Happy New Year!
No. 23/24 Ohio State (10-1; 1-0 Big Ten) 68, Iowa (10-4; Big Ten 0-1) 65
Dec. 31, 2008
Value City Arena
Iowa leads the all-time series with Ohio State 73-64. In Columbus, Ohio State holds a 43-25 advantage. The Buckeyes have won the last four games in Columbus.
When ranked in the Top 25, the Buckeyes are 17-10 vs. the Hawkeyes.
Ohio State’s record in Big Ten Conference openers is 54-41 and 63-30 in league home openers.
Iowa’s first five field goals in the game were three-pointers. Their first non-three came on a Matt Gatens bucket with 3:55 remaining in the first half.
Sophomore guard Jon Diebler scored a career-high 27 points. His previous high was 20 against Miami this season. It was the second-highest output for a Buckeye this season. Evan Turner scored 28 against Notre Dame in Indianapolis on Dec. 6.
Diebler’s seven three-pointers set a career high and tied the third-most in school history.
Junior guard Jeremie Simmons went 1-for-3 from the 3-point line. He has made a three-point basket in every game this season.
Iowa did not score until the 15:51 mark of the first half. Ohio State opened the game with an 8-0 advantage.
Freshman guard William Buford tied a career high with 16 points scored.
Buford reached double figures in scoring for the fifth time this season with 16 points Delaware State (13), Iona (10), UNC Asheville (16) and West Virginia (11).
The Buckeyes are 16-4 on Dec. 31. They have won nine of their last 10 games on New Year’s Eve and last lost in 1963 to St. Louis, 91-89, in double overtime.
The starting lineup vs. Iowa is the fourth different starting lineup in as many games for the Buckeyes and fifth total this season.
Iowa netted 14 three-point baskets against the Buckeyes, its highest ever output from behind the arc vs. the Buckeyes. Their previous high against Ohio State was 11, set last season in Iowa City.
The Buckeyes are 30-4 under head coach Thad Matta in the month of December.
Ohio State has won 13 of their last 14 home games.
Matta is 66-2 vs. unranked opponents in Columbus since taking over the Ohio State program in 2004-05. Matta is 74-7 overall in Columbus with a record of 70-7 at VCA, 3-0 at St. John Arena and 1-0 at Nationwide Arena.
Matta’s career record is 217-67 in his ninth season as a head coach. He is 115-36 in his fifth year at Ohio State.
Ohio State is 335-96 all time when ranked in the AP Top 25.
Ohio State is 43-4 at VCA when ranked among the AP Top 25. The Buckeyes are 29-1 in their last 30 games at the VCA and 97-20 overall at the VCA.
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