No. 6/7 Ohio State 73 (24-7, 14-4), Illinois 57 (18-12, 10-7)
March 2, 2010
Columbus, Ohio
Value City Arena
Attendance: 16,177



  • Ohio State has clinched a share of the Big Ten conference title, the third regular season championship under Thad Matta. All three titles have been clinched in Value City Arena.
  • It is the 18th Big Ten title in OSU program history.
  • Ohio State is the first Big Ten school since 1957 (Wisconsin) to overcome a 1-3 start in the conference and win the title. The Buckeyes closed the conference schedule winning 13 of 14 games.
  • Because of their win at Michigan State Feb.21, Ohio State holds all tiebreakers and has clinched the No.1 seed in the Big Ten Tournament next week. They will face the winner of the No. 8 seed and No. 9 seed Friday, March 12 at Noon eastern on ESPN.
  • Ohio State has won conference championships in football and men’s and women’s basketball the same year in three of the past five years. They are the only Big Ten school to accomplish this feat even once.
  • Illinois leads the overall series with Ohio State 99-61 and the Illini are 40-38 in Columbus. The Buckeyes have won seven of the last nine games, including four of the last five in Columbus. Ohio State won the other meeting this season 72-53 in Champaign Feb. 14.
  • The Buckeyes are 18-9 overall when ranked in games vs. the Illini. Ranked Ohio State teams are 11-1 vs. Illinois in Columbus.
  • The Illinois game was the final home game for seniors Kyle Madsen, P.J. Hill, Jeremie Simmons, Danny Peters and Mark Titus.
  • Peters and Titus have been part of record-tying 105 victories during their four years in uniform. One more win and they will be the winningest players in program history.
  • The Buckeyes are 16-8 in games when ranked sixth in the Associated Press Top 25.
  • Ohio State’s starting lineup of Evan Turner, David Lighty, Jon Diebler, William Buford and Dallas Lauderdale is 19-3 this season.
  • Illinois used an 11-0 run from 16:06 to 13:06 of the first half to erase and early OSU lead. Ohio State countered with a 17-5 run from the 11:59 mark to 7:03.
  • The Buckeyes improved to 22-0 when leading with five minutes remaining in regulation.
  • Ohio State shot 50 percent from behind the arc in the first half, making 6-of-12 shots.
  • The Buckeyes have won78 of their last 79 games against unranked opponents in Columbus (74 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).
  • The Buckeyes went 17-1 in Value City Arena this season. The win percentage of 94 percent is the second-highest since Ohio State has been playing in Value City Arena. It is also the second-most wins in a season in Value City Arena (2006-07, 1.000 percent, 18-0).
  • The Buckeyes shot 52.2 percent from the field (503-of-962) and 40.5 percent from behind the arc (146-of-360) at Value City Arena this season.

Thad Matta

  • The Big Ten championship is the sixth conference title for Matta in his 10 seasons as a head coach.
  • Fred Taylor was the last Ohio State head coach to win at least three titles in five seasons (five in a row from 1960-64).
  • Thad Matta’s record is now 253-84 in his 10th season all-time as a head coach. He is 151-53 in his sixth year at Ohio State.
  • Matta’s .740 winning percentage is tops in OSU history (Fred Taylor, .653).
  • Matta is 69-33 (.676) in Big Ten games, also the highest percentage all-time at Ohio State.
  • Under Matta, Ohio State is 124-20 overall against unranked opponents, 19-2 this season.
  • At home against unranked opponents under Matta, Ohio State is 87-2 overall and 15-0 for the 2009-10 campaign.

Evan Turner

  • Turner passed Brent Darby on the OSU career points list and is now 21st (1,374).
  • Turner had 16 points and 12 rebounds, the 25th double-double of his career and 14thof the season.
  • Turner passed Jim Jackson and Brian Brown on the career assists chart and is now No. 8 all-time (375).
  • Turner passed Tony Campbell on the OSU career rebounds list and is now No. 15 (632).

William Buford

  • Buford scored his 800th career point in the first half (714).
  • Buford had 17 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists.
  • Buford was fouled twice while attempting a three-point basket in the first half. He made 5-of-6 free throws.
  • Buford tied a career high, sinking nine free throws.  

Jon Diebler

  • Diebler led all scorers with 21 points.
  • Diebler has made 237 career 3-pointers to rank No. 2 all-time at Ohio State behind Jamar Butler’s 242 career makes.
  • Diebler made a season-high seven 3’s. He has made six or more eight times in his career.
  • Diebler attemped 14 3’s, tying a career high.
  • There have only been five games in which an OSU player has made seven or more 3’s. Diebler has five of them.
  • Diebler has made 93 3-pointers this season.
  • Diebler was 5-of-8 from behind the arc in the first half.
  • Diebler made 13 three-point baskets against the Illini this season.
  • Diebler has hit at least one 3 in 37 of last 38 games (minus Iowa, 1/27/10).

Dallas Lauderdale

  • Lauderdale leads the Big Ten in field goal percentage, making 77.1 percent (91-of-118).
  • In homes games, Lauderdale is shooting 81.9 percent (50-of-61).

David Lighty

  • Lighty secured his 400th career rebounds in the first half (404).  

Kyle Madsen

  • Madsen grabbed his 100th career rebound in the first half (100).