Nov. 22, 2006

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Date: Nov. 24, 2006
Opponent: Youngstown State (2-2)
Site: Nationwide Arena (19,700)
Game Time: 8 p.m. ET
Television: ESPN Plus
Local TV: WBNS 10 TV
TV Talent: Tom Hamilton (P by P), Bill Hosket (Expert Analysis)
Radio: OSU Radio Network (59 stations)
Local Radio: WBNS FM-97.1 AM-1460
Radio Talent: Paul Keels (P-by-P), Ron Stokes (Expert Analysis)

Ohio State at Nationwide Arena
The Buckeyes will be playing their second game all time at Nationwide Arena when Ohio State takes on Youngstown State Friday. The Buckeyes hosted Virginia Tech at Nationwide Dec. 6, 2003 in the other game. The game against Youngstown State Friday is being played at Nationwide to satisfy the NCAA requirement for the host school of NCAA tournament first and second round games to have at least one game contested in the facility where NCAA tournament games are played. Ohio State will host the 2007 NCAA First and Second Round Tournament games in March. OSU also was the host school for the early rounds in 2004.

Buckeyes Prepare for YSU
Ohio State will be playing against the second team from the state of Ohio Friday vs. Youngstown State after downing Kent State in the finals of the BCA Classic Nov. 12. The last time the Buckeyes took on two Ohio schools in the same season was in 1997-98 when Ohio State opened with a win over Kent State (73-67) Nov. 19 and then defeated Toledo 84-74 Dec. 3.

Matta Reaches 50 wins at OSU
Thad Matta coached game No. 200 in his seven-year head coaching career in the contest vs. Kent State Nov. 12. He recorded win No. 50 as a Buckeye vs. Eastern Kentucky the next time out Nov. 17. Matta is 152-49 (.756) overall, which includes a record of 50-18 (.731) at Ohio State. He needed just 68 games to win 50 as a Buckeye, the third fewest total games to record win No. 50 as a Buckeye head coach. Fred Taylor (1959-76) won his 50th game in his 64th contest as a Buckeye while Randy Ayers (1990-97) was the second-fasted to 50 wins, doing so in 67 Ohio State games.

Coach Date gms to 50 50th win, Score
Taylor 1/28/61 64 Purdue, 92-62
Ayers 12/18/91 67 @Santa Barbara, 82-75
Matta 11/17/06 68 Eastern Ky., 74-45
Miller 12/2/79 76 Tennessee, 91-65
Williams 1/7/89 79 Wisconsin, 73-70
Olsen 2/22/27 80 @Indiana, 27-18
Dye 2/27/50 83 @Michigan, 69-58
St. John 1/1/17 92 @ Elyria, 33-25
O’Brien 2/25/04 104 @Minnesota, 70-59
Stahl 12/19/55 106 @Tulane, 72-66

Buckeyes Tough To Beat at Home Under Matta
Thad Matta has directed the Buckeyes to a 35-3 record in Columbus in three seasons as head coach of the Buckeyes. He is 34-3 overall at Value City Arena, which includes a 21-0 record vs. non-conference foes. Ohio State defeated Chattanooga in November of 2005 at St. John Arena on the OSU campus. The 30-3 mark from 2004-06 at VCA (13-3 vs. the Big Ten) is the best two-year record in the facility since Ohio State began play in 1998-99. The Buckeyes set the building record with 16 victories in 2005-06.

Noting The Buckeyes
Jamar Butler: The junior from Lima, Ohio, needs 22 points to reach 500 for his Ohio State career … he has averaged 7.0 points over 68 career games, which includes 47 starts … Butler is a career 81 percent foul shooter (105-129) and averages 3.6 assists a game for his career … when Butler hands out four or more assists, Ohio State is 26-5 during his tenure … moves to the shooting guard position this year after spending his first two seasons as Ohio State’s primary point guard … second on squad with 25 assists and eight steals.

Ivan Harris: A senior from Springfield, Ohio, Harris has played in 93 career games for the Buckeyes … He has 479 career points for an average of 5.2 points a game … in five games this season, his scoring average is up to 9.8 points a contest … a career 41 percent shooter from 3-point range, Harris is nicknamed “microwave” by his teammates for his ability to heat up the Ohio State offense from long range, where he has made 81-199 treys for his career.

Ron Lewis: The Columbus, Ohio, native eclipsed the 1,300 career point mark with 11 points in the win vs. Eastern Kentucky Nov. 17 … with a career scoring average of 13.6 points a game in 97 appearances at Bowling Green (60 gms.) and Ohio State (37 gms.), his scoring average is 17.2 ppg. this season, second among the Buckeyes … Lewis is a career 33.6 percent shooter (117-348) from 3-point range but has upped that average to 48 percent (14-29) to date this season.

Matt Terwilliger: The junior from Troy, Ohio, has scored 104 career points in 47 career appearances for the Buckeyes … has moved to the center spot to start the season but will likely return to the power forward spot as the season progresses … minutes are up to 18 a game after averaging just over nine a contest his first two years in Columbus.

Mike Conley, Jr.: The freshman point guard from Indianapolis leads the Buckeyes with 23 assists and 14 steals this season … opened career with 10 assist game against VMI Nov. 10 … handed out 9 helpers against San Francisco Nov. 20 … that VMI total is tied for the second-most assists in a single game by a freshman at Ohio State … his five steals vs. VMI is tied for the most in a game by an OSU rookie … starts in all five games … averages nearly 28 minutes a game … connected on all six FGs vs. Eastern Kentucky … shooting percentage is .633 (19-30).

Daequan Cook: Three outings of 20 or more points in his young career, including his first game as a Buckeye with 22 in the season opener vs. VMI and most recently in the win vs. San Francisco with 20 … leads team with 18.0 points per game and is second with a 6.2 rebounds per game average … the Dayton, Ohio, native plays 23 minutes a game off the bench … has the ability to score both inside and from long range … connecting on 58 percent of his field goals (36-62) and 45 percent from 3-point range (9-20) … acrobatic one-handed dunk off an alley-oop pass from Jamar Butler vs. the Dons (11/17) was a crowd pleaser.

Othello Hunter: Five starts to date for the Winston-Salem, N.C., native … averages 8.8 points and a team-leading 7.6 rebounds a game … shooting 60 percent (18-30) from the field … also tops the roster with 10 blocks this season.

David Lighty: Along with classmate Mike Conley, Jr., David Lighty started his first career game for the Buckeyes, the first true rookie to do so since Michael Redd in 1997 … Lighty, a Cleveland, Ohio, native, plays 26 minutes a game … earned court time with his defense but is contributing offensively with nearly eight points a game on 15-30 shooting (.500) for the season … third on team with nine assists.

Lewis Earns 1st Big Ten Honor
Senior guard Ron Lewis averaged 20.0 points and shot 56 percent from the field (19-34) in leading Ohio State to the 2006 BCA Classic Title Nov. 12 with a win vs. Kent State. The effort earned the Columbus, Ohio, native the Big Ten Conference Player of the Week award, the first honor issued by the league this season. Lewis also knocked down 10-of-19 3-pointers (.526) and 12-of-14 foul shots (.857) in Ohio State’s first three wins of the season.

Conley Jr., Butler Guide Buckeyes to Win Over San Francisco
Mike Conley Jr. and Jamar Butler combined for 16 assists with just two turnovers, and Daequan Cook added 20 points off the bench to lead the Buckeyes to an 82-60 victory over San Francisco Monday. Cook shot 8-of-13 from the field on his way to taking over the team scoring lead with an average of 18.0 points a game. Ron Lewis added 15 points and Conley scored 12. Conley, a freshman, added nine assists and six rebounds with two turnovers. He now has 33 assists and 12 turnovers this season while directing the Buckeyes’ offense. His partner in the backcourt, Butler, had seven assists without a turnover. Othello Hunter added nine points and 10 rebounds. Armando Surratt scored 15 points and Antonio Kellogg and Manny Quezada had 11 apiece for the Dons. Jay Watkins added 10 rebounds. The loudest roar of the night came midway through the second half on Butler’s crisp alley-oop pass from near midcourt that Cook controlled with one hand over defender Jesse Byrd for a dunk that put the Buckeyes ahead 54-38. Conley controlled the tempo in the first half by setting up his teammates for easy baskets. In addition, he did some scoring on his own as the Buckeyes solidified their lead.

Noting the San Francisco Game

The Buckeyes recorded their 200th win as a Top 10 team. Whenranked in the Top 10 (No. 3 USA Today and No. 4 in AP) Ohio Statehas an all-time record of 200-51. As a Top 25 squad, the Buckeyesare 299-91. Ohio State has won its last 23 non-conference homegames, going 9-0 in both 2004-05 and 2005-06 and a 5-0 start thisseason. Ohio State’s last non-conference home loss was to TexasTech Jan. 4, 2004. Ohio State now is 2-2 against members of theWest Coast Conference and 1-1 against San Francisco, evening theseries after the Dons topped the Buckeyes, 76-65 at San Franciscoin Ohio State’s 2003-04 season opener. During head coach ThadMatta’s stint in Columbus, the Buckeyes now own a home record of36-3. He is 22-0 vs. non-conference foes (at Value City Arena) andhas a 35-3 record at VCA. Ohio State defeated Chattanooga in anon-league game at St. John Arena in November of 2004. Junior JamarButler collected seven assists Monday. Ohio State is now 26-5 whenButler hands out four or more helpers in a game. Senior Ron Lewisscored 15 points Monday, giving him double-figures in all fivegames this season. Freshman Mike Conley has made 12 of his last 15shots from the field over the last three games. He made his lastshot vs. Kent State, all six attempts vs. Eastern Kentucky andfive-of-eight Monday vs. San Francisco. Ohio State made only fourof its first 15 shots (26.7 percent) in the game, but made five ofits next seven shots and 12-of-40 (48.0 percent) the rest of thefirst half to build a 45-29 lead at halftime, which included a 21-8run during the final 6:19 before the intermission. The Buckeyes arenow 5-0 this season when leading at the half (45-29). Ohio Stateconnected on a season-best 91.7-percent (11-of-12) of its freethrows Monday. The Buckeyes used a 15-0 run to pull away in thesecond half. The run moved Ohio State’s 49-38 lead at 16:54 to 64-38 at the 12:23 mark. Ohio State outrebounded San Francisco 46-31for a +15 rebounding margin, a season high for the Buckeyes,surpassing their +10 rebound margin against VMI Nov. 10. FreshmanDaequan Cook recorded his third game of 20 points or more Mondaywith a game-high 20. He scored 22 points in two previous games thisseason. Mike Conley Jr. had nine assists, one off his career-high10 set vs. VMI. The Buckeyes dished out 20 assists Monday night,their second-highest effort of the season, which raised their pergame average to 18.0 per game, which ties for most in the Big Ten.

Buckeyes Win BCA Championship Title Game Against Kent State
Ron Lewis led Ohio State with 18 points and three teammates joined him in double figures as the Buckeyes went 3-0 in the BCA Classic to claim the title with an 81-59 win against Kent State last Sunday at Value City Arena. Jamar Butler, the only starter back from last season’s Big Ten champions, added 14 points, junior-college transfer Othello Hunter had 13 and freshman David Lighty finished with 10. Lewis was the tournament MVP for the Buckeyes. He was joined on the all-tournament team by freshman Daequan Cook. Nobody hit double figures for Kent State, the defending Mid-American Conference regular-season and tournament champions. Omni Smith had nine points and three others had eight. The Buckeyes hit half of their 26 3-point attempts and ended up shooting 55 percent from the field. Kent State had 20 turnovers and hit just 4-of-15 shots behind the arc. Sub Ivan Harris hit three big 3-pointers that helped turn the tide.

Ohio State, 86-18 in Home Openers, Prepares For First Road Test
Ohio State opened its 108th season of men’s basketball against Virginia Military Institute Friday. The Buckeyes are 82-22 (.788) all-time in season openers. In the first road game of the year, Ohio State is 50-53 (.485). Ohio State is 86-18 (.827) in home openers.

Buckeyes Open Season Among The Top 10 in Both Polls
Ohio State ended the 2006 season ranked No. 6 in the final Associated Press Poll and No. 13 in the last ESPN/USA Today coaches poll. This year, after losing four senior starters the Buckeyes are currently ranked No. 3 in the coaches poll and No. 4 in the AP Top 25.

Buckeyes Earn Win No. 200 as Top 10 Squad
Ohio State is 200-51 (.797) all time when carrying a Top 10 ranking and 299-91 (.767) when ranked among the Top 10 in the Associated Press rankings.

Matta Unbeaten In Openers
Ohio State is the third stop as a head coach for Thad Matta. In his seven debuts, Matta defeated Eastern Illinois (90-73) in his first game at Butler in 2000. In his first game as Xavier head coach in 2001, Matta’s squad downed Coastal Carolina 72-41. He also guided the Musketeers to season-opening wins in 2002, an 87-48 win over St. Peters in the preseason NIT, and in 2003, a 62-37 victory over Coppin State. In his first game as a Buckeye in 2004, the Buckeyes knocked off Towson University 74-53 in the opening round of the Guardians Classic in Columbus. Ohio State defeated Chicago State in the 2005 opener 81-52 and handled VMI in the season opener this year 107-69.

Penguins Start Season 2-2
Youngstown State opened the season 2-2 prior to games at Michigan Wednesday and at Ohio State Friday. The Penguins defeated Central Michigan (74-50), lost to Michigan State (86-61) and Duquesne (81-75) all on the road. In its home opener vs. Slippery Rock last Sunday, YSU won 95-57. The Penguins are led by a pair of seniors. Quin Humphrey, an Ellenwood, Ga., native leads the team with a scoring average of 20.0 points per game. He also is the team’s top rebounder with 6.5 boards a game and he tops the charts in assists (14) and steals (4). Senior Keston Roberts (Brooklyn, N.Y.) and junior Byron Davis (Detroit) also add double digits offensively with 13.3 ppg. and 11.0 ppg. averages, respectively.

Ohio State vs. The Horizon League
Ohio State and Youngstown State have met just twice previously. The first meeting in the series took place Dec. 16, 1982, an 81-53 OSU victory in Columbus. The most recent contest also occurred on the Ohio State campus Dec. 1, 1990. No. 11 Ohio State won 112-67. Against members of the Horizon League, Ohio State is 47-9 all-time. The Buckeyes have faced Butler the most. In 38 meetings, OSU is 30-8 overall. Cleveland State also will make the trip to Columbus later this season (4 p.m., Dec. 9) and Loyola (Ill.) already took on the Buckeyes in the BCA Classic Nov. 11 at Value City Arena, an 87-75 Buckeye victory. Ohio State is 4-1 vs. Cleveland State and 4-0 vs. Loyola. The Buckeyes are 2-0 vs. Detroit Mercy, Wisconsin-Milwaukee and Wright State and 1-0 against Illinois-Chicago. The only Horizon League member Ohio State has not faced is Wisconsin-Green Bay.

Matta Inks New Deal With OSU
Thad Matta, who enters his third season as head coach of the Buckeyes, signed a new contract through the 2014-15 season, Eugene Smith, director of athletics at Ohio State, announced Nov. 3. Matta guided the Buckeyes to an outright Big Ten title in 2006 while earning league coach of the year honors along the way. He has produced 20+ win seasons in each of his six years as a collegiate head coach and has won league coach of the year awards in three NCAA Division I conferences.

Buckeyes Tabbed No. 1 in Big Ten
Big Ten Conference media selected Ohio State as its preseason favorite to win the league regular-season crown in 2006-07. The Buckeyes are looking to win back-to-back conference titles for the first time since 1991 and 1992 after winning the outright regular-season title in 2006. Ohio State returns one starter from a year ago when the Buckeyes posted a 26-6 overall record and a 12-4 league mark.

Media Select Oden to Shine
Freshman center Greg Oden has yet to play a collegiate game and is recovering from right wrist surgery which has prohibited him from working out with the Buckeyes in contact situations. Even so, Oden appears on the preseason All-Big Ten list turned in by the conference media Oct. 29 in Chicago. Oden is expected to be available in time for the Big Ten regular-season opener against Indiana Jan. 2. The preseason recognition is believed to mark the first time a true freshman has been so recognized in conference history.

Butler on Wooden Watch List
Junior guard Jamar Butler is one of 50 student-athletes participating in NCAA Division I basketball to appear on the John R. Wooden Award preseason watch list. The list will be cut to 30 in January. The award was created in 1976 and is annually given to the nation’s best player.

OSU Freshmen in Starting Five
Jamar Butler was the last true freshman to crack the starting lineup for the Buckeyes prior to the season opener vs. VMI when rookies Mike Conley Jr. and David Lighty earned starting nods for Thad Matta’s Buckeyes. Butler started his first game at Northwestern Jan. 29, 2005. He has been a mainstay in the first five ever since. The last true freshman to start the season opener was Michael Redd vs. Kent State Nov. 19, 1997. Redd played 39 minutes and scored 21 points on 9 of 17 shooting from the field. He also had nine rebounds.

Ohio State on National TV
The Buckeyes will appear on national television at least 14 times this season with the possibility of additional exposures as the regular season concludes, during the Big Ten tournament and in postseason play-should Ohio State qualify. Fans across the country will get their first look at Ohio State over national airwaves Nov. 29 when the Buckeyes travel to No. 2 North Carolina for a Big Ten/ACC Challenge matchup on ESPN. On Dec. 16, Cincinnati and Ohio State renew a rivalry at the Wooden Tradition in Indianapolis. CBS will televise that contest at 3:45 p.m. ET. Other CBS games include a matchup at No. 1 Florida Dec. 23, a home game vs. Tennessee Jan. 13, at Michigan State Feb. 3, at Minnesota Feb. 18 and vs. Wisconsin in Columbus Feb. 25. The regular season finale at Michigan also could be picked up by CBS. ESPN will televise the Buckeyes vs. their first three Big Ten foes Jan. 2 vs. Indiana, at Illinois Jan. 6 and at Wisconsin Jan. 9. Four other league games will be featured on ESPN or ESPN2 during regular season play.

Ohio State vs. The Big Ten Conference
Ohio State is 644-635 vs. the current members of the Big Ten Conference.

OSU vs. The Big Ten

Illinois 56 97
Indiana 67 97
Iowa 61 72
Michigan 79 69
Michigan State 45 54
Minnesota 71 52
Northwestern 101 44
Penn State 18 12
Purdue 69 78
Wisconsin 77 60
Totals 644 648

Matta Goes For 7th With 20
Thad Matta does not know what it’s like to end a season with fewer than 20 wins during his head coaching career. The third year Ohio State coach came to the Buckeyes with a streak of four 20+ win seasons at Butler (24 wins in 2001) and Xavier (26 in all three years from 2002-04). With 20 victories in 2004-05 and 26 a season ago at Ohio State, Matta is one of two coaches nationally to record 20 or more wins in the first six seasons of his coaching career. Mark Few of Gonzaga is the other with 20+ in all seven years with the Bulldogs. Matta has the Buckeyes off to a 5-0 start this season.

2007 NCAA Tournament Returns To Columbus
The NCAA tournament will return to Columbus for the opening rounds of the 2007 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament, the organization announced in July 2004. Ohio State played host to the first and second rounds in March 2004, as it will in 2007. Games were played at Nationwide Arena in downtown Columbus, which will again be the site of the event in 2007.

Banner In Downtown Columbus Recognizes Oden, Davenport
A 160-foot banner is on display in downtown Columbus recognizing two of the more prominent centers in college basketball. Two-time All-American Jessica Davenport, a senior on the Ohio State women’s basketball team, along with two-time National High School Player of the Year Greg Oden, a 7-0 freshman center for the Buckeyes, are featured on the larger-than-life display. The banner is part of Ohio State’s effort to publicize its outstanding student-athletes and coaches around the city of Columbus.

The Newcomers
Thad Matta recruited one of the best classes nationally for the 2006-07 season. Four of the top freshmen in the country along with a talented junior college forward joined the Buckeyes for the 2006 fall quarter in Columbus.

The four incoming Ohio State freshmen all played for state championships during their senior high school seasons. Three won titles with the other finishing as runner-up.

Greg Oden (a 7-0 center) and 6-1 guard Mike Conley Jr., led Indiana’s Lawrence North High School to its third-consecutive state championship March 25, 2006, with a victory over Muncie Central (80-56). Oden led all scorers with 26 points on 11-of-17 shooting from the field. He also was the game’s top rebounder with 11. Conley added 21 points and seven boards in the win.

Daequan Cook, a 6-5 guard, led Dayton (Ohio) Dunbar to its first state title in 19 years with a 73-46 victory over Triway in the Ohio Division II state championship game (3/25/06) at Value City Arena in Columbus. Cook scored 23 points in the victory.

David Lighty, a 6-5 guard/forward, led his Villa Angela-St. Joseph (Cleveland, Ohio) squad to the Ohio Division III state title game as well. Lighty scored 20 points in a loss to North College Hill.

Four First Teamers
All four incoming freshmen were named to their state’s first team all-state squads as seniors. Greg Oden and Mike Conley Jr., were honored in Class 4A, the large school division in Indiana, while Daequan Cook (Ohio Division II) and David Lighty (Ohio Division III) made their respective teams. Cook, the Division II Ohio Player of the Year, and Lighty both made the Associated Press all-state tournament teams as well in their respective divisions.

Three More McDonald’s All-Americans
With the addition of Oden, Conley Jr., and Cook, Ohio State will have four former McDonald’s High School All-Americans on its squad in 2006-07.

Senior Ivan Harris played in the annual game (first played in 1977) in 2003. Ohio State has had a total of 10 current or former student-athletes compete in the McDonald’s game. Clark Kellogg (1979), Perry Carter (1987), Treg Lee (1987), Jim Jackson (1989), Charles Macon (1992) and Greg Simpson (1992) all played in the prestigious event.

Ohio State has had multiple players play in the game twice previously with Carter and Lee in 1987 and Macon and Simpson in 1992. Ohio State and North Carolina had three players compete in the 2006 game.

Oden Claims Several National Awards
Greg Oden is one of the most recognized and honored high school student-athletes of all-time. His list of accomplishments grew when he was recognized in April 2006 as the Gatorade Boy’s Basketball Player of the Year for the second-consecutive season, a rare feat accomplished just once before when LeBron James was so honored in 2001 and ’02.

U.S. National Team Invites Oden to Workouts
The only high school player invited to work out with the U.S. Senior National team July 19-26, 2006 in Las Vegas, Greg Oden was scheduled to practice against members from the national team who were selected to represent the United States at the 2006 World Championships in Japan and ultimately the 2008 U.S. Olympic men’s basketball team. Oden was unable to participate after right wrist surgery in June ended his summer schedule.

Junior College Forward Completes 2006-07 Class
Othello Hunter, a 6-9 forward/center, was the final player to commit to the five-player incoming class of student-athletes in 2006-07. He averaged nine points and six rebounds a game for Hillsborough Community College in Tampa, Fla., as a freshman. He improved those numbers to 16.8 points and 11.4 rebounds a game as a sophomore.

Hunter had 15 games in 2005-06 with 10 or more rebounds with a season-high 20 boards vs. St. Petersburg College (1/21/06). For his career, he managed 10 or more rebounds 19 times and 10 or more points 32 times.

Hunter recorded 18 career double-doubles at HCC, including 14 during his sophomore season.

Hillsborough finished 24-6 in 2005-06 and 19-14 in 2004-05. The team lost in the 2006 Florida Community College Activities Association State Tournament opening round to River Community College (75-68). Hunter scored 22 points, grabbed 17 rebounds and blocked six shots in the loss.

The Schedule
Ohio State opened the 2006-07 season as the host school for the 2006 BCA Classic. The Buckeyes earned the title with a 3-0 record.

The Buckeyes take on two of the nation’s top teams on the road in 2006. Ohio State travels to North Carolina as part of the Big Ten/ACC Challenge Nov. 29 and later takes on Florida, the defending NCAA champions, in Gainesville Dec. 23.

A neutral-site game vs. Cincinnati in Indianapolis at the Wooden Classic renews a rivalry between the intrastate foes. Dec. 16. Tennessee also begins a home-and-home series with the Buckeyes with a clash in Columbus Jan. 13. The Big Ten season gets underway Jan. 2 with Indiana, an ESPN-televised game in Columbus.

Ohio State will play Illinois, Indiana, Iowa and Minnesota once this season with home-and-home matches vs. the remaining league schools. Indiana and Iowa travel to Columbus while Illinois and Minnesota play host to the Buckeyes this season.