No. 5/6 (No. 2 seed) Ohio State (28-7) vs. (No. 10 seed) Georgia Tech (23-12)
March 21, 2010 // Milwaukee, Wis. // Bradley Center
2010 NCAA Tournament Second Round

NCAA First Round:
Ohio State 68, UC Santa Barbara 51 (3/19/10)

  • The Buckeyes are 3-0 vs. UC Santa Barbara in the all-time series. The last time these two teams met, Ohio State captured a 79-56 win Dec. 14, 1993. This is the first time that these two teams have met in the NCAA Tournament.
  • The Buckeyes are 10-3 all-time against Georgia Tech with the last matchup a 73-53 Tech win Dec. 3, 2003 in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge in Columbus.
  • Ohio State is 26-0 on the season when leading with 5:00 to play in the second half. The Buckeyes led 59-46 vs. the Gauchos.
  • This is Ohio State’s 23rd overall appearance in the NCAA Tournament, including four in the last five years. The Buckeyes hold a 39-20 record in tourney games and have advanced to the Final Four nine times. This is the 20th time they have advanced past the first round of action.
  • The Buckeyes used a 13-0 run in the first half, to blow a 14-13 advantage to a 27-13 lead by the 3:32 mark. Jon Diebler scored nine-consecutive points in the stretch, all on 3-pointers.
  • Ohio State closed out the half with a 30-17 lead. The 17 points scored by the Gauchos tied the fewest first-half points allowed by Ohio State this season. Northwestern (Jan. 19) and Delaware State (Dec. 19) also scored 17.
  • The Buckeyes are 24-3 when leading at the half this season and 129-18 under Thad Matta.
  • Ohio State set a school record for blocks in an NCAA Tournament game with 12 vs. the Gauchos. The previous record was nine in a 77-74 win against St. John’s March 20, 1999. The 12 blocks also is a 2009-10 season high. Ohio State had 11 on two occasions, with the last against St. Francis (Pa.) on Nov. 28, 2009.
  • The Buckeyes were one short of tying a school record in 3-pointers in an NCAA Tournament game with 10 (10-of-22) vs. UCSB. The record of 11 was set vs. Central Connecticut March 15, 2007 when Ohio State won by a score of 78-57. That also was an NCAA First Round contest.
  • The Buckeyes’ first points in the second half came at the line as junior Evan Turner made both attempts at 17:15 to put the score at 32-22 and then, just over two minutes later, the Buckeyes extended their lead to 15 (42-27). Ohio State led the entire game and its largest lead was 18 (64-46) at 3:44.
  • This is Ohio State’s second time as a No. 2 seed and is now 2-1 when holding that seed. The last time the Buckeyes were No. 2 was in 2006 when they defeated No. 15 Davidson in the First Round, 70-62, and then fell to No. 7 Georgetown by a score of 70-52 two days later.
  • Ohio State led 30-17 at the break, which is the 27th time this season that the Buckeyes have had an advantage at halftime. In those games, Ohio State owns a 24-3 record.
  • Seniors Danny Peters and Mark Titus are now the winningest class in Ohio State history with 109 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.

 Thad Matta

  • Thad Matta is 7-3 in four NCAA Tournament appearances at Ohio State, including five wins in 2007 en route to the national championship game. He is 14-7 overall in NCAA tournament play while coaching at Butler, Xavier and Ohio State.
  • Matta is 5-0 in March this season and 30-8 overall in the month of Madness at Ohio State. Matta is 155-53 at Ohio State and in 10 years as a head coach, his record is 257-84.

Jon Diebler

  • With a 3-pointer at 17:32 in the first half, Diebler set a school record for 3-pointers made in a single season. He now was 111 to his credit, breaking Jamar Butler’s record 104 set during the 2008 season. Diebler also holds the third-place record with 96 scored a year ago.
  • Diebler also set the OSU record for attempted 3-point field goals. He passed Jamar Butler’s 650 with 12 attempts Friday and now has 656 to his credit.
  • He has scored at least one 3-pointer in 44 of his last 45 games and tallied at least five in nine games this season. This is the fourth time Diebler has posted at least seven 3s and the second time this season. He now owns four of the Top 7 single-game performances from behind the arc.
  • With a game-high 23 points, Diebler moved up one spot to No. 43 all-time and now has 1,045 career points.
  • Diebler has now scored in double figures 23 times this season as he ended with a game-high 23 points. He stands No. 1 is Ohio State’s career record books with 255 3-pointers and currently ranks in the Top 20 in the nation in both 3-point percentage and 3-point field goals per game.

Dallas Lauderdale

  • Lauderdale posted career highs in both rebounds (12) and blocks (8).
  • He has posted two or more blocks in 19 games this season.
  • Lauderdale’s blocks set a school record in blocks during NCAA Tournament games with eight. The previous record was seven, which was set by Ken Johnson vs. St. John’s on Mar. 20, 1999.

William Buford

  • With 16 points, Buford surpassed 500 points this season (508). He joins Evan Turner (577) as the only current Buckeyes above 500. Jon Diebler is next with 458 season points.
  • Buford is the 27th player in Ohio State history to record 500 or more points in a season. The feat has been accomplished 41 times in OSU history. Evan Turner has do so twice with 572 as a sophomore and 577 this season. 

Evan Turner

  • With five assists, Turner became the eighth player in Ohio State history to record at least 400 career assists and moves to within one of No. 7 Larry Bolden at 401 assists.
  • Turner finished with just nine points, his fewest since Feb. 10 at Indiana (10). He was 2-for-13 from the field and 5-for-6 from the line.
  • He pulled down double-figure rebounds for the 17th time this season as he ended with a game second-best 12 caroms. He also added nine points, and a team second-best five assists.