Feb. 7, 2010
No. 13/18 Ohio State (17-6, 7-3) vs. Iowa (8-14, 2-7)

Site: Value City Arena (19,049)
Game Time: Noon ET
Television: Big Ten Network
Talent: Tom Hamilton (play-by-play); Greg Kelser (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)

More than 20 former Ohio State captains will be on hand Sunday to be recognized during the annual captains weekend celebration. Jim Remington (1951) will travel from California to be part of the festivities. He is the longest-serving captain on hand, while J.J. Sullinger and Matt Sylvester (2006) are the most recent captains to attend. The group will gather for a dinner Saturday evening at the Blackwell as part of the weekend. Others expected to attend include Dick Furry (1960), Clark Kellogg (1982), Ron Stokes (1984-85), Jay Burson (1989), Jason Singleton and Neshaun Coleman (1999).

Ohio State has been undefeated at home 11 times previously and are 14-0 this season entering into the home game vs. Iowa Sunday. The Buckeyes last finished the home season unblemished in 2006-07 with a school-record 18 home victories. Ohio State has advanced to the NCAA Final Four seven times when undefeated at home and to the NCAA title game five times.

Fans attending games this week on the Ohio State campus are encouraged to bring items for Operation Buckeye. Individually-packaged items (ramen noodles, deodorant, fruit snacks, etc.) will be packaged by your Buckeyes and shipped to deployed units. Items will be collected at the following events:

Value City Arena Events
Feb. 7th, Men’s Basketball vs. Iowa – Noon
Feb. 11th, Women’s Basketball vs. Purdue – 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 13th, Men’s Hockey vs. Alaska – 7 p.m.

The 1960 Ohio State men’s basketball team was honored at halftime of the Minnesota game Jan. 31 at Value City Arena. The squad won the NCAA and Big Ten titles that season with a 25-3 record and a 13-1 mark in the Big Ten. Nearly the entire team returned for the weekend, including three-time All-American and Big Ten Player of the Year Jerry Lucas, All-American and two-time All-Big Ten selection John Havlicek and Bob Knight, the NCAA career leader in coaching victories (Army, Indiana and Texas Tech) with 902. All three are members of the Basketball Hall of Fame. A fourth member of the team, its head coach Fred Taylor, also is a Basketball Hall of Fame inductee. His name will forever be memorialized in the rafters of the Schottenstein Center after a banner acknowledging his accomplishments was unfurled during the weekend festivities.

David Lighty has 840 career points in 106 career games (7.9 ppg.). He joins classmates Evan Turner (1,207 career pts./87 games) and Jon Diebler (883/93) on the Ohio State roster in the 800 club. With another 102 points, the Buckeyes could add William Buford (56 games) to the group.

Ohio State is 4-4 vs. ranked teams in the Associated Press Top 25 this season and 4-2 with a full roster. Evan Turner missed six games this season with a back injury. Ohio State was 3-3 in those games, including an 0-2 mark vs. ranked foes. Turner averages 23.2 points and 9.8 rebounds vs. six ranked opponents this season (North Carolina, California, Florida State, Purdue, Wisconsin and West Virginia). He is connecting on 54 percent of his shots (52-97) and has 25 assists, four blocks and eight steals.
The Top 30 candidates for the John R. Wooden Award, the nation’s most coveted college basketball honor, were named Jan. 4 by The Los Angeles Athletic Club’s John R. Wooden Award Committee. Composed of the players who will compete for the player of the year award this season, the midseason list is based on individual excellence and team record during the first half of the season. Ohio State’s Evan Turner was added to the list despite missing six games with an injured back. Turner was averaging 17.3 points, 10.6 rebounds and 5.8 assists a game before the injury.  

Against Purdue Jan. 12, the veteran of the Ohio State roster reached 100 games played in his fourth season in the program. David Lighty, who missed the majority of the 2008-09 season with a broken foot, is a junior this year after receiving a medical redshirt after playing just seven games a year ago. Lighty has appeared in 106 games to date, starting 74. With another year of eligibility, Lighty has a chance to play in more games than any Ohio State player previously and finish among the Top 10 in career starts. The career leader in games played is Jamar Butler with 139 from 2005-08. Jamaal Brown (1989-92) and Jerry Francis (1986-89) own the record for career starts with 126.

Seniors Mark Titus and Danny Peters have been a part of Ohio State’s program for 98 victories over their careers. The four-year record for victories by scholarship players is 105 set by Jamar Butler and Matt Terwilliger from 2005-08. The four-year record for wins at Ohio State is 107 from 2006-09 but there were no four-year seniors on the 2009 team. Peters and Titus both started their Ohio State careers as managers and joined the team as players for the start of the 2006-07 season. Peters was a manager in 2005-06 and Titus was a manager briefly in the fall of 2006 before he and Peters were added to the roster. Peters will leave Ohio State with five varsity letters.

Junior Jon Diebler has made 212 career 3-pointers to rank No. 2 all time at Ohio State behind Jamar Butler’s 242 career makes. Butler played from 2005-08 and averaged nearly 61 made 3s a season. Diebler has averaged 71 a season over three years. Butler’s career percentage from long range ranks No. 8 all time at 37.2 percent accuracy (242-650). Diebler is shooting 38.3 percent (212-553) 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 is making 43 percent this season (68-156).

Thad Matta, now in his sixth season as head coach of the Buckeyes, has an overall win percentage of .734 (144-52) after 196 games at Ohio State. That winning mean is the highest among the 11 head coaches in the history of the Ohio State men’s basketball program with three or more seasons on the sidelines. Matta’s 62-32 record in Big Ten regular-season play (.660) also has produced the highest winning percentage in conference play among any previous Ohio State coach. Fred Taylor (1959-76) is second in both overall win percentage (.653/297-158) and Big Ten win percentage (.608/158-102) in 18 seasons.

Thad Matta has directed Ohio State to at least 10 wins during non-conference play in each of six seasons in Columbus and is 10-3 this season at the conclusion of non-Big Ten play. Matta is 75-16 vs. non-conference competition at Ohio State and 69-36 vs. Big Ten competition (regular season and Big Ten tournament games) for an overall record of 144-52.

Ohio State is 14-0 at home to date and shooting well on familiar ground. The Buckeyes are shooting 54 percent as a team at home this season and 42 percent from 3-point range. The team has reached 100 or more points three times and average a margin of victory of +25.9. Four Buckeyes average more than 10 points a game, led by Evan Turner’s 17.1 ppg. Jon Diebler contributes 14.5 points per game. David Lighty (13.5 ppg.) and William Buford (13.4 ppg.) follow Diebler. Turner is making 60 percent of his field goals (78-131) and Diebler tosses in 51 percent of his 3-point attempts (50-98). Six Buckeyes are shooting 50 percent or better at home. Dallas Lauderdale has missed eight shots on the VCA court this season. He is 41-49 overall (.837). Jeremie Simmons has connected on 34 of 63 FG attempts (.540) and Kyle Madsen is 20 of 30 (.667).

Ohio State has won five of its last six games in the Iowa series including a hard-fought 65-57 victory in Iowa City earlier this season. Iowa owns the overall series lead 73-66 with a 47-21 advantage in Iowa City over the Buckeyes. Ohio State is 43-25 in Columbus. The Buckeyes are 18-10 vs. the Hawkeyes when ranked among the Associated Press Top 25, including a 14-3 record in Columbus.  Four Buckeyes average double figures offensively in the Iowa series with David Lighty leading the way with 12.5 points a game in four career meetings. Evan Turner adds 11.8 ppg. in five games. William Buford (11.3 ppg.) and Jon Diebler (10.2 ppg) also contribute 10+ points a game vs. Iowa. Turner is the top rebounder in the UI series with 5.6 rpg.
LAST TIME VS. IOWA: Ohio State 65, Iowa (Jan. 27, 2010)
David Lighty scored 20 points, including 18 in the second half, and the Buckeyes rallied past Iowa 65-57. Evan Turner added 16 points, 12 rebounds and seven assists for Ohio State, which scored a season-low 20 points in the first half and trailed by five at the break. But the Buckeyes closed the game with a 20-7 run and won on the road for the second time this season. Ohio State shook off that sluggish start behind Lighty and Turner. They combined to score 32 of Ohio State’s 45 points in the second half to help stave off Iowa’s upset bid. Ohio State took its first lead of the second half with 2:46 left, jumping ahead 52-50 on a runner by Lighty. Turner, who also had just two points in the first half, then got a steal and an easy dunk to put the Buckeyes ahead 55-50. Turner’s layup through traffic made it 57-50 with 1:04 left. Freshman Eric May tied a career high with 18 points for I0owa.  Turner broke through with a long 3-pointer to help Ohio State pull even at 28, but he picked up his third foul with 15:29 left and had to be careful defensively the rest of the way. The Buckeyes then fell into a shooting funk, and the Hawkeyes stretched a slim lead to 42-36 on a pair of 3s by May with just under 10 minutes to go. Ohio State closed within two before May’s 3 from the corner made it 50-45 Iowa with 4:46 left. May was the only Iowa player in double figures. Jarryd Cole scored nine points and grabbed five rebounds and freshman Cully Payne added six assists and six rebounds. Iowa held Turner to 1-of-3 shooting in the first half, and Payne cut through the lane for a nifty reverse scoop off the glass to help put the Hawkeyes ahead 25-20 at halftime.


  • Ohio State leads the overall series with Penn State, 23-12, and have won the past 12 meetings. The Buckeyes are 10-2 in games against Penn State when ranked nationally in the Associated Press Top 25.
  • The Buckeyes are 7-0 against Penn State in Value City Arena. The Nittany Lions are one of three conference teams (Northwestern 8-0, Purdue 6-0) to have never won in Value City Arena.
  • Ohio State led 21-11 at the 7:42 mark in the first half. At that point, William Buford was 3-of-3 from the field with 8 points. He also had four assists, making him directly involved in seven of OSU’s eight basket-scoring possessions.
  • The Buckeyes were 14-of-23 (60.9 percent) from the field and 5-of-9 (55.6 percent) from behind the arc in the first half.
  • For the game, Ohio State shot 50 percent (25-of-50) from the field.
  • The Buckeyes are 16-2 all-time when ranked No. 13 in the Associated Press Poll. In their only appearance at No. 13 this season, Ohio State lost, 74-66, at Butler.
  • Ohio State’s starting lineup of Evan Turner, David Lighty, Jon Diebler, William Buford and Dallas Lauderdale is 12-2 this season.
  • The Buckeyes are 14-0 in Value City Arena this season.
  • The team is shooting 53.5 percent from the field (410-of-765) and 41.8 percent from behind the arc (126-of-301) at Value City Arena this season.
  • The Buckeyes have won 75 of their last 76 games against unranked opponents in Columbus (71 in Value City Arena, 3 in St. John Arena and 1 in Nationwide Arena). Their last loss to an unranked team was vs. West Virginia, Dec. 27, 2008 (76-48).
  • Thad Matta’s career record is now 246-83 in his 10th season all-time as a head coach. He is 144-52 in his sixth year at Ohio State. His .734 win percentage is tops all-time among Ohio State coaches.
  • Matta is 62-32 (.659) in Big Ten games, also the highest percentage all-time at Ohio State.
  • Matta sports a career record of 11-0 vs. Penn State. They are the only Big Ten school Matta is undefeated against.
  • Under Matta, Ohio State is 118-20 overall against unranked opponents, 13-2 this season.
  • At home against unranked opponents under Matta, Ohio State is 84-2 overall and 12-0 for the 2009-10 campaign.
  • Evan Turner finished the game with 27 points, 10 rebounds and six assists.
  • In the second half, Turner scored his 1,200th point as a Buckeye (1,207).
  • Turner grabbed 10 rebounds and passed Jim Jackson and moved into No. 21 all-time on the Ohio State rebounding list (560).
  • In conference games, Turner is averaging 15.6 points, six rebounds and 4.6 assists.
  • Turner now has 60 career games with 10 or more points. He has had 15 games this season with 10 or more points and he has scored 20 points or more in 19 career games.
  • Turner scored 22 of his game-high 27 points in the second half.
  • William Buford was 4-of-4 from the field with one three-pointer (11 points) and four assists in the first half.
  • In the past 16 games, Buford has scored in double figures 14 times. In that span, he has averaged 15.7 points (233).
  • In conference games, Buford is averaging 6.9 rebounds.
  • Buford has had three or more assists in a game 15 times.
  • Dallas Lauderdale connected on 2-of-2 field-goal attempts. For the season, he is shooting 66-of-86 from the field (76.7 percent), tops in the Big Ten.
  • He is 41-of-49 (83.6 percent) at Value City Arena this season.
  • Jon Diebler has made at least one 3-pointer in 32 of the past 33 games (only miss is at Iowa, Jan. 27, 2010).
  • After being held scoreless for the game, Diebler made a three-point basket with 1:30 remaining to put the Buckeyes up six points. He has scored in 58 consecutive games.
  • David Lighty had 12 points, the 16th game this season he has been in double figures.
  • Kyle Madsen scored six points, eclipsing the 100-point mark for his career (101).

Junior Evan Turner fell hard to the floor on a dunk attempt early in the first half vs. Eastern Michigan Dec. 5. He left the game and tests revealed a fracture in his lower back. He missed a little more than four weeks recovering from the injury. He returned to face Indiana Jan. 6, a 79-54 Ohio State victory. In that game Turner recorded eight points, four rebounds and a game-high five assists in 20 minutes of action.

Evan Turner was selected the Big Ten’s co-player of the week again Jan. 18 after earning his third-consecutive honor Nov. 30 when he recorded Ohio State’s third all-time triple-double in win vs. Lipscomb Nov. 24 with 16 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists. He shot 71 percent from the field for the week (15-21) and was a perfect 7-7 from the field vs. St. Francis Nov. 28. Averaged 16 points, 9.0 rebounds and 8.0 assists for the week with four blocks and three steals. Turner also became the 44th Buckeye to reach 1,000 points with 16 vs. St. Francis (Pa.) in just 27 minutes vs. the Red Flash.
Evan Turner 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. Jim Jackson is the only other Buckeye to do so with 1,785 career points, 552 career rebounds and 372 career assists from 1990-92.

Only 21 players in Ohio State history have scored more than 1,000 points and collected 500+ rebounds. Evan Turner has 1,207 career points and 560 career rebounds at Ohio State. The most recent addition to the list was Terence Dials, who from 2002-06, scored 1,566 points and grabbed 876 rebounds. He was the Big Ten Player of the Year in 2006. Just 27 Ohio State players have recorded 500 or more career rebounds. J.J. Sullinger was the last to join the list in 2006 in his third season in Columbus. He finished his career with 535 career rebounds. 

Ohio State has five opponents currently in the Top 25 nationally in the ESPN/USA Today and Associated Press weekly polls. Purdue, West Virginia, Michigan State, Wisconsin and Butler appear in both polls. Florida State also is receiving votes in both polls.

Evan Turner opened the season with five-consecutive double-doubles for the first time since Clark Kellogg did so in 1980-81. Turner reached 10 or more points and rebounds vs. Alcorn State (14/17/10 assts.), James Madison (24-17), North Carolina (23/11), California (26/14) and Lipscomb (16/10/11 assts.). Kellogg began the 1980-81 campaign with double-doubles in five-consecutive games vs. Cleveland State (23/14), at Kentucky (12/13), Colgate (16/17), South Alabama (18/18) and at Arizona State (18/10).
The Buckeyes have an all-time record of 133-219 vs. ranked opponents in the Associated Press Top 25. That includes a mark of 55-111 vs. Top 10 foes. The Buckeyes are 3-3 in the last six games vs. Top 10, including a 70-66 win at No. 6 Purdue Jan. 12. As a ranked team, Ohio State is 347-103 all-time. In games when both teams enter with a Top 25 ranking, Ohio State is 53-45.

Evan Turner has scored 1,207 points over 87 Ohio State games in his career for an average of 13.9 points a game. His 16 points vs. St. Francis (Pa.) Nov. 28 made him the 44th player in Ohio State history to reach 1,000 career points. With 27 points vs. Penn State Feb. 3, Turner moved to No. 29 all-time on the career scoring chart at Ohio State. Luke Witte (1,211) is next at No. 28. John Havlicek is No. 27 with 1,223 and Larry Siegfried is No. 26 with 1,228. Two others on the current roster are on pace to reach 1,000 points. Junior David Lighty has 840 career points over 106 career games. Jon Diebler has 883 points (93 games) in his three seasons at Ohio State. William Buford is well on his way as a sophomore as well (698/56 games).

Ohio State has had a player record a double-double (10+ points, rebs, assists, steals or blocks) in 799 games. The Buckeyes are 542-257 in those contests (.678). Evan Turner has 21 career double-doubles and the Buckeyes are 14-7 in those contests, including wins in 12 of his last 15 games with a D-D. Turner is among the Top 15 players in OSU history with 20 career double-doubles at No. 14. William Buford became the 100th Ohio State player to record a double-double with 16 points and 10 assists in Ohio State’s win vs. Eastern Michigan Dec. 5. He added his second D-D with 17 points and a career-high 13 rebounds at Michigan Jan. 3.

Ohio State has scored 100 or more points 69 times all-time and has a record of 68-1 in those games. The Buckeyes are 49-0 at home when reaching the century mark, 3-0 on neutral courts and 16-1 on opponent courts. The last win with 100 or more points was a 111-60 victory vs. Eastern Michigan Dec. 5. The only loss for OSU when scoring 100 points was a double-overtime thriller at LSU Jan. 15, 2005. The Buckeyes battled the Tigers but fell 113-101.

Ohio State has made 10 or more 3-pointers in a game 64 times since the long-range shot was instituted for the 1986-87 season. The Buckeyes are 53-11 in those games after knocking down 10 of 32 treys against Michigan Jan. 3. Opponents have made double-digit 3s 85 times and are 34-51 in those games vs. the Buckeyes. Matta’s Ohio State teams are 37-9 when making 10 or more 3s in a game.   

The first four games of the regular-season made up the 2K Sports Classic benefiting Coaches vs. Cancer event on the Ohio State schedule. Alcorn State (Nov. 9) and James Madison (Nov. 12) traveled to Columbus before the Buckeyes played at Madison Square Garden in New York vs defending national champions North Carolina Nov. 19 and California Nov. 20.

Mark Titus, senior walk-on from Brownsburg, Ind., has been writing and publishing his blog – –  for the last two years on college basketball from an “end-of-the-bench” perspective. Surpassing 2,000,000 hits, the blog is somewhat popular in college basketball circles. To take advantage of the interest in the site, Titus has teamed with “A Kid Again,” a local charity for children with life-threatening illnesses, to help support the charity’s efforts. For a $25 donation fans of the blog will receive a Club Tril T-shirt. All the proceeds will then go to support “A Kid Again.” Get your shirt today by placing an order at Nearly 1,700 have been sold, raising over $20,000 for charity.