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No. 1 Ohio State 62 (23-0, 10-0), Michigan 53 (13-10, 3-7)                                                     
Value City Arena – Columbus, Ohio
February 3, 2011
Attendance: 18, 809
POSTGAME NOTES

 TEAM

  • The Buckeyes’ 23-0 overall record is the second-best start in school history (1960-61, 27-0). Ohio State currently holds the nation’s longest active winning streak at 23. They are the only remaining unbeaten team in the country. They also have the longest active regular season win streak dating back to last season with 26 wins in a row.
  • The 23-game winning streak is the second-longest in Ohio State history (1959-61, 32).
  • The win vs. Michigan was the 63rd sellout in Value City Arena history. Ohio State is now 50-13 in those games.
  • Ohio State defeated Michigan for the fourth-consecutive time.
  • Ohio State improved to 64-4 when ranked first in the country by the Associated Press.
  • The Buckeyes are 50-1 in regular season games as the AP No. 1 team. The record improves to 53-1 in non-NCAA tournament games when AP No. 1.
  • As a ranked team, Ohio State is 384-105 all-time. The Buckeyes are 32-1 at home over the last two seasons.
  • The Buckeyes improved to 37-1 against Big Ten opponents when ranked No. 1 by the Associated Press.
  • Ohio State is 38-2 in its last 40 games and 35-1 in its last 36 games.
  • The Scarlet and Gray improved to 26-1 in their last 27 Big Ten games.
  • The Buckeyes are 121-17 when ranked among the Top 3 in the country.
  • Ohio State swept the season series vs. Michigan (the Buckeyes defeated the Wolverines 86-64 in Ann Arbor, 1/12/11).
  • When ranked in the Top 10 nationally, Ohio State is 263-56 with wins in 54 of its last 56 outings.
  • The Buckeyes are 10-0 in league play for the first time since the 1961-62 season and for the fourth time in history. Ohio State finished 14-0 in 1961 and had 12-0 starts in 1960 and 1962.
  • The Buckeyes are 89-71 vs. the Wolverines all-time, improving their overall Big Ten record to 711-658.
  • Michigan moves to 1-22 vs. AP No. 1-ranked team (only win was 81-73 vs. Duke, 12/13/97).
  • Ohio State improves to 51-26 vs. Michigan in Columbus.
  • The Buckeyes improve to 6-0 vs. the Wolverines when ranked No. 1 (last was a 72-62 win, 3/9/07, Big Ten Tournament).
  • Ohio State improves to 138-23 in Value City Arena, including 58-18 vs. Big Ten competition. The Buckeyes are 80-5 vs. non-conference opponents.
  • Ohio State is 31-4 vs. Michigan when ranked among the Associated Press Top 25, including the last 10 meetings as a ranked team.
  • The Buckeye freshmen have accounted for 47.5 percent of total scoring for the season (848/1786), including 29 of Ohio State’s 62 total points against Michigan.
  • Ohio State’s four returning starters for 2010-11 (Jon Diebler, David Lighty, Dallas Lauderdale and William Buford) have combined for 384 career starts and 489 games played.
  • This is the 248th-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 win against Michigan was the 74th victory for the Buckeyes since the 2008-09 season, which ties Purdue for fifth-most in the nation.
  • With the win, the Buckeyes hold the record for the best start to a season after losing the National Player of the Year (Evan Turner). The previous record was held by UCLA in 1969-70 when the Bruins went 21-0 after losing Player of the Year Lew Alcindor.
  • Michigan moves to 1-6 vs. ranked teams this season (lone win was 61-57 vs. No. 25 Michigan State).
  • Michigan had six 3-point field goals, which is behind their 8.45 average per game; currently second in the Big Ten.
  • Michigan’s Darius Morris, who leads the Big Ten in assists with 7.18 per game, only had four vs. the Buckeyes.
  • Ohio State has had a player record a double-double (10+ points, rebs, assists, steals or blocks) in 816 games. The Buckeyes are 559-257 in those contests (.686). Freshman Jared Sullinger (19/15) recorded a double-double vs. Michigan, his 10th on the season.
  • Ohio State had 10 team assists, seven behind their season average of 17.1 apg, which is second in the Big Ten.
  • The Buckeyes only allowed Michigan to score 53 points, less than its 57.5 ppg average; second in the Big Ten.
  • Ohio State connected on 5-15 from behind the arc. They are currently second in the Big Ten with a 40.4 percent average (174-430).
  • The Buckeyes started the contest on a 7-0 run over the first 3:28. Ohio State also took the lead on a 13-4 run in the second half starting at the 15:49 mark.
  • The 23 first half points by the Buckeyes are the fewest they have had this season (previous low was 27 vs. Northwestern, 1/29/11).
  • Michigan shot their first free-throws of the game at the 10:57 mark in the second half.

THAD MATTA

  • The 23-0 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).
  • 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.
  • Since Matta took over at Ohio State in 2004-05, the Buckeyes have amassed 79 Big Ten wins, the most of any other team. Wisconsin is second with 78 (The Badgers won 66-59 vs. No. 10 Purdue on Tuesday).
  • 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 improved his career record to 281-85 overall and 179-54 at Ohio State.
  • With the win, Ohio State is 30-14 in February under Matta and 1-0 this season.
  • Matta is now 13-2 vs. Michigan in his career, with an overall mark of 89-37 against Big Ten opponents. He is 7-0 vs. the Wolverines in Columbus.
  • Matta is 90-17 vs. non-conference competition at Ohio State and 89-37 vs. Big Ten foes (regular season and Big Ten tournament games) for an overall record of 179-54. He is 115-10 in games played in Columbus, which are the most home wins among Big Ten schools during that span.
  • Ohio State is 18-0 this season and 159-17 under Matta when shooting a better field goal percentage than their opponent.
  • While outrebounding Michigan 36-28, Ohio State improves to 14-0 on the season and 101-14 under Matta when outrebounding their opponents (Ohio State’s plus-five rebounding margin is second in the Big Ten).
  • During Matta’s tenure at Ohio State, the Buckeyes are 165-5 when leading with five minutes to play.
  • The Buckeyes are 21-0 this season and 149-43 when having 15 or fewer turnovers in a game (Ohio State had 14 turnovers vs. Michigan).

JARED SULLINGER

  • Big Ten Freshman of the Week (10th-time) Jared Sullinger finished the contest with a team-high 19 points. Sullinger has scored at least 10 points in 21 of 23 games
  • Sullinger also added 15 rebounds for the Buckeyes (his 9.9 average is second in the Big Ten), good for his 10th double-double of the season. He now has 233 rebounds on the season.
  • Sullinger had 11 defensive boards, four more than his average of seven per game, good for second in the Big Ten. He also pulled in four offensive rebounds. He averages three per game, which is also second in the conference.

DAVID LIGHTY

  • Lighty has played in 143 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 131).
  • Lighty, the third player in Ohio State history to reach 1,000 points, 500 rebounds and 300 assists, ended the contest with nine points, six rebounds and two assists. Lighty’s current marks: 1,293 points, 517 rebounds and 330 assists.
  • Lighty recorded his 117th win as a Buckeye vs. Michigan on Thursday. 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. He set the OSU record with his 112th win.
  • The game vs. Michigan marked senior David Lighty’s 111th career start for Ohio State, tying Kelvin Ransey for seventh-place in career games started in a Buckeye jersey.
  • With nine points, Lighty passed Clark Kellogg (1,285) for 26th-place in Ohio State history for career scoring. He is 20 behind Jamar Butler for 25th-place.

 JON DIEBLER

  • With two made 3-pointers vs. Michigan, senior Jon Diebler now has 325 for his career, two away from tying Cory Bradford (327, Illinois, 1998-2002) for third place in career 3-pointers made in Big Ten history.
  • Diebler’s 2.86 average of made 3-pointers per game is second in the Big Ten.
  • With two made 3-pointers, Diebler extends his streak to 38 games in a row with at least one 3-pointer made.
  • Diebler’s current 3-point field goal percentage of 47 percent (65-137) puts him in the record books as having the best single season three-point percentage.
  • With nine points against the Wolverines, Diebler now has 1,326 career points. He is nine points behind Jim Cleamons for 23rd place.

WILLIAM BUFORD

  • Junior guard William Buford knocked down 13 points, pushing his career total to 1,203. Buford is eight behind Luke Witte (1,211) for 31st-place in all-time career scoring at Ohio State.
  • The 13 points for Buford are the 17th time this season he has scored in double-figures.

  AARON CRAFT

  • Aaron Craft had one assist. He now has 107 assists on the season to just 50 turnovers.
  • Craft had three steals, for a total of 40 on the season. (His average of 1.68 is second in the conference).

DALLAS LAUDERDALE

  • Lauderdale had one block vs. Michigan for his 200th career block. Overall, Lauderdale has 41 of the team’s 80 blocks on the season.