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No. 13/16 Ohio State 72, Illinois 53
February 14, 2010
Champagne, Ill.
Assembly Hall
Attendance: 16,618

POSTGAME NOTES

Team

  • Sunday marks the first win over Illinois for Ohio State since Jan. 22, 2008, (a two-game streak) and the largest margin of victory (+ 19) since Jan. 19, 1991, when the Buckeyes won 89-55 (+34).
  • Illinois leads the all-time series with Ohio State 99-60 with the Illini winning 58 of 81 games played in Champaign.
  • Ohio State is 17-9 vs. Illinois when the Buckeyes are ranked among the Top 25 in the Associated Press poll. Seven of those wins have come in Champaign. Ranked Ohio State teams have won the last eight games vs. Illinois. The Illini were unranked in six of those games.
  • Ohio State held Illinois to 20 first-half points – the fewest for the Fighting Illini in the first half this season.
  • Of the Buckeyes’ 26 made field goals, 20 were assisted. Evan Turner had a team-high eight assists, while three others added three apiece.
  • The Buckeyes shot 53.1 percent from the field and 50 from behind the arc.
  • The Buckeyes wore patches on their uniforms Sunday in memory of the victims of Flight 3407 that crashed a year ago (Feb. 12) outside of Buffalo, N.Y. The crash claimed the lives of 50 people, including Lorin Maurer, the girlfriend of Ohio State video coordinator Kevin Kuwik. Each patch is a two-inch white circle with black border and 3407 in black inside the circle.
  • Ohio State recorded 20 assists in the game, the fifth time this season the Buckeyes recorded 20 or more assists. Ohio State is 27-0 in the Thad Matta era when dishing out 20 or more assists.
  • The Buckeyes shot 58 percent from the field in the second half (14-24) and finished the game shooting 53 percent overall (26-49). The Buckeyes are 13-0 on the year when hitting on more than half their shots. Ohio State also is 18-3 when leading at the half (36-20), 18-0 when leading with 5:00 to play, 20-2 when shooting better than opponents and 19-1 when scoring 70 or more points.

Thad Matta

  • Thad Matta’s record is now 249-83 in his 10th season all-time as a head coach. He is 147-52 in his sixth year at Ohio State. His .738 win percentage is tops all-time among Ohio State coaches.
  • Matta could set the Ohio State record for best winning percentage after 200 games with a win vs. Purdue. At 147-52, another victory would improve Matta to .740, surpassing the current record of .735 set by Fred Taylor (147-53) over his first 200 games. 
  • Matta is 64-32 (.667) in Big Ten games, also the highest percentage all-time at Ohio State.
  • Under Matta, Ohio State is 120-20 overall against unranked opponents, 15-2 this season.
  • The 2009-10 season marks the 10th-consecutive year head coach Thad Matta has earned at least 20 wins as a head coach. Only Mark Few, among active coaches, has more consecutive 20-win seasons to start a career (11, including this season). 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 has now won at least 10 Big Ten regular-season games in each of the last five seasons. His 10-win effort this season ties 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 three, including this season (10, 10, 10+).

Jon Diebler

  • Diebler finished the day with 18 points, all off 3-pointers. He was 6-for-11 from long-range, hitting three in each half.
  • He now has made 221 career 3-pointers to rank No. 2 all time at Ohio State behind Jamar Butler’s 242 career makes.
  • Diebler has hit at least one 3 in 35 of last 36 games (minus Iowa, 1/27/10) and has scored at least five 3-pointers six times this season.

Evan Turner

  • After scoring just four points in the first half, Turner posted 12 in the second to finish with 16. He now has 1,265 career points, good for No. 25 all-time and 20 away from Clark Kellogg in 24th-place.
  • With 11 rebounds, Turner earned his 22nd career double-double – 11th this season. He was two assists away from his third triple-double of the season.
  • Turner’s double-double was the 800th in Ohio State history. The Buckeyes are 543-257 all-time when at least one Buckeyes records a combination of 10 points, 10 rebounds, 10 assists, 10 blocks or 10 steals.