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March 12, 2011
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No. 1 Ohio State (30-1) vs. No. 4 Michigan  (20-12)
Site:
 Conseco Fieldhouse (18,345)
Game Time: 1:40 ET
Television: CBS
Talent:  Jim Nantz (play-by-play), Clark Kellogg (expert analysis)
Radio: OSU Radio Network (60 stations)
Local Radio: WBNS FM-97.1 AM-1460
Radio Talent: Paul Keels (play-by-play), Ron Stokes (expert analysis) 

The Ohio State, Michigan Series

Ohio State leads the all-time series with the Wolverines 89-71. Ohio State is 2-1 vs. Michigan on a neutral court. The Buckeyes have won six of the last seven meetings and the last four. The Buckeyes defeated Michigan in the 2010 Big Ten Tournament quarterfinals 69-68 on a last-second shot by Evan Turner, the 2010 National Player of the Year. As a ranked team, Ohio State is 31-4 in games vs. Michigan and has won 14 of the last 15 games as a ranked team in the Michigan series, including the last 10 games. Junior William Buford (15.9 ppg.) and freshman Jared Sullinger (15.5 ppg.) each average double figures offensively in the Michigan series. Senior Jon Diebler adds 9.3 ppg. Sullinger averages 11.0 rebounds a game in two outings vs. the Wolverines. He made 69 percent of his shots (11-16) in the two Ohio State wins this year. Last Time vs. Michigan, Game 23

No. 1 Ohio State 62, Michigan 53 , Feb. 3, 2011, Columbus

COLUMBUS-Jared Sullinger hammered away inside for 19 points and 15 rebounds and No. 1 Ohio State came back to beat Michigan 62-53. William Buford added 13 points.Tim Hardaway Jr. had 15 points, Darius Morris 12 and Jordan Morgan 10 for Michigan, which fell to 1-22 all-time against No. 1s. The Wolverines led 26-23 at the half and by five early in the second half before Ohio State continually turned to Sullinger inside to force fouls or muscle his way in for baskets. Ohio State was 15 of 25 at the line to Michigan’s 1 of 4. The teams had met just 22 days earlier, with the Buckeyes holding on at the end for a 68-64 win. The Buckeyes extended several streaks. Down 30-24 after a bucket inside by Morgan with 17:35 left, the Buckeyes muscled the ball inside to take over. Evidence of the physicality: The first seven fouls of the second half were called against Michigan. The Buckeyes were in the bonus with 14:20 left.

Ohio State vs. Michigan in 2011
Ohio State won at Michigan Jan. 12, 68-64, and then earned a 62-53 victory in Columbus Feb. 3. William Buford (16.0 ppg.), Jared Sullinger (15.5 ppg.) and David Lighty (10.5 ppg.) each averaged double figures offensively in the two wins this year. Sullinger averaged 11.0 rebounds as well.

OSU BIG TEN TOURNAMENT HISTORY
The Buckeyes are 15-8 all-time in Big Ten tournament play since the event began in 1998. Ohio State is the No. 1 seed in 2011 and has won 11 of its last 14 league tournament games. As the No. 1 seed, the Buckeyes are 9-2. Ohio State has entered the tournament as the No. 1 seed five times (2000, 2006, 2007, 2010, 2011).

No. 1 Ohio State 67 (30-2, 16-2),
Northwestern 61 (18-13, 7-11) OT                                                    
Conseco Fieldhouse – Indianapolis, Ind.
March 11, 2011
POSTGAME NOTES
 
Team Notes

  • As a ranked team, Ohio State is 390-107 all-time. The Buckeyes are 37-1 at home over the last two seasons.
  • The 30-win total is No. 2 in Ohio State history for overall wins in a season. The record is 35 wins set during the 2006-07 season that saw the Buckeyes appear in the National Championship.
  • The meeting vs. Northwestern and Ohio State was the first in the Big Ten tournament and first time on a neutral court vs. the Wildcats.
  • The Buckeyes move to 15-8 all-time in the Big Ten tournament, including wins in 11 of their last 14 tournament games.
  • As the No. 1 seed in the tournament, Ohio State is 9-2.
  • The win vs. Northwestern was the first single-overtime game for Ohio State in Big Ten tournament history. The Buckeyes defeated Illinois 88-81 last season in double-overtime.
  • Ohio State improves to 68-5 when ranked No. 1 by the Associated Press and 20-3 as the nation’s top team in the coaches poll.
  • Ohio State moves to 6-0 against Northwestern as the No. 1 ranked team.
  • The Buckeyes are 128-19 when ranked among the Top 3 in the country.
  • When ranked in the Top 10 nationally, Ohio State is 270-58 with wins in 61 of its last 66 outings.
  • Ohio State is 45-4 in its last 49 games.
  • The Scarlet and Gray improves to 33-3 in their last 36 Big Ten games and 24-2 in their last 26.
  • As a ranked team, Ohio State is 32-2 in games vs. Northwestern, including wins in 21 of the last 22 contests.
  • Ohio State has won 15 of the last 16 meetings with Northwestern.
  • The Buckeyes are 109-45 vs. the Wildcats all-time, with an overall Big Ten record of 718-660.
  • Ohio State only committed seven turnovers vs. Northwestern. They are first in the Big Ten and second nationally in turnover margin with a plus-5.1 margin.
  • Ohio State leads the conference with a 77.6 PPG average. They had 67 vs. Northwestern. They are second in scoring defense, allowing 59.8 PPG.
  • Ohio State has the best field goal percentage in the Big Ten at .494 (882-1,785).
  • This is the 257th-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 420 career starts and 525 games played.

THAD MATTA

  • Ohio State is 12-4 in the Big Ten tounament under 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.
  • 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 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 288-87 overall and 186-56 at Ohio State.
  • With the win, Ohio State is 34-19 in March under Matta and 3-0 this season.
  • Matta is now 11-1 vs. Northwestern in his career, with an overall mark of 96-39 against Big Ten opponents.
  • Matta is 90-17 vs. non-conference competition at Ohio State and 96-39 vs. Big Ten foes (regular season and Big Ten tournament games) for an overall record of 186-56.
  • The Buckeyes are 24-1 this season and 154-20 under Matta when leading at the half.
  • While outrebounding Northwestern 48-27, Ohio State improves to 19-2 on the year and 107-16 under Matta when grabbing more boards than its opponent.
  • The Buckeyes improve to 28-1 this season and 156-44 when limiting themselves to under 15 total turnovers (Ohio State had seven turnovers vs. Northwestern).

JARED SULLINGER

  • First-Team All-Big Ten Jared Sullinger finished the contest with a game-high 20 points. Sullinger has scored at least 10 points in 28 of 32 games.
  • With 20 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 556 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 18 rebounds for the Buckeyes (his 10.0 average is second in the Big Ten), good for his 15th double-double. He now has 320 rebounds on the season.
  • Sullinger’s 18 rebound performance is fourth in Ohio State history by a freshman. Herb Williams holds the record with 22 vs. Marshall, 11/28/78.
  • Sullinger (556) passed Kosta Koufos (534) for second in scoring during a freshman season.
  • Sullinger passed Greg Oden (306, 2007) and Herb Williams (308, 1978) for most rebounds in a season by a freshman at Ohio State with 320.
  • Sullinger’s 16 made free-throws increase his total to 167 made on the year, the most ever by a freshman at Ohio State.
  • Sullinger’s 16 made free-throws also ties his own record of made free-throws by a freshman in Ohio State history. He also accomplished the feat vs. IUPUI on 12/9/10.
  • Sullinger’s eight offensive boards are tied for third place by a freshman in Ohio State history. Nine is the record.

JON DIEBLER

  • Diebler’s current 3-point field goal percentage of 50.3 percent (96-191) puts him in the record books as having the best single season three-point percentage.
  • Diebler’s 50.3 percent shooting percentage from 3-point range is No. 1 in the Big Ten.
  • With one made 3-pointer, Diebler extends his streak to 48 games in a row with at least one 3-pointer made.
  • With 13 points against Northwestern, Diebler now has 1,462 career points good for 18th place in career scoring at Ohio State. He is 24 points behind Jerry Francis (1,486) for 17th-place.
  • The game vs. Northwestern was Diebler’s 139th game donning the Scarlet and Gray, tying Jamar Butler (139, 2005-08) for second all-time at Ohio State.

 DAVID LIGHTY

  • Lighty, the third player in Ohio State history to reach 1,000 points, 500 rebounds and 300 assists, ended the contest with eight points and six rebounds. Lighty’s current marks: 1,401 points, 562 rebounds and 356 assists.
  • With eight points, Lighty now has 1,401 for his career, seven behind Larry Bolden (1,408) for 21st-place in career scoring at Ohio State.
  • Lighty has now been a part of 125 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 152 games as a Buckeye, the most all-time in an Ohio State uniform. Lighty also leads all NCAA active players in games played.
  • The game vs. Northwestern marked senior David Lighty’s 120th career start for Ohio State. He is three behind Ken Johnson (123, 1998-01)

WILLIAM BUFORD
• Junior guard William Buford had seven points. His career total now stands at 1,345. Brent Darby is 24th with 1,368.

 AARON CRAFT
• Aaron Craft had two assists. He now has 147 assists on the season to just 72 turnovers. Craft averages 4.59 assists per game, leading all league freshmen.