No. 2 Ohio State 69 (18-0, 5-0), Penn State 66 (10-7, 3-3)    
January 15, 2011
Value City Arena – Columbus, Ohio



  • Ohio State moved to 135-23 (.853) at Value City Arena, improving to 79-5 vs. non-conference opponents and 55-18 vs. Big Ten foes. They are 12-0 at Value City Arena this season.
  • The Buckeyes’ 18-0 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 18 games.
  • Ohio State now has won 15 home games in a row (last home loss was to Purdue on 2/17/10).
  • As a ranked team, Ohio State is 379-105 all-time.
  • Ohio State’s four returning starters for 2010-11 (Jon Diebler, David Lighty, Dallas Lauderdale and William Buford) have combined for 364 career starts and 469 games played.
  • Ohio State improved to 31-7 when ranked second in the country, and 116-17 when ranked among the Top 3 in the country.
  • Ohio State sold out Value City Arena with 18,809 fans. It is the sixth sellout since the 2008-09 season and first since 2/17/10 vs. Purdue. It is the 62nd sellout all-time. Ohio State owns a record of 49-13 in those contests.
  • When ranked in the Top 10 nationally, Ohio State is 258-56 with wins in 49 of its last 51 outings.
  • The Buckeye freshmen have accounted for 47 percent of total scoring for the season, including 39 of Ohio State’s 69 total points against Penn State.
  • Ohio State now has won the last 14 meetings with Penn State. The Buckeyes are now 25-12 vs. Penn State all-time, improving their overall Big Ten record to 706-658.
  • Ohio State is 12-2 vs. Penn State when ranked among the Associated Press Top 25.
  • The Buckeyes improve to 14-3 all-time in games played in Columbus against the Nittany Lions and 8-0 in Value City Arena.
  • When tied at the half, Ohio State is 2-0 on the season and 4-3 under Matta.
  • This is the 243rd-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).
  • 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. Matta’s Ohio State teams are 49-9 when making 10 or more 3s in a game.
  • Buckeye opponents have made double-digit 3s 87 times and are 35-52 in those games vs. the Buckeyes. Opponents are 9-30 against Matta-coached teams when making 10 or more treys.
  • Ohio State ended the first half on a 7-2 run, extending it into a 19-4 run to begin the second half.
  • The game featured seven ties and 11 lead changes. The Buckeyes led by as much as 10 in the second half, while Penn State’s largest margin was five in the first half.


  • The 18-0 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).
  • Matta improved his career record to 276-85 overall and 174-54 at Ohio State.
  • With the win, Ohio State is 37-19 (.643) in January under Matta and 4-0 this season.
  • Matta is now 100-2 against unranked opponents at home and 147-20 overall.
  • Matta is now 13-0 vs. Penn State in his career, with an overall mark of 84-37 against Big Ten opponents.
  • Matta is 90-17 vs. non-conference competition at Ohio State and 84-37 vs. Big Ten foes (regular season and Big Ten tournament games) for an overall record of 174-54. He is 112-10 in games played Columbus.
  • During Matta’s tenure at Ohio State, the Buckeyes are 160-5 when leading with five minutes to play.
  • When Ohio State has fewer than 15 turnovers, the team is 17-0 on the season and 145-43 under Matta. OSU had five turnovers vs. Penn State.


  • Lighty recorded his 113th win as a Buckeye vs. the Nittany Lions on Saturday. 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.
  • Lighty ended the contest with three rebounds, one shy of becoming just the third player in Ohio State history to reach 1,000 points, 500 rebounds and 300 assists. Lighty’s current marks: 1,241 points, 499 rebounds and 317 assists.
  • The game vs. Penn State marked senior David Lighty’s 106th career start for Ohio State. He is five starts away from tying Kelvin Ramsey for seventh-place in career games started in a Buckeye jersey.
  • With seven points, Lighty passed Ron Stokes (1,240) for 27th-place on the all-time scoring list at Ohio State with 1,241 career points. He is 42 points behind Jon Diebler for 26th-place.
  • Lighty has played in 138 games as a Buckeye, second most all-time and one game behind Jamar Butler for first place.
  • Lighty had one steal, passing Dennis Hopson (164) for second all-time at Ohio State with 165. He also recorded two assists to give him 317 for his career.


  • Freshman guard Aaron Craft finished the game with a career-high and game high-tying 19 points.
  • Craft also had seven assists. He now has 89 assists on the season to just 33 turnovers. It is his eighth time this season with seven or more assists and the fifth time in the last seven games played


  • Big Ten Freshman of the Week (his eighth of the season) Jared Sullinger finished the contest with a game high-tying 19 points. Sullinger has scored at least 10 points in 16 of 18 games this season.
  • Sullinger also added a team-high six rebounds.


  • With two made 3-pointers vs. Penn State, senior Jon Diebler now has 315 for his career, which is good for fifth-place in career 3-pointers made in Big Ten history. Diebler is five away from tying Craig Moore (320, Northwestern, 2006-09) for fourth place.
  • With two made 3-pointers, Diebler extends his streak to 34 games in a row with at least one 3-pointer made.
  • Diebler’s current 3-point field goal percentage of 50 percent (55-111) puts him in the record books as having the best single season three-point percentage.
  • With 10 points against the Nittany Lions, Diebler now has 1,283 career points. He is two points away from tying Clark Kellogg for 25th-place in Ohio State history.


  • Junior guard William Buford knocked down 13 points for the Buckeyes, pushing his career total to 1,136. He passed Richard Schnittker (1,129) for 35th place all-time in career scoring at Ohio State. He is three points away from tying Jamaal Brown (1,139) for 34th place.




No. 2 Ohio State 69 (18-0, 5-0), Penn State 66 (10-7, 3-3)