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The Ohio State Buckeyes (2-4) vs. Virginia Military Institute (3-3)

Date: Dec. 5, 2015
Site: Value City Arena (18,809)
Game Time: 4:31 p.m.
Television: BTN
Talent: Tom Hamilton (Play-By-Play)
Seth Davis (Expert Analysis)
Radio: OSU-IMG Sports Network (56 stations)
Satellite Radio: Sirius 135/XM 195
Local Radio: WBNS-FM 97.1, AM-1460
Radio Talent: Paul Keels (play-by-play)
Ron Stokes (Expert Anelysis)

Matta Reaches Career, Ohio State History
Thad Matta has made a habit of achieving records and milestones over his coaching career, which spans 16 years. After a season at Butler, three at Xavier and the last 12 in Columbus, Matta coached his 500th career game as a head coach Dec. 13 vs. Morehead State. As an Ohio State head coach, the 13th in the history of the program, Matta set the all-time wins record, surpassing Fred Taylor’s 297 career victories over 18 seasons from 1959-1976, with a 79-73 win vs. Minnesota March 12, 2015 in Chicago. The Minnesota victory also gave him his 400th career win (403-128). Matta teams have never failed to win at least 20 games. His Ohio State teams have averaged 27.2 victories over his 11 full years in Columbus. He will be coaching in his 400th career game (301-98) at Ohio State when the Buckeyes take on VMI Saturday.  

Matta’s Career Game Milestone
100th Game  11/25/03 L at Ball State, 63-75, 3rd year at Xavier
200th Game  11/28/05 W vs. Virginia Tech, 69-58, 2nd year at OSU
300th Game  2/28/09 L at Purdue, 50-75, 5th year at OSU
400th Game  1/21/12 W at Nebraska, 79-45, 8th year at OSU
500th Game  12/13/14 W vs. Morehead St., 87-71, 11th year at OSU

Ohio State All-Time Record Setting Wins
Win 297 3/4/15 at Penn State (77-67), tied Fred Taylor for OSU
    career wins record, 11th year at OSU
Win 298 3/12/15 vs. Minnesota (79-73), sets Ohio State record for
    career wins, 11th year at OSU

Career Record Per 100 Games
100 Game Rcd    79-21 (.790)
200 Game Rcd.         151-49 (.755)         2nd 100 gms.          72-28 (.720)
300 Game Rcd.         225-75 (.750)         3rd 100 gms.          74-26 (.740)
400 Game Rcd.         309-91 (.773)         4th 100 gms.          84-16 (.840)
500 Game Rcd.         385-115 (.770)       5th 100 gms.          76-24 (.760)
Career Record    403-129 (.758)       6th 100 gms.          18-14 (.563)

Career Win Milestones
100th Win, 80-70 vs. Louisville (3/18/04),
    TD Waterhouse Centre, Orlando, Fla., 3rd year at Xavier
200th Win, 65-47 at Northwestern (2/13/2008), Welsh Ryan Arena
    Evanston, Ill., 4th year at Ohio State
300th Win, 64(2)-35 vs. Texas-Pan American (12/3/2012),
    Value City Arena, Columbus, Ohio, 8th year at Ohio State
400th Win, 79-73 vs. Minnesota (3/12/15), United Center, Chicago
    11th year at Ohio State

Ohio State Career Win Milestones
100th Win at OSU, 63-54(17) vs. Michigan State (3/9/08),
    Value City Arena, Columbus, Ohio
200th Win at OSU, 74(2)-66 at South Carolina (12/17/11), Colonial                                           Life Arena, Columbia, S.C.
300th Win at OSU, 76-54 vs. Mount St. Mary’s (11/15/15),
    Value City Arena, Columbus, Ohio

Ohio State Career Game Milestones
100th Game at OSU, W 85(1)-84(25) vs. Tennessee (3/22/07),
    Alamodome, San Antonio, Texas, 3rd year at Ohio State
200th Game at OSU, L 57(9)-60(4) vs. Purdue (2/17/10),
    Value City Arena, Columbus, Ohio, 6th Year at Ohio State
300th Game at OSU, L 74(11)-55(8) at Illinois (1/5/13)
    State Farm Center, Champaign, Illinois, 9th year at Ohio State
400th Game at OSU, vs. VMI (12/5/15)
    Value City Arena, , Columbus, Ohio, 12th year at Ohio State

Ohio State Career Coaching Records (10 or more years)
Thad Matta    2005-              12               301-98 (.754)
Fred Taylor          1959-76          18               297-158 (.653)
Harold G. Olsen       1923-46          24               259-197 (.568)
Eldon Miller              1977-86          10               174-120 (.592)

Last Time vs. Virginia Military Institute
Ohio State is 3-0 vs. VMI. All three games have come during the Thad Matta era and have been played in Columbus. Ohio State won the first meeting 107-69 Nov. 10, 2006. The Buckeyes were ranked No. 7 in that first meeting. Neither team was ranked in a 90-57 Ohio State win Nov. 25, 2007. The Buckeyes entered the most recent game as the No. 3 team nationally in a 107-74 win Nov. 23, 2011. The Buckeyes shot 68 percent from the field the last time out vs. the Keydets. William Buford (23), Jared Sullinger (17), Aaron Craft (13), Deshaun Thomas (11) and J.D. Weatherspoon (10) all reached double digit points for the Buckeyes. Sullinger added 12 rebounds.      

Scouting Virginia Military Institute
Virginia Military Institute has started the season 3-3. VMI opened the season with a 62-50 loss at Penn State. The Keydets then downed Tusculum 88-76 at home. Virginia Tech defeated VMI 76-52 Nov. 21 in Blacksburg before the Keydets returned home to defeat Presbyterian College 76-61 Nov. 24. VMI then went on the road and fell 66-65 to Campbell before returning home to defeat Central Penn 107-72 last Wednesday. Junior guard QJ Peterson leads VMI with 20.2 points per game. Junior guard Julian Eleby contributes 16.3 ppg. Senior forward Phillip Anglade and junior forward Trey Chapman are the team’s top rebounders each with 6.3 boards a game.    

Ohio State vs. The Southern Conference
Ohio State is 12-1 all-time vs. the current alignment of the Southern Conference. The Buckeyes have faced six of nine members at least once and have wins against all six. Chattanooga is the only league representative with a win vs. the Buckeyes. Ohio State has not met The Citadel, North Carolina Greensboro and Wofford. Ohio State’s Nov. 23, 2011 game vs. the VMI Keydets is the most recent meeting for Ohio State against a Southern Conference member. The Buckeyes will meet Mercer later this season (Dec. 22/9 p.m./ESPNU).     

Ohio State vs. the Southern Conference
Chattanooga    4-1
The Citadel    0-0
Furman    1-0
Mercer    1-0
North Carolina Greensboro    0-0
Samford    2-0
Virginia-Military    3-0
Western Carolina    1-0
Wofford    0-0
Totals    12-1

For more on the Buckeyes click on the Ohio State Notes link above.