Feb. 25, 2007
Recap | Box Score | Quotes | AP Gallery
Attendance: 19,044 (sellout) With the victory, Ohio State winsthe 2007 Big Ten Regular-Season Championship outright. It is thefirst set of back-to-back outright regular-season championshipssince the Buckeyes won three in a row, 1960-62. This is the 14thtime a Big Ten team has won consecutive outright leaguechampionships. Ohio State has secured the crown at home the lasttwo years. The 1991 and 1992 teams were the last Buckeyes squads topost back-to-back conference championships. The 1991 team tied forthe league crown while the 1992 team won it outright. It is the17th Big Ten title in OSU program history and the 12th time theBuckeyes have won the league championship outright. The last BigTen team to win back-to-back titles was Illinois in 2004 and 2005.With Ohio State’s victories in men’s and women’s basketball Sunday,the Buckeyes have won consecutive titles in football and bothbasketballs the last two years. The Buckeyes are 8-9 all-time whentaking on the nation’s No. 1 team. As the No. 1 team, Ohio State is51-4 all-time (2-1 as the coaches’ poll leader and 49-3 as No. 1 inthe AP poll). This was the 37th meeting between the AP’s Top 2teams in the weekly poll. With Ohio State’s victory, it was the16th time the No. 2 team has won the matchup. The Buckeyescompleted the 2006-07 home schedule with a perfect 18-0 record atValue City Arena. It is the first time Ohio State has beenundefeated at home since the 1990-91 season (15-0), and the ninthtime overall. The win extended Ohio State’s record for home wins ina season to 18 as well as extending the record for home wins intwo-consecutive seasons to 34. At 25 games, Ohio State has thefourth-longest home win streak in the nation. The overall winstreak ranks third in the nation at 13 games. Ohio State improvesto 64-56 all-time in one-point games, with a 33-24 mark at home.The win was Ohio State’s 26th this season, tying head coach ThadMatta’s career high. The victory was the 50th win in Columbus inthe three seasons under Matta (50-3), with a 48-3 mark at ValueCity Arena. The Big Ten championship is the fifth conference titlefor Matta in his seven years as a head coach. The Buckeyes movedtheir Big Ten win streak to 12 games, tying for the second-longestseason streak with the 1959-60 and 1961-62 teams. The record is 14games set in 1960-61. The attendance of 19,044 is a season high.The last time the Buckeyes were held to under 50 points and won wasJan. 7, 1982, when they defeated then-No. 6 Minnesota, 49-47, athome. The last time Ohio State was held to under 50 points overallwas a 60-49 loss to Wisconsin March 11, 2005, in the Big Tentournament. The score was tied six times with 12 lead changes. Withfour assists vs. Wisconsin, Mike Conley Jr. moved to within oneassist of tying the OSU single season record. Conley has 187assists and Curtis Wilson holds the record of 188 set in 1988. OhioState had a 25-22 lead at halftime. The Buckeyes have led at thehalf 26 times this season with a 25-1 record in those games. OhioState went on a 16-7 run to end the first half, including holdingthe Badgers without a field goal for a span of 3:57. The droughtwas snapped when Jason Bohannon scored a layup with :02 left on theclock. The Buckeyes held UW’s Alando Tucker, who averages 20.2points per game, to just 12 points in 35 minutes. The 48 pointsscored by Wisconsin was a season low. Prior to the game, the men’sbasketball program honored its two seniors – Ivan Harris and RonLewis. With the wins by the Ohio State men’s and women’s basketballteams Sunday, it is the first time in Big Ten history one schoolhas earned three outright conference titles in the sports offootball and men’s and women’s basketball in a single season. OhioState earned conference titles in all three sports in 2005-06, butshared the football title. The victory over Wisconsin was the thirdtime in Matta’s career as a head coach he has knocked off the No. 1seed in the AP poll. The other two wins were a 65-64 win vs.Illinois, March 6, 2005, and an 87-67 upset of St. Joe’s in theAtlantic-10 tournament quarterfinals with Xavier, March 11, 2004.