Ohio State vs. Miami Postgame Notes
Ohio State 69, Miami 40
Dec. 22, 2011
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POSTGAME NOTES No. 2 Ohio State 69 (12-1), Miami 40 (3-7) Dec. 22, 2011 Nationwide Arena – Columbus, Ohio Attendance: 17,463
The win vs. Miami was the 33rd-consecutive victory at home for Ohio State dating back to the game vs. Michigan Feb. 27, 2010. The streak is the third-longest in the country behind Duke and Kentucky.
The 33-consecutive home game win streak is the second-longest in Ohio State history (Ohio State won 50 in a row from 12/1/59 – 12/11/64).
The game was played at Nationwide Arena to satisfy an NCAA requirement. It is the third time Ohio State has played a game at the arena (12/6/03 and 11/24/06).
Ohio State moves to 5-2 all-time vs. the RedHawks (the Buckeyes defeated Miami 66-45 in their last meeting, 11/26/10 in Columbus) and 51-14 vs. members of the MAC (Mid-American Conference).
The Buckeyes have now won by double figures in 10 of their 12 victories this year. Nine of their wins have now been by 22 or more points.
As a ranked team, Ohio State is 407-109 overall and when ranked in the
AP Top 10, the Buckeyes are 286-60. When ranked in the Top 3 of the
Associated Press, Ohio State is 143-21. As the
AP No. 2 ranked team in the nation, Ohio State improves to 40-9 overall. In their last 66 games, the Scarlet and Gray are 60-6.
Against non-conference opponents, Ohio State is 153-24 overall.
Ohio State has won 105 of its last 106 games against unranked opponents in Columbus, including 54 in a row - the longest active streak in the nation.
The Buckeyes own a 114-2 record vs. unranked opponents at home since the 2004-05 season.
This is the 273rd-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 10-0 this season.
Ohio State began the game on an 11-0 run over the first 4:14.
The Buckeyes are No. 2 in average turnover margin in the country with +8.0 per game. Ohio State was +13.0 vs. Miami.
The Buckeyes had 18 team assists vs. Miami. They are averaging 18.6 apg, which places them No. 7 in the country.
Ohio State scored 25 points off 18 Miami turnovers. Miami scored zero off just five Ohio State turnovers. Miami’s Julian Mavunga scored half of the RedHawks 40 total points, while finishing with a double-double.
The win vs. Miami was Coach Matta’s 202nd win at Ohio State.
Matta’s career record moves to 304-89 overall and 202-58 at Ohio State.
With the win, Matta moves to 5-0 vs. Miami and 11-1 against members of the MAC.
Matta’s .776 winning percentage is the best among Big Ten coaches since Matta became the Buckeyes’ head coach in 2004.
Ohio State is 48-7 in December under Coach Matta.
Matta is now 169-20 overall vs. unranked teams and 114-2 in Columbus.
Matta is 104-19 vs. non-conference competition at Ohio State.
The Buckeyes are 169-20 overall and 11-0 this season when leading at the half.
Ohio State is 187-5 under Matta when leading with five minutes to play.
The Scarlet and Gray are 121-17 when grabbing more rebounds than the opponent, including 9-0 this season (OSU outrebounded Miami 34-33).
When shooting a better percentage than the opponent, Ohio State improves to 179-18 under Matta, including 12-0 this season.
The Buckeyes improve to 171-45 when limiting themselves to under 15 total turnovers (Ohio State had five turnovers vs. Miami).
The last time Ohio State had five or fewer turnovers in a game was on 2/22/11 vs. Illinois when they had three turnovers.
The start was Buford’s 111th donning the Scarlet and Gray, tying Kelvin Ransey for ninth place in career games started at Ohio State.
With four assists, Buford became just the fourth Buckeye in recorded history to reach 1,000 points, 500 rebounds and 300 assists. Buford’s current totals are 1,629/523/303.
Buford scored a game- high 18 points for the Buckeyes, improving his career total to 1,629, passing Perry Carter (1,613) and Dave Sorensen (1,622) for eighth all-time in Ohio State career scoring. He is 127 points behind Jay Burson (1,756) for seventh place.
Buford had three rebounds to push his career total to 523. He is one of 17 former Buckeyes in the prestigious 1,500 point and 500 rebound club.
Buford had four assists. He now has 303 for his career.
Big Ten Player of the Week
Deshaun Thomas finished with 14 points. It is the 23rd time in his career he has scored in double figures. It is also the 12th-consecutive game Thomas has scored in double figures.
Besides the season opener, Thomas has scored double figures in every game this season.
Sullinger had 11 points for the Buckeyes. It is the 10th time this season he has scored in double figures.
Sullinger had six rebounds to push his career rebound total to 478.
With four points, Craft now has 363 for his career.
Craft had two steals. He has 109 for his career. He has had at least one steal in all 12 games this season.
Craft tied a season high with eight assists to push his career total to 250. He has had at least three in every game this season and seven games with five or more. He has 28 in his last five games.
Ross appeared in his first game as a Buckeye after becoming eligible Dec. 9.
Ross scored his first career field goal with a made 3-point basket in the second half.
Ross also connected on his first career free throws, going 2-2 from the line.