No. 13/18 Ohio State (16-6, 6-3) vs. Penn State (8-13, 0-9)
Feb. 3, 2010
Opponent: Penn State (8-13, 0-9)
Site: Value City Arena (19,049)
Game Time: 6:30 p.m. ET
Television: Big Ten Network
Talent: Tom Hamilton (play-by-play)
Greg Kelser (expert analysis)
Charissa Thompson (sideline)
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)
Buckeyes Undefeated at Home
Ohio State has been undefeated at home 11 times previously and are 13-0 this season entering into the home game vs. Penn State Wednesday. The Buckeyes last finished the home season unblemished in 2006-07 with a school-record 18 home victories. Ohio State has advanced to the NCAA Final Four seven times when undefeated at home and to the NCAA title game five times.
Year Home Rcd. Postseason
1905-06 9-0 —
1938-39 7-0 NCAA Title Game
1944-45 9-0 NCAA Final Four
1945-46 9-0 NCAA Final Four
1959-60 12-0 NCAA Title Game
1960-61 11-0 NCAA Title Game
1961-62 11-0 NCAA Title Game
1962-63 14-0 —
1971-72 12-0 —
1990-91 15-0 NCAA Reg. Semifinals
2006-07 18-0 NCAA Title Game
2009-10 13-0 —
Fans attending the games this week on the Ohio State Campus are encouraged to bring items for Operation Buckeye. Individually-packaged items (ramen noodles, deodorant, fruit snacks, etc.) will be packaged by your Buckeyes and shipped to deployed units. Items will be collected at the following events.
St. John Arena
Feb. 5th, Wrestling vs. Michigan – 7 p.m.
Feb. 6th, Men’s Volleyball vs. St. Francis – 7 p.m.
Value City Arena
Feb. 7th, Men’s Basketball vs. Iowa – Noon
Feb. 11th, Women’s Basketball vs. Purdue – 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 13th, Men’s Hockey vs. Alaska – 7 p.m.
Rose Bowl Champions to be Honored at Penn State Game
The 2010 Rose Bowl champion Ohio State football team will be recognized at halftime of the Penn State men’s basketball game Wednesday. The trophy also will be displayed on the concourse of Value City Arena during the second half. Fans will have the opportunity to view and take photos with the trophy.
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 GIVES BUCKEYES 3 WITH 800
David Lighty has 828 career points in 105 career games (7.9 ppg.). He joins classmates Evan Turner (1,180 career pts./86 games) and Jon Diebler (880/92) on the Ohio State roster in the 800 club. With another 121 points, the Buckeyes could add William Buford (55 games) to the group.
TURNER VS. THE RANKED
Ohio State is 4-4 vs. ranked teams in the Associated Press Top 25 this season and 4-2 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 23.2 points and 9.8 rebounds vs. six ranked opponents this season (North Carolina, California, Florida State, Purdue, Wisconsin and West Virginia). He is connecting on 54 percent of his shots (52-97) and has 25 assists, four blocks and eight 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.
LIGHTY TURNS 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 in 105 games to date, starting 73. With another year of eligibility, Lighty has a chance to play in more games than any Ohio State player previously and finish among the Top 10 in career starts. The career leader in games played is Jamar Butler with 139 from 2005-08. Jamaal Brown (1989-92) and Jerry Francis (1986-89) own the record for career starts with 126.
TITUS, PETERS COULD BE PART OF ALL-TIME WINNINGEST CLASS
Seniors Mark Titus and Danny Peters have been a part of Ohio State’s program for 97 victories over their careers. The four-year record for victories by scholarship players is 105 set by Jamar Butler and Matt Terwilliger from 2005-08. The four-year record for wins at Ohio State is 107 from 2006-09 but there were no four-year seniors on the 2009 team. Peters and Titus both started their Ohio State careers as managers and joined the team as players for the start of the 2006-07 season. Peters was a manager in 2005-06 and Titus was a manager briefly in the fall of 2006 before he and Peters were added to the roster. Peters will leave Ohio State with five varsity letters.
DIEBLER REACHES 200 MADE 3S
Junior Jon Diebler has made 211 career 3-pointers to rank No. 2 all time at Ohio State behind Jamar Butler’s 242 career makes. Butler played from 2005-08 and averaged nearly 61 made 3s a season. Diebler has averaged 70 a season over three years. Butler’s career percentage from long range ranks No. 8 all time at 37.2 percent accuracy (242-650). Diebler is shooting 38.6 percent (211-547) for his career. This after connecting on just 29 percent (48-166) as a freshman. He shot 42 percent as a sophomore (96-231) and is making 45 percent this season (67-150). His percentage from long range this year is a single season record to date.
MATTA OWNS TOP WIN PERCENTAGE AMONG OHIO STATE COACHES
Thad Matta, now in his sixth season as head coach of the Buckeyes, has an overall win percentage of .733 (143-52) after 195 games at Ohio State. That winning mean is the highest among the 11 head coaches in the history of the Ohio State men’s basketball program with three or more seasons on the sidelines. Matta’s 61-32 record in Big Ten regular-season play (.656) also has produced the highest winning percentage in conference play among any previous Ohio State coach. Fred Taylor (1959-76) is second in both overall win percentage (.653/297-158) and Big Ten win percentage (.608/158-102) in 18 seasons.
MATTA REACHES DOUBLE-DIGIT WINS VS. NON-CONFERENCE FOES
Thad Matta has directed Ohio State to at least 10 wins during non-conference play in each of six seasons in Columbus and is 10-3 this season at the conclusion of non-Big Ten play. Matta is 75-16 vs. non-conference competition at Ohio State and 68-36 vs. Big Ten competition (regular season and Big Ten tournament games) for an overall record of 143-52.
Non-Conference Big Ten Overall
Yr. W L W L W L
2005 11 3 9 9 20 12
2006 12 1 14 5 26 6
2007 17 3 18 1 35 4
2008 14 4 10 9 24 13
2009 11 2 11 9 22 11
2010 10 3 6 3 16 6
75 16 68 36 143 52
BUCKEYES COMFORTABLE AT VCA
Ohio State is 13-0 at home to date and shooting well on familiar ground. The Buckeyes are shooting 54 percent as a team at home this season and 42 percent from 3-point range. The team has reached 100 or more points three times and average a margin of victory of +26.9. Four Buckeyes average more than 10 points a game, led by Evan Turner’s 16.1 ppg. Jon Diebler contributes 15.4 points per game. David Lighty (13.6 ppg.) and William Buford (12.9 ppg.) follow Diebler. Turner is making 60 percent of his field goals (69-116) and Diebler tosses in 53 percent of his 3-point attempts (49-92). Six Buckeyes are shooting 50 percent or better at home. Dallas Lauderdale has missed eight shots on the VCA court this season. He is 39-47 overall (.830). Jeremie Simmons has connected on 33 of 61 FG attempts (.541) and Kyle Madsen is 17 of 25 (.680).
Buckeyes Open Season Series with Penn State
Ohio State owns a 22-12 advantage in the all-time series with the Nittany Lions, including wins in each of the last 11 meetings. Penn State’s last win was a 64-47 outcome Jan. 10, 2004 in State College. Only David Lighty has faced Penn State more than twice in the series. He averages 3.3 points and 1.7 rebounds. Jeremie Simmons scored 14 points in his only meeting with PSU while P.J. Hill scored 13 points in his one game vs. PSU. William Buford scored 11 points in Ohio State’s only game vs. Penn State a season ago. The Buckeyes have been ranked among the Top 25 nationally in the Associated Press poll in 11 games vs. the Nittany Lions. The Buckeyes are 9-2 in those games.
OHIO STATE VS. THE BIG TEN
Michigan State 49-58
Penn State 22-12
LAST TIME VS. Penn State
Feb. 24, 2009: Ohio State 73, Penn State 59
Jeremie Simmons went to Ohio State’s coaching staff and suggested that P.J. Hill start in his place. It ended up being an ingenious move for Simmons, for Hill — and for the Buckeyes. Simmons came off the bench to score 14 points and Hill added a career-high 13, and the two also led a second-half surge as Ohio State beat Penn State 73-59 to end a three-game losing skid. Simmons scored the last five points of the first half to give Ohio State a lead, then hit three 3-pointers as the Buckeyes took control by scoring 25 of the game’s final 35 points. Hill, making his first start in his 49th game at Ohio State, gave the Buckeyes some energy at both ends. So did freshman center B.J. Mullens who also had 13 points. Another freshman, William Buford, added 11 points, all in the first half. Turner, second in the Big Ten in scoring at 17.2 points per game, did not score in the opening 32 minutes and finished with just six points. But he had a career-high eight assists to go with six rebounds.
NOTING THE Minnesota GAME (Jan. 31)
TURNER MISSES 4+ WEEKS WITH BACK INJURY
Junior Evan Turner fell hard to the floor on a dunk attempt early in the first half vs. Eastern Michigan Dec. 5. He left the game and tests revealed a fracture in his lower back. He missed a little more than four weeks recovering from the injury. He returned to face Indiana Jan. 6, a 79-54 Ohio State victory. In that game Turner recorded eight points, four rebounds and a game-high five assists in 20 minutes of action.
TURNER HAS EARNED FOUR POWs IN 2009-10, INCLUDING STRETCH OF 3 IN 3 WEEKS
Evan Turner was selected the Big Ten’s co-player of the week again Jan. 18 after earning his third-consecutive honor Nov. 30 when he recorded Ohio State’s third all-time triple-double in win vs. Lipscomb Nov. 24 with 16 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists. He shot 71 percent from the field for the week (15-21) and was a perfect 7-7 from the field vs. St. Francis Nov. 28. Averaged 16 points, 9.0 rebounds and 8.0 assists for the week with four blocks and three steals. Turner also became the 44th Buckeye to reach 1,000 points with 16 vs. St. Francis (Pa.) in just 27 minutes vs. the Red Flash.
TURNER JOINS JACKSON IN RECORD BOOK
Evan Turner became just the second player in recorded history to reach 1,000 points, 500 rebounds and 300 assists with eight helpers vs. Northwestern Jan. 19. Jim Jackson is the only other Buckeye to do so with 1,785 career points, 552 career rebounds and 372 career assists from 1990-92.
TURNER REACHES RARE ACCOMPLISHMENTS
Only 21 players in Ohio State history have scored more than 1,000 points and collected 500+ rebounds. Evan Turner has 1,180 career points and 550 career rebounds at Ohio State. The most recent addition to the list was Terence Dials, who from 2002-06, scored 1,566 points and grabbed 876 rebounds. He was the Big Ten Player of the Year in 2006. Just 27 Ohio State players have recorded 500 or more career rebounds. J.J. Sullinger was the last to join the list in 2006 in his third season in Columbus. He finished his career with 535 career rebounds.
FIVE OPPONENTS IN TOP 25
Ohio State has five opponents currently in the Top 25 nationally in the ESPN/USA Today and Associated Press weekly polls. Purdue, West Virginia, Michigan State, Wisconsin and Butler appear in both polls. Florida State also is receiving votes in both polls.
TURNER STREAK A FIRST SINCE ’80-81
Evan Turner opened the season with five-consecutive double-doubles for the first time since Clark Kellogg did so in 1980-81. Turner reached 10 or more points and rebounds vs. Alcorn State (14/17/10 assts.), James Madison (24-17), North Carolina (23/11), California (26/14) and Lipscomb (16/10/11 assts.). Kellogg began the 1980-81 campaign with double-doubles in five-consecutive games vs. Cleveland State (23/14), at Kentucky (12/13), Colgate (16/17), South Alabama (18/18) and at Arizona State (18/10).
OHIO STATE VS. THE RANKED
The Buckeyes have an all-time record of 133-219 vs. ranked opponents in the Associated Press Top 25. That includes a mark of 55-111 vs. Top 10 foes. The Buckeyes are 3-3 in the last six games vs. Top 10, including a 70-66 win at No. 6 Purdue Jan. 12. As a ranked team, Ohio State is 346-103 all-time. In games when both teams enter with a Top 25 ranking, Ohio State is 53-45.
CLIMBING THE SCORING CHART
Evan Turner has scored 1,180 points over 86 Ohio State games in his career for an average of 13.7 points a game. His 16 points vs. St. Francis (Pa.) Nov. 28 made him the 44th player in Ohio State history to reach 1,000 career points. With 19 points vs. Minnesota Jan. 31, Turner moved to No. 29 all-time on the career scoring chart at Ohio State. Two others on the current roster are on pace to reach 1,000 points. Junior David Lighty has 828 career points over 105 career games. Jon Diebler has 880 points (92 games) in his three seasons at Ohio State. William Buford is well on his way as a sophomore as well (679/55 games).
WINS FOLLOW BUCKEYE DOUBLE-DOUBLES
Ohio State has had a player record a double-double (10+ points, rebs, assists, steals or blocks) in 798 games. The Buckeyes are 541-257 in those contests (.678). Evan Turner has 20 career double-doubles and the Buckeyes are 13-7 in those contests, including wins in 11 of his last 14 games with a D-D. Turner is among the Top 15 players in OSU history with 20 career double-doubles at No. 14. William Buford became the 100th Ohio State player to record a double-double with 16 points and 10 assists in Ohio State’s win vs. Eastern Michigan Dec. 5. He added his second D-D with 17 points and a career-high 13 rebounds at Michigan Jan. 3.
100 POINTS EQUATES TO NEAR PERFECTION
Ohio State has scored 100 or more points 69 times all-time and has a record of 68-1 in those games. The Buckeyes are 49-0 at home when reaching the century mark, 3-0 on neutral courts and 16-1 on opponent courts. The last win with 100 or more points was a 111-60 victory vs. Eastern Michigan Dec. 5. The only loss for OSU when scoring 100 points was a double-overtime thriller at LSU Jan. 15, 2005. The Buckeyes battled the Tigers but fell 113-101.
DOUBLE DIGIT 3S
Ohio State has made 10 or more 3-pointers in a game 64 times since the long-range shot was instituted for the 1986-87 season. The Buckeyes are 53-11 in those games after knocking down 10 of 32 treys against Michigan Jan. 3. Opponents have made double-digit 3s 85 times and are 34-51 in those games vs. the Buckeyes. Matta’s Ohio State teams are 37-9 when making 10 or more 3s in a game.
FIRST FOUR GAMES PART OF 2K CLASSIC
The first four games of the regular-season made up the 2K Sports Classic benefiting Coaches vs. Cancer event on the Ohio State schedule. Alcorn State (Nov. 9) and James Madison (Nov. 12) traveled to Columbus before the Buckeyes played at Madison Square Garden in New York vs defending national champions North Carolina Nov. 19 and California Nov. 20.
CLUB TRIL T-SHIRTS NOW AVAILABLE
Mark Titus, senior walk-on from Brownsburg, Ind., has been writing and publishing his blog – clubtrillion.com – for the last two years on college basketball from an “end-of-the-bench” perspective. Surpassing 2,000,000 hits, the blog is somewhat popular in college basketball circles. To take advantage of the interest in the site, Titus has teamed with “A Kid Again,” a local charity for children with life-threatening illnesses, to help support the charity’s efforts. For a $25 donation fans of the blog will receive a Club Tril T-shirt. All the proceeds will then go to support “A Kid Again.” Get your shirt today by placing an order at clubtrillion.com. Nearly 1,700 have been sold, raising over $20,000 for charity.
BUCKEYES PICKED 3RD IN BIG TEN PRESEASON MEDIA POLL
Evan Turner was tabbed a preseason first team All-Big Ten selection by league media at the annual media day in Chicago. Turner is the league’s top returning scorer (17 ppg.). He led the Buckeyes in scoring, rebounding, assists and steals as a sophomore last year. Thad Matta’s Buckeyes were selected No. 3 in the preseason media poll behind Michigan State and Purdue.
SCHEDULE HAS BUCKEYES PLAYING THE NATION’S BEST
Ohio State will play five of the preseason Top 10 ranked teams (ESPN/coaches poll) in the country by year’s end. Preseason No. 2 Michigan State, No. 4 North Carolina, No. 7 Purdue, No. 9 West Virginia and No. 10 Butler all dot the Ohio State slate in 2009-10. Five Big Ten teams were ranked among the Top 20 with No. 15 Michigan, No. 18 Minnesota, and No. 17 Ohio State all slated among the top teams nationally. Ohio State also faced No. 12 California at the 2K Classic benefiting Coaches vs. Cancer in New York, defeating the Bears 76-70. Illinois was just outside the preseason Top 25 at No. 27.
SEVEN FORMER BUCKEYES ON NBA ROSTERS IN 2009-10
Ohio State leads all Big Ten teams with seven players on current NBA rosters. The Big Ten started the season with 33 players on NBA active lists. Nine Big Ten teams have at least one player competing in the NBA. Michael Redd (Milwaukee Bucks) is the longest-tenured Buckeye in the NBA. Greg Oden (Portland), Michael Conley (Memphis), Daequan Cook (Miami), Othello Hunter (Atlanta), Kosta Koufos (Utah) and B.J. Mullens (Oklahoma) represent Ohio State in the NBA.
MATTA ADDS PAIR TO ROSTER
The Ohio State roster grew by two in late October when Thad Matta added walk-on juniors Eddie Days and Dustin Reynolds. Days is the nephew of Buckeye great Jim Cleamons, a current assistant coach with the Los Angeles Lakers. Reynolds is the younger brother of former Ohio State women’s basketball player DiDi Reynolds. Dustin will sit out the 2009-10 season to satisfy NCAA transfer rules (from Hillsdale College in Michigan). Days started his career vs. Presbyterian College Dec. 16, playing one minute in the victory over the Blue Hose. The Buckeyes now have four walk-on players on the roster. Danny Peters is a fifth-year senior and Mark Titus is in his senior campaign as well. Peters will end his career with five varsity letters, one as a manager (2006) and four as a student-athlete (2007-10).
TURNER, USA EARN BRONZE AT WORLD UNIVERSITY GAMES
Junior Evan Turner averaged 4.0 points, 3.7 rebounds and led Team USA with 18 assists at the World University Games in Belgrade, Serbia. The United States finished with a 6-1 record at the early-July event with Turner making three starts and averaging 16.3 minutes a game. He connected on 52 percent of his shots (12-23) and 4 of 5 free throws.
TURNER AMONG CANDIDATES FOR PRESEASON HONORS
Evan Turner led Ohio State and the Big Ten in scoring last season with an average of 17.3 points a game. He was No. 3 in rebounding as well with 7.1 and was among the Top 10 league players in steals (4th/1.8 spg.) and assists (8th/3.97). He was a finalist for Big Ten Player of the Year honors a season ago and will be among the favorites entering his junior season. His name has also garnered All-America consideration after earning a spot among the Top 15 finalists for the 2009 Oscar Robertson Award, given annually by the United States Basketball Writer’s Association to the player of the year in college basketball.
DIEBLER AMONG BIG TEN, NATION’S TOP SHOOTERS
Jon Diebler, the all-time leading scorer in Ohio High School history, started slow in the college game from behind the arc, where he made a name for himself as a prep at Upper Sandusky High School. After shooting 29 percent from long range as a rookie (48-166), Diebler responded with a breakout sophomore season. He knocked down 96 of 231 treys for 41.6 percent accuracy. That effort was second in the Big Ten for makes and is the second-most single season 3s made in Ohio State history. He already is second all-time at Ohio State in 3s made in a career (211) and his eight 3s made at Northwestern last year rates No. 2 in Ohio State’s record book for 3s made in a game.
A SUMMER IN CANADA
With nearly the entire roster returning from the 2008-09 season, Matta and the Buckeyes took a preseason international trip to Canada. The excursion allowed the Buckeyes 10 practices and a few competitions before the official start of practice Oct. 16. The Buckeyes played three games between Aug. 27-31 in Canada vs. teams from the Windsor area. Ohio State last left the country for competition during the summer of 2001 when the squad traveled to Italy, Switzerland, France and the Netherlands.
CAN YOU SPOT MATTA A 20?
For each of the last nine 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 (10). Matta set the Ohio State record for consecutive 20-win campaigns last year with a 22-11 record, the fifth-consecutive Ohio State season with 20+ victories. 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 four seasons. A fifth double-digit effort in the win column in 2010 would tie 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).
SPEAKING OF CONSISTENT #S…
Ohio State was again one of the top draws in college basketball in 2008-09. The Buckeyes drew nearly 280,000 fans to home games last season to rate No. 14 nationally in home attendance. The Buckeyes have been among the Top 20 in home attendance in each of the last 11 years, all while playing at the Jerome Schottenstein Center (19,049). Ohio State games both home and on the road drew 477,000 fans last year, No. 16 nationally. The Buckeyes have been a Top 20 draw nationally in 10 of the last 11 years and led the nation in all-game attendance in 2007. The Big Ten led the nation in attendance for the 33rd-consecutive season in 2008-09. An average of 12,519 fans attended 193 Big Ten games a season ago.
BOALS JOINS STAFF
Matta added Jeff Boals to the staff after the departure of assistant coach Archie Miller, who left to coach alongside his brother Sean, the new University of Arizona head coach. Boals, a 1995 graduate of Ohio University, left Akron to join the Buckeyes. His tenacity as a player with the Bobcats is expected to transfer to the Ohio State roster, especially the post players.