March 18, 2011
Vote for Lighty:
No. 1 Ohio State (32-2) vs. No. 16 Texas-San Antonio (19-13) or Alabama State (17-17)
 Quicken Loans Arena (20,164)
Game Time: 4:45 p.m. (approx.)
Television: TNT
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. 
 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).

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
2011  East/1 
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

  • Ohio State won its third Big Ten Tournament title, the most of any team.
  • The Buckeyes join Michigan State as the only teams that have won back-to-back Big Ten Tournaments. The Spartans accomplished that feat in 1999 and 2000.
  • Ohio State has won six-straight games, 11 of its last 13 and 13 of its last 16 games at the Big Ten Tournament. The Buckeyes advanced to the championship game for the fifth time in the last six years.
  • Ohio State ties the 2005 Illinois team for the most wins by a Big Ten team entering the NCAA tournament (32) and it marks the second-fewest losses by any Big Ten team heading to the NCAA tourney since Indiana entered the 1976 event undefeated (Illinois was 32-1 during the 2005 regular season). For Ohio State, only the 1961-62 team posted a regular season record with fewer losses (23-1).
  • The 32 wins are the most by Ohio State entering the NCAA Tournament and the second-most for a season overall. Ohio State was 30-3 during the 2006-07 regular season en route to a 35-4 overall mark and a runner-up finish in the NCAA tournament.
  • The Buckeyes have won 47 of their last 51 games overall.
  • Ohio State has a 17-8 record in the Big Ten Tournament, the second most wins in the history of the tournament.
  • Ohio State is 11-2 as the No. 1 seed in the Big Ten Tournament.
  • Thad Matta is 14-4 in the Big Ten Tournament, the best winning percentage by any coach in the history of the tournament (.778).
  • Jared Sullinger posted his 17th double-double of the season, his 18th double-digit rebounding game and his 31st double-digit scoring game of the year.
  • Sullinger amassed 10 rebounds against Penn State, giving him 41 for the tournament, the most by an Ohio State player (bettering Greg Oden’s 37 in 2007) in a single Big Ten Tournament and tied for third by any player in Big Ten Tournament history behind Iowa’s Reggie Evans, who had 51 in 2001 and 44 in 2002.
  • Sullinger was 25-for-38 from the free throw line for the tournament. The 25 made free throws are the second most in tournament history while the 38 free-throw attempts are the most by a player in a single Big Ten Tournament.
  • Ohio State established a Big Ten Tournament championship game record for blocked shots with eight, breaking the old mark of seven set by Purdue vs. Ohio State in 2009. Those eight blocks are also tied for the fifth most by a team in any Big Ten Tournament game.
  • The Buckeyes tied the record for most blocks by a team in a Big Ten Tournament with 21, tying Ohio State’s mark from 2007.
  • Jon Diebler made a three-pointer for the 50th-consecutive game.
  • Ohio State posted 120 rebounds in the tournament, the eighth most by a team in a single Big Ten Tournament
  • Moving up the Ohio State scoring list are – Diebler, passing Jerry Francis (1,486) for 17th, now with 1,493; David Lighty, passing Larry Bolden (1,408) for 21st, now with 1,413; and William Buford, tying Brent Darby for 24th with 1,368.

 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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