Men's Basketball

Buckeyes, Spartans Conclude B1G Regular Season

Aaron Craft
Aaron Craft

March 2, 2012

Date: March 4, 2012
No. 10 Ohio State (24-6, 12-4) at No. 5 Michigan State (24-6, 13-4)
Site: Breslin Center (14,797)
Game Time: 4 p.m. ET
Television: CBS
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Sullinger named Naismith Top 30
The Atlanta Tipoff Club released its Naismith Men's Basketball Player of the Year Award presented by AT&T Midseason 30 Watch List Feb. 29. Ohio State's Jared Sullinger is among the student-athletes named to the list. The midseason Top 30 list was compiled by the Atlanta Tipoff Club's Board of Selectors, which based its criteria on player performances from the 2011-12 college basketball season. The Naismith Trophy, presented by AT&T, will be awarded at the 2012 NCAA Men's Final Four in New Orleans.

Craft Gives Buckeyes lift in league play
Sophomore point guard Aaron Craft is shooting 55 percent (51-93) from the field in Big Ten Conference play to lead the Buckeyes. He is one of three starters making more than half their shots from the field and the only player with better accuracy in league competition. Jared Sullinger shoots 55 percent in all games (169-308) and 53 percent in conference play (108-204). Deshaun Thomas is shooting 53 percent overall (177-334) and 52 percent in Big Ten play. Craft shoots 51 percent in all games (86-170). He has also improved from long range with 40 percent accuracy (18-45) in all games and a 48 percent clip vs. Big Ten foes (12-25).

Buckeye Balance at the Top
Ohio State's Top 3 scorers each are close to reaching 500 points scored this season. Jared Sullinger leads with 476 points (17.0 ppg.). Deshaun Thomas is next with 456 (15.2 ppg.) with William Buford at 443 (14.8 ppg.). Ohio State has never had three players reach 500 points in the same season. There have been 29 different Buckeyes to score more than 500 points in a season with Jerry Lucas and Michael Redd leading the pack each with three 500-plus point seasons. Paul Ebert was the first to do so when he tallied 516 points during the 1953-54 season. Sullinger (635/2010-11) and Buford (520/2010-11) are the most recent Buckeyes to score more than 500 points in a season. Buford would become just the third Buckeye all-time with three 500-point scoring seasons. Sullinger would become the 13th player to record two or more 500-point campaigns.

Ohio State vs. Michigan State
Michigan State leads the all-time series with the Buckeyes 59-51 and is 36-16 in East Lansing. Both teams enter the Big Ten regular-season finale ranked among the Top 10 in the most recent Associated Press poll. Michigan State is ranked in the No. 5 spot, Ohio State is No. 10. When ranked, Ohio State is 19-9 vs. Michigan State. The Spartans are 16-6 when ranked vs. the Buckeyes. Both teams have been ranked at the same time nine times, Ohio State is 4-5 in those games. As a ranked team, Ohio State has won five of the last six games in the series. William Buford is the most experienced Buckeye in the MSU series with six games to his credit. He averages 14.2 points and 4.5 rebounds vs. MSU. Sophomores Jared Sullinger (14.0 ppg.) and Aaron Craft (11.0 ppg.) each average double figures in two outings vs. Michigan State. Sullinger contributes 9.0 rebounds a game in the series.

Regular Season Ends on the road
Ohio State will finish the regular season with a pair of road games for the first time since the 1999-2000 season. The Buckeyes ended at Penn State (W, 79-63) and at Minnesota (W, 82-72). Ohio State last played its regular season finale on the road in 2007, a 65-61 win at Michigan. The Buckeyes defeated Northwestern last Wednesday in Evanston, 75-73.

FOUR BUCKEYES END HOME CAREERS
The Ohio State Department of Athletics honored four seniors Feb. 26 who significantly contributed to the men's basketball program over the last four years. William Buford will finish his career as one of the Top 5 all-time scorers and among the all-time wins leaders (108) in Ohio State history. He is No. 6 all time in scoring and among the Top 20 career rebounds. He is just one of four players with 1,000 points, 500 boards and 300 assists. The start vs. Wisconsin last Sunday was his 127th in an Ohio State uniform, the most of any former Buckeye. Also recognized were managers Lee Miller, Wes Hesterman and Tim Daniels.  

Craft 1st Team Academic All-American
Sophomore Aaron Craft was named Capital One 2012 First Team Academic All-American Feb. 23. He is the first Ohio State men's basketball student-athlete to earn academic All-America honors since Bill Hosket in 1968. Craft is the only sophomore on the first, second or third teams this year. D.J. Augustin of Texas (2008) was the last sophomore to earn first team honors. Craft is majoring in exercise science (pre-med) with a GPA of 3.89. He 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 (134) and steals (71).

Sullinger, Buford Reach 600 rebounds
Jared Sullinger and William Buford each surpassed 600 rebounds for their respective careers at Michigan Feb. 18. Sullinger, in 65 games played, has 636 boards for an average of 9.8 a game. Buford has played 136 games and has 620 rebounds (4.5 rpg). A total of 19 Ohio State players have recorded 600 or more rebounds in their careers. Jerry Lucas owns the Ohio State record with 1,411 career rebounds over three seasons (1960-62). Thad Matta has coached three of the players in the 600 rebound club during his eight years in Columbus. Terence Dials, the 2006 Big Ten Player of the Year, finished his time (2002-06) in Columbus with 876 rebounds. Evan Turner, the 2010 Big Ten and national player of the year, ended his career with 683 from 2008-10.

The Last 10 Games
In the last 10 games, Aaron Craft leads the starters from the field, shooting 60 percent (31-52). Four starters are shooting better than 75 percent from the foul line with William Buford leading at 91 percent (21-23) and Deshaun Thomas shooting at a 77 percent clip (29-35). Jared Sullinger is the leading scorer with 16.8 points and 9.6 rebounds. Both Thomas (15.6 ppg.) and Buford (13.9 ppg.) average double figures over the last 10 games.   

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 PACES BUCKEYES AT HOME
Sophomore Jared Sullinger averaged a team-leading 16.4 points and 9.8 rebounds a game on Ohio State's home court in Value City Arena. He also led the regulars by scoring on 55 percent of his shots from the field (111-203). Senior William Buford averaged 15.6 points and has made 89 percent of his foul shots on familiar turf (50-56). Sophomore Deshaun Thomas was third offensively averaging 14.2 points per game. Ohio State is outscored opponents by 21.7 points per game with an 7.8 rebounds per game advantage in Columbus.

The Buckeyes vs. The Ranked
Ohio State is one of the nation's leaders vs. opponents ranked among the Top 25 with five victories in 10 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, No. 13 Indiana, No. 11 Michigan State, No. 17 Michigan and No. 16 Wisconsin. The Buckeyes have four players, all starters, averaging in double figures in games vs. ranked opponents. Jared Sullinger leads with 16.0 ppg. He is joined by William Buford (13.0 ppg.), Deshaun Thomas (15.2 ppg.) and Aaron Craft (10.8 ppg.). Lenzelle Smith Jr. contributes 7.6 ppg. Sullinger (8.6 rebounds per game) and Thomas (5.5 rpg.) lead the team on the glass.

Matta Earns Another 20-Win Season
For each of the last 12 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 (13). Matta set the Ohio State record for consecutive 20-win campaigns in 2008-09 with a 22-11 record and extended it this year (24-6), 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 seven 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, 12). 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 316-94 (410 career games) over 12 years as a head coach, which includes a 214-63 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    William Buford (2009-12)    22,29,34,24
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

The Buckeyes in the Big Ten
The Buckeyes rank No. 2 in both scoring offense (74.7 ppg.) and scoring defense (58.1 ppg.) after a 24-6 overall start. Ohio State's scoring margin of 16.6 ppg. leads the league while the .483 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 (36.7 rpg., No. 2) and defense (29.1 rpg., No. 1). Overall, the Buckeyes are No. 2 in rebound margin (+7.6 rpg.). Behind Aaron Craft, Ohio State is No. 2 in turnover margin (+3.8). Sullinger is No. 3 in scoring (17.0 ppg.) and No. 2 in rebounding (9.3 rpg.). Craft leads the league in steals (2.4 spg.) and is third in assists (4.5 apg.).  

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. the Big Ten
Ohio State is 736-667 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
Illinois               65    100
Indiana              75    100
Iowa                  70    73
Michigan            91    72
Michigan State    51    59
Minnesota          79    55
Nebraska           6       2
Northwestern    111    45
Penn State       28    12
Purdue            77    83
Wisconsin        83    66
Totals                 736    667

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 214 wins as a Buckeye over eight seasons with 97 wins in Big Ten regular-season play. His winning percentage of 77.3 overall and 71.0 in conference play are tops among the 13 head coaches in Ohio State history.

NCAA Stats Update (as of 3/01/12)
Ohio State rates among the Top 15 in several NCAA statistical categories after 31 games. The Buckeyes are No. 2 in scoring margin (+16.6 ppg.), No. 11 in scoring defense (58.1 ppg) and No. 8 in rebound margin (+7.6).

Ohio State at No. 10 in AP Poll
Ohio State is No. 10 in the Associated Press poll released Feb. 20. The Buckeyes are 13-7 all-time as the No. 10-ranked team in the AP poll. 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 136 career games, Buford has averaged 13.7 points for a total of 1,867. He also became the 23rd player all-time to reach both 1,000 points and the 500-rebound mark (620) with five boards vs. Duke Nov. 29. Jared Sullinger is the latest (24th all-time) on the 1,000/500 chart after scoring 24 points to reach 1,000 points at Wisconsin Feb. 4. He has 1,111 career points and 636 career rebounds.

Sullinger Moving up Career Double-Double Charts
Sophomore Jared Sullinger has recorded at least 10 points and 10 rebounds in 12 games this season for a career total of 30. He tied the Ohio State freshman record with 18 double-doubles a season ago. His career total is 10th-T all-time. Through 28 games, Sullinger is averaging 17.0 points and 8.3 rebounds a game. He tallied 17.2 points and 10.2 rebounds a game as a freshman.

Noting the Northwestern Game (Feb. 29)
•    The Buckeyes move to 111-45 all-time vs. Northwestern, the most wins for Ohio State vs. any opponent. They have won six-consecutive games in the series and 17 of the last 18.
•    As a ranked team, the Buckeyes are 34-2 vs. the Wildcats, having now won 14 in a row and 23 of its previous 24 dating back to 2/20/71.
•    Ohio State is 45-31 vs. Northwestern in Evanston, having won 7 of its last 8.
•    Ohio State moves to 736-667 overall in the Big Ten.
•    As a ranked team, Ohio State is 419-114 overall and when ranked in the AP Top 10, the Buckeyes are 298-65.
•    As the Associated Press No. 10 team, Ohio State is 13-7 overall.
•    Ohio State has had a player record a double-double in 838 games. The Buckeyes are 577-261 in those contests. Jared Sullinger (22 points, 18 rebounds) had his 30th career double-double, while Deshaun Thomas (19/10) had his second career double-double.
•    It is the first time this season that two players had a double-double in the same game.
•    This is the 292nd-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 22-5 this season.
•    Ohio State went 11-16 from the free-throw line. They now have attempted 647 free throws this season, while only allowing its opponents to attempt 439 from the stripe. The margin is 353-253 in the Big Ten.
•    The Buckeyes have now amassed 218 assists in the Big Ten while only allowing 176 from their opponents. For the season, Ohio State has 456 assists, while its opponents only have 293.
•    20 of Ohio State's 25 wins have been by double-figures, with 16 wins by 20 or more points.
•    Ohio State outrebounded Northwestern 22-5 in the first half and 44-18 for the game.
•    The Buckeyes had 20 second chance points, compared to seven for Northwestern.
•    Ohio State had a 38-24 advantage in points in the paint.
•    The Buckeyes began the game on an 11-2 run.
•    Ohio State and Northwestern both finished the game shooting 50 percent from the field.
•    Thad Matta moves to 13-1 all-time vs. Northwestern (2-0 this season).
•    Matta's career record moves to 316-94 overall and 214-63 at Ohio State.
•    With the win, Matta moves to 114-46 in the Big Ten during his 12-year coaching career.
•    Matta has a record of 110-42 vs. the Big Ten (regular season and conference tournament) since he became Ohio State's head coach in the 2004-05 season.
•    Ohio State is 178-21 under Matta vs. unranked teams, including 19-1 this season. (5-1 on the road).
•    Matta's .773 winning percentage at Ohio State is the best among Big Ten coaches since Matta became the Buckeyes' head coach in 2004.
•    Ohio State is 39-19 in February under Coach Matta.
•    Ohio State is 22-1 this season and 180-21 under Matta when leading at the half.
•    When leading with five minutes remaining, the Buckeyes are 24-0 this season and 199-5 under Matta.
•    The Scarlet and Gray are 132-21 when grabbing more rebounds than the opponent, including 21-4 this season (OSU outrebounded Northwestern, 44-18).
•    When Ohio State shoots 50 percent or better from the field, it is 12-0 this season and 106-7 under Matta.
•    When scoring more than 70 points in a game, the Buckeyes improve to 20-2 this year and 148-13 under Matta. Ohio State scored 75 points vs. Northwestern.
•    The start was William Buford's 128th donning the Scarlet and Gray, the most by any Buckeye in history.
•    Buford has been a part of 109 of Coach Matta's 214 career wins at Ohio State.
•    The game is the 136th that Buford has played in, fifth all-time at Ohio State in games played.
•    Buford has been a part of 109 wins at Ohio State, which is third 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 1,867/620/346.
•    Buford scored six points for the Buckeyes, improving his career total to 1,867, 12 behind Michael Redd (1,879) for fifth place in Ohio State scoring history.
•    Buford has now scored 1,007 points in the Big Ten. He is currently the second among active scorers in Big Ten regular season games.
•    Buford had six rebounds to push his career total to 620. 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 Northwestern game, Buford has now tallied 705 made field goals and 4,399 minutes played in 136 career games (J. Diebler, D. Lighty, J. Butler and H. Williams are the other Buckeyes to achieve this feat).
•    Buford had four assists in the game for a career total of 346.
•    With three made field goals, Buford now has 705 for his career, the fifth most in Ohio State history.
•    Jared Sullinger had 22 points for the Buckeyes. It is the 25th time this season and 59th time in his career he has scored in double figures.
•    It is the ninth time this season and 19th time in his career, Sullinger has scored at least 20 points.
•    With 22 points, Sullinger added to his 1,000 point club total (1,111). He is one of seven total players in Ohio State history to score at 1,000 or more points in two years.
•    Sullinger had a season-high 18 rebounds to push his career total to 636.
•    Sullinger was one rebound short of tying his career high of 19 (South Carolina, 12/18/10).
•    With 22 points and 18 rebounds, Sullinger earned his 30th career double-double and 12th this season. It is also the 17th time against a Big Ten opponent.
•    Ohio State is 27-3 in games Sullinger scores a double-double.
 •    Deshaun Thomas finished with 19 points. It is the 37th time in his career he has scored in double figures and 26th time this season. He now has 715 points in his two-year career.
•    Thomas has scored in double figures in 26 of the Buckeyes 30 games this season.
•    Thomas also chipped in 10 rebounds for the Buckeyes to earn his second career double-double (2/18/12, vs. Michigan).
•    Aaron Craft had 14 points. It is the 14th time this season he has scored in double figures and eighth time vs. a Big Ten opponent. He has 514 points in his career.
•    Craft had two assists to push his season total to 144 and his career total to 311.
•    Craft had four steals. He has 144 for his career. He has had at least one steal in 28 of 30 games this season.
•    Craft was 4-6 from behind the 3-point arc, tying a career high (Penn State, 1/15/11). It is only the third time this season he has made more than two 3-point field goals (Duke, 11/29/12 and Illinois, 2/21/12).
•    Lenzelle Smith, Jr. had a career-high seven assists, with four coming in the first half (5-twice, last vs. Valpo, 11/25/11).
•    Smith, Jr. also chipped in 12 points. It is the fourth time in his career he has scored in double figures.

400 And 4,000 Club   
Senior William Buford has scored 705 career field goals and logged 4,399 career minutes in 136 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 24 players in Ohio State history have scored more than 1,000 points and collected 500+ rebounds. William Buford currently has 1,867 points, 620 rebounds and 346 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 94 times and are 37-57 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 9-31 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 1,867 career points over 136 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. 6 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.


 

 

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