Feb. 21, 2010
No. 9/12 Ohio State (20-7, 10-4) at No. 11/11 Michigan State (21-6, 11-3)

Site: Breslin Center (14,759)
Game Time: Noon ET
Television: CBS
Talent: Ian Eagle (play-by-play); Bill Raftery (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)

Thad Matta will coach his 100th Big Ten Conference regular season game at Penn State Wednesday. His win percentage in conference games among Ohio State coaches is No. 1 overall but will be second to Fred Taylor after the first 100 regular season league games. Taylor won 75 percent of the first 100 games vs. conference foes.

All five Ohio State starters averaged double figures in the road wins at IU and UI. Evan Turner and William Buford averaged 13 points while Dallas Lauderdale and David Lighty contributed 11.5 ppg. Jon Diebler added 10.5 points. The Buckeyes shot 51 percent from the field (53-105) last week and 41 percent from 3-point range (13-32). The squad also hit 71 percent from the foul line (22-31). The Buckeyes won by an average of 18 points vs. the Hoosiers and Illini, which combined shot 36 percent from the field (43-121).

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 last year with a 22-11 record. He now has led six-consecutive Buckeye teams to 20+ wins. 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,  tying 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 two (10, 10, 10).
     Ohio State enters the game vs. Michigan State with a 20-7 overall record and a 10-4 record in league play. The game vs. Purdue also was the 200th for Matta as head coach of the Buckeyes. He enters the game vs. Michigan State with a record of 147-53 at Ohio State.

Ohio State recruits Jared Sullinger (2010) and Deshaun Thomas (2010) were selected Feb. 11 to represent the East Team in the 2010 McDonald’s All-America game. The game will be played March 31 at Value City Arena in Columbus. Four McDonald’s All-Americans were a part of Ohio State’s 2006-07 squad that finished 35-4 overall, 15-1 in Big Ten Conference play, won the league regular-season title outright and played for the NCAA national title vs. Florida in April of 2007. 
     Ivan Harris (2003), Greg Oden (2006), Mike Conley Jr. (2006) and Daequan Cook (2006), all former McDonald’s All-Americans, played for the Buckeyes in 2006-07. William Buford (2008), B.J. Mullens (2008), Kosta Koufos (2007), Clark Kellogg (1979), Perry Carter (1987), Treg Lee (1987), Jim Jackson (1989), Charles Macon (1992) and Greg Simpson (1992) all played for Ohio State after playing in the McDonald’s All-America game before joining the Ohio State program for a total of 15 all-time.
     Sullinger and Thomas make up one-third of Ohio State’s 2010 recruiting class, which has been rated No. 1 or 2 nationally.

Thad Matta tied an Ohio State record for win percentage at 200 games coached with the Buckeyes. Matta is 147-53 in 200 games at Ohio State for a win percentage of 73.5. Fred Taylor, who recently had a banner in his honor unfurled in Value City Arena, set the 200-game win percentage record at 73.5 (147-53). Only four prevous Ohio State coaches have reached 200 games on the Buckeye sidelines.


Evan Turner averaged 29.5 points, 8.5 rebounds, 5.5 assists and 3.5 steals in a pair of home wins vs. Penn State and Iowa the week of Feb. 1. The Buckeye junior connected on 57 percent of his field goals (21-37) and 17-of-22 attempts from the charity stripe (.773) while only committing three turnovers in 80 minutes of action. Against Penn Sate, Turner registered 27 points to go along with 10 rebounds and six assists. The Chicago native finished the week with a career-high tying 32 points to move into 26th on Ohio State’s all-time scoring list with 1,239 points. The 6-7 guard also added five assists and seven rebounds in the win over the Hawkeyes. His performance vs. Iowa marked the second 30-point effort of Turner’s career. Turner now has 61 career games with 10 or more points, including 16 this season. The Big Ten POW selection marks Turner’s fifth of the season, tying him with Purdue’s Glen Robinson for the single-season record. He has a league record eight career Big Ten POW honors.

The 1960 Ohio State men’s basketball team was honored at halftime of the Minnesota game Jan. 31 at Value City Arena. The squad won the NCAA and Big Ten titles that season with a 25-3 record and a 13-1 mark in the Big Ten. Nearly the entire team returned for the weekend, including three-time All-American and Big Ten Player of the Year Jerry Lucas, All-American and two-time All-Big Ten selection John Havlicek and Bob Knight, the NCAA career leader in coaching victories (Army, Indiana and Texas Tech) with 902. All three are members of the Basketball Hall of Fame. A fourth member of the team, its head coach Fred Taylor, also is a Basketball Hall of Fame inductee. His name will forever be memorialized in the rafters of the Schottenstein Center after a banner acknowledging his accomplishments was unfurled during the weekend festivities.

David Lighty has 876 career points in 110 career games (8.0 ppg.). He joins classmates Evan Turner (1,294 career pts./91 games) and Jon Diebler (926/97) on the Ohio State roster in the 900 club. With another 56 points, the Buckeyes could add William Buford (60 games) to the group of 800+ scorers on the Ohio State roster.

Ohio State is 4-5 vs. ranked teams in the Associated Press Top 25 this season and 4-3 with a full roster. Evan Turner missed six games this season with a back injury. Ohio State was 3-3 in those games, including an 0-2 mark vs. ranked foes. Turner averages 24.0 points and 9.4 rebounds vs. seven ranked opponents this season (North Carolina, California, Florida State, Purdue (2), Wisconsin and West Virginia). He is connecting on 53 percent of his shots (63-118) and has 30 assists, four blocks and 10 steals.
The Top 30 candidates for the John R. Wooden Award, the nation’s most coveted college basketball honor, were named Jan. 4 by The Los Angeles Athletic Club’s John R. Wooden Award Committee. Composed of the players who will compete for the player of the year award this season, the midseason list is based on individual excellence and team record during the first half of the season. Ohio State’s Evan Turner was added to the list despite missing six games with an injured back. Turner was averaging 17.3 points, 10.6 rebounds and 5.8 assists a game before the injury. He currently leads the Big Ten in scoring and rebounding and is No. 2 is assists.

Against Purdue Jan. 12, the veteran of the Ohio State roster reached 100 games played in his fourth season in the program. David Lighty, who missed the majority of the 2008-09 season with a broken foot, is a junior this year after receiving a medical redshirt after playing just seven games a year ago. Lighty has appeared in 110 games to date, starting 78. With another year of eligibility, Lighty has a chance to play in more games than any Ohio State player previously and finish among the Top 10 in career starts. The career leader in games played is Jamar Butler with 139 from 2005-08. Jamaal Brown (1989-92) and Jerry Francis (1986-89) own the record for career starts with 126. Jon Diebler has played in 97 career games at Ohio State with 68 career starts.

Seniors Mark Titus and Danny Peters have been a part of Ohio State’s program for 101 victories over their careers. The four-year record for victories by scholarship players is 105 set by Jamar Butler and Matt Terwilliger from 2005-08. The four-year record for wins at Ohio State is 107 from 2006-09 but there were no four-year seniors on the 2009 team. Peters and Titus both started their Ohio State careers as managers and joined the team as players for the start of the 2006-07 season. Peters was a manager in 2005-06 and Titus was a manager briefly in the fall of 2006 before he and Peters were added to the roster. Peters will leave Ohio State with five varsity letters.

Junior Jon Diebler has made 223 career 3-pointers to rank No. 2 all time at Ohio State behind Jamar Butler’s 242 career makes. Butler played from 2005-08 and averaged nearly 61 made 3s a season. Diebler has averaged 74 a season over three years. Butler’s career percentage from long range ranks No. 8 all time at 37.2 percent accuracy (242-650). Diebler is shooting 38.6 percent (223-578) 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 is making 44 percent this season (79-181).

Thad Matta, now in his sixth season as head coach of the Buckeyes, has an overall win percentage of .735 (147-53) after 200 games at Ohio State. That winning mean is the highest among the 11 head coaches in the history of the Ohio State men’s basketball program with three or more seasons on the sidelines. Matta’s 65-33 record in Big Ten regular-season play (.663) also has produced the highest winning percentage in conference play among any previous Ohio State coach. Fred Taylor (1959-76) is second in both overall win percentage (.653/297-158) and Big Ten win percentage (.608/158-102) in 18 seasons.

Thad Matta has directed Ohio State to at least 10 wins during non-conference play in each of six seasons in Columbus and is 10-3 this season at the conclusion of non-Big Ten play. Matta is 75-16 vs. non-conference competition at Ohio State and 72-37 vs. Big Ten competition (regular season and Big Ten tournament games) for an overall record of 147-53.


Ohio State is 15-1 at home to date and shooting well on familiar ground. The Buckeyes are shooting 52 percent as a team at home this season and 40 percent from 3-point range. The team has reached 100 or more points three times and average a margin of victory of +23.1. Four Buckeyes average more than 10 points a game, led by Evan Turner’s 19.2 ppg. Jon Diebler contributes 14.1 points per game. David Lighty (12.6 ppg.) and William Buford (12.9 ppg.) follow Diebler. Turner is making 58 percent of his field goals (101-174) and Diebler tosses in 50 percent of his 3-point attempts (54-109). Six Buckeyes are shooting 50 percent or better at home. Dallas Lauderdale has missed nine shots on the VCA court this season. He is 42-51 overall (.824). Jeremie Simmons has connected on 34 of 63 FG attempts (.540) and Kyle Madsen is 22 of 33 (.667).
LAST TIME VS. MICHIGAN STATE: Ohio State 80, Michigan St. 72 (March 14, 2009)
Ohio State used every bit of its depth and versatility, not to mention some nifty 3-point shooting, in overpowering the Spartans 82-70 in the semifinals of the Big Ten tournament. It was the second-most points the Spartans had allowed last season. Evan Turner had all 18 of his points in the second half, along with 10 rebounds and five assists. Jon Diebler had 17 on 5-of-10 shooting from 3-point range, William Buford had 14 and B.J. Mullens added 12. Kalin Lucas had 17 for the Spartans. Korie Lucious tried to get the Spartans back in the game late. The freshman hit a 3 – only the second of the day for the Spartans – made a pair of layups and converted all three free throws when he was fouled on a 3-point attempt to cut Ohio State’s lead to 68-58 with 4:33 to play. But the Spartans would go another 2 minutes without a field goal and were forced to foul in the final minutes.The Spartans had won both regular-season games against the Buckeyes fairly handily. But Ohio State controlled this one from the start. Turner couldn’t get his shot to fall in the first half, but it hardly mattered. He focused on the rest of his game, and let his teammates take over. Turner finally scored with 18:30 to play, converting a three-point play that gave Ohio State a 40-31 lead. Draymond Green and Chris Allen made back-to-back buckets to cut the lead to 40-35 with 15:38 to play. But instead of panicking, the Buckeyes responded with a 20-9 run that showed every bit of their power.

Michigan State leads the all-time series with Ohio State 58-49 and is 36-15 in East Lansing vs. the Buckeyes. The teams will play just once during the Big Ten regular season in 2010. The Spartans host the lone meeting this year and will travel to Columbus in 2011. The Buckeyes are 18-8 vs. Michigan State when Ohio State carries an Associated Press Top 25 ranking into the game. MSU is 15-6 vs. ranked Ohio State teams. When both squads are ranked, Ohio State is 3-4 vs. the Spartans. William Buford averages 14 points a game vs. the Spartans in three career meetings. Evan Turner is next at 11.2 ppg. in the MSU series. He also is the leading Ohio State rebounder with 6.0 a game vs. Michigan State. 


  • The game was a sell-out, the 61st in the history of Value City Arena. The Buckeyes are 48-13 in those games.
  • Ohio State is 38-9 vs. the Big Ten when Value City Arena is sold out. The Buckeyes are 14-5 vs. ranked Big Ten opponents in a sold-out VCA.
  • The game Wednesday was the first Top 10 match-up at Value City Arena since Feb, 25, 2007. On that day, No. 1 Ohio State defeated No. 2 Wisconsin, 49-48.
  • Purdue leads the all-time series with Ohio State 82-75. The loss snapped a six-game Ohio State home win streak against the Boilermakers. The Buckeyes are now 50-28 in games played in Columbus, 6-1 in Value City Arena.
  • Ohio State is now 14-19 against ranked Purdue teams, 5-2 when both teams are ranked.
  • The Buckeyes are 133-220 all-time vs. opponents ranked among the AP Top 25, including a 55-112 record vs. Top 10 foes.
  • When a ranked Ohio State team takes on a ranked opponent, the Buckeyes are 53-45 all-time. OSU is 231-54 all-time when ranked in the Top 10.
  • The loss is Ohio State’s first at home this season, dropping their home record to 15-1.
  • Ohio State is 2-4 when trailing at the half this season (36-23). The game Wednesday was the first time the Buckeyes trailed at the half at home this season. Ohio State never led.
  • The Scarlet and Gray used a 15-5 run over a 5:06 stretch of the second half (14:50-9:44) to cut lead to two at 48-46 – it was the closest the Buckeyes would get the rest of the game.
  • Thad Matta’s record is now 249-84 in his 10th season all-time as a head coach. He is 147-53 in his sixth year at Ohio State.
  • Matta’s .735 winning percentage over 200 games is tied with Fred Taylor for the best in OSU history.
  • Matta is 64-33 (.660) in Big Ten games, also the highest percentage all-time at Ohio State.
  • Under Matta, Ohio State is now 25-33 against ranked opponents, 12-8 in Columbus and 4-5 this season.
  • Evan Turner led all scorers with 29 points. He now has 1,294 for his career.
  • Turner’s 3-pointer at 14:14 of the second half earned him the No. 24 position on Ohio State’s all-time scoring list, passing Clark Kellogg. He needs 19 points to pass Jamar Butler for No. 23 all-time (1,313).
  • Turner finished with seven rebounds and now has 592 for his career. He needs only one rebound to catch Michael Redd and Larry Huston on the career rebounds list (tied at No. 17 with 593).
  • Turner averaged 30.5 points in two games against the Boilermakers this season.
  • Jon Diebler has made 223 career 3-pointers to rank No. 2 all-time at Ohio State behind Jamar Butler’s 242 career makes. 
  •  Diebler has hit at least one 3 in 36 of last 37 games (minus Iowa, 1/27/10).

Junior Evan Turner fell hard to the floor on a dunk attempt early in the first half vs. Eastern Michigan Dec. 5. He left the game and tests revealed a fracture in his lower back. He missed a little more than four weeks recovering from the injury. He returned to face Indiana Jan. 6, a 79-54 Ohio State victory. In that game Turner recorded eight points, four rebounds and a game-high five assists in 20 minutes of action.

Evan Turner 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. 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. The pair also are the only Buckeyes to score more than 1,000 points, grab more than 500 rebounds and be among the Top 10 all-time in assists and steals.

Only 21 players in Ohio State history have scored more than 1,000 points and collected 500+ rebounds. Evan Turner has 1,294 career points and 592 career rebounds at Ohio State. The most recent addition to the list was Terence Dials, who from 2002-06, scored 1,566 points and grabbed 876 rebounds. He was the Big Ten Player of the Year in 2006. Just 27 Ohio State players have recorded 500 or more career rebounds. J.J. Sullinger was the last to join the list in 2006 in his third season in Columbus. He finished his career with 535 career rebounds. 

Ohio State has five opponents currently in the Top 25 nationally in the ESPN/USA Today and Associated Press weekly polls. Purdue, West Virginia, Michigan State, Wisconsin and Butler appear in both polls. California, Florida State and Illinois are receiving votes in at least one poll.

Evan Turner opened the season with five-consecutive double-doubles for the first time since Clark Kellogg did so in 1980-81. Turner reached 10 or more points and rebounds vs. Alcorn State (14/17/10 assts.), James Madison (24-17), North Carolina (23/11), California (26/14) and Lipscomb (16/10/11 assts.). Kellogg began the 1980-81 campaign with double-doubles in five-consecutive games vs. Cleveland State (23/14), at Kentucky (12/13), Colgate (16/17), South Alabama (18/18) and at Arizona State (18/10).
The Buckeyes have an all-time record of 133-220 vs. ranked opponents in the Associated Press Top 25. That includes a mark of 55-112 vs. Top 10 foes. The Buckeyes are 3-4 in the last seven games vs. Top 10 teams. As a ranked team, Ohio State is 350-104 all-time. In games when both teams enter with a Top 25 ranking, Ohio State is 53-46. When ranked among the Top 10 nationally, Ohio State is 231-55 with wins in 22 of last 24 outings.

Evan Turner has scored 1,294 points over 91 Ohio State games in his career for an average of 14.2 points a game. His 16 points vs. St. Francis (Pa.) Nov. 28 made him the 44th player in Ohio State history to reach 1,000 career points. With 29 points vs. Purdue Feb. 17, Turner moved to No. 24 all-time on the career scoring chart at Ohio State. Jamar Butler is next at No. 23 with 1,313 career points. Two others on the current roster are on pace to reach 1,000 points. Junior David Lighty has 876 career points over 110 career games. Jon Diebler has 929 points (97 games) in his three seasons at Ohio State. William Buford is well on his way as a sophomore as well (744/60 games).

Ohio State has had a player record a double-double (10+ points, rebs, assists, steals or blocks) in 800 games. The Buckeyes are 543-257 in those contests (.679). Evan Turner has 22 career double-doubles and the Buckeyes are 15-7 in those contests, including wins in 13 of his last 16 games with a D-D. Turner is among the Top 15 players in OSU history with 20 career double-doubles at No. 14. William Buford became the 100th Ohio State player to record a double-double with 16 points and 10 assists in Ohio State’s win vs. Eastern Michigan Dec. 5. He added his second D-D with 17 points and a career-high 13 rebounds at Michigan Jan. 3.

Ohio State has scored 100 or more points 69 times all-time and has a record of 68-1 in those games. The Buckeyes are 49-0 at home when reaching the century mark, 3-0 on neutral courts and 16-1 on opponent courts. The last win with 100 or more points was a 111-60 victory vs. Eastern Michigan Dec. 5. The only loss for OSU when scoring 100 points was a double-overtime thriller at LSU Jan. 15, 2005. The Buckeyes battled the Tigers but fell 113-101.

Ohio State has made 10 or more 3-pointers in a game 65 times since the shot was instituted for the 1986-87 season. The Buckeyes are 54-11 in those games after knocking down 11 of 22 treys against Illinois Feb. 14. Opponents have made double-digit 3s 85 times and are 34-51 in those games vs. the Buckeyes. Matta’s Ohio State teams are 38-9 when making 10 or more 3s in a game.   

The first four games of the regular-season made up the 2K Sports Classic benefiting Coaches vs. Cancer event on the Ohio State schedule. Alcorn State (Nov. 9) and James Madison (Nov. 12) traveled to Columbus before the Buckeyes played at Madison Square Garden in New York vs defending national champions North Carolina Nov. 19 and California Nov. 20.

Mark Titus, senior walk-on from Brownsburg, Ind., has been writing and publishing his blog – –  for the last two years on college basketball from an “end-of-the-bench” perspective. Surpassing 2,000,000 hits, the blog is somewhat popular in college basketball circles. To take advantage of the interest in the site, Titus has teamed with “A Kid Again,” a local charity for children with life-threatening illnesses, to help support the charity’s efforts. For a $25 donation fans of the blog will receive a Club Tril T-shirt. All the proceeds will then go to support “A Kid Again.” Get your shirt today by placing an order at More than 2,150 have been sold, raising over $25,000 for charity.
Evan Turner was tabbed a preseason first team All-Big Ten selection by league media at the annual media day in Chicago. Turner is the league’s top returning scorer (17 ppg.). He led the Buckeyes in scoring, rebounding, assists and steals as a sophomore last year. Thad Matta’s Buckeyes were selected No. 3 in the preseason media poll behind Michigan State and Purdue.

Ohio State will play five of the preseason Top 10 ranked teams (ESPN/coaches poll) in the country by year’s end. Preseason No. 2 Michigan State, No. 4 North Carolina, No. 7 Purdue, No. 9 West Virginia and No. 10 Butler all dot the Ohio State slate in 2009-10. Five Big Ten teams were ranked among the Top 20 with No. 15 Michigan, No. 18 Minnesota, and No. 17 Ohio State all slated among the top teams nationally. Ohio State also faced No. 12 California at the 2K Classic benefiting Coaches vs. Cancer in New York, defeating the Bears 76-70. Illinois was just outside the preseason Top 25 at No. 27.
Ohio State leads all Big Ten teams with seven players on current NBA rosters. The Big Ten started the season with 33 players on NBA active lists. Nine Big Ten teams have at least one player competing in the NBA. Michael Redd (Milwaukee Bucks) is the longest-tenured Buckeye in the NBA. Greg Oden (Portland), Michael Conley (Memphis), Daequan Cook (Miami), Othello Hunter (Atlanta), Kosta Koufos (Utah) and B.J. Mullens (Oklahoma) represent Ohio State in the NBA.
The Ohio State roster grew by two in late October when Thad Matta added walk-on juniors Eddie Days and Dustin Reynolds. Days is the nephew of Buckeye great Jim Cleamons, a current assistant coach with the Los Angeles Lakers. Reynolds is the younger brother of former Ohio State women’s basketball player DiDi Reynolds. Dustin will sit out the 2009-10 season to satisfy NCAA transfer rules (from Hillsdale College in Michigan). Days started his career vs. Presbyterian College Dec. 16, playing one minute in the victory over the Blue Hose. The Buckeyes now have four walk-on players on the roster. Danny Peters is a fifth-year senior and Mark Titus is in his senior campaign as well. Peters will end his career with five varsity letters, one as a manager (2006) and four as a student-athlete (2007-10).
Junior Evan Turner averaged 4.0 points, 3.7 rebounds and led Team USA with 18 assists at the World University Games in Belgrade, Serbia. The United States finished with a 6-1 record at the early-July event with Turner making three starts and averaging 16.3 minutes a game. He connected on 52 percent of his shots (12-23) and 4 of 5 free throws.

Jon Diebler, the all-time leading scorer in Ohio High School history, started slow in the college game from behind the arc, where he made a name for himself as a prep at Upper Sandusky High School. After shooting 29 percent from long range as a rookie (48-166), Diebler responded with a breakout sophomore season. He knocked down 96 of 231 treys for 41.6 percent accuracy. That effort was second in the Big Ten for makes and is the second-most single season 3s made in Ohio State history. He already is second all-time at Ohio State in 3s made in a career (223) and his eight 3s made at Northwestern last year rates No. 2 in Ohio State’s record book for 3s made in a game.

With nearly the entire roster returning from the 2008-09 season, Matta and the Buckeyes took a preseason international trip to Canada. The excursion allowed the Buckeyes 10 practices and a few competitions before the official start of practice Oct. 16. The Buckeyes played three games between Aug. 27-31 in Canada vs. teams from the Windsor area. Ohio State last left the country for competition during the summer of 2001 when the squad traveled to Italy, Switzerland, France and the Netherlands.