NOTING THE IOWA GAME
Iowa leads the all-time series vs. Ohio State 73-65. The Buckeyes improved to 20-47 in Iowa City. Thad Matta won for the first time as Ohio State’s head coach at Iowa. He is now 5-4 vs. the Hawkeyes and 1-3 in Iowa City.
Matta is 226-75 (.751) in nine seasons, including five at Ohio State (124-44/.738).
Freshman William Buford scored seven points to give him 312 for his rookie season. He needs 15 points to crack the Ohio State Top 10 list for all-time rookie scorers.
Freshman center B.J. Mullens leads the Big Ten in all games (106-164/.646) and in league games only (73-103/.709) in field goal percentage.
Sophomore Jon Diebler took sole possession of the No. 3 spot in single season 3-pointers made at Ohio State with four makes vs. Iowa. He has 79 on the season to trail No. 2 Scoonie Penn, who made 88 in 1998-99.
Diebler has now made 127 career 3-pointers at Ohio State, good for the No. 10 spot in history. He passed Michael Redd, who knocked down 126 career 3s from 1998-2000.
Junior guard P.J. Hill made his third career start for the Buckeyes. He scored five points on 2-of-3 shooting from the field in 25 minutes. He also blocked a shot and took a key charge in the win.
The Buckeyes are 19-1 this season and 113-5 when leading with five minutes to play.
Diebler played 40 or more minutes for the eighth time in nine games and for the 11th time this season.
Diebler made 11 of 17 shots (.647) from 3-point range this season vs. Iowa.
No current Ohio State player experienced a victory in Iowa City until Tuesday.
Ohio State is 12-11 when playing on March 3 and have won its last six games on this date.
Sophomore Dallas Lauderdale blocked three shots in the win, including a potential game-tying shot by Jermain Davis with seven seconds to play in the game. Lauderdale also scored four points and had four rebounds.
Sophomore Evan Turner tallied 22 points for the eighth time this season. He also handed out a career-high nine assists.
The Buckeyes scored on 64 percent of their shots in the second half (14-22) and finished the game at 56 percent shooting (25-45).
Ohio State has shot 50 percent or better from the field in 15 games this season. The Buckeyes are 12-3 in those games. Thad Matta teams at Ohio State are 57-6 when shooting 50 percent or better.
Freshman Walter Offutt played a career-high 16 minutes. He assisted on a B.J. Mullens layup in the second half and scored on a driving layup.
Iowa was 12 of 29 from 3-point range (.414) and 7-of-16 from 2-point territory (.438) in the loss.