No. 1 Ohio State 93 (29-2, 16-2), No. 10 Wisconsin 65 (23-7, 13-5)
Value City Arena – Columbus, Ohio
March 6, 2011
Attendance: 18,809 (sellout)
- Entering the game vs. Wisconsin, Ohio State was guaranteed its 19th overall Big Ten title and 13th outright title after Iowa defeated Purdue 67-65 last night (3/5/11). The Buckeyes clinch the No. 1 seed at the 2011 Big Ten Tournament March 10-13 in Indianapolis. They will play the winner of Northwestern and Minnesota at noon Friday on ESPN.
- The 19 Big Ten titles are third-most among conference teams, trailing only Purdue (22) and Indiana (20).
- The Buckeyes’ 29-2 overall record is the second-best start in school history (1960-61, 27-0).
- As a ranked team, Ohio State is 389-107 all-time. The Buckeyes are 37-1 at home over the last two seasons.
- The 29 win total is tied for the No. 2 spot in Ohio State history for overall wins in a season with last year’s team. The record is 35 wins set during the 2006-07 season that saw the Buckeyes appear in the national championship.
- The 29 wins are the most in a regular season in Ohio State history. The previous best was 27 during the 2006-07 season (27-3).
- With the win over Wisconsin, Ohio State extends its home win streak to 22 games dating back to last season. It is now the fourth-longest streak in Buckeye history.
- The contest vs. Wisconsin was the 66th sellout in Value City Arena history and fifth of the year. Ohio State is 53-13 in the home sellouts. The Buckeyes are 43-9 in Big Ten sellouts at home.
- The 20-0 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 improves to 52-21 vs. Wisconsin in Columbus.
- Ohio State improves to 67-5 when ranked No. 1 by the Associated Press and 19-3 as the nation’s top team in the coaches poll.
- Ohio State moves to 4-2 against Wisconsin as the No. 1 ranked team.
- Wisconsin falls to 2-19 all-time vs. the AP No. 1. Both wins came against the Buckeyes.
- The Buckeyes are 127-19 when ranked among the Top 3 in the country.
- When ranked in the Top 10 nationally, Ohio State is 269-58 with wins in 60 of its last 65 outings.
- Ohio State is 44-4 in its last 48 games.
- The Scarlet and Gray improve to 32-3 in their last 35 Big Ten games and 23-2 in their last 25.
- As a ranked team, Ohio State is 20-10 in games vs. Wisconsin and 11-1 when scoring more than 90 points vs. the Badgers.
- When both teams are ranked, the Scarlet and Gray improve to 5-3 vs. the Badgers.
- Wisconsin falls to 4-3 against ranked teams on the season and 5-6 in true road games.
- The Buckeyes are 82-65 vs. the Badgers all-time, with an overall Big Ten record of 717-660.
- The loss to Ohio State was the first time Wisconsin has lost by double-figures this season. Their previous largest margin-of-defeat was eight points vs. Illinois and Purdue (Both games were on the road).
- Wisconsin’s Jordan Taylor finished the game with only eight points. In the previous meeting earlier this season, Taylor led the Badgers with 27 points. Taylor’s previous Big Ten low in points was 13 vs. Penn State on 2/20/11.
- The 47 points in the first half are tied for the most in a first half in conference play. The Buckeyes also scored 47 vs. Illinois Feb. 22 in Columbus.
- The Buckeye freshmen have accounted for 45 percent of total scoring for the season (1,077/2,415), including 31 of Ohio State’s 93 total points against Wisconsin.
- The Buckeyes committed 12 fouls. They are second in the nation with fewest fouls per game with 14.5.
- Ohio State only committed seven turnovers vs. the Badgers. They are first in the Big Ten and second nationally in turnover margin with a plus-5.5 margin.
- Ohio State leads the conference with a 77.4 PPG average. They are second in scoring defense, allowing 59.6 PPG.
- Ohio State has the best field goal percentage in the Big Ten with a .500 (863 – 1,726).
- OSU has a 93.3 win percentage this season, tied for the No. 1 spot nationally with San Diego State.
- Ohio State’s four returning starters for 2010-11 (Jon Diebler, David Lighty, Dallas Lauderdale and William Buford) have combined for 416 career starts and 521 games played.
- Ohio State is the first school in Big Ten history to have two teams on separate occasions win the Big Ten regular season championship after losing the conference Player of the Year. They won the title in 2006-07 after losing Terrence Dials and again this year after losing Evan Turner (The other three schools are Michigan State, 2000-01, Morris Peterson; Illinois, 2003-04, Brian Cook; Wisconsin, 2007-08, Alando Tucker).
- The 93.3 percent from 3-point range sets an NCAA Division I record. The previous high percentage was 91.7 percent, set by Drexel vs. Delaware (11-12) on 12/3/00.
- The 14-consecutive made 3-point field goals also set an NCAA Division I record. The previous record of consecutive made 3-point field goals was 11 set by Niagra vs. Siena (1/7/87) and Eastern Kentucky vs. UNC-Asheville (1/14/87).
- The Buckeyes shattered their previous 3-point field goal percentage record for a game, shooting 93.3 percent from behind-the-arc. The previous record was .727 vs. Northwestern on 1/17/96.
- Ohio State has made 10 or more 3-pointers in a game 76 times since the shot clock was instituted for the 1986-87 season. The Buckeyes are 65-11 in those games after knocking down 14-of-15 treys vs. Wisconsin. Matta’s Ohio State teams are 52-9 when making 10 or more 3s in a game.
- The 14 made 3-point field goals in a game are the sixth-most in Ohio State history (18 vs. LSU, 1/15/05 is the record).
- This is the 256th-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).
- Ohio State shot 85.7 from behind-the-arc in the first half (6-7) propelling the Buckeyes to a 15-point lead at intermission. They improved the percentage to 93.3 after going a perfect 8-8 in the second half.
- Five different Buckeyes made 3-pointers in today’s game (Diebler, Buford, Lighty, Thomas and Sibert).
- The 20-0 home record is Matta’s second perfect home record at Ohio State (2006-07).
- Thad Matta teams own four of the top eight single season win totals in Ohio State history.
- The 29-2 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, records that were set 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 85 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 287-87 overall and 185-56 at Ohio State.
- With the win, Ohio State is 33-19 in March under Matta and 2-0 this season.
- Matta is 90-17 vs. non-conference competition at Ohio State and 95-39 vs. Big Ten foes (regular season and Big Ten tournament games) for an overall record of 185-56. He is 119-10 in games played in Columbus, which are the most home wins among Big Ten schools during thatspan.
- With 93 points, the Buckeyes are 21-0 this season and 125-11 under Matta when scoring more than 70 total points in a game.
- The 93 points are the most by Ohio State in a Big Ten game this season.
- The Buckeyes are 23-1 this season and 153-20 under Matta when leading at the half.
- Ohio State remains undefeated at 29-0 this season and 171-5 under Matta when leading with five minutes to play.
- The Buckeyes are 16-1 this season and 92-7 under Matta when shooting better than 50 percent from the field.
- When shooting better than the opponent, Ohio State improves to 22-1 this season and 163-18 under Matta.
- Outrebounding Wisconsin 30-26, Ohio State improves to 18-2 on the year and 106-16 under Matta when grabbing more boards than its opponent.
- The Buckeyes improve to 27-1 this season and 155-44 when limiting themselves to under 15 total turnovers (Ohio State had seven turnovers vs. Wisconsin).
- Diebler’s seven 3-pointers are the most ever by a Buckeye vs. Wisconsin. The previous record was six set by Scoonie Penn (2/24/99).
- Diebler was 7-of-8 (.875) from 3-point range, including seven in a row. Including Ohio State’s last game vs. Penn State, Diebler has connected on 17-20 (.850) from 3-point range.
- Diebler’s current 3-point field goal percentage of 51 percent (95-186) puts him in the record books as having the best single season three-point percentage.
- Diebler’s 51 percent shooting percentage from 3-point range is No. 1 in the Big Ten.
- With 27 points against the Badgers, Diebler now has 1,449 career points, passing Paul Ebert (1,436) and Bill Hosket (1,441) to move into 18th place in career scoring at Ohio State. He is 37 points behind Jerry Francis (1,486) for 17th-place.
- In his last two Big Ten contests (Penn State; Wisconsin), Diebler has scored 57 total points.
- The game vs. Wisconsin was Diebler’s 138th game in the Scarlet and Gray, the third most all-time. He is one start away from tying Jamar Butler (139, 2005-08) for second.
- Junior guard William Buford had 18 points, passing Jim Cleamons (1,335) for 26th-place in career scoring at Ohio State. His career total now stands at 1,338. Brent Darby is 24th with 1,368.
- Buford is the career leading scorer in the Big Ten for all juniors, leading John Shurna of Northwestern by 39.
- The 18 point performance for Buford is the 24th time this season he has scored in double-figures, which is second-most on the team.
- Buford has scored in double-figures in 10 out of the last 11 Big Ten games.
- Lighty, the third player in Ohio State history to reach 1,000 points, 500 rebounds and 300 assists, ended the contest with 13 points, six rebounds and three assists. Lighty’s current marks: 1,393 points, 553rebounds and 355 assists.
- With 13 points, Lighty now has 1,393 for his career, passing Brian Brown for 22nd-place in career scoring at Ohio State.
- Lighty has now been a part of 124 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 151 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 1378
- The game vs. Wisconsin marked senior David Lighty’s 119th career start for Ohio State, passing Jamar Butler (2005-08) for fourth-place in career games started in a Buckeye jersey.
- 11-time Big Ten Freshman of the Week Jared Sullinger finished the contest with 22 points. Sullinger has scored at least 10 points in 27 of 31 games. It is also the eighth time this season he has scored 20 or more points.
- With 22 points, Sullinger adds to his mark of becoming just the 29th Buckeye all-time to score more than 500 points in a season. He now has 536 on his rookie campaign. 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 a team-high eight rebounds for the Buckeyes (his 9.9 average is second in the Big Ten). He now has 302 rebounds on the season.
- Sullinger passed Kosta Koufos (534) for second place in scoring during a freshman season. He has 536.
- Sullinger needs four rebounds to tie Greg Oden (306, 2007) for most rebounds in a season by a freshman at Ohio State.
- Aaron Craft had six assists. He now has 145 assists on the season to just 67 turnovers. Craft averages 4.57 assists per game, leading all league freshmen.