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March 13, 2011
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No. 1 Ohio State (31-2) vs. No. 6 Penn State (19-13)
Site:
 Conseco Fieldhouse (18,345)
Game Time: 3:30 ET
Television: CBS
Talent:  Jim Nantz (play-by-play), Clark Kellogg (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)

Last Time vs. Penn State
Game 30
No. 1 Ohio State 82,
Penn State 61
March 1, 2011, University Park
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa.
-Whether wide open, fading away from a defender or with a bad look at the basket with a hand in his face, Ohio State’s Jon Diebler had one of those games in which he just couldn’t miss. Diebler had a career-high 30 points and set a school record with 10 3-pointers to lead top-ranked Ohio State to an 82-61 win at Penn State to clinch at least a share of the Big Ten title. Diebler went 5 of 6 from behind the arc in the first half as the Buckeyes built a 15-point halftime lead and never let up. Senior Talor Battle scored 18 points in his final regular-season home game for Penn State. Diebler’s 10 3s tied a conference record. “Ironically, I told him in shootaround, ‘We need a big night from you tonight. You’re going to get your shots,” Buckeyes coach Thad Matta said. That would be 10-for-12 shooting for Diebler, all from behind arc, including a stretch of nine straight 3s until he missed his last shot from 3-range with 2:03 left. No matter, Matta let him sit out the rest of the game with Ohio State ahead comfortably by 23 points.
Freshman center Jared Sullinger bullied his way through the lane for 10 points and 10 rebounds. The win allowed the Buckeyes to earn at least a share of their fourth conference championship in six years.

The Ohio State, Penn State Series
Ohio State leads the all-time series with the Nittany Lions 26-12. Ohio State and Penn State each have a pair of neutral site wins in the series. The Buckeyes have won the last 15 meetings in the series. As a ranked team, Ohio State is 13-2 in games vs. PSU and has won the last nine games as a ranked team in the Penn State series
 Four Buckeyes average in double digits offensively vs. Penn State. Junior William Buford leads the way with 15.2 ppg. followed by Jared Sullinger (14.5 ppg.), Jon Diebler (12.8 ppg.) and Aaron Craft (12.0 ppg.). Sullinger averaged 8.0 rebounds in the two Ohio State wins during the regular season.

Ohio State vs. Penn State in 2011
Four Buckeyes averaged in double figues in the two meetings vs. the Nittany Lions this season. Jon Diebler led the way with 20 points a game. Diebler connected on 14 of 23 shots from the field (.609) and 12 of 18 from 3-point range (12-18). He knocked down an Ohio State recored 10 treys at Penn State March 1. William Bufored also made 14 of 23 from the field this year vs. the Nittany Lions to average 17 ppg. Freshmen Jared Sullinger (14.5 ppg.) and Aaron Craft (12.0 ppg.) each reached double figures this season. Sullinger led the Buckeyes with 8.0 rebounds a game in the two wins. Ohio State won 69-66 in Columbus Jan. 15 and 82-61 at Penn State.

No. 1 Ohio State 68 (31-2, 16-2),
Michigan 61 (20-13, 9-9)                                                     
Conseco Fieldhouse – Indianapolis, Ind.
March 12, 2011
POSTGAME NOTES

TEAM

  • The Buckeyes’ 31-2 overall record is the second-best start in school history (1960-61, 27-0).
  • As a ranked team, Ohio State is 391-107 all-time. The Buckeyes are 37-1 at home over the last two seasons.
  • The 31 win total is now No. 2 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.
  • Ohio State has now won six games in a row, dating back to 2/20/11 when they lost 63-76 at Purdue.
  • The Buckeyes move to 16-8 all-time in the Big Ten Tournament, including wins in 12 of their last 15 tournament games.
  • As the No. 1 seed in the tournament, Ohio State is 10-2.
  • Ohio State improves to 69-5 when ranked No. 1 by the Associated Press and 21-3 as the nation’s top team in the coaches poll.
  • The Buckeyes improved to 42-2 against Big Ten opponents when ranked No. 1 by the Associated Press.
  • The Buckeyes are 53-2 in regular season games as the AP No. 1 team. The record improves to 58-2 in non-NCAA tournament games when AP No. 1.
  • Ohio State moves to 7-0 against Michigan as the No. 1 ranked team. It is also the fifth-consecutive win vs. the Wolverines.
  • Michigan moves to 1-23 vs. AP No. 1-ranked team (only win was 81-73 vs. Duke, 12/13/97).
  • The win is the third time this season, Ohio State has defeated Michigan (a 68-64 win at Michigan, 1/12/11 and a 62-52 victory, 2/3/11 in Columbus).
  • The Buckeyes are 129-19 when ranked among the Top 3 in the country.
  • When ranked in the Top 10 nationally, Ohio State is 271-58 with wins in 62 of its last 67 outings.
  • Ohio State is 46-4 in its last 50 games.
  • Ohio State is 32-4 vs. Michigan when ranked among the Associated Press Top 25, including the last 11 meetings as a ranked team.
  • The Buckeyes are 90-71 vs. the Wolverines all-time, with an overall Big Ten record of 719-660.
  • Ohio State has won 82 games since the beginning of the 2008-09 season, the fifth-best in the nation over that stretch.
  • The Buckeyes committed 13 fouls. They are second in the nation with fewest fouls per game with 14.5.
  • Ohio State only committed nine turnovers vs. Michigan. They are first in the Big Ten and second nationally in turnover margin with a plus-5.29 margin.
  • Ohio State leads the conference with a 77.9 PPG average. They had 68 vs. Michigan. They are second in scoring defense, allowing 59.9 PPG.
  • Ohio State has the best field goal percentage in the Big Ten with a .480 (850-1,758).
  • The Scarlet and Gray have a 93.75 won-lost percentage, tied for the No. 1 spot nationally.
  • This is the 258th-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’s four returning starters for 2010-11 (Jon Diebler, David Lighty, Dallas Lauderdale and William Buford) have combined for 424 career starts and 529 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 and fifth total after losing the Conference Player of the Year. They won in 2006-07 after losing Terrence Dials and 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).
  • Ohio State is 13-4 in the Big Ten Tounament under Thad Matta.
  • It is the fourth time in seven tournaments under Matta that Ohio State has earned the No. 1 seed.
  • Thad Matta teams own four of the top eight single season win totals in Ohio State history.
  • The 32-2 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, 16).
  • 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 289-87 overall and 187-56 at Ohio State.
  • With the win, Ohio State is 35-19 in March under Matta and 4-0 this season.
  • Matta is now 14-2 vs. Michigan in his career, with an overall mark of 97-39 against Big Ten opponents.
  • Matta is 90-17 vs. non-conference competition at Ohio State and 97-39 vs. Big Ten foes (regular season and Big Ten tournament games) for an overall record of 187-56. He is 119-10 in games played in Columbus, which are the most home wins among Big Ten schools during that span.
  • Ohio State remains undefeated at 31-0 this season and 172-5 under Matta when leading with five minutes to play.
  • When shooting better than the opponent, Ohio State improves to 23-1 this season and 164-18 under Matta.
  • The Buckeyes are 25-1 this season and 155-20 under Matta when leading at the half.
  • While outrebounding Michigan 39-33, Ohio State improves to 20-2 on the year and 108-16 under Matta when grabbing more boards than its opponent.
  • The Buckeyes improve to 29-1 this season and 157-44 when limiting themselves to under 15 total turnovers (Ohio State had nine turnovers vs. Michigan).
  • First-Team All-Big Ten Jared Sullinger finished the contest with 14 points. Sullinger has scored at least 10 points in 29 of 33 games.
  • With 14 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 548 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 13 rebounds for the Buckeyes (his 10.1 average is second in the Big Ten), good for his 16th double-double. He now has 325 rebounds on the season.
  • Sullinger passed Kosta Koufos (534) for second in scoring during a freshman season.
  • Sullinger 325 rebounds are the most ever by a freshman at Ohio State.
  • Jon Diebler’s current 3-point field goal percentage of 50 percent (99-199) puts him in the record books as having the best single season 3-point percentage.
  • Diebler’s 50 percent shooting percentage from 3-point range is No. 1 in the Big Ten.
  • With three made 3-pointers, Diebler extends his streak to 49 games in a row with at least one 3-pointer made.
  • With a game-high 16 points against Michigan, Diebler now has 1,478 career points good for 19th place in career scoring at Ohio State. He is eight points behind Jerry Francis (1,486) for 17th-place.
  • The game vs. Michigan was Diebler’s 140th game donning the Scarlet and Gray, tying Jamar Butler (139, 2005-08) for second all-time at Ohio State.
  • David Lighty, the third player in Ohio State history to reach 1,000 points, 500 rebounds and 300 assists, ended the contest with four points, five rebounds and one assist. Lighty’s current marks: 1,405 points, 567 rebounds and 357 assists.
  • With four points, Lighty now has 1,405 for his career, three behind Larry Bolden (1,408) for 21st-place in career scoring at Ohio State.
  • Lighty has now been a part of 126 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 153 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 139).
  • The game vs. Michigan marked senior David Lighty’s 121st career start for Ohio State. He is three behind Ken Johnson (123, 1998-01)
  • Junior guard William Buford had 14 points. His career total now stands at 1,359. Brent Darby is 24th with 1,368.
  • The 14 point-performance for Buford is the 25th time this season he has scored in double-figures, which is second-most on the team.
  • Buford has scored in double-figures in 11 out of his last 13 Big Ten games.
  • Aaron Craft had three assists. He now has 150 assists on the season to just 72 turnovers. Craft averages 4.68 assists per game, leading all league freshmen.
  • Craft also had one steal for 65 total on the season (his 2.03 average per game is first in the Big Ten), leading all league freshman.
  • Craft is now in second place for steals by a freshman in Ohio State history.