March 6, 2011
Vote for Lighty:
No. 1 Ohio State (28-2, 15-2) vs. No. 10 Wisconsin (23-6, 13-4)
Value City Arena (18,809)
Game Time: 4 p.m. ET
Television: CBS
Talent: Gus Johnson (play-by-play), Dan Bonner (expert analysis)
Radio: OSU Radio Network (60 stations)
Satellite Radio: Sirius-122, XM-143
Local Radio: WBNS FM-97.1 AM-1460
Radio Talent: Paul Keels (play-by-play)Ron Stokes (expert analysis)

Eight Taking Home Court for Final Time
 Eight Ohio State student-athletes and managers will be working and playing in their final home game today. Senior managers Chris Barrale, Bryce Crawford, Mike Flowers and Gage Will along with senior Buckeyes Eddie Days, Dallas Lauderdale, Jon Diebler and David Lighty take the home court for the final time.

Diebler’s Record Night
 Senior Jon Diebler scored a career-high 30 points on a career-high 10 made 3-point attempts at Penn State Tuesday. The Big Ten’s all-time leader in 3-pointers made (348) set the Ohio State record for made 3s in a game and tied the Big Ten single-game record as well.

Noting Diebler’s Record Effort

  • Most 3s, single game, Ohio State history
  • Most 3s-Tie, single game, Big Ten history (Chris Hill, MSU vs. Syracuse 2/23/03.
  • Most 3s, single game, Big Ten history vs. Big Ten team
  • Career high 30 points (10-12 shooting, all 3s)
  • Nine-consecutive 3s made on 10 of 12 shooting (1, miss, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, miss). He also hit 9-consecutive 3s vs. Florida Gulf Coast Dec. 15.
  • Improved 3FG% to 49.4% for season (88-178) and to 40.9% for career (348-851)
  • Tied for 6th, Ohio State, single game 3-pt single game shooting percentage all time (10-12/.833)
  • Tied for No. 4, made 3s single-season, with 88 to date this season. Owns No. 1 (116 in 2010) and No. 3 (96 in 2009) spots as well.
  • Owns PSU’s Bryce Jordan Center record for single-game 3s made overall and by Penn State opponent.
  • Now owns 3 of the Top 5 single game OSU records for 3s made (No. 1 – 10 vs. PSU, No. 2(tie) – 9 vs. Florida Gulf Coast, 12-15-10; No. 4(tie) – 8 at Northwestern 2-18-09)
  • Has 12 career games with 6 or more made 3s, seven games with 7 or more, three games with 8 or more, one each with 9 and 10 made.

Matta Joins Select Big Ten Group
 Ohio State clinched at least a share of its fourth Big Ten title in the last six years under the direction of Thad Matta. The Buckeyes have 19 Big Ten titles in history (1925-33-39-44-46-50-60-61-62-63-64-68-71-91-92-06-07-10-11) with 12 of those being outright titles (1925-39-44-46-50-60-61-62-71-92-06-07). Ohio State has a chance to win the 2011 title outright with a win Sunday vs. Wisconsin. Matta is one of four coaches in the history of the Big Ten to win four league regular-season championships over the first seven seasons as coach of the Big Ten school.
Coach                     School , Seasons                 Titles
Walter Meanwell  Wisconsin 1912-17, 1921  5
Bob Knight          Indiana 1972-78              4
Tom Izzo           Michigan St. 1996-2002     4
Thad Matta        Ohio State 2005-11           4

Ohio State Wins 2nd Title Following Departure of League’s Top Player
 A Big Ten team has won the regular season title five times the year after losing the Big Ten Player of the Year. Ohio State has done it twice. Terence Dials was the 2006 Big Ten Player of the Year for Ohio State the year before the Buckeyes won the 2006-07 Big Ten title. Evan Turner claimed the top honor in the Big Ten in 2010.
Title Season  Team                   Player Lost
2000-01       Michigan State Morris Peterson
2003-04       Illinois            Brian Cook
2006-07       Ohio State      Terence Dials
2007-08       Wisconsin       Alando Tucker
2010-11       Ohio State      Evan Turner                           

Buckeyes Return to No. 1 in Both Polls
 Ohio State traveled to Penn State Tuesday as the No. 1 team nationally and was the first No. 1 squad to win on the road since Feb. 6 when the No. 1 Buckeyes won at Minnesota. Since that game and before the recent win at Penn State, the No. 1 Buckeyes lost at Wisconsin, No. 1 Kansas lost at Kansas State and No. 1 Duke fell to Virginia Tech, all on the road. The Buckeyes are ranked No. 1 in both the Associated Press and ESPN/USA Today Coaches polls this week after spending two weeks at No. 2 in AP and No. 3 in the coaches poll. The Buckeyes were No. 1 in both polls for four weeks earlier this season. Ohio State is 66-5 when ranked No. 1 in the AP Poll and 18-3 as the nation’s top team in the coaches poll.

Ohio State in National Rankings
 Ohio State is tied for the No. 1 spot for best won-lost percentage at 93.3 percent (28-2). San Diego State shares the same record to date. The Buckeyes are No. 2 national in fewest fouls per game (14.5) and No. 3 in field goal percentage (.495), assist-to-turnover ratio (+1.5) and turnover margin (+5.5). Ohio State is No. 4 nationally in scoring margin (+17.8) and No. 6 in fewest turnovers per game (10.5). Jon Diebler is No. 7 nationally in 3-point shooting percentage (.494).

Sullinger Finalist for Oscar Robertson Player of the Year Award
 Jared Sullinger is among the 10 student-athletes selected by the U.S. Basketball Writers Association as finalists for the 2011 Oscar Robertson Player of the Year award, the organization announced Feb. 28. Purdue’s JuJuan Johnson also is among the finalists. Jimmer Fredette (BYU), Jordan Hamilton (Texas), Terrence Jones (Kentucky), Marcus Morris (Kansas), Kyle Singler (Duke), Nolan Smith (Duke), Kemba Walker (Connecticut) and Derrick Williams (Arizona) are the other finalists. Ohio State’s Evan Turner won the 2010 award. The presentation of the award this year will take place April 1 at the USBWA’s annual awards breakfast at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston in conjunction with the NCAA Men’s Final Four. The breakfast also will honor the winner of the Henry Iba Award, the association’s coach of the year and will announce the winner of the first Wayman Tisdale National Freshman of the Year Award.

Sullinger Finalist for Wayman Tisdale Freshman of the Year Award
 The U.S. Basketball Writers Association selected five outstanding first-year players as finalists for the 2011 Wayman Tisdale Award, to be presented to the men’s National Freshman of the Year at a gala banquet April 11 at the Skirvin Hotel in Oklahoma City. The announcement of the winner will come at the USBWA Awards Breakfast April 1 in Houston in conjunction with the NCAA Men’s Final Four.
 Ohio State’s Jared Sullinger (Columbus, Ohio), Kentucky teammates Terrence Jones (Portland, Ore.) and Brandon Knight (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) join Baylor’s Perry Jones III (Duncanville, Texas), and Texas’ Tristan Thompson (Brampton, Ontario) as the 2011 Wayman Tisdale Award finalists.

Buckeyes Building Record Season
 The 28-win total is third in Ohio State history for overall wins in a season. The total also is a record for regular-season wins. The 2006-07 team finished with a 27-3 record before going 8-1 in postseason competition. The 1961 and 1991 teams posted 27 victories overall. Thad Matta teams own four of the top eight and the top three oveall single season win totals in Ohio State history.
 The Buckeyes’ 29-8 overall record last season was the second best record in Ohio State history behind the 35 victories recorded in 2006-07. Thad Matta teams have never failed to win at least 20 games.
Year       Wins Postseason
2006-07 35    NCAA Finals
2009-10 29    NCAA Reg. Semifinals
2010-11 28 
1960-61 27    NCAA Finals
1990-91 27    NCAA Reg. Semifinals
2005-06 26    NCAA Second Round
1991-92 26    NCAA Regional Finals
1961-62 26    NCAA Finals

Buckeyes Tie Record for Home Wins
Ohio State is 19-0 at home after its most recent win vs. Indiana Sunday. The win total sets the school record for home wins and ties the 2006-07 squad’s Value City Arena record of 18 wins in a season. The Buckeyes played one game this year at St. John Arena. Ohio State was 17-1 a season ago and is currently on a 21-game home win streak, the fourth-longest home win streak in school history. The Buckeyes have one remaining home game this season, the regular-season finale March 6 vs. Wisconsin.
Ohio State Undefeated Home Seasons
Year      Home Rcd. Postseason Rcd
1905-06 9-0                9-1
1938-39 7-0         NCAA Finals 16-7
1944-45 9-0         NCAA Final Four 15-5
1945-46 9-0         NCAA Final Four 16-5
1959-60 12-0       NCAA Champions 25-3
1960-61 11-0       NCAA Finals 27-1
1961-62 11-0       NCAA Finals 26-2
1962-63 14-0       None 20-4
1971-72 12-0       None 18-6
1990-91 15-0       NCAA Reg. Semifinals 27-4
2006-07 18-0       NCAA Finals 35-4
2010-11 19-0       — 28-2

Buckeyes Looking For 2nd Perfect Home Season Under Matta
Thad Matta has won at least 15 home games in each of his seven seasons in Columbus. The 2006-07 squad finished with a perfect 18-0 record while the 2005-06 (16-1) and 2009-10 teams (17-1) squads each finished with a single loss at home. Matta is 118-10 overall in Columbus during his tenure.
Matta Era Home Records
2004-05 15-2  2008-09 15-3
2005-06 16-1  2009-10 17-1
2006-07 18-0  2010-11 19-0
2007-08 17-3 

Buckeyes Comfortable at VCA
The Buckeyes are 18-0 at home this season in Value City Arena (1-0 at St. John Arena). In home games this season, Ohio State is shooting 49 percent from the field (549-1,112). The Buckeyes are outscoring opponents by 24 ppg. and have a rebounding advantage of 6.2 rpg. Only Illinois (70) has scored more than 66 points at Value City Arena this season. Ohio State finished 17-1 at home last season, the third most home victories in a season at Ohio State. The team reached 100 or more points three times and averaged a margin of victory of +22.1. The Buckeyes opened the 2010-11 campaign with a 102-61 victory over NC A&T and recently defeated UT-Martin 100-40. Ohio State is 69-1 all-time when scoring 100 or more points in a game.

The Ohio State, Wisconsin Series
Ohio State leads the all-time series with the Badgers 81-65. Ohio State is 51-21 vs. Wisconsin in Columbus. The  Buckeyes are 4-3 in the last seven meetings. As a ranked team, Ohio State is 19-10 in games vs. Wisconsin.
 Junior William Buford averages 11.6 points in five career meetings vs. the Badgers to lead the Buckeye veterans in the UW series. He also leads with 5.2 rebounds a game. Freshman Jared Sullinger scored 19 points with 12 rebounds in his debut vs. Wisconsin earlier this season.

Ohio State vs. the Big Ten
Illinois             64-99
Indiana            74-99
Iowa                69-73
Michigan          89-71
Michigan State  51-58
Minnesota        78-55
Northwestern    108-45
Penn State       26-12
Purdue            76-83
Wisconsin        81-65
Total                  716-660

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