Feb. 27, 2010
No. 9/9 Ohio State (22-7, 12-4) vs. Michigan (13-14, 6-9)

Site: Value City Arena (19,049)
Game Time: Noon ET
Television: ESPN
Talent: Dave O’Brien (play-by-play)
          Steve Lavin (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)

Naismith Trophy Pegs Turner as one of 30 Finalists
 Evan Turner is among the Top 30 finalists and among the leading candidates to earn the 2010 Naismith Trophy, giving annually to the player of the year in collegiate basketball. The honor will be announced at the 2010 Final Four in Indianapolis. The four finalists for the award will be announced March 21 by CBS during first round coverage of the 2010 NCAA Tournament. The Naismith Award has been presented by the Atlanta Tipoff Club since 1969 when UCLA’s Lew Alcindor claimed the first honor. No previous Ohio State player has been awarded the Naismith Trophy. Glenn Robinson of Purdue is the last Big Ten representative to earn the award. He did so in 1994. Indiana’s Calbert Cheaney (1993) and Scott May (1976) are the other Big Ten winners of the award. 

Turner Earns Record Big Ten Awards
 Evan Turner averaged 24.5 points, 8.5 rebounds and 5.5 assists in a split with No. 4 Purdue and at No. 11 Michigan State last week. The junior guard connected on 17-of-38 (.447) shots from the field and went 14-of-20 (.700) from the foul line while adding three steals in 80 minutes of action. The last two games marked Turner’s seventh and eighth contests against ranked opponents this season. The Buckeyes are 5-3 in those games with Turner averaging 23.5 points and 9.5 rebounds. Turner began the week by posting 29 points and seven rebounds against Purdue before following that performance with 20 points and 10 boards in a road win against the Spartans. The Chicago native now has 1,314 points and 602 rebounds in his career, ranked No. 23 and No. 17 on Ohio State’s all-time scoring and rebounding lists, respectively. Sunday also marked Turner’s 22nd career game with 20 or more points as well as his 23rd career double-double. Overall, Turner leads the conference in scoring (19.5 ppg.) and rebounding (9.3 rpg.) while also rating second in assists (5.77 apg.). The Big Ten POW selection marks Turner’s sixth of the season, breaking Purdue’s Glen Robinson for the single-season league record. He also has a record nine career Big Ten POW honors.

 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, 12).
     Ohio State enters the game vs. Michigan with a 22-7 overall record and a 12-4 record in league play. The game vs. Purdue Feb. 17 also was the 200th for Matta as head coach of the Buckeyes. He enters the game vs. Michigan with a record of 149-53 at Ohio State. He recorded career win No. 250 with a 74-67 victory at Michigan State Feb. 21. 

Sullinger, Thomas Add to Ohio State’s 15-player McDonald’s list
 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.

   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 907 career points in 112 career games (8.1 ppg.). He joins classmates Evan Turner (1,339 career pts./93 games) and Jon Diebler (954/99) on the Ohio State roster in the 900 club. With another 27 points, the Buckeyes could add William Buford (62 games) to the group of 800+ scorers on the Ohio State roster.

 Ohio State is 5-5 vs. ranked teams in the Associated Press Top 25 this season and 5-3 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 23.5 points and 9.5 rebounds vs. eight ranked opponents this season (North Carolina, California, Florida State, Purdue (2), Wisconsin, Michigan State and West Virginia). He is connecting on 51 percent of his shots (69-135) and has 36 assists, five blocks and 11 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 112 games to date, starting 80. 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 99 career games at Ohio State with 70 career starts.

   Seniors Mark Titus and Danny Peters have been a part of Ohio State’s program for 103 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 229 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 76 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 38.3 percent (229-598) 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 42 percent this season (85-201). In just four seasons has a Buckeye made 80 or more 3s in a season. Diebler has two of those after knocking down 96 treys as a sophomore.

     Thad Matta, now in his sixth season as head coach of the Buckeyes, has an overall win percentage of .738 (149-53) after 202 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 67-33 record in Big Ten regular-season play (.670) 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.

   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
Michigan 73, No. 15 Ohio State 64 , Jan. 3, 2010
ANN ARBOR – DeShawn Sims and Manny Harris took control with Michigan’s first Big Ten victory of the season on the line. Sims had 28 points and nine rebounds, and Harris added 24 points and five assists to help the Wolverines beat 15th-ranked Ohio State 73-64. Sims and Harris were the only scorers during a late 11-0 run. Sims’ layup with 6 minutes to play sparked the run that gave the Wolverines the lead for good. Harris added a three-point play 30 seconds later that brought the sellout crowd to its feet. He and Sims teamed for 25 points Thursday in a loss at Indiana but finished the game a combined 22 for 34 from the floor. The Buckeyes led 55-54 after P.J. Hill’s 3-pointer with less than 7 minutes to play, but Michigan quickly answered and went on to beat Ohio State for the second time in 11 meetings. The visitors missed five straight shots while the Wolverines pulled away. Jon Diebler scored 17 points to lead Ohio State, which lost consecutive games for the first time this season and played its sixth straight game without leading scorer Evan Turner. William Buford added 16 and 13 rebounds, and David Lighty scored 13 for the Buckeyes.

 Ohio State leads the overall series with the Wolverines 85-71 with wins in nine of the last 11 games overall. The Buckeyes are 49-26 in Columbus with victories in each of the last five games. The Buckeyes are 27-5 vs. Michigan when ranked among the nation’s Top 25 teams by the Associated Press, which includes wins in six of the last seven games as a ranked squad. The Buckeyes are 11-0 vs. Michigan when ranked in games played at home. Three Buckeyes average double figure points in the Michigan series with Evan Turner leading the way with 14.8 points over his four previous meetings with the Wolverines. William Buford adds 13.3 points per game and leads the team with 7.3 rebounds vs. UM. Jon Diebler contributes 10.4 ppg vs. UM. He leads the Buckeyes with 13 made 3s vs. the Wolverines.

NOTING THE Penn state game (Feb. 24)

  • Thad Matta has coached 100 regular season Big Ten games at Ohio State. He is 67-33 in those games (.670). Overall, Matta is 149-53 in Columbus.
  • Ohio State leads the overall series with the Nittany Lions 24-12 and has won each of the last 13 meetings. Ohio State is 9-7 overall in State College and 11-2 as a ranked team vs. the Nittany Lions.
  • Ohio State has made 207 3s as a team this season marking the seventh time a Buckeye squad as surpassed 200 made treys in a season, six of those seasons have come under the direction of Thad Matta.
  • Ohio State led 59-57 at the 5:00 mark. It is now 20-0 when leading with five minutes remaining this season and 134-5 under Matta.
  • Thad Matta’s record is now 251-84 in his 10th season all-time as a head coach. He is 149-53 in his sixth year at Ohio State.
  • Evan Turner scored 25 points to lead all scorers in the game. He has 66 games with 10 or more points in a game and 23 with 20 or more.
  • He now has 1,339 points for his career, passing Jim Cleamons for No. 22 spot all-time.
  • With Turner’s three steals he moves into a tie with Michael Redd (1998-00) for the No. 7 spot all time at Ohio State with 149 for his career.
  • Jon Diebler has made 229 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 38 of last 39 games (minus Iowa, 1/27/10).
  • Diebler has 85 made treys on the season. He owns two of Ohio State’s Top 4 spots all-time for made 3s in a season. He made 96 as a sophomore.
  • Dallas Lauderdale grabbed a career high 10 rebounds vs. the Nittany Lions.
  • David Lighty scored 18 points to reach 900 career points as a Buckeye (907) he joins Turner and Diebler on the squad with 900 or more career points.
  • Ohio State has won six-consecutive road games in Big Ten Conference play, matching the feat last accomplished by the 2006-07 Buckeyes. That team won at Illinois, lost at Wisconsin and then won the next six league road games on the way to a 15-1 league record.
  • Ohio State closes out the regular season with a pair of home games vs. Michigan (noon Saturday) and vs. Illinois March 2 (Tuesday/9 p.m.). The Big Ten Conference tournament begins March 11 in Indianapolis at Conseco Fieldhouse.

 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 1,339 career points and 609 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. Illinois is receiving votes on one.

 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 134-220 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 352-104 all-time. In games when both teams enter with a Top 25 ranking, Ohio State is 54-46. When ranked among the Top 10 nationally, Ohio State is 233-55 with wins in 24 of last 25 outings.

 Evan Turner has scored 1,339 points over 93 Ohio State games in his career for an average of 14.4 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 25 points at Penn State Feb. 24, Turner moved to No. 22 all-time on the career scoring chart at Ohio State. Brent Darby is next at No. 21 with 1,368 career points. Two others on the current roster are on pace to reach 1,000 points. Junior David Lighty has 907 career points over 112 career games. Jon Diebler has 954 points (99 games) in his three seasons at Ohio State. William Buford is well on his way as a sophomore as well (773/62 games).

 Ohio State has had a player record a double-double (10+ points, rebs, assists, steals or blocks) in 801 games. The Buckeyes are 544-257 in those contests (.679). Evan Turner has 23 career double-doubles and the Buckeyes are 16-7 in those contests, including wins in 14 of his last 17 games with a D-D. Turner is among the Top 15 players in OSU history with 20 career double-doubles at No. 13. 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 third D-D with 17 points and 10 rebounds at Michigan State Feb. 21.

 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 2,200 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.

 Evan Turner led Ohio State and the Big Ten in scoring last season with an average of 17.3 points a game. He was No. 3 in rebounding as well with 7.1 and was among the Top 10 league players in steals (4th/1.8 spg.) and assists (8th/3.97). He was a finalist for Big Ten Player of the Year honors a season ago and will be among the favorites entering his junior season. His name has also garnered All-America consideration after earning a spot among the Top 15 finalists for the 2009 Oscar Robertson Award, given annually by the United States Basketball Writer’s Association to the player of the year in college basketball.   

 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 (229) 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.

 Ohio State was again one of the top draws in college basketball in 2008-09. The Buckeyes drew nearly 280,000 fans to home games last season to rate No. 14 nationally in home attendance. The Buckeyes have been among the Top 20 in home attendance in each of the last 11 years, all while playing at the Jerome Schottenstein Center (19,049). Ohio State games both home and on the road drew 477,000 fans last year, No. 16 nationally. The Buckeyes have been a Top 20 draw nationally in 10 of the last 11 years and led the nation in all-game attendance in 2007. The Big Ten led the nation in attendance for the 33rd-consecutive season in 2008-09. An average of 12,519 fans attended 193 Big Ten games a season ago. 

 Matta added Jeff Boals to the staff after the departure of assistant coach Archie Miller, who left to coach alongside his brother Sean, the new University of Arizona head coach. Boals, a 1995 graduate of Ohio University, left Akron to join the Buckeyes. His tenacity as a player with the Bobcats is expected to transfer to the Ohio State roster, especially the post players.