Ohio State vs. Northwestern Postgame Notes

Dec. 28, 2011

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No. 2 Ohio State 87 (13-1, 1-0), Northwestern 54 (10-3, 0-1)
Dec. 28, 2011
Value City Arena – Columbus, Ohio
Attendance: 19,049


  • The win vs. Northwestern was the 34th-consecutive victory at home for Ohio State dating back to the game vs. Michigan on Feb. 27, 2010. The streak is the third-longest in the country behind Duke and Kentucky.
  • The 34-consecutive home game win streak is the second-longest in Ohio State history. The Buckeyes won 50 in a row from 12/1/59 – 12/11/64.
  • In its 100th year as a member of the Big Ten, Ohio State improves to 66-30 in conference season openers. The mark moves to 52-44 overall in Big Ten openers.
  • The Buckeyes move to 110-45 all-time vs. Northwestern, having won four in a row in the series. The 110 wins are the most victories by Ohio State against any opponent in team history.
  • In Columbus, Ohio State owns an impressive 64-14 mark vs. the Wildcats, including a 28-game home win streak. Northwestern’s last victory in Columbus was an 83-72 win in St. John Arena on 2/24/77.
  • As a ranked team, the Scarlet and Gray is 33-2 vs. Northwestern.  Ohio State has won 13 consecutive as a ranked team in the series.
  • The game vs. Northwestern was the 68th sellout in Value City Arena history. The Buckeyes own a 55-13 record in those contests, including a 44-9 mark vs. Big Ten opponents. They are 2-0 this year (Duke, 11/29/11). The 19,049 capacity will be the largest crowd of the year due to student season tickets occupying the remaining home games, with the capacity decreasing to 18,809 as a result.
  • The 33 point win was the largest vs. Northwestern since a 102-62 win in Evanston, Ill., on 1/10/91.
  • Ohio State improves to 725-662 overall in the Big Ten. They are 34-7 in their last 41 Big Ten matchups, dating back to 3/8/09.
  • Ohio State has won 106 of its last 107 games against unranked opponents in Columbus, including 55 in a row, the longest active streak in the nation.
  • Ohio State is 50-1 in its last 51 games at Value City Arena, dating back to Feb. 24, 2009.
  • The Buckeyes have now won by double figures in 11 of their 13 victories this year. Ten of their wins have been by 22 or more points.
  • As a ranked team, Ohio State is 408-109 overall and when ranked in the AP Top 10, the Buckeyes are 287-60.
  • When ranked in the Top 3 of the Associated Press, Ohio State is 144-21.
  • As the AP No. 2 ranked team in the nation, Ohio State improves to 41-9 overall.
  • In their last 67 games, the Scarlet and Gray are 61-6.
  • The Buckeyes own a 115-2 record vs. unranked opponents at home since the 2004-05 season.
  • Since the start of the 2008-09 season, Ohio State has accumulated 96 victories which is the fifth most during that period (Duke-105, Kansas-103, Syracuse-97, Kentucky-97, Ohio State-96, Pitt-95).
  • This is the 274th-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).
  • Three players scored in double figures for Ohio State. So far this season, seven Buckeyes have scored in doubles figures a total of 45 times.
  • The Buckeyes outshot Northwestern from the free-throw line 30-19. On the year, Ohio State is +120 in free throw attempts.
  • The starting lineup of Buford, Craft, Smith, Jr., Sullinger and Thomas is 11-0 this season.
  • Ohio State has had a player record a double-double in 831 games. The Buckeyes are 572-259 in those contests (.688). Jared Sullinger had a double-double (17 points, 14 rebounds) vs. Northwestern, the 25th of his career.
  • Ohio State went on a 28-10 run over 11:53 late in the second half to increase their lead heading into halftime.
  • The Buckeyes are No. 2 in average turnover margin in the country with +8.2 per game. Ohio State was +2.0 vs. Northwestern.
  • The Buckeyes had 15 team assists vs. Northwestern. They are averaging 18.6 apg, which places them No. 7 in the country.

 Thad Matta

  • The win vs. Northwestern was Coach Matta’s 203rd win at Ohio State.
  • Matta’s career record moves to 305-89 overall and 203-58 at Ohio State.
  • With the win, Matta moves to 12-1 vs. Northwestern and 103-41 in the Big Ten.
  • Matta’s .777 winning percentage at Ohio State is the best among Big Ten coaches since Matta became the Buckeyes’ head coach in 2004.
  • Ohio State is 49-7 in December under Coach Matta.
  • Matta is now 170-20 overall vs. unranked teams and 115-2 in Columbus.
  • The Buckeyes are 170-20 overall and 12-0 this season when leading at the half.
  • Ohio State is 188-5 under Matta when leading with five minutes to play, including 13-0 this year.
  • The Scarlet and Gray are 122-17 when grabbing more rebounds than the opponent, including 10-0 this season (OSU outrebounded Northwestern 49-30).
  • When shooting a better percentage than the opponent, Ohio State improves to 180-18 under Matta, including 13-0 this season.
  • The Buckeyes improve to 172-46 when limiting themselves to under 15 total turnovers (Ohio State had nine turnovers vs. Northwestern).
  • With 87 points, Ohio State is 11-0 this season and 139-11 when scoring 70 or more points in a game under Matta.
  • Ohio State is now 134-23 overall at Value City Arena and 130-10 under Matta.

 William Buford

  • The start was Buford’s 112th donning the Scarlet and Gray, passing Kelvin Ransey for ninth place in career games started at Ohio State.
  • Buford is just the fourth Buckeye in recorded history to reach 1,000 points, 500 rebounds and 300 assists. Buford’s current totals are 1,657/532/307.
  • Buford scored a career high 28 points for the Buckeyes, improving his career total to 1,657, which is eighth all-time in Ohio State career scoring. He is 99 points behind Jay Burson (1,756) for seventh place.
  • Buford had nine rebounds to push his career total to 532. He is one of 17 former Buckeyes in the prestigious 1,500 point and 500 rebound club.
  • Buford had four assists. He now has 50 this season and 307 for his career.
  • Buford finished 5-5 from the free-throw line. The 80 percent shooter has made 23-consecutive shots from the stripe.
  • Buford is on pace to become the fifth player in Ohio State history to join the 400 (made field goals) and 4,000 (minutes played) Club. After the Northwestern win, Buford has now tallied 624 made field goals and 3,857 minutes played in 120 career games (J. Diebler, D. Lighty, J. Butler and H.Williams are the other Buckeyes to achieve this feat).
  • Buford connected on 5 of 7 3-point field goals. His 177 made career field goals from behind the arc are third-most in Buckeye history.

 Jared Sullinger

  • Sullinger had 17 points for the Buckeyes. It is the 11th time this season and 45th time in his career he has scored in double figures.
  • With 17 points and 14 rebounds, Sullinger earned his seventh double-double of the season and 25th of his career. It is also the 12th time vs. a Big Ten opponent and second time vs. Northwestern (20/18, Ohio State def. Northwestern 67-61, 3/11/11).
  • Sullinger had 14 rebounds, pushing his career total to 492.

 Deshaun Thomas

  • Deshaun Thomas finished with 16 points. It is the 24th time in his career he has scored in double figures.
  • It is also the 13th-consecutive game Thomas has scored in double figures. The 13 times this season are a team high.
  • Besides the season opener, Thomas has scored double figures in every game this season.

 Aaron Craft

  • With two points, Craft now has 365 for his career.
  • Craft had one steal. He has 110 for his career. He has had at least one steal in all 13 games this season.
  • Craft had three assists to push his season total to 75 and his career total to 253. He has had at least three in every game this season and seven games with five or more.

 Jordan Sibert

  • Sibert had a career high with four made 3-point field goals (3 vs. Jackson State, 11/18/11).
  • Sibert’s 12 points were a career high (11 (2X) vs. Jackson State, 11/18/11).