Jan. 29, 2011
No. 1 Ohio State (21-0, 8-0) at Northwestern (13-7, 3-6)
Site: Welsh-Ryan Arena (8,117)
Game Time: 6 p.m. ET
Talent: Dave O’Brien (play-by-play), Dan Dakich (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)
Buckeyes Tied for 4th Best League Start
The 2010-11 Buckeyes are 8-0 in league play for the first time since the 1978-79 season and for the sixth time in history. The Buckeyes finished 14-0 in 1961 and had 12-0 starts in 1960 and 1962. The 1932-33 squad also was 8-0 to start league play. Four of the previous teams to start at least 8-0 finished first in regular-season conference play with the 1979 squad ending in fourth. The 1990-91 Buckeyes started 7-0 and tied for the conference crown.
Regular-Season Games 25
Overall Games 21
Home Games 17
Games vs Big Ten Teams 15
36-2 in last 38 games
34-1 in last 35 home games
31-1 in last 32 regular-season games
24-1 in last 25 games vs Big Ten teams
UCLA, Ohio State Tie for Record Start
The Buckeyes and Bruins are tied for the record for best start to a season after losing the National Player of the Year. The 1969-70 UCLA team took the court after losing Lew Alcindor the previous season. That squad opened the season 21-0. The 2010-11 Buckeyes, also 21-0 and on the nation’s longest winning streak, lost Evan Turner from the 2009-10 squad. Turner earned every major player of the year award last season. Oregon ended the win streak for the eventual national champions that year with a 78-65 win at Oregon Feb. 21, 1970.
Matta Has Best Record Since 2004-05
Since taking over the Ohio State program for the start of the 2004-05 season, Thad Matta has the Big Ten’s best overall record with a winning percentage of nearly 77 percent. He also has directed the Buckeyes to the most regular season conference wins with 77, tied with Wisconsin’s Bo Ryan.
Big Ten in Matta Era (2004-05 to present)
Overall Record Conference Record
Team W L Pct. W L Pct.
Ohio State 177 54 .766 77 33 .700
Wisconsin 164 58 .739 77 32 .706
Michigan State 169 64 .725 74 36 .673
Illinois 161 72 .691 65 45 .591
Purdue 136 81 .627 61 49 .555
Lighty One of 10 Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award Finalists
David Lighty was named one of 10 finalists for the Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award in men’s basketball Jan. 26. Fan voting is underway. One-third of the award will be determined by fan voting. Coaches and media make up the other two-thirds. Fans can vote online at http://go.osu.edu/VOTE4LIGHTY . The award is presented each year to the outstanding senior NCAA Division I Student-Athlete of the Year across nine different sports. The acronym “CLASS” stands for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School®. The Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award celebrates the loyalty of seniors that honor a four-year commitment to their university. The Senior CLASS Award® recognizes these student-athletes for great achievement during competition and in their community while staying in school.
Sullinger Earns POW (4), FOW (9)
Ohio State rookies have earned all 11 Big Ten Conference Freshman of the Week awards this season. Jared Sullinger earned his ninth freshman honor and fourth player of the week Monday after averaging 20 points and 12.5 rebounds last week in wins vs. Iowa and at Illinois. Aaron Craft, the third Buckeye to claim the FOW honor, scored a career-high 19 points vs. Penn State Jan. 15 to earn the league honor Jan. 17. The Findlay, Ohio, native averaged 14.5 points and shot 60 percent (6-10) from 3-point range.
Classmate Deshaun Thomas has the other award for the Buckeyes (11/29/10). Sullinger also has four conference player of the week awards. He is the first OSU freshman to earn the league’s player of the week honor two or more times in a season since the Buckeyes’ Greg Oden did so as a rookie in 2006-07.
Craft Turns up the Heat on Defense
Freshman Aaron Craft leads all league freshmen in steals and assists while leading the Buckeyes in both categories as well. He has been matched up against the league’s top point guards of late in wins over Penn State and at Illinois. Against the Nittany Lions’ Taylor Battle, Craft held the senior point guard to 5 of 17 shooting from the field, which included a 1-10 effort from 3-point range. Against Illinois in Champaign, senior Illini guard Demetri McCamey was held to 2 of 11 shooting and 1 of 5 from long range. Combined, Battle, who is second in league scoring with 20.3 ppg., and McCamey (15.6 ppg.) shot 7-28 from the field and 2-17 from 3-point range. McCamey had five assists and four turnovers while Battle had four helpers and three turnovers. In addition, he set the Ohio State freshman record for steals in a game with seven vs. Iowa Jan. 19.
Buckeyes on Fourth Longest Win Streak
The Buckeyes have won 20 or more consecutive games four times with a current streak of 21 victories headed into the road game at Northwestern Saturday. In 2006-07, Ohio State surged down the stretch in Big Ten Conference play, winning 13-consecutive regular-season league games, three conference tournament contests and 22 in a row overall before losing in the NCAA title game. The Buckeyes won 32-consecutive games over the 1959-60 (last 5 gms.) and 1960-61 (first 27 gms.) seasons and the first 22 contests of the 1961-62 season.
All-Time Ohio State Win Streaks
W Streak Year(s)
32 1959-60 to 1960-61
Matta Earns Another 20-Win Season
For each of the last 11 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). Gonzaga is 13-7 this season. Matta set the Ohio State record for consecutive 20-win campaigns in 2008-09 with a 22-11 record and extended it this season with win No. 20 vs. Illinois Jan. 22 in Champaign, the seventh-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 five seasons. That effort tied 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 three (10, 10, 14).
Matta Has Buckeyes Road Ready
Ohio State has won its last 11 true road games since finishing the 2009-10 season with five-consecutive road victories and starting this season with wins at then-No. 9 Florida (11/16/10), at Florida State (11/30/10), at Indiana (12/31/10), at Iowa (1/4/11), at Michigan (1/12/11) and most recently at No. 23 Illinois (1/22/11). The last road loss was at No. 11 West Virginia Jan. 23, 2010. The Buckeyes have won their last 10 Big Ten road contests since falling at Minnesota 73-62 Jan. 9, 2010. The Buckeyes last won eight-consecutive (14 total) road games in Big Ten play during the 1959-60, ’60-61 seasons when the Buckeyes won the final league road game in 1960, all seven in 1961 and the first six in 1962.
Year(s) Rd. W Strk. Rd. W Strk.
1959-60, 1961-62 21 14
2009-10, 2010-11 11 10
1970-71, 1971-72 9 7
1932-33 8 3
1949-50, 1950-51 7 5
2006-07, 2007-08 6 7
1908-09, 1909-10 6 N/A
1943-44, 1944-45 N/A 7
Ohio State Moves to No. 1
With a 21-0 record and an 8-0 mark in Big Ten Conference play, Ohio State was voted No. 1 nationally in both the ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll and the Associated Press Poll Jan. 17. The Buckeyes sit atop the rankings in college basketball for the second time under head coach Thad Matta, who directed the Buckeyes to a 35-4 record in 2006-07, a No. 1 ranking and a spot in the national title game. The Buckeyes are 62-4 when No. 1 in the AP Poll and 14-2 atop the coaches poll.
400 and 4,000 Club
David Lighty was added to an exclusive club following the game vs. Illinois Jan. 22. The senior reached 4,000 minutes played with more than 400 field goals in the Illinois win in Champaign, where he is 4-0 as a player. Lighty has made 454 career field goals and has logged 4,041 career minutes during his 141-game career. Classmate Jon Diebler has 407 made baskets (322 of which are 3s) while playing a total of 4,074 minutes in 128 games. He reached 400/4,000 with a triple and 36 minutes vs. Iowa Jan. 19.
Herb Williams (4,216) and Jamar Butler (4,213) lead Ohio State in career minutes. Williams made 834 career field goals over 114 games and 4,216 minutes. Butler connected on 420 FGs (242 3FGs) over 139 games and 4,213 minutes played. Junior William Buford has already scored 445 career field goals and has logged 2,831 career minutes in 90 games.
Matta Off to Best Start to OSU Season
With the win vs. Purdue Tuesday, Thad Matta has led Ohio State to its first 21-0 start to a season over his seven-year tenure in Columbus. The Buckeyes started 11-0 in 2005-06. The current streak also is the third best start in Ohio State history. The Buckeyes are the only remaining unbeaten team nationally.
Yr. Start Yr. W Strk. Postseason
1960-61 27-0 NCAA Title game
1961-62 22-0 NCAA Title game
1990-91 17-0 NCAA Regional Semifinal
2005-06 11-0 NCAA 2nd Round
2008-09 9-0 NCAA First Round
Lighty Earns Record Win
Senior David Lighty has been a part of an Ohio State record 116 victories during his tenure as a Buckeye. His freshman season Ohio State won 35 games followed by 24 as a sophomore and 29 as a junior in 2009-10. Lighty is credited with seven wins at the start of the 2008-09 season, which ended when he broke his right foot and earned a medical redshirt season. The Buckeyes are off to a 21-0 start this year. Mark Titus (2007-10) and Danny Peters (2007-10) set the previous record for wins last season with 110. Lighty is the active leader national in career wins. Duke’s Kyle Singler is No. 2 with 111.
Lucas Named Big Ten Icon No. 8
Ohio State’s Jerry Lucas was named Big Ten Icon No. 8, as the countdown of Big Ten Icons continues. A profile of the Middletown, Ohio, native who was a three-time All-American, three-time Big Ten Most Valuable Player, two-time National Player of the Year and two-time Final Four MVP for the Buckeyes, aired Jan. 16 on the Big Ten Network. Lucas began turning heads at Middletown High School, where he won two state championships. First-year Ohio State coach Fred Taylor won the recruiting battle for the two-time state player of the year, who had received more than 150 college scholarship offers. In his first year on the varsity squad, Lucas led Ohio State to its first national title, defeating defending champion California in the 1960 NCAA Tournament. His performance caught the eye of Golden Bears’ coach Pete Newell, who added Lucas to the 1960 Olympic team that steamrolled to the gold medal in Rome. Lucas finished his collegiate career averaging 24.3 points and 17.2 rebounds while leading the Buckeyes to an astounding 78-6 mark and three Big Ten titles. For his efforts, he was named Sports Illustrated’s 1962 Sportsman of the Year.
Sullinger Named to Wooden Award Midseason Top 30
Freshman standout Jared Sullinger was named to the John R. Wooden Award Midseason Top 30, announced Jan. 6 by The Los Angeles Athletic Club. Selected by the Wooden Award National Advisory Board, the list is made up of 30 student-athletes who, based on their performances in November and December, are the early frontrunners for college basketball’s most prestigious honor. Sullinger is one of just two rookies on the list, joining Terrence Jones of Kentucky. Former Buckeye Evan Turner won the 2010 Wooden Award a year ago.
Lighty Joins Turner, Jackson in OSU Record Book
Evan Turner (1,517 pts., 682 rebs., 414 asts.) 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, 2010. Jim Jackson was the only other Buckeye to do so with 1,785 career points, 552 career rebounds and 372 career assists from 1990-92. David Lighty joined the duo this season. He currently has 1,278 points, 512 rebounds and 328 assists to his credit. Only 22 players in Ohio State history have scored more than 1,000 points and collected 500+ rebounds. Lighty was added to the list with five rebounds vs. Iowa Jan. 19.
Buckeyes Comfortable at VCA
The Buckeyes are 14-0 at home this season in Value City Arena (1-0 at St. John Arena). In games at VCA, Ohio State is shooting 50 percent from the field (420-847). The Buckeyes are outscoring opponents by 26 ppg. and have a rebounding advantage of 8.1 rpg. No opponent has scored more than 66 points at Value City Arena this season. Ohio State finished 17-1 at home last season, the second most home victories in a season at Ohio State. The team reached 100 or more points three times and averaged a margin of victory of +22.1. The Buckeyes opened the 2010-11 campaign with a 102-61 victory over NC A&T and recently defeated UT-Martin 100-40. Ohio State is 69-1 all-time when scoring 100 or more points in a game.
Since Thad Matta took over Buckeye program in 2004-05, Ohio State is 114-10 in Columbus, the most home wins among Big Ten schools. In conference play, Ohio State is 47-8 at home over that same span, second to Wisconsin’s 49 wins and just ahead of Michigan State (46). Over the last two seasons Ohio State is 32-1 in Columbus. Only Duke (28-0) and Kentucky (27-0) have better win percentages over that span.
Ohio State Boasts Top Rookies
Jared Sullinger and Deshaun Thomas rate Nos. 1-4, respectively, in offensive production among Big Ten freshmen. Sullinger averages 17.8 points a game while Thomas contributes 9.7 ppg. Sullinger leads all league rookies with 10.0 rebounds a game while Thomas is fifth with 4.3 rpg. Sullinger is No. 2 in field goal percentage (.576/132-229) and No. 3 in steals with 1.0 spg. Aaron Craft leads freshmen in steals (1.7 spg.) and assists (4.9 apg.).
The Ohio State, Northwestern Series
Ohio State leads the all-time series with the Wildcats 107-45 with the Buckeyes leading 43-31 in Evanston. Ohio State has won 13 of the last 14 meetings with Northwestern. As a ranked team, Ohio State is 30-2 in games vs. the Wildcats. Ohio State’s No. 1 ranking heading into the game Saturday is its highest vs. Northwestern since a stretch of four games from Jan. 14, 1961 through Feb. 3, 1962 in which No. 1 Ohio State defeated Northwestern four times as the No. 1 team nationally. As a ranked team, Ohio State is 30-2 vs. the Wildcats and has won the last 10 meetings vs. NU while ranked.
Jon Diebler is Ohio State’s top scorer in the Northwestern series at 16.0 points per game over his five career games vs. the Wildcats. Diebler has made 26 of 47 shots (.553) vs. the Wildcats, including 21 of 39 from 3-point range (.538). William Buford is the Buckeyes’ top rebounder over his three career meetings at 4.7 boards a game.
Ohio State as No. 1 vs. Northwestern
1/14/61 W @Northwestern 79(1)-45
2/13/61 W Northwestern 89(1)-65
1/6/62 W @Northwestern 85(1)-62
2/3/62 W Northwestern 97(1)-61
Ohio State vs. the Big Ten
Michigan State 50-58
Penn State 25-12
Matta Reaches Double-Digit Wins vs. Non-Conference Foes
Thad Matta has directed Ohio State to at least 10 wins during non-conference play in each of his seven seasons in Columbus. Matta is 90-17 vs. non-conference competition at Ohio State and 87-37 vs. Big Ten foes (regular season and Big Ten tournament games) for an overall record of 177-54. In 11 seasons as a head coach (1 at Butler, 3 at Xavier and 7 at Ohio State) Matta is 91-39 vs. the Big Ten. He has winning records vs. eight league teams (9-3 vs. ILL, 8-5 vs. IND, 9-4 vs. IOWA, 12-2 vs. MICH, 7-5 vs. MINN, 9-1 vs. NW, 13-0 vs. PSU, 11-5 vs. PUR, is tied with Michigan State (6-6) and is 7-8 vs. Wisconsin.
Non-Conf. 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 4 17 4 29 8
2011 13 0 8 0 21 0
90 17 87 37 177 54
UNC Asheville, Oakland High-Lighty(s)
David Lighty, a senior from Cleveland, exploded for the first 11 points of the game, helping the Buckeyes to an 11-2 lead over the first 2:45 of the game against UNC Asheville Dec. 21. He went for a season-high 29 points, setting career highs in made 3-point field goals (7), 3-point field goals attempted (10 and made field goals (11). Lighty started his 100th game of his career vs. Oakland Dec. 23 and played in his 140th career game, No. 1 all-time, vs. Illinois Jan. 22. The senior from Cleveland averaged 21.0 points in wins vs. UNC Asheville and Oakland. He connected on 60 percent of his field goals (15-25) and on 10 of 14 3-pointers (.714). He shot 70 percent from 3-point-range (7-10) vs. UNCA.
Jon “3-Bler” Diebler Strikes vs. FGCU
Senior Jon Diebler turned in another record individual performance in the span of three games for the then-14-0 and No. 2-ranked Buckeyes. After freshman Jared Sullinger set all sorts of Big Ten, Ohio State and personal marks with 40 points vs. IUPUI Dec. 9, Diebler followed suit making 9-of-14 3s in the win vs. Florida Gulf Coast Dec. 15.
Noting Diebler’s 3-point barrage vs. FGCU:
Sullinger with Another Record Outing
Freshman Jared Sullinger scored a game-high 40 points for the Buckeyes in the 75-64 win vs. IUPUI Dec. 9. Along the way, the 6-foot-9-inch Columbus native set numerous Ohio State records. He then followed that effort with a 30-point, 19 rebound outing in the victory over South Carolina Dec. 18. He has since added 16 boards vs. UNC Asheville, tied for the fifth-most by an OSU rookie in a single game.
Noting Sullinger’s 40-point game vs. IUPUI:
Noting Sullinger’s 30 pt., 19 reb. game vs. USC:
Five “Score” and More
Five Ohio State players already have tallied a score (20) or more points in a game 14 times after 20 contests this season.
Player Pts. Game (Date)
William Buford 23 UT Martin (12/27/10)
24 at Indiana (12/31/10)
Jon Diebler 20 vs. Morehead State (11/23/10)
29 vs. FGCU (12/15/10)
David Lighty 26 at Florida (11/16/10)
21 vs. Miami (Ohio) (11/26/10)
29 vs. UNC Asheville (12/21/10)
Jared Sullinger 26 at Florida (11/16/10)
40 vs. IUPUI (12/9/10)
30 vs. South Carolina (12/18/10)
24 at Iowa (1/4/11)
27 at Illinois (1/22/10)
Deshaun Thomas 24 vs. No. Carolina A&T (11/12/10)
20 vs. UT Martin (12/27/10)
Lighty (4), Diebler (7), Buford (6) and 2010 National Player of the Year Evan Turner (10) all scored 20 or more points multiple times last season.
Buckeyes Balanced Offensively
After 21 games, Ohio State has four players, all starters, averaging double-figures offensively. Freshman Jared Sullinger leads the team with 17.8 points per game. Sullinger also is the squad’s top rebounder with 10.0 a contest. Junior William Buford is next with 13.7 ppg., followed by senior David Lighty (12.7 ppg.) and classmate Jon Diebler (11.7 ppg.). Freshman Deshaun Thomas contributes 9.7 ppg.
Freshman Aaron Craft leads with 103 total assists. Senior starting center Dallas Lauderdale has 38 of the team’s 74 blocks on the year. Lauderdale also makes 69 percent of his field goals (45 of 65) while Sullinger (132-229/.576) and Thomas (76-163/.503) all connect at 50+ percent from the field. Diebler has made 62 3-pointers on the season on 129 attempts (.481).
Diebler Moving Up in Big Ten
Senior Jon Diebler is among the Big Ten’s all-time Top 10 leaders in made 3-pointers. The sharpshooter from Upper Sandusky, Ohio, has made 322 career 3s, No. 5 on the all-time Big Ten list. He has averaged 2.5 made 3s a game for his 128-game career. On that pace, he will become the Big Ten’s all-time leader. Ohio State has a minimum of 11 games remaining, 10 in regular season games and at least one in the Big Ten tournament. He is on pace to make 32 more 3s this season, or 354 for his career. Pete Lisicky of Penn State (1994-98) currently owns the top spot in conference history with 332 made 3-pointers.
Big Ten Career 3-point leaders
1. 332 Pete Lisicky, PSU 1994-98
2. 331 Shawn Respert, MSU 1991-95
3. 327 Cory Bradford, ILL 1998-2002
4. 322 Jon Diebler, OSU 2008-
5. 320 Craig Moore, NU 2006-09
6. 308 Joe Crispin, PSU 1998-2001
7. 299 Dee Brown, ILL 2002-06
8. 283 A.J. Guyton, IND 1997-2000
9. 271 Drew Neitzel, MSU 2004-08
10. 268 Dion Harris, MICH 2003-07
Noting the Purdue Game:
Ohio State 87, Purdue 64 (Jan. 25)
Buford Reaches 1,000 Career Points
Ohio State boasts three players with at least 1,000 career points scored since junior William Buford reached the 96 points he needed in the 2010-11 season. With 17 points in the win vs. Florida Gulf Coast Dec. 15, Buford reached 1,000 and now has 1,177 career points, the 47th Buckeye all-time to reach 1,000. He scored 372 as a freshman and 532 a year ago for a total of 904 entering the campaign.
Seniors David Lighty (1,278) and Jon Diebler (1,314) joined Ohio State’s 1,000-point club late last season. Diebler became the 45th player in Ohio State history to reach the 1,000 point plateau with 14 against Illinois March 13, 2010. Lighty reached 1,000 points with 18 vs. Georgia Tech in the second round of the 2010 NCAA Tournament. He was the third Buckeye, along with Evan Turner and Diebler, to achieve the feat last season. Lighty was the 46th player to reach 1,000 points in an Ohio State uniform.
Diebler On Track to Shatter Records
Senior Jon Diebler already owns several Ohio State 3-point shooting records and looks to increase his career totals from long range while setting new career marks in his last year of eligibility. Diebler’s career total of 322 made 3s and single season mark of 116 a year ago are Ohio State records. He has increased his shooting percentage during each of his three years at Ohio State from 29 percent as a freshman to 41.6 percent as a sophomore and 42 percent a season ago. He is currently shooting 48 percent from long range (62-129) and is at 40 percent for his career (322-802).
Diebler is Ohio State’s Three King
With four 3s in the 2010 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 81 (322 total) a season over four years. Butler’s career percentage from long range ranks No. 8 all time at 37.2 percent accuracy (242-650). Diebler is shooting 40 percent (316-792) 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 made 42 percent last season (116-276).
In just four seasons has a Buckeye made 80 or more 3s. Diebler has two of those after knocking down 96 treys as a sophomore and 116 last year. Diebler set the single-season record for made 3s in a season after making 11 treys in Milwaukee in the opening rounds of the 2010 NCAA Tournament. Diebler surpassed the century mark from long range with five makes in the 2010 Big Ten Tournament title victory over Minnesota.
Lighty Offers Veteran Leadership
Fifth-year senior David Lighty has battled injury over his career, missing the majority of the 2008-09 season with a broken bone in his right foot and then re-injuring the same foot during off-season workouts following the 2009-10 season. Lighty has played in a school record 141 games during his career, starting 109. He was part of the 2007 NCAA Championship game, three NCAA tournament appearances, a National Invitational Tournament title (2009), a pair of Big Ten Tournament titles (2007, 2010) and two Big Ten championships (2007, 2010) during his tenure as a Buckeye.
Ohio State vs. The Ranked
The Buckeyes have an all-time record of 137-221 vs. ranked opponents in the Associated Press Top 25. That includes a mark of 55-112 vs. Top 10 foes. As a ranked team, Ohio State is 382-105 all-time. In games when both teams enter with a Top 25 ranking, Ohio State is 57-47. When ranked among the Top 10 nationally, Ohio State is 261-56 with wins in 52 of last 55 outings.
Wins Follow Buckeye Double-Doubles
Ohio State has had a player record a double-double (10+ points, rebs, assists, steals or blocks) in 815 games. The Buckeyes are 558-257 in those contests (.685). Freshman Jared Sullinger (27/16) last recorded a double-double in the win at Illinois Jan. 22.
Double Digit 3s
Ohio State has made 10 or more 3-pointers in a game 74 times since the shot was instituted for the 1986-87 season. The Buckeyes are 63-11 in those games after knocking down 11-of-19 treys against Purdue Jan. 25. Opponents have made double-digit 3s 87 times and are 35-52 in those games vs. the Buckeyes. Matta’s Ohio State teams are 50-9 when making 10 or more 3s in a game. Opponents are 9-30 against Matta-coached teams when making 10 or more treys.
Buckeyes win title vs. Eagles
Ohio State claimed the best record in the Global Sports Invitational with a victory vs. Morehead State (64-45, Nov. 23). Ohio State was 4-0 in the event. Florida went 3-1, North Carolina A&T 1-3, and UNC Wilmington 2-2. Morehead State finished 0-4.
Buford, Sullinger Make Naismith List
Junior guard William Buford and freshman center Jared Sullinger, both Ohio natives, are among the early contenders for the Naismith Award, given annually to the college national player of the year by the Atlanta Tipoff Club. Ohio State’s Evan Turner was selected for the honor after the 2009-10 season. In late February, the Atlanta Tipoff Club’s Board of Selectors will compile a mid-season team of the Top 30 players in the nation. Then in March, the Naismith Trophy voting academy will vote to narrow the list to the four finalists.
Sullinger, Williams Start Careers in Similar Fashion
Ohio State freshman Jared Sullinger recorded a pair of double-doubles in his debut games as a Buckeye. He tallied 19 points and 14 rebounds in his first career game vs. NC A&T Nov. 12 and followed that effort with 26 points and 10 boards at Florida Nov. 16. He is the first freshman to start his career with back-to-back double-doubles since Herb Williams tallied three-consecutive D-Ds as a rookie in 1977. Williams did so against California Hayward (34/10), Marshall (21/22) and Stetson (18/16). Sullinger has four career double-doubles in seven games after grabbing 13 rebounds and scoring 40 points vs. IUPUI Dec. 9.
Buckeyes Know Mr. Basketball
The last four Associated Press Ohio HS Mr. Basketball awards have been earned by current Ohio State players. Senior Jon Diebler claimed the honor in 2007, junior William Buford claimed the honor in 2008 and freshman Jared Sullinger won it in both 2009 and 2010. Deshaun Thomas, another Ohio State rookie, claimed Indiana’s Mr. Basketball honor last year as a senior at Bishop Luers HS in Fort Wayne, Ind. Ohio State has had two of the last five Mr. Basketball honorees in Indiana with Greg Oden earning the honor in 2006.
Buckeyes Picked to Finish 2nd in Big Ten
Michigan State, Ohio State, Purdue. That is the 2010-11 order of finish the Big Ten media selected at the annual media day in Chicago in late October. The Buckeyes return four starters and welcome one of the nation’s top recruiting classes after finishing the 2009-10 season 29-8 overall and winning the postseason conference tournament, a share of the regular-season crown and advancing to the 2010 NCAA Tournament “Sweet 16.”
Feast or Famine
The four returning starters (David Lighty, Dallas Lauderdale, Jon Diebler and William Buford) from the 2009-10 season have played a combined 481 games at Ohio State with a total of 377 starts. Senior David Lighty leads that list with 141 games played and 109 starts. Ohio State has five freshmen on the roster.
Buford Works with U.S. National Team
Junior William Buford was selected as one of 20 collegiate athletes to practice against the U.S. National Team July 19-24 in Las Vegas. Buford is Ohio State’s top returning scorer from the 2009-10 campaign at 14.4 points a game. He started all 37 contests for Ohio State a year ago and will be looked to for his offense and improving defense as a team veteran this season.
Buckeyes Again Look to Develop a Point
Thad Matta, now in his seventh season as the head coach of the Buckeyes, moved forward Evan Turner to the point guard position after the 2008-09 season. The experiment worked with Turner developing into the 2010 National Player of the Year and the No. 2 pick (Philadelphia) in the 2010 NBA Draft. The point guard position will again be open entering camp this year. Freshman Aaron Craft will get an opportunity but veterans David Lighty, Jon Diebler and William Buford could handle the position by committee as well. All have been working on the skills necessary to run the Buckeyes during the 2010-11 campaign.
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, 2010 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, of Columbus Northland HS, averaged 24 points, 12 rebounds and nearly two blocks a game for his national No. 1 ranked high school squad, which was coached by his father “Satch” Sullinger, the 2010 Naismith High School Coach of the Year.
Dickerson Added to Staff
Dave Dickerson, former head coach at Tulane, was added to the Big Ten Champion Ohio State men’s basketball staff as an assistant coach in April. Dickerson replaced Alan Major, who accepted the head coaching position at Charlotte after last season. Prior to his time in New Orleans, Dickerson spent nine years as an assistant under former Ohio State coach Gary Williams at Maryland, his alma mater, and in 2004-05, was the program’s associate head coach. Dickerson also served as assistant coach at Gardner Webb (1990-91), James Madison (1991-92) and Radford (1993-96) before returning to Maryland. As a player, he lettered for the Terrapins from 1986-89, earning team captain status as a senior. A native of Olar, S.C., Dickerson graduated from Maryland in 1990 with a degree in government and politics.