Ohio State (13-5, 3-4) 67, No. 7 Michigan State (16-3, 6-1) 78
Jan. 25, 2009
Value City Arena
Michigan State leads the all-time series with Ohio State 58-48. In Columbus, Ohio State holds a 32-24 advantage. The teams have split the last eight games. In Value City Arena, the Buckeyes have a record of 2-4 vs. the Spartans.
Junior guard Jeremie Simmons went 2-for-4 from the 3-point line He has made a 3-point basket in 17 of 18 games this season.
Sophomore guard Evan Turner made his 200th (202) field goal in the first half.
Turner led the team in scoring for the seventh time this season, contributing 19 points.
With a free throw in the first half, sophomore guard Jon Diebler scored his 400th (408) career point.
Ohio State is 53-110 vs. teams ranked in the Associated Press Top 10 and 126-212 against teams ranked in the AP Top 25. The Buckeyes are 4-15 when playing the No. 7-ranked team.
Ohio State went on a 13-3 run from 10:31 in the first half until 6:19.
The Buckeyes are 40-16 against Big Ten Conference opponents in Value City Arena.
For the fourth time this season, the Buckeyes shot at least 50 percent from both the field and 3-point range. Ohio State was 23-of-42 (54.8 percent) from the field and 10-of-20 (50 percent) from behind the arc. The other opponents were Jacksonville, Iowa and Indiana.
Ohio State fell to 12-1 when leading at the half this season.
Matta is 76-8 overall in Columbus with a record of 71-8 at VCA, 3-0 at St. John Arena and 1-0 at Nationwide Arena.
Matta’s career record is 220-71 in his ninth season as a head coach. He is 117-40 in his fifth year at Ohio State.