Feb. 6, 2012
No. 3 Ohio State Buckeyes (20-3, 8-2) vs. the Purdue Boilermakers (15-8, 5-5)
Date: Feb. 7, 2012
Site: Value City Arena (18,809)
Game Time: 9 p.m. ET
Talent: Mike Tirico (play-by-play); Dan Dakich (expert analysis); Samantha Steele (Sideline)
Radio: OSU-IMG Sports Network (56 stations)
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Radio Talent: Paul Keels (play-by-play); Ron Stokes (expert analysis)
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USBWA Names Sullinger to Watch List
The United States Basketball Writers Association named Jared Sullinger to a list of 20 student-athletes in consideration for the 2012 Oscar Robertson Trophy, given annually to the organization's national player of the year honoree. The award will be presented March 30 in New Orleans. The USBWA selected Sullinger as its Wayman Tisdale Award winner in 2011. The award recognizes the national freshman of the year.
Sullinger Named Big Ten Player of the Week
Sophomore Jared Sullinger was named the Big Ten Player of the Week Monday, his second of the year (Jan. 9) after recording a double-double in the win at Wisconsin last Saturday. He recorded 24 points and 10 rebounds against the Badgers. He became Ohio State's 48th player all-time to reach 1,000 career points and the 17th Buckeye to reach both 1,000 career points and 500 rebounds. This is Sullinger's sixth career B1G Player of the Week award.
Sullinger Paces Buckeyes at Home
Sophomore Jared Sullinger averages a double-double in games played this season in Columbus. He contributes a team-leading 17.3 points and 10.1 rebounds a game on Ohio State's home court. He also is leading the regulars by scoring on 58 percent of his shots from the field (94-162). Senior William Buford averages 15.4 points and has made 86 percent of his foul shots on familiar turf (38-44). Sophomore Deshaun Thomas is the third Buckeyes averaging double figures at home with 13.8 points per game. Ohio State is outscoring opponents by 26.7 points per game with an 8.8 rebounds per game advantage in Columbus.
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 (112) and steals (53).
The Buckeyes vs. The Ranked
Ohio State leads the nation in wins vs. opponents ranked among the Top 25 with five victories in seven tries this season. The Buckeyes own wins vs. No. 7 Florida, No. 3 Duke, No. 7 Indiana, No. 20 Michigan and No. 19 Wisconsin. 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 17.5 ppg. He is joined by William Buford (15.0 ppg.), Deshaun Thomas (13.7 ppg.), Aaron Craft (10.9 ppg.) and Lenzelle Smith Jr. (10.3 ppg.). Sullinger (7.8 rebounds per game) and Smith Jr. (5.9 rpg.) lead the team on the glass. The Buckeyes outscore ranked foes by 7.4 points per game and own the edge on the boards by 3.0 rpg. Notre Dame also has five wins vs. Top 25 teams this season.
Matta Earns Another 20-Win Season
For each of the last 12 seasons, all as a head coach, Thad Mattahas guided teams to at least 20 victories. Only Mark Few, among active coaches, has more consecutive 20-win seasons to start a career (12-not counting 2011-12). Matta set the Ohio State record for consecutive 20-win campaigns in 2008-09 with a 22-11 record and extended it this year (20-3), the eighth-consecutive Ohio State season with 20+ victories. The previous record was four held by the 1960-63 teams under legendary head coach Fred Taylor. The Buckeyes also own the second-longest streak of 20-win seasons (8) in Big Ten history. Illinois owns the record with nine from (1983-1991). 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 of the fan vote will be announced at the 2012 Final Four in New Orleans. To vote for Buford visit go.osu.edu/Vote4Buford.
Matta Coaches Game 400
Thad Matta has a career record of 312-91 (403 career games) over 12 years as a head coach, which includes a 210-60 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 William Buford (2009-12) 22,29,34,20
105 Jamar Butler, Matt Terwilliger (2005-08) 20,26,35,24
The Buckeyes in the Big Ten
The Buckeyes rank No. 2 in both scoring offense (76.5 ppg.) and scoring defense (55.4 ppg.) after a 20-3 overall start. Ohio State's scoring margin of 21.0 ppg. leads the league while the .489 field goal shooting pct. rates in the No. 2 spot. Led by Jared Sullinger, Ohio State is among the Top 2 teams in rebounding offense (37.0 rpg., No. 2) and defense (29.6 rpg., No. 2). Overall, the Buckeyes are No. 2 in rebound margin (+7.5 rpg.). Behind Aaron Craft, Ohio State is No. 2 in assists (16.0 apg.), No. 1 in turnover margin (+6.0) and No. 2 in steals (8.0 spg.) 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. Purdue
Purdue is 83-76 all-time in games vs. Ohio State, but the Buckeyes own the edge in Columbus 51-28. When Ohio State is ranked nationally in the Associated Press Top 25 poll, the Buckeyes are 22-4 against the Boilermakers. Ohio State enters the game today ranked No. 3 nationally. Purdue is unranked. The last time Ohio State lost to an unranked Purdue squad was March 6, 1991, a 72-67 setback for the then-No. 2 Buckeyes. The teams have split the last eight overall meetings, 4-all. William Buford, Ohio State's lone senior, averages 14.1 points a game in seven career meetings with the Boilermakers. He has scored 99 points and grabbed 33 rebounds (4.7 rpg.) in the series. He has scored on 55 percent from the field (36-66) and 58 percent from long range (12-21) while knocking down 15 of 17 foul shots (.882). Jared Sullinger averaged 21.0 points and 6.5 rebounds in two games vs. the Boilermakers last season. He made 16 of 26 shots from the field (.615) and 9 of 12 foul shots (.750). Purdue is 1-7 vs. Ohio State at Value City Arena. Ohio State is 67-18 vs. Big Ten foes at VCA.
Ohio State vs. the Big Ten
Ohio State is 732-664 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 62 percent from 2-point range (112-180). 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 210 wins as a Buckeye over eight seasons with 92 wins in Big Ten regular-season play. His winning percentage of 77.8 overall and 71.5 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 2/6/12)
Ohio State rates among the Top 10 in several NCAA statistical categories after 23 games. The Buckeyes are No. 1 in scoring margin (+21.0 ppg.), No. 2 in turnover margin (+5.9), No. 7 in scoring defense (55.4 ppg) and No. 10 in assist/turnover ratio (+1.38). The Buckeyes have the second longest home win streak in the country at 38. Kentucky (48) leads the nation.
Ohio State at No. 3 in AP Poll
Ohio State is No. 3 in the Associated Press poll released Feb. 6. The Buckeyes are 33-6 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. 7 Indiana. 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 129 career games, Buford has averaged 13.7 points for a total of 1,766. He also became the 16th player all-time to reach both 1,000 points and the 500-rebound mark (575) with five boards vs. Duke Nov. 29. Jared Sullinger is the latest (17th all-time) on the 1,000/500 chart after scoring 24 points to reach 1,000 points at Wisconsin Feb. 4.
Sullinger Moving up Career Double-Double Charts
Sophomore Jared Sullinger has recorded at least 10 points and 10 rebounds in 10 games this season for a career total of 28. He tied the Ohio State freshman record with 18 double-doubles a season ago. His career total is 11th all-time. Evan Turner was the most recent Buckeye to reach 20 or more career double-doubles with 27 from 2008-10. Through 21 games, Sullinger is averaging 17.4 points and 9.1 rebounds a game. He tallied 17.2 points and 10.2 rebounds a game as a freshman.
Noting the Wisconsin Game (Feb. 4)
• Ohio State has now recorded 20 wins in eight consecutive seasons, all under Coach Matta. It is the longest streak in the Big Ten. Wisconsin is second with five.
• The Buckeyes move to 83-65 all-time vs. Wisconsin and 28-43 in Madison. This is the first time in history that Ohio State has beat Wisconsin in Madison when both teams are ranked.
• The last time a ranked Buckeye team won in Madison was a 67-63 win on 2/15/92 by No. 8 Ohio State.
• As a ranked team, the Buckeyes are 21-10 vs. the Badgers. When Wisconsin is ranked, Ohio State is 9-9 vs. the Badgers.
• When both Ohio State and Wisconsin are ranked, the Buckeyes are 6-2. The last time both teams were ranked in a game was 3/6/11 (No. 1 OSU def. No. 10 Wisconsin, 92-65).
• Against Top 25 teams, Ohio State moves to 144-226, including 5-2 this season (the five wins are the most in the country). When both teams are ranked in the Top 25, the Buckeyes re 5-2 this season and 64-51 overall.
• Ohio State moves to 732-664 overall in the Big Ten.
• They are 41-7 in their last 48 Big Ten matchups, dating back to 3/8/09.
• As a ranked team, Ohio State is 415-111 overall and when ranked in the AP Top 10, the Buckeyes are 294-62.
• As the Associated Press No. 3 team, Ohio State is 33-6 overall.
• Three players scored in double figures for Ohio State. So far this season, seven Buckeyes have scored in doubles figures a total of 75 times.
• In their last 76 games, the Buckeyes are 69-7.
• Ohio State has had a player record a double-double in 835 games. The Buckeyes are 576-259 in those contests (.688). Jared Sullinger had a double-double (24 points, 10 rebounds) vs. Wisconsin, the 28th of his career.
• This is the 285th-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 18-2 this season.
• The Buckeyes have now amassed 131 assists in the Big Ten while only allowing 89 from their opponents.
• Ohio State forced Jordan Taylor to have three turnovers. Wisconsin as a team had 10. They lead the nation with only 8.7 a game.
• The win vs. Wisconsin snapped the Badgers six game Big Ten winning streak.
• The loss vs. Ohio State was the first for Bo Ryan in Madison (8-1).
• Ohio State shot 43% from the field. Wisconsin allows opponents to only shot 36.2% from the field, second best in the nation.
• Jared Sullinger was the only player to attempt a free throw by either team up until the 8:14 mark in the second half (Lenzelle Smith, Jr.).
• With the team's 20th win, Thad Matta has now reached 20 wins in all 12 years he has been a head coach.
• The win vs. Wisconsin was Coach Matta's 210th win at Ohio State and his 106th Big Ten victory since beginning his Ohio State career.
• Matta's career record moves to 312-91 overall and 210-60 at Ohio State.
• With the win, Matta moves to 110-43 in the Big Ten during his career.
• Matta now has a 9-9 record record vs. Wisconsin.
• The win was Matta's first ever in the Kohl Center as head coach of the Buckeyes. He won once while coaching at Butler.
• Ohio State is 36-39 against ranked teams during the Matta era.
• Matta's .778 winning percentage at Ohio State is the best among Big Ten coaches since Matta became the Buckeyes' head coach in 2004.
• Matta's .714 conference winning percentage is best of any Big Ten coach in history, narrowing edging Bo Ryan (.713) and Bog Knight (.700)
• Ohio State is 35-16 in February under Coach Matta.
• The Scarlet and Gray are 128-19 when grabbing more rebounds than the opponent, including 17-2 this season (OSU outrebounded Wisconsin, 32-28).
• When shooting a better percentage than the opponent, Ohio State moves to 187-19 under Matta, including 20-1 this season.
• When holding their opponent to under 50 percent shooting, the Buckeyes are 20-1 this season and 197-47 under Matta.
• Ohio State is 195-5 under Matta when leading with five minutes to play, including 20-0 this year.
• The Buckeyes are 177-19 overall and 19-1 this season when leading at the half.
• The Buckeyes are 17-2 this season and 178-47 under Matta when limiting themselves to 15 or fewer turnovers. Ohio State had nine turnovers vs. the Badgers.
• The start was Buford's 121st donning the Scarlet and Gray, two behind Ken Johnson (123) for fourth place in career games started at Ohio State.
• Buford has been a part of 105 wins at Ohio State, tying Jamar Butler and Matt Terwilliger for 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 1,766/581/320.
• Buford scored 11 points for the Buckeyes, improving his career total to 1,766, passing Jay Burson (1,756) for seventh place all-time in Ohio State career scoring. He is 19 points behind Jim Jackson (1,785) fox sixth.
• Buford has now scored 906 points in the Big Ten. He is currently the highest active scorer in the Big Ten.
• Buford had six rebounds to push his career total to 581. He is one of 17 former Buckeyes in the prestigious 1,500 point and 500 rebound club.
• Buford has scored in double figures 19 times this season and 97 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 Wisconsin game, Buford has now tallied 666 made field goals and 4,158 minutes played in 128 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 330.
• Deshaun Thomas finished with 16 points. It is the 31st time in his career he has scored in double figures and 20th time this season.
• Thomas has scored in double figures in 20 of his last 23 games played. The 20 times this season are a team high.
• Thomas also chipped in six rebounds for the Buckeyes.
• Jared Sullinger had 24 points for the Buckeyes. It is the 20th time this season and 54th time in his career he has scored in double figures.
• With 24 points, Sullinger joined the 1,000 point club, becoming only the seventh player in Ohio State history to score at 1,000 or more points in two years. He is the 48th player all-time to reach 1,000 points at Ohio State and the 17th player to score 1,000 points and credited with 500+ rebounds.
• Sullinger had 10 rebounds, pushing his career total to 568.
• With 24 points and 10 rebounds, Sullinger earned his 28th career double-double and 10th this season. It is also the 15th time against a Big Ten opponent.
• Ohio State is 26-2 in games Sullinger scores a double-double.
• Sullinger began the game 5-6 from the field. He finished the first half 6-8 from the field for 16 points and five rebounds.
• Aaron Craft had three assists to push his season total to 112 and his career total to 289. He has had at least three in 22 of his previous 23 games played. He's had seven games with six or more.
• Craft is now 11 assists away from reaching 300 for his career.
• Craft had one steal. He has 126 for his career. He has had at least one steal in 22 of 23 games this season.
400 And 4,000 Club
Senior William Buford has scored 666 career field goals and logged 4,158 career minutes in 129 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 1,766 points, 581 rebounds and 330 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.
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 1,766 career points over 129 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. 7 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.