No. 6/7 (No. 1 seed) Ohio State vs. (No. 5 seed) Illinois
March 13, 2010 // Indianapolis, Ind. // Conseco Fieldhouse
Big Ten Tournament Semifinal #1

Ohio State, Illinois Series
 Illinois leads the overall series with the Buckeyes 99-61 with the Illini owning a 1-0 record in games decided on a neutral court. The Buckeyes won both meetings in 2010 and have won seven of the last nine in the series. Ohio State is 18-9 vs. the Illini when ranked nationally in the Associated Press poll. Ohio State has won each of the last eight games vs. Illinois when the Buckeyes are ranked.
 Four Buckeyes average in double figures in the Illinois series. William Buford leads the way with 12.3 points a game in four meetings with the Illini. Evan Turner (12.0 ppg.), Jon Diebler (11.3 ppg.) and David Lighty (11.2 ppg.) also contribute double figures. Turner is the top rebounder for the Buckeyes with 8.0 rpg. vs. Illinois. Diebler has knocked down 21 of 43 3-point attempts (.488). Lighty is shooting 56 percent from the field in the Illinois series (18-32). 
 In the two games vs. Illinois this season, Diebler led the way with 39 points. He made 13 of 25 (.520) 3-pointers as well. Lighty and Turner averaged 16.0 ppg. and Buford 11.0 ppg. Turner led the team on the boards with 11.5 rpg. The Buckeyes won 72-53 at Assembly Hall Feb. 14 and then 73-57 March 2 at Value City Arena.

Last Time vs. Illinois
March 2, 2010, Ohio State 73, Illinois 57
Jon Diebler was successful from behind the arc, hitting seven 3-pointers for 21 points, to lead the sixth-ranked Buckeyes to a 73-57 victory March 2 that assured them of at least a share of the Big Ten title. It was the third conference title in the last five years for Ohio State, winners of four straight overall and 13 of 15. Athletics director Gene Smith presented the Big Ten championship trophy to the players – it was the school’s 18th title.
  William Buford added 17 points, seven rebounds and five assists but it was David Lighty, who finished with 15 points, who might have provided the biggest spark for the Buckeyes in the second half. The lead hovered around four points until sub Kyle Madsen hit a baseline jumper and, after an Illinois turnover, Lighty took one quick step to the basket and scored on a left-handed layup while Illini big man Mike Tisdale picked up his third foul. Lighty’s three-point play pushed the lead to 58-49 with 9 minutes left. Five straight points by Buford and a basket by Evan Turner on a 3-on-1 fastbreak pushed the lead to 65-51 with less than 7 minutes left.

Quarterfinals: Ohio State 69, Michigan 68 (3/12/10)

  • Thad Matta is 2-0 in March this season and 27-8 overall in the month of Madness at Ohio State. Matta is 152-53 at Ohio State and in 10 years as a head coach, his record is 254-84.
  • Ohio State is now 12-8 all-time in Big Ten Tournament games. The Buckeyes are now 6-2 as a No. 1 seed.
  • Trailing 23-19 with four minutes to play in the first half, Ohio State made its last five field goals, including three 3-pointers, and the final free throws in a 16-2 run to end the half.
  • With three rebounds, Evan Turner tied Frank Howard for 14th on the Ohio State all-time career rebounding list, now with 635. Evan Turner’s eight assists tied the most by an Ohio State player in a Big Ten Tournament game (previous best was eight by Mike Conley and Scoonie Penn)
  • The Buckeyes are a perfect 15-0 this season when shooting 50 percent or better.
  • Ohio State has reached the semifinals for the fifth time overall and the fourth time in the last five years.
  • Michigan had just eight turnovers in the entire game against Iowa on Thursday, but Ohio State forced nine in the first half today.
  • Jon Diebler had 11 points, and now needs just 11 more for 1,000 in his career.
  • Ohio State defeated Michigan for the second time in four years at the Big Ten Tournament. Both wins have come with Ohio State as the No. 1 seed.
  • The 68 points by Michigan were the second-most given up in a Buckeye win this season (70, California).
  • Ohio State shot 58.3 percent from 3-point range, the best performance from the arc in Ohio State Big Ten Tournament history (.563 vs. Michigan State in 2009).
  • Ohio State leads the all-time series with Michigan 87-71 and now 2-1 when the teams play on a neutral court. The teams split the two earlier contests this season, though the Buckeyes have won four of the last five and 11 of the last 13. Ohio State is 29-5 all-time against the Wolverines when ranked in the Associated Press Top 25 and has won eight of the last nine contests when ranked.
  • Ohio State is 30-3 vs. Michigan under the direction of Thad Matta (11-2), Jim Foster (11-0) and Jim Tressel (8-1).
  • Ohio State is 23-0 on the season when leading with 5:00 to play in the second half. The Buckeyes led 58-54 and held on for the last second victory.
  • Seniors Danny Peters and Mark Titus are now the winningest class in Ohio State history with 106 career wins. The duo, both walk-ons, passed scholarship players Jamar Butler and Matt Terwilliger, who finished their careers with 105 victories from 2005-08.
  • The Buckeyes are 15-8 in neutral site games decided by one point after the 69-68 victory over the Wolverines. The Buckeyes are 66-56 all time in one-point games.  

Evan Turner

  • Turner scored 18 points, reaching 500 for the season (506) and twice in career (572 in 2009). There are 26 players to record 40 500+ points in OSU history. His scoring effort also propelled him into No. 20 all-time (1,391), passing Brian Brown (1999-2002) and his 1,384 points.
  • Turner is tied for No. 15 all-time with Frank Howard (635) in career rebounds, he needs two steals to move to No. 6 in career steals (Curtis Wilson, 153) and four to pass Troy Taylor for No. 5 spot (155).
  • Turner hit all three of his 3-pointers vs. the Wolverines, the last of which decided the game after going the length of the court with 2.2 seconds to play for the game winner.

Jon Diebler

  • With two 3-point field goals, Diebler moved closer to tying the all-time record for treys at Ohio State. He has 239, trailing only Jamar Butler at 242. He also needs two to pass his own personal-best season total (96 in 2009). He has 95 this season.
  • Diebler has (989) career points and needs 11 to hit 1,000. He will be the 45th player in school history to do so and second this season, joining Evan Turner.
  • His 11 points, sent him over 400 for the season (402).
  • Diebler needs five rebounds to reach 300 for career. He surpassed the 300 career field goal mark with four vs. the Wolverines. He has 303.

William Buford

  • Buford entered the game Friday needing seven rebounds to reach 300 for his career. He tallied six and has 299 over the last two seasons.
  • He also passed 100 career assists with his four on the day for 103 total.
  • William Buford has 55 points and 28 rebounds vs. Michigan in three games this season.