outings.

CLIMBING THE SCORING CHART
Evan Turner has scored 1,265 points over 90 Ohio State games in his career for an average of 14.1 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 10 points vs. Iowa Feb. 7, Turner moved to No. 25 all-time on the career scoring chart at Ohio State. Clark Kellogg is next at No. 24 with 1,285 career points. Two others on the current roster are on pace to reach 1,000 points. Junior David Lighty has 872 career points over 109 career games. Jon Diebler has 916 points (96 games) in his three seasons at Ohio State. William Buford is well on his way as a sophomore as well (733/59 games).

WINS FOLLOW BUCKEYE DOUBLE-DOUBLES
Ohio State has had a player record a double-double (10+ points, rebs, assists, steals or blocks) in 800 games. The Buckeyes are 543-257 in those contests (.679). Evan Turner has 22 career double-doubles and the Buckeyes are 15-7 in those contests, including wins in 13 of his last 16 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.

100 POINTS EQUATES TO NEAR PERFECTION
Ohio State has scored 100 or more points 69 times all-time and has a record of 68-1 in those games. The Buckeyes are 49-0 at home when reaching the century mark, 3-0 on neutral courts and 16-1 on opponent courts. The last win with 100 or more points was a 111-60 victory vs. Eastern Michigan Dec. 5. The only loss for OSU when scoring 100 points was a double-overtime thriller at LSU Jan. 15, 2005. The Buckeyes battled the Tigers but fell 113-101.

DOUBLE DIGIT 3S
Ohio State has made 10 or more 3-pointers in a game 65 times since the shot was instituted for the 1986-87 season. The Buckeyes are 54-11 in those games after knocking down 11 of 22 treys against Illinois Feb. 14. Opponents have made double-digit 3s 85 times and are 34-51 in those games vs. the Buckeyes. Matta’s Ohio State teams are 38-9 when making 10 or more 3s in a game.   

FIRST FOUR GAMES PART OF 2K CLASSIC
The first four games of the regular-season made up the 2K Sports Classic benefiting Coaches vs. Cancer event on the Ohio State schedule. Alcorn State (Nov. 9) and James Madison (Nov. 12) traveled to Columbus before the Buckeyes played at Madison Square Garden in New York vs defending national champions North Carolina Nov. 19 and California Nov. 20.

CLUB TRIL T-SHIRTS NOW AVAILABLE
Mark Titus, senior walk-on from Brownsburg, Ind., has been writing and publishing his blog – clubtrillion.com –  for the last two years on college basketball from an “end-of-the-bench” perspective. Surpassing 2,000,000 hits, the blog is somewhat popular in college basketball circles. To take advantage of the interest in the site, Titus has teamed with “A Kid Again,” a local charity for children with life-threatening illnesses, to help support the charity’s efforts. For a $25 donation fans of the blog will receive a Club Tril T-shirt. All the proceeds will then go to support “A Kid Again.” Get your shirt today by placing an order at clubtrillion.com. More than 2,000 have been sold, raising over $24,000 for charity.
 
BUCKEYES PICKED 3RD IN BIG TEN PRESEASON MEDIA POLL
Evan Turner was tabbed a preseason first team All-Big Ten selection by league media at the annual media day in Chicago. Turner is the league’s top returning scorer (17 ppg.). He led the Buckeyes in scoring, rebounding, assists and steals as a sophomore last year. Thad Matta’s Buckeyes were selected No. 3 in the preseason media poll behind Michigan State and Purdue.

SCHEDULE HAS BUCKEYES PLAYING THE NATION’S BEST
Ohio State will play five of the preseason Top 10 ranked teams (ESPN/coaches poll) in the country by year’s end. Preseason No. 2 Michigan State, No. 4 North Carolina, No. 7 Purdue, No. 9 West Virginia and No. 10 Butler all dot the Ohio State slate in 2009-10. Five Big Ten teams were ranked among the Top 20 with No. 15 Michigan, No. 18 Minnesota, and No. 17 Ohio State all slated among the top teams nationally. Ohio State also faced No. 12 California at the 2K Classic benefiting Coaches vs. Cancer in New York, defeating the Bears 76-70. Illinois was just outside the preseason Top 25 at No. 27.
 
SEVEN FORMER BUCKEYES ON NBA ROSTERS IN 2009-10
Ohio State leads all Big Ten teams with seven players on current NBA rosters. The Big Ten started the season with 33 players on NBA active lists. Nine Big Ten teams have at least one player competing in the NBA. Michael Redd (Milwaukee Bucks) is the longest-tenured Buckeye in the NBA. Greg Oden (Portland), Michael Conley (Memphis), Daequan Cook (Miami), Othello Hunter (Atlanta), Kosta Koufos (Utah) and B.J. Mullens (Oklahoma) represent Ohio State in the NBA.
  
MATTA ADDS PAIR TO ROSTER
 The Ohio State roster grew by two in late October when Thad Matta added walk-on juniors Eddie Days and Dustin Reynolds. Days is the nephew of Buckeye great Jim Cleamons, a current assistant coach with the Los Angeles Lakers. Reynolds is the younger brother of former Ohio State women’s basketball player DiDi Reynolds. Dustin will sit out the 2009-10 season to satisfy NCAA transfer rules (from Hillsdale College in Michigan). Days started his career vs. Presbyterian College Dec. 16, playing one minute in the victory over the Blue Hose. The Buckeyes now have four walk-on players on the roster. Danny Peters is a fifth-year senior and Mark Titus is in his senior campaign as well. Peters will end his career with five varsity letters, one as a manager (2006) and four as a student-athlete (2007-10).
 
TURNER, USA EARN BRONZE AT WORLD UNIVERSITY GAMES
Junior Evan Turner averaged 4.0 points, 3.7 rebounds and led Team USA with 18 assists at the World University Games in Belgrade, Serbia. The United States finished with a 6-1 record at the early-July event with Turner making three starts and averaging 16.3 minutes a game. He connected on 52 percent of his shots (12-23) and 4 of 5 free throws.

DIEBLER AMONG BIG TEN, NATION’S TOP SHOOTERS
Jon Diebler, the all-time leading scorer in Ohio High School history, started slow in the college game from behind the arc, where he made a name for himself as a prep at Upper Sandusky High School. After shooting 29 percent from long range as a rookie (48-166), Diebler responded with a breakout sophomore season. He knocked down 96 of 231 treys for 41.6 percent accuracy. That effort was second in the Big Ten for makes and is the second-most single season 3s made in Ohio State history. He already is second all-time at Ohio State in 3s made in a career (221) and his eight 3s made at Northwestern last year rates No. 2 in Ohio State’s record book for 3s made in a game.

A SUMMER IN CANADA
With nearly the entire roster returning from the 2008-09 season, Matta and the Buckeyes took a preseason international trip to Canada. The excursion allowed the Buckeyes 10 practices and a few competitions before the official start of practice Oct. 16. The Buckeyes played three games between Aug. 27-31 in Canada vs. teams from the Windsor area. Ohio State last left the country for competition during the summer of 2001 when the squad traveled to Italy, Switzerland, France and the Netherlands.