Ohio State (17-5, 7-4 Big Ten) 64, No. 19 Minnesota (18-5, 6-5 Big Ten) 58
Feb. 7, 2009
Value City Arena
Attendance: 19,049 (Sellout)
Ohio State leads the all-time series with the Golden Gophers, 74-54, while also holding a 46-18 advantage in Columbus. Against ranked Minnesota squads, Ohio State is 12-12.
Freshman William Buford poured in his 250th point this season, by scoring 11 points on 5-of-14 shooting. It was also the 14th game this season he has been in double figures and 13th of the last 14. His four steals tied his career-high.
The Buckeyes used an 18-4 first half run from 11:10 to 4:04 to give themselves a 25-17 lead over the Golden Gophers.
Ohio State picked up its fifth win over a ranked opponent this season, all coming while being unranked themselves. The last time the team won five games versus ranked teams in a season as an unranked squad came in 1989-90.
Sophomore guard Evan Turner led the team in scoring for the 11th time this season, contributing 18 points while totaling his ninth career double-double by adding 10 rebounds.
The Buckeyes are 43-16 against Big Ten Conference opponents all-time in Value City Arena.
Five Buckeyes scored in double figures – Evan Turner (18), Jon Diebler (11), William Buford (11), Jeremie Simmons (10) and B.J. Mullens (10). Ohio State also did this against Indiana at home Jan. 31.
Dallas Lauderdale turned away a Golden Gopher shot early in the first half, giving him his 50th block this season. His 2.4 blocks per game average is tops in the Big Ten.
The Buckeyes improved to 17-0 this season and 111-4 all-time under Thad Matta when leading with 5 minutes remaining in the game.
Ohio State is 128-212 against teams ranked in the AP Top 25.
Sophomore guard Jon Diebler went 3-for-10 from the 3-point line. He has made a 3-point basket in 19 of 20 games this season.
The Buckeyes improved to 14-1 in 2008-09 when leading at halftime, while Matta has a record of 100-12 when leading at the half as Ohio State head coach.
Thad Matta is 79-8 overall in Columbus with a record of 75-8 at VCA, 3-0 at St. John Arena and 1-0 at Nationwide Arena.
Thad Matta’s career record is 224-71 in his ninth season as a head coach. He is 122-40 in his fifth year at Ohio State.