Jan. 25, 2012

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No. 4 Ohio State 78 (18-3, 6-2), Penn State 54 (10-11, 2-6)
Jan. 25, 2012
Value City Arena – Columbus, Ohio
Attendance: 16,907


  • The win vs. Penn State was the 37th-consecutive victory at home for Ohio State dating back to the game vs. Michigan on Feb. 27, 2010. The streak is the second-longest in the country behind Kentucky.
  • The 37-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 Buckeyes move to 28-12 all-time vs. Penn State and 15-3 in Columbus (9-0 in Value City Arena).
  • Ohio State extended its winning streak vs. Penn State to 17 games, dating back to 1/1/04.
  • As a ranked team, the Buckeyes are 15-2 vs. the Nittany Lions.
  • Ohio State moved to 156-23 (.871) all-time at Value City Arena.
  • The Buckeyes are 117-2 vs. unranked opponents at home under Matta.
  • Ohio State is 174-21 overall vs. unranked opponents since the 2004-05 season, including a 134-10 mark in Columbus.
  • Ohio State moves to 730-664 overall in the Big Ten, including a 66-18 record at Value City Arena.
  • They are 39-7 in their last 46 Big Ten matchups, dating back to 3/8/09.
  • As a ranked team, Ohio State is 413-111 overall and when ranked in the AP Top 10, the Buckeyes are 292-62.
  • As the Associated Press No. 4 team, Ohio State is 32-5 overall
  • The Buckeyes have now won by double figures in 16 of their 18 victories this year. Fourteen of their wins have been by 22 or more points. Ohio State’s 22.0 average margin of victory is No. 1 nationally.
  • Three players scored in double figures for Ohio State. So far this season, seven Buckeyes have scored in doubles figures a total of 68 times.
  • In their last 74 games, the Buckeyes are 67-7.
  • Ohio State has had a player record a double-double in 833 games. The Buckeyes are 574-259 in those contests (.688). Jared Sullinger had a double-double (20 points, 13 rebounds) vs. Penn State, the 27th of his career.
  • This is the 283rd-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).
  • The starting lineup of Buford, Craft, Smith, Jr., Sullinger and Thomas is 16-2 this season.
  • Ohio State went on an 8-0 run to begin the game over the first 4:29.
  • The Buckeyes have led their last two Big Ten opponents at home by 20 or more points at the half (35-14 vs. Indiana, 1/15/12 and 38-18 vs. Penn State).
  • Penn State’s 18 first half points were a season low for the Nittany Lions.
  • Penn State’s Tim Frazier, the Big Ten leader with 10 games of 20 points or more, was limited to 16 points vs. the Buckeyes.

 Thad Matta

  • The win vs. Penn State was Coach Matta’s 208th win at Ohio State and his 104th Big Ten victory since beginning his Ohio State career.
  • Matta’s career record moves to 310-91 overall and 208-60 at Ohio State.
  • With the win, Matta moves to 108-43 in the Big Ten during his career.
  • Matta boasts an impressive perfect record vs. Penn State, amassing a 16-0 record vs. PSU in his career.
  • Matta’s .776 winning percentage at Ohio State is the best among Big Ten coaches since Matta became the Buckeyes’ head coach in 2004.
  • Ohio State is 46-20 in January under Coach Matta.
  • When shooting 50 percent or better from the field, Ohio State is 8-0 this season and 102-7 under Matta.
  • The Scarlet and Gray are 126-19 when grabbing more rebounds than the opponent, including 15-2 this season (OSU outrebounded Penn State 43-35).
  • When shooting 50 percent or better from the field, Ohio State is 9-0 this season and 103-7 under Matta.
  • When shooting a better percentage than the opponent, Ohio State moves to 185-19 under Matta, including 18-1 this season.
  • When holding their opponent to under 50 percent shooting, the Buckeyes are 18-1 this season and 195-47 under Matta.
  • Ohio State is 193-5 under Matta when leading with five minutes to play, including 18-0 this year.
  • The Buckeyes are 175-19 overall and 17-1 this season when leading at the half.
  • Ohio State is 16-2 this season and 144-13 when scoring 70 or more points in a game under Matta. The Buckeyes had 78 points in the win vs. Penn State.
  • The Buckeyes are 15-2 this season and 176-47 under Matta when limiting themselves to 15 or fewer turnovers. Ohio State had 13 turnovers vs. the Nittany Lions.

William Buford

  • The start was Buford’s 119th donning the Scarlet and Gray, four behind Ken Johnson (123) for fourth place in career games started at Ohio State.
  • Buford has been a part of 103 wins at Ohio State, the eighth most all-time.
  • Buford is just the fourth Buckeye in recorded history to reach 1,000 points, 500 rebounds and 300 assists. Buford’s current totals are 1,743/570/327.
  • Buford scored 15 points for the Buckeyes, improving his career total to 1,743, which is eighth all-time in Ohio State career scoring. He is 13 points behind Jay Burson (1,756) for seventh place.
  • Buford had nine rebounds to push his career total to 570. He is one of 17 former Buckeyes in the prestigious 1,500 point and 500 rebound club.
  • Buford has scored in double figures 17 times this season and 95 times in his career, including 58 games with at least 15 points.
  • Buford became the fifth player in Ohio State history to join the 400 (made field goals) and 4,000 (minutes played) Club. After the Penn State game, Buford has now tallied 657 made field goals and 4,079 minutes played in 127 career games (J. Diebler, D. Lighty, J. Butler and H. Williams are the other Buckeyes to achieve this feat).
  • Buford had two assists in the game for a career total of 327.He has had at least three assists in 17 games this season. This was the fifth game he has had at least five assists.

Jared Sullinger

  • Sullinger had 20 points for the Buckeyes. It is the 18th time this season and 52nd time in his career he has scored in double figures.
  • With 20 points, Sullinger is 36 from joining the 1,000 point club.
  • Sullinger had 13 rebounds, pushing his career total to 553.
  • With 20 points and 13 rebounds, Sullinger earned his ninth double-double of the season and 27th of his career. It was his 14th double-double vs. a Big Ten opponent.

Aaron Craft

  • Craft had 11 points. It is the ninth time this season he has scored in double figures.
  • Craft had three assists to push his season total to 105 and his career total to 282. He has had at least three in 20 of his previous 21 games played. He’s had eight games with five or more.
  • Craft passed the 200-point mark in B1G games. With 11 points, he has now scored 210 points in conference action.

Sam Thompson

  • Thompson tied a career high with three assists (3X).

Amir Williams

  • Amir Williams had three blocks in his first three minutes in the game.