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Ohio State (13-5, 3-3) vs. Northwestern (13-4, 2-3)

Jan. 19, 2010

Opponent:             Northwestern (13-4, 2-3)
Site:                     Value City Arena (19,049)
Game Time:          7 p.m. ET
Television:            Big Ten Network
Talent:                 Gus Johnson (play-by-play)
                           Tim Doyle (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)

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 after leading the Buckeyes to wins at No. 6 Purdue and at home vs. No. 13 Wisconsin last week. Turner poured in a career-high 32 points against the Boilermakers, 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, 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 4-3 vs. ranked teams in the Associated Press Top 25 this season and 4-1 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 24.2 points and 9.6 rebounds vs. five ranked opponents this season (North Carolina, California, Florida State, Purdue and Wisconsin). He is connecting on 58 percent of his shots (46-80) and has 21 assists, four blocks and six steals.

Lucky 13.3
     Three Ohio State players average 13.3 points a game this season and have 240 total points on the year after 18 games. Evan Turner leads Ohio State offensively with 18.5 points a game followed by David Lighty, William Buford and Jon Diebler, who all average 13.3 ppg. Lighty has 87 field goals, 20 made 3s and 46 FTs made for 240 points. Buford has 89/24/38-240 and Diebler 71/56/42-240. The trio is tied for 13th in scoring among all conference players.
    
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.  

Ohio State to Celebrate 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 reception will be held Jan. 30 at St. John Arena from 7-9 p.m. Limited availability remains. For more information and for reservations ($100 for individuals and $175 for couples) for the “Cocktails & Hightops” event can be made by calling 614-292-9908. Reservation deadline is Jan. 20. 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.

Lighty Turns 100
 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 101 games to date, starting 69. 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 94 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 200 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 67 a season over three years with about half of the 2009-10 campaign remaining. Butler’s career percentage from long range ranks No. 8 all time at 37.2 percent accuracy (242-650). Diebler is shooting 38.4 percent (200-521) 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 45 percent this season (56-124). 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 .733 (140-51) after 191 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 58-32 record in Big Ten regular-season play (.644) 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 10-2 this season with one game to play against a non-Big Ten Conference opponent. Matta is 75-15 vs. non-conference competition at Ohio State and 65-36 vs. Big Ten competition (regular season and Big Ten tournament games) for an overall record of 140-51. Ohio State has West Virginia (Jan. 23) remaining on the non-conference schedule.

                  Non-Conference        Big Ten           Overall
Yr.                     W L                    W L                 W L
2005                 11 3                    9 9                 20 12
2006                 12 1                    14 5               26 6
2007                 17 3                    18 1               35 4
2008                 14 4                    10 9               24 13
2009                 11 2                    11 9               22 11
2010                 10 2                      3 3               13 5
                        75 15                  65 36             140 51

Buckeyes Comfortable at VCA
 Ohio State is 11-0 at home to date and shooting well on familiar ground. The Buckeyes are shooting 53 percent as a team at home this season and 44 percent from 3-point range. The team has reached 100 or more points three times and average a margin of victory of +28.0. Four Buckeyes average more than 10 points a game, led by Evan Turner’s 15.3 ppg. Jon Diebler contributes 14.9 points per game. David Lighty (14.5 ppg.) and William Buford (12.2 ppg.) follow Diebler. Turner is making 58 percent of his field goals (53-91) and Diebler tosses in 54 percent of his 3-point attempts (41-76). Six Buckeyes are shooting 50 percent or better at home. Dallas Lauderdale has missed seven shots on the VCA court this season. He is 30-37 overall (.811). Jeremie Simmons has connected on 33 of 56 FG attempts (.589) and Kyle Madsen is 16 of 23 (.696). Evan Turner is shooting 58 percent overall (53-91).

Northwestern Winless in Columbus since 1977
     Ohio State leads the overall series with an 106-45 advantage vs. the Wildcats. The Buckeyes are 63-14 in Columbus vs. Northwestern. Ohio State has won the last 26 games in Columbus vs. Northwestern. The Wildcats last win on an Ohio State court was an 83-72 victory Feb. 24, 1977 at St. John Arena. The Buckeyes, No. 21 in the lastest Associated Press Poll, is 29-2 vs. the Wildcats as a ranked team. Jon Diebler leads Ohio State offensively in games vs. Northwestern. In four career games, Diebler averages 15.8 points. He is 18-32 from 3-point range (.563) including an 8 of 10 effort last year in a loss in Evanston. Evan Turner also averages double-digits with 14.3 points in four games vs. NW. William Buford is Ohio State’s top rebounder in the series with 6.0 points a game.      

Ohio State vs. the Big Ten
Illinois               59-99
Indiana              70-99
Iowa                  65-73
Michigan            85-71
Michigan State    49-58
Minnesota          74-55
Northwestern      106-45
Penn State         22-12
Purdue              75-81
Wisconsin          80-64
Totals              685-657

Last Time vs. Northwestern
Feb. 18, 2009: Northwestern 72, Ohio State 69
 Kevin Coble scored 26 points and Craig Moore added 23 to lead Northwestern to a 72-69 win over Ohio State. John Shurna hit a fallaway 3-pointer with 3.3 seconds left to give the Wildcats the win. The freshman scored 9 points. Moore hit seven 3-pointers and Coble went 10-of-14 for the Wildcats, who took control of the game with an 18-3 run early in the second half. Jon Diebler scored 28 points and hit eight 3-pointers to lead Ohio State. Evan Turner had 14 points for the Buckeyes and B.J. Mullens added 11. Moore’s final 3-pointer gave the Wildcats a 69-64 lead with just under 2 minutes to play, but Ohio State’s William Buford answered with a 3 — his first points of the game — to cut the deficit to 69-67 with just under a minute to go. Diebler stole the ball from Coble outside the 3-point line and raced down court for an easy layup to tie the game with 26 seconds to play. After a loose ball scramble, Northwestern retained possession and Shurna hit a 3-pointer in front of Northwestern’s bench. Diebler couldn’t get a final shot off before the buzzer.

Noting the Wisconsin Game  (Jan. 16)

  • Ohio State is 81-64 all-time vs. Wisconsin. The Buckeyes own a 51-21 advantage in games played in Columbus. The win was the first at home against Wisconsin since Feb. 25 2007, a 49-48 win that clinched an outright Big Ten title for the Buckeyes.
  • Ohio State’s starting lineup of Evan Turner, David Lighty, Jon Diebler, William Buford and Dallas Lauderdale is 8-1 this season.
  • The Buckeyes are 11-0 in Value City Arena this season.
  • The Buckeyes are now 7-9 all-time vs. Top 25 ranked Wisconsin teams, 6-4 at home.
  • Ohio State is now 131-215 (.378) all-time against teams ranked in the AP Top 25.
  • OSU is 12-2 this season when leading at the half, 117-17 under Matta. The Buckeyes are 12-0 when leading with five minutes left in the game, 126-5 under Matta.
  • The team is shooting 53.4 percent from the field (324-of-607) and 43.5 percent from behind the arc (103-of-237) at Value City Arena this season.
  • Ohio State outscored Wisconsin 25-12 in the first half with Evan Turner on the bench from the 14:16 mark on.
  • The Buckeyes went on a 15-4 run between the 16:53 and 7:56 marks of the second half.
  • Thad Matta’s career record is now 242-82 in his 10th season all-time as a head coach. He is 140-51 in his sixth year at Ohio State and 7-8 vs. Wisconsin.
  • Under Matta, Ohio State is 25-31 against ranked opponents, 4-3 this season.
  • Evan Turner’s basket at 14:23 of the second half gave him 1,100 pts. for his career.
  • He passed Mel Norwell for 36th on the all-time scoring list at Ohio State with his bucket at 11:41 of the second half. He now has 1,107 points for his career.
  • Turner needs seven assists to become the second Buckeye in school history to record 1,000 pts. 500 rebounds and 300 assists – Jimmy Jackson is the only other Buckeye to hold the honor. Turner has 1,107 points, 511 rebounds and 293 assists.
  • Lauderdale passed 300 career points with his put back at 15:42 of the second half.
  • Lauderdale connected on 2-of-2 field-goal attempts. For the season, he is shooting 46-of-62 from the field (74.2 percent), tops in the Big Ten.
  • He is 30-of-37 (81.1 percent) at Value City Arena.
  • Jon Diebler has made at least one 3-pointer in his past 28 games, dating to last season. The last time Diebler went scoreless from behind the arc was Feb. 14, 2009, in an 0-of-3 effort against Wisconsin.
  • Diebler went 3-of-3 from the free-throw line. He has missed only eight this season going 42-of-50 from the stripe (84 percent).
  • Diebler has 200 3’s for his career with his triple at 5:41 of the first half. He is second all-time at Ohio State behind Jamar Butler (242).
  • David Lighty scored a team-high 18 pts., the 13th time he has been in double figures this season..

 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 Close to Joining Jackson’s Feat
 Evan Turner could become just the second player in recorded history to reach 1,000 points, 500 rebounds and 300 assists. 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 has 293 career assists to date and is averaging 5.3 assists a game this season.

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 1,107 career points and 511 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, North Carolina and Wisconsin are listed and Butler are appear in at least one of the polls. Florida State, Northwestern, California and Michigan 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 132-219 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 345-102 all-time.

Climbing the Scoring Chart
 Evan Turner has scored 1,107 points over 82 Ohio State games in his career for an average of 13.5 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 15 points vs. No. 13 Wisconsin Jan. 16, Turner moved to No. 35(T) all-time on the career scoring chart at Ohio State. Ron Sepic scored 1,107 from 1965-67). Two others on the current roster are on pace to reach 1,000 points. Junior David Lighty has 784 career points over 100 career games. Jon Diebler has 827 points (88 games) in his three seasons at Ohio State. William Buford is well on his way as a sophomore as well (612/51 games).

Wins Follow Buckeye Double-Doubles
 Ohio State has had a player record a double-double (10+ points, rebs, assists, steals or blocks) in 795 games. The Buckeyes are 539-256 in those contests (.678). Evan Turner has 17 career double-doubles and the Buckeyes are 11-6 in those contests, including wins in nine of his last 11 games with a D-D. Turner is among the Top 20 players in OSU history with 17 career double-doubles at No. 18, tied with Dennis Hopson (1984-87) and Steven Wenner (1973-75). Terence Dials (2002-06), Bill Andreas (1973-75) and Tony Campbell (1981-84) are tied for No. 15 with 18 career double-doubles. 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 3’s
 Ohio State has made 10 or more 3-pointers in a game 64 times since the long-range shot was instituted for the 1986-87 season. The Buckeyes are 53-11 in those games after knocking down 10 of 32 treys against Michigan Jan. 3. Opponents have made double-digit 3s 84 times and are 34-50 in those games vs. the Buckeyes. Matta’s Ohio State teams are 37-9 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. Approaching 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.
 
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 In 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.

Turner Among Candidates for Preseason Honors
 Evan Turner led Ohio State and the Big Ten in scoring last season with an average of 17.3 points a game. He was No. 3 in rebounding as well with 7.1 and was among the Top 10 league players in steals (4th/1.8 spg.) and assists (8th/3.97). He was a finalist for Big Ten Player of the Year honors a season ago and will be among the favorites entering his junior season. His name has also garnered All-America consideration after earning a spot among the Top 15 finalists for the 2009 Oscar Robertson Award, given annually by the United States Basketball Writer’s Association to the player of the year in college basketball.   

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 (200) and his eight 3s made at Northwestern last year rates No. 2 in Ohio State’s record book for 3s made in a game.   

Where to Point? 
 The point guard position rotated between Jeremie Simmons and P.J. Hill a season ago with Simmons starting the first 25 games and Hill the final eight. Simmons moved over to provide minutes at the No. 2 guard spot, his natural position, down the stretch. Evan Turner saw the majority of the time directing traffic this year before injuring his back against Eastern Michigan Dec. 5. He returned from injury vs. Indiana Jan. 6 and resumed the role of PG. Turner handed out 97 assists last season to lead the Buckeyes in that category while also recording 58 thefts at the defensive end.  

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.

New York, Morgantown,
Indianapolis also on Travel List
 After traveling to New York for a pair of games in the 2009 Coaches vs. Cancer Classic, Ohio State  has two more trips for non-conference games remaining on its schedule. The Buckeyes complete a home-and-home series with West Virginia in January after completing the fthe four-game home-and-home series vs. Butler at Hinkle Fieldhouse on the Bulldog campus in December. The 18-game Big Ten schedule features home-and-home matchups with eight teams and single matchups vs. Northwestern (home) and Michigan State (away).

Can You Spot Matta a 20?
 For each of the last nine 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 (10). 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 also has won at least 10 Big Ten regular-season games in each of the last four seasons. A fifth double-digit effort in the win column in 2010 would tie 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).

Speaking of Consistent #s…
 Ohio State was again one of the top draws in college basketball in 2008-09. The Buckeyes drew nearly 280,000 fans to home games last season to rate No. 14 nationally in home attendance. The Buckeyes have been among the Top 20 in home attendance in each of the last 11 years, all while playing at the Jerome Schottenstein Center (19,049). Ohio State games both home and on the road drew 477,000 fans last year, No. 16 nationally. The Buckeyes have been a Top 20 draw nationally in 10 of the last 11 years and led the nation in all-game attendance in 2007. The Big Ten led the nation in attendance for the 33rd-consecutive season in 2008-09. An average of 12,519 fans attended 193 Big Ten games a season ago. 

Boals Joins Staff
 Matta added Jeff Boals to the staff after the departure of assistant coach Archie Miller, who left to coach alongside his brother Sean, the new University of Arizona head coach. Boals, a 1995 graduate of Ohio University, left Akron to join the Buckeyes. His tenacity as a player with the Bobcats is expected to transfer to the Ohio State roster, especially the post players.