Nov. 30, 2010
No. 2 Ohio State (5-0) at Florida State (5-1)
Site: Donald L. Tucker Center (12,100)
Game Time: 7:30 p.m. ET
Talent: John Saunders (play-by-play)
Fran Fraschilla (expert analysis)
Radio: OSU Radio Network (60 stations)
Local Radio: WBNS FM-97.1 AM-1460
Radio Talent: Paul Keels (play-by-play)
Ron Stokes (expert analysis)
Thomas Earns Ohio State’s 3rd FOW Honor
Deshaun Thomas provided the Buckeyes with offense off the bench last week in wins over Morehead State and Miami (Ohio). He averages 14.8 points a game overall, one of five Ohio State players in double figures. Last week Thomas was Ohio State’s second leading scorer in wins vs. the Eagles and RedHawks. He averaged 15.5 points on a remarkable 13 of 19 shooting (.684) from the field. He also led Ohio State in rebounding last week with an average of 6.0 rebounds a game against two slow-it-down opponents. He is the third Buckeye to win Big Ten Freshman of the Week honors this season. Classmante Jared Sullinger won the first two awards from the conference office.
The Ohio State, FSU Series
Ohio State is 4-0 all-time vs. Florida State. The teams last played a season ago in Columbus, a 77-64 Buckeye victory. The last game vs. the Seminoles was played in 1968 in Tallahassee, a 93-86 victory for the then-16th-ranked Buckeyes. No. 1 Ohio State downed FSU in the series opener 72-57 in 1961 and then again in 1967, 76-69. The first two games were played in Columbus. Overall, Ohio State is 36-26 vs. the Atlantic Coast Conference. The Buckeyes own at least one victory over every member of the league except Clemson (0-1) and North Carolina State (0-1). Ohio State last played two Florida schools during the same season in 2008-09. Ohio State defeated Miami on the road 73-68 in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge Dec. 2, 2008 and then downed Jacksonville in Columbus 81-68 Dec. 17. The Buckeyes faced four Sunshine State schools during the 1986-87 campaign at Jacksonville (W 85-74, Dec. 19, 1986) and vs. Florida (L 82-72, 12/20/86) at the Gator Bowl Classic and then vs. the same Gator squad Dec. 30, 1986 at the Rainbow Classic in Honolulu, an 88-84 Ohio State win. Florida International then traveled to Columbus March 3, 1987 and fell to the Buckeyes 106-70.
Ohio State vs. The Atlantic Coast Conference
Boston College, 1-1
Florida State, 4-0
Georgia Tech, 11-3
Miami, Fla., 2-0
North Carolina, 2-10
North Carolina State, 0-1
Virginia Tech, 2-4
Wake Forest, 6-0
Buckeyes in the Challenge
Ohio State is participating in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge for the ninth-consecutive year and has a 3-5 record in the event. The Buckeyes first participated in the event during the 2002-03 season against Duke in Greensboro, N.C., a 91-75 Blue Devils’ victory. Georgia Tech traveled to Ohio State in 2004 and won 73-53. The Buckeyes traveled to Clemson in 2004-05 and fell to the Tigers, 80-73. Ohio State defeated Virginia Tech in Columbus in 2005-06, 69-59, for its first victory in the event. Ohio State traveled to Chapel Hill in 2006-07 where the Tar Heels defeated the Buckeyes, 98-89. UNC brought its No. 1 ranking to Columbus in 2007-08 and won 66-55. The Buckeyes then claimed a come-from-behind victory at Miami (73-68) in November 2008 and a 77-64 win vs. Florida State a season ago in Columbus.
Lighty Records Win No. 100
Senior David Lighty has been a part of 100 victories during his tenure as a Buckeye. His freshman season Ohio State won 35 games followed by 24 as a sophomore and 29 as a junior in 2009-10. Lighty is credited with seven wins at the start of the 2008-09 season, which ended for the 6-foot-5 guard from Cleveland when he broke his right foot and earned a medical redshirt season. The Buckeyes are off to a 5-0 start this year.
Four Score and More
Four Ohio State players already have tallied a score (20) or more points in a game after five contests this season. Freshman Deshaun Thomas tallied 24 points in his collegiate debut Nov. 12 vs. North Carolina A&T. Another rookie, center Jared Sullinger, along with senior David Lighty each scored 26 points in the win at then-No. 9 Florida Nov. 16. Another senior, guard Jon Diebler, contributed 20 points in Ohio State’s home win over Morehead State Nov. 23. Lighty tallied 21 in the most recent victory against Miami (Ohio) Nov. 26. Lighty (4), Diebler (7), junior William Buford (6) and 2010 National Player of the Year Evan Turner (10) all scored 20 or more points multiple times last season.
Matta’s Buckeyes Start Strong Again
Entering the game with Florida State, Thad Matta has led Ohio State to 6-0 starts three times over his seven-year tenure in Columbus. Over the first five games of the season, Matta is a combined 32-3 as a Buckeye.
Sullinger Earns Conference Awards
Freshman Jared Sullinger was named Co-Player of the Week (Nov. 22) and claimed his second Big Ten Freshman of the Week Monday when the Big Ten announced its weekly award winners. Sullinger averaged 18.5 points and 9.0 rebounds while shooting nearly 70 percent from the field in wins over No. 9 Florida (Nov. 16) on the road and UNC Wilmington (Nov. 20) at home. Sullinger tallied 26 points and 10 rebounds in Gainesville vs. the Gators and then added 11 points and eight rebounds against the Seahawks.
Buckeyes Win Title vs. Eagles
Ohio State claimed the best record in the Global Sports Invitational with a victory vs. Morehead State (64-45, Nov. 23). Ohio State was 4-0 in the event. Florida went 3-1, North Carolina A&T 1-3, and UNC Wilmington 2-2. Morehead State finished 0-4.
Buckeyes Balanced Offensively
After five games, Ohio State has five players, including four starters, averaging in double-figures offensively. Senior David Lighty leads the Buckeyes with 15.6 ppg. followed by freshman Jared Sullinger, a 6-9 forward from Columbus, with 15.2 points per game. Sullinger is the squad’s top rebounder with 8.6 a contest. Freshman reserve Deshaun Thomas (14.8 ppg.), junior William Buford (11.5 ppg.) and senior Jon Diebler (11.0 ppg) round out the Top 5 Buckeye scorers. Freshman Aaron Craft leads with 26 total assists. Senior starting center Dallas Lauderdale has 17 of the team’s 22 blocks on the year. Lauderdale also makes 69 percent of his field goals (11 of 16) while Sullinger (31-50/.620), Thomas (30-53/.566), Craft (11-24/.524) and Lighty (27-53/.509) all connect at better then 50 percent from the field. Diebler has made 15 3-pointers on the season on 31 attempts (.484). As a team, Ohio State is making 52 percent of its shots (156-299) from the field while outscoring opponents by an average of 27.8 points a game. On the glass, the Buckeyes own the advantage with a rebound margin of just more than 11 boards a game.
Buford, Sullinger Make Naismith List
Junior guard William Buford and freshman center Jared Sullinger, both Ohio natives, are among the early contenders for the Naismith Award, given annually to the college national player of the year by the Atlanta Tipoff Club. Ohio State’s Evan Turner was selected for the honor after the 2009-10 season. In late February, the Atlanta Tipoff Club’s Board of Selectors will compile a mid-season team of the Top 30 players in the nation. Then in March, the Naismith Trophy voting academy will vote to narrow the list to the four finalists.
Sullinger, Williams Start Careers in Similar Fashion
Ohio State freshman Jared Sullinger recorded a pair of double-doubles in his debut games as a Buckeye. He tallied 19 points and 14 rebounds in his first career game vs. NC A&T Nov. 12 and followed that effort with 26 points and 10 boards at Florida Nov. 16. He is the first freshman to start his career with back-to-back double-doubles since Herb Williams tallied three-consecutive D-Ds as a rookie in 1977. Williams did so against California Hayward (34/10), Marshall (21/22) and Stetson (18/16).
Buckeyes Know Mr. Basketball
The last four Associated Press Ohio HS Mr. Basketball awards have been earned by current Ohio State players. Senior Jon Diebler claimed the honor in 2007, junior William Buford claimed the honor in 2008 and freshman Jared Sullinger won it in both 2009 and 2010. Deshaun Thomas, another Ohio State rookie, claimed Indiana’s Mr. Basketball honor last year as a senior at Bishop Luers HS in Fort Wayne, Ind. Ohio State has had two of the last five Mr. Basketball honorees in Indiana with Greg Oden earning the honor in 2006.
Buckeyes Picked to Finish 2nd in Big Ten
Michigan State, Ohio State, Purdue. That is the 2010-11 order of finish the Big Ten media selected at the annual media day in Chicago in late October. The Buckeyes return four starters and welcome one of the nation’s top recruiting classes after finishing the 2009-10 season 29-8 overall and winning the postseason conference tournament, a share of the regular-season crown and advancing to the 2010 NCAA Tournament “Sweet 16.”
Feast or Famine
The four returning starters from the 2009-10 season have played a combined 417 games at Ohio State with a total of 312 starts. Senior David Lighty leads that list with 125 games played and 93 starts.
Pollsters Like Buckeyes Early
Both the Associated Press (No. 4) and the ESPN/USA Today Coaches (No. 5) polls rated the Buckeyes among the nation’s elite teams heading into the 2010-11 season. Ohio State is currently ranked No. 3 in both polls. Opponents on the 2010-11 schedule Michigan State, Purdue, Florida, Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Florida State and Northwestern are among the Top 25 or receiving votes for consideration in one or both polls.
Noting the Miami (Ohio) Game
Buford Next to 1,000
Ohio State will boast three players with at least 1,000 career points scored once junior William Buford reaches 96 points in the 2010-11 season (46 so far). He scored 372 as a freshman and 532 a year ago for a total of 906 entering the campaign. Seniors David Lighty (1,090) and Jon Diebler (1,123) joined Ohio State’s 1,000-point club late last season. Diebler became the 45th player in Ohio State history to reach the 1,000 point plateau with 14 against Illinois March 13, 2010. Lighty reached 1,000 points with 18 vs. Georgia Tech in the second round of the 2010 NCAA Tournament. He was the third Buckeye, along with Evan Turner and Diebler, to achieve the feat last season. Lighty is the 46th player to reach 1,000 points in an Ohio State uniform.
Diebler On Track to Shatter Records
Senior Jon Diebler already owns several Ohio State 3-point shooting records and looks to increase his career totals from long range while setting new career marks in his last year of eligibility. Diebler’s career total of 275 made 3s and single season mark of 116 a year ago are Ohio State records. He has increased his shooting percentage during each of his three years at Ohio State from 29 percent as a freshman to 41.6 percent as a sophomore and 42 percent a season ago.
Buford Works with U.S. National Team
Junior William Buford was selected as one of 20 collegiate athletes to practice against the U.S. National Team July 19-24 in Las Vegas. Buford is Ohio State’s top returning scorer from the 2009-10 campaign at 14.4 points a game. He started all 37 contests for Ohio State a year ago and will be looked to for his offense and improving defense as a team veteran this season.
Lighty Offers Veteran Leadership
Fifth-year senior David Lighty has battled injury over his career, missing the majority of the 2008-09 season with a broken bone in his right foot and then re-injuring the same foot during off-season workouts following the 2009-10 season. He is on track to be ready for the start of this season. Lighty has played in 125 games during his career, starting 93. He could be Ohio State’s all-time leader in game appearances when his eligibility expires at the end of the 2010-11 season. He was part of the 2007 NCAA Championship game, three NCAA tournament appearances, a National Invitational Tournament title (2009), a pair of Big Ten Tournament titles (2007, 2010) and two Big Ten championships (2007, 2010) during his tenure as a Buckeye.
Career Gives Lighty Chance at Lowe’s Senior CLass Award
David Lighty is among several candidates for the 2010-11 Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award, presented each year to the outstanding senior NCAA Division I Student-Athlete of the Year across nine different sports. The acronym “CLASS” stands for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School®. The Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award celebrates the loyalty of seniors that honor a four-year commitment to their university. The Senior CLASS Award® recognizes these student-athletes for great achievement during competition and in their community while staying in school.
The Buckeyes will make two trips to Florida in 2010. Ohio State defeated the University of Florida 93-75 Nov. 16 and will travel for the annual Big Ten/ACC Challenge Nov. 30 at Florida State. South Carolina will face the Buckeyes in Columbus to start a home-and-home series with USC. Northwestern and Michigan State face the Buckeyes once this season with Ohio State traveling to Evanston and playing host to the Spartans. All other league teams face the Buckeyes home-and-home. The Buckeyes open the league season at Indiana Dec. 31. Happy New Year!
Lighty, Kecman Recovering from Injury
David Lighty re-injured his right foot during spring workouts. It was the same injury that kept him out of the 2008-09 season. Lighty had surgery and spent the summer rehabilitating the injury. He was ready for the start of fall workouts. Junior Nikola Kecman suffered an ACL injury to his right knee. He had surgery in early July and is out indefinitely. He missed all but one game during the 2008-09 season with a similar injury to his left knee.
Buckeyes Again Look to Develop a Point
Thad Matta, now in his seventh season as the head coach of the Buckeyes, moved forward Evan Turner to the point guard position after the 2008-09 season. The experiment worked with Turner developing into the 2010 National Player of the Year and the No. 2 pick (Philadelphia) in the 2010 NBA Draft. The point guard position will again be open entering camp this year. Freshman Aaron Craft will get an opportunity but veterans David Lighty, Jon Diebler and William Buford could handle the position by committee as well. All have been working on the skills necessary to run the Buckeyes during the 2010-11 campaign.
Matta Looks for Another 20-Win Season
For each of the last 10 seasons, all as a head coach, Thad Matta has guided teams to at least 20 victories. Only Mark Few, among active coaches, has more consecutive 20-win seasons to start a career (11). Matta set the Ohio State record for consecutive 20-win campaigns in 2008-09 with a 22-11 record and extended it with a 29-8 campaign last season, the sixth-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 also has won at least 10 Big Ten regular-season games in each of the last five seasons. That effort tied 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 (10, 10, 14).
Dickerson Added to Staff
Dave Dickerson, former head coach at Tulane, was added to the Big Ten Champion Ohio State men’s basketball staff as an assistant coach in April. Dickerson replaced Alan Major, who accepted the head coaching position at Charlotte after last season. Prior to his time in New Orleans, Dickerson spent nine years as an assistant under former Ohio State coach Gary Williams at Maryland, his alma mater, and in 2004-05, was the program’s associate head coach. Dickerson also served as assistant coach at Gardner Webb (1990-91), James Madison (1991-92) and Radford (1993-96) before returning to Maryland. As a player, he lettered for the Terrapins from 1986-89, earning team captain status as a senior. A native of Olar, S.C., Dickerson graduated from Maryland in 1990 with a degree in government and politics.
Diebler is Three King
With four threes in the Big Ten semifinal against Illinois, junior Jon Diebler surpassed Jamar Butler as the all-time leader at Ohio State in 3-point makes. Butler played from 2005-08 and averaged nearly 61 made 3s a season (242 total). Diebler has averaged 69 (275 total) a season over four years. Butler’s career percentage from long range ranks No. 8 all time at 37.2 percent accuracy (242-650). Diebler is shooting 39.1 percent (275-704) for his career. This after connecting on just 29 percent (48-166) as a freshman. He shot 42 percent as a sophomore (96-231) and made 42 percent last season (116-276). In just four seasons has a Buckeye made 80 or more 3s. Diebler has two of those after knocking down 96 treys as a sophomore and 116 last year. Diebler set the single season record for made 3s in a season after making 11 treys in Milwaukee in the opening rounds of the 2010 NCAA Tournament. Diebler surpassed the century mark from long range with five makes in the 2010 Big Ten Tournament title victory over Minnesota.
Sullinger Second Recruit to Earn Naismith HS Award in Last 5 yrs.
Jared Sullinger was named the Naismith High School Player of the Year March 10, 2010 by the Atlanta Tipoff Club. Sullinger is the second Thad Matta recruit to earn the award in the last five years. Greg Oden earned the honor in 2006. Sullinger, of Columbus Northland HS, averaged 24 points, 12 rebounds and nearly two blocks a game for his national No. 1 ranked high school squad, which was coached by his father “Satch” Sullinger, the 2010 Naismith High School Coach of the Year.
Buckeyes Comfortable at VCA
The Buckeyes are 4-0 at home this season in Value City Arena. Ohio State finished 17-1 at home last season, the second most home victories in a season at Ohio State. The Buckeyes shot 52 percent at home and 41 percent from 3-point range in 2009-10. The team reached 100 or more points three times and averaged a margin of victory of +22.1. The Buckeyes opened the 2010-11 campaign with a 102-61 victory over NC A&T. Ohio State is 68-1 all-time when scoring 100 or more points in a game.
Lighty Could Join Turner, Jackson in OSU Record Book
Evan Turner (1,517 pts., 682 rebs., 414 asts.)became just the second player in recorded history to reach 1,000 points, 500 rebounds and 300 assists with eight helpers vs. Northwestern Jan. 19, 2010. Jim Jackson is the only other Buckeye to do so with 1,785 career points, 552 career rebounds and 372 career assists from 1990-92. David Lighty could join the duo this season. He currently has 1,090 points, 453 rebounds and 273 assists to his credit. Only 21 players in Ohio State history have scored more than 1,000 points and collected 500+ rebounds. Turner was the last to accomplish.
Ohio State vs. The Ranked
The Buckeyes have an all-time record of 135-221 vs. ranked opponents in the Associated Press Top 25. That includes a mark of 55-112 vs. Top 10 foes. As a ranked team, Ohio State is 366-105 all-time. In games when both teams enter with a Top 25 ranking, Ohio State is 55-47. When ranked among the Top 10 nationally, Ohio State is 245-56 with wins in 36 of last 38 outings.
Wins Follow Buckeye Double-Doubles
Ohio State has had a player record a double-double (10+ points, rebs, assists, steals or blocks) in 808 games. The Buckeyes are 551-257 in those contests (.682). Freshman Jared Sullinger (26/10) recorded a double-double in the win vs. Florida Nov. 16.
Double Digit 3s
Ohio State has made 10 or more 3-pointers in a game 68 times since the shot was instituted for the 1986-87 season. The Buckeyes are 57-11 in those games after knocking down 10 of 29 treys against UNC Wilmington Nov. 20. Opponents have made double-digit 3s 87 times and are 35-52 in those games vs. the Buckeyes. Matta’s Ohio State teams are 42-9 when making 10 or more 3s in a game. Opponents are 7-26 against Matta-coached teams when making 10 or more treys.
First Four Games Part of Global Sports Invitational
The first four games of the regular season made up the Global Sports Invitational on the Ohio State schedule. Home games vs. North Carolina A&T (W 102-61, Nov. 12), North Carolina Wilmington (W 81-41, Nov. 20) and Morehead State (W 64-45, Nov. 23) along with the road game vs. Florida (W 93-75, Nov. 16) comprised the event.
Buckeye Class of 2011 Added
Five student-athletes were added to the Buckeye men’s basketball program during the NCAA National of Letter of Intent early signing period Nov. 10-17. Three inked the first day, one, LaQuinton Ross, was added Nov. 14 and on the final day center Amir Williams became a Buckeye. The class of high school seniors is rated by analysts as a Top 5 class nationally.
Shannon Scott, son of former North Carolina star Charlie Scott, will play the point position for the Buckeyes when he arrives in Columbus.
As a high school player to date, Shannon (6-2, 165) led Milton High School in Alpharetta, Ga., to the 5A state championship with an overall 29-4 record as a junior. The squad was ranked No. 1 during the title run. He averaged 13 points and 8.0 assists last year.
Sam Thompson is the latest student-athlete from the Chicago area to join the Buckeyes. Evan Turner, the 2010 National Player of the Year and current Ohio State freshman Lenzelle Smith Jr., also call Chicagoland their home.
Thompson (6-6, 190) plays for Whitney Young High School in downtown Chicago where he won a state title as a sophomore with a 25-9 record. The squad was ranked No. 1 in Illinois that season. As a junior, Thompson led Whitney Young to a runner up finish in the state tournament with a record of 23-7. He averaged nearly 12 points. 8.4 rebounds, 3.9 assists and 3.6 blocks a game.
Trey McDonald, a 6-9, 230-pound center, plays for Battle Creek (Mich.) High School. His squad finished 11-9 last season. An all-city and all-conference performer as a junior, McDonald led his team in scoring with 10 points a game to go along with 6.4 rebounds and 1.6 blocks an outing.
Ross, a 6-8, 195-pound forward from Jackson, Miss., joined the Buckeyes after his official visit Nov. 15. Ross played his junior season at Life Center Academy in Burlington, N.J., where he averaged nearly 17 points and eight rebounds a game. His team finished with a 14-6 record in 2009-10.
Williams, a 6-10 center from Detroit County Day High School, is rated No. 2 at his position nationally by ESPN, averaged 15.0 ppg., 10.2 rpg. and 4.8 bpg as a junior at Detroit Country Day in 2009-10. He was selected to the Max Preps 2010 Junior All-America third team and named an all-state selection after leading his team to the state championship a year ago. With USA Basketball, Williams was a member of the 2010 USA U18 National Team that compiled a 5-0 record, captured the 2010 FIBA Americas U18 Championship gold medal and qualified the U.S. for the 2011 FIBA U19 World Championship.