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Jan. 15, 2011
No. 2 Ohio State (17-0, 4-0) vs. Penn State (10-6, 3-2)
Site:
 Value City Arena (18,809)
Game Time: 5:30 p.m. ET
Television: Big Ten Network
Talent: Tom Hamilton (play-by-play), Jim Jackson (expert analysis), Charissa Thompson  (Sideline)
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)
Tickets: www.OhioStateBuckeyes.comn

400 and 4,000 Club 
Jon Diebler and David Lighty are closing in on an exclusive club. The senior duo will each finish their careers with more than 4,000 minutes played and more than 400 field goals. Lighty has made 439 career field goals and has logged 3,912 career minutes during his 137-game career. Diebler has 395 made baskets (313 of which are 3s) while playing a total of 3,927 minutes in 124 games. Herb Williams (4,216) and Jamar Butler (4,213) lead Ohio State in career minutes. Williams made 834 career field goals over 114 games and 4,216 minutes. Butler connected on 420 FGs (242 3FGs) over 139 games and 4,213 minutes played.

Matta off to Best Start to Ohio State Season
With the win at Michigan Wednesday, Thad Matta has led Ohio State to its first 17-0 start to a season over his seven-year tenure in Columbus. The Buckeyes started 11-0 in 2005-06. The current streak also is tied for the third best start in Ohio State history. Jim Jackson was a sophomore on the 1990-91 Ohio State team that began the season 17-0. The Buckeyes are one of four remaining unbeaten teams nationally. Kansas (16-0), Syracuse (17-0), San Diego State (18-0) are the others.
Yr.                        Start Yr. W Strk.     Postseason
1960-61                  27-0              NCAA Title game
1961-62                  22-0              NCAA Title game
2010-11                  17-0 
1990-91                  17-0              NCAA Regional Semifinal
2005-06                  11-0              NCAA 2nd Round
2008-09                   9-0               NCAA First Round

Eighth FOW Goes to Sullinger
Ohio State rookies have earned all nine Big Ten Conference Freshman of the Week awards this season and Jared Sullinger claimed the league’s freshman of the week honor for the eighth time Monday (classmate Deshaun Thomas has the other). Sullinger averaged 19.5 points and 12.0 rebounds in wins at Iowa and at home vs. Minnesota last week. Sullinger also has three conference player of the week awards. He is the first OSU freshman to earn the league’s player of the week honor two or more times in a season since the Buckeyes’ Greg Oden did so as a rookie in 2006-07.

Lighty Earns Record Win
Senior David Lighty has been a part of an Ohio State record 112 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 17-0 start this year. Mark Titus (2007-10) and Danny Peters (2007-10) set the previous record for wins last season with 110.

Lucas Named Big Ten Icon No. 8
Ohio State’s Jerry Lucas has been named Big Ten Icon No. 8. The countdown of Big Ten Icons continues at 9 p.m. ET Sunday, with a profile of the Middletown, Ohio, native who was a three-time All-American, three-time Big Ten Most Valuable Player, two-time National Player of the Year and two-time Final Four MVP for the Buckeyes.  Lucas began turning heads at Middletown High School, where he won two state championships. First-year Ohio State coach Fred Taylor won the recruiting battle for the two-time state player of the year, who had received more than 150 college scholarship offers. In his first year on the varsity squad, Lucas led Ohio State to its first national title, defeating defending champion California in the 1960 NCAA Tournament. His performance caught the eye of Golden Bears’ coach Pete Newell, who added Lucas to the 1960 Olympic team that steamrolled to the gold medal in Rome. Lucas finished his collegiate career averaging 24.3 points and 17.2 rebounds while leading the Buckeyes to an astounding 78-6 mark and three Big Ten titles. For his efforts, he was named Sports Illustrated’s 1962 Sportsman of the Year.

Sullinger Named to Wooden Award Midseason Top 30
Freshman standout Jared Sullinger was named to the John R. Wooden Award Midseason Top 30,   announced Jan. 6 by The Los Angeles Athletic Club. Selected by the Wooden Award National Advisory Board, the list is made up of 30 student-athletes who, based on their performances in November and December, are the early frontrunners for college basketball’s most prestigious honor. Sullinger is one of just two rookies on the list, joining Terrence Jones of Kentucky. Former Buckeye Evan Turner won the 2010 Wooden Award a year ago.
 
Lighty 4 Rebounds away from Joining 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 1,234 points, 496 rebounds and 315 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.

Buckeyes Comfortable at VCA
The Buckeyes are 11-0 at home this season in Value City Arena (1-0 at St. John Arena). In games at VCA, Ohio State is shooting 49 percent from the field (337-683). The Buckeyes are outscoring opponents by 29.2 ppg. and have a rebounding advantage of 11.0 rpg. No opponent has scored more than 64 points at Value City Arena this season.  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 and recently defeated UT-Martin 100-40. Ohio State is 69-1 all-time when scoring 100 or more points in a game.

Matta has Buckeyes Road Ready
Ohio State has won its last 10 true road games since finishing the 2009-10 season with five-consecutive road victories and starting this season with wins at then-No. 9 Florida (11/16/10) at Florida State (11/30/10), at Indiana (12/31/10) and most recently at Iowa (1/4/11) and Michigan (1/12/11). The last road loss was at No. 11 West Virginia Jan. 23, 2010. The Buckeyes have won their last nine Big Ten road contests since falling at Minnesota 73-62 Jan. 9, 2010. The Buckeyes last won eight-consecutive (14 total) road games in Big Ten play during the 1959-60, ’60-61 seasons when the Buckeyes won the final league road game in 1960, all seven in 1961 and the first six in 1962. Ohio State opened the Big Ten season on the road at Indiana and Iowa. Ohio State is at Michigan Jan. 12. 
                                                                     Big Ten
Year(s)                       Rd. W Strk.      Rd. W Strk.
1959-60, 1961-62         21                  14
2009-10, 2010-11        10                    9
1970-71, 1971-72         9                     7
1932-33                       8                     3
1949-50, 1950-51         7                     5
2006-07, 2007-08         6                     7
1908-09, 1909-10         6                   N/A
1943-44, 1944-45        N/A                   7

Ohio State Boasts Top Rookies
Jared Sullinger and Deshaun Thomas rate Nos. 1-3, respectively, in offensive production among Big Ten freshmen. Sullinger averages 17.5 points a game while Thomas contributes 10.1 ppg. Sullinger leads all league rookies with 10.1 rebounds a game while Thomas is fourth with 4.7 rpg. Sullinger is No. 3 in field goal percentage (.589/106-180) and No. 3 in steals with 1.11 spg. Aaron Craft leads freshmen in steals (1.65 spg.) and assists (4.8 apg.).

The Ohio State, Penn State Series
Ohio State leads the all-time series with the Nittany Lions 24-12, including a 13-3 record in Columbus. Ohio State has won the last 13 meetings with Penn State. As a ranked team, Ohio State is 11-2 in games vs. Nittany Lions. The Buckeyes have won the last seven games in the series when ranked among the Top 25.
 William Buford is Ohio State’s top scorer in the Penn State series with an average of 14.0 points a game. Dallas Lauderdale is the Buckeye’s top rebounder with 4.5 rpg. vs. the Nittany Lions. Jon Dieber averages 9.3 points and David Lighty 8.0 ppg. Lighty connects on 50 percent of his 3-point field goals (8-16) in the PSU series. 

Ohio State vs. the Big Ten
Illinois               62-99
Indiana             73-99
Iowa                 68-73
Michigan            88-71
Michigan State   50-58
Minnesota         77-55
Northwestern     107-45
Penn State         24-12
Purdue              75-82
Wisconsin          81-64
Total               704-658

Matta Reaches Double-Digit Wins vs. Non-Conference Foes
Thad Matta has directed Ohio State to at least 10 wins during non-conference play in each of his seven seasons in Columbus. Matta is 90-17 vs. non-conference competition at Ohio State and 83-37 vs. Big Ten foes (regular season and Big Ten tournament games) for an overall record of 173-54. In 11 seasons as a head coach (1 at Butler, 3 at Xavier and 7 at Ohio State) Matta is 87-39 vs. the Big Ten. He has winning records vs. eight league teams (8-3 vs. ILL, 8-5 vs. IND, 8-4 vs. IOWA, 12-2 vs. MICH,  7-5 vs. MINN, 9-1 vs. NW, 12-0 vs. PSU, 10-5 vs. PUR, is tied with Michigan State (6-6) and is 7-8 vs. Wisconsin.
         Non-Conf.       Big Ten        Overall
Yr.     W L                     W L              W L
2005 11 3               9 9           20 12
2006 12 1              14 5          26 6
2007 17 3              18 1          35 4
2008 14 4              10 9          24 13
2009 11 2              11 9          22 11
2010 12 4              17 4          29 8
2011 13 0                4 0          17 0
        90 17                   83 37       173 54

UNC Asheville, Oakland High-Lighty(s)
David Lighty, a senior from Cleveland, exploded for the first 11 points of the game, helping the Buckeyes to an 11-2 lead over the first 2:45 of the game against UNC Asheville Dec. 21. He went for a season-high 29 points, setting career highs in made 3-point field goals (7), 3-point field goals attempted (10 and made field goals (11).  Lighty started his 100th game of his career vs. Oakland Dec. 23 and played in his 133rd career game, tied for No. 2 all-time with Jerry Francis, against UT Martin Dec. 27. The senior from Cleveland averaged 21.0 points in wins vs. UNC Asheville and Oakland. He connected on 60 percent of his field goals (15-25) and on 10 of 14 3-pointers (.714). He shot 70 percent from 3-point-range (7-10) vs. UNCA.

Jon “3-Bler” Diebler Strikes vs. FGCU
Senior Jon Diebler turned in another record individual performance in the span of three games for the then-14-0 and No. 2-ranked Buckeyes. After freshman Jared Sullinger set all sorts of Big Ten, Ohio State and personal marks with 40 points vs. IUPUI Dec. 9, Diebler followed suit making 9-of-14 3s in the win vs. Florida Gulf Coast Dec. 15.
Noting Diebler’s 3-point barrage vs. FGCU:

  • Most 3s made at Value City Arena-9
  • Most 3s made in OSU history-tie
  • Most 3s attempted in a game-14 (tie)
  • Second most 3s made in Big Ten history-tie
  • Most consecutive 3s made in OSU History-9
  • Most 3s made at Value City Arena-9
  • Most 3s attempted at Value City Arena-14 (tie)
  • Last Big Ten player with 9 made 3s was Matt Roth of Indiana vs. OSU 1/31/09
  • Diebler moved to No. 7 all-time in Big Ten history with 293 made 3s (now has 294), an OSU career record

Sullinger with another record outing
Freshman Jared Sullinger scored a game-high 40 points for the Buckeyes in the 75-64 win vs. IUPUI Dec. 9. Along the way, the 6-foot-9-inch Columbus native set numerous Ohio State records. He then followed that effort with a 30-point, 19 rebound outing in the victory over South Carolina Dec. 18. He has since added 16 boards vs. UNC Asheville, tied for the fifth-most by an OSU rookie in a single game.
Noting Sullinger’s 40-point game vs. IUPUI:

  • Most Points by an Ohio State freshman-40
  • Most FTs Made by an Ohio State freshman-16
  • 3rd-T Free Throws Made at Ohio State
  • Most FTA by an Ohio State freshman-23
  • 10th-T FTs attempted in Big Ten history
  • 3rd Most FTs attempted in Big Ten history
  • 2nd 40-pt. by a Big Ten freshman all-time
  • No. 17-T Single Game Scoring at Ohio State
  • 57th time OSU player to score 35+ in a game-
  • Last time OSU player scored 35 or more pts. in a game was by Brent Darby (35) vs. Duke in 2002.
  • Last time OSU player scored 40 or more pts. in a game was by Dennis Hopson (41) at Dayton in 1986.
  • Last time a Big Ten player scored 40 or more pts. in a game was by Shawn Respert of Michigan State vs. Indiana, 1/11/95.

Noting Sullinger’s 30 pt., 19 reb. game vs. USC:

  • Fifth double-double of the season and ninth game in double figures
  • Tied 3rd-most points by a freshman in a game
  • Tied for the third-most in Value City Arena (David Lighty vs. Cleveland St., 12/22/09 and Scoonie Penn vs. Wisconsin, 2/24/99 each had 30)
  • 19 rebounds are a Value City Arena record (Evan Turner had 17 11/12/09 vs. James Madison and 11/9/10 vs. Alcorn St.)
  • Tied for second for most rebounds in a game for a freshman (Herb Williams had 22 vs. Marshall, 11/28/77). Greg Oden had 19 boards vs. Purdue March 10, 2007
  • Defensive rebounds (14) are the most for an Ohio State freshman (Greg Oden previously held the record with 13 vs. Tennessee on 1/13/07).
  • Defensive rebounds are tied for most defensive boards in Value City Arena history (Evan Turner vs. James Madison, 11/12/09)
  • Hit first career 3-pointer at the buzzer to end the first half, giving Ohio State a 42-21 halftime advantage

Five “Score” and More
Five Ohio State players already have tallied a score (20) or more points in a game 13 times after 17 contests this season. Freshman Deshaun Thomas tallied 24 points in his collegiate debut Nov. 12 vs. North Carolina A&T and then scored 20 in the win vs. UT-Martin. Another rookie, center Jared Sullinger, along with senior David Lighty each scored 26 points in the win at then-No. 9 Florida Nov. 16. Fellow senior, guard Jon Diebler, contributed 20 points in Ohio State’s home win over Morehead State Nov. 23 and then most recently with a career-high 29 vs. Florida Gulf Coast Dec. 15. Lighty tallied 21 against Miami (Ohio) Nov. 26 and added a season-high 29 vs. UNC Asheville. Sullinger poured in 40 points for the Buckeyes vs. IUPUI Dec. 9, a 75-64 victory and then added 30 points vs. South Carolina  Dec. 18 (W 79-57). His 24 points led the Buckeyes at Iowa in a 73-68 victory vs. the Hawkeyes. William Buford broke the 20-point barrier with a game-high 23 vs. UT Martin Dec. 27 and then 24 points at Indiana Dec. 31. Lighty (4), Diebler (7), Buford (6) and 2010 National Player of the Year Evan Turner (10) all scored 20 or more points multiple times last season.

Buckeyes Balanced Offensively
After 17 games, Ohio State has five players, including four starters, averaging double-figures offensively. Freshman Jared Sullinger leads the team with 17.5 points per game. Sullinger also is the squad’s top rebounder with 10.1 a contest. Junior William Buford is next with 13.7 ppg., followed by senior David Lighty (13.1 ppg.) and classmate Jon Diebler (12.1 ppg.). Freshman Deshaun Thomas contributes 10.1 ppg.
 Freshman Aaron Craft leads with 82 total assists. Senior starting center Dallas Lauderdale has 37 of the team’s 66 blocks on the year. Lauderdale also makes 66 percent of his field goals (38 of 58) while Sullinger (106-180/.589), Thomas (64-126/.508) and Diebler (67-128/.523) all connect at 50+ percent from the field. Diebler has made 53 3-pointers on the season on 105 attempts (.505).

Diebler Moving Up in Big Ten
Senior Jon Diebler is among the Big Ten’s all-time Top 10 leaders in made 3-pointers. The sharpshooter from Upper Sandusky, Ohio, has made 313 career 3s, No. 5 on the all-time Big Ten list. He has averaged 2.52 made 3s a game for his 124-game career. On that pace, he will become the Big Ten’s all-time leader. Ohio State has a minimum of 15 games remaining, 14 in regular season games and at least one in the Big Ten tournament. He is on pace to make 46 more 3s this season, or 359 for his career. Pete Lisicky of Penn State (1994-98) currently owns the top spot in conference history with 332 made 3-pointers. 

Big Ten Career 3-point leaders
1.  332  Pete Lisicky, PSU  1994-98
2.  331  Shawn Respert, MSU  1991-95
3.  327  Cory Bradford, ILL  1998-2002
4.  320  Craig Moore, NU  2006-09
5. 313  Jon Diebler, OSU  2008-
6.  308  Joe Crispin, PSU  1998-2001
7.  299  Dee Brown, ILL  2002-06
8.  283  A.J. Guyton, IND  1997-2000
9.  271  Drew Neitzel, MSU  2004-08
10.  268  Dion Harris, MICH  2003-07

Noting the Michigan Game:
Ohio State 68, Michigan 64 (Jan. 12)
Notes:

  • The 17-0 overall record ties the third-best start in Ohio State history (1960-61, 27-0; 1961-62, 22-0; 1990-91, 17-0). Ohio State currently has the nation’s longest active winning streak.
  • Ohio State trailed by six in the first half, 12-6, but would go on to score on five of six possessions to take 22-21 lead at 7:17 timeout, its first lead since going up 2-0 to open the game. The first half featured three ties and four lead changes before the Buckeyes went into the intermission up 35-34.
  • Ohio State is now 13-0 when leading at the half this season and 143-19 under head coach Thad Matta.
  • With the game tied at 41 (16:37), the Buckeyes went on a 12-0 run over the next 6:10 to pull ahead 53-41. Michigan would battle back within two, but never re-take the lead.
  • Under Jim Tressel (9-1), Jim Foster (11-1) and Thad Matta (12-2), Ohio State has a combined record of 32-4 vs. Michigan.
  • Ohio State’s four returning starters (Jon Diebler, David Lighty, Dallas Lauderdale and William Buford) have combined for 360 career starts and 465 games played.
  • As a ranked team, Ohio State is 378-105 all-time.
  • Ohio State improved to 30-7 when ranked second in the country, and 115-17 when ranked among the Top 3 in the country.
  • When ranked in the Top 10 nationally, Ohio State is 257-56 with wins in 48 of its last 50 outings.
  • The Buckeye freshmen have accounted for 47 percent of total scoring for the season, including 26 of Ohio State’s 68 total points against Michigan.
  • The Buckeyes are now 88-71 vs. Michigan all-time, improving their overall Big Ten record to 705-658 and their record in Ann Arbor to 45-35.
  • Ohio State is 30-4 vs. Michigan when ranked among the Associated Press Top 25, and have won 13 of the last 14 games against the Wolverines as a Top 25 team.
  • This is the 242nd-consecutive game Ohio State has made at least one 3-point field goal (1/10/04 vs. Penn State was the last game with zero made).
  • The 17-0 record to begin the season is the best start for Thad Matta at Ohio State (previous best was in 2005-06, when the team began 11-0) and his first time completing a non-conference schedule undefeated.
  • Matta improved his career record to 275-85 overall and 173-54 at Ohio State.
  • With the win, Ohio State is 36-19 in January under Matta and 3-0 this season.
  • Matta is 90-17 vs. non-conference competition at Ohio State and 83-37 vs. Big Ten foes (regular season and Big Ten tournament games) for an overall record of 173-54.
  • During Matta’s tenure at Ohio State, the Buckeyes are 159-5 when leading with five minutes to play.
  • When Ohio State has fewer than 15 turnovers, the team is 16-0 on the season and 144-43 under Matta (OSU had 10 turnovers vs. Michigan).
  • Matta is now 12-2 vs. Michigan in his career, with an overall mark of 83-37 against Big Ten opponents.
  • Senior David Lighty recorded his 112th win as a Buckeye, an Ohio State record, vs. the Wolverines. He had 35 as a freshman, 25 as a sophomore, 29 as a junior and seven during the 2008-09 season when he received a medical redshirt because of a broken foot.
  • Lighty ended the contest with three rebounds, four shy of becoming just the third player in Ohio State history to reach 1,000 points, 500 rebounds and 300 assists. Lighty’s current marks are 1,234 points, 496 rebounds and 315 assists.
  • The game vs. Michigan marked senior David Lighty’s 105th career start for Ohio State. He is tied with Jim Smith for eighth-place in career games started in a Buckeye jersey.
  • With 12 points, Lighty passed John Havlicek (1,223) and Larry Siegfried (1,228) on the all-time scoring list at Ohio State with 1,234 career points for No. 28 all-time. Ron Stokes is next at No. 27 with 1,240 points.
  • Lighty has played in 137 games as a Buckeye, which is second all-time, two behind Jamar Butler for first.
  • Junior guard William Buford scored a game-high 19 points for the Buckeyes, pushing his career total to 1,123. He passed Ron Sepic (1,107), Curtis Wilson (1,120) and Brad Sellers (1,122) on the all-time scoring list. Buford is No. 36 behind No. 35 Richard Schnittker (1,129).
  • Jared Sullinger finished the contest with 12 points. Sullinger has scored at least 10 points in 15 out of 17 games this season.
  • With three made 3-pointers vs. Michigan, senior Jon Diebler now has 313 for his career, which is good for fifth-place in career 3-pointers made in Big Ten history. He is seven away from tying Craig Moore (320, Northwestern, 2006-09) for fourth-place.
  • With three made 3-pointers, Diebler extends his streak to 33 games in a row with at least one 3-pointer made.
  • Diebler’s current 3-point field goal percentage of 50.5 percent (53-105) currently puts him in the record books as having the best single-season 3-point percentage on Ohio State history.
  • With nine points against the Wolverines, Diebler now has 1,273 career points. He is 12 points away from tying Clark Kellogg for 25th-place in Ohio State history. 

Buford Reaches 1,000 Career Points
Ohio State boasts three players with at least 1,000 career points scored since junior William Buford reached the 96 points he needed in the 2010-11 season. With 17 points in the win vs. Florida Gulf Coast Dec. 15, Buford reached 1,000 and now has 1,123 career points, the 47th Buckeye all-time to reach 1,000. He scored 372 as a freshman and 532 a year ago for a total of 904 entering the campaign.
 Seniors David Lighty (1,234) and Jon Diebler (1,273) 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 was 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 313 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. He is currently shooting 51 percent from long range (53-105) and is at 40 percent for his career (313-778).

Diebler is Ohio State’s Three King
With four 3s in the 2010 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 78 (313 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 40.1 percent (313-778) 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.

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 137 games during his career, starting 105. 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.

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 378-105 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 257-56 with wins in 48 of last 50 outings.

Wins Follow Buckeye Double-Doubles
Ohio State has had a player record a double-double (10+ points, rebs, assists, steals or blocks) in 814 games. The Buckeyes are 557-257 in those contests (.684). Freshman Jared Sullinger (15/12) last recorded a double-double in the win vs. Minnesota Jan. 9. 

Double Digit 3s
Ohio State has made 10 or more 3-pointers in a game 72 times since the shot was instituted for the 1986-87 season. The Buckeyes are 61-11 in those games after knocking down 10-of-28 treys against Oakland Dec. 23. Opponents have made double-digit 3s 87 times and are 35-52 in those games vs. the Buckeyes. Matta’s Ohio State teams are 48-9 when making 10 or more 3s in a game. Opponents are 9-30 against Matta-coached teams when making 10 or more treys.

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.

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). Sullinger has four career double-doubles in seven games after grabbing 13 rebounds and scoring 40 points vs. IUPUI Dec. 9.

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 (David Lighty, Dallas Lauderdale, Jon Diebler and William Buford) from the 2009-10 season have played a combined 465 games at Ohio State with a total of 361 starts. Senior David Lighty leads that list with 137 games played and 105 starts. Ohio State has five freshmen on the roster.

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. 2 in both polls. Opponents on the 2010-11 schedule Michigan State, Purdue, Florida, Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota and Northwestern are among the Top 25 or receiving votes for consideration in one or both polls.

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.

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.

Schedule Notes
The Buckeyes made two trips to Florida in 2010. Ohio State defeated the University of Florida 93-75 Nov. 16 and traveled for the annual Big Ten/ACC Challenge Nov. 30 at Florida State (W 58-44). South Carolina will face the Buckeyes in Columbus Dec. 18 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 opened the league season at Indiana Dec. 31. 

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.

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.