No. 20/24 Ohio State (14-6, 4-3) at Iowa (8-12, 2-5)

Jan. 27, 2010
Opponent: Iowa (8-12, 2-5)
Site: Carver-Hawkeye Arena (15,500)
Game Time: 8:30 p.m. ET
Television: Big Ten Network
Talent: Wayne Larrivee (play-by-play); Shon Morris (expert analysis); Charissa Thompson (sideline)
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)

Lighty Could Give Buckeyes 3 with 800
David Lighty has 797 career points in 103 career games (7.7 ppg.). With three more points he will join classmates Evan Turner (1,147 career pts./84 games) and Jon Diebler (855/61) on the Ohio State roster in the 800 club. With another 158 points, the Buckeyes could add William Buford (53 games) to the group.  

League Award Goes to Turner, His 4th
Junior Evan Turner was selected as the Big Ten’s Player of the week for the fourth time this season Jan. 18 after leading the Buckeyes to wins at No. 6 Purdue and at home vs. No. 13 Wisconsin the previous week. Turner poured in a career-high 32 points against the Boilermakers Jan. 13, including 23 second-half points, to lead a come-from-behind effort in West Lafayette, where Purdue was previously unbeaten. Despite missing 14 first-half minutes vs. the Badgers because of foul trouble Jan. 16, Turner contributed 15 points to help the Buckeyes avenge an early season loss to Wisconsin, in which he did not play, in Madison. 

Turner vs. The Ranked
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.
Turner Selected to Midseason Wooden Top 30 List
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.  

Ohio State to Celebrate the 1960 Team
The 1960 Ohio State men’s basketball team will be honored at halftime of the Minnesota game Jan. 31 at Value City Arena (1 p.m./CBS). 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. A “Cocktails & Hightops” reception will be held Jan. 30 at St. John Arena from 7-9 p.m. The entire team is expected back for this 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.

Thad Matta Steps Up for Suits and Sneakers Cancer Awareness Weekend
Thad Matta and the Buckeyes will participate in the Coaches vs. Cancer® Suits and Sneakers awareness weekend, a collaborative initiative of the American Cancer Society and the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC), during the Minnesota game Jan. 31. To demonstrate their support for the American Cancer Society and its vision of a world with less cancer and more birthdays, participating NABC-member basketball coaches will wear sneakers instead of dress shoes with their usual game attire to spotlight the fact that while cancer remains a major health concern, everyone can take daily steps to reduce their risk of the disease. Buckeye fans are also encouraged to wear sneakers to the game to show their support.

Rose Bowl Champions to be Honored at Penn State Game
The 2010 Rose Bowl champion Ohio State football team will be recognized at halftime of the Penn State men’s basketball game Feb. 3. The trophy also will be displayed on the concourse of Value City Arena during the second half for fans to view and take photos with.

Lighty Turns 100
The veteran of the Ohio State roster reached 100 games played against Purdue Jan. 13 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 103 games to date, starting 71. 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.

Titus, Peters Could be Part of All-Time Winningest Class
Seniors Mark Titus and Danny Peters have been a part of Ohio State’s program for 95 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.

Diebler Reaches 200 Made 3s
Junior Jon Diebler has made 206 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 69 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 38.5 percent (206-535) 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 45 percent this season (59-131). His percentage from long range this year is a single season record to date.

Matta Owns Top Win Percentage among Ohio State Coaches
Thad Matta, now in his sixth season as head coach of the Buckeyes, has an overall win percentage of .731 (141-52) after 193 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 59-32 record in Big Ten regular-season play (.648) 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.

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 six seasons in Columbus and is 10-3 this season with one game to play against a non-Big Ten Conference opponent. Matta is 75-16 vs. non-conference competition at Ohio State and 66-36 vs. Big Ten competition (regular season and Big Ten tournament games) for an overall record of 141-52. Ohio State concludes the non-conference schedule at West Virginia (Jan. 23).

Buckeyes Comfortable at VCA
Ohio State is 12-0 at home to date and shooting well on familiar ground. The Buckeyes are shooting 53 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 +27.3. Four Buckeyes average more than 10 points a game, led by Evan Turner’s 15.8 ppg. Jon Diebler contributes 15.1 points per game. David Lighty (13.8 ppg.) and William Buford (11.8 ppg.) follow Diebler. Turner is making 59 percent of his field goals (60-102) and Diebler tosses in 53 percent of his 3-point attempts (44-83). Six Buckeyes are shooting 50 percent or better at home. Dallas Lauderdale has missed seven shots on the VCA court this season. He is 36-43 overall (.837). Jeremie Simmons has connected on 33 of 60 FG attempts (.550) and Kyle Madsen is 16 of 24 (.667).

Ohio State Owns 4 Wins in Last 5 vs. Iowa
Ohio State has won it’s last four games in the Iowa series including a hard-fought 60-58 victory in Iowa City last season. Iowa owns the overall series lead 73-65 with a 47-20 advantage in Iowa City over the Buckeyes. Ohio State is 17-10 vs. the Hawkeyes when ranked among the Associated Press Top 25, including a 3-6 slate at Iowa. Four Buckeyes average double figures offensively in the Iowa series with William Buford leading the way with 11.5 points a game in two career meetings. Jon Diebler adds 11.3 ppg. in four games. Evan Turner (10.8 ppg.) and David Lighty (10.0 ppg) also contribute 10+ points a game vs. Iowa. Turner is the top rebounder in the UI series with 4.0 rpg.        

Last Time vs. Iowa – March 3, 2009: Ohio State 60, Iowa 58
 When Iowa’s Jermain Davis pulled up for an open 3 as time expired and the Buckeyes ahead by just two, Ohio State star Evan Turner flashed back to Northwestern. The Buckeyes fell to the Wildcats, 72-69 last Feb. 18 on John Shurna’s 3 with 3.3 seconds left, and Turner was scared it would happen again. Fortunately for Ohio State, Davis’ shot rimmed out and the Buckeyes men’s basketball team survived. Turner scored 22 points and dished out nine assists as Ohio State held off Iowa, 60-58, to snap a three-game road losing streak. Jon Diebler added 12 points for the Buckeyes. Ohio State had to sweat it out. The game featured 14 lead changes, 10 ties and one hectic final sequence. Iowa’s Jake Kelly, who continued a strong late-season push with 19 points and 11 rebounds, tied the game at 58 on a long 3 with 2:28 left. Davis drove in for what looked like an open layup with seven seconds to go, but Dallas Lauderdale redirected the shot and grabbed the rebound. The Buckeyes had yet another chance to ice it, but Turner missed a free throw and Iowa raced down the floor behind, 60-58. Davis’ final shot rattled inside the rim before bouncing out.

Noting the West Virginia Game  (Jan. 23)

  • Ohio State leads the overall series with WVU 9-7 and is 70-48 all time vs. members of the Big East Conference.
  • Ohio State’s starting lineup of Evan Turner, David Lighty, Jon Diebler, William Buford and Dallas Lauderdale is 9-2 this season.
  • Evan Turner finished the game with 18 points, 11 rebounds and four assists.
  • Turner garnered his eighth double-double of the season against the Mountaineers and 19th of his career. He is now tied for the No. 14 spot all-time in career double-doubles with Ron Sepic (1965-67). Craig Tayloer (1973-76) is No. 13 with 23.
  • Turner now has 1,145 career points, good for the No. 31 spot all-time at Ohio State in scoring. He passed Jamaal Brown (1,139) and Richard Schnittker (1,129) with 18 points vs. the Mountaineers. Frank Howard is next with 1,147 at the No. 30 spot and Lawrence Funderburke is No. 29 with 1,179.
  • Jon Diebler has made at least one 3-pointer in his past 30 games, dating to last season. The last time Diebler went scoreless from behind the arc was Feb. 14, 2009, in an 0-of-3 effort against Wisconsin.
  • William Buford led the Buckeyes with 22 points on 9 of 13 shooting from the field. He leads the Buckeyes with 15 games in double figures this season. He has two games this season with 20 or more points.
  • David Lighty handed out four assists vs. the Mountaineers to reach 200 for his career … William Buford needs two assists to reach 100 and P.J. Hill will get to the century mark in assists with three more. Jeremie Simmons has 104.

Turner misses 4+ weeks with Back injury
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.

Turner Has Earned Four POWs in 2009-10, Including Stretch of 3 in 3 Weeks
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.
Turner Joins Jackson in Record Book
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.

Turner Reaches Rare Accomplishments
Only 21 players in Ohio State history have scored more than 1,000 points and collected 500+ rebounds. Evan Turner has 1,145 career points and 535 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 vs. The Ranked
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 at least one of the polls. Florida State, Northwestern, California and North Carolina are receiving votes in one or both polls.

Turner streak a first since ’80-81
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).
Ohio State vs. The Ranked
The Buckeyes have an all-time record of 132-220 vs. ranked opponents in the Associated Press Top 25. That includes a mark of 54-111 vs. Top 10 foes. The Buckeyes are 2-4 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 345-103 all-time. In games when both teams enter with a Top 25 ranking, Ohio State is 53-45.

Climbing the Scoring Chart
Evan Turner has scored 1,145 points over 84 Ohio State games in his career for an average of 13.6 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 18 points vs. No. 11 West Virginia Jan. 23, Turner moved to No. 31 all-time on the career scoring chart at Ohio State. Frank Howard is No. 30 with 1,147. Two others on the current roster are on pace to reach 1,000 points. Junior David Lighty has 797 career points over 103 career games. Jon Diebler has 855 points (90 games) in his three seasons at Ohio State. William Buford is well on his way as a sophomore as well (642/53 games).

Wins follow Buckeye double-doubles
Ohio State has had a player record a double-double (10+ points, rebs, assists, steals or blocks) in 797 games. The Buckeyes are 540-257 in those contests (.678). Evan Turner has 19 career double-doubles and the Buckeyes are 12-7 in those contests, including wins in 10 of his last 13 games with a D-D. Turner is among the Top 20 players in OSU history with 19 career double-doubles at No. 14, tied with Ron Sepic (1965-67). 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.

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