March 26, 2010
No. 2 Ohio State (29-7) vs. No. 6 Tennessee (27-8)
              Edward Jones Dome (39,647)
Game Time:   6:07 CT/ 7:07 p.m. ET
Television:     CBS
Talent:          Verne Lundquist (play-by-play)
                    Bill Raftery (expert analysis)
Radio:           OSU Radio Network (60 stations)
Local Radio:   WBNS FM-97.1 AM-1460
Radio Talent:  Paul Keels (play-by-play)
                    Ron Stokes (expert analysis)

Diebler Leads Buckeyes In Opening Rounds
 Junior Jon Diebler averaged 21.5 points over the first two 2010 NCAA Tournament games to lead the Buckeyes offensively. He knocked down 11 of 22 3-pointers, including seven made treys in the NCAA opener vs. UCSB last Friday. Overall, he made 14 of 26 shots from the field (.538). Evan Turner averaged 16.5 ppg., 9.5 rebounds and 7.0 assists while knocking down 12 of 15 foul shots. Junior David Lighty (13.5 ppg.) and sophomore William Buford (12.5 ppg.) also contributed double figures in wins vs. UCSB (68-51) and Georgia Tech (75-66).

Buckeyes Enjoy Record Season
 Ohio State is 29-7 overall entering the Midwest Regional Semifinal game vs. Tennessee. The win total is the second most in Ohio State history behind the 35 wins recorded in 2006-07. Thad Matta teams have never failed to win at least 20 games and his teams own three of the Top 5 win totals for a season. The 26 victories in 2005-06 is tied for the No. 5 spot in season victories.
Year        Wins      Postseason
2006-07   35      NCAA Finals
2009-10   29      NCAA Reg. Semifinals
1960-61   27      NCAA Finals
1990-91   27      NCAA Reg. Semifinals
2005-06   26      NCAA Second Round
1991-92   26      NCAA Regional Finals
1961-62   26      NCAA Finals

USBWA Selects Turner as its National Player of the Year
 The U.S. Basketball Writers Association has selected Ohio State guard/forward Evan Turner as the winner of the 2009-10 Oscar Robertson Trophy, annually presented to the National Player of the Year. The 6-7, 210-pound junior from Chicago, was the consensus choice by voters in all nine geographical districts of the USBWA. Turner becomes the first national player of the year from Ohio State since Jerry Lucas won his second straight USBWA Player of the Year award in 1962. Turner also is the first Big Ten player to win the honor since Purdue’s Glenn Robinson in 1994. Turner will be presented with the Oscar Robertson Trophy by its namesake Oscar Robertson at the USBWA’s annual College Basketball Awards Breakfast on Friday, April 2 at 8 a.m. at The Columbia Club in downtown Indianapolis in conjunction with the NCAA Men’s Final Four.

Naismith Trophy Pegs Turner as One of Four finalists
 Evan Turner is among four finalists and among the leading candidates to earn the 2010 Naismith Trophy, giving annually to the player of the year in collegiate basketball. The honor will be announced April 4 at the 2010 Final Four in Indianapolis. The Naismith Award has been presented by the Atlanta Tipoff Club since 1969 when UCLA’s Lew Alcindor claimed the first honor. No previous Ohio State player has been awarded the Naismith Trophy. Glenn Robinson of Purdue is the last Big Ten representative to earn the award. He did so in 1994. Indiana’s Calbert Cheaney (1993) and Scott May (1976) are the other Big Ten winners of the award. Turner joins Sherron Collins (Kansas), Wes Johnson (Syracuse) and John Wall (Kentucky) are the other finalists for the 2010 honor.

Turner Reaches 600 Points on Season
 With 24 points in the win vs. Georgia Tech Sunday, Evan Turner eclipsed the 600 point mark this season (601). He averages 20.0 points a game over 30 contests and has missed six games this season because of injury. An Ohio State player has scored 600 or more points in a season 17 times. The last to do so were Michael Redd (709) and Scoonie Penn (609) during the 1998-99 season. Turner is the 12th player to reach 600 points in a season. Jerry Lucas (1960-62) did it three times. Dennis Hopson (1984-87), Gary Bradds (1962-64) and Michael Redd (1998-2000) each did so twice in their careers.

Setting the Scene
 After winning the 2010 Big Ten Tournament March 14 in Indianapolis, Ohio State enters NCAA the Midwest Regional Semifinal game vs. Tennessee with a 29-7 overall record and a 14-4 regular season mark in Big Ten Conference play.  The Buckeyes finished tied atop the Big Ten with Purdue and Michigan State after the regular season slate. Thad Matta will lead the Buckeyes against No. 6 seed Tennessee (27-8) Friday (7:07 p.m. ET) at the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis, Mo. Ohio State is the No. 2 seed in the Midwest Region. The winner of the game between the Buckeyes and the Volunteers will take on the winner of the game between Michigan State (26-8), the No. 5 seed, and Northern Iowa (30-4), the No. 9 seed.

 Ohio State is making its 22nd appearance in the NCAA tournament. Overall, Ohio State has a 39-20 record all-time in NCAA tournament play. The Buckeyes have advanced to play in nine Final Fours, have finished as the runner up four times (1939, 1961, 1962, 2007) and own one title (1960). Ohio State has finished third four times (1944, 1945, 1946, 1968).

Year   Region Seed    Rcd./NCAA
1939  Eastern *        2-1#  Finals
1944  Eastern *        1-1#  Semifinals
1945  Eastern *        1-1#  Semifinals
1946  Eastern *        2-1#  Semifinals
1950  Eastern *        1-1  Reg. Finals
1960  Mideast *        4-0#  Finals
1961  Mideast *        3-1#  Finals
1962  Mideast *        3-1#  Finals
1968  Mideast *        3-1#  Semifinals
1971  Mideast *        1-1  Reg. Finals
1980  West/4            1-1  Reg. Semifinals
1982  East/8             0-1  First Round
1983  East/3             1-1  Reg. Semifinals
1985 Midwest/4         1-1  2nd Rnd.
1987  Southwest/9     1-1  2nd Rnd.
1990  West/8            1-1  2nd Rnd.
1991  Midwest /1       2-1  Reg. Semifinals
1992  Southwest/1     3-1  Reg. Finals
2006  Minneapolis/2  1-1  2nd Rnd.
2007  South/1           5-1#  Finals
2009  Midwest/8        0-1 1st Rnd.
2010 Midwest/2         2-0 Reg. Semifinals
Totals                             39-20 (.661)
* Teams were not seeded prior to 1979.
# Final Four Appearance

Ohio State vs. Tennessee
 Ohio State has the overall edge in the all-time series with Tennessee with four wins in five meetings. The Buckeyes won both games in 2007, a 68-66 victory in Columbus and an 85-84 triumph in the 2007 NCAA Tournament Regional Semifinals in San Antonio which sent the Buckeyes to the regional title game against Memphis and eventually the national title game.
Tennessee Series
12/9/78 @ Tennessee W 86-78
12/2/79 Tennessee W 91(2)-65
1/13/07 Tennessee W 68(5)-66(16)
3/22/07 vs. Tennessee W 85(1)-84(22)
1/19/08 @Tennessee L 69-74(6)

NCAA Tournament Facts

  • Ohio State has appeared in 22 NCAA Tournaments since 1939.
  • The Buckeyes are 3-0 vs. UC Santa Barbara in the all-time series and 5-0 vs. current members of the Big West Conference.
  • The Buckeyes are 11-3 all-time against Georgia Tech after the 75-66 victory Sunday in Milwaukee.
  • Five Big Ten teams were selected to participate in the 2010 NCAA Tournament. Ohio State, Purdue, Wisconsin, Michigan State and Minnesota. Three league teams remain alive-Michigan State, Purdue and Ohio State. No other conference has more teams in the 2010 Sweet Sixteen. Ohio State was 5-3 vs. the five Big Ten teams that qualified for the 2010 NCAA Tournament. The Buckeyes faced six teams (7-5 rcd.) this season that qualified for the 2010 NCAA Tournament. In addition to the Big Ten foes, Ohio State played California (W, 76-70, 11/20/09), Florida State (W, 77-64, 12/2/09), at Butler (L, 74-66, 12/12/09) and at West Virginia (L, 71-65, 1/23/10).
  • Ohio State has played 51 teams in the 2010 field of 65 in 110 seasons of Buckeye basketball. The Scarlet and Gray holds an all-time record of 476-383 against these teams. By 2010 regional assignment, the Buckeyes are 100-80 vs. the Midwest, 141-91 vs. the West, 128-105 vs. the East and 107-107 vs. the South.

 2010 NCAA Tournament Notes

  • This is Ohio State’s 22nd overall appearance in the NCAA Tournament, including four in the last five years. The Buckeyes hold a 39-20 in tourney games and have advanced to the Final Four nine times. This is the fifth time advancing to the regional round of competition since seeded NCAA Tourney play began in 1980.
  • Thad Matta is 8-3 in four NCAA Tournament appearances at Ohio State, including five wins in 2007 en route to the national championship game. He is 15-7 overall in NCAA tournament games while coaching at Butler, Xavier and Ohio State.
  • Jon Diebler led Ohio State in scoring in Milwaukee with 21.5 points a game. He shot 54 percent from the field (14-26) and 50 percent from 3-point range (11-22). He also made all four free throw attempts.
  • Along with Diebler, four Buckeyes averaged double figures in Rounds 1 & 2. Evan Turner (16.5 ppg.), David Lighty (13.5 ppg.) and William Buford (12.5 ppg.) all contributed 10 or more points.
  • The Buckeyes averaged 71.5 ppg. in Milwaukee while opponents tallied 58.5 ppg. Blocks were in favor of Ohio State 15-2 and the Buckeyes shot 81 pct. from the foul line (33-41).


  • The Buckeyes used a 12-2 run in the first half to take their first lead of the game at 7:28. Evan Turner scored seven points in the stretch, including his first made 3-pointer of 2010 NCAA Tournament play.
  • Ohio State led 28-26 at the half, following a David Lighty dunk with 36 seconds to play. The Buckeyes are 25-3 when leading at the half this season and 130-18 under Thad Matta.
  • The Buckeyes opened the second half with another run, going 11-4, to take a 39-30 lead. They would go on to lead by as much as 15 points (65-50, 4:56).
  • Ohio State led 62-50 at the 5-minute mark. It is 27-0 on the season when leading with 5:00 to play in the second half.
  • The Buckeyes have made 267 3-pointers on the season in 36 games. That total is the second most for a season on Ohio State history behind the 287 made during the 2006-07 season (39 games).
  • Ohio State has scored 2,667 points on the season (74.1 ppg.). That total rates No. 5 all-time. The 1998-99 team is No. 4 with 2,695 (74.9 ppg.)
  • With 531 assists on the season, the 2009-10 Buckeyes rate No. 5 all-time for most helpers in a season. The 1974-75 squad handed out 533 over 28 games to rate No. 4.
  • The 256 steals this season rate No. 6 all-time. The 1990-91 squad recorded 264 thefts to rate No. 5.  The Buckeyes have blocked 154 shots this season to rate No. 9 all-time. The 1978-79 team is No. 8 with 158 over 31 games.

 Thad Matta
• Thad Matta is 6-0 in March this season and 31-8 overall in the month of Madness at Ohio State. Matta is 156-53 at Ohio State and in 10 years as a head coach, his record is 258-84.

Evan Turner

  • Turner scored 16 points in the first half and finished with 24.
  • He entered the game Sunday with 400 career assists, the eighth OSU player to reach that plateau, and moved into seventh place all-time with nine against the Yellow Jackets. He needs 10 to reach the No. 6 position and Ronnie Stokes with 419.
  • Along with Dallas Lauderdale, Turner played in his 100th career game as a Buckeye. Four of the team’s starters have now reached the century mark, with David Lighty and Jon Diebler both doing so earlier this season.
  • Turner reached 600 points on the season to become the 12th player in Ohio State history to record 600+ points in a season. The feat has been accomplished 17 times in history with Michael Redd and Scoonie Penn being the last players to reach 600 in a season (1998-99).
  • Turner has scored 1,486 career points and is now tied with Jerry Francis for the No. 14 spot all time. Troy Taylor is No. 15 with 1,497 career points. Turner needs 15 points to become the 15th player in Ohio State history to record 1,500 career points.
  • With four steals in the two NCAA games in Milwaukee, Turner moved into a tie for the No. 3 spot all time in career steals (158). Dennis Hopson is No. 2 with 164 and Jay Burson is the career leader with 204.

Jon Diebler

  • After starting 0-for-4 from 3-point range, Diebler hit four 3s in the second half and finished with 20 points. He has had 20 or more points in seven games this season, including each of the first two rounds of NCAA Tournament play.
  • Diebler has scored 1,065 career points to move to the No. 40 spot all time. Carter Scott is next at No. 39 with 1,073.
  • With 11 made treys in Milwaukee, Diebler has 259 makes and 666 attempts for his career, both Ohio State records. His 115 makes this year is a single season record and his 269 attempts rates No. 2 behind Jamar Butler’s 271 attempts in 2008.

David Lighty
• With 18 points, Lighty scored his 1,000th career point. He joins Evan Turner and Jon Diebler as current Buckeyes to hit the plateau this season and has 1,003 to his credit. Lighty is the 46th player all-time to reach 1,000 career points. Chris Jent, an assistant coach with the Cleveland Cavaliers, is No. 45 with 1,007 points.

Dallas Lauderdale

  • Along with Evan Turner, Lauderdale played in his 100th career game as a Buckeye. Four of the team’s starters have now reached the century mark, with David Lighty and Jon Diebler both doing so earlier this season.
  • With three blocks, Lauderdale has recorded at least two in 20 games this season. He blocked 11 shots in Milwaukee, including a career high eight rejections vs. UCSB March 19. His career total of 159 rates No. 5 all-time behind No. 4 Jim Smith’s 169 from 1978-81.

Turner named Player of the Year,
All-America by Sporting News
 Evan Turner, Ohio State’s do-it-all junior guard, is Sporting News’ national player of the year and first team All-America. The Big Ten’s top scorer and rebounder is the Buckeyes’ first winner since Jerry Lucas, who won back-to-back Sporting News player of the year awards in 1961-62. He is the first Big Ten player to be honored by SN since Illinois’ Dee Brown in 2005.
 During a record-setting junior season, Turner joined Jim Jackson as the only Buckeyes with 1,000 career points, 500 rebounds and 300 assists. Turner also piled up and a record seven Big Ten player of the week awards despite missing more than four weeks with a fracture in his lower back. The seven conference and 10 career player of the week honors are both season and career records for a league player.

First team
G Evan Turner, Ohio State
G James Anderson, Oklahoma State
G Scottie Reynolds,Villanova
G John Wall, Kentucky
G Greivis Vasquez, Maryland

Turner named Player of the Year in District V by USBWA
 The United States Basketball Writer’s Association named Evan Turner to its All-District V team and as the District’s player of the year. District V includes the states of Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin. Turner was a member of the USBWA All-District V Team in 2009. He is the first Buckeye to be named Disctict V Player of the Year. The 2010 USBWA All-America

Turner, Matta voted best in Big Ten
 Evan Turner earned Ohio State’s sixth Big Ten Player of the Year award March 8. The honor, voted on by both the league coaches and media, is the first for Ohio State since Terence Dials was named in 2006. Matta was tabbed Coach of the Year by the league’s media for the third time in six seasons at Ohio State. Ohio State coaches have earned the honor a total of eight times. Turner was the lone unanimous selection to the All-Big Ten First Team, by both coaches and media, this year. His selection as the 2010 Player of the Year in the Big Ten also was unanimous in the media vote. All five Ohio State starters were recognized with end-of-season league honors. In addition to Turner, junior David Lighty and sophomore William Buford were selected by the media to the Third Team All-Big Ten squad while junior Jon Diebler was an honorable mention selection. League coaches selected Buford as a third team member with both Diebler and Lighty making the honorable mention team. Dallas Lauderdale was selected by the coaches to the All-Defensive Team. Senior Kyle Madsen was selected for the Big Ten Sportsmanship Award Honoree.  

1987   Dennis Hopson
1991  Jim Jackson
1992  Jim Jackson
1999  Scoonie Penn
2006  Terence Dials
2010  Evan Turner

1983   Eldon Miller
1991  Randy Ayers
1992  Randy Ayers
1999  Jim O’Brien
2001  Jim O’Brien
2006  Thad Matta
2007  Thad Matta
2010  Thad Matta

Turner among 6 finalists for Cousy 
 The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced March 6 the final six candidates in consideration for the 2010 Bob Cousy Award presented by The Hartford Financial Services Group, Inc. This annual award is given to college basketball’s top point guard and is named after Hall of Famer and former Boston Celtics guard Bob Cousy. The winner of the 2010 Bob Cousy Award will be announced on April 1 with the award presentation coming at the Final Four on Monday April 5 as part of the Bob Cousy Award Breakfast and Basketball Hall of Fame Class Announcement.
2010 Bob Cousy Award Final Six
Evan Turner – Ohio State
Sherron Collins – Kansas
Scottie Reynolds – Villanova
Jon Scheyer – Duke
Greivis Vasquez – Maryland
John Wall – Kentucky

 With four threes in the Big Ten semifinal against Illinois, junior Jon Diebler surpassed Jamar Butler as the all-time leader at Ohio State in 3-point makes. Butler played from 2005-08 and averaged nearly 61 made 3s a season (242 total). Diebler has averaged 86 (259 total) a season over three years. Butler’s career percentage from long range ranks No. 8 all time at 37.2 percent accuracy (242-650). Diebler is shooting 38.9 percent (259-666) for his career. This after connecting on just 29 percent (48-166) as a freshman. He shot 42 percent as a sophomore (96-231) and is making 43 percent this season (115-269). In just four seasons has a Buckeye made 80 or more 3s in a season. Diebler has two of those after knocking down 96 treys as a sophomore. Diebler set the single season record for made 3s in a season after knocking down 11 treys in Milwaukee. Diebler (115 to date this year) surpassed the century mark from long range with five makes in the Big Ten Tournament title victory over Minnesota.

 Jon Diebler became the 45th player in Ohio State history to reach the 1,000 point plateau with 14 against Illinois March 13. David Lighty reached 1,000 points with 18 vs. Georgia Tech Sunday. He is the third Buckeye along with Evan Turner and Diebler to achieve the feat this season. Diebler has 1,065 career points after knocking down 20 points vs. Georgia Tech Sunday. Lighty is the 46th player to reach 1,000 points in an Ohio State uniform. Sophomore William Buford has 889 career points in 69 career games.

Matta Earns Third Big Ten Title 
 Ohio State earned a share the Big Ten title after the win vs. Illinois in the regular-season finale March 2. Ohio State finished 14-4 in league play after winning 13 of its last 14 games following a 1-3 start to the league schedule. The Illini win secured Ohio State’s third conference crown in six years for head coach Thad Matta. He led the Buckeyes to the top spot in both 2006 and 2007. Ohio State also won the football and women’s basketball regular season titles in 2006, 2007 and 2010, the only Big Ten School to ever secure all three titles in the same season.
        Not since Coach Fred Taylor led Ohio State to five-consecutive titles from 1960-64 has an Ohio State coach led the Buckeyes to three titles in a five year span. Matta has led Ohio State to a school record six-consecutive seasons with at least 20 wins and five years in a row with at least 10 conference wins, which ties Taylor’s stretch from 1960-64. Overall, Ohio State has won 18 Big Ten titles, 12 outright.
 Matta has coached six teams to regular season conference championships. His 2000-01 team claimed the Midwestern Collegiate Conference title in his only season at Butler. While coaching Xavier (2002-04), Matta earned the Atlantic 10 regular season title in 2002 and 2003. Since joining Ohio State, Matta’s teams won the Big Ten in 2006, 2007 and 2010. Matta teams also have won four conference tournament titles (2001, 2002, 2004, 2007 and have made the league title game six times (2006, 2009).

Buckeyes Bid Farewell to Five Seniors
 Before the Illinois game March 2, the Ohio State men’s basketball program recognized five seniors who have helped accumulate several lofty achievements during their tenures. Kyle Madsen, P.J. Hill, Jeremie Simmons, Danny Peters and Mark Titus were in uniform for the final time as Buckeyes in Value City Arena. Peters and Titus have been part of 109 victories during their four years in uniform. The four-year victories record for scholarship players is 105.
 Madsen started his career as a Buckeye on the sidelines following a transfer from Vanderbilt. He worked against three first-round NBA draft choices during his time in Columbus (Greg Oden, Kosta Koufos, B.J. Mullens) and is seeing the benefits this year as one of Ohio State’s most valuable reserves. Hill helped the Buckeyes to the 2008 National Invitation Tournament Championship and to the 2009 NCAA Tournament a year ago. Simmons played a key role in Ohio State’s 2009 Big Ten Tournament Title game appearance as well as the NCAA tournament qualification. All five will end their careers in NCAA tournament play as well in 2010, Ohio State’s 22nd appearance in the event.

Buckeyes earn Trifecta, again
 Thad Matta’s third Big Ten title gives Ohio State league titles in the same year in football and men’s and women’s basketball for the third time in five seasons. No Big Ten school has accomplished the feat other than Ohio State. The three teams won outright titles in all three sports in 2007. Football shared in 2006 and the 2010 men’s basketball team share the title.  

Turner Earns Record Big Ten Awards
 Evan Turner collected his second weekly laurel in as many weeks after leading the Buckeyes to a pair of wins in Big Ten action while averaging 21.5 points, 9.0 rebounds and 7.0 assists the week of Feb. 22. Against Penn State, the junior lit up the scoreboard with 25 points on 8-of-17 (.471) shooting while registering an unblemished 9-of-9 mark from the foul line. The 6-7 swingman showcased his versatility by adding seven rebounds, seven helpers and three steals in the road win in State College, Pa. The Chicago native carried that momentum into the home victory over Michigan, posting his 13th double-double of the season, and 24th overall, with 11 rebounds and 18 points while connecting on eight-of-11 from the floor.  Turner also added a career-high four blocked shots against the Wolverines while dishing seven assists.
 Thad Matta coached his 100th Big Ten Conference regular season game at Penn State Feb. 24. His overall win percentage in conference games among Ohio State coaches is No. 1 overall but second to Fred Taylor after the first 100 regular season league games. Taylor won 75 percent of the first 100 games vs. conference foes.

Ohio State Coaches at 100 Big Ten Games
Fred Taylor (1959-76) 75-25/.750
Thad Matta (2005- ) 67-33/.670
Randy Ayers (1990-97) 54-46/.540
Eldon Miller (1977-86) 51-49/.510
Harold G. Olsen (1923-46) 43-57/.430
Floyd S. Stahl (1951-58) 42-58/.420

 For each of the last 10 seasons, all as a head coach, Thad Matta has guided teams to at least 20 victories. Only Mark Few, among active coaches, has more consecutive 20-win seasons to start a career (11). Matta set the Ohio State record for consecutive 20-win campaigns last year with a 22-11 record. He now has led six-consecutive Buckeye teams to 20+ wins. The previous record was four held by the 1960-63 teams under legendary head coach Fred Taylor.
 Matta also has won at least 10 Big Ten regular-season games in each of the last five seasons,  tying Taylor’s mark of 10+ league wins in each of the seasons from 1960-64. Those were during 14-game regular-season slates. The Big Ten played a 16-game schedule in Matta’s first three seasons (8, 12, 15 league wins) and an 18-game schedule the last two (10, 10, 14).
 Ohio State enters the 2010 NCAA Tournament Regional Semifinals with a 29-7 overall record and a 14-4 record in league play. The game vs. Purdue Feb. 17 also was the 200th for Matta as head coach of the Buckeyes. He enters the postseason with a record of 156-53 at Ohio State. He recorded career win No. 250 with a 74-67 victory at Michigan State Feb. 21. 

Sullinger, Thomas Add to Ohio State’s 15-player McDonald’s list
 Ohio State recruits Jared Sullinger (2010) and Deshaun Thomas (2010) were selected Feb. 11 to represent the East Team in the 2010 McDonald’s All-America game. The game will be played March 31 at Value City Arena in Columbus. Four McDonald’s All-Americans were a part of Ohio State’s 2006-07 squad that finished 35-4 overall, 15-1 in Big Ten Conference play, won the league regular-season title outright and played for the NCAA national title vs. Florida in April of 2007.
 Ivan Harris (2003), Greg Oden (2006), Mike Conley Jr. (2006) and Daequan Cook (2006), all former McDonald’s All-Americans, played for the Buckeyes in 2006-07. William Buford (2008), B.J. Mullens (2008), Kosta Koufos (2007), Clark Kellogg (1979), Perry Carter (1987), Treg Lee (1987), Jim Jackson (1989), Charles Macon (1992) and Greg Simpson (1992) all played for Ohio State after playing in the McDonald’s All-America game before joining the Ohio State program for a total of 15 all-time.
 Sullinger and Thomas make up one-third of Ohio State’s 2010 recruiting class, which has been rated No. 1 or 2 nationally. Sullinger was named the 2010 Naismith Boys’ High School Player of the Year.

Sullinger second recruit to earn
naismith hs award in last 5 yrs
 Jared Sullinger was named the Naismith High School Player of the Year March 10 by the Atlanta Tipoff Club. Sullinger is the second Thad Matta recruit to earn the award in the last five years. Greg Oden earned the honor in 2006. Sullinger, Columbus Northland HS, averaged 24 points, 12 rebounds and nearly two blocks a game for his national No. 1 ranked high school squad, which is coached by his father “Satch” Sullinger, the 2010 Naismith High School Coach of the Year. 

 Thad Matta tied an Ohio State record for win percentage at 200 games coached with the Buckeyes. Matta is 156-53 in 209 games at Ohio State for a win percentage of 74.6. Fred Taylor, who recently had a banner in his honor unfurled in Value City Arena, set the 200-game win percentage record at 73.5 (147-53). Only four previous Ohio State coaches have reached 200 games on the Buckeye sidelines.

Coach (Years) Record at 200 Win %
Fred Taylor (1959-76) 147-53 .735
Thad Matta (2005-Present) 147-53 .735
Eldon Miller (1977-86) 119-81 .595
Randy Ayers (1990-97) 113-87 .565
Harold G. Olsen (1923-46) 107-93 .535

   The 1960 Ohio State men’s basketball team was honored at halftime of the Minnesota game Jan. 31 at Value City Arena. The squad won the NCAA and Big Ten titles that season with a 25-3 record and a 13-1 mark in the Big Ten. Nearly the entire team returned for the weekend, including three-time All-American and Big Ten Player of the Year Jerry Lucas, All-American and two-time All-Big Ten selection John Havlicek and Bob Knight, the NCAA career leader in coaching victories (Army, Indiana and Texas Tech) with 902. All three are members of the Basketball Hall of Fame. A fourth member of the team, its head coach Fred Taylor, also is a Basketball Hall of Fame inductee. His name will forever be memorialized in the rafters of the Schottenstein Center after a banner acknowledging his accomplishments was unfurled during the weekend festivities.

 Ohio State is 5-5 vs. ranked teams in the Associated Press Top 25 this season and 5-3 with a full roster. Evan Turner missed six games this season with a back injury. Ohio State was 3-3 in those games, including an 0-2 mark vs. ranked foes. Turner averages 23.5 points and 9.5 rebounds vs. eight ranked opponents this season (North Carolina, California, Florida State, Purdue (2), Wisconsin, Michigan State and West Virginia). He is connecting on 51 percent of his shots (69-135) and has 36 assists, five blocks and 11 steals.
     The Top 30 candidates for the John R. Wooden Award, the nation’s most coveted college basketball honor, were named Jan. 4 by The Los Angeles Athletic Club’s John R. Wooden Award Committee. Composed of the players who will compete for the player of the year award this season, the midseason list is based on individual excellence and team record during the first half of the season. Ohio State’s Evan Turner was added to the list despite missing six games with an injured back. Turner was averaging 17.3 points, 10.6 rebounds and 5.8 assists a game before the injury. He currently leads the Big Ten in scoring and rebounding and is No. 2 is assists and steals.

   Against Purdue Jan. 12, the veteran of the Ohio State roster reached 100 games played in his fourth season in the program. David Lighty, who missed the majority of the 2008-09 season with a broken foot, is a junior this year after receiving a medical redshirt after playing just seven games a year ago. Lighty has appeared in 119 games to date, starting 86. With another year of eligibility, Lighty has a chance to play in more games than any Ohio State player previously and finish among the Top 10 in career starts. The career leader in games played is Jamar Butler with 139 from 2005-08. Jamaal Brown (1989-92) and Jerry Francis (1986-89) own the record for career starts with 126. Jon Diebler played in game 100 for his career (106) at Ohio State vs. Michigan Feb. 27. He has 77 career starts. Evan Turner and Dallas Lauderdale both played in game 100 in the win vs. Georgia Tech Sunday.

   Seniors Mark Titus and Danny Peters have been a part of Ohio State’s program for 109 victories over their careers. The four-year record for victories by scholarship players is 105 set by Jamar Butler and Matt Terwilliger from 2005-08. The four-year record for wins at Ohio State is 107 from 2006-09 but there were no four-year seniors on the 2009 team. Peters and Titus both started their Ohio State careers as managers and joined the team as players for the start of the 2006-07 season. Peters was a manager in 2005-06 and Titus was a manager briefly in the fall of 2006 before he and Peters were added to the roster. Peters will leave Ohio State with five varsity letters.

     Thad Matta, now in his sixth season as head coach of the Buckeyes, has an overall win percentage of .746 (156-53) after 209 games at Ohio State. That winning mean is the highest among the 11 head coaches in the history of the Ohio State men’s basketball program with three or more seasons on the sidelines. Matta’s 69-33 record in Big Ten regular-season play (.676) also has produced the highest winning percentage in conference play among any previous Ohio State coach. Fred Taylor (1959-76) is second in both overall win percentage (.653/297-158) and Big Ten win percentage (.608/158-102) in 18 seasons.

   Thad Matta has directed Ohio State to at least 10 wins during non-conference play in each of six seasons in Columbus and is 12-3 this season. Matta is 77-16 vs. non-conference competition at Ohio State and 79-37 vs. Big Ten competition (regular season and Big Ten tournament games) for an overall record of 156-53.
 Non-Conference Big Ten Overall
Yr.      W L     W L       W L
2005 11 3    9 9      20 12
2006 12 1    14 5    26 6
2007 17 3    18 1    35 4
2008 14 4    10 9    24 13
2009 11 2    11 9    22 11
2010 12 3    17 4    29 7
           77 16   79 37   156 53

 Ohio State finished 17-1 at home this season, the second most home victories in a season at Ohio State. The Buckeyes shot 52 percent at home this season and 41 percent from 3-point range. The team has reached 100 or more points three times and average a margin of victory of +22.1. Four Buckeyes averaged more than 10 points a game, led by Evan Turner’s 18.9 ppg. Jon Diebler contributes 13.8 points per game. David Lighty (12.4 ppg.) and William Buford (13.8 ppg.) follow Diebler. Turner made 58 percent of his field goals (116-201) and Diebler tossed in 48 percent of his 3-point attempts (62-130). Six Buckeyes are shooting 50 percent or better at home. Dallas Lauderdale missed 11 shots on the VCA court this season. He was 50-61 overall (.820). Jeremie Simmons connected on 34 of 64 FG attempts (.531) and Kyle Madsen was 23 of 36 (.639).
NOTING THE 2010 BIG TEN Tournament

  • This is the second Big Ten title for Ohio State in the last five years, following up a 2007 crown.
  • In 10 seasons as a head coach, Thad Matta has led his team to seven conference championship games, including four Big Ten title games in six seasons at the helm of the Buckeyes. He is 5-2 in conference title games and 2-2 in Big Ten Tournament title games.
  • Thad Matta is 6-0 in March this season and 31-8 overall in the month of Madness at Ohio State. Matta is 156-53 at Ohio State and in 10 years as a head coach, his record is 258-84.
  • Ohio State is now 14-8 all-time in Big Ten Tournament games. The Buckeyes are now 8-2 as a No. 1 seed.
  • The Buckeyes have played for the Big Ten Tournament title in four of the last five years.
  • Turner finished with 31 points, 11 rebounds and 6 assists vs. Minnesota in the title game. Against Illinois in the semifinal, he became just the fifth Big Ten player to tally at least 20 points, 10 boards and five assists in the conference tournament. He is the only player to do so twice.
  • Turner notched his 16th double-double of the season with his 10th rebound with 17:30 to play. He now has 27 for his career. Turner has 72 career games with 10 or more points, 26 games with 20 or more and four games (all this season) with 30 or more in his career.
  • Evan Turner scored 31 points, which is a new Big Ten Championship game record and tied for third in Big Ten Tournament games (Evan Turner, vs. ILL 3/12/10, Kerwin Fleming, MINN vs. PUR 3/8/01).
  • Turner’s 12 field goals established a new Big Ten Tournament championship game record, breaking the old mark of 10 set by Brad Miller (10-15), PUR vs. MICH 3/8/98 and Devin Harris (10-16), WIS vs. ILL.
  • Evan Turner’s 80 Big Ten Tournament points is third-best in a single tournament. (91 by Luke Recker, Iowa 2002, 84 by Brent Darby, OSU 2003).
  • Thad Matta is 11-4 all-time in Big Ten Tournament games.
  • Turner averaged 26.7 points, 8.0 rebounds and 6.6 assists in Ohio State’s 3 wins. He also shot 55 pct. from the field (28-51), 64 pct. from 3-point range (7-11) and 81 pct. from the free throw line (17-21).
  • Ohio State had four players average 14 or more points in the Big Ten tournament; behind Turner, William Buford contributed 16.7 ppg, David Lighty added 15.7 ppg., and Jon Diebler averaged 14.7 ppg.
  • Diebler knocked down 11 of 25 3-pointers to set the Ohio State career record for made treys with 248. He also tied the single season record for 3s in a season with 104 (Jamar Butler in 2008).
  • Ohio State’s 12 3-point field goals (12-for-22) sets a team Big Ten Tournament championship game record (9 by OSU (9-for-22) vs. Iowa 3/10/02, WIS (9-for-18) vs. ILL 3/16/08).
  • Ohio State’s 34 field goals (34-for-59) sets a team Big Ten Tournament championship game record.
  • The Buckeyes are now 2-3 all-time in Big Ten Tournament championship games, winning the 2007 title against Wisconsin.
  • David Lighty and William Buford played all but one minute (129 minutes) of Ohio State’s 2010 Big Ten Tournament games (40 v. Michigan, 50 v. Illinois and 39 v. Minnesota).
  • Ohio State’s 90 points set a record for most points scored in a tournament championship game.
  • The 29-point victory is the largest in a Big Ten Tournament title game and ties for the largest margin of victory in a Big Ten Tournament game (Illinois, 94, Northwestern 65 in 2003 quarterfinal).
  • Ohio State’s .502 shooting percentage (86-for-171) in the tournament is sixth-best in tournament history.
  • The Buckeyes shot .474 from 3-point range for the tournament (28-for-59), the fifth-best in tournament history.
  • Ohio State’s .576 shooting percentage is the best in a championship game and the ninth-best mark in a Big Ten Tournament game.

 Junior Evan Turner fell hard to the floor on a dunk attempt early in the first half vs. Eastern Michigan Dec. 5. He left the game and tests revealed a fracture in his lower back. He missed a little more than four weeks recovering from the injury. He returned to face Indiana Jan. 6, a 79-54 Ohio State victory. In that game Turner recorded eight points, four rebounds and a game-high five assists in 20 minutes of action.
 Evan Turner became just the second player in recorded history to reach 1,000 points, 500 rebounds and 300 assists with eight helpers vs. Northwestern Jan. 19. Jim Jackson is the only other Buckeye to do so with 1,785 career points, 552 career rebounds and 372 career assists from 1990-92. The pair also are the only Buckeyes to score more than 1,000 points, grab more than 500 rebounds and be among the Top 10 all-time in assists and steals.

 Only 21 players in Ohio State history have scored more than 1,000 points and collected 500+ rebounds. Evan