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No. 2/3 Ohio State 82 (27-2, 14-2), Indiana 61 (12-17, 3-13)                                                     
Value City Arena – Columbus, Ohio
February 27, 2011
Attendance: 18,809
POSTGAME NOTES

TEAM

  • The Buckeyes’ 27-2 overall record is the second-best start in school history (1960-61, 27-0).
  • As a ranked team, Ohio State is 387-107 all-time. The Buckeyes are 36-1 at home over the last two seasons.
  • The 27 win total is tied for the No. 3 spot in Ohio State history for overall wins in a season with the 1961 and 1991 teams. The Buckeyes are two wins from tying last season’s second-place record of 29 wins.
  • Thad Matta teams own four of the top eight single season win totals in Ohio State history.
  • With the win over Indiana, Ohio State extends its home win streak to 21 games dating back to last season. It is now the fourth-longest streak in Buckeye history. The previous 20-game win streak dated from 12/9/44 (58-31 win vs. Michigan State) to 1/4/47 (43-41 win vs. Minnesota). The streak was broken by Indiana on 1/6/47.
  • The 19-0 undefeated record at home this season is now the new record for most home wins in a season, surpassing the 2006-07 and 2009-10 seasons that both went 18-0. Ohio State will try to close out the home schedule a perfect 20-0 vs. Wisconsin in the 2010-11 Value City Arena finale on March 6.
  • With the win, Ohio State improves to 57-18 vs. Big Ten competition at Value City Arena. They are 141-23 overall, including an 80-5 mark vs. non-conference opponents.
  • Ohio State improves to 6-2 vs. Indiana at Value City Arena.
  • The Buckeyes extend their win streak vs. the Hoosiers to six games, including eight of the last nine. They swept the season series after downing Indiana 85-67 in Bloomington, 12/31/10.
  • Ohio State owns a 105-2 record vs. unranked opponents at home since 2004-05, including 18-0 this season.
  • The Buckeyes are now 21-8 when ranked No. 2 by the Associated Press.
  • Ohio State moves to 14-5 vs. Big Ten opponents when ranked No. 2 by the Associated Press.
  • Ohio State is 42-4 in its last 46 games.
  • The Scarlet and Gray improve to 30-3 in their last 33 Big Ten games. The Buckeyes are 21-2 in their last 23 conference games.
  • The Buckeyes are 125-19 when ranked among the Top 3 in the country.
  • When ranked in the Top 10 nationally, Ohio State is 267-58 with wins in 58 of its last 63 outings.
  • The Buckeyes are 74-99 vs. the Hoosiers all-time, with an overall Big Ten record of 715-660.
  • Ohio State improved to 50-34 vs. Indiana in Columbus.
  • As a ranked team, Ohio State is 18-11 in games vs. Indiana, including wins in the last five meetings as a ranked team.
  • Indiana falls to 2-8 against ranked teams on the season and 0-10 on the road.
  • Tom Crean drops to 0-6 vs. the Buckeyes.
  • The Buckeye freshmen have accounted for 45.7 percent of total scoring for the season (1,025/2,240), including 37 of Ohio State’s 82 total points against Indiana.
  • Ohio State’s four returning starters for 2010-11 (Jon Diebler, David Lighty, Dallas Lauderdale and William Buford) have combined for 408 career starts and 513 games played.
  • This is the 254th-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 22 fouls. They lead the nation with fewest fouls per game with 14.3.
  • Ohio State only committed 10 turnovers vs. the Hoosiers. They are first in the Big Ten and second nationally in turnover margin with a plus-5.71 margin.
  • The Buckeye’s boast the top two conference leaders in steals. Aaron Craft leads the Big Ten with 1.89 spg and David Lighty is second with 1.82 spg. Against Indiana, they had a combined six steals. Ohio State leads the Big Ten as a team in steals. They had eight steals vs. the Hoosiers, who only had two.
  • Indiana’s leading scorer, Christian Watford averages 16.6 PPG. The Buckeye defense allowed him to score 12 points.
  • Indiana’s Jordan Hulls had three points, while averaging 13.4 PPG in the Big Ten.

THAD MATTA

  • The 27-2 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 83 Big Ten wins, tying Wisconsin for first in the conference.
  • 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 285-87 overall and 183-56 at Ohio State.
  • With the win, Ohio State is 34-16 in February under Matta and 5-2 this season.
  • Matta is now 9-5 vs. Indiana in his career, with an overall mark of 93-39 against Big Ten opponents.
  • Matta is 90-17 vs. non-conference competition at Ohio State and 93-39 vs. Big Ten foes (regular season and Big Ten tournament games) for an overall record of 183-56. He is 118-10 in games played in Columbus, which are the most home wins among Big Ten schools during that span.
  • While outrebounding Indiana 35-32, Ohio State improves to 17-2 on the year and 104-16 under Matta when grabbing more boards than its opponent.
  • The Buckeyes are 21-1 this season and 151-20 under Matta when leading at the half.
  • Ohio State remains undefeated at 27-0 this season and 169-5 under Matta when leading with five minutes to play.
  • The Buckeyes are 14-1 this season and 90-7 under Matta when shooting better than 50 percent from the field.
  • When shooting better than the opponent, Ohio State improves to 20-1 this season and 161-18 under Matta.
  • With 82 points, the Buckeyes are 19-0 this season and 123-11 under Matta when scoring more than 70 total points in a game.
  • The Buckeyes improve to 25-1 this season and 153-44 when limiting themselves to under 15 total turnovers (Ohio State had 10 turnovers vs. Indiana).

DAVID LIGHTY

  • Lighty, the third player in Ohio State history to reach 1,000 points, 500 rebounds and 300 assists, ended the contest with 11 points, three rebounds and four assists. Lighty’s current marks: 1,374 points, 543 rebounds and 348 assists.
  • Lighty has now been a part of 122 Buckeye victories during his tenure in Columbus (Lighty had 35 wins as a freshman, 24 as a sophomore and 29 as a junior in 2009-10. He is credited with seven wins at the start of the 2008-09 season, which ended when he broke his right foot and earned a medical redshirt). The previous record was set by Danny Peters and Mark Titus (both played from 2007-10), earning 110 wins apiece.
  • Lighty has played in 149 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 136).
  • The game vs. Indiana marked senior David Lighty’s 117th career start for Ohio State, tying Jamar Butler (2005-08) for fourth-place in career games started in a Buckeye jersey.
  • With 11 points, Lighty now has 1,374 for his career, passing Brent Darby for 23rd-place in career scoring at Ohio State. He is 10 points behind Brian Brown for 22nd.

DESHAUN THOMAS

  • Thomas had a game-high 22 points, two shy of tying his career high.
  • Thomas led the Buckeyes with 16 points at the half, nailing back to back 3-pointers to put Ohio State up by 14, tying his career-high in made 3-pointers.
  • Thomas had 14-consecutive points for the Buckeyes in the first half in a 3 minute, 36 second span.

JARED SULLINGER

  • 11-time Big Ten Freshman of the Week Jared Sullinger finished the contest with five points. The 13 minutes and five points are both season-lows for Sullinger.
  • With five points, Sullinger becomes the 29th Buckeye all-time to score more than 500 points in a season. Kosta Koufos is the last freshman to reach 500 points in a rookie season with 534 in 2008-09. Evan Turner and William Buford each scored more than 500 points last season.
  • Sullinger also added seven rebounds for the Buckeyes (his 9.9 average is second in the Big Ten). He now has 284 rebounds on the season.
  • Sullinger passed Greg Oden (501, 2007) for third-place for points by a freshman. Kosta Koufos is second with 534.
  • Sullinger needs 22 rebounds to tie Greg Oden (306, 2007) for most rebounds in a season by a freshman at Ohio State.

JON DIEBLER

  • With two made 3-pointers vs. Indiana, senior Jon Diebler now has 338 for his career, extending his Big Ten record for most career made 3-pointers that he set with two 3-pointers Feb. 20 at Purdue, passing Pete Lisicky (332, Penn State, 1994-98) for the top spot.
  • Diebler’s 2.71 average of made 3-pointers per game is second in the Big Ten.
  • With two made 3-pointers, Diebler extends his streak to 45 games in a row with at least one 3-pointer made.
  • Diebler’s current 3-point field goal percentage of 47.2 (78-165) puts him in the record books as having the best single season three-point percentage.
  • Diebler’s 47.2 percent shooting percentage from 3-point range is No. 3 in the Big Ten.
  • With nine points against the Hoosiers, Diebler now has 1,390 career points, passing Brian Brown (1, 384) for 21st-place in career scoring at Ohio State. Larry Bolden is 20th with 1,408 points.
  • The game vs. Illinois was Diebler’s 136th game donning the Scarlet and Gray, good for third all-time. He is three starts away from tying Jamar Butler (139, 2005-08) for second.

 WILLIAM BUFORD

  • Junior guard William Buford had 15 points, passing Clark Kellogg (1, 285) for 27th-place in career scoring at Ohio State. His career total now stands at 1,299, 14 behind Jamar Butler (1,313) for 26th-place.
  • Buford is the career leading scorer in the Big Ten for all juniors, leading John Shurna of Northwestern by 29.
  • The 15 point-performance for Buford is the 22nd time this season he has scored in double-figures, which is second-most on the team.
  • Buford has scored in double-figures in eight out of the last nine Big Ten games.
  • In six career games against the Hoosiers, Buford is averaging 19.8 PPG, and 4.7 RPG, the highest current average on the team.

 

Aaron Craft had five assists. He now has 133 assists on theseason to just 64 turnovers. Craft averages 4.57 assists/game.Craft also had six steals for 59 total on the season (his 1.89average per game is first in the Big Ten). Craft needs two stealsto tie Michael Redd (61, 1998) for second place for steals in afreshman season.


 

 AARON CRAFT