Feb. 24, 2010
No. 9 Ohio State (21-7, 11-4) at Penn State (10-16, 2-12)

Site: Bryce Jordan Center (15,261)
Game Time: 6:30 ET
Television: Big Ten Network
Talent: Tom Hamilton (play-by-play)
          Tim Doyle (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)

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.

 Thad Matta will coach his 100th Big Ten Conference regular season game at Penn State Wednesday. His overall 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.
Ohio State Coaches at 100 Big Ten Games
Fred Taylor (1959-76) 75-25/.750
Thad Matta (2005- ) 66-33/.667
Randy Ayers (1990-97) 54-46/.540
Eldon Miller (1977-86) 51-49/.510
Harold G. Olsen (1923-46) 43-57/.430
Floyd S. Stahl (1951-58) 42-58/.420

 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, 11).
     Ohio State enters the game vs. Penn State with a 21-7 overall record and an 11-4 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. Penn State with a record of 148-53 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.

 Thad Matta tied an Ohio State record for win percentage at 200 games coached with the Buckeyes. Matta is 148-53 in 200 games at Ohio State for a win percentage of 73.6. 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 previous Ohio State coaches have reached 200 games on the Buckeye sidelines.
Coach (Years)                      Record at 200 Win %
Fred Taylor (1959-76)           147-53 .735
Thad Matta (2005-Present)    147-53 .735
Eldon Miller (1977-86)           119-81 .595
Randy Ayers (1990-97)         113-87 .565
Harold G. Olsen (1923-46)    107-93 .535


   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 889 career points in 111 career games (8.0 ppg.). He joins classmates Evan Turner (1,314 career pts./92 games) and Jon Diebler (938/98) on the Ohio State roster in the 900 club. With another 39 points, the Buckeyes could add William Buford (61 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 111 games to date, starting 79. 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 98 career games at Ohio State with 69 career starts.

   Seniors Mark Titus and Danny Peters have been a part of Ohio State’s program for 102 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 227 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 38.6 percent (227-588) 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 (83-191). 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 .736 (148-53) 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 66-33 record in Big Ten regular-season play (.667) 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. Penn State
Feb. 3, 2010: Ohio State 75, Penn State 62
   Evan Turner scored 22 of his 27 points in the second half and Jon Diebler hit a critical 3-pointer to lead No. 13 Ohio State to a 75-62 victory over Penn State. The Buckeyes closed the game on a 10-0 run and handed the Nittany Lions their 10th straight loss. Diebler had not scored until he hit a shot from behind the arc with 1:29 left to give the Buckeyes some breathing room after Penn State had cut the lead to 65-62. William Buford added 19 points and David Lighty had 12 for the Buckeyes, who have beaten the Nittany Lions in their last 12 meetings. Talor Battle had 24 points and David Jackson 12 for Penn State. The Buckeyes scored eight of the first 10 points and never trailed, getting big buckets from Turner time and again in the second half whenever the Nittany Lions threatened to slice into the lead. But Penn State, down 12 at halftime, never really went away. The Nittany Lions cut the lead to seven points four times before finally getting as close as 65-62 on two free throws by Jackson with 1:53 remaining. Ohio State worked the ball around before Turner – who added 10 rebounds and six assists – found Diebler open in front of the Buckeyes bench. He hit nothing but net. Turner then added three free throws and Buford four to close out the game. Battle and Turner were teammates on the U.S. World University Games team this summer. They guarded each other off and on throughout the game and seemed to enjoy attacking each other. Battle, like Turner, also flirted with a triple-double, adding nine rebounds and seven assists.

Ohio State, Penn State Series
 Ohio State leads the overall series with the Nittany Lions 23-12 with wins in the last 12 games overall. The Buckeyes are 8-7 in State College with victories in each of the last four games. The Buckeyes are 10-2 vs. Penn State when ranked among the nation’s Top 25 teams by the Associated Press, which includes a win steak of six games as a ranked team vs. the Nittany Lions. Three Buckeyes average double figure points in the PSU series with William Buford leading the way with 15 points over his two previous meetings with the Nittany Lions. Evan Turner adds 12.7 points per game and leads the team with 7.7 rebounds vs. PSU. P.J. Hill scored 13 points in his lone matchup with Penn State.   

NOTING THE michigan state game (Feb. 21)

  • The Buckeyes are now tied for second in the Big Ten with Michigan State (11-4), a half-game behind Purdue (11-3).
  • Michigan State leads the all-time series with Ohio State 58-50 and is 36-16 in East Lansing vs. the Buckeyes.
  • The Buckeyes are 19-8 vs. Michigan State when Ohio State carries an Associated Press Top 25 ranking into the game. MSU is 15-7 vs. ranked Ohio State teams. When both squads are ranked, Ohio State is 4-4 vs. the Spartans.
  • The Buckeyes are 134-220 all-time vs. opponents ranked among the AP Top 25, including a 5-5 mark this season.
  • When a ranked Ohio State team takes on a ranked opponent, the Buckeyes are 54-45 all-time. OSU is 232-54 all-time when ranked in the Top 10.
  • The Buckeyes led by 13 points at the half (39-26). They are 19-3 this season when leading at the break and 124-18 under head coach Thad Matta.
  • Ohio State has made 203 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 61-60 at the 5:00 mark. It is now 19-0 when leading with five minutes remaining this season and 133-5 under Matta. Michigan State took its first lead since 11:33 of the first half at 4:01 (62-61), but a 7-0 Buckeye run put OSU back on top.
  • The Buckeyes were a combined 6-of-8 from the free-throw line in the final two minutes of the game.
  • Thad Matta’s record is now 250-84 in his 10th season all-time as a head coach. He is 148-53 in his sixth year at Ohio State.
  • Matta is 65-33 (.660) in Big Ten games, also the highest percentage all-time at Ohio State.
  • Under Matta, Ohio State is now 26-33 against ranked opponents and 5-5 this season.
  • After starting 0-for-4 from the field, Evan Turner finished with 20 points, including 16 in the second half.
  • He now has 1,314 points for his career, passing Jamar Butler for No. 23 all-time (1,313).
  • With Turner’s 10 rebounds, he now has 602 for his career. He passed Michael Redd and Larry Huston on the career rebounds list (tied with 593) to take over the No. 17 spot all-time.
  • With the 20 points and 10 rebounds, he earned his 23rd career double-double. The Buckeyes are 16-7 in those contests. An OSU player has recorded a double-double in 801 games with the team holding a 544-257 (.679) record in those contests.
  • Turner is tied for the No. 13 spot for career double-doubles at Ohio State with Craig Taylor (1973-76).
  • Sunday marked the 22nd career game with 20 or more points for Turner and 65th contest with 10 or more points.
  • William Buford, too, finished the day with a double-double, his third of the season (and career). He had 17 points and 10 rebounds.
  • Ohio State is 128-51 when two players record a double-double in the same game. Evan Turner (20/10) and Buford (17/10) accomplished the feat vs. MSU. Jamar Butler (11 asts./10 rebs.) and Kosta Koufos (17 pts./12 rebs.) are the last tandem to do so in game vs. Northwestern (1/6/08). Ohio State won that game 62-51.
  • Buford led the Buckeyes in scoring with 14.0 ppg in three previous meetings with the Spartans. He topped that with 17.
  • Jon Diebler has made 227 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 37 of last 38 games (minus Iowa, 1/27/10).
  • Diebler has 83 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 finished the day with 8 points, including six of the Buckeyes’ first 10 over the opening 4:32.

 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 1,314 career points and 602 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 351-104 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 232-55 with wins in 23 of last 24 outings.

 Evan Turner has scored 1,314 points over 92 Ohio State games in his career for an average of 14.3 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 20 points at Michigan State Feb. 21, Turner moved to No. 23 all-time on the career scoring chart at Ohio State. Jim Cleamons is next at No. 22 with 1,335 career points. Two others on the current roster are on pace to reach 1,000 points. Junior David Lighty has 889 career points over 111 career games. Jon Diebler has 938 points (98 games) in his three seasons at Ohio State. William Buford is well on his way as a sophomore as well (761/61 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 2,150 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.

 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 (227) 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.