March 18, 2011
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No. 1 Ohio State (32-2) vs. No. 16 Texas-San Antonio (19-13) or Alabama State (17-17)
Site: Quicken Loans Arena (20,164)
Game Time: 4:45 p.m. (approx.)
Talent: Gus Johnson (play-by-play), Len Elmore (expert analysis), Tracy Wolfson (Sideline)
Radio: OSU Radio Network (60 stations); SIRIUS 126 or XM 243
Local Radio: WBNS FM-97.1 AM-1460
Radio Talent: Paul Keels (play-by-play), Ron Stokes (expert analysis)
Setting The Scene
After winning the 2011 Big Ten Tournament March 13 in Indianapolis, Ohio State enters the NCAA East Regional Second Round game vs. either Texas-San Antonio or Alabama State with a 32-2 overall record and a 16-2 regular season mark in Big Ten Conference play. The Buckeyes won their 13th outright (19th overall) Big Ten regular season title and their third league tournament crown in six appearances. Thad Matta will lead the Buckeyes against No. 16 seed UTSA (19-13) or Alabama State (17-17) Friday (4:45 p.m. ET) at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland. Ohio State is the No. 1 overall seed in the East Region. The winner of the Second Round game between the Buckeyes and UTSA/ASU winner will take on the winner of the game between George Mason (26-6), the No. 8 seed, and Villanova (21-11), the No. 9 seed, Sunday.
Ohio State vs. 2011 NCAA Field 579-516
Ohio State vs. East Region 47-51
Ohio State vs. West Region 146-100
Ohio State vs. Southwest Region 179-204
Ohio State vs. Southeast Region 207-161
2011 Ohio State Opponents in NCAA Field 11 (16-2 rcd.)
WEST: Michigan (3-0), Oakland (1-0), Penn State (3-0); SOUTHWEST: Florida State (1-0), Illinois (2-0), Morehead State (1-0), Purdue (1-1); SOUTHEAST: Florida (1-0), Michigan State (1-0), Wisconsin (1-1), UNC Asheville (1-0)
Seniors Scheduled to Graduate Sunday
Four Ohio State seniors are scheduled to walk during winter graduation ceremonies Sunday in Columbus. David Lighty (consumer affairs), Jon Diebler (business marketing), Dallas Lauderdale (strategic communication) and Nikola Kecman (aviation management) are scheduled to graduate and go through ceremonies this week. Another senior, Eddie Days of Richmond Heights, Ohio, is scheduled to graduate with a degree in family financial services following Ohio State’s 2011 Spring Quarter.
Buckeyes vs. Roadrunners, Hornets
Ohio State is 3-0 against members of the Southland Conference all-time with no prior meetings vs. Texas-San Antonio. The Buckeyes have two wins vs. Texas-Arlington and a lone win vs. McNeese State. Ohio State is 1-0 vs. Alabama State, a member of the Southwestern Athletics Conference, and is 3-0 vs. members of the SWAC all-time (1-0 vs. the Hornets, Alcorn State and Mississippi Valley State). Ohio State defeated Alabama State Dec. 18, 1996 at St. John Arena in Columbus 81-40. George Mason is a member of the Colonial Athletic Conference. Ohio State is 3-0 vs. GMU and 9-2 overall vs. the CAA. Ohio State and Villanova have met three times with the Buckeyes owning a 2-1 record in those games. Ohio State is 69-49 vs. Big East Conference teams all-time.
THE NCAA TOURNAMENT
Ohio State is making its 23rd appearance in the NCAA tournament. Overall, Ohio State has a 39-21 record all-time in NCAA tournament play. The Buckeyes have advanced to play in nine Final Fours, have finished as the runner up four times (1939, 1961, 1962, 2007) and own one title (1960). Ohio State has finished third four times (1944, 1945, 1946, 1968).
OHIO STATE IN THE NCAA TOURNAMENT
Year Region/Seed Rcd
1939 Eastern * 2-1# Finals
1944 Eastern * 1-1# Semifinals
1945 Eastern * 1-1# Semifinals
1946 Eastern * 2-1# Semifinals
1950 Eastern * 1-1 Reg. Finals
1960 Mideast * 4-0# Finals
1961 Mideast * 3-1# Finals
1962 Mideast * 3-1# Finals
1968 Mideast * 3-1# Semifinals
1971 Mideast * 1-1 Reg. Finals
1980 West/4 1-1 Reg. Semifinals
1982 East/8 0-1 First Round
1983 East/3 1-1 Reg. Semifinals
1985 Midwest/4 1-1 2nd Rnd.
1987 Southwest/9 1-1 2nd Rnd.
1990 West/8 1-1 2nd Rnd.
1991 Midwest /1 2-1 Reg. Semifinals
1992 Southwest/1 3-1 Reg. Finals
2006 Minneapolis/2 1-1 2nd Rnd.
2007 South/1 5-1# Finals
2009 Midwest/8 0-1 1st Rnd.
2010 Midwest/2 2-1 Reg. Semifinals
Totals 39-21 (.650)
* Teams were not seeded prior to 1979.
# Final Four Appearance
Buckeyes Earn 3 spots on All-BTT Team
Senior Jon Diebler, junior William Buford and freshman Jared Sullinger all earned spots on the 2011 All-Big Ten Tournament Team. Sullinger was named the event’s most outstanding player after averaging a team high 16.3 points and 14.0 rebounds. He is the first player the history of the event to record double-doubles in three-consecutive games. Diebler averaged 14.7 points, making 15 of 30 shots from the field and grabbing 14 rebounds. Buford contributed 13.7 ppg.
Noting the 2011 Big Ten Tournament
Trio Selected for NABC Honors
Three Buckeyes were recognized March 9 by the National Association of Basketball Coaches for accomplishments during the 2010-11 regular season. Freshman Jared Sullinger, a 2011 First Team All-Big Ten selection and the league’s freshman of the year, was selected to the NABC District 7 First Team. He led the Buckeyes in scoring with 17.3 points a game and was the squad’s top rebounder with 9.7 a contest. Junior William Buford and senior David Lighty were NABC Disctict 7 second team honorees. Buford, a second team All-Big Ten selection in 2011, averaged 14.5 points a game while connecting on 48 percent of his field goal attempts (167-348). He added 94 assists and 25 steals for the 29-2 Buckeyes. Lighty, also second team All-Big Ten selection this year, averaged 12.3 points with 104 assists and 52 steals.
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