Jan. 3, 2012

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No. 6 Ohio State 71 (14-2, 2-1), Nebraska 40 (8-6, 0-3)
Dec. 28, 2011
Value City Arena – Columbus, Ohio
Attendance: 16,158


  • The win vs. Nebraska was the 35th-consecutive victory at home for Ohio State dating back to the game vs. Michigan on Feb. 27, 2010. The streak is the third-longest in the country behind Duke and Kentucky.
  • The 35-consecutive home game win streak is the second-longest in Ohio State history. The Buckeyes won 50 in a row from 12/1/59 – 12/11/64.
  • The game between Ohio State and Nebraska was the first meeting between the two schools as members of the Big Ten.
  • The Buckeyes move to 5-2 all-time vs. Nebraska, having now won the previous four meetings. The last meeting took place 3/20/89 in the second round of the NIT tournament, with Ohio State winning 85-74.
  • As a ranked team, the Buckeyes are 2-0 vs. the Cornhuskers. 
  • Ohio State moves to 726-663 overall in the Big Ten. They are 35-6 in their last 43 Big Ten matchups, dating back to 3/8/09.
  • The last time Ohio State defeated two Big Ten teams by 25 or more points in the same season was the 2009-10 season. Ohio State defeated Indiana 79-54 (1/6/10) and Minnesota 90-61 (3/14/10) in the Big Ten tournament final. The Buckeyes previously defeated Northwestern 87-54 (12/28/11).
  • The last time the Buckeyes defeated two Big Ten teams by 30 or more points in the same season was during the 1960-61 season, where Ohio State beat Northwestern 79-45, Purdue 92-62, Wisconsin 100-68 and Indiana 100-65.
  • Ohio State has won 107 of its last 108 games against unranked opponents in Columbus, including 56 in a row, the longest active streak in the nation.
  • The Buckeyes own a 116-2 record vs. unranked opponents at home since the 2004-05 season.
  • Ohio State is 51-1 in its last 52 games at Value City Arena, dating back to Feb. 24, 2009.
  • The Buckeyes have now won by double figures in 12 of their 14 victories this year. Eleven of their wins have been by 22 or more points. Ohio State’s 22.2 average margin of victory is No. 3 nationally.
  • As a ranked team, Ohio State is 409-110 overall and when ranked in the AP Top 10, the Buckeyes are 288-61.
  • As the AP No. 6 ranked team in the nation, Ohio State moves to 17-8 overall.
  • In their last 69 games, the Buckeyes are 62-7.
  • Since the start of the 2008-09 season, Ohio State has accumulated 96 victories, which is the fifth-most during that period (Duke-108, Kansas-105, Syracuse-100, Kentucky-100, Ohio State-99, UNC-96).
  • This is the 276th-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).
  • Three players scored in double figures for Ohio State. So far this season, seven Buckeyes have scored in doubles figures a total of 52 times.
  • The starting lineup of Buford, Craft, Smith, Jr., Sullinger and Thomas is 12-1 this season.
  • Ohio State has had a player record a double-double in 832 games. The Buckeyes are 573-259 in those contests (.688). Jared Sullinger had a double-double (19 points, 12 rebounds) vs. Nebraska, the 26th of his career.
  • The Buckeyes outshot Nebraska from the free-throw line 13-6. On the year, Ohio State is +128 (+8.1 per game) in free throw attempts.
  • The Buckeyes had 11 team assists vs. Nebraska. They are averaging 17.6 apg, which places them No. 8 in the country.
  • The 21 rebounds allowed by Ohio State are the second fewest given up this season (20 at South Carolina, 12/17/11).

 Thad Matta

  • The win vs. Nebraska was Coach Matta’s 204th win at Ohio State and his 100th Big Ten victory since beginning his Ohio State career.
  • Matta’s career record improves to 306-90 overall and 204-59 at Ohio State.
  • With the win, Matta moves to 104-42 in the Big Ten during his career. It was Matta’s first meeting with Nebraska.
  • Matta’s .778 winning percentage at Ohio State is the best among Big Ten coaches since Matta became the Buckeyes’ head coach in 2004.
  • Matta is now 171-20 overall vs. unranked teams and 116-2 in Columbus.
  • Ohio State is 42-19 in January under Coach Matta.
  • The Scarlet and Gray are 123-18 when grabbing more rebounds than the opponent, including 11-1 this season (OSU outrebounded Nebraska 44-21).
  • When shooting a better percentage than the opponent, Ohio State moves to 181-19 under Matta, including 14-1 this season.
  • When shooting 50 percent or better from the field, Ohio State is 6-0 this season and 100-7 under Matta.
  • The Buckeyes are 171-20 overall and 13-0 this season when leading at the half.
  • Ohio State is 189-5 under Matta when leading with five minutes to play, including 14-0 this year.
  • Ohio State is 12-1 this season and 140-12 when scoring 70 or more points in a game under Matta. The Buckeyes had 71 points in the win over Nebraska.
  • Ohio State is now 135-23 overall at Value City Arena and 131-10 under Matta.

 William Buford

  • The start was Buford’s 114th donning the Scarlet and Gray, tying Herb Williams for eighth place in career games started at Ohio State.
  • Buford is just the fourth Buckeye in recorded history to reach 1,000 points, 500 rebounds and 300 assists. Buford’s current totals are 1,678/541/314.
  • Buford scored 13 points for the Buckeyes, improving his career total to 1,678, which is eighth all-time in Ohio State career scoring. He is 78 points behind Jay Burson (1,756) for seventh place.
  • Buford has scored in double figures 13 times this season.
  • Buford had five rebounds to push his career total to 541. He is one of 17 former Buckeyes in the prestigious 1,500 point and 500 rebound club.
  • Buford had four assists. He now has 57 this season and 314 for his career.
  • Buford finished 1-1 from the free-throw line and has made 26-consecutive shots from the stripe. He posts a career free-throw percentage of 81 percent.
  • Buford is on pace to become the fifth player in Ohio State history to join the 400 (made field goals) and 4,000 (minutes played) Club. After the Nebraska win, Buford has now tallied 633 made field goals and 3,911 minutes played in 121 career games (J. Diebler, D. Lighty, J. Butler and H. Williams are the other Buckeyes to achieve this feat).

 Jared Sullinger

  • Sullinger had 19 points for the Buckeyes. It is the 13th time this season and 47th time in his career he has scored in double figures.
  • Sullinger had 12 rebounds, pushing his career total to 513.
  • With 19 points and 12 rebounds, Sullinger earned his eighth double-double of the season and 26th of his career. It was his 13th double-double vs. a Big Ten opponent.
  • Sullinger’s had the same number of offensive rebounds as the entire Nebraska team with six.

 Deshaun Thomas

  • Deshaun Thomas finished with 15 points. It is the 25th time in his career he has scored in double figures.
  • Thomas has scored in double figures in 14 of his last 15 games played. The 14 times this season are a team high.
  • Thomas had four rebounds. He needs four to reach 200 for his career.

 Aaron Craft

  • Craft had three steals. He has 116 for his career. He has had at least one steal in all 13 games this season. He has had at least three steals or more in nine games this season.
  • Craft had four assists to push his season total to 93 and his career total to 259. He has had at least three in every game this season and eight games with five or more.