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Ohio State (1-0, 0-0 Big Ten) 91, Wisconsin-Green Bay (0-1, 0-0 Horizon League) 68
Value City Arena
Columbus, Ohio
Nov. 12, 2007
Attendance: 13,644

In three seasons as head coach, Thad Matta holds a record of 8-0 in season openers, improving to 4-0 at Ohio State. He was 1-0 at Butler and 3-0 at Xavier.

Ohio State has won the last 26-regular season games at Value City Arena. Matta holds a record of 49-3 at VCA and a 51-3 mark in Columbus in three years, including a school-record 18-0 campaign in the 2006-07 season.

The Buckeyes have won 33 of their last 34 games when leading at halftime and is 70-8 when leading at the halfway mark under Matta.

At the helm of the Buckeyes, Matta is 33-4 in regular-season nonconference games. Ohio State owns a record of 50-9 all-time against the teams from the Horizon League. The NIT first-round matchup between the Buckeyes and the Phoenix served as the first meeting between the two schools.

In three-plus seasons under head coach Thad Matta, the Buckeyes have made 10 or more 3-point shots in 30 games. The Buckeyes are 25-5 in those contests. All-time, the Buckeyes have made 10+ 3-pointers 47 times, with wins in 40 of those games (.850). Matta’s teams have been involved in 63 percent of all games with 10 or more made 3s by the Buckeyes (30-of-47).

With the win, Ohio State notched its first win in the preseason NIT tournament. In their previous two appearances, the Buckeyes went 0-2 losing in 1989 and 1994.

Ohio State has held its opponents to 70 or fewer points in 32 of its last 40 games, winning all competitions.

Veteran leadership by Jamar Butler, Othello Hunter, David Lighty and Matt Terwilliger led the Buckeye effort in the first half connecting for 15-of-23 field goals and 6-of-9 3-pointers to tally 38 of the team’s 46 points.

Buckeye freshmen John Diebler and Kosta Koufos notched their first career starts in the game against the Phoenix Monday. For the second-consecutive year, Ohio State started two rookies in the season opener. Returning for their second-consecutive starts in the season opener were seniors Butler and Hunter and sophomore Lighty.

Seven Buckeyes made their debut Monday night, including sophomores P.J. Hill and Kyle Madsen and freshmen Diebler, Koufos, Dallas Lauderdale, Evan Turner and Eric Wallace. In his first outing, Koufos scored 18 points in 18 minutes of play.

Kyle Madsen clocked his first minutes as a Buckeye Monday, which served as his first in a game that counts in two years. The Dublin, Ohio, native redshirted at Vanderbilt before transferring to Ohio State where he had to sit out the 2006-07 season to satisfy NCAA transfer rules.

Butler improved to sixth all-time in career 3-point field goals made with 143. Currently, the Lima, Ohio, native is seventh in career 3-point field goals attempted with 386.

With 17 points, Hunter tied his personal best originally set Dec. 9, 2006, vs. Cleveland State and tallied four blocks, matching his career high.

Lighty improved on his personal best in four categories: 21 points, four assists, and a career-high nine field goals on 13 attempts. The Cleveland, Ohio, native grabbed eight rebounds to tie his career high last achieved against San Francisco Nov. 20, 2006.