March 15, 2009
Ohio State (22-9) vs. No. 24 Purdue (24-9)
 Conseco Fieldhouse (18,345)
Game Time: 3:30 p.m.
Television: CBS
Talent: Jim Nance (Play by Play)
              Clark Kellogg (Expert Analysis)
Radio: OSU Radio Network (60 stations)
Local Radio: WBNS FM-97.1 AM-1460
Radio Talent: Paul Keels (P-by-P)
                         Ron Stokes (Expert Analysis)

Matta Plays for Titles
 When the Buckeyes and Boilermakers tip off Sunday it will mark the sixth time in nine seasons as a head coach Thad Matta has played for a conference tournament championship and the third attempt in five seasons at Ohio State. Matta won the Midwestern Collegiate Conference championship in 2001 as head coach at Butler, his only season with the Bulldogs. He won two league tournament titles at Xavier in the Atlantic-10 in three seasons in Cincinnati. Matta teams are 4-1 in conference tournament championship games. At Ohio State, Matta’s 2006 squad fell to Iowa and then defeated Wisconsin in 2007 for the Big Ten tournament title.

 The Buckeyes are 11-7 all-time in Big Ten Tournament play since the event began in 1998. Ohio State is the No. 5 seed in 2009 and have won seven of its last nine league tournament games. As the fifth seed, the Buckeyes are 2-1 after the win over Michigan State Saturday.

Year (seed)  W/L  Opp. (seed)  Score
1998 (11)         L     Indiana (6)  71-78
2000 (1)           L     Penn State (9)  66-71
2003 (8)          W     Iowa (9)  66-64
                        W     Wisconsin (1)  58-50
                        W     Michigan State (5)  55-54
                        L       Illinois (2)  59-72
2004 (9)          L       Indiana (8)  69-83
2005 (6)         W       Penn State (11)  72-69
                        L       Wisconsin (3)  49-60
2006 (1)          W      Penn State (8) 63-56
                       W      Indiana (5) 52-51
                        L      Iowa (2) 60-67
2007 (1)         W      Michigan (8) 72-62
                       W      Purdue (5) 63-52
                       W      Wisconsin (2)  66-49
2008 (5)          L       Michigan State (4) 60-67
2009 (5)         W      Wisconsin (4) 61-57
                       W      Michigan State (1) 82-70

 Ohio State is 6-2 in Indianapolis in five seasons under Thad Matta. Earlier this year, the Buckeyes knocked off then-No. 7 Notre Dame, 67-62, at Lucas Oil Stadium. The Buckeyes are 3-2 in Big Ten tournament games played in Indy, picking up the remaining win in the Wooden Tradition vs. Cincinnati, 72-50, Dec. 16, 2006.

 Ohio State has shot 50 percent of better 17 times this season and for the 13th time vs. Big Ten opponents after hitting on 25-of-47 (.532) vs. the Spartans Saturday.

The Michigan State Series
 Michigan State leads the all-time series 58-49 with Ohio State owning a 2-1 edge on a neutral court. The Buckeyes played the Spartans in the No. 4 vs. No. 5 game a season ago in the Big Ten tournament. When Michigan State is ranked, Ohio State is 6-15 vs. the Spartans after the win over No. 6 Michigan State Saturday. Thad Matta is 5-6.

Turner reaches 500
 Evan Turner became the 27th Buckeye all-time to score 500 or more points in a season after leading the Buckeyes with 19 points Friday in the win over Wisconsin. Turner has 525 points this season in 31 games (16.9 ppg.). Jamar Butler (554) and Kosta Koufos (534) reached the 500-point mark last season. Turner’s 2008-09 season rates No. 29  on the all-time single season scoring list.  

Noting the Buckeyes…
  Sophomore Jon Diebler reached 100 career 3-pointers made (137-376) with five vs. Indiana Jan. 31 … connecting on 42 percent of his treys (89-210) this season, up from 28.9 percent (48-166) as a freshman … set a single-game career mark with eight made 3s (10 atts.) at Northwestern (Feb. 22) … in 18 Big Ten games this season, Diebler has made 60-of-132 treys (.455) … with 5 3-pointers vs. Michigan State Saturday, took over the No. 8 spot on the career trey chart (137). Je’Kel Foster (2005-06) and Tony Stockman (2004-05) are tied for the No. 7 spot with 139. The five made 3s vs. the Spartans also moved Diebler into the No. 2 spot on the single season made 3s list with 89. Jamar Butler set the all-time record last year with 104. 
  Sophomore Dallas Lauderdale made his first career start vs. Delaware State (Nov. 20) … has rejected 61 shots this season in 30 games after blocking 15 in 32 games as a freshman … rejected four Wisconsin shots Friday … Lauderdale is shooting 70 percent from the field (53-76) and is a career 67 percent shooter (65-96).
  Junior Kyle Madsen appeared in his 40th game as a Buckeye against Michigan State Saturday … played seven key minutes with the Ohio State big men in foul trouble vs. Wisconsin Friday.
  Sophomore Evan Turner has been the consistent contributor this season for the Buckeyes … reached 800 career points (838) in the Northwestern game March 8 with 17 … has 176 field goals and 164 free throws made this season … his 164 FTs is tied for the No. 7 spot all-time in a single season … reached 200 career assists (214) with a career-high nine helpers in road win at Iowa March 3 … at least one assist in every game this season and has 121 on the year … has 2 or more steals in 14 games this season … 26 career games with 2 or more thefts … Ohio State is 31-11 when Turner scores 10 or more points … Turner recorded his 10th career double-double, and eighth of the season, in the win vs. Michigan State Saturday with 18 points and 10 rebounds.
  Freshman William Buford has tallied double-figure points in 16 of the last 22 games and has 18 double-figure outings this season … scored nine points in the Wisconsin win Friday, including a stretch of seven-consecutive points … followed that effort with 14 points vs. Michigan State Saturday … his 3-pointer at the half-time buzzer put Ohio State up 29-28 at the half vs. Wisconsin Friday.
   Junior transfer Jeremie Simmons has 44 made 3s on the year and has tallied at least one in 27 of 31 games … hit a pair of treys vs. Wisconsin Friday and two more vs. Michigan State Saturday.
  Center B.J. Mullens has 279 points on the season and is shooting 64 percent from the field (115-180) … double figures in 13 of last 19 games …. shot 70 percent from the field in Big Ten play (78-111) … recorded first career double-double with 11 points and 11 rebounds at Northwestern Feb. 18.
  Guard P.J. Hill has been in the starting lineup in each of the last six games after coming off the bench the first 25 games of the season … Ohio State is 5-1 with Hill as the starter at the point … Ohio State had lost its previous three games before Hill  cracked the starting lineup.