POSTGAME NOTES No. 8 Ohio State 83 (23-5, 11-4), Illinois 67 (16-12, 5-10) Feb. 21, 2012 Value City Arena – Columbus, Ohio Attendance: 18,481
Ohio State has now won 40 of its previous 41 homes games, dating back to Feb. 27, 2010. They are 18-1 this season
The Buckeyes move to 65-100 all-time vs. Illinois and 40-40 in Columbus.
As a ranked team, the Buckeyes are 22-10 vs. the Illini.
The Buckeyes have won 12 of the last 13 meetings vs. Illinois when Ohio State is ranked, dating back to 1/19/91.
The Buckeyes have won 11 of the last 14 games against the Illini.
Against unranked opponents at home under Matta, Ohio State is 119-2 (112-2 at Value City Arena). They are 177-21 vs. unranked opponents overall since the 2004-05 season.
Ohio State moves to 735-666 overall in the Big Ten, including a 69-19 record at Value City Arena.
As a ranked team, Ohio State is 418-113 overall and when ranked in the AP Top 10, the Buckeyes are 297-64.
As the Associated Press No. 8 team, Ohio State is 8-3 overall.
Three players scored in double figures for Ohio State. So far this season, seven Buckeyes have scored in doubles figures a total of 89 times.
In their last 83 games, the Buckeyes are 74-9.
This is the 290th-consecutive game Ohio State has made at least one 3-point field goal (1/10/04 vs. Penn State was the last game with zero made).
The starting lineup of Buford, Craft, Smith, Jr., Sullinger and Thomas is 21-4 this season.
The Buckeyes have now amassed 190 assists in the Big Ten while only allowing 142 from their opponents. For the season, Ohio State has 426 assists, while its opponents only have 259.
Ohio State went 12-18from the free-throw line. They now have attempted 612 free throws this season, while only allowing its opponents to attempt 415 from the stripe. The margin is 317-229 in the Big Ten.
The loss to Ohio State was Illinois’ sixth in a row.
The Buckeyes began the game on a 19-4 run.
Ohio State shot a season high 70.8 percent from the field in the first half (69.7 percent vs. VMI, 11/23/11).
The Buckeyes finished 65.3 percent from the field (67.6 percent is season high vs. VMI, 11/23/12).
The start was Buford’s 126th donning the Scarlet and Gray, passing David Lighty (125) and tying Alex Davis and Jamar Butler for most games started as a Buckeye.
The game is the 134th that Buford has played in, passing Jerry Francis for fifth all-time at Ohio State.
Buford has been a part of 108 wins at Ohio State, which is sixth all-time.
Buford is just the fourth Buckeye in recorded history to reach 1,000 points, 500 rebounds and 300 assists. Buford’s current totals are 1,846/605/341.
Buford scored 17 points for the Buckeyes, improving his career total to 1,846, 33 behind Michael Redd (1,879) for fifth place in Ohio State scoring history.
Buford has now scored 986 points in the Big Ten. He is currently the second highest active scorer in the Big Ten.
Buford has scored in double figures 22 times this season and 100 times in his career, including 62 games with at least 15 points.
Buford had two rebounds to push his career total to 605. He is one of 17 former Buckeyes in the prestigious 1,500 point and 500 rebound club.
Buford became the fifth player in Ohio State history to join the 400 (made field goals) and 4,000 (minutes played) Club. After the Illinois game, Buford has now tallied 698 made field goals and 4,337 minutes played in 134 career games (J. Diebler, D. Lighty, J. Butler and H. Williams are the other Buckeyes to achieve this feat).
Buford had one assist in the game for a career total of 341.
With seven made field goals, Buford now has 698 for his career, one behind Michael Redd (699) for fifth all-time in Ohio State history.