No. 1 Ohio State 87 (21-0, 8-0), No. 12 Purdue 64 (17-4, 6-2)                                                     
Value City Arena – Columbus, Ohio
January 25, 2011
Attendance: 17,556


  • Ohio State moved to 137-23 (.853) at Value City Arena, improving to 80-5 vs. non-conference opponents and 57-18 vs. Big Ten foes. They are 14-0 at Value City Arena this season.
  • The Buckeyes’ 21-0 overall record is the third-best start in school history (1960-61, 27-0; 1961-62, 22-0). Ohio State currently holds the nation’s longest active winning streak at 21 games (No. 4 San Diego State is second with 20; the Aztecs play No. 9 BYU Wednesday).
  • The 21-game winning streak is the fourth longest in Ohio State history (1959-61, 32; 1961-62 and 2006-07, 22).
  • Ohio State now has won 17 home games in a row (last home loss was to Purdue on 2/17/10).
  • Ohio State improved to 62-4 when ranked first in the country by the Associated Press.
  • The Buckeyes are 48-1 in regular season games as the AP No. 1 team. The record improves to 51-1 in non-NCAA tournament games when AP No. 1.
  • As a ranked team, Ohio State is 382-105 all-time. The Buckeyes are 31-1 at home over the last two seasons.
  • Ohio State is now 5-0 when ranked No. 1 by the Associated Press at Value City Arena.
  • The Buckeyes improved to 35-1 against Big Ten opponents when ranked No. 1 by the Associated Press.
  • The Buckeyes are 119-17 when ranked among the Top 3 in the country.
  • When ranked in the Top 10 nationally, Ohio State is 261-56 with wins in 52 of its last 54 outings.
  • Ohio State is 21-0 at home and 5-0 at Value City Arena vs. Big Ten opponents when ranked No. 1 by the Associated Press.
  • Ohio State moved to 4-0 vs. Purdue when ranked No. 1 (last meeting was a 63-52 win in West Lafayette on 3/9/07).
  • Ohio State is now 6-2 against Purdue when both teams are ranked (previous meeting when both teams were ranked was a 60-57 win by No. 4 Purdue over No. 9 Ohio State in Columbus last season).
  • Ohio State is now 382-105 as a ranked team improving to 137-221 vs. ranked teams. When both teams are ranked in the Top 25, the Buckeyes are 57-47.
  • The Buckeyes are 76-82 vs. the Boilermakers all-time, improving their overall Big Ten record to 708-658. They are now 7-1 vs. Purdue at Value City Arena.
  • Purdue is now 2-18 vs. the Associated Press No. 1 team.
  • Ohio State improves to 51-28 vs. Purdue in Columbus (Purdue was Ohio State’s lone home loss last season).
  • Ohio State is 22-4 vs. Purdue when ranked among the Associated Press Top 25.
  • The Buckeye freshmen have accounted for 47 percent of total scoring for the season, including 41 of Ohio State’s 87 total points against Purdue.
  • Ohio State’s four returning starters for 2010-11 (Jon Diebler, David Lighty, Dallas Lauderdale and William Buford) have combined for 376 career starts and 481 games played.
  • This is the 246th-consecutive game Ohio State has made at least one 3-point field goal (1/10/04 vs. Penn State was the last game with zero made).
  • The win against Purdue was the 72nd victory for the Buckeyes since the 2008-09 season, which ties Missouri for seventh-best in the nation.
  • Purdue’s Ryne Smith shot zero percent (0-2) from 3-point range vs. Ohio State. Prior to the game Tuesday, Smith was shooting 61 percent from behind the arc in Big Ten play.
  • The Buckeyes shot 58 percent from 3-point range, the highest ever vs. Purdue and highest this season against Big Ten opponents.
  • Ohio State went on a 14-2 run from 15:58 to 11:31 early in the first half to pull ahead of Purdue 21-7.
  • The Buckeyes shot a season-high 67 percent (6-9) from 3-point range in the first half and 57 percent from the field.
  • Purdue’s 26 first half points are the fewest they have scored in the Big Ten this season (31 was previous low).
  • Ohio State has made 10 or more 3-pointers in a game 74 times since the shot was instituted for the 1986-87 season. The Buckeyes are 63-11 in those games after converting 11-of-18 treys against Purdue. Matta’s Ohio State teams are 50-9 when making 10 or more 3s in game.
  • The Buckeyes had six players score in double figures (Buford, Sullinger, Diebler, Thomas, Craft and Lighty). The last time this occurred was vs. Oakland (12/23/10).


  • The 21-0 record to begin the season is the best start for Thad Matta at Ohio State (previous best was in 2005-06, when the team began 11-0).
  • This season is the seventh-consecutive year Matta has guided the Buckeyes to a 20-win campaign. That extends the longest streak in Ohio State history.
  • Matta has won at least 20 games in each of his 11 seasons as a head coach. Only Mark Few (Gonzaga), among active coaches, has more consecutive 20-win seasons to start a career.
  • Matta improved his career record to 279-85 overall and 177-54 at Ohio State.
  • With the win, Ohio State is 40-19 (.643) in January under Matta and 6-0 this season.
  • Matta is now 11-5 vs. Purdue in his career, with an overall mark of 87-37 against Big Ten opponents.
  • Matta is 90-17 vs. non-conference competition at Ohio State and 87-37 vs. Big Ten foes (regular season and Big Ten tournament games) for an overall record of 177-54. He is 114-10 in games played in Columbus.
  • The Buckeyes moved to 3-0 when facing ranked teams on the year and 29-34 overall under Matta.
  • Ohio State improved to 16-0 on the season and 146-19 overall in games under Matta when they lead at the half.
  • When out-rebounding their opponent, Ohio State is 13-0 on the season and 100-14 under Matta (Ohio State outrebounded Purdue 42-28). Ohio State had 31 defensive rebounds to Purdue’s 19. Those 31 rebounds were the most ever vs. Purdue (29, 1/31/07).
  • When the Buckeyes shoot better than 50 percent from the field, they are 11-0 this season and 87-6 under Matta.
  • Ohio State is 16-0 this season and 157-17 under Matta when shooting a better field goal percentage than their opponent.
  • During Matta’s tenure at Ohio State, the Buckeyes are 163-5 when leading with five minutes to play.
  • Ohio State improved to 15-0 on the season and 119-11 when scoring more than 70 points in a contest.
  • The Buckeyes are 19-0 this season and 147-43 when having 15 or fewer turnovers in a game (Ohio State had 12 turnovers vs. Purdue).


  • Big Ten Player/Freshman of the Week Jared Sullinger finished the contest with 17 points. Sullinger has scored at least 10 points in 19 of 21 games.
  • Sullinger also added seven rebounds for the Buckeyes. He now has 210 rebounds on the season.
  • Sullinger recorded his second career 3-point field goal going 1-1 on the night.


  • Lighty has played in 141 games as a Buckeye, the most all-time in an Ohio State uniform. Lighty also leads all NCAA active players in games played (Duke’s Kyle Singler is second with 130).
  • Lighty, the third player in Ohio State history to reach 1,000 points, 500 rebounds and 300 assists, ended the contest with 10 points, three rebounds and three assists. Lighty’s current marks: 1,278 points, 509 rebounds and 328 assists.
  • Lighty recorded his 115th win as a Buckeye vs. Purdue on Tuesday. He had 35 as a freshman, 25 as a sophomore, 29 as a junior and seven during the 2008-09 season when he received a medical redshirt because of a broken foot. He set the OSU record with his 112th win.
  • The game vs. Purdue marked senior David Lighty’s 109th career start for Ohio State. He is two starts away from tying Kelvin Ransey for seventh-place in career games started in a Buckeye jersey.
  • With 10 points, Lighty is seven points behind Clark Kellogg for 26th-place in Ohio State history for career scoring.
  • Lighty had one steal, keeping his spot as second all-time at Ohio State with 168. He also recorded three assists to give him 328 for his career.


  • With three made 3-pointers vs. Purdue, senior Jon Diebler now has 322 for his career, passing Craig Moore (320, Northwestern, 2006-09) for fourth-place in career 3-pointers made in Big Ten history. Diebler is five away from tying Cory Bradford (327, Illinois, 1998-2002) for third place.
  • With three made 3-pointers, Diebler extends his streak to 37 games in a row with at least one 3-pointer made.
  • Diebler’s current 3-point field goal percentage of 48 percent (62-130) puts him in the record books as having the best single season three-point percentage.
  • With 13 points against the Boilermakers, Diebler now has 1,314 career points, passing Jamar Butler (1,313) for 24th place in career scoring at Ohio State. He is 21 points behind Jim Cleamons for 23rd place.


  • Junior guard William Buford led all Buckeyes in scoring after knocking down 19 points, pushing his career total to 1,177. Buford is in 33rd place for all-time career scoring at Ohio State. Lawrence Funderburke is 32nd with 1,179 points.
  • Buford made a career-high five 3-point field goals (5-6). His previous high was four (3X); last time was vs. Minnesota,1/31/10.
  • In his six career games vs. Purdue Buford averages 15.3 points per game.


  • Aaron Craft had six assists. He now has 103 assists on the season to just 44 turnovers.
  • Craft scored 11 points, the fourth time in Big Ten competition he has scored 10 or more.


  • Freshman Deshaun Thomas scored 13 points, the ninth time this season and first time in Big Ten play that he has scored 10 or more points.