Feb. 10, 2010
No. 13/16 Ohio State (18-6, 8-3) at Indiana (9-13, 3-7)

Site:             Assembly Hall (17,357)
Game Time:   6:31 p.m. ET
Television:     Big Ten Network
Talent:          Chris Denari (play-by-play)
                    Shon Morris (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)

 For each of the last nine 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 (10). Matta set the Ohio State record for consecutive 20-win campaigns last year with a 22-11 record, the fifth-consecutive Ohio State season with 20+ victories. 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 four seasons. A fifth double-digit effort in the win column in 2010 would tie 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).

Turner Earns Record Big Ten Award
 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.

Buckeyes Undefeated at Home
 Ohio State has been undefeated at home 11 times previously and are 15-0 this season entering into the home game vs. Purdue Feb. 17. The Buckeyes last finished the home season unblemished in 2006-07 with a school-record 18 home victories. Ohio State has advanced to the NCAA Final Four seven times when undefeated at home and to the NCAA title game five times.

Year       Home Rcd.   Postseason
1905-06 9-0              —
1938-39 7-0              NCAA Title Game
1944-45 9-0              NCAA Final Four
1945-46 9-0              NCAA Final Four
1959-60 12-0            NCAA Title Game
1960-61 11-0            NCAA Title Game
1961-62 11-0            NCAA Title Game
1962-63 14-0            —
1971-72 12-0            —
1990-91 15-0            NCAA Reg. Semifinals
2006-07 18-0            NCAA Title Game
2009-10 15-0            —

Operation Buckeye
 Fans attending games this week on the Ohio State campus are encouraged to bring items for Operation Buckeye. Individually-packaged items (ramen noodles, deodorant, fruit snacks, etc.) will be packaged by your Buckeyes and shipped to deployed units. Items will be collected at the following events:

Value City Arena Events
Feb. 11th, Women’s Basketball vs. Purdue – 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 13th, Men’s Hockey vs. Alaska – 7 p.m.

   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 849 career points in 107 career games (7.9 ppg.). He joins classmates Evan Turner (1,239 career pts./887 games) and Jon Diebler (895/94) on the Ohio State roster in the 800 club. With another 93 points, the Buckeyes could add William Buford (57 games) to the group.

   Ohio State is 4-4 vs. ranked teams in the Associated Press Top 25 this season and 4-2 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 23.2 points and 9.8 rebounds vs. six ranked opponents this season (North Carolina, California, Florida State, Purdue, Wisconsin and West Virginia). He is connecting on 54 percent of his shots (52-97) and has 25 assists, four blocks and eight 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 corrently 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 107 games to date, starting 75. 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.

   Seniors Mark Titus and Danny Peters have been a part of Ohio State’s program for 99 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 214 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 71 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 38.4 percent (214-558) 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 (70-161).

     Thad Matta, now in his sixth season as head coach of the Buckeyes, has an overall win percentage of .736 (145-52) after 197 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 63-32 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.

   Ohio State is 15-0 at home to date and shooting well on familiar ground. The Buckeyes are shooting 53 percent as a team at home this season and 41 percent from 3-point range. The team has reached 100 or more points three times and average a margin of victory of +24.9. Four Buckeyes average more than 10 points a game, led by Evan Turner’s 18.3 ppg. Jon Diebler contributes 14.3 points per game. David Lighty (13.2 ppg.) and William Buford (13.1 ppg.) follow Diebler. Turner is making 59 percent of his field goals (90-153) and Diebler tosses in 51 percent of his 3-point attempts (52-103). Six Buckeyes are shooting 50 percent or better at home. Dallas Lauderdale has missed eight shots on the VCA court this season. He is 41-49 overall (.837). Jeremie Simmons has connected on 34 of 63 FG attempts (.540) and Kyle Madsen is 22 of 33 (.667).

Buckeyes Look to Extend Streak vs. Hoosiers
 Ohio State has won the last three games in the Indiana series and a fourth consecutive win would be the longest streak since a five-game stretch of wins from 1968-70. Three of those wins were in Bloomington. Indiana is 99-71 all-time vs. the Buckeyes and 60-21 in Bloomington. The Buckeyes are 15-11 vs. IU when ranked among the Associated Press Top 25. Four Buckeyes average 10 or more points in the series vs. Indiana. William Buford puts up 19.7 points over three games vs. the Hoosiers. Jon Diebler averages 15.2 points, Evan Turner adds 13.8 ppg. and Jeremie Simmons adds 12.3 ppg.  Both Diebler and Turner have played five games in the series. Turner is the leading Buckeye rebounder vs. IU with 5.6 a game. Turner (20-26), Diebler (8-11), Simmons (10-13) and Buford (10-10) all have been successful at getting to the line in the series. Diebler shoots 20-29 from 3-point range with Buford going 7-of-13 from distance..
Jan. 6, 2010: Ohio State 79, Indiana 54
   Jon Diebler scored 21 points and Evan Turner returned from injury to give Ohio State a boost in a 79-54 victory over Indiana. Turner played his first game since breaking two bones in his lower back while dunking during the Buckeyes’ Dec. 5 victory over Eastern Michigan. He had eight points, five assists and five rebounds in 19 minutes for the Buckeyes, who had lost their first two Big Ten games on the road without Turner. William Buford added 16 points for Ohio State. Verdell Jones III had 22 points and Christian Watford 11 for the Hoosiers, playing their first game on an opposing team’s home court this season. The Buckeyes used a 20-4 run in the first half to build the lead to 38-20 at the break. Diebler scored primarily from long range, hitting 5 of 8 3 pointers to give him 197 for his career and 53 on the season. His 47.7 percent shooting accuracy this season from 3-point range (53-111) leads the single season 3-point shooting charts at Ohio State. Turner, who played 20 minutes, led the Buckeyes with five assists. He also is close to becoming the 21st Ohio State player to record more than 1,000 career points and 500 rebounds. He has 493 career boards in 79 career games.


  • Ohio State has won six of the last seven games against Iowa, including a 65-57 victory in Iowa City earlier this season and the 68-58 win last Sunday.
  • In games at Ohio State, the Buckeyes lead the series 44-25, while Iowa leads 47-21 in Iowa City. The Hawkeyes lead the overall series 73-66.
  • Ranked Ohio State teams are now 19-10 all-time versus Iowa and have won four in a row against the Hawkeyes.
  • The Buckeyes are 15-0 in Value City Arena this season. The best record compiled at Value City Arena came during the 2006-07 season when the Buckeyes tallied a school-record 18 home victories.
  • The team is shooting 53.8 percent from the field (385-of-715) and 42.3 percent from behind the arc (119-of-281) at Value City Arena this season.
  • The Buckeyes have won 76 of their last 77 games against unranked opponents in Columbus (72 in Value City Arena, 3 in St. John Arena and 1 in Nationwide Arena). Their last loss to an unranked team was vs. West Virginia, Dec. 27, 2008 (76-48).
  • With the win, Ohio State moved into a three-way tie for second place in the Big Ten standings with Wisconsin and Illinois.
  • Thad Matta’s career record is now 247-83 in his 10th season all-time as a head coach. He is 145-52 in his sixth year at Ohio State. His .736 win percentage is tops all-time among Ohio State coaches.
  • Matta is 7-3 vs. Iowa.
  • Matta is 63-32 (.663) in Big Ten games, also the highest percentage all-time at Ohio State.
  • Under Matta, Ohio State is 119-20 overall against unranked opponents, 14-2 this season.
  • At home against unranked opponents under Matta, Ohio State is 85-2 overall and 13-0 for the 2009-10 campaign.
  • Evan Turner finished with a career-high tying 32 points, five assists and seven rebounds.
  • Turner passed John Havlicek and Jerry Siegfried to move into 26th on the all-time Ohio State scoring list with 1,239 points
  • Turner now has 61 career games with 10 or more points. He has had 16 games this season with 10 or more points and He has scored 20 points or more in 20 career games.
  • It was the second 30-point game for Turner’s career and the third 30-point game of the season for Ohio State (Lighty had other).
  • William Buford ended the game with nine points, two assists and nine rebounds.
  • With his first field goal of the game at 17:44 of the first half, Buford collected his 700th career point.
  • Buford’s made free throw at 17:50 of the second half gave him 100 makes in his Ohio State career
  • Jon Diebler had two made three-point field goals for the game. He has made at least one 3-pointer in 33 of the past 34 games with the only miss coming in the last meeting against Iowa (Jan. 27, 2010).
  • Diebler Needs five points to reach 900 for his career
  • David Lighty had nine points, one assist and four rebounds. All of his points came from the free throw line, where he was 9-for-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.

 Only 21 players in Ohio State history have scored more than 1,000 points and collected 500+ rebounds. Evan Turner has 1,239 career points and 567 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. 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 133-219 vs. ranked opponents in the Associated Press Top 25. That includes a mark of 55-111 vs. Top 10 foes. The Buckeyes are 3-3 in the last six games vs. Top 10, including a 70-66 win at No. 6 Purdue Jan. 12. As a ranked team, Ohio State is 348-103 all-time. In games when both teams enter with a Top 25 ranking, Ohio State is 53-45.

 Evan Turner has scored 1,239 points over 88 Ohio State games in his career for an average of 14.1 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 32 points vs. Iowa Feb. 7, Turner moved to No. 26 all-time on the career scoring chart at Ohio State. Ron Stokes is next at No. 25 with 1,240 career points. Clark Kellogg sits at No. 24 with 1,285. Two others on the current roster are on pace to reach 1,000 points. Junior David Lighty has 849 career points over 106 career games. Jon Diebler has 895 points (94 games) in his three seasons at Ohio State. William Buford is well on his way as a sophomore as well (707/57 games).

 Ohio State has had a player record a double-double (10+ points, rebs, assists, steals or blocks) in 799 games. The Buckeyes are 542-257 in those contests (.678). Evan Turner has 21 career double-doubles and the Buckeyes are 14-7 in those contests, including wins in 12 of his last 15 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 64 times since the long-range shot was instituted for the 1986-87 season. The Buckeyes are 53-11 in those games after knocking down 10 of 32 treys against Michigan Jan. 3. Opponents have made double-digit 3s 85 times and are 34-51 in those games vs. the Buckeyes. Matta’s Ohio State teams are 37-9 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 Nearly 1,700 have been sold, raising over $20,000 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 (214) 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.