Dec. 27, 2010
No. 2 Ohio State (12-0) vs. Tennessee Martin (4-8)
Site: Value City Arena (19,049)
Game Time: 8:30 p.m. ET
Television: Big Ten Network
Talent: Eric Collins (play-by-play)
Jim Jackson (expert analysis)
Radio: OSU Radio Network (60 stations)
Local Radio: WBNS FM-97.1 AM-1460
Radio Talent: Paul Keels (play-by-play)
Ron Stokes (expert analysis)
Matta off to Best Start at Ohio State
With the win over Oakland, Thad Matta has led Ohio State to its first 12-0 start to a season over his seven-year tenure in Columbus. The Buckeyes started 11-0 in 2005-06.
Yr. Start Yr. W Strk. Postseason
1960-61 27-0 NCAA Title game
1961-62 22-0 NCAA Title game
1990-91 17-0 NCAA Regional Semifinal
2005-06 11-0 NCAA 2nd Round
2008-09 9-0 NCAA First Round
Fifth FOW Goes to Sullinger
Ohio State rookies have earned all six Big Ten Conference Freshman of the Week awards this season and Jared Sullinger claimed the league's freshman of the week honor for the fifth time last Monday (classmate Deshaun Thomas has the other). Sullinger averaged 20.5 points and 11.0 rebounds in wins vs. Florida Gulf Coast and South Carolina last week. He scored 30 points and grabbed 19 rebounds in the South Carolina victory. Sullinger also has a pair of conference player of the week awards. He is the first freshman to earn the league's player of the week honor twice in a season since the Buckeyes' Greg Oden did so as a rookie in 2006-07.
Matta Reaches Double-Digit Wins vs. Non-Conference Foes
Thad Matta has directed Ohio State to at least 10 wins during non-conference play in each of his seven seasons in Columbus. Matta is 89-17 vs. non-conference competition at Ohio State and 79-37 vs. Big Ten competition (regular season and Big Ten tournament games) for an overall record of 168-54.
Non-Conf. Big Ten Overall
Yr. W L W L W L
2005 11 3 9 9 20 12
2006 12 1 14 5 26 6
2007 17 3 18 1 35 4
2008 14 4 10 9 24 13
2009 11 2 11 9 22 11
2010 12 4 17 4 29 8
2010 12 0 0 0 12 0
89 17 79 37 168 54
UNC Asheville, Oakland High-Lighty(s)
David Lighty, a senior from Cleveland exploded for the first 11 points of the game, helping the Buckeyes to an 11-2 lead over the first 2:45 of the game against UNC Asheville. He went for a season-high 29 points, setting career highs in made 3-point field goals (7), 3-point field goals attempted (10 and made field goals (11). Lighty started his 100th game of his career vs. Oakland and played in his 132nd career game, tied for No. 3 all-time. Last week the senior from Cleveland averaged 21.0 points in wins vs. UNC Asheville and Oakland. He connected on 60 percent of his field goasl (15-25) and on 10 of 14 3-pointers (.714). He shot 70 percent from 3-point-range (7-10) vs. UNCA and helped head coach Thad Matta to his first 12-0 start at Ohio State.
Jon "3-Bler" Diebler Strikes vs. FGCU
Senior Jon Diebler turned in another record individual performance in the span of three games for the 12-0 and No. 2 ranked Buckeyes. After freshman Jared Sullinger set all sorts of Big Ten, Ohio State and personal marks with 40 points vs. IUPUI Dec. 9, Diebler followed suit making 9-of-14 3s in the win vs. Florida Gulf Coast Dec. 15.
Noting Diebler's 3-point barrage vs. FGCU:
- Most 3s made at Value City Arena-9
- Most 3s made in OSU history-tie
- Most 3s attempted in a game-14 (tie)
- Second most 3s made in Big Ten history-tie
- Most consecutive 3s made in OSU History-9
- Most 3s made at Value City Arena-9
- Most 3s attempted at Value City Arena-14 (tie)
- Last Big Ten player with 9 made 3s was Matt Roth of Indiana vs. OSU 1/31/09
- Diebler moved to No. 7 all-time in Big Ten history with 293 made 3s (now has 294), an OSU career record
Sullinger with another record outing
Freshman Jared Sullinger scored a game-high 40 points for the Buckeyes in the 75-64 win vs. IUPUI Dec. 9. Along the way, the 6-foot-9-inch Columbus native set numerous Ohio State records. He then followed that effort with a 30-point, 19 rebound outing in the victory over South Carolina Dec. 18. He has since added 16 boards vs. UNC Asheville, tied for the fifth-most by an OSU rookie in a single game.
Noting Sullinger's 40-point game vs. IUPUI:
- Most Points by an Ohio State freshman-40
- Most FTs Made by an Ohio State freshman-16
- 3rd-T Free Throws Made at Ohio State
- Most FTA by an Ohio State freshman-23
- 10th-T FTs attempted in Big Ten history
- 3rd Most FTs attempted in Big Ten history
- 2nd 40-pt. by a Big Ten freshman all-time
- No. 17-T Single Game Scoring at Ohio State
- 57th time OSU player to score 35+ in a game-
- Last time OSU player scored 35 or more pts. in a game was by Brent Darby (35) vs. Duke in 2002.
- Last time OSU player scored 40 or more pts. in a game was by Dennis Hopson (41) at Dayton in 1986.
- Last time a Big Ten player scored 40 or more pts. in a game was by Shawn Respert of Michigan State vs. Indiana, 1/11/95.
Noting Sullinger's 30 pt., 19 reb. game vs. USC:
- Fifth double-double of the season and ninth game in double figures
- Tied third-most points by an Ohio State freshman in a game
- Tied for the third-most in Value City Arena (David Lighty vs. Cleveland St., 12/22/09 and Scoonie Penn vs. Wisconsin, 2/24/99 each had 30)
- 19 rebounds are a Value City Arena record (Evan Turner had 17 11/12/09 vs. James Madison and 11/9/10 vs. Alcorn St.)
- Tied for second for most rebounds in a game for a freshman (Herb Williams had 22 vs. Marshall, 11/28/77). Greg Oden had 19 boards vs. Purdue March 10, 2007
- Defensive rebounds (14) are the most for an Ohio State freshman (Greg Oden previously held the record with 13 vs. Tennessee on 1/13/07).
- Defensive rebounds are tied for most defensive boards in Value City Arena history (Evan Turner vs. James Madison, 11/12/09
- Hit first career 3-pointer at the buzzer to end the first half, giving Ohio State a 42-21 halftime advantage
Scouting the Skyhawks
Tennessee-Martin is 4-8 on the season entering its matchup with the Buckeyes in the final non-conference contest for Ohio State before Big Ten league play gets underway Saturday at Indiana. The UTM Skyhawks opened the season with wins vs. MacMurray College and Centenary before dropping the next six contests, five of which were on the road. UTM won two of its last four games at Central Arkansas and at home vs. William Woods around a loss at Indiana-Purdue Fort Wayne and most recently to Murray State at home. The Skyhawks are led by a trio averaging about 12 points a game. Reuben Clayton, Mike Liabo and Benzor Simmons all contribute double figures offensively with Simmons leading the way with 5.8 rebounds a game.
Ohio State Series vs. UT-Martin
Ohio State and Tennessee-Martin are meeting for the first time. The Buckeyes are 12-0 vs. teams representing the Ohio Valley Conference, including a victory over Morehead State earlier this season.
Ohio State vs. the Ohio Valley Conference
Eastern Illinois 1-0
Eastern Kentucky 3-0
Morehead State 3-0
Southeast Missouri State
Tennessee State 3-0
Tennessee Tech 2-0
Matta has Buckeyes Road Ready
Ohio State has won its last seven true road games since finishing the 2009-10 season with five-consecutive road victories and starting this season with wins at then-No. 9 Florida (11/16/10) and most recently at Florida State (11/30/10). The last road loss was at No. 11 West Virginia Jan. 23, 2010. The Buckeyes have won their last six Big Ten road contests since falling at Minnesota 73-62 Jan. 9, 2010. The Buckeyes last won seven-consecutive road games in Big Ten play during the 2006-07, 2007-08 seasons when the Buckeyes won the final six league road games in 2007 and the first in 2008. Ohio State opens the Big Ten season on the road at Indiana this year Dec. 31 and then plays at Iowa Jan. 4 and at Michigan Jan. 12.
Year(s) Rd. W Strk. Rd. W Strk.
1959-60, 1961-62 21 14
1970-71, 1971-72 9 7
1932-33 8 3
2009-10, 2010-11 7 6
1949-50, 1950-51 7 5
2006-07, 2007-08 6 7
1908-09, 1909-10 6 N/A
1943-44, 1944-45 N/A 7
Lighty records Win No. 100
Senior David Lighty has been a part of 107 victories during his tenure as a Buckeye. His freshman season Ohio State won 35 games followed by 24 as a sophomore and 29 as a junior in 2009-10. Lighty is credited with seven wins at the start of the 2008-09 season, which ended for the 6-foot-5 guard from Cleveland when he broke his right foot and earned a medical redshirt season. The Buckeyes are off to a 12-0 start this year.
Four Score and More
Four Ohio State players already have tallied a score (20) or more points in a game nine times after 12 contests this season. Freshman Deshaun Thomas tallied 24 points in his collegiate debut Nov. 12 vs. North Carolina A&T. Another rookie, center Jared Sullinger, along with senior David Lighty each scored 26 points in the win at then-No. 9 Florida Nov. 16. Fellow senior, guard Jon Diebler, contributed 20 points in Ohio State's home win over Morehead State Nov. 23 and then most recently with a career-high 29 vs. Florida Gulf Coast Dec. 15. Lighty tallied 21 against Miami (Ohio) Nov. 26 and added a season-high 29 vs. UNC Asheville. Sullinger poured in 40 points for the Buckeyes in the recent win vs. IUPUI Dec. 9, a 75-64 victory and then added 30 points vs. South Carolina Dec. 18 (W 79-57). Lighty (4), Diebler (7), junior William Buford (6) and 2010 National Player of the Year Evan Turner (10) all scored 20 or more points multiple times last season.
Buckeyes win title vs. Eagles
Ohio State claimed the best record in the Global Sports Invitational with a victory vs. Morehead State (64-45, Nov. 23). Ohio State was 4-0 in the event. Florida went 3-1, North Carolina A&T 1-3, and UNC Wilmington 2-2. Morehead State finished 0-4.
Buckeyes Balanced Offensively
After 12 games, Ohio State has five players, including four starters, averaging in double-figures offensively. Freshman Jared Sullinger leads the team with 17.5 points per game. Sullinger also is the squad's top rebounder with 10.1 a contest. Senior David Lighty is next with 13.2 ppg., followed by classmate Jon Diebler (12.7 ppg.) and junior William Buford with 12.5 ppg. Freshman Deshaun Thomas contributes 11.0 ppg.
Freshman Aaron Craft leads with 56 total assists. Senior starting center Dallas Lauderdale has 31 of the team's 48 blocks on the year. Lauderdale also makes 64 percent of his field goals (28 of 44) while Sullinger (74-128/.578), Craft (24-44/.545) and Diebler (49-97/.505) all connect at 50+ percent from the field. Diebler has made 37 3-pointers on the season on 78 attempts (.474).
Diebler Moving Up in Big Ten
Senior Jon Diebler is among the Big Ten's all-time Top 10 leaders in made 3-pointers. The sharpshooter from Upper Sandusky, Ohio, has made 297 career 3s, No. 7 on the all-time Big Ten list. He has averaged 2.50 made 3s a game for his 119-game career. On that pace, he will become the Big Ten's all-time leader. Ohio State has a minimum of 20 games remaining, 19 in regular season games and at least one in the Big Ten tournament. He is on pace to make 61 more 3s this season, or 355 for his career. Pete Lisicky of Penn State (1994-98) currently owns the top spot in conference history with 332 made 3-pointers.
Big Ten Career 3-point leaders
1. 332 Pete Lisicky, PSU 1994-98
2. 331 Shawn Respert, MSU 1991-95
3. 327 Cory Bradford, ILL 1998-2002
4. 320 Craig Moore, NU 2006-09
5. 308 Joe Crispin, PSU 1998-2001
6. 299 Dee Brown, ILL 2002-06
7. 297 Jon Diebler, OSU 2008-
8. 283 A.J. Guyton, IND 1997-2000
9. 271 Drew Neitzel, MSU 2004-08
10. 268 Dion Harris, MICH 2003-07
Buford, Sullinger Make Naismith List
Junior guard William Buford and freshman center Jared Sullinger, both Ohio natives, are among the early contenders for the Naismith Award, given annually to the college national player of the year by the Atlanta Tipoff Club. Ohio State's Evan Turner was selected for the honor after the 2009-10 season. In late February, the Atlanta Tipoff Club's Board of Selectors will compile a mid-season team of the Top 30 players in the nation. Then in March, the Naismith Trophy voting academy will vote to narrow the list to the four finalists.
Sullinger, Williams Start Careers in Similar Fashion
Ohio State freshman Jared Sullinger recorded a pair of double-doubles in his debut games as a Buckeye. He tallied 19 points and 14 rebounds in his first career game vs. NC A&T Nov. 12 and followed that effort with 26 points and 10 boards at Florida Nov. 16. He is the first freshman to start his career with back-to-back double-doubles since Herb Williams tallied three-consecutive D-Ds as a rookie in 1977. Williams did so against California Hayward (34/10), Marshall (21/22) and Stetson (18/16). Sullinger has four career double-doubles in seven games after grabbing 13 rebounds and scoring 40 points vs. IUPUI Dec. 9.
Buckeyes Know Mr. Basketball
The last four Associated Press Ohio HS Mr. Basketball awards have been earned by current Ohio State players. Senior Jon Diebler claimed the honor in 2007, junior William Buford claimed the honor in 2008 and freshman Jared Sullinger won it in both 2009 and 2010. Deshaun Thomas, another Ohio State rookie, claimed Indiana's Mr. Basketball honor last year as a senior at Bishop Luers HS in Fort Wayne, Ind. Ohio State has had two of the last five Mr. Basketball honorees in Indiana with Greg Oden earning the honor in 2006.
Buckeyes Picked to Finish 2nd in Big Ten
Michigan State, Ohio State, Purdue. That is the 2010-11 order of finish the Big Ten media selected at the annual media day in Chicago in late October. The Buckeyes return four starters and welcome one of the nation's top recruiting classes after finishing the 2009-10 season 29-8 overall and winning the postseason conference tournament, a share of the regular-season crown and advancing to the 2010 NCAA Tournament "Sweet 16."
Feast or Famine
The four returning starters (David Lighty, Dallas Lauderdale, Jon Diebler and William Buford) from the 2009-10 season have played a combined 445 games at Ohio State with a total of 340 starts. Senior David Lighty leads that list with 132 games played and 100 starts.
Pollsters Like Buckeyes Early
Both the Associated Press (No. 4) and the ESPN/USA Today Coaches (No. 5) polls rated the Buckeyes among the nation's elite teams heading into the 2010-11 season. Ohio State is currently ranked No. 2 in both polls. Opponents on the 2010-11 schedule Michigan State, Purdue, Florida, Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota and Northwestern are among the Top 25 or receiving votes for consideration in one or both polls.
Noting the Oakland Game:
Ohio State 92, Oakland 63 (Dec. 23)
- Ohio State's four returning starters (Jon Diebler, David Lighty, Dallas Lauderdale and William Buford) have combined for 340 career starts and 445 games played.
- Ohio State moved to 132-23 (.850) at Value City Arena, improving to 78-5 vs. non-conference opponents.
- The 12-0 start to the season is the fourth-best in Ohio State history (1960-61, 27-0; 1961-62, 22-0; 1990-91, 17-0).
- Ohio State now has won 12 home games in a row (last home loss was to Purdue on 2/17/10).
- As a ranked team, Ohio State is 373-105 all-time.
- Ohio State improved to 25-7 when ranked second in the country, and 110-17 when ranked among the Top 3 in the country.
- When ranked in the Top 10 nationally, Ohio State is 252-56 with wins in 43 of its last 45 outings.
- Ohio State freshmen have accounted for 48 percent of total scoring for the season, including 50 of Ohio State's 92 total points against Oakland.
- Ohio State is now 2-0 vs. Oakland all-time and 3-0 vs. teams from the Summit League (last game vs. Oakland was a 76-50 victory on 12/27/99).
- Ohio State moved to 10-0 when leading at the half this season and 140-19 under Thad Matta.
- The Buckeyes are 10-0 this season and 151-17 when shooting a better field goal percentage than the opponent.
- This is the 236th-consecutive game that Ohio State has made at least one 3-point field goal (1/10/04 vs. Penn State was the last game with zero made).
- Ohio State has made 10 or more 3-pointers in a game 71 times since the shot was instituted for the 1986-87 season. The Buckeyes are 60-11 in those games after knocking down 10-of-18 treys against Oakland. Matta's Ohio State teams are 47-9 when making 10 or more 3-pointers in a game.
- Ohio State opened the contest against the Grizzlies on a 12-3 run and had a 21-3 run in the second half.
- Thad Matta improved his career record to 270-85 overall and 168-54 at Ohio State.
- Matta is 89-17 vs. non-conference competition at Ohio State and 79-37 vs. Big Ten foes (regular season and Big Ten tournament games) for an overall record of 168-54. He is 108-10 in Columbus.
- During Matta's tenure at Ohio State, the Buckeyes are 154-5 when leading with five minutes to play.
- When Ohio State has less than 15 turnovers, they are 11-0 on the season and 139-43 under Matta (OSU had five turnovers vs. Oakland).
- With the win, Ohio State is 41-6 in December under Matta.
- Matta is now 1-0 vs. Oakland in his career and 3-0 vs. teams from the Summit League.
- Against unranked teams at home, Matta is 96-2. He is 139-20 vs. unranked teams overall.
- The 12-0 start to the season is the best start for Matta at Ohio State (previous best was in 2005-06, when the team began 11-0).
- Under Matta, Ohio State is 8-0 this season and 112-11 overall when scoring 70 or more points in a game.
- Freshman Jared Sullinger finished the contest with 16 points. Sullinger has scored at least 10 points in 10 out or 12 games this season.
- Sullinger led the Buckeyes with a team high nine rebounds vs. Oakland.
- This was the third straight game Sullinger has had seven or more rebounds in the first half. Sullinger had seven vs. Oakland, eight vs. UNC Asheville and ten vs. South Carolina.
- With three made 3-pointers vs. Oakland, senior Jon Diebler now has 297 for his career and is two shots away from tying Dee Brown (Illinois - 299) for sixth-place in career 3-pointers made in Big Ten history.
- With three made 3-pointers, Diebler extends his streak to 28 straight games with at least one 3-pointer made.
- With 13 points against Oakland, Diebler now has 1,207 career points, passing Luke Witte (1,211) for 29th-place in career scoring in Ohio State history.
- The game vs. Oakland marked senior David Lighty's 100th career start for Ohio State. He is one start away from tying Troy Taylor for ninth-place in career games started at OSU.
- With 13 points, Lighty remains in 32nd-place on the all-time scoring list at Ohio State with 1,170 career points, nine behind Lawrence Funderburke for 31st all-time.
- Lighty recorded his 107th win as a Buckeye vs. the Grizzlies on Thursday. He had 35 as a freshman, 25 as a sophomore, 29 as a junior and seven during the 2008-09 season when he received a medical redshirt because of a broken foot. He is four wins away from owning the Ohio State record.
- Lighty has played in 132 games as a Buckeye, which ties Terence Dials for third-place all-time. He is one game away from tying Jerry Francis for second-place.
- In the last two games, Lighty is 10 for 14 from behind the arc.
- Junior William Buford had 12 points to push his career total to 1,041. He is 14 points away from tying Jamie Skelton and Ken Johnson (1,055) for 42nd-place all-time in career scoring at Ohio State.
- Freshman Deshaun Thomas was Ohio State's leading scorer with 17 points. He scored in double-figures for the sixth-time this season.
- Freshman Aaron Craft had a career-high 12 points vs. Oakland. His previous high was eight.
- Craft also led the Buckeyes in assists against the Grizzlies with seven, against just one turnover.
- Senior Dallas Lauderdale recorded six blocks to move his career total to 190, passing Brad Sellers for third all-time in Ohio State history.
Buford Reaches 1,000 Career Points
Ohio State boasts three players with at least 1,000 career points scored since junior William Buford reached the 96 points he needed in the 2010-11 season. With 17 points in the win vs. Florida Gulf Coast Dec. 15, Buford reached 1,000 and now has 1,041 career points, the 47th Buckeye all-time to reach 1,000. He scored 372 as a freshman and 532 a year ago for a total of 904 entering the campaign.
Seniors David Lighty (1,170) and Jon Diebler (1,220) joined Ohio State's 1,000-point club late last season. Diebler became the 45th player in Ohio State history to reach the 1,000 point plateau with 14 against Illinois March 13, 2010. Lighty reached 1,000 points with 18 vs. Georgia Tech in the second round of the 2010 NCAA Tournament. He was the third Buckeye, along with Evan Turner and Diebler, to achieve the feat last season. Lighty was the 46th player to reach 1,000 points in an Ohio State uniform.
Diebler On Track to Shatter Records
Senior Jon Diebler already owns several Ohio State 3-point shooting records and looks to increase his career totals from long range while setting new career marks in his last year of eligibility. Diebler's career total of 297 made 3s and single season mark of 116 a year ago are Ohio State records. He has increased his shooting percentage during each of his three years at Ohio State from 29 percent as a freshman to 41.6 percent as a sophomore and 42 percent a season ago. He is currently shooting 47 percent from long range (37-78) and is at 40 percent for his career (297-751).
Diebler is Three King
With four 3s in the 2010 Big Ten semifinal against Illinois, junior Jon Diebler surpassed Jamar Butler as the all-time leader at Ohio State in 3-point makes. Butler played from 2005-08 and averaged nearly 61 made 3s a season (242 total). Diebler has averaged 74 (297 total) a season over four years. Butler's career percentage from long range ranks No. 8 all time at 37.2 percent accuracy (242-650). Diebler is shooting 39.5 percent (297-751) for his career. This after connecting on just 29 percent (48-166) as a freshman. He shot 42 percent as a sophomore (96-231) and made 42 percent last season (116-276).
In just four seasons has a Buckeye made 80 or more 3s. Diebler has two of those after knocking down 96 treys as a sophomore and 116 last year. Diebler set the single-season record for made 3s in a season after making 11 treys in Milwaukee in the opening rounds of the 2010 NCAA Tournament. Diebler surpassed the century mark from long range with five makes in the 2010 Big Ten Tournament title victory over Minnesota.
Buford Works with U.S. National Team
Junior William Buford was selected as one of 20 collegiate athletes to practice against the U.S. National Team July 19-24 in Las Vegas. Buford is Ohio State's top returning scorer from the 2009-10 campaign at 14.4 points a game. He started all 37 contests for Ohio State a year ago and will be looked to for his offense and improving defense as a team veteran this season.
Lighty Offers Veteran Leadership
Fifth-year senior David Lighty has battled injury over his career, missing the majority of the 2008-09 season with a broken bone in his right foot and then re-injuring the same foot during off-season workouts following the 2009-10 season. He is on track to be ready for the start of this season. Lighty has played in 131 games during his career, starting 99. He could be Ohio State's all-time leader in game appearances when his eligibility expires at the end of the 2010-11 season. He was part of the 2007 NCAA Championship game, three NCAA tournament appearances, a National Invitational Tournament title (2009), a pair of Big Ten Tournament titles (2007, 2010) and two Big Ten championships (2007, 2010) during his tenure as a Buckeye.
Lighty Could Join Turner, Jackson in OSU Record Book
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 is the only other Buckeye to do so with 1,785 career points, 552 career rebounds and 372 career assists from 1990-92. David Lighty could join the duo this season. He currently has 1,170 points, 477 rebounds and 295 assists to his credit. Only 21 players in Ohio State history have scored more than 1,000 points and collected 500+ rebounds. Turner was the last to accomplish.
Ohio State vs. The Ranked
The Buckeyes have an all-time record of 135-221 vs. ranked opponents in the Associated Press Top 25. That includes a mark of 55-112 vs. Top 10 foes. As a ranked team, Ohio State is 373-105 all-time. In games when both teams enter with a Top 25 ranking, Ohio State is 55-47. When ranked among the Top 10 nationally, Ohio State is 252-56 with wins in 43 of last 45 outings.
Wins Follow Buckeye Double-Doubles
Ohio State has had a player record a double-double (10+ points, rebs, assists, steals or blocks) in 811 games. The Buckeyes are 554-257 in those contests (.682). Freshman Jared Sullinger (30/19) last recorded a double-double in the win vs. South Carolina Dec. 18.
Double Digit 3s
Ohio State has made 10 or more 3-pointers in a game 71 times since the shot was instituted for the 1986-87 season. The Buckeyes are 60-11 in those games after knocking down 10-of-28 treys against Oakland Dec. 23. Opponents have made double-digit 3s 87 times and are 35-52 in those games vs. the Buckeyes. Matta's Ohio State teams are 47-9 when making 10 or more 3s in a game. Opponents are 9-29 against Matta-coached teams when making 10 or more treys.
Career Gives Lighty Chance at Lowe's Senior CLass Award
David Lighty is among several candidates for the 2010-11 Lowe's Senior CLASS Award, presented each year to the outstanding senior NCAA Division I Student-Athlete of the Year across nine different sports. The acronym "CLASS" stands for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School®. The Lowe's Senior CLASS Award celebrates the loyalty of seniors that honor a four-year commitment to their university. The Senior CLASS Award® recognizes these student-athletes for great achievement during competition and in their community while staying in school.
The Buckeyes made two trips to Florida in 2010. Ohio State defeated the University of Florida 93-75 Nov. 16 and traveled for the annual Big Ten/ACC Challenge Nov. 30 at Florida State (W 58-44). South Carolina will face the Buckeyes in Columbus Dec. 18 to start a home-and-home series with USC. Northwestern and Michigan State face the Buckeyes once this season with Ohio State traveling to Evanston and playing host to the Spartans. All other league teams face the Buckeyes home-and-home. The Buckeyes open the league season at Indiana Saturday. Happy New Year!
Lighty, Kecman Recovering from Injury
David Lighty re-injured his right foot during spring workouts. It was the same injury that kept him out of the 2008-09 season. Lighty had surgery and spent the summer rehabilitating the injury. He was ready for the start of fall workouts. Junior Nikola Kecman suffered an ACL injury to his right knee. He had surgery in early July and is out indefinitely. He missed all but one game during the 2008-09 season with a similar injury to his left knee.
Buckeyes Again Look to Develop a Point
Thad Matta, now in his seventh season as the head coach of the Buckeyes, moved forward Evan Turner to the point guard position after the 2008-09 season. The experiment worked with Turner developing into the 2010 National Player of the Year and the No. 2 pick (Philadelphia) in the 2010 NBA Draft. The point guard position will again be open entering camp this year. Freshman Aaron Craft will get an opportunity but veterans David Lighty, Jon Diebler and William Buford could handle the position by committee as well. All have been working on the skills necessary to run the Buckeyes during the 2010-11 campaign.
Matta Looks for Another 20-Win Season
For each of the last 10 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 (11). Matta set the Ohio State record for consecutive 20-win campaigns in 2008-09 with a 22-11 record and extended it with a 29-8 campaign last season, the sixth-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 five seasons. That effort tied 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 three (10, 10, 14).
Dickerson Added to Staff
Dave Dickerson, former head coach at Tulane, was added to the Big Ten Champion Ohio State men's basketball staff as an assistant coach in April. Dickerson replaced Alan Major, who accepted the head coaching position at Charlotte after last season. Prior to his time in New Orleans, Dickerson spent nine years as an assistant under former Ohio State coach Gary Williams at Maryland, his alma mater, and in 2004-05, was the program's associate head coach. Dickerson also served as assistant coach at Gardner Webb (1990-91), James Madison (1991-92) and Radford (1993-96) before returning to Maryland. As a player, he lettered for the Terrapins from 1986-89, earning team captain status as a senior. A native of Olar, S.C., Dickerson graduated from Maryland in 1990 with a degree in government and politics.
Sullinger Second Recruit to Earn
Naismith HS Award in Last 5 yrs.
Jared Sullinger was named the Naismith High School Player of the Year March 10, 2010 by the Atlanta Tipoff Club. Sullinger is the second Thad Matta recruit to earn the award in the last five years. Greg Oden earned the honor in 2006. Sullinger, of Columbus Northland HS, averaged 24 points, 12 rebounds and nearly two blocks a game for his national No. 1 ranked high school squad, which was coached by his father "Satch" Sullinger, the 2010 Naismith High School Coach of the Year.
Buckeyes Comfortable at VCA
The Buckeyes are 9-0 at home this season in Value City Arena (1-0 at St. John Arena). Ohio State finished 17-1 at home last season, the second most home victories in a season at Ohio State. The Buckeyes shot 52 percent at home and 41 percent from 3-point range in 2009-10. The team reached 100 or more points three times and averaged a margin of victory of +22.1. The Buckeyes opened the 2010-11 campaign with a 102-61 victory over NC A&T. Ohio State is 68-1 all-time when scoring 100 or more points in a game.
First Four Games Part of Global Sports Invitational
The first four games of the regular season made up the Global Sports Invitational on the Ohio State schedule. Home games vs. North Carolina A&T (W 102-61, Nov. 12), North Carolina Wilmington (W 81-41, Nov. 20) and Morehead State (W 64-45, Nov. 23) along with the road game vs. Florida (W 93-75, Nov. 16) comprised the event.
Buckeye Class of 2011 Added
Five student-athletes were added to the Buckeye men's basketball program during the NCAA National of Letter of Intent early signing period Nov. 10-17. Three inked the first day, one, LaQuinton Ross, was added Nov. 14 and on the final day center Amir Williams became a Buckeye. The class of high school seniors is rated by analysts as a Top 5 class nationally.
Shannon Scott, son of former North Carolina star Charlie Scott, will play the point position for the Buckeyes when he arrives in Columbus. As a high school player to date, Shannon (6-2, 165) led Milton High School in Alpharetta, Ga., to the 5A state championship with an overall 29-4 record as a junior. The squad was ranked No. 1 during the title run. He averaged 13 points and 8.0 assists last year.
Sam Thompson is the latest student-athlete from the Chicago area to join the Buckeyes. Evan Turner, the 2010 National Player of the Year and current Ohio State freshman Lenzelle Smith Jr., also call Chicagoland their home.
Thompson (6-6, 190) plays for Whitney Young High School in downtown Chicago where he won a state title as a sophomore with a 25-9 record. The squad was ranked No. 1 in Illinois that season. As a junior, Thompson led Whitney Young to a runner up finish in the state tournament with a record of 23-7. He averaged nearly 12 points. 8.4 rebounds, 3.9 assists and 3.6 blocks a game.
Trey McDonald, a 6-9, 230-pound center, plays for Battle Creek (Mich.) High School. His squad finished 11-9 last season. An all-city and all-conference performer as a junior, McDonald led his team in scoring with 10 points a game to go along with 6.4 rebounds and 1.6 blocks an outing.
Ross, a 6-8, 195-pound forward from Jackson, Miss., joined the Buckeyes after his official visit Nov. 15. Ross played his junior season at Life Center Academy in Burlington, N.J., where he averaged nearly 17 points and eight rebounds a game. His team finished with a 14-6 record in 2009-10.
Williams, a 6-10 center from Detroit County Day High School, is rated No. 2 at his position nationally by ESPN, averaged 15.0 ppg., 10.2 rpg. and 4.8 bpg as a junior at Detroit Country Day in 2009-10. He was selected to the Max Preps 2010 Junior All-America third team and named an all-state selection after leading his team to the state championship a year ago. With USA Basketball, Williams was a member of the 2010 USA U18 National Team that compiled a 5-0 record, captured the 2010 FIBA Americas U18 Championship gold medal and qualified the U.S. for the 2011 FIBA U19 World Championship.