Feb. 14, 2010

No. 13/16 Ohio State (19-6, 9-3) at Illinois (17-8, 9-3)
Assembly Hall (16,618)
Game Time: 1 p.m. ET
Television: CBS
Talent: Gus Johnson (play-by-play)
           Greg Anthony (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)

 For each of the last nine 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 (10). Matta set the Ohio State record for consecutive 20-win campaigns last year with a 22-11 record, the fifth-consecutive Ohio State season with 20+ victories. 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 four seasons. A fifth double-digit effort in the win column in 2010 would tie 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). Ohio State enters the game with a 19-6 overall record and a 9-3 record in league play. The game vs. the Illinois also will be the 199th for Matta as head coach of the Buckeyes. He enters the game with a record of 146-52 at Ohio State.

Commemorative Patches
 The Buckeyes will don patches on their uniforms Sunday in memory of the victims of Flight 3407 that crashed a year ago (Feb. 12) outside of Buffalo, N.Y. The crash claimed the lives of 50 people, including Lorin Maurer, the girlfriend of Ohio State video coordinator Kevin Kuwik. Each patch is a two-inch white circle with black border and 3407 in black inside the circle.

Purdue ticket special-Buy 1, get 1 Free
 Fans will have the opportunity to buy one ticket and get a second free for the Purdue at Ohio State men’s basketball game Feb. 17 at Value City Arena. The tip time for that game is 6:30 p.m. Tickets start at $10 and will be available at and at the Ohio State ticket windows in the SE corner of the Schottenstein Center both in advance and day of game. 

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.

 Thad Matta could set the Ohio State record for win percentage at 200 games coached with the Buckeyes. Matta has coached 198 games in Columbus and is 146-52 in those contests for a win percentage of 73.7. Fred Taylor, who recently had a banner in his honor unfurled in Value City Arena, owns the 200-game win percentage record at 73.5 (147-53). Only four prevous Ohio State coaches have reached 200 games on the Buckeye sidelines.

Coach (Years)                  Record at 200          Win %
Fred Taylor (1959-76)         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
Thad Matta (2005-Present) 146-52 (198)   .737

Turner Earns Record Big Ten Award
 Evan Turner averaged 29.5 points, 8.5 rebounds, 5.5 assists and 3.5 steals in a pair of home wins vs. Penn State and Iowa the week of Feb. 1. The Buckeye junior connected on 57 percent of his field goals (21-37) and 17-of-22 attempts from the charity stripe (.773) while only committing three turnovers in 80 minutes of action. Against Penn Sate, Turner registered 27 points to go along with 10 rebounds and six assists. The Chicago native finished the week with a career-high tying 32 points to move into 26th on Ohio State’s all-time scoring list with 1,239 points. The 6-7 guard also added five assists and seven rebounds in the win over the Hawkeyes. His performance vs. Iowa marked the second 30-point effort of Turner’s career. Turner now has 61 career games with 10 or more points, including 16 this season. The Big Ten POW selection marks Turner’s fifth of the season, tying him with Purdue’s Glen Robinson for the single-season record. He has a league record eight career Big Ten POW honors.

Buckeyes Undefeated at Home
 Ohio State has been undefeated at home 11 times previously and are 15-0 this season entering into the home game vs. Purdue Feb. 17. The Buckeyes last finished the home season unblemished in 2006-07 with a school-record 18 home victories. Ohio State has advanced to the NCAA Final Four seven times when undefeated at home and to the NCAA title game five times.

   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.

   David Lighty has 855 career points in 108 career games (7.9 ppg.). He joins classmates Evan Turner (1,249 career pts./89 games) and Jon Diebler (898/95) on the Ohio State roster in the 800 club. With another 72 points, the Buckeyes could add William Buford (58 games) to the group.

   Ohio State is 4-4 vs. ranked teams in the Associated Press Top 25 this season and 4-2 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 23.2 points and 9.8 rebounds vs. six ranked opponents this season (North Carolina, California, Florida State, Purdue, Wisconsin and West Virginia). He is connecting on 54 percent of his shots (52-97) and has 25 assists, four blocks and eight 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 corrently leads the Big Ten in scoring and rebounding and is No. 2 is assists.

   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 108 games to date, starting 76. 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.

   Seniors Mark Titus and Danny Peters have been a part of Ohio State’s program for 100 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.

   Junior Jon Diebler has made 215 career 3-pointers to rank No. 2 all time at Ohio State behind Jamar Butler’s 242 career makes. Butler played from 2005-08 and averaged nearly 61 made 3s a season. Diebler has averaged 72 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 38.3 percent (215-561) 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 (71-164).

     Thad Matta, now in his sixth season as head coach of the Buckeyes, has an overall win percentage of .737 (146-52) after 198 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 64-32 record in Big Ten regular-season play (.667) 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 10-3 this season at the conclusion of non-Big Ten play. Matta is 75-16 vs. non-conference competition at Ohio State and 71-36 vs. Big Ten competition (regular season and Big Ten tournament games) for an overall record of 146-52.

   Ohio State is 15-0 at home to date and shooting well on familiar ground. The Buckeyes are shooting 53 percent as a team 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 +24.9. Four Buckeyes average more than 10 points a game, led by Evan Turner’s 18.3 ppg. Jon Diebler contributes 14.3 points per game. David Lighty (13.2 ppg.) and William Buford (13.1 ppg.) follow Diebler. Turner is making 59 percent of his field goals (90-153) and Diebler tosses in 51 percent of his 3-point attempts (52-103). Six Buckeyes are shooting 50 percent or better at home. Dallas Lauderdale has missed eight shots on the VCA court this season. He is 41-49 overall (.837). Jeremie Simmons has connected on 34 of 63 FG attempts (.540) and Kyle Madsen is 22 of 33 (.667).
Feb. 22, 2009: Illinois 70, Ohio State 68
   Illinois placed three players in double figures led by Mike Davis’ 22 points and shot 58 percent from the field in a 70-68 victory over Ohio State. Trent Meacham added 17 points, including several clutch shots down the stretch, while Demetri McCamey had 15 points and seven assists. Jon Diebler and Evan Turner each had 17 points and William Buford added 14 for Ohio State. The Buckeyes had one final chance to win but Turner’s desperation 60-foot heave at the buzzer was well short. Ahead by five at halftime, the Illini never let the Buckeyes regain the lead. While going for a tying basket, the Buckeyes turned it over midway through the half when center B.J. Mullens was unable to hang onto a pass inside. At the other end, the Illini quickly converted it into a 50-45 lead on McCamey’s 3-pointer. After Mullens held onto the next pass and dunked to cut the lead to three, Meacham came out of a timeout to hit a 3 from the right corner. When Ohio State missed its next shot, McCamey followed a miss with a rebound basket to push the lead to 55-47.

Ohio State, Illinois Series
 Illinois leads the all-time series with Ohio State 99-59 with the Illini winning 58 of 80 games played in Champaign. Ohio State is 16-9 vs. Illinois when the Buckeyes are ranked among the Top 25 in the Associated Press poll. Six of those wins have come in Champaign. Ranked Ohio State teams have won the last seven games vs. Illinois. The Illini were unranked in five of those games. William Buford averages 13.5 points in the Illinois series in his two previous meetings. Evan Turner averages 10 points over four previous games. He also is Ohio State’s leading rebounder in the series with 6.3 a contest.


  • Ohio State has won each of the last four games in the Indiana series, marking the longest streak since a five-game stretch of wins from 1968-70. Three of those wins were in Bloomington.
  • Indiana is 99-72 all-time vs. the Buckeyes and 60-22 in Bloomington. The Buckeyes are 16-11 vs. IU when ranked among the Associated Press Top 25.
  • With the win, Ohio State moves into a three-way tie for first in the Big Ten with Michigan State and Illinois. The Buckeyes travel to Champaign, Ill., for a Valentine’s Day contest and face the Spartans the following weekend (Feb. 20) in East Lansing.
  • Thad Matta’s record is now 248-83 in his 10th season all-time as a head coach. He is 146-52 in his sixth year at Ohio State. His .736 win percentage is tops all-time among Ohio State coaches.
  • Matta is 63-32 (.663) in Big Ten games, also the highest percentage all-time at Ohio State.
  • Under Matta, Ohio State is 119-20 overall against unranked opponents, 14-2 this season.
  • William Buford entered the game averaging 19.7 ppg against the Hoosiers through three meetings. He topped that with 21 points and 7 rebounds on the night.
  • Buford was 9-for-17 from the field, taking a career-high 17 field goal attempts. He connected on 1-of-3 from 3-point range.
  • Evan Turner moved into sole posession of No. 25 on the Ohio State all-time scoring charts, passing Ronnie Stokes. Turner now has 1,249 career points, 36 away from No. 24 Clark Kellogg with 1,285.
  • After being pegged with two fouls in the first 2:30, Turner played just 21 minutes – the fewest since his first game back from injury against Indiana Jan. 6 (20). Turner has played all 40 minutes three of the last five games.
  • Dallas Lauderdale posted a career-high tying seven blocks, including four in the first half. It is the fourth time this season he has posted five or more. He also tied career highs in points (14) and rebounds (8).
  • Kyle Madsen scored a career-high 11 points, besting his previous high seven set against Alcorn State in the season opener Nov. 9.

 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.  

 Only 21 players in Ohio State history have scored more than 1,000 points and collected 500+ rebounds. Evan Turner has 1,249 career points and 574 career rebounds at Ohio State. The most recent addition to the list was Terence Dials, who from 2002-06, scored 1,566 points and grabbed 876 rebounds. He was the Big Ten Player of the Year in 2006. Just 27 Ohio State players have recorded 500 or more career rebounds. J.J. Sullinger was the last to join the list in 2006 in his third season in Columbus. He finished his career with 535 career rebounds. 

 Ohio State has five opponents currently in the Top 25 nationally in the ESPN/USA Today and Associated Press weekly polls. Purdue, West Virginia, Michigan State, Wisconsin and Butler appear in both polls. Florida State and Illinois are receiving votes in at least one poll.

 Evan Turner opened the season with five-consecutive double-doubles for the first time since Clark Kellogg did so in 1980-81. Turner reached 10 or more points and rebounds vs. Alcorn State (14/17/10 assts.), James Madison (24-17), North Carolina (23/11), California (26/14) and Lipscomb (16/10/11 assts.). Kellogg began the 1980-81 campaign with double-doubles in five-consecutive games vs. Cleveland State (23/14), at Kentucky (12/13), Colgate (16/17), South Alabama (18/18) and at Arizona State (18/10).
 The Buckeyes have an all-time record of 133-219 vs. ranked opponents in the Associated Press Top 25. That includes a mark of 55-111 vs. Top 10 foes. The Buckeyes are 3-3 in the last six games vs. Top 10, including a 70-66 win at No. 6 Purdue Jan. 12. As a ranked team, Ohio State is 349-103 all-time. In games when both teams enter with a Top 25 ranking, Ohio State is 53-45.

 Evan Turner has scored 1,249 points over 89 Ohio State games in his career for an average of 14.0 points a game. His 16 points vs. St. Francis (Pa.) Nov. 28 made him the 44th player in Ohio State history to reach 1,000 career points. With 10 points vs. Iowa Feb. 7, Turner moved to No. 25 all-time on the career scoring chart at Ohio State. Clark Kellogg is next at No. 24 with 1,285 career points. Two others on the current roster are on pace to reach 1,000 points. Junior David Lighty has 855 career points over 108 career games. Jon Diebler has 898 points (95 games) in his three seasons at Ohio State. William Buford is well on his way as a sophomore as well (728/58 games).

 Ohio State has had a player record a double-double (10+ points, rebs, assists, steals or blocks) in 799 games. The Buckeyes are 542-257 in those contests (.678). Evan Turner has 21 career double-doubles and the Buckeyes are 14-7 in those contests, including wins in 12 of his last 15 games with a D-D. Turner is among the Top 15 players in OSU history with 20 career double-doubles at No. 14. William Buford became the 100th Ohio State player to record a double-double with 16 points and 10 assists in Ohio State’s win vs. Eastern Michigan Dec. 5. He added his second D-D with 17 points and a career-high 13 rebounds at Michigan Jan. 3.

 Ohio State has scored 100 or more points 69 times all-time and has a record of 68-1 in those games. The Buckeyes are 49-0 at home when reaching the century mark, 3-0 on neutral courts and 16-1 on opponent courts. The last win with 100 or more points was a 111-60 victory vs. Eastern Michigan Dec. 5. The only loss for OSU when scoring 100 points was a double-overtime thriller at LSU Jan. 15, 2005. The Buckeyes battled the Tigers but fell 113-101.

 Ohio State has made 10 or more 3-pointers in a game 64 times since the shot was instituted for the 1986-87 season. The Buckeyes are 53-11 in those games after knocking down 10 of 32 treys against Michigan Jan. 3. Opponents have made double-digit 3s 85 times and are 34-51 in those games vs. the Buckeyes. Matta’s Ohio State teams are 37-9 when making 10 or more 3s in a game.   

 The first four games of the regular-season made up the 2K Sports Classic benefiting Coaches vs. Cancer event on the Ohio State schedule. Alcorn State (Nov. 9) and James Madison (Nov. 12) traveled to Columbus before the Buckeyes played at Madison Square Garden in New York vs defending national champions North Carolina Nov. 19 and California Nov. 20.

 Mark Titus, senior walk-on from Brownsburg, Ind., has been writing and publishing his blog – –  for the last two years on college basketball from an “end-of-the-bench” perspective. Surpassing 2,000,000 hits, the blog is somewhat popular in college basketball circles. To take advantage of the interest in the site, Titus has teamed with “A Kid Again,” a local charity for children with life-threatening illnesses, to help support the charity’s efforts. For a $25 donation fans of the blog will receive a Club Tril T-shirt. All the proceeds will then go to support “A Kid Again.” Get your shirt today by placing an order at More than 2,000 have been sold, raising over $24,000 for charity.
 Evan Turner was tabbed a preseason first team All-Big Ten selection by league media at the annual media day in Chicago. Turner is the league’s top returning scorer (17 ppg.). He led the Buckeyes in scoring, rebounding, assists and steals as a sophomore last year. Thad Matta’s Buckeyes were selected No. 3 in the preseason media poll behind Michigan State and Purdue.

 Ohio State will play five of the preseason Top 10 ranked teams (ESPN/coaches poll) in the country by year’s end. Preseason No. 2 Michigan State, No. 4 North Carolina, No. 7 Purdue, No. 9 West Virginia and No. 10 Butler all dot the Ohio State slate in 2009-10. Five Big Ten teams were ranked among the Top 20 with No. 15 Michigan, No. 18 Minnesota, and No. 17 Ohio State all slated among the top teams nationally. Ohio State also faced No. 12 California at the 2K Classic benefiting Coaches vs. Cancer in New York, defeating the Bears 76-70. Illinois was just outside the preseason Top 25 at No. 27.
 Ohio State leads all Big Ten teams with seven players on current NBA rosters. The Big Ten started the season with 33 players on NBA active lists. Nine Big Ten teams have at least one player competing in the NBA. Michael Redd (Milwaukee Bucks) is the longest-tenured Buckeye in the NBA. Greg Oden (Portland), Michael Conley (Memphis), Daequan Cook (Miami), Othello Hunter (Atlanta), Kosta Koufos (Utah) and B.J. Mullens (Oklahoma) represent Ohio State in the NBA.
 The Ohio State roster grew by two in late October when Thad Matta added walk-on juniors Eddie Days and Dustin Reynolds. Days is the nephew of Buckeye great Jim Cleamons, a current assistant coach with the Los Angeles Lakers. Reynolds is the younger brother of former Ohio State women’s basketball player DiDi Reynolds. Dustin will sit out the 2009-10 season to satisfy NCAA transfer rules (from Hillsdale College in Michigan). Days started his career vs. Presbyterian College Dec. 16, playing one minute in the victory over the Blue Hose. The Buckeyes now have four walk-on players on the roster. Danny Peters is a fifth-year senior and Mark Titus is in his senior campaign as well. Peters will end his career with five varsity letters, one as a manager (2006) and four as a student-athlete (2007-10).
 Junior Evan Turner averaged 4.0 points, 3.7 rebounds and led Team USA with 18 assists at the World University Games in Belgrade, Serbia. The United States finished with a 6-1 record at the early-July event with Turner making three starts and averaging 16.3 minutes a game. He connected on 52 percent of his shots (12-23) and 4 of 5 free throws.

 Evan Turner led Ohio State and the Big Ten in scoring last season with an average of 17.3 points a game. He was No. 3 in rebounding as well with 7.1 and was among the Top 10 league players in steals (4th/1.8 spg.) and assists (8th/3.97). He was a finalist for Big Ten Player of the Year honors a season ago and will be among the favorites entering his junior season. His name has also garnered All-America consideration after earning a spot among the Top 15 finalists for the 2009 Oscar Robertson Award, given annually by the United States Basketball Writer’s Association to the player of the year in college basketball.   

 Jon Diebler, the all-time leading scorer in Ohio High School history, started slow in the college game from behind the arc, where he made a name for himself as a prep at Upper Sandusky High School. After shooting 29 percent from long range as a rookie (48-166), Diebler responded with a breakout sophomore season. He knocked down 96 of 231 treys for 41.6 percent accuracy. That effort was second in the Big Ten for makes and is the second-most single season 3s made in Ohio State history. He already is second all-time at Ohio State in 3s made in a career (215) and his eight 3s made at Northwestern last year rates No. 2 in Ohio State’s record book for 3s made in a game.

 With nearly the entire roster returning from the 2008-09 season, Matta and the Buckeyes took a preseason international trip to Canada. The excursion allowed the Buckeyes 10 practices and a few competitions before the official start of practice Oct. 16. The Buckeyes played three games between Aug. 27-31 in Canada vs. teams from the Windsor area. Ohio State last left the country for competition during the summer of 2001 when the squad traveled to Italy, Switzerland, France and the Netherlands.

 Ohio State was again one of the top draws in college basketball in 2008-09. The Buckeyes drew nearly 280,000 fans to home games last season to rate No. 14 nationally in home attendance. The Buckeyes have been among the Top 20 in home attendance in each of the last 11 years, all while playing at the Jerome Schottenstein Center (19,049). Ohio State games both home and on the road drew 477,000 fans last year, No. 16 nationally. The Buckeyes have been a Top 20 draw nationally in 10 of the last 11 years and led the nation in all-game attendance in 2007. The Big Ten led the nation in attendance for the 33rd-consecutive season in 2008-09. An average of 12,519 fans attended 193 Big Ten games a season ago. 

 Matta added Jeff Boals to the staff after the departure of assistant coach Archie Miller, who left to coach alongside his brother Sean, the new University of Arizona head coach. Boals, a 1995 graduate of Ohio University, left Akron to join the Buckeyes. His tenacity as a player with the Bobcats is expected to transfer to the Ohio State roster, especially the post players.