Ohio State (14-5, 4-4) 72, Michigan (14-7, 4-5) 54
Jan. 28, 2009
Value City Arena
Ohio State leads the all-time series with Michigan 85-70 with a record of 49-26 in Columbus. Thad Matta is now 9-1 vs. the Wolverines as the head coach of the Buckeyes. Ohio State has now swept the season series in four of the last five seasons, including all three meetings in the 2006-07 season.
Junior guard Jeremie Simmons went 2-for-4 from the 3-point line He has made a 3-point basket in 18 of 19 games this season. His 12 points on the night also tied a career high.
The Buckeyes held the Wolverines to 15-of 49 (.306) shooting for the game, the second lowest field goal percentage for a Buckeye opponent this season. (Samford – .188)
With a free throw in the first half tonight, sophomore guard Evan Turner recorded his 600th career point.
Turner led the team in scoring for the eighth time this season, contributing 24 points. It was the 15th game this season that Turner has scored in double digits and fourth time he has scored 20 or more points.
Ohio State held Michigan to just four points over the first 9:38 of the game, forcing nine turnovers and adding 19 points of their own on 7-of-12 (.631) shooting from the field.
The Buckeyes held a distinct advantage inside, scoring 34 points in the paint to just 16 for the Wolverines.
The Buckeyes are 41-16 against Big Ten Conference opponents in Value City Arena.
Ohio State moved its record to 13-1 when leading at the half this season and 99-12 when leading at the half during Matta’s tenure in Columbus.
The Buckeyes held Michigan to 0-10 three-point shooting in the first half and just 5-for-25 (.200) from the field in the period. The Wolverines first-half output was the lowest of any Big Ten foe against the Buckeyes this season.
Freshman William Buford scored 9 points on 4-of-8 shooting (.500) from the field, giving him over 200 points this season. It was the 12th time this season that Buford has scored in double digits.
B.J. Mullens tied a career-high with three blocks to go along with 12 points and a team-high seven rebounds.
Matta is 77-8 overall in Columbus with a record of 72-8 at VCA, 3-0 at St. John Arena and 1-0 at Nationwide Arena.
Matta’s career record is 221-71 in his ninth season as a head coach. He is 118-40 in his fifth year at Ohio State.
Ohio State head coaches Matta (9-1), Jim Tressel (7-1) and Jim Foster (9-0) are a combined 25-2 vs. Michigan during their tenure with the Buckeyes.