Feb. 21, 2007
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Attendance: 18,957 (sellout) Ohio State is 30-5 during itsstretch of 35-consecutive games in which it has been ranked amongthe Associated Press’ Top 25. The Buckeyes moved to 220-54 whenplaying with an AP Top 10 ranking and 319-94 when playing with anAP Top 25 rating. The win over Penn State was the 11th victory in arow against a Big Ten opponent. The streak is the longest since theBuckeyes strung together 12 wins in 1962. Ohio State was 13-1 inconference play that season, winning the Big Ten title andadvancing to the NCAA title game. The longest win streak in OSUhistory against Big Ten teams in 14 games (14-0) set in 1961. OhioState has won its last 24 games at Value City Arena dating back toa 77-67 victory over Wisconsin, Jan. 18, 2006. The current streakis the third longest home win streak in OSU history. The nextlongest is a 30-game streak from (Feb. 18, 1990-Feb. 8, 1992). Thiswas the second game this season in which Ohio State played as theNo. 1 team in the ESPN/Coaches Poll. The Buckeyes were rated No. 1in the poll Nov. 29 when they faced North Carolina. Head coach ThadMatta is 69-21 in his third season at Ohio State. At home, Mattahas directed the Buckeyes to a 49-3 record in Columbus. He is 47-3at Value City Arena and has a win at St. John and Nationwidearenas. His teams have won 24 consecutive games at Value CityArena. The crowd of 18,957 marked the 11th sellout of the season atValue City Arena. The Buckeyes are 37-7 overall when the facilityis sold out. With the victory, head coach Thad Matta remainedundefeated against Penn State with an 8-0 record all-time. OhioState has won 20 of 33 games played in the PSU series with an 11-3mark in Columbus. The Buckeyes extended their win streak againstthe Nittany Lions to nine games. With a 51-48 lead at the 5:00 markof the second half, the Buckeyes improved to 25-0 this season whenholding a lead with five minutes to play. With 17 points and 14rebounds (seven offensive), Greg Oden recorded his ninthdouble-double of the season. It is the most double-doubles in aseason by a Buckeye since Perry Carter had 10 in 1990-91. Oden hada double-double in both games vs. the Nittany Lions this season. Hehad 15 points and 10 boards at Penn State (Feb. 14). Oden scorednine of the Buckeyes’ 24 points in the first half and grabbed sevenof the team’s 14 rebounds, including both offensive boards. Odenalso had three blocked shots to improve his season total to 74. Hetrails only Herb Williams for most blocked shots by an OSUfreshman. Williams (1978) holds the mark with 79 blocks. MikeConley Jr. moved to second in the OSU record books for assists in aseason. He had 10 vs. Penn State for a total of 183 this year.Conley is just six shy of surpassing Curtis Wilson (1988), whoholds the record with 188. The game Wednesday was the sixth timethis year Conley has dished out 10 assists and the second time hehas done so in back-to-back games. Jamar Butler led the Buckeyeswith 18 points, tying his season high set in the opening gameagainst VMI. Butler hit four of Ohio State’s five 3-pointers in thegame. Along with Butler and Oden, two other Buckeyes finished withdouble-digit points. Daequan Cook had 12 and Ron Lewis had 11.