Jan. 22, 2011
No. 1 Ohio State (19-0, 6-0) at No. 22/23 Illinois (14-5, 4-2)
Site: Assembly Hall (16,618)
Game Time: Noon ET
Talent: Gus Johnson (play-by-play), Greg Anthony (expert analysis)
Radio: OSU Radio Network (60 stations)
Local Radio: WBNS FM-97.1 AM-1460
Radio Talent: Paul Keels (play-by-play), Ron Stokes (expert analysis)
Matta has Buckeyes Road Ready
Ohio State has won its last 10 true road games since finishing the 2009-10 season with five-consecutive road victories and starting this season with wins at then-No. 9 Florida (11/16/10) at Florida State (11/30/10), at Indiana (12/31/10) and most recently at Iowa (1/4/11) and Michigan (1/12/11). The last road loss was at No. 11 West Virginia Jan. 23, 2010. The Buckeyes have won their last nine Big Ten road contests since falling at Minnesota 73-62 Jan. 9, 2010. The Buckeyes last won eight-consecutive (14 total) road games in Big Ten play during the 1959-60, ’60-61 seasons when the Buckeyes won the final league road game in 1960, all seven in 1961 and the first six in 1962.
Year(s) Rd. W Strk. Rd. W Strk.
1959-60, 1961-62 21 14
2009-10, 2010-11 10 9
1970-71, 1971-72 9 7
1932-33 8 3
1949-50, 1950-51 7 5
2006-07, 2007-08 6 7
1908-09, 1909-10 6 N/A
1943-44, 1944-45 N/A 7
Buckeyes on Fourth Longest Win Streak
The Buckeyes have won 20 or more consecutive games three times with 19 victories headed into the road game at Illinois Saturday. In 2006-07, Ohio State surged down the stretch in Big Ten Conference play, winning 13-consecutive regular season league games, three conference tournament contests and 22 in a row overall before losing in the NCAA title game. The Buckeyes won 32-consecutive games over the 1959-60 (last 5 gms.) and 1960-61 (first 27 gms.) seasons and the first 22 contests of the 1961-62 season.
All-Time Ohio State Win Streaks
W Streak Year(s)
32 1959-60 to 1960-61
Matta Looks for Another 20-Win Season
For each of the last 10 seasons, all as a head coach, Thad Matta has guided teams to at least 20 victories. Only Mark Few, among active coaches, has more consecutive 20-win seasons to start a career (11). Matta set the Ohio State record for consecutive 20-win campaigns in 2008-09 with a 22-11 record and extended it with a 29-8 campaign last season, the sixth-consecutive Ohio State season with 20+ victories. The previous record was four held by the 1960-63 teams under legendary head coach Fred Taylor. Matta also has won at least 10 Big Ten regular-season games in each of the last five seasons. That effort tied Taylor’s mark of 10+ league wins in each of the seasons from 1960-64. Those were during 14-game regular-season slates. The Big Ten played a 16-game schedule in Matta’s first three seasons (8, 12, 15 league wins) and an 18-game schedule the last three (10, 10, 14).
Ohio State Moves to No. 1
With a 19-0 record and a 6-0 mark in Big Ten Conference play, Ohio State was voted No. 1 nationally in both the ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll and the Associated Press Poll Monday. The Buckeyes sit atop the rankings in college basketball for the second time under head coach Thad Matta, who directed the Buckeyes to a 35-4 record in 2006-07, a No. 1 ranking and a spot in the national title game. The Buckeyes are 60-4 when No. 1 in the AP Poll and 3-1 atop the coaches poll.
10th FOW Award Goes to Craft
Ohio State rookies have earned all 10 Big Ten Conference Freshman of the Week awards this season. Aaron Craft, the third Buckeye to claim the honor, scored a career-high 19 points vs. Penn State Jan. 15 to earn the league honor Monday. The Findlay, Ohio, native averaged 14.5 points and shot 60 percent (6-10) from 3-point range last week.
Jared Sullinger claimed the league’s freshman of the week honor for the eighth time Jan. 10, his sixth-consecutive award. Classmate Deshaun Thomas has the other award for the Buckeyes (11/29/10). Sullinger also has three conference player of the week awards. He is the first OSU freshman to earn the league’s player of the week honor two or more times in a season since the Buckeyes’ Greg Oden did so as a rookie in 2006-07.
400 and 4,000 Club
David Lighty is closing in on an exclusive club. The senior will finish his career with more than 4,000 minutes played and more than 400 field goals. Lighty has made 447 career field goals and has logged 3,975 career minutes during his 139-game career. Classmate Jon Diebler has 400 made baskets (316 of which are 3s) while playing a total of 4,002 minutes in 126 games. He reached 400/4,000 with a triple and 36 minutes vs. Iowa Jan. 19.
Herb Williams (4,216) and Jamar Butler (4,213) lead Ohio State in career minutes. Williams made 834 career field goals over 114 games and 4,216 minutes. Butler connected on 420 FGs (242 3FGs) over 139 games and 4,213 minutes played. Junior William Buford has already scored 437 career field goals and has logged 2,782 career minutes in 88 games.
Matta Off to Best Start to OSU Season
With the win vs. Iowa Wednesday, Thad Matta has led Ohio State to its first 19-0 start to a season over his seven-year tenure in Columbus. The Buckeyes started 11-0 in 2005-06. The current streak also is the third best start in Ohio State history. The Buckeyes are one of three remaining unbeaten teams nationally. Kansas (18-0) and San Diego State (20-0) are the others.
Yr. Start Yr. W Strk. Postseason
1960-61 27-0 NCAA Title game
1961-62 22-0 NCAA Title game
1990-91 17-0 NCAA Regional Semifinal
2005-06 11-0 NCAA 2nd Round
2008-09 9-0 NCAA First Round
Lighty Earns Record Win
Senior David Lighty has been a part of an Ohio State record 114 victories during his tenure as a Buckeye. His freshman season Ohio State won 35 games followed by 24 as a sophomore and 29 as a junior in 2009-10. Lighty is credited with seven wins at the start of the 2008-09 season, which ended when he broke his right foot and earned a medical redshirt season. The Buckeyes are off to an 19-0 start this year. Mark Titus (2007-10) and Danny Peters (2007-10) set the previous record for wins last season with 110.
Lucas Named Big Ten Icon No. 8
Ohio State’s Jerry Lucas was named Big Ten Icon No. 8, as the countdown of Big Ten Icons continues. A profile of the Middletown, Ohio, native who was a three-time All-American, three-time Big Ten Most Valuable Player, two-time National Player of the Year and two-time Final Four MVP for the Buckeyes, aired Jan. 16 on the Big Ten Network. Lucas began turning heads at Middletown High School, where he won two state championships. First-year Ohio State coach Fred Taylor won the recruiting battle for the two-time state player of the year, who had received more than 150 college scholarship offers. In his first year on the varsity squad, Lucas led Ohio State to its first national title, defeating defending champion California in the 1960 NCAA Tournament. His performance caught the eye of Golden Bears’ coach Pete Newell, who added Lucas to the 1960 Olympic team that steamrolled to the gold medal in Rome. Lucas finished his collegiate career averaging 24.3 points and 17.2 rebounds while leading the Buckeyes to an astounding 78-6 mark and three Big Ten titles. For his efforts, he was named Sports Illustrated’s 1962 Sportsman of the Year.
Sullinger Named to Wooden Award Midseason Top 30
Freshman standout Jared Sullinger was named to the John R. Wooden Award Midseason Top 30, announced Jan. 6 by The Los Angeles Athletic Club. Selected by the Wooden Award National Advisory Board, the list is made up of 30 student-athletes who, based on their performances in November and December, are the early frontrunners for college basketball’s most prestigious honor. Sullinger is one of just two rookies on the list, joining Terrence Jones of Kentucky. Former Buckeye Evan Turner won the 2010 Wooden Award a year ago.
Lighty Joins Turner, Jackson in OSU Record Book
Evan Turner (1,517 pts., 682 rebs., 414 asts.) became just the second player in recorded history to reach 1,000 points, 500 rebounds and 300 assists with eight helpers vs. Northwestern Jan. 19, 2010. Jim Jackson was the only other Buckeye to do so with 1,785 career points, 552 career rebounds and 372 career assists from 1990-92. David Lighty joined the duo this season. He currently has 1,259 points, 504 rebounds and 321 assists to his credit. Only 22 players in Ohio State history have scored more than 1,000 points and collected 500+ rebounds. Lighty was added to the list with five rebounds vs. Iowa Jan. 19.
Buckeyes Comfortable at VCA
The Buckeyes are 13-0 at home this season in Value City Arena (1-0 at St. John Arena). In games at VCA, Ohio State is shooting 49 percent from the field (388-789). The Buckeyes are outscoring opponents by 27 ppg. and have a rebounding advantage of 8.7 rpg. No opponent has scored more than 66 points at Value City Arena this season. Ohio State finished 17-1 at home last season, the second most home victories in a season at Ohio State. The Buckeyes shot 52 percent at home and 41 percent from 3-point range in 2009-10. 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.
Ohio State Boasts Top Rookies
Jared Sullinger and Deshaun Thomas rate Nos. 1-3, respectively, in offensive production among Big Ten freshmen. Sullinger averages 17.4 points a game while Thomas contributes 9.6 ppg. Sullinger leads all league rookies with 9.8 rebounds a game while Thomas is fourth with 4.4 rpg. Sullinger is No. 2 in field goal percentage (.584/118-202) and No. 3 in steals with 1.00 spg. Aaron Craft leads freshmen in steals (1.8 spg.) and assists (4.9 apg.).
The Ohio State, Illinois Series
Illinois leads the all-time series with the Buckeyes 99-62 with the Illini leading 58-23 in Champaign. Ohio State has won its last three meetings with Illinois and eight of the last 10. As a ranked team, Ohio State is 19-9 in games vs. the Illini. Ohio State’s No. 1 ranking heading into the game Saturday is its highest vs. Illinois since Feb. 24, 1962 when the No. 1 Buckeyes won 102-79 vs. the unranked Illini in Columbus. Ohio State is 3-0 vs. Illinois as the No. 1 team nationally. The teams have met when both ranked nine times during the series. Ohio State is 4-5 in those meetings. It happend last Feb. 12, 2006 when No. 19 Ohio State downed No. 10 Illinois 69-53 in Columbus. The last time both teams were ranked when playing in Champaign was Feb. 9, 1989 when No. 7 Illinois defeated the No. 16 Buckeyes 62-60.
Three Buckeyes average in double figures in the Illinois series with junior William Buford leading the way with 14.2 ppg. in five career meetings. Seniors Jon Diebler (13.7 ppg.) and David Lighty (11.3 ppg.) also contribute double digits offensivley. Buford also is Ohio State’s top rebounder with 5.4 rpg. Senior Dallas Lauderdale is a perfect 7-7 from the field vs. the Illini in seven career meetings.
Ohio State vs. the Big Ten
Michigan State 50-58
Penn State 25-12
Matta Reaches Double-Digit Wins vs. Non-Conference Foes
Thad Matta has directed Ohio State to at least 10 wins during non-conference play in each of his seven seasons in Columbus. Matta is 90-17 vs. non-conference competition at Ohio State and 85-37 vs. Big Ten foes (regular season and Big Ten tournament games) for an overall record of 175-54. In 11 seasons as a head coach (1 at Butler, 3 at Xavier and 7 at Ohio State) Matta is 89-39 vs. the Big Ten. He has winning records vs. eight league teams (8-3 vs. ILL, 8-5 vs. IND, 9-4 vs. IOWA, 12-2 vs. MICH, 7-5 vs. MINN, 9-1 vs. NW, 13-0 vs. PSU, 10-5 vs. PUR, is tied with Michigan State (6-6) and is 7-8 vs. Wisconsin.
Non-Conf. Big Ten Overall
Yr. W L W L W L
2005 11 3 9 9 20 12
2006 12 1 14 5 26 6
2007 17 3 18 1 35 4
2008 14 4 10 9 24 13
2009 11 2 11 9 22 11
2010 12 4 17 4 29 8
2011 13 0 6 0 19 0
90 17 85 37 175 54
UNC Asheville, Oakland High-Lighty(s)
David Lighty, a senior from Cleveland, exploded for the first 11 points of the game, helping the Buckeyes to an 11-2 lead over the first 2:45 of the game against UNC Asheville Dec. 21. He went for a season-high 29 points, setting career highs in made 3-point field goals (7), 3-point field goals attempted (10 and made field goals (11). Lighty started his 100th game of his career vs. Oakland Dec. 23 and played in his 133rd career game, tied for No. 2 all-time with Jerry Francis, against UT Martin Dec. 27. The senior from Cleveland averaged 21.0 points in wins vs. UNC Asheville and Oakland. He connected on 60 percent of his field goals (15-25) and on 10 of 14 3-pointers (.714). He shot 70 percent from 3-point-range (7-10) vs. UNCA.
Jon “3-Bler” Diebler Strikes vs. FGCU
Senior Jon Diebler turned in another record individual performance in the span of three games for the then-14-0 and No. 2-ranked Buckeyes. After freshman Jared Sullinger set all sorts of Big Ten, Ohio State and personal marks with 40 points vs. IUPUI Dec. 9, Diebler followed suit making 9-of-14 3s in the win vs. Florida Gulf Coast Dec. 15.
Noting Diebler’s 3-point barrage vs. FGCU:
Sullinger with another record outing
Freshman Jared Sullinger scored a game-high 40 points for the Buckeyes in the 75-64 win vs. IUPUI Dec. 9. Along the way, the 6-foot-9-inch Columbus native set numerous Ohio State records. He then followed that effort with a 30-point, 19 rebound outing in the victory over South Carolina Dec. 18. He has since added 16 boards vs. UNC Asheville, tied for the fifth-most by an OSU rookie in a single game.
Noting Sullinger’s 40-point game vs. IUPUI:
Noting Sullinger’s 30 pt., 19 reb. game vs. USC:
Five “Score” and More
Five Ohio State players already have tallied a score (20) or more points in a game 13 times after 18 contests this season. Freshman Deshaun Thomas tallied 24 points in his collegiate debut Nov. 12 vs. North Carolina A&T and then scored 20 in the win vs. UT-Martin. Another rookie, center Jared Sullinger, along with senior David Lighty each scored 26 points in the win at then-No. 9 Florida Nov. 16. Fellow senior, guard Jon Diebler, contributed 20 points in Ohio State’s home win over Morehead State Nov. 23 and then most recently with a career-high 29 vs. Florida Gulf Coast Dec. 15. Lighty tallied 21 against Miami (Ohio) Nov. 26 and added a season-high 29 vs. UNC Asheville. Sullinger poured in 40 points for the Buckeyes vs. IUPUI Dec. 9, a 75-64 victory and then added 30 points vs. South Carolina Dec. 18 (W 79-57). His 24 points led the Buckeyes at Iowa in a 73-68 victory vs. the Hawkeyes. William Buford broke the 20-point barrier with a game-high 23 vs. UT Martin Dec. 27 and then 24 points at Indiana Dec. 31. Lighty (4), Diebler (7), Buford (6) and 2010 National Player of the Year Evan Turner (10) all scored 20 or more points multiple times last season.
Buckeyes Balanced Offensively
After 19 games, Ohio State has four players, all starters, averaging double-figures offensively. Freshman Jared Sullinger leads the team with 17.4 points per game. Sullinger also is the squad’s top rebounder with 9.8 a contest. Junior William Buford is next with 13.7 ppg., followed by senior David Lighty (13.0 ppg.) and classmate Jon Diebler (11.5 ppg.). Freshman Deshaun Thomas contributes 9.6 ppg.
Freshman Aaron Craft leads with 93 total assists. Senior starting center Dallas Lauderdale has 38 of the team’s 70 blocks on the year. Lauderdale also makes 68 percent of his field goals (42 of 62) while Sullinger (118-202/.584) and Craft (40-80/.500) all connect at 50+ percent from the field. Diebler has made 56 3-pointers on the season on 119 attempts (.471).
Diebler Moving Up in Big Ten
Senior Jon Diebler is among the Big Ten’s all-time Top 10 leaders in made 3-pointers. The sharpshooter from Upper Sandusky, Ohio, has made 316 career 3s, No. 5 on the all-time Big Ten list. He has averaged 2.51 made 3s a game for his 126-game career. On that pace, he will become the Big Ten’s all-time leader. Ohio State has a minimum of 13 games remaining, 12 in regular season games and at least one in the Big Ten tournament. He is on pace to make 38 more 3s this season, or 354 for his career. Pete Lisicky of Penn State (1994-98) currently owns the top spot in conference history with 332 made 3-pointers.
Big Ten Career 3-point leaders
1. 332 Pete Lisicky, PSU 1994-98
2. 331 Shawn Respert, MSU 1991-95
3. 327 Cory Bradford, ILL 1998-2002
4. 320 Craig Moore, NU 2006-09
5. 316 Jon Diebler, OSU 2008-
6. 308 Joe Crispin, PSU 1998-2001
7. 299 Dee Brown, ILL 2002-06
8. 283 A.J. Guyton, IND 1997-2000
9. 271 Drew Neitzel, MSU 2004-08
10. 268 Dion Harris, MICH 2003-07
Noting the Iowa Game:
Ohio State 70, Iowa 48 (Jan. 19)
Buford Reaches 1,000 Career Points
Ohio State boasts three players with at least 1,000 career points scored since junior William Buford reached the 96 points he needed in the 2010-11 season. With 17 points in the win vs. Florida Gulf Coast Dec. 15, Buford reached 1,000 and now has 1,151 career points, the 47th Buckeye all-time to reach 1,000. He scored 372 as a freshman and 532 a year ago for a total of 904 entering the campaign.
Seniors David Lighty (1,259) and Jon Diebler (1,286) joined Ohio State’s 1,000-point club late last season. Diebler became the 45th player in Ohio State history to reach the 1,000 point plateau with 14 against Illinois March 13, 2010. Lighty reached 1,000 points with 18 vs. Georgia Tech in the second round of the 2010 NCAA Tournament. He was the third Buckeye, along with Evan Turner and Diebler, to achieve the feat last season. Lighty was the 46th player to reach 1,000 points in an Ohio State uniform.
Diebler On Track to Shatter Records
Senior Jon Diebler already owns several Ohio State 3-point shooting records and looks to increase his career totals from long range while setting new career marks in his last year of eligibility. Diebler’s career total of 316 made 3s and single season mark of 116 a year ago are Ohio State records. He has increased his shooting percentage during each of his three years at Ohio State from 29 percent as a freshman to 41.6 percent as a sophomore and 42 percent a season ago. He is currently shooting 47 percent from long range (56-119) and is at 40 percent for his career (316-792).
Diebler is Ohio State’s Three King
With four 3s in the 2010 Big Ten semifinal against Illinois, junior Jon Diebler surpassed Jamar Butler as the all-time leader at Ohio State in 3-point makes. Butler played from 2005-08 and averaged nearly 61 made 3s a season (242 total). Diebler has averaged 79 (316 total) a season over four years. Butler’s career percentage from long range ranks No. 8 all time at 37.2 percent accuracy (242-650). Diebler is shooting 40 percent (316-792) for his career. This after connecting on just 29 percent (48-166) as a freshman. He shot 42 percent as a sophomore (96-231) and made 42 percent last season (116-276).
In just four seasons has a Buckeye made 80 or more 3s. Diebler has two of those after knocking down 96 treys as a sophomore and 116 last year. Diebler set the single-season record for made 3s in a season after making 11 treys in Milwaukee in the opening rounds of the 2010 NCAA Tournament. Diebler surpassed the century mark from long range with five makes in the 2010 Big Ten Tournament title victory over Minnesota.
Lighty Offers Veteran Leadership
Fifth-year senior David Lighty has battled injury over his career, missing the majority of the 2008-09 season with a broken bone in his right foot and then re-injuring the same foot during off-season workouts following the 2009-10 season. Lighty has played in 139 games during his career, starting 107. He will be Ohio State’s all-time leader in game appearances when his eligibility expires at the end of the 2010-11 season. He was part of the 2007 NCAA Championship game, three NCAA tournament appearances, a National Invitational Tournament title (2009), a pair of Big Ten Tournament titles (2007, 2010) and two Big Ten championships (2007, 2010) during his tenure as a Buckeye.
Ohio State vs. The Ranked
The Buckeyes have an all-time record of 135-221 vs. ranked opponents in the Associated Press Top 25. That includes a mark of 55-112 vs. Top 10 foes. As a ranked team, Ohio State is 380-105 all-time. In games when both teams enter with a Top 25 ranking, Ohio State is 55-47. When ranked among the Top 10 nationally, Ohio State is 259-56 with wins in 50 of last 53 outings.
Wins Follow Buckeye Double-Doubles
Ohio State has had a player record a double-double (10+ points, rebs, assists, steals or blocks) in 814 games. The Buckeyes are 557-257 in those contests (.684). Freshman Jared Sullinger (15/12) last recorded a double-double in the win vs. Minnesota Jan. 9.
Double Digit 3s
Ohio State has made 10 or more 3-pointers in a game 73 times since the shot was instituted for the 1986-87 season. The Buckeyes are 62-11 in those games after knocking down 10-of-20 treys against Penn State Jan. 15. Opponents have made double-digit 3s 87 times and are 35-52 in those games vs. the Buckeyes. Matta’s Ohio State teams are 49-9 when making 10 or more 3s in a game. Opponents are 9-30 against Matta-coached teams when making 10 or more treys.
Buckeyes win title vs. Eagles
Ohio State claimed the best record in the Global Sports Invitational with a victory vs. Morehead State (64-45, Nov. 23). Ohio State was 4-0 in the event. Florida went 3-1, North Carolina A&T 1-3, and UNC Wilmington 2-2. Morehead State finished 0-4.
Buford, Sullinger Make Naismith List
Junior guard William Buford and freshman center Jared Sullinger, both Ohio natives, are among the early contenders for the Naismith Award, given annually to the college national player of the year by the Atlanta Tipoff Club. Ohio State’s Evan Turner was selected for the honor after the 2009-10 season. In late February, the Atlanta Tipoff Club’s Board of Selectors will compile a mid-season team of the Top 30 players in the nation. Then in March, the Naismith Trophy voting academy will vote to narrow the list to the four finalists.
Sullinger, Williams Start Careers in Similar Fashion
Ohio State freshman Jared Sullinger recorded a pair of double-doubles in his debut games as a Buckeye. He tallied 19 points and 14 rebounds in his first career game vs. NC A&T Nov. 12 and followed that effort with 26 points and 10 boards at Florida Nov. 16. He is the first freshman to start his career with back-to-back double-doubles since Herb Williams tallied three-consecutive D-Ds as a rookie in 1977. Williams did so against California Hayward (34/10), Marshall (21/22) and Stetson (18/16). Sullinger has four career double-doubles in seven games after grabbing 13 rebounds and scoring 40 points vs. IUPUI Dec. 9.
Buckeyes Know Mr. Basketball
The last four Associated Press Ohio HS Mr. Basketball awards have been earned by current Ohio State players. Senior Jon Diebler claimed the honor in 2007, junior William Buford claimed the honor in 2008 and freshman Jared Sullinger won it in both 2009 and 2010. Deshaun Thomas, another Ohio State rookie, claimed Indiana’s Mr. Basketball honor last year as a senior at Bishop Luers HS in Fort Wayne, Ind. Ohio State has had two of the last five Mr. Basketball honorees in Indiana with Greg Oden earning the honor in 2006.
Buckeyes Picked to Finish 2nd in Big Ten
Michigan State, Ohio State, Purdue. That is the 2010-11 order of finish the Big Ten media selected at the annual media day in Chicago in late October. The Buckeyes return four starters and welcome one of the nation’s top recruiting classes after finishing the 2009-10 season 29-8 overall and winning the postseason conference tournament, a share of the regular-season crown and advancing to the 2010 NCAA Tournament “Sweet 16.”
Feast or Famine
The four returning starters (David Lighty, Dallas Lauderdale, Jon Diebler and William Buford) from the 2009-10 season have played a combined 473 games at Ohio State with a total of 368 starts. Senior David Lighty leads that list with 139 games played and 107 starts. Ohio State has five freshmen on the roster.
Buford Works with U.S. National Team
Junior William Buford was selected as one of 20 collegiate athletes to practice against the U.S. National Team July 19-24 in Las Vegas. Buford is Ohio State’s top returning scorer from the 2009-10 campaign at 14.4 points a game. He started all 37 contests for Ohio State a year ago and will be looked to for his offense and improving defense as a team veteran this season.
Career Gives Lighty Chance at Lowe’s Senior CLass Award
David Lighty is among several candidates for the 2010-11 Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award, presented each year to the outstanding senior NCAA Division I Student-Athlete of the Year across nine different sports. The acronym “CLASS” stands for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School®. The Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award celebrates the loyalty of seniors that honor a four-year commitment to their university. The Senior CLASS Award® recognizes these student-athletes for great achievement during competition and in their community while staying in school.
Buckeyes Again Look to Develop a Point
Thad Matta, now in his seventh season as the head coach of the Buckeyes, moved forward Evan Turner to the point guard position after the 2008-09 season. The experiment worked with Turner developing into the 2010 National Player of the Year and the No. 2 pick (Philadelphia) in the 2010 NBA Draft. The point guard position will again be open entering camp this year. Freshman Aaron Craft will get an opportunity but veterans David Lighty, Jon Diebler and William Buford could handle the position by committee as well. All have been working on the skills necessary to run the Buckeyes during the 2010-11 campaign.
Sullinger Second Recruit to Earn Naismith HS Award in Last 5 yrs.
Jared Sullinger was named the Naismith High School Player of the Year March 10, 2010 by the Atlanta Tipoff Club. Sullinger is the second Thad Matta recruit to earn the award in the last five years. Greg Oden earned the honor in 2006. Sullinger, of Columbus Northland HS, averaged 24 points, 12 rebounds and nearly two blocks a game for his national No. 1 ranked high school squad, which was coached by his father “Satch” Sullinger, the 2010 Naismith High School Coach of the Year.
Dickerson Added to Staff
Dave Dickerson, former head coach at Tulane, was added to the Big Ten Champion Ohio State men’s basketball staff as an assistant coach in April. Dickerson replaced Alan Major, who accepted the head coaching position at Charlotte after last season. Prior to his time in New Orleans, Dickerson spent nine years as an assistant under former Ohio State coach Gary Williams at Maryland, his alma mater, and in 2004-05, was the program’s associate head coach. Dickerson also served as assistant coach at Gardner Webb (1990-91), James Madison (1991-92) and Radford (1993-96) before returning to Maryland. As a player, he lettered for the Terrapins from 1986-89, earning team captain status as a senior. A native of Olar, S.C., Dickerson graduated from Maryland in 1990 with a degree in government and politics.