Feb. 27, 2011
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No. 2 Ohio State (26-2, 13-2) vs. Indiana (12-16, 3-12)
Site: Value City Arena (18,809)
Game Time: 4 p.m. ET
Talent: Gus Johnson (play-by-play), Bill Raftery (expert analysis)
Radio: OSU Radio Network (60 stations)
Satellite Radio: Sirius-122, XM-143
Local Radio: WBNS FM-97.1 AM-1460
Radio Talent: Paul Keels (play-by-play), Ron Stokes (expert analysis)
Sullinger Finalist for Wayman Tisdale Freshman of the Year Award
The U.S. Basketball Writers Association selected five outstanding first-year players as finalists for the 2011 Wayman Tisdale Award, to be presented to the men’s National Freshman of the Year at a gala banquet April 11 at the Skirvin Hotel in Oklahoma City. The announcement of the winner will come at the USBWA Awards Breakfast April 1 in Houston in conjunction with the NCAA Men’s Final Four.
Ohio State’s Jared Sullinger (Columbus, Ohio), Kentucky teammates Terrence Jones (Portland, Ore.) and Brandon Knight (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) join Baylor’s Perry Jones III (Duncanville, Texas), and Texas’ Tristan Thompson (Brampton, Ontario) as the 2011 Wayman Tisdale Award finalists.
Buckeyes Building Record Season
The 26 win total is tied for the No. 5 spot in Ohio State history for overall wins in a season. The 1962, 1992 and 2006 squads also finished with 26 wins. The 1961 and 1991 teams are tied for third all-time with 27 victories. Thad Matta teams own four of the top eight single season win totals in Ohio State history.
The Buckeyes’ 29-8 overall record last season was the second best record in Ohio State history behind the 35 victories recorded in 2006-07. Thad Matta teams have never failed to win at least 20 games.
Year Wins Postseason
2006-07 35 NCAA Finals
2009-10 29 NCAA Reg. Semifinals
1960-61 27 NCAA Finals
1990-91 27 NCAA Reg. Semifinals
2005-06 26 NCAA Second Round
1991-92 26 NCAA Regional Finals
1961-62 26 NCAA Finala
Buckeyes Tie Record for Home Wins
Ohio State is 18-0 at home after its most recent win vs. Illinois last Tuesday. The win total equals the school record set by the 2006-07 squad. Ohio State was 17-1 a season ago and is currently on a 20-game home win streak, which is tied for the fourth-longest home win streak in school history. The Buckeyes have two remaining home games this season starting with the Hoosiers Sunday and the home finale March 6 vs. Wisconsin.
Ohio State Undefeated Home Seasons
Year Home Rcd. Postseason Rcd
1905-06 9-0 9-1
1938-39 7-0 NCAA Finals 16-7
1944-45 9-0 NCAA Final Four 15-5
1945-46 9-0 NCAA Final Four 16-5
1959-60 12-0 NCAA Champions 25-3
1960-61 11-0 NCAA Finals 27-1
1961-62 11-0 NCAA Finals 26-2
1962-63 14-0 None 20-4
1971-72 12-0 None 18-6
1990-91 15-0 NCAA Reg. Semis 27-4
2006-07 18-0 NCAA Finals 35-4
2010-11 18-0 — 26-2
Buckeyes Looking For 2nd Perfect Home Season Under Matta
Thad Matta has won at least 15 home games in each of his seven seasons in Columbus. The 2006-07 squad finished with a perfect 18-0 record, which set the Ohio State record for most home wins in a season, while the 2005-06 (16-1) and 2009-10 teams (17-1) squads each finished with a single loss at home. Matta is 117-10 overall in Columbus during his tenure.
Matta Era Home Records
2004-05 15-2 2008-09 15-3
2005-06 16-1 2009-10 17-1
2006-07 18-0 2010-11 18-0
Craft Owns Pair of Top Theft Efforts
Freshman Aaron Craft leads all league freshmen in steals (53) and assists (128) while leading the Buckeyes in both categories as well. Craft also set the Ohio State freshman record for steals in a game with seven vs. Iowa Jan. 19. That effort also was the second most steals in a game in Ohio State history, tied with the seven thefts Kelvin Ransey recorded vs. Minnesota Feb. 23, 1978. At Purdue last Sunday, Craft was credited with six steals, which is tied for the fourth-most steals in a game at Ohio State. With 51 steals on the season, Craft has the third most in a season by an Ohio State freshman. Mike Conley owns the record with 87 in 2007. Michael Redd had 61 in 1998.
Diebler Sets Big Ten Record
Senior Jon Diebler became the Big Ten’s all-time leader in made 3-pointers with a pair of triples at Purdue Feb. 20. The sharpshooter from Upper Sandusky, Ohio, has made 336 career 3s. He has averaged 2.5 made 3s a game for his 135-game career. Ohio State has a minimum of four games remaining, three in the regular-season and at least one in the Big Ten tournament. He is on pace to make 11 more 3s this season, or 347 for his career. Pete Lisicky of Penn State (1994-98) owned the top spot in conference history with 332 made 3-pointers.
Big Ten Career 3-point leaders
1. 336 Jon Diebler, OSU 2008-
2. 332 Pete Lisicky, PSU 1994-98
3. 331 Shawn Respert, MSU 1991-95
4. 327 Cory Bradford, ILL 1998-2002
5. 320 Craig Moore, NU 2006-09
6. 308 Joe Crispin, PSU 1998-2001
7. 299 Dee Brown, ILL 2002-06
8. 283 A.J. Guyton, IND 1997-2000
9. 271 Drew Neitzel, MSU 2004-08
10. 268 Dion Harris, MICH 2003-07
Sullinger Close to 500
There have been 28 Buckeyes all-time to score more than 500 points in a season with Jerry Lucas and Michael Redd leading the pack each with three 500-plus point seasons. Paul Ebert was the first to do so when he tallied 516 points during the 1953-54 season. Freshman Jared Sullinger is one point away from adding his name to the list (499/2010-11). Kosta Koufos is the last Ohio State freshman to reach 500 points in a rookie season. He tallied 534 as a freshman in 2008-09. Evan Turner (632/2009-10) and William Buford (532/2009-10) each scored more than 500 points in last season. Only Michael Redd (658/1998-99), Sullinger, Koufos and Greg Oden (501/2006-07) reached the 500-point mark as Ohio State freshmen.
Since Thad Matta took over Buckeye program in 2004-05, Ohio State is 117-10 in Columbus, the most home wins among Big Ten schools. Over the last two seasons Ohio State is 35-1 in Columbus.
Lighty one of 10 Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award Finalists
David Lighty was named one of 10 finalists for the Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award in men’s basketball Jan. 26. Fan voting is underway. One-third of the award will be determined by fan voting. Coaches and media make up the other two-thirds. Fans can vote online at http://go.osu.edu/VOTE4LIGHTY. The award is presented each year to the outstanding senior NCAA Division I Student-Athlete of the Year across nine different sports. The acronym “CLASS” stands for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School®. The Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award celebrates the loyalty of seniors that honor a four-year commitment to their university. The Senior CLASS Award® recognizes these student-athletes for great achievement during competition and in their community while staying in school.
The Ohio State, Indiana Series
Indiana leads the all-time series with the Buckeyes 99-73. Ohio State is 49-34 vs. the Hoosiers in Columbus. The Buckeyes have won the last five meetings with Indiana and seven of the last nine. As a ranked team, Ohio State is 17-11 in games vs. Indiana, including wins in the last four meetings as a ranked team.
Junior William Buford averages 20.8 points in five career meetings vs. the Hoosiers to lead the Buckeyes in the IU series. Jon Diebler contributes 13.4 points in seven games while freshman Jared Sullinger scored 19 points in his debut meeting vs. IU earlier this season. Buford averages five rebounds a game in the series to lead the Ohio State veterans in that category. Sullinger grabbed nine boards in the Big Ten Conference opener for both teams this year. Buford connects on 54 percent from the field vs. Indiana (38-70) while Diebler makes 56 percent of his shots (30-54). Diebler has made 26 of 47 3-point attempts (.553) against Indiana. Buford has made 15 of 16 foul shots (.938) against the Hoosiers.
Ohio State vs. the Big Ten
Michigan State 51-58
Penn State 25-12
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