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March 12, 2010
No. 1 Ohio State (24-7, 14-4) vs. No. 8 Michigan (14-16) or No. 9 Iowa (10-20)
Site:
                Conseco Fieldhouse (18,345)
Game Time:      Noon ET
Television:       ESPN
Talent:            Dave O’Brien (play-by-play)
                      Steve Lavin (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)

Turner Named Player of the Year, All-America by Sporting News
 Evan Turner, Ohio State’s do-it-all junior guard, is Sporting News’ national player of the year and first team All-America. The Big Ten’s top scorer and rebounder is the Buckeyes’ first winner since Jerry Lucas, who won back-to-back Sporting News player of the year awards in 1961-62. He is the first Big Ten player to be honored by SN since Illinois’ Dee Brown in 2005.
 During a record-setting junior season, Turner joined Jim Jackson as the only Buckeyes with 1,000 career points, 500 rebounds and 300 assists. Turner also piled up and a record seven Big Ten player of the week awards despite missing more than four weeks with a fracture in his lower back. The seven conference and 10 career player of the week honors are both season and career records for a league player.

2010 SPORTING NEWS ALL-AMERICANS
First team
G Evan Turner, Ohio State

G James Anderson, Oklahoma State
G Scottie Reynolds,Villanova
G John Wall, Kentucky
G Greivis Vasquez, Maryland

Turner Named Player of the Year in District V by USBWA
 The United States Basketball Writer’s Association named Evan Turner to its All-District V team and as the District’s player of the year. District V includes the states of Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin. Turner was a member of the USBWA All-District V Team in 2009. He is the first Buckeye to be named Disctict V Player of the Year. The 2010 USBWA All-America Team will be announced March 15 and the 2010 USBWA Player of the Year will be unveiled March 29 in Indianapolis at the Final Four.

Turner, Matta Voted Best in Big Ten
 Evan Turner earned Ohio State’s sixth Big Ten Player of the Year award Monday. The honor, voted on by both the league coaches and media, is the first for Ohio State since Terence Dials was named in 2006. Matta was tabbed Coach of the Year by the league’s media for the third time in six seasons at Ohio State. Ohio State coaches have earned the honor a total of eight times. Turner was the lone unanimous selection to the All-Big Ten First Team, by both coaches and media, this year. His selection as the 2010 Player of the Year in the Big Ten also was unanimous in the media vote. All five Ohio State starters were recognized with end-of-season league honors. In addition to Turner, junior David Lighty and sophomore William Buford were selected by the media to the Third Team All-Big Ten squad while junior Jon Diebler was an honorable mention selection. League coaches selected Buford as a third team member with both Diebler and Lighty making the honorable mention team. Dallas Lauderdale was selected by the coaches to the All-Defensive Team. Senior Kyle Madsen was selected for the Big Ten Sportsmanship Award Honoree.  

OHIO STATE’S BIG TEN PLAYERS OF THE YEAR
1987   Dennis Hopson
1991  Jim Jackson
1992  Jim Jackson
1999  Scoonie Penn
2006  Terence Dials
2010  Evan Turner

OHIO STATE’S BIG TEN COACHES OF THE YEAR
1983   Eldon Miller
1991  Randy Ayers
1992  Randy Ayers
1999  Jim O’Brien
2001  Jim O’Brien
2006  Thad Matta
2007  Thad Matta
2010  Thad Matta

OSU Big Ten Tournament History
 The Buckeyes are 11-8 all-time in Big Ten Tournament play since the event began in 1998. Ohio State is the No. 1 seed in 2010 and has won seven of its last 10 league tournament games. As the No. 1 seed, the Buckeyes are 5-2.

Year (seed)    W/L      Opponent (seed)   Score
1998 (11)         L      Indiana (6)           71-78
2000 (1)           L      Penn State 9)       66-71
2003 (8)          W      Iowa (9)              66-64
                      W      Wisconsin (1)       58-50
                      W      Michigan State (5) 55-54
                       L      Illinois (2)            59-72
2004 (9)           L      Indiana (8)          69-83
2005 (6)          W      Penn State (11)    72-69
                       L      Wisconsin (3)       49-60
2006 (1)          W      Penn State (8)     63-56
                      W      Indiana (5)          52-51
                       L      Iowa (2)              60-67
2007 (1)          W      Michigan (8)        72-62
                      W      Purdue (5)           63-52
                      W      Wisconsin (2)       66-49
2008 (5)           L      Michigan State (4) 60-67
2009 (5)          W      Wisconsin (4)       61-57
                      W      Michigan State (1) 82-70
                       L      Purdue (3)            61-65
2010 (1)                  Michigan or Iowa 

Last Time vs. Michigan
Feb. 27, 2010, Ohio State 66, Michigan 55
COLUMBUS – William Buford scored 24 points and Evan Turner added 18 points and 11 rebounds to lead No. 9 Ohio State past Michigan 66-55. The victory kept the Buckeyes in the thick of the Big Ten race heading into the final week. It also gave them a measure of retribution for an earlier loss to the Wolverines. Ohio State has defeated every team in the conference at least once this year.  Dallas Lauderdale matched a career high with 14 points for Ohio State. DeShawn Sims, Darius Morris and Zack Novak each had 11 points for Michigan, which lost its third in a row. Michigan led by a point at the half, but shot just 26 percent in the second half. Ohio State shot 59 percent for the game. The Buckeyes – in particular, Turner – took control at the outset of the second half in front of a cheering crowd of 18,862. Just as in the first half, Turner opened the scoring with a baseline jumper before Buford scored inside on an assist from David Lighty. That gave Ohio State the lead at 36-33. Later, Turner blocked a layup by Novak, one of the Top Plays on ESPN, then grabbed an offensive rebound at the other end and made a layup to push the advantage to 45-37. The Buckeyes were successful on three consecutive possessions, Lauderdale scoring inside off a Turner assist, Buford banging in a perimeter jumper and then Lauderdale hitting a reverse dunk while unguarded to make it 51-40. Michigan pulled to 57-50 before Lauderdale used one hand to jam in a Turner alley-oop pass with 4 1/2 minutes left, the basket and the arena rocking for several seconds after.

The Ohio State vs. Michigan Series
 Ohio State leads the overall series with the Wolverines 86-71 with the series tied 1-1 in games decided on a neutral court. The Buckeyes split the meetings in 2010 and have won three of the last four contests and 10 of the last 12 in the series. Ohio State is 28-5 vs. Michigan when ranked nationally in the Associated Press poll and has won seven of the last eight vs. the Wolverines when ranked.
 Two Buckeyes average double figures in the Michigan series. William Buford leads the way with 16.0 points a game in four meetings with the Wolverines. Evan Turner (15.4 ppg.) also contributes double figures. Buford is the top rebounder for the Buckeyes with 7.8 rpg vs. Michigan. Turner has made 26-31 foul shots (.839) vs. Michigan while Jon Diebler has knocked down 14 of 40 3-point attempts (.350) vs. UM.
 In the two games vs. Michigan this season, Buford led the way with 40 points and 22 rebounds. Turner, who missed the loss to UM at Michigan Jan. 3, scored 18 in the game played in Columbus. Dallas Lauderdale (11.0 ppg.), David Lighty (10.0) and Diebler (10.0) also added double figures vs. Michigan this year. The Buckeyes fell 73-64 at Crisler Arena Jan. 3 and then won 66-55 Feb. 27 at Value City Arena.

Last Time vs. Iowa
Feb. 7, 2010, Ohio State 68, Iowa 58
COLUMBUS – Evan Turner matched his career high with 32 points, leading No. 13 Ohio State past Iowa 68-58 and stretching the Buckeyes’ Big Ten winning streak to seven straight. Jon Diebler added 12 points for the Buckeyes, who have won four in a row overall and seven of eight. Eric May scored 16 points, Aaron Fuller and Cully Payne 11 each, and Matt Gatens 10 for the Hawkeyes, who have lost four in a row and won just once away from home. Ahead by five at the half, Ohio State pulled away when Iowa hit 1 of its first 9 shots. Turner, who scored 20 points in the last 20 minutes, got things going on what would become an 11-2 run, including Kyle Madsen’s bucket to close the half. Turner hit a 15-foot jumper on the first possession and later hit another shot off an inbounds pass. William Buford hit two foul shots and had two assists, including on Diebler’s 3 from in front of the Ohio State bench that made it 41-29. The Hawkeyes were able to get as close as 51-43, but Turner responded with a baseline jumper and a slashing drive through the lane. Iowa was down 55-46 but missed three consecutive 3-point shots on the same possession, thanks to two offensive rebounds. Turner finally ended the lengthy trip down the floor with a rebound, then dribbled the length of the floor, faked May on a drive and coasted in for an easy finger-roll. The Buckeyes were without center Dallas Lauderdale for large portions of the game. He was tagged with his third and fourth fouls at the outset of the second half and sat out much of the remainder of the game.

Ohio State, Iowa Series
 Iowa leads the overall series with the Buckeyes 73-67 with the Buckeyes owning a 2-1 record in games decided on a neutral court. The Buckeyes won both meetings in 2010 and have won the last four contests and six of the last seven in the series. Ohio State is 19-10 vs. the Hawkeyes when ranked nationally in the Associated Press poll. Ohio State has won each of the last four games vs. the Hawkeyes when ranked.
 Four Buckeyes average in double figures in the Iowa series. Evan Turner leads the way with 15.2 points a game in six meetings with the Hawkeyes. David Lighty (11.8 ppg.), William Buford (10.8 ppg.) and Jon Diebler (10.5 ppg.) also contribute double figures. Buford is the top rebounder for the Buckeyes with 6.3 rpg vs. Iowa. Lighty has made 17-20 foul shots (.850) vs. Iowa while Diebler has knocked down 13 of 32 3-point attempts (.406).
 In the two games vs. Iowa this season, Turner led the way with 48 points, 19 rebounds, 12 assists and seven steals vs. the Hawkeyes. Lighty averaged 14.7 ppg. and Buford 10.0 ppg. and 8.5 rebounds. The Buckeyes won 65-57 at Carver-Hawkeye Arena Jan. 27 and then 68-58 Feb. 7 at Value City Arena.  

Turner Among 6 finalists for Cousy 
 The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced March 6 the final six candidates in consideration for the 2010 Bob Cousy Award presented by The Hartford Financial Services Group, Inc. This annual award is given to college basketball’s top point guard and is named after Hall of Famer and former Boston Celtics guard Bob Cousy. The winner of the 2010 Bob Cousy Award will be announced on April 1 with the award presentation coming at the Final Four on Monday April 5 as part of the Bob Cousy Award Breakfast and Basketball Hall of Fame Class Announcement.
2010 Bob Cousy Award Final Six
Evan Turner – Ohio State
Sherron Collins – Kansas
Scottie Reynolds – Villanova
Jon Scheyer – Duke
Greivis Vasquez – Maryland
John Wall – Kentucky

Matta Earns Third Big Ten Title 
 Ohio State earned a share the Big Ten title after the win vs. Illinois in the regular-season finale March 2. Ohio State finished 14-4 in league play after winning 13 of its last 14 games following a 1-3 start to the league schedule. The Illini win secured Ohio State’s third conference crown in six years for head coach Thad Matta. He led the Buckeyes to the top spot in both 2006 and 2007. Ohio State also won the football and women’s basketball regular season titles in 2006, 2007 and 2010, the only Big Ten School to ever secure all three titles in the same season.
        Not since Coach Fred Taylor led Ohio State to five-consecutive titles from 1960-64 has an Ohio State coach led the Buckeyes to three titles in a five year span. Matta has led Ohio State to a school record six-consecutive seasons with at least 20 wins and five years in a row with at least 10 conference wins, which ties Taylor’s stretch from 1960-64. Overall, Ohio State has won 18 Big Ten titles, 12 outright.
 Matta has coached six teams to regular season conference championships. His 2000-01 team claimed the Midwestern Collegiate Conference title in his only season at Butler. While coaching Xavier (2002-04), Matta earned the Atlantic 10 regular season title in 2002 and 2003. Since joining Ohio State, Matta’s teams won the Big Ten in 2006, 2007 and 2010. Matta teams also have won four conference tournament titles (2001, 2002, 2004, 2007 and have made the league title game six times (2006, 2009).

Buckeyes Bid Farewell to Five Seniors
 Before the Illinois game March 2, the Ohio State men’s basketball program recognized five seniors who have helped accumulate several lofty achievements during their tenures. Kyle Madsen, P.J. Hill, Jeremie Simmons, Danny Peters and Mark Titus were in uniform for the final time as Buckeyes in Value City Arena. Peters and Titus have been part of 105 victories during their four years in uniform. The four-year victories record for scholarship players is 105.
 Madsen started his career as a Buckeye on the sidelines following a transfer from Vanderbilt. He worked against three first-round NBA draft choices during his time in Columbus (Greg Oden, Kosta Koufos, B.J. Mullens) and is seeing the benefits this year as one of Ohio State’s most valuable reserves. Hill helped the Buckeyes to the 2008 National Invitation Tournament Championship and to the 2009 NCAA Tournament a year ago. Simmons played a key role in Ohio State’s 2009 Big Ten Tournament Title game appearance as well as the NCAA tournament qualification. All five will end their careers in NCAA tournament play as well in 2010, Ohio State’s 22nd appearance in the event.

Buckeyes Earn Trifecta, Again
 Thad Matta’s third Big Ten title gives Ohio State league titles in the same year in football and men’s and women’s basketball for the third time in five seasons. No Big Ten school has accomplished the feat other than Ohio State. The three teams won outright titles in all three sports in 2007. Football shared in 2006 and the 2010 men’s basketball team share the title.  

Turner Earns Record Big Ten Awards
 Evan Turner collected his second weekly laurel in as many weeks after leading the Buckeyes to a pair of wins in Big Ten action while averaging 21.5 points, 9.0 rebounds and 7.0 assists the week of Feb. 22. Against Penn State, the junior lit up the scoreboard with 25 points on 8-of-17 (.471) shooting while registering an unblemished 9-of-9 mark from the foul line. The 6-7 swingman showcased his versatility by adding seven rebounds, seven helpers and three steals in the road win in State College, Pa. The Chicago native carried that momentum into the home victory over Michigan, posting his 13th double-double of the season, and 24th overall, with 11 rebounds and 18 points while connecting on eight-of-11 from the floor.  Turner also added a career-high four blocked shots against the Wolverines while dishing seven assists. For his career, Turner is currently No. 21 in scoring (1,373), No. 15 in rebounding (632), No. 8 in assists (375) and No. 7 in steals (151). The selection marks the seventh Player of the Week laurel for Turner this season, and his 10th overall, both are single season and career records for POW honors. 
 
Naismith Trophy Pegs Turner as One of 30 Finalists
 Evan Turner is among the Top 30 finalists and among the leading candidates to earn the 2010 Naismith Trophy, giving annually to the player of the year in collegiate basketball. The honor will be announced at the 2010 Final Four in Indianapolis. The four finalists for the award will be announced March 21 by CBS during first round coverage of the 2010 NCAA Tournament. The Naismith Award has been presented by the Atlanta Tipoff Club since 1969 when UCLA’s Lew Alcindor claimed the first honor. No previous Ohio State player has been awarded the Naismith Trophy. Glenn Robinson of Purdue is the last Big Ten representative to earn the award. He did so in 1994. Indiana’s Calbert Cheaney (1993) and Scott May (1976) are the other Big Ten winners of the award. 

MATTA REACHES 100 GAMES IN
REGULAR SEASON LEAGUE PLAY
 Thad Matta coached his 100th Big Ten Conference regular season game at Penn State Feb. 24. His overall win percentage in conference games among Ohio State coaches is No. 1 overall but second to Fred Taylor after the first 100 regular season league games. Taylor won 75 percent of the first 100 games vs. conference foes.

Ohio State Coaches at 100 Big Ten Games
Fred Taylor (1959-76)         75-25/.750
Thad Matta (2005- )           67-33/.670
Randy Ayers (1990-97)       54-46/.540
Eldon Miller (1977-86)         51-49/.510
Harold G. Olsen (1923-46)  43-57/.430
Floyd S. Stahl (1951-58)     42-58/.420

CAN YOU SPOT MATTA A 20?
 For each of the last 10 seasons, all as a head coach, Thad Matta has guided teams to at least 20 victories. Only Mark Few, among active coaches, has more consecutive 20-win seasons to start a career (11). Matta set the Ohio State record for consecutive 20-win campaigns last year with a 22-11 record. He now has led six-consecutive Buckeye teams to 20+ wins. The previous record was four held by the 1960-63 teams under legendary head coach Fred Taylor.
 Matta also has won at least 10 Big Ten regular-season games in each of the last five seasons,  tying Taylor’s mark of 10+ league wins in each of the 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 two (10, 10, 14).
 Ohio State enters the 2010 Big Ten Tournament with a 24-7 overall record and a 14-4 record in league play. The game vs. Purdue Feb. 17 also was the 200th for Matta as head coach of the Buckeyes. He enters the postseason with a record of 151-53 at Ohio State. He recorded career win No. 250 with a 74-67 victory at Michigan State Feb. 21. 

Sullinger, Thomas Add to Ohio State’s 15-Player McDonald’s List
 Ohio State recruits Jared Sullinger (2010) and Deshaun Thomas (2010) were selected Feb. 11 to represent the East Team in the 2010 McDonald’s All-America game. The game will be played March 31 at Value City Arena in Columbus. Four McDonald’s All-Americans were a part of Ohio State’s 2006-07 squad that finished 35-4 overall, 15-1 in Big Ten Conference play, won the league regular-season title outright and played for the NCAA national title vs. Florida in April of 2007.
 Ivan Harris (2003), Greg Oden (2006), Mike Conley Jr. (2006) and Daequan Cook (2006), all former McDonald’s All-Americans, played for the Buckeyes in 2006-07. William Buford (2008), B.J. Mullens (2008), Kosta Koufos (2007), Clark Kellogg (1979), Perry Carter (1987), Treg Lee (1987), Jim Jackson (1989), Charles Macon (1992) and Greg Simpson (1992) all played for Ohio State after playing in the McDonald’s All-America game before joining the Ohio State program for a total of 15 all-time.
 Sullinger and Thomas make up one-third of Ohio State’s 2010 recruiting class, which has been rated No. 1 or 2 nationally. The pair also are among six finalists for the Naismith Boys’ High School Player of the Year.

MATTA TIES OHIO STATE RECORD
 Thad Matta tied an Ohio State record for win percentage at 200 games coached with the Buckeyes. Matta is 151-53 in 204 games at Ohio State for a win percentage of 74.0. Fred Taylor, who recently had a banner in his honor unfurled in Value City Arena, set the 200-game win percentage record at 73.5 (147-53). Only four previous Ohio State coaches have reached 200 games on the Buckeye sidelines.

Coach (Years) Record at 200 Win %
Fred Taylor (1959-76)         147-53 .735
Thad Matta (2005-Present)  147-53 .735
Eldon Miller (1977-86)         119-81 .595
Randy Ayers (1990-97)        113-87 .565
Harold G. Olsen (1923-46)   107-93 .535

OHIO STATE CELEBRATES 1960 TEAM,
FRED TAYLOR
   The 1960 Ohio State men’s basketball team was honored at halftime of the Minnesota game Jan. 31 at Value City Arena. The squad won the NCAA and Big Ten titles that season with a 25-3 record and a 13-1 mark in the Big Ten. Nearly the entire team returned for the weekend, including three-time All-American and Big Ten Player of the Year Jerry Lucas, All-American and two-time All-Big Ten selection John Havlicek and Bob Knight, the NCAA career leader in coaching victories (Army, Indiana and Texas Tech) with 902. All three are members of the Basketball Hall of Fame. A fourth member of the team, its head coach Fred Taylor, also is a Basketball Hall of Fame inductee. His name will forever be memorialized in the rafters of the Schottenstein Center after a banner acknowledging his accomplishments was unfurled during the weekend festivities.

LIGHTY EFFORT VS. PSU GIVES BUCKEYES 3 WITH 900+, BUFORD REACHES 800
 David Lighty has 929 career points in 114 career games (8.1 ppg.). He joins classmates Evan Turner (1,373 career pts./95 games) and Jon Diebler (978/101) on the Ohio State roster in the 900 club. William Buford (64 games) reached 800 points with 17 vs. Illinois March 2 to give Ohio State four current players with 800+ career points.

TURNER VS. THE RANKED
 Ohio State is 5-5 vs. ranked teams in the Associated Press Top 25 this season and 5-3 with a full roster. Evan Turner missed six games this season with a back injury. Ohio State was 3-3 in those games, including an 0-2 mark vs. ranked foes. Turner averages 23.5 points and 9.5 rebounds vs. eight ranked opponents this season (North Carolina, California, Florida State, Purdue (2), Wisconsin, Michigan State and West Virginia). He is connecting on 51 percent of his shots (69-135) and has 36 assists, five blocks and 11 steals.
          
TURNER SELECTED TO MIDSEASON WOODEN TOP 30 LIST
     The Top 30 candidates for the John R. Wooden Award, the nation’s most coveted college basketball honor, were named Jan. 4 by The Los Angeles Athletic Club’s John R. Wooden Award Committee. Composed of the players who will compete for the player of the year award this season, the midseason list is based on individual excellence and team record during the first half of the season. Ohio State’s Evan Turner was added to the list despite missing six games with an injured back. Turner was averaging 17.3 points, 10.6 rebounds and 5.8 assists a game before the injury. He currently leads the Big Ten in scoring and rebounding and is No. 2 is assists and steals.

LIGHTY, DIEBLER TURN 100
   Against Purdue Jan. 12, the veteran of the Ohio State roster reached 100 games played in his fourth season in the program. David Lighty, who missed the majority of the 2008-09 season with a broken foot, is a junior this year after receiving a medical redshirt after playing just seven games a year ago. Lighty has appeared