Ohio State 54, Butler 51
Dec. 13, 2008
Value City Arena
Attendance: 13, 976
Ohio State is on an 11-game win streak after five-consecutive victories to end the 2007-08 season and victories in the first six games this year. Ohio State won the 2008 National Invitation Tournament at Madison Square Garden in New York.
Thad Matta improved his career record to 213-66 in his ninth season as a head coach … He is 111-35 in his fifth year at Ohio State … Matta has started the season 6-0 in three seasons at Ohio State (2005-06, 2006-07, 2008-09).
Matta is 2-1 when facing his alma mater. Ohio State travels to Indianapolis next year to complete the four-game series with the Bulldogs.
Ohio State is 331-95 all time when ranked in the AP Top 25. The Buckeyes are 4-3 when ranked in the No. 21 position and 23-6 when playing in their first game as a ranked team.
Ohio State is 39-3 at VCA when ranked among the AP Top 25. The Buckeyes have won the last 26 games at VCA as a Top 25 team.
David Lighty made his 50th start at Ohio State vs. Butler.
Ohio State is 31-9 vs. Butler in the all-time series and 53-10 vs. teams representing the Horizon League.
Ohio State has a record of 56-4 vs. non-conference teams at Value City Arena and is 94-19 overall.
The Buckeyes held Butler without a field goal for the last 3:58 of the game.
Seven different players have scored in double figures at least once this season. Evan Turner leads the team with five games, while David Lighty has tallied 10 or more points in three games.
With four blocks today, Dallas Lauderdale has 28 on the season and leads the Big Ten.
Lauderdale averages 4.6 blocks per game, third-most in the nation.
With a 3-point basket in the first half, Jeremie Simmons continued his streak of a made 3-pointer in every game this season. Simmons also went 1-for-5 from 3-range vs. Butler and is now 10-for-30 on the year.
With a 29-23 halftime lead, the Buckeyes led at the half for the fifth time in six games. Ohio State is now 5-0 when leading at the half this season.
Ohio State is 100-4 under Thad Matta when leading with five minutes to play in the second half.
Butler’s Gordon Hayward made 7 three-point baskets to tie an opponent record in Value City Arena. His 25 points ties the most by an individual player against Ohio State this season (Luke Harangody, Notre Dame).