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No. 2/3 Ohio State 89 (26-2, 13-2), Illinois 70 (17-11, 7-8)                                                     
Value City Arena – Columbus, Ohio
February 22, 2011
Attendance: 18,085
POSTGAME NOTES

TEAM

  • The Buckeyes’ 26-2 overall record is the second-best start in school history (1960-61, 27-0).
  • As a ranked team, Ohio State is 386-107 all-time. The Buckeyes are 35-1 at home over the last two seasons.
  • Ohio State improves to 4-2 this season vs. ranked teams.
  • With the win over Illinois, Ohio State extends its home win streak to 20 games dating back to last season. It is tied for the fourth-longest streak in Buckeye history. The other 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.
  • With the win, Ohio State improves to 56-18 vs. Big Ten competition at Value City Arena. They are 140-23 overall, including an 80-5 mark vs. non-conference opponents.
  • Ohio State improves to 5-2 vs. Illinois at Value City Arena.
  • The Buckeyes extend their win streak vs. the Illini to five games, including 10 of the last 12.They swept the season series after downing No. 23 Illinois 73-68 in Champaign, 1/22/11.
  • Ohio State owns a 104-2 record vs. unranked opponents at home since 2004-05, including 17-0 this season.
  • The Buckeyes are now 20-8 when ranked No. 2 by the Associated Press.
  • Ohio State moves to 13-5 vs. Big Ten opponents when ranked No. 2 by the Associated Press.
  • Ohio State is 41-4 in its last 45 games.
  • The Scarlet and Gray improve to 29-3 in their last 32 Big Ten games. The Buckeyes are 20-2 in their last 22 conference games.
  • The Buckeyes are 124-19 when ranked among the Top 3 in the country.
  • When ranked in the Top 10 nationally, Ohio State is 266-58 with wins in 57 of its last 62 outings.
  • The Buckeyes are 64-99 vs. the Illini all-time, with an overall Big Ten record of 714-660.
  • Ohio State improved to 39-40 vs. Illinois in Columbus.
  • As a ranked team, Ohio State is 21-9 in games vs. Illinois, including wins in the last 10 meetings as a ranked team.
  • Illinois falls to 4-6 against ranked teams on the season and 3-6 on the road.
  • Bruce Weber drops to 5-10 vs. the Buckeyes.
  • The win vs. Illinois was the first time all season that the Illini allowed an opponent to shoot better than 50 percent from the field (Ohio State shot 53 percent), snapping a 37-consecutive game streak. Ohio State was also the last team to accomplish this feat, shooting 53.1 percent on 2/14/10. Illinois’ Leading the Big Ten in field goal percentage, the Illini defense allows its counterparts to shoot only 38.7 percent from the field.
  • The Buckeye freshmen have accounted for 45.7 percent of total scoring for the season (988/2158), including 32 of Ohio State’s 89 total points against Illinois.
  • Ohio State’s four returning starters for 2010-11 (Jon Diebler, David Lighty, Dallas Lauderdale and William Buford) have combined for 404 career starts and 509 games played.
  • This is the 253rd-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 nine fouls. They lead the nation with fewest fouls per game with 14.3.
  • Ohio State only committed three turnovers vs. the Illini. They are first in the Big Ten and second nationally in turnover margin with a plus-5.44 margin.
  • The Buckeye’s boast two of the top three conference leaders in steals. Aaron Craft leads the Big Ten with 1.89 spg and David Lighty is third with 1.67 spg. Against Illinios, they had a combined eight steals. Ohio State leads the Big Ten as a team in steals. They had nine steals vs. the Illini, who only had one.
  • Ohio State has had a player record a double-double (10 points, rebounds, assists, steals or blocks) in 819 games. The Buckeyes are 361-258 in those contests. Freshman Jared Sullinger (12/11) recorded his 13th double-double of the season vs. Illinois.
  • Illinois’ Brandon Paul entered the game averaging 14.6 ppg over the last five games, scoring double figures in four out of the five. Paul was limited to seven points in Columbus.
  • Illinois was eight-for-nine (.889) from 3-point range in the first half.
  • Illinois was 11-21 from behind the arc. Opponents have made double-digit 3s 89 times and are 36-53 in those games vs. the Buckeyes. Opponents are 10-31 against Matta-coached teams when making 10 or more treys.
  • Ohio State outpaced Illinois in points off turnovers with an 18-0 halftime advantage.
  • Illinois started the second-half on a 7-0 run to cut the deficit to eight points.

THAD MATTA

  • The 26-2 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 82 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 284-87 overall and 182-56 at Ohio State.
  • With the win, Ohio State is 33-16 in February under Matta and 4-2 this season.
  • Matta is now 10-3 vs. Illinois in his career, with an overall mark of 92-39 against Big Ten opponents.
  • Matta is 90-17 vs. non-conference competition at Ohio State and 92-39 vs. Big Ten foes (regular season and Big Ten tournament games) for an overall record of 182-56. He is 117-10 in games played in Columbus, which are the most home wins among Big Ten schools during that span.
  • While outrebounding Illinois 30-29, Ohio State improves to 16-2 on the year and 103-16 under Matta when grabbing more boards than that opponent.
  • The Buckeyes are 20-1 this season and 150-20 under Matta when leading at the half.
  • Ohio State remains undefeated at 26-0 this season and 168-5 under Matta when leading with five minutes to play.
  • The Buckeyes are 13-1 this season and 89-7 under Matta when shooting better than 50 percent from the field.
  • When shooting better than the opponent, Ohio State improves to 19-1 this season and 160-18 under Matta.
  • With 89 points, the Buckeyes are 18-0 this season and 122-11 under Matta when scoring more than 70 total points in a game.
  • The Buckeyes improve to 24-1 this season and 152-44 when limiting themselves to under 15 total turnovers (Ohio State had three turnovers vs. Illinois).
  • The three turnovers are the fewest in the Matta era at Ohio State. The previous low in turnovers was four vs. Davidson in the 2006 NCAA tournament, 3/17/06.

DAVID LIGHTY

  • Lighty, the third player in Ohio State history to reach 1,000 points, 500 rebounds and 300 assists, ended the contest with 21 points, four rebounds and two assists. Lighty’s current marks: 1,263 points, 540 rebounds and 344 assists.
  • Lighty has now been a part of 121 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 148 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 135).
  • The game vs. Illinois marked senior David Lighty’s 116th career start for Ohio State, tying Perry Carter for fifth-place in career games started in a Buckeye jersey.
  • With a team-high 21 points, Lighty now has 1,363 for his career. He is five points behind Brent Darby for 23rd-place in career scoring at Ohio State.
  • Lighty had a career-high six steals, pushing his Ohio State second-place record to 187.
  • Lighty’s six steals are the most ever by a Buckeye vs. Illinois. The previous high was five, recorded by Scoonie Penn, 2/27/00.
  • Lighty reeled off 13-consecutive points for the Buckeyes in the second-half to expand Ohio State’s lead to 17 at the 11:41 mark.

JARED SULLINGER

  • 11-time Big Ten Freshman of the Week Jared Sullinger finished the contest with 12 points. Sullinger has scored at least 10 points in 25 of 28 games.
  • With 12 points, Sullinger is one shy of becoming 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 11 rebounds for the Buckeyes, good for his 13th double-double of the season (his 9.9 average is second in the Big Ten). He now has 277 rebounds on the season.
  • Sullinger is now two points behind Greg Oden (501, 2007) for third-place for points by a freshman.
  • Sullinger needs 29 rebounds to tie Greg Oden (306, 2007) for most rebounds in a season by a freshman at Ohio State.

JON DIEBLER

  • With three made 3-pointers vs. Illinois, senior Jon Diebler now has 336 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 2.70 average of made 3-pointers per game is first in the Big Ten.
  • With three made 3-pointers, Diebler extends his streak to 44 games in a row with at least one 3-pointer made.
  • Diebler’s current 3-point field goal percentage of 47.7 (76-159) puts him in the record books as having the best single season three-point percentage.
  • Diebler’s 47.7 percent shooting percentage from 3-point range is No. 3 in the Big Ten.
  • With 13 points against the Illini, Diebler now has 1,381 career points, three away from tying Brian Brown (1, 384) for 21st-place in career scoring at Ohio State.
  • Diebler has made 25 of his last 26 free-throw attempts dating back to the last Illinois game (1/22/11).
  • The game vs. Illinois was Diebler’s 135th game donning the Scarlet and Gray, good for third all-time. He is four starts away from tying Jamar Butler (139, 2005-08) for second.

WILLIAM BUFORD

  • Junior guard William Buford had 17 points, pushing his career total to 1,267, one shy of passing Clark Kellogg (1, 285) for 27th-place in career scoring at Ohio State.
  • The 17 point-performance for Buford is the 21st time this season he has scored in double-figures.
  • Buford has scored in double-figures in seven out of the last eight Big Ten games.


 AARON CRAFT

  • Aaron Craft had six assists. He now has 128 assists on the season to just 63 turnovers. Craft averages 4.7 assists/game.
  • Craft also had two steals for 53 total on the season (his 1.89 average per game is first in the Big Ten).
  • Craft needs eight steals to tie Michael Redd (61, 1998) for second place for steals in a freshman season.