POSTGAME NOTES No. 2 Ohio State (28-7) 78, No. 15 Loyola (Md.) (24-9) 59 March 15, 2012 Consol Energy Center – Pittsburgh, Pa.
This is the fourth-consecutive season Ohio State has participated in the NCAA tournament.
The win marked the third season in a row Ohio State has won its first game in the tournament.
The game vs. Loyola (Maryland) was the first ever between the two schools.
The Buckeyes are now 4-3 vs. schools from the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC).
The 28 wins this season are the fourth most in Ohio State history (35 in 2006-07, 34 in 2010-11 and 29 in 2009-10).
Against the East Region, Ohio State is now 120-84.
Against the tournament field, Ohio State is now 552-486.
Ohio State is participating in its 24th NCAA tournament.
Ohio State is 42-22 all-time in NCAA tournament play.
As a ranked team, Ohio State is 423-116 overall and when ranked in the AP Top 10, the Buckeyes are 302-66.
As the Associated Press No. 7 team, Ohio State is 28-9 overall.
The Buckeyes move to 21-1 this season and 180-21 all-time vs. unranked opponents under Matta.
Ohio State has had a player record a double-double in 841 games. The Buckeyes are 580-261 in those contests. Deshaun Thomas (31 points, 12 rebounds) had his third career double-double in tonight’s game vs. Loyola. Jared Sullinger also posted his 34th career double-double (14 points, 10 rebounds).
It is the second time this season Ohio State has had two players record a double-double in the same game (Sullinger and Thomas at Northwestern, 2/29/12).
This is the 297th-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 26-6 this season.
Ohio State has three players score at least 500 points in a season for the first time in team history. (Sullinger – 576, Thomas – 554, Buford – 517).
The start was Buford’s 133rd donning the Scarlet and Gray, the most by any Buckeye in history.
Buford has been a part of 113 of Coach Matta’s 218 career wins at Ohio State.
The game is the 141st that Buford has played in, which is third all-time at Ohio State in games played.
Buford has been a part of 113 wins at Ohio State, which is second all-time by senior class.
Buford is just the fourth Buckeye in recorded history to reach 1,000 points, 500 rebounds and 300 assists. Buford’s current totals are 1,941/640/356.
Buford scored 17 points for the Buckeyes, improving his career total to 1,941, passing Kelvin Ransey (1,934) for fourth place in Ohio State scoring history. He is 49 behind Jerry Lucas (1,990) for third.
Buford had three rebounds to push his career total to 640. 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 Loyola game, Buford has now tallied 730 made field goals and 4,583 minutes played in 141 career games (J. Diebler, D. Lighty, J. Butler and H. Williams are the other Buckeyes to achieve this feat).
Buford had two assists in the game for a career total of 356.
With five made field goals, Buford now has 730 for his career, the fifth most in Ohio State history.