Feb. 3, 2012
No. 3 Ohio State Buckeyes (19-3, 7-2) at No. 19 Wisconsin Badgers (17-5, 6-3)
Date: Feb. 4, 2012
Site: Kohl Center (17,142)
Game Time: 2 p.m. ET
Talent: Dave O'Brien (play-by-play), Dan Dakich (expert analysis)
Radio: OSU-IMG Sports Network (56 stations)
Satellite Radio: Sirius-91 , XM-91
Local Radio: WBNS FM-97.1 AM-1460
Radio Talent: Paul Keels (play-by-play), Ron Stokes (expert analysis)
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Academics and Athletic Awards for Craft
Sophomore Aaron Craft was selected to the Academic All-District 5 First Team Feb. 2. He now advances to the Capital One Academic All-America Team ballot, where first-, second- and third-team Academic All-America honorees will be selected later this month. Craft is majoring in excercise science (pre-med) with a GPA of 3.89. Craft also is among 11 remaining candidates for the Bob Cousy Award after the list was trimmed from an initial pool of 60 candidates. The annual honor, named for Hall of Famer and former Boston Celtic Bob Cousy, recognizes the top point guards in college basketball. This current list of candidates will be narrowed down to the final five by March 1. Craft currently leads the Buckeyes in assists (109) and steals (52).
The Buckeyes vs. The Ranked
Ohio State leads the nation in wins vs. opponents ranked among the Top 25 with four wins in six tries this season. The Buckeyes own wins vs. No. 7 Florida, No. 3 Duke, No. 7 Indiana and No. 20 Michigan. Losses have come to No. 13 Kansas and No. 13 Indiana, both on the road. The Buckeyes have five players, all starters, averaging in double figures in games vs. ranked opponents. Jared Sullinger leads with 16.2 ppg. He is joined by William Buford (15.7 ppg.), Deshaun Thomas (13.3 ppg.), Aaron Craft (12.0 ppg.) and Lenzelle Smith Jr. (11.5 ppg.). Sullinger (7.4 rebounds per game) and Smith Jr. (6.2 rpg.) lead the team on the glass. The Buckeyes out-score ranked foes by 7.7 points per game and own the edge on the boards by 2.8 rpg.
Matta Looks for 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 (12). Matta set the Ohio State record for consecutive 20-win campaigns in 2008-09 with a 22-11 record and extended it with a 34-3 campaign in 2010-11, 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 six seasons. That effort eclipsed 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 five (10, 10, 14, 16, 7). Ohio State is the two-time defending Big Ten regular-season champion. The last time the Buckeyes won three or more consecutive titles was from 1960-64, a string of five-consecutive conference crowns.
Buford Among Finalists for Lowe's Senior CLASS Award
Ten NCAA men's basketball student-athletes who excel both on and off the court were selected as finalists for the 2011-12 Lowe's Senior CLASS Award. To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence - community, classroom, character and competition. An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School®, the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award focuses on the total student-athlete and encourages students to use their platform in athletics to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities. The winner will be announced at the 2012 Final Four in New Orleans. The winner will be chosen by a fan vote. To vote for Buford visit www.go.osu.edu/Vote4Buford.
Matta Coaches Game 400
Thad Matta has a career record of 311-91 (402 career games) over 12 years as a head coach, which includes a 209-60 record in eight seasons at Ohio State. Matta coached for one season at Butler and three at Xavier before taking over the Ohio State program for the 2004-05 season. In his time with the Buckeyes, Matta has four Big Ten regular season titles and three Big Ten tournament crowns. The Buckeyes have been to five NCAA tournaments with Matta at the helm. He has taken nine teams to NCAA tournament play and won the 2008 National Invitational Tournament with Ohio State.
Buford Reaches 100 Wins as a Buckeye
Senior William Buford reached career win No. 100 as a Buckeye at Iowa Jan. 7. David Lighty (2007-11) holds the Ohio State record for wins with 129. Walk-ons Mark Titus and Danny Peters were part of Ohio State's program for 110 victories over their careers (2007-10). The four-year record for victories by scholarship players was originally set by Jamar Butler and Matt Terwilliger from 2005-08 with 105. The 2009 team had 107 wins from 2006-09 but there were no four-year seniors on that squad.
Wins Seniors Yr.-by-Yr.
129 David Lighty (2007-2011) 35,24,7,29,34
110 Danny Peters, Mark Titus (2007-10) 35,24,22,29
109 Jon Diebler, Dallas Lauderdale (2008-11) 24,22,29,34
107 None (2006-09) 26,35,24,22
105 Jamar Butler, Matt Terwilliger (2005-08) 20,26,35,24
104 William Buford (2009-12) 22,29,34,19
Sullinger Named Big Ten Player of the Week
Sophomore Jared Sullinger was named the Big Ten Player of the Week Jan. 9 after averaging a double-double in wins over Nebraska and Iowa with 23.5 points and 10.0 rebounds per game. He recorded 19 points and 12 rebounds in Ohio State's 71-40 win over Nebraska before pouring in 28 points, eight rebounds and four steals in the Buckeyes' 76-47 road win at Iowa. This is Sullinger's fifth career Player of the Week award and first this season.
The Buckeyes in the Big Ten
The Buckeyes rank No. 2 in both scoring offense (77.3 ppg.) and scoring defense (55.6 ppg.) after a 19-3 overall start (as of Feb. 3). Ohio State's scoring margin of 21.7 ppg. leads the league while the .491 field goal shooting percentage rates in the No. 2 spot. Led by Jared Sullinger, Ohio State is among the Top 2 teams in rebounding offense (37.3 rpg., No. 2) and rebounding defense (29.6 rpg., No. 1). Overall, the Buckeyes are No. 2 in rebound margin (+7.6 rpg.). Behind Aaron Craft, Ohio State is No. 1 in assists (16.4 apg.) and No. 1 in turnover margin (+6.2) on the year among Big Ten teams.
100 Years in Big Ten
Ohio State celebrates 100 years as a member of the Big Ten Conference in men's basketball in 2012. The Buckeyes finished in the No. 6 spot in the 1913 conference standings, the first season of league play. Over the 99 previous seasons, Ohio State has earned 19 Big Ten regular-season titles with 23 NCAA tournament appearances, one national championship (1960) and nine trips to the Final Four. Eight former coaches and players are members of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame while nearly 50 student-athletes have been drafted by National Basketball Association teams, including 22 in the first round.
Ohio State VS. Wisconsin
Ohio State owns the all-time lead in the series vs. the Badgers 82-65 with a record of 27-43 in Madison. The Buckeyes enter the game ranked No. 3 nationally. Wisconsin is No. 19. When the Buckeyes are ranked, Ohio State is 20-10 vs. the Badgers. When Wisconsin is ranked, the Badgers are 9-8 vs. the Buckeyes. When both teams are ranked, Ohio State has the edge with a 5-2 record. In six career games in the Wisconsin series, Ohio State senior William Buford has averaged 12.7 points and 5.2 rebounds a game. He has made 58 percent (7-12) of his 3-point attempts in the series while connecting on 48 percent of his field goals (32-67). Jared Sullinger averaged 20.5 points and 10.0 rebounds in two games last season vs. Wisconsin. He made 58 percent from the field (15-26) and 10 of 12 from the foul line (.833).
Ohio State vs. the Big Ten
Ohio State is 731-664 vs. current members of the Big Ten Conference. The Buckeyes are playing their 100th season of Big Ten Basketball this season.
OSU vs. The Big Ten
Michigan State 51-58
Penn State 28-12
Thomas Named B1G Player of Week
Ohio State sophomore Deshaun Thomas made 17-consecutive shots from inside the 3-point line in games vs. South Carolina Upstate (Dec. 14) and at South Carolina (Dec. 17). He made his last six attempts against S.C. Upstate and then all 11 2-pointers in the road win at South Carolina. For the season he is shooting 63 percent from 2-point range (104-166). He was 19-21 from short range the week of Dec. 12 while shooting 74 percent overall (23-31), including a 13-16 shooting effort at South Carolina, where he tallied a career-high 30 points. He averaged 26.5 points in the two games. His efforts earned him the Big Ten Player of the Week honor. The last Ohio State player to earn the honor was Jon Diebler March 7, 2011. Thomas was named the league's freshman of the week once last season.
The Third to 200 as a Buckeye
Two previous coaches have reached the 200-win plateau at Ohio State. Thad Matta became the third with the 74-66 win at South Carolina Dec. 17. Fred Taylor recorded 297 career victories from 1959-1976 while also earning 158 Big Ten Conference regular-season victories. Harold G. Olsen tallied 259 all-time wins from 1923-46. He accumulated 154 Big Ten victories. Matta has 209 wins as a Buckeye over eight seasons with 92 wins in Big Ten regular-season play. His winning percentage of 77.7 overall and 71.3 in conference play are tops among the 13 head coaches in Ohio State history.
Ross Returns to Ohio State Roster
LaQuinton Ross, a 6-foot-8-inch freshman forward from Jackson, Miss., was been added to the Ohio Stare roster for the remainder of his freshman season. Ross attended classes and worked out with the Buckeyes over the summer before leaving the team just prior to the start of official practice in October to work on meeting NCAA academic qualification requirements. He met those requirements and joined the team Dec. 11. He officially became eligible Dec. 9. He dressed for the first time in his No. 10 Ohio State uniform vs. South Carolina Upstate. His first game action came against Miami (Ohio) at Nationwide Arena Dec. 22. He knocked down his first career field goal attempt, a 3-pointer, and finished with 5 points in four minutes of court time.
NCAA Stats Update (as of 1/30/12)
Ohio State rates among the Top 10 in several NCAA statistical categories after 22 games. The Buckeyes are No. 1 in scoring margin (+21.7 ppg.), No. 2 in turnover margin (+6.1), No. 7 in scoring defense (56.6 ppg) and No. 9 in assist/turnover ratio (+1.39). The Buckeyes have the second longest home win streak in the country at 38. Kentucky (47) leads the nation.
Ohio State at No. 3 in AP Poll
Ohio State is No. 3 in the Associated Press poll released Jan. 30. The Buckeyes are 32-6 all-time as the No. 3-ranked team in the AP poll and 36-30 when both teams are ranked in the Top 15 after the win vs. No. 20 Michigan. In the most recent poll seven Buckeyes' opponents are among the Top 25.
Buford 17th to Reach 1,500 Career Pts.
With 23 points against VMI Nov. 23, senior William Buford surpassed 1,500 career points to become the 17th Buckeye in history to reach that mark. Over 128 career games, Buford has averaged 13.7 points for a total of 1,755. He also became the 16th player all-time to reach both 1,500 points and the 500-rebound mark (575) with five boards vs. Duke Nov. 29.
Sullinger Moving up Career Double-Double Charts
Sophomore Jared Sullinger has recorded at least 10 points and 10 rebounds in nine games this season for a career total of 27. He tied the Ohio State freshman record with 18 double-doubles a season ago. His career total is tied for 11th all-time. Evan Turner was the most recent Buckeye to reach 20 or more career double-doubles with 27 from 2008-10. That total is tied for No. 11 all-time with John Havlicek (1960-62). Through 20 games, Sullinger is averaging 17.1 points and 9.1 rebounds a game. He tallied 17.2 points and 10.2 rebounds a game as a freshman.
Noting the Michigan Game (Jan. 29)
• The win vs. Michigan was the 38th-consecutive victory at home for Ohio State dating back to the game vs. Michigan on Feb. 27, 2010. The streak is the second-longest in the country behind Kentucky.
• The 38-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.
• The Buckeyes move to 91-71 all-time vs. Michigan and 52-26 in Columbus.
• Ohio State extended its winning streak vs. Michigan to six games, dating back to 1/3/10. Ohio State has won 15 of the last 17 contests.
• As a ranked team, the Buckeyes are 33-4 vs. the Wolverines. When Michigan is ranked, Ohio State is 13-23 vs. the Maize and Blue.
• When both Ohio State and Michigan are ranked, the Buckeyes are 5-2. The last time both teams were ranked at the same time was 2/9/06 (No. 19 OSU def. No. 22 UM, 94-84).
• As a ranked team, Ohio State has now won its previous 12 games vs. the Wolverines.
• The game vs. Michigan was the 70th sellout in Value City Arena history. The Buckeyes own a 57-13 record in those contests, including a 46-9 mark vs. Big Ten opponents. They are 4-0 this year (Duke, 11/29/11, Northwestern, 12/28/11, Indiana, 1/15/12).
• Ohio State moved to 157-23 (.871) all-time at Value City Arena.
• Ohio State moves to 731-664 overall in the Big Ten, including a 67-18 record at Value City Arena.
• Ohio State is 40-7 in its last 47 Big Ten matchups, dating back to 3/8/09.
• As a ranked team, Ohio State is 414-111 overall and 293-62 when ranked in the AP Top 10.
• As the Associated Press No. 4 team, Ohio State is 33-5 overall.
• The Buckeyes have now won by double figures in 17 of their 19 victories this year. 14 of their wins have been by 22 or more points. Ohio State's 22.0 average margin of victory is No. 1 nationally.
• Four players scored in double figures for Ohio State. So far this season, seven Buckeyes have scored in doubles figures for a total of 72 times.
• The starting lineup of Buford, Craft, Smith, Jr., Sullinger and Thomas is 17-2 this season.
• The 21 points scored were a season low in a half for Michigan (22 - 2X, last vs. Duke, 11/22/11).
• The 49 points scored were a season low for Michigan (58 at Virginia,11/29/11).
• Michigan did not attempt a free throw until 2:33 left in the second half.
• Michigan's Zach Novak was held scoreless for the first time this season.
• The four attempted free throws by Michigan were a season low (5 vs. Michigan St., 1/17/12).
• The 83.3% free throw percentage tied a season high (vs. USC-Upstate, 12/14/11) and was a Big Ten season high.
• The win vs. Michigan was Thad Matta's 209th win at Ohio State and his 105th Big Ten victory since beginning his Ohio State career.
• Matta's career record moves to 311-91 overall and 209-60 at Ohio State.
• With the win, Matta moves to 109-43 in the Big Ten during his career.
• Matta boasts an impressive 15-2 record vs. Michigan.
• Matta's .777 winning percentage at Ohio State is the best among Big Ten coaches since he became the Buckeyes' head coach in 2004.
• Ohio State is 47-20 in January under Matta.
• The Scarlet and Gray are 127-19 when grabbing more rebounds than the opponent, including 16-2 this season (OSU outrebounded Michigan 38-29).
• When shooting a better percentage than the opponent, Ohio State moves to 186-19 under Matta, including 19-1 this season.
• When holding their opponent to under 50 percent shooting, the Buckeyes are 19-1 this season and 196-47 under Matta.
• Ohio State is 194-5 under Matta when leading with five minutes to play, including 19-0 this year.
• The Buckeyes are 176-19 overall and 18-1 this season when leading at the half.
• The start was William Buford's 120th donning the Scarlet and Gray, three behind Ken Johnson (123) for fourth place in career games started at Ohio State.
• Buford has been a part of 104 wins at Ohio State, the eighth most 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 1,755/575/329.
• Buford scored 12 points for the Buckeyes, improving his career total to 1,755, one point behind Jay Burson (1,756) for seventh place all-time in Ohio State career scoring.
• Buford had five rebounds to push his career total to 575. He is one of 17 Buckeyes in the prestigious 1,500 point and 500 rebound club.
• Buford has scored in double figures 18 times this season and 96 times in his career, including 59 games with at least 15 points.
• Buford became the fifth player in Ohio State history to join the 400 (made field goals) and 4,000 (minutes played) club. After the Michigan game, Buford has now tallied 662 made field goals and 4,118 minutes played in 128 career games (J. Diebler, D. Lighty, J. Butler and H. Williams are the other Buckeyes to achieve this feat).
• Jared Sullinger had 13 points for the Buckeyes. It is the 19th time this season and 53rd time in his career he has scored in double figures.
• With 13 points, Sullinger is 23 from joining the 1,000 point club.
• Craft had four assists to push his season total to 109 and his career total to 286. He has had at least three in 21 of his previous 22 games played.
• Deshaun Thomas finished with 12 points. It is the 30th time in his career he has scored in double figures and 19th time this season.
• Thomas has scored in double figures in 19 of his last 22 games played. The 19 times this season are a team high.
• Smith Jr. set a career high in rebounds with 12 (9 at South Carolina, 12/17/11).
• Smith Jr. had eight offensive rebounds, a team high in a game this season.
• Smith Jr. recorded his first career double-double with 17 points and 12 rebounds.
• The 17 points by Smith, Jr. are the second most in his career (28 vs. Indiana, 1/15/12).
400 And 4,000 Club
Senior William Buford has scored 662 career field goals and logged 4,118 career minutes in 128 games. He joined a small group of former Buckeyes with more than 400 field goals and 4,000 minutes played. David Lighty was added to an exclusive club following the game vs. Illinois Jan. 22, 2011. The former Buckeye reached 4,000 minutes played with more than 400 field goals in the Illinois win in Champaign. Lighty made 516 career field goals and logged 4,582 career minutes during his 157-game career. Lighty's classmate Jon Diebler had 473 made baskets (374 of which are 3s) while playing a total of 4,687 minutes in 144 games. He reached 400/4,000 with a triple and 36 minutes vs. Iowa Jan. 19.
Herb Williams and Jamar Butler also logged 4,000+ minutes at Ohio State. 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.
Buford Joins Turner, Jackson, Lighty
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 last season. He finished with 1,458 points, 577 rebounds and 374 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. William Buford currently has 1,755 points, 575 rebounds and 329 assists. He handed out four assists vs. Miami (Ohio) to join the quartet.
Double Digit 3s
Ohio State has made 10 or more 3-pointers in a game 79 times since the shot was instituted for the 1986-87 season. The Buckeyes are 68-11 in those games after knocking down 10-of-20 treys vs. Northwestern Dec. 28. Opponents have made double-digit 3s 92 times and are 37-55 in those games vs. the Buckeyes. Matta's Ohio State teams are 53-9 when making 10 or more 3s in a game. Opponents are 9-29 against Matta-coached teams when making 10 or more treys.
Big Ten Media Pick Buckeyes, Sullinger
Ohio State was picked as the preseason favorite to win the league regular-season title by a vote of the conference media (Oct. 27). Sophomore Jared Sullinger also was tabbed as the favorite to earn conference player-of-the-year accolades. He also was selected to represent Ohio State on the preseason all-conference squad. Ohio State has won back-to-back league titles and is in position to win a third-consecutive title for the first time since the Buckeyes won five-consecutive titles from 1960-64. The last Buckeye to enter the season as the player of the year selection was guard Scoonie Penn before the 1999-2000 campaign.
Jent Returns to Ohio State Sideline
Chris Jent left the professional ranks to return to his alma mater as an assistant basketball coach. Jent, who played and coached at the NBA level, played for the Buckeyes from 1988-92 and coached most recently for the Cleveland Cavaliers. As an Ohio State player, he helped the Buckeyes to back-to-back Big Ten titles and three-consecutive appearances in the NCAA tournament. He spent 10 seasons in the professional ranks overseas, in the CBA and NBA. He was an assistant and interim head coach with the Orlando Magic before most recently coaching with the Cavaliers.
Buford Working on Record Season
William Buford is the lone senior on the Ohio State roster this season. In fact, he is just one of two upperclassmen and the only player with more than a year of experience in an Ohio State uniform. After transfer Evan Ravenel, who transferred to Ohio State from Boston College and sat out the 2010-11 campaign, there are 11 freshmen (5) and sophomores (6) on the Ohio State roster. Buford has 1,755 career points over 128 career games (13.7 ppg.). Dennis Hopson (1984-87) is the all-time leading scorer in Ohio State history with 2,096 points over 125 career games played (16.8 ppg.). Buford is currently No. 8 spot on the Ohio State all-time scoring list.
Paulus Leaves Navy to Work for Matta
Greg Paulus, who served as an assistant coach at Navy during the 2010-11 season, joined the Buckeyes last May to handle the program's video needs. He replaced Kevin Kuwik, who left Thad Matta's staff to become an assistant coach at Dayton. Paulus played basketball at Duke from 2006-09 and then a year of football at Syracuse.
Titles Mounting for Matta, Buckeyes
Thad Matta's teams have won four Big Ten regular-season titles and three league tournament crowns during his seven-year tenure at Ohio State. Ohio State has won each of the last two regular-season and tournament titles. The Buckeyes have not posted three-consecutive Big Ten Conference crowns since winning a conference record five-consecutive titles from 1960-64 under the direction of head coach Fred Taylor. Taylor led Ohio State to seven league championships from 1959-76. Harold G. Olson win five Big Ten titles as coach between 1923-46.
Scott, Williams Add to Ohio State's 17-Player McDonald's List
Ohio State incoming freshmen Shannon Scott and Amir Williams were selected Feb. 10, 2011 to represent the East (Scott) and West (Williams) teams in the 2011 McDonald's All-America game. The game was played March 30 at the United Center in Chicago. Scott led both teams with five steals. The East won the game 111-96. Scott also had four points, two rebounds and two assists over 12 minutes. Williams had six points, three rebounds and a steal in 11 minutes for the West squad. The Buckeyes will have five All-America game participants on their roster in 2011-12 in Jared Sullinger (2010), Deshaun Thomas (2010), William Buford (2008), Scott and Williams. Four McDonald's All-Americans were a part of Ohio State's 2006-07 squad that finished 35-4 overall, 15-1 in Big Ten Conference play, won the league regular-season title outright and played for the NCAA national title vs. Florida in April of 2007. Ivan Harris (2003), Greg Oden (2006), Mike Conley Jr. (2006) and Daequan Cook (2006), all former McDonald's All-Americans, played for the Buckeyes in 2006-07. Previously, B.J. Mullens (2008), Kosta Koufos (2007), Clark Kellogg (1979), Perry Carter (1987), Treg Lee (1987), Jim Jackson (1989), Charles Macon (1992) and Greg Simpson (1992) all played for Ohio State after playing in the McDonald's All-America game before joining the Ohio State program, a total of 17 all-time.
Five Mr. Basketball Honorees on Ohio State Roster
Ohio State's contains four players who have combined to win five Mr. Basketball awards in their respective home states. Jared Sullinger leads the team with two Mr. Ohio Basketball accolades, achieving the distinction both in 2009 and 2010, while playing at Northland High School. Deshaun Thomas, a native Fort Wayne, Ind., and Bishop Luers High School, captured Mr. Indiana Basketball in 2010. Senior William Buford claimed 2008 Mr. Ohio Basketball with his performance at now-closed Libbey High School in Toledo. Freshman Shannon Scott brings the recognition of being named 2011 Mr. Georgia Basketball to Columbus after starring at Milton High School in Alpharetta, Ga. Freshman Amir Williams finished third in the 2011 Mr. Michigan Basketball voting.