Feb. 3, 2007
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Thad Matta, now in his third year at Ohio State, has reached 20wins in each of his seven seasons as a head coach. Matta spent oneseason at Butler and three at Xavier before taking over at OhioState in 2004-05. Matta, the 13th head coach in Ohio State history,is the only Buckeye head coach to record 20 or more wins in each ofthis first three seasons on the job in Columbus. Ohio State has 18total 20 win seasons all-time … the last time Ohio State teamsput together three-consecutive 20-win seasons was from 1960-63 whenFred Taylor guided the Buckeyes to four 20-win seasons in a row.Ohio State won for the second-consecutive time in East Lansing,marking the first time since 1970-71 the Buckeyes have wonback-to-back games against Michigan State on the road. Ohio Statehas won the last three games against the Spartans. The Buckeyeslast put together a three game winning streak in the series in 1991and 1992. Freshman Mike Conley Jr. was credited with two steals vs.the Spartans, giving him a Big Ten-leading 57 on the year. Thattotal is one behind the No. 10 spot in single season steals andfour behind the Ohio State freshman record for steals in a season.Brent Darby holds the No. 10 spot in season steals with 58 in 2003.Michael Redd holds the Ohio State freshman record with 61 in 1998.Conley also moved into the No. 8 spot in single season assists withthree at MSU. His total of 147 on the year leads the Big Ten and isan Ohio State freshman record. Mark Baker is No. 7 on the OSU listwith 150. As a team, Ohio State has made 193 of 510 3-pointattempts on the year over 23 games. Those totals rate No. 4 forboth made and attempt treys. Senior Ivan Harris is tied for ninthall-time with Chris Jent (1989-92) with 112 made 3-pointers.Michael Redd is No. 8 with 126 (1998-2000). Harris is No. 3 incareer 3-point shooting percentage (.400/112-280). With four blocksat Michigan State, freshman Greg Oden has swatted 56 on the year,good for the No. 3 spot among OSU freshmen. Ken Johnson rejected 58in 1998 and Herb Williams blocked 79 as a freshman in 1978. OhioState has won its last seven games, including six-consecutive BigTen contests. The Buckeyes started the season with an 11-0 recordin 2005-06 and won the last five regular season conference gamesand the first two league tournament games last year. The last timeOhio State won six-consecutive regular season Big Ten games was in1992 (final six). Freshman Greg Oden recorded his team-leadingseventh double-double of the season with 16 points and 11 reboundsagainst Michigan State. Senior Ron Lewis reached 1,500 careerpoints with 11 against the Spartans. He has 1,503 for his 115-gamecareer, which includes two seasons at Bowling Green. He’s averaged13.1 points a game. Ohio State handed a second-consecutive opponentits first home loss of the season with the win in East Lansing.Purdue was 12-0 in West Lafayette before dropping a 78-60 decisionJan. 31. MSU was 14-0.