OSU MARCH TO 2010-11 BIG TEN CHAMPIONSHIP

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Jerry Lucas led OSU to 3 straight NCAA Finals - Big Ten player of year 3 times 1960-2
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Greg Oden led OSU to NCAA finals in 2007
INDEX OF CONTENTS:
1- Game by Game write ups of 2010-11 season - 31 games
1A- Big Ten Tournament - 2011
1B-  NCAA Tournment 1 2011
2- Team and player stats for each game
3-  Final Game of last season
4-  Last Year Big Ten Tournament
5-  Last Year OSU NCAA Tournament games
6-  Pictures from last years games
7-  1960 NCAA win over California and lots of info about players and season
8-  Jerry Lucas profile
9-  Pictures from 50 year anniversary celebration of 1960 NCAA championship on 1-31-2010
10-  Profiles on some of Lucas 1960 teammates including John Have lick and Larry Siegfried
11-  Jarad Sullinger & top 7 OSU teammates
 high school stats
12-  OSU Basketball team and individual records from 1925-2007
PRE SEASON FORECAST:
OSU  ranked 4th in AP poll, Michigan St ranked  2nd.
Media picked Michigan State to win Big Ten
Slag picks OSU to win Big Ten as they play Michigan St
      only one time and game is in Columbus.
1- GAME BY GAME OHIO STATE
HIGHLIGHTS - 2010-11



NOTE - Following is my recap of each game mostly from a stat standpoint in date order.  Following the regular season games are the Big Ten tournament games and NCAA games followed by pictures and than a large section on Jerry Lucas and the OSU NCAA 1960 championship game.
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Thad Matta at pre season Big Ten Media Day
Exhibition Game:  Nov 7  Walsh at Ohio State
Jared Sullinger had 22 points and 10 rebounds, and Aaron Craft had 12 points and eight assists as the Ohio State unveiled its highly rated freshman class in a 102-56 men's basketball exhibition win over Walsh today in Value City Arena.
Sullinger and Craft were among five players to score in double figures. Returning starters David Lighty, William Buford and Dallas Lauderdale scored 19, 16 and 12 points, respectively.
The game was the Buckeyes' only exhibition. They will open the regular season at home at 7 p.m. Friday against North Carolina A&T. Walsh, the NAIA Division II runner-up last season, was playing its second exhibition in as many days. The Cavaliers lost yesterday at Ohio University 78-64.
The Buckeyes broke away from what had been a close first five minutes after Craft entered the game at the first timeout. The freshman point guard started a 13-2 run with an assist on a Jon Diebler three-pointer, a steal and a layup. Diebler finished with five points in the game and took only three shots.
Ohio State led 55-30 at halftime. Craft finished the half with seven points, seven assists, three rebounds and two steals.


GAME 1  NOV 12 - N. Carolina A&T at Ohio State
GAME 2 /DEC 12 - Ohio State at #9 Florida

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Matta talks to Diebler
     The Buckeyes trailed Florida at the half 41-38, but won the second half 55-32 in an awesome display.  I was especially impressed with their ball handling as despite being pressed all game OSU had only 8 turnovers.  OSU shot 63% from the floor and 41% from the 3 point line.  Florida shot 61% from the field and 43% from downtown and out rebounded the Bucks 26-17.  But OSU forced Florida into 18 turnovers and had 22 assists to 11 for the Gators.  Ohio State made 24 of 34 (70.6%) shots in the 2nd half despite playing 5 players for 35 plus minutes.
      Lighty had an awesome game making 9 of 11 shots and 6 of 7 free throws.  Sullinger made 13 of 17 shots for 26 points and 10 rebounds his 2nd double double in his first two games of college ball.  Buford was 7 of 14 for 16 points and Diebler was 5 of 8 including 4 of 7 three pointers.  Aaron Craft came off the bench in both halves but played about 35 minutes and had 7 points, 5 assists and 3 turnovers.  But he usually brought the ball up by himself against the full court press.  OSU only played 7 players and Thomas was the only one not to shoot 50 % from the field.  Great ball handling led to many easy shots. 



GAME 3 /DEC 15 - UNC Wilmington at Ohio State
GAME 4 /NOV 23 - Morehead State at Ohio State      The Buckeyes were played tough by Morehead State, but pulled away in the 2nd half to extend a 30-24 half time lead to a 64-45 victory.  Kenneth Faried of Morehead State, projected to be a first round draft pick, looked like the best player on the court but got into foul trouble to limit his minutes.  He scored 15 points on 5 of 7 shooting, grabbed 12 bounds and had 5 steals.  He also played good defense on Sullinger holding him to 8 points and 8 rebounds.
      Jon Diebler led the Bucks with 20 points on 7 of 10 shooting including 4 of 7 from downtown, 4 bounds and 3 assists.  Thomas came off the bench to score 16 also on 7 of 10 from the field and grabbed 7 bounds.  Buford was hurt and didn't play thus Aaron Craft started and played the entire game scoring 7 points with 6 assists and 5 turnovers.  Lighty scored 11 points on 4 of 11 from the field, 5 bounds 7 assists and 4 steals.
 


GAME 5 /NOV 26 - Miami University at Ohio State - OSU wins 66-45
   OSU and Miami of Ohio both started slow but Ohio State eventually led 22-5 with 7 minutes remaining in the first half.  But Miami turned the apparent romp into a game and came within 28-23.  For the first half OSU held Miami to 5 of 22 from the floor.  In the 2nd half Lighty lit up Miami of Ohio for 19 points and OSU pulled away to win 66-45.
     OSU was led by Lighty who was 7 of 12 from the floor including 4 of 4 from beyond the 3 point line in the 2nd half.   He also had 6 rebounds and 6 assists.  Thomas came off the bench to pour in 15 points on 6 of 9 from the field and grabbed 5 bounds.  Sullinger was 5 for 9 from the field with 3 bounds and 12 points. 
     OSU shot 52% from the field which is their season average.  They are 8th in the nation in field goal percentage. 

 

GAME 6 /NOV 30 - Ohio State at Florida State - OSU wins 58-44.
Ohio State played good defense and Florida State shot poorly as OSU jumped to 7-0, 20-10 and a 28-17 half time lead.  OSU struggled shooting all game and Florida State made several runs at OSU but never came closer than 7.  OSU out scored Florida State by 7 in the last few minutes to win 58-44.  Florida State, now 5-2,  was ranked 30th before losing to #18 Florida 55-51 last week.
     OSU shot poorly all game especially Diebler who was 3-12 from the filed including 2 of 10 from 3 point line, but contributed 4 steals in the 2nd half and made 4 of 5 foul shots and scored a team high 12 points.  Sullinger was stymied by the Florida State defense while scoring 11 points on 3 of 9 shooting but grabbed 13 bounds.  Lightly scored 10 points on 4 of 14 shots and collected 7 bounds.  Buford fouled out with about 7 minutes remaining but scored 9 points on 4 of 12 shooting and grabbed 5 boards.  Thomas only played a few minutes in the first half before taking a nasty spill.  He finished with 5 points on 2 of 4 from the field.  Craft scored 5 points on 1 of 5 shooting but collected 4 rebounds, 3 steals and 4 turnovers.
     Ohio State shot a season low 32% from the field but their defense held Florida State to 35% shooting and out rebound the Seminoles 39-29.  Ohio State played good defense and Florida State shot poorly as OSU jumped to 7-0, 20-10 and a 28-17 half time lead.  OSU struggled shooting all game and Florida State made several runs at OSU but never came closer than 7.  OSU out scored Florida State by 7 in the last few minutes to win 58-44.  Florida State, now 5-2,  was ranked 30th before losing to #18 Florida 55-51 last week.
     OSU shot poorly all game especially Diebler who was 3-12 from the filed including 2 of 10 from 3 point line, but contributed 4 steals in the 2nd half and made 4 of 5 foul shots and scored a team high 12 points.  Sullinger was stymied by the Florida State defense while scoring 11 points on 3 of 9 shooting but grabbed 13 bounds.  Lightly scored 10 points on 4 of 14 shots and collected 7 bounds.  Buford fouled out with about 7 minutes remaining but scored 9 points on 4 of 12 shooting and grabbed 5 boards.  Thomas only played a few minutes in the first half before taking a nasty spill.  He finished with 5 points on 2 of 4 from the field.  Craft scored 5 points on 1 of 5 shooting but collected 4 rebounds, 3 steals and 4 turnovers.
     Ohio State shot a season low 32% from the filed but their defense held Florida State to 35% shooting and out rebound the Seminoles 39-29. 

 
GAME 7 /DEC 9 - IUPUI at Ohio State

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     The 25 point favorite Buckeyes fell behind 50-41 with about 12 minutes remaining then outscored IUPUI 34-14 for the remainder of the game. During one span, the Buckeyes outscored the Jaguars 24-4 -- with Sullinger scoring 14 and Diebler hitting two 3s.  It was a phenomenal performance by freshman Jared Sullinger who scored 40 points including 26 in the 2nd half on 12 of 17 from the floor and 16 of 23 from the foul line.  He also grabbed a game high 13 bounds.  At one time in the second half there had been 15 fouls shots attempted by both teams and Sullinger had attempted 14 as IUPUI had no answer for the awesome freshman.  This week will be the 4th time in 5 weeks that Sullinger has been Big Ten freshman of the week!  The other weekly honor was won by Thomas of OSU!  Sullinger broke the freshman record of 30 points held by Michael Redd vs USC in 1997.  It is the first 40 point game for a Buckeye since Dennis Hopson scored 41 points in 1986 and only the 4th time in the last 45 years that a Buckeye has scored 40 points.
       Buford started fast making his first four shots including two 3's for 10 points to keep OSU ahead a couple of points most of the first half.  But he went cold after that finishing with 14 points on 6 of 15 shooting and grabbing 7 boards.  Diebler started the rally from 9 down with a 3 pointer and finished 4 of 6 from the field including 3 of 5 from downtown and added 3 assists while scoring 13.  Lighty add 6 points on 3 of 7 from the field, had 4 bounds and 3 steals.  The other 3 players seeing action scored only 2 points.  Craft missed his only shot in 35 minutes of play but tallied 8 assists and 5 boards.  The starting line up with Craft instead of Lauderdale in the 2nd half played the first 19 minutes before any substitutions.
      Both teams made 26 of 51 field goals and shot well from the 3 point line.  IUPUI was 8 of 17 from downtown while OSU was 5 of 11.  The difference was Sullinger's 16 made free throws while IUPUI only attempted 5 for the game.  OSU won the rebounding battle 31-20 after each scored 15 in the first half. 

GAME 8 /DEC 12 - W. Carolina at Ohio State - OSU wins 85-60

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Sullinger shooting





     The 26 point favorite Buckeyes jumped out of the gate to an 11-0 lead and led at halftime 42-25.  OSU made their first four shots in the 2nd half and increased their lead to 35 points before easing up and winning 85-60.  In the first half OSU forced Carolina into 11 turnovers in the first 18 possessions and 14 turnovers in the first half while the Buckeyes had 0!
      Sullinger led the scoring with 17 points on 4 of 8 from the field and 9 of 12 from the line and grabbed 5 rebounds.  For the second consecutive game Sullinger made close to twice as many foul shots as the opponent.  Lauderdale scored 13 on 6 of 7 from the field and corralled 6 boards.   Buford scored 13 on 6 of 12 from the field and had 6 bounds and 5 assists.   Thomas came off the bench to score 13 on 2 of 7 from the floor and 8 of 8 from the line.  Diebler scored 10 on 3 of 5 from the field including 2 of 3 three point shots.   Lighty, Weatherspoon and Sibert all scored 6 or 7 points as 7 players logged 21-25 minutes and 3 other players logged 9 to 18 minutes.
      OSU out shot Western Carolina 52 to 42% but were out rebounded 37-24.  OSU won the turnover battle 6 to 20.


GAME 9 /DEC 15 - Florida Gulf Coast at Ohio State

12-14 Ohio State continues to rank among the nation's most efficient teams at both ends of the floor, according to analyst Ken Pomeroy's ratings at kenpom.com, which places the Buckeyes third overall, behind Duke and Kansas. NCAA statistics rank the Buckeyes among the top 10 in scoring defense, scoring margin, turnover margin and fewest fouls.

      Sullinger ranks sixth in Big Ten scoring (18.0), second in rebounding (9.3) and third in field-goal percentage (.595), and his free throws made (44) and attempted (64) lead the conference, both overall and per game.

     It's the season for naming Big Ten awards, so maybe the conference will rename its freshman of the week award in men's basketball for Sullinger, who won it for the fourth time in five weeks yesterday. He also was named player of the week for the second time after putting 40 points on IUPUI and 17 on Western Carolina.  He is the first Big Ten player to score at least 40 points in a game since Michigan State's Shawn Respert in 1995 and only the second freshman in the conference to do it. The other was Dick Ives of Iowa in 1944.




  Ohio State jumped out to 7-0, 18-3 and 42-16 half time lead on way to an 83-55 win over a weak Florida Gulf Coast team.   A key to the first half was turnovers where OSU won the battle 3 to 14 after winning the previous game 0 to 14 in the first half.
     The game belonged to Jon Diebler who had a career high 29 points on 9 of 14 from the 3 point line and added 4 bounds and 2 assists.  He missed his first 2 shots then made 9 three pointers in a row before missing his last 3.  He tied Jay Burlson OSU record of 9 in one game set in 1983 and was one 3 pointer from tying the Big Ten record of 10 for one game.  Diebler was so hot about 3 of the makes were about 5 feet beyond the 3 point line and I am not sure if any of the 9 in a row hit the rim!  Diebler moved into 7th place on the all time list of 3 pointers made with 291 and needs to average about 2 makes a game to become the Big Ten all time leader (currently 332) in 3 point shots made.
      Buford added 17 points on 8 of 18 but only 1 of 6 from downtown.  He also had 6 bounds and 3 assists.   Sullinger added 11 points on 5 of 9 from the field and 3 boards.  Craft had 8 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists making all of his 3 shots.  Lighty scored 7 points on 2 of 9 but had 8 assists.  Lauderdale added 4 points, 8 bounds and 2 blocks.
      OSU have now won 9 straight, all by at least 11 points.  OSU is shooting 49.2% from the field, the same % Diebler is shooting on 3's.  Outside of Lauderdale (70%) and Sullinger (59%), none of the other 4 significant players are shooting all of their shots as well as Diebler shoots 3 pointers!  Buford (43%) and Lightly (44%) are not close to  Diebler's 3 point field goal % of 49.2%.  Diebler is also shooting 70% on 2's and 80% on foul shots.  Diebler shot 2 of 10 on 3 points in one game and his 2nd worst game in the first 9 was 3 of 8 (37.5) which converts to 56% on two pointers!

GAME 10 - DEC 18  SOUTH CAROLINA AT OHIO STATE - OSU WINS 79-57

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Craft shooting layup
  OSU once again jumped out to a quick lead, this time 20-6 and were leading South Carolina 42-21 at half time.  OSU held South Carolina (SC) to 26% shooting in the first half and won the rebound battle by 10.  SC had out rebounded 6 of their first 7 opponents including Michigan State their only loss and were 6th in the nation in rebounding.  The 2nd half was even.  SC cut the lead to 14, then OSU surged to a 31 point lead before relaxing and winning 79-57.  OSU was favored by 18.
     Sullinger was unstoppable pouring in 30 points and grabbing 19 rebounds, the most by a Buckeye player since Bill Hoskett grabbed 19 in 1968, 42 years ago!  His 14 defensive rebounds were an OSU Freshman record.  Sullinger sunk 10 of 17 from the field and 9 of 12 from the line.  It was the third game in a row that Sullinger has made more free throws than the opponent attempted.
     Buford added 12 points on 5 of 11 shooting but had 4 turnovers vs 2 assists.  Diebler added 11 but was only 3 of 9 from the field including 2 of 6 from downtown in a game high 35 minutes.  Lighty added 9 on 2 of 8 from the field and 5 of 5 from the line while accumulating 5 boards and 5 assists.  Thomas added 7 points in 15 minutes on 2 of 5 from the floor while grabbing 7 boards.  Lauderdale scored 6 on 3 of 7 shooting with 7 boards and 3 blocks.
      Ohio State outshot SC 43 to 38%, made 21 of 28 foul shots vs 3 of 7 for SC, out bounded SC 43-31 and committed 8 turnovers to 15 for SC.
       Ohio State is one of 12 undefeated teams at 10-0, winning all games by at least 11 points.  This is the fifth time OSU has started 10-0 and the first since the 2005-6 season.  
       
         Tomorrow the 11th ranked women play at #1 Connecticut who is going for their 88th straight win to tie UCLA mens record for the NCAA longest streak in basketball history.  NOTE:  OSU lost to Connecticut but Stanford broke their streak at 90 at Stanford.

GAME 11 - DEC 21 N. C. ASHEVILLE AT OHIO STATE - OSU WINS 96-49

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Lighty dribbling
Ohio State as usual jumped out to a quick lead of 16-5 with Lighty scoring all 16 points on way to 48-24 half time lead and 96-49 final score.  OSU shot well especially in the first half when they mad 20 of 34 shots (59%) on way to 56.5% for the game while holding NC Asheville to 37.5%.  OSU won rebounds 42-25, assists 20-11, steals 12-4 and turnovers 11-21.
       Lighty scored 23 in the first half and finished with 29 points on 11 of 16 field goals including 7 of 10 from 3 point range.  Buford added 14 points and 5 boards on 6 of 12 shooting.  Thomas scored 13 points and grabbed 8 boards in 21 minutes.  Sullinger made 4 of 7 shots for 9 points and collected 16 rebounds and handed off 5 assists.  Diebler added 9 points while Sibert and Craft added 7 points and 6 bounds as 7 players scored 7 or more points. 

Game 13 - Dec 27 - Tennessee Martin at OSU





GAME 12 - DEC 23 OAKLAND AT #1 OHIO STATE - OSU WIN 96-62


Ohio State jumped to an 8 point lead against 17 point underdog Oakland and led by 10-12 points most of the first half until Oakland cut the lead to 5 with a minute remaining in the first half.  OSU scored the last 4 points of the first half and increased the lead to 17 in the first four minutes of  the 2nd half and surged from there for a 92-63 win. 
      Ohio State had six players score between 12 and 17 points and a 7th player, Dallas Lauderdale, was named player of the game with 8 bounds and 6 blocks moving to 3rd place for career blocks by a Buckeye.  Thomas came off the bench to lead all scorers with 17 points on 6 of 10 from the field and 6 bounds.  Sullinger added 16 on 5 of 11 from the floor and 6 of 6 from the line along with 9 rebounds.  Diebler added 13 points on 3 of 5 three pointers and 4 assists.  Lighty scored 13 on  3 of 4 from downtown and 5 bounds.  Buford scored 12 on 5 of 16 from the floor and 6 assists and 4 boards.  Craft had 12 on 4 of 5 from the field, 7 assists and 4 steals.
      OSU's big edge was in turnovers as they only had 5 to 20 for Oakland.  OSU outshot Oakland 47% to 38%, on 3 pointers 56 % (10 of 18) to 38%, won rebounds 39-37, won assists 21-12 and won steals 11-2. 
     OSU fouled out 6'11" Keith Benson (averaging 17 points a game) while holding him to 8 points and 10 boards.
      The Buckeyes are 12-0, the best start since they went 17-0 in the 1990-1 season.
Game 13 - Dec 27 - Tennessee Martin at OSU



GAME 13 - DEC 27 #2 TENN. MARTIN AT #2 OHIO STATE

     Following is a narrative of OSU strength of schedule in preseason followed by a link to individual stats by game for each OSU player.  At the bottom of the file is the top 7 players in most offensive categories. 
 
NOTE:  I ran across some power ratings listing 346 schools.  OSU average opponent thus far averages 160.  Only one Big Ten team is ranked lower than 71 and that is Iowa at 252.   The only schools OSU played in preseason that is ranked above the 10th rated team in the Big Ten (Penn State 71) is Florida State 40 and Florida 41.  OSU is 3rd behind Duke and Kansas.
      Big Ten season starts at Indiana on Dec 31st for OSU.




GAME 14 - DEC 31  #2 OHIO STATE AT INDIANA - OSU WINS 85-67

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Lauderdale blocks shot                                    Thomas and Diebler boxing out
   OSU started fast as usual in their Big Ten opener at 12 point underdog Indiana.  Buford scored the first 8 points as OSU led 20-8,  The teams traded baskets as OSU led at half time 46-33.  The Bucks were shooting lights out hitting 15 of 21 from the floor (71%), 7 of 11 three pointers (64%) and 9 of 11 foul shots (82%).  Indiana stayed in the game hitting 52% from the field and 5 of 11 from downtown.  Buford had 13 points in the first 10 minutes and finished with 14 on 5 of 6 from the floor including 3 of 4 three pointers.  Sullinger made all 4 shots and finished with 11 and Diebler hit all 3 three pointers for 9 points.
      The 2nd half was more of the same as the Bucks coasted to an 85-67.  OSU made 13 of 19 three pointers (68%) and made 10 of 19 two pointers (53%).  Indiana shot 52% from the floor and 36% from downtown.  OSU won rebounds 27-21 and assists 15-13 but lost the turnover battle 16-13.  Buford and Thomas both had 4 turnovers.
      Buford led in scoring with 24 points on 5 of 7 three pointers and 3 of 8 two pointers and he grabbed 4 boards.  Sullinger scored 19 points on 5 of 6 from the floor and 9 of 12 from the line and 9 bounds.  Sullinger fouled out his primary defender, Elston, in 9 minutes of action.  Diebler added 15 points, making all 5 three point attempts.  Diebler is now hitting 51% of his 3 pointers including 10 of 13 (77%) in last 3 games.  Lighty added 11 points on 2 of 4 three pointers and 5 assists.
     The Buckeyes (14-0, 1-0 Big Ten) have won eight straight road games -- their longest such streak since winning nine in a row from 1970-72. And for the first time in school history, the Buckeyes have won three consecutive games at Assembly Hall. Ohio State hadn't won three straight in Bloomington since 1968-70, before the current arena opened. Ohio State did it with flair, too, shooting 60.5 percent from the field and tied the record for most 3s by an opponent at Assembly Hall. Northwestern made 13 last season in Bloomington.

GAME 15 - JAN 4 #2 OHIO STATE AT IOWA -  OSU WINS 73-68

     Ohio State struggled in the first half vs 13 point underdog Iowa and trailed by scores of 17-9, 32-25 and 35-28 at the half.  Iowa out rebounded and out hustled the Buckeyes in the first half.  OSU started the 2nd half by outscoring Iowa by 20 points in the first 11 minutes as Sullinger scored 12 points in first 11 minutes of the 2nd half.   A 13 point lead with 8 minutes left was whittled to 3 when Craft was fouled with 16 seconds left - he made two clutch foul shots.
     OSU outshot Iowa for the game 55-43% but Iowa shot 3 point shots better 47-37%.  OSU lost rebound battle 30-29 but won assists 15-10.  Turnovers were even at 15.
    Sullinger led the Bucks with 24 points on  11 of 20 from the field and he grabbed game high 12 bounds.  Diebler added 14 points on 4 of 8 from three point land and dished out 5 assists.  Lighty added 12 points on 5 of 9 from the field, 6 boards and 4 assists.  Craft added 6 points, 7 assists and 4 boards.  Lauderdale added 6 points 4 bounds and 4 blocks.
    
The Buckeyes (15-0, 2-0 Big Ten), who have won five straight over the Hawkeyes for the first time in school history.  

It was the first time in the history of the program that the Buckeyes (15-0, 2-0 Big Ten) had won back-to-back road games to start the Big Ten season.

It was their ninth consecutive road win overall and eighth in a row in the Big Ten, dating to last season.


GAME 16 - JAN 9  MINNESOTA AT #2 OHIO STATE - OSU wins 67-64

The week that was

"Survive and advance" is a term coaches usually don't invoke until the NCAA Tournament. But in what is shaping up as a dogfight of a season in the Big Ten, it accurately describes Ohio State's first full week of conference play.

The Buckeyes needed a 16-0 second-half run to get out of Iowa with a five-point win, then watched an 18-point lead at home against Minnesota dwindle to three before surviving a Gophers last-second shot to force overtime.

The win at Iowa, combined with a New Year's Eve victory at Indiana, made it the first time in history that Ohio State started the Big Ten season with two road wins. They have won nine consecutive games on opponents' home courts dating to last season.

The week ahead

A 10th straight road win, at Michigan, would be the second-longest such streak in program history behind the 21 in a row achieved from the 1959-60 through '61-62 seasons. The 1970-71 and '71-72 teams also won nine in a row on the road.

A win also would make the Buckeyes 17-0, matching the third-best start in program history by the 1990-91 team. The 1960-61 team went 27-0 before losing the NCAA Tournament championship game. The '61-62 team won its first 22 games.

Michigan is 10-2 in Crisler Arena and took Kansas to overtime there Sunday but also lost at home to Purdue by 23 points. Penn State upset Michigan State on Saturday at home but is 1-3 on the road.

How good are they?

Still No. 2 in the polls. But even against opponents the caliber of Indiana and Iowa, the start of Big Ten play has rubbed a little shine off their ride. The Buckeyes fell from first to fourth in defensive efficiency and from first to second in the Pomeroy performance ratings. But three straight conference wins helped them climb 10 spots (to 13th) in the Rating Percentage Index.

Who's/what's hot?

Even though the Buckeyes struggled in the final eight minutes against Minnesota's pressure defense - due in part to making only half their free throws - the offense is averaging 75 points and 16.3 assists and shooting 50.7 percent from the field in Big Ten play.

Jared Sullinger had back-to-back double-doubles, giving him eight on the season - still 10 short of Herb Williams' freshman record.

David Lighty, who played in his record 111th win Sunday, now sets his sights on joining Jim Jackson and Evan Turner as the only Buckeyes with at least 1,000 points, 500 rebounds and 300 assists. Lighty needs seven rebounds to join the club.

He also had three steals last week to tie Dennis Hopson for second place with 164, 40 short of Jay Burson's career record.

Aaron Craft's average of six assists per Big Ten game ranks him third in the conference, and he has a 2-1 assist-to-turnover ratio.

Who's/what's not?

Learning how to deal with prosperity is ongoing, especially now that opponents are talented enough to recover from double-digit deficits. Ohio State built second-half leads of 13 points on Iowa and 18 on Minnesota and had each cut to three in the final minute before surviving with defensive stops.

Now that the outcomes are getting closer, free throws become more important. The Buckeyes managed only nine attempts at Iowa, and in the two games, made only 19 of 32 (59.4 percent). If William Buford and Jon Diebler can't or won't get to the rim more, Craft should start trying to. Ohio State's ratio of one free throw for every three field-goals attempted ranks in the bottom 25 percent in the country.

The assist-to-turnover ratio also isn't as sparkling as it was during non conference play. The Buckeyes averaged nearly eight more assists than turnovers then; 2.7 more in the Big Ten.

The Sully watch

With The New York Times and USA Today in town in recent weeks to do profiles of Sullinger, the freshman is tasting life in the national eye and apparently handling it well.

He gave a shout-out last week to someone with whom he can empathize. After quarterback Terrelle Pryor apologized on national television to fans following the Buckeyes' win in the Sugar Bowl, Sullinger tweeted him.

"It takes a real man to go on national TV and tell the whole Buckeye Nation he is sorry," Sullinger wrote Pryor.

Outside the lines

It's possible that Nikola Kecman, who is on schedule to graduate after winter quarter, won't play again for Ohio State despite having a year of eligibility remaining after this.

Coach Thad Matta said yesterday that Kecman still has pain in his right knee, on which he had surgery last summer to repair cartilage and ligament damage.

Kecman, who has played 81 minutes in 16 games since arriving in 2008, has had major surgery on his right knee twice and his left knee once since he was in high school in his native Serbia. Matta said he is hesitant to "risk hurting his ability to walk someday."

If Kecman does not return, it would free the one scholarship Matta needs to accommodate all of the five freshmen arriving in the 2011 recruiting class if both Sullinger and Buford return next season. For now, the Buckeyes are one over the 13-scholarship limit for 2011-12.

Quotable

"I can tell you 10 coaches that wish it was the none-and-done rule." - Wisconsin coach Bo Ryan, asked about Sullinger while discussing Ohio State's ability to sustain success despite players continually leaving early for the NBA draft


The Buckeyes got back to stifling defense to hold Minnesota a season low points in the first half on way to a 32-22 lead.  OSU also tied first half rebounds at 14.  Minnesota has not been out rebounded all year and lead the Big Ten in rebounding. OSU also won turnover battle 4-8.  Lighty led the way with 13 first half points on 5 of 9 shooting.  
     Minnesota pulled within 43-35 and OSU makes 4 of 5 three point attempts to take a 55-37 lead.  After that it was all Minnesota as they pulled within 67-64 and had last 3 shots of game but couldn't connect.  Minnesota helped themselves by making all 19 fouls shots in the second half.
     For the game Minnesota out shot OSU 42 to 39% but OSU made 8 of 22 three pointers while Minnesota made only 2 of 14.  The Gopher out shot OSU from the foul line 89 to 65% and out rebounded OSU 31-26.  The Minnesota height helped them win the rebound battle and caused offensive problems as they blocked 6 shots.  OSU won assists 14-13 and turnovers 12-15.
     Lightly led the offense with 19 points but sat out parts of the 2nd half with foul trouble and fouled out with 2:30 remaining.  He was the only Buckeye to shoot better than 50% making 7 of 13 with 3 bounds.  Sullinger scored 15 points on 5 of 11 field goals 5 of 6 free throws and 12 boards.  Craft added 11 points but was only 2 of 7 from the field and 5 of  8 on free throws but handed out 7 assists.  Diebler added 9 points on 3 of 8 from the field but only 1 of 3 free throws.  Buford also had 9 points on 3 of 11 shooting and 4 assists.
     
Trevor Mbakwa, Minnesota's 6'8" forward hit 4 of 5 field goals and 8 of 10 fouls shots and grabbed 12 points on way to 16 points.   Blake Hoffarber, the leading scorer for Minnesota at 13.8 points a game was held to 7 points by Diebler.
      The Buckeyes are off to the fourth-best start in the program's 112 seasons. at 16-0. Only the 1960-61 (27-0), 1961-62 (22-0) and 1990-91 (17-0) teams won more games to start a season.



GAME 17 - JAN 12 #2 OHIO STATE AT MICHIGAN - OSU wins 68-64

To Steve Havens from Nelson 1-13-11

     Turner has been really inconsistent.  Sub then starter than sub then starter (this time due to injuries) and now a sub again.  His minutes are all over the place as are his stats.  He has a history of starting slow at each level.  I thought he looked good recently against the Lakers which I saw on TV.  Philly even had him on Kobe.
      OSU is better than last year almost from the start.    There key is defense, shooting and ball handling all near the best in the nation.  Last year they played zone and this year man to man.  They became to much of a one man team last year.  Sullinger, 6;'9" freshman center, is more valuable to the team than Turner.  ;Teams can't stop him with one man so they often put a couple men on him leaving someone open and they shoot 3's at a 40% clip and 2nd in the nation in field goals at 51%.  They should win next two to go 19-0 and should move into 1st in the polls since Duke lost to Florida State last night.  OSU beat Fla St 58-44 in Dec.  Despite double teaming Sullinger he has averaged 17 points and 10 bounds a game, has been Big Ten Freshman of the week 7 times in first 8 weeks. considered the favorite for Big Ten Player of the Year and in contention for national player of the year.  Not bad for a true freshman.  His father coached him all the way through school and he also played about 130 AAU games with his father the coach winning the team title 3 times.  And they rotate 7 good players, 3 freshman and 4 veterans.  Very athletic.  Five different players have scored at least 24 points once this season.
      Sullinger's brother played at OSU several year ago.  He plays like a senior because of all of his experience.
      Purdue was a pleasant surprise since they lost Hummel (sp) to injury before the season started.  If they have a big man that can contain Sullinger without double teaming it should be a great game (s).

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      For the third straight game, OSU ran to a double digit lead and hung on to win, this time against 10 point underdog Michigan.  Both teams shot lights out in the first half as OSU shot 62% and Michigan shot 57% and both teams hit half of their three point shots.  Both teams cooled off in the 2nd half but both finished shooting 52%.  OSU was the 2nd leading shooting % team in the nation hitting 51% of their field goals.   OSU grabbed a 12 point lead about halfway through the 2nd half, but Michigan hit a couple of 3's  to come within 2 points several times.  Sullinger sat out time in the 2nd half with foul trouble and fouled out with 2 minutes left.  OSU played the last 2 minutes without a center as Matta elected to go with Thomas instead of Lauderdale as Michigan would have intentionally fouled Lauderdale.  Lighty struggled making foul shots (61% for season) again (6 of 13 from the line), but did make 4 of 7 in the last 4 minutes.  Buford made both foul shots with 12 second remaining and Craft made both with 9 seconds left each time extending the OSU lead to 4 points.  Final OSU 68 Michigan 64.
    
OSU made 7 of 14 three pointers for the game compared of Michigan's 11 of 25.  OSU made 17 of 25 from the line (68%, same as their season average) but were 11 of 12 without Lighty.  OSU edged Michigan in rebounds 24-21 and turnovers 10-12.  Both teams had 15 assists.
      Buford led the Buckeyes with 19 points and a team leading 9 bounds on 6 of 13 from the floor and 5 of 6 from the line.  Sullinger added 12 points on 4 of 6 from the floor, 4 of 4 from the line, 7 bounds, 3 assists and 6 turnovers.  Lighty scored 12 on 3 of 7 from the floor and handed off for 5 assists.  Diebler added 9 points on 3 of 5 from downtown and Craft added 10 on 3 of 7 from the filed including 2 of 4 from the 3 point line.
       Michigan has had a brutal last five games, losing to #8 Purdue 80-57, defeating Penn State (3-2 in Big Ten) 76-69, losing to #20 Wisconsin 66-50, losing to #3 Kansas in OT and losing to #2 OSU 68-64.  
       OSU is 17-0 for the first time in 20 years and tied for the Big Ten lead with Purdue at 4-0.  OSU's next two games are at home thus they will have been favored by at least 10 points in each of their first six Big Ten games, then the fun begins.  Eight of their last 12 games of the regular season will be against the 5 top Big Ten teams, all ranked in the top 27 teams in the country.
      Two of OSU's non conference wins were against Florida and Florida State.  Last night Florida won at Tennessee (team that knocked OSU out of NCAA last year.  Tonight Duke trails Florida State 28-24 at the half as I go to press.  This is the first time all season that Duke has trailed at the half.


GAME 18 - JAN 15 PENN STATE AT #2 OHIO STATE

     Agree - like last year, tall teams in paint may be a problem.  Would probably force Lauderdale to play more weakening their offense as someone has to sit.  But at least having Sullinger and Lauderdale gives Matta flexibility to stay even on boards and defend two big guys.  Lighty is often effective at guarding bigger guy because of his quickness and intelligence causes problem. 
     I think Sullinger is a bit overrated.  He still looks a tad slow to react sometimes especially on defense where he doesn't seem to be effective in helping out.  Where he excels and is good as most pro low post players is his footwork and being able to shoot anything and with both hands.  That is why they are double teaming him or otherwise he can out duel you one on one as he can go either way.  He has been so well coached for so long and played so much basketball (115+ AAU games) it is like he is 5th year freshman.  Same way with Craft.  Thus even though OSU is playing 2 freshman most of time it is like they are playing 5 seniors - another reason they could be best team in country.
     In the pros Sullinger should be fine as a power forward playing the low post often.  He has a good outside shot but shouldn't and doesn't shoot much from beyond 10 feet for OSU as all others can shoot better then him from outside 10 feet and he is good offensive bounder.  Yesterday, in 2nd possession he rose up from about 17 feet on the baseline and canned.   Will have to be able to shoot much more from outside in pros which I think he will be able to do but won't get a chance to improve that skill much at OSU. 
    Ironically, he could stay another year at OSU but is so much further advanced than other centers that went early.  His father originally said he would stay at least 2 years.  But he is getting so much hype that if he is one of top 5 picks he should and I think will decide to go pro.  He won't improve as much staying in college as other centers (Koustos, Mullins, Oden) would have by staying.  But Oden couldn't pass up being top draft pick.
     Go Bucks.  Blowing double digit leads will end vs Iowa on Wed when OSU will coast to win.  Then schedule gets tough with 8 games of last 12 against top 27 teams.  Going 6-2 in those 8 games would be awesome.  I think everyone else will have at least 4 losses in Big Ten.

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From: Slagles@cox.net
To: neslagle@hotmail.com
Subject: Re: OSU Bsktball
Date: Sun, 16 Jan 2011 06:51:30 -0800

Without seeing OSU much, seems like the risk is getting beat by tall teams than could dominate the paint.
 
Sullinger is dominant in college, but not sure how dominant he will be in the pros.  Seems like he pretty much dominates inside for OSU, but at 6'9" that will be difficult in the pros, and I don't think he has much of an outside shot.  But I haven't seen him play that much.
 

Sent: Saturday, January 15, 2011 9:32 PM
Subject: OSU Bsktball

      Lot of mixed thoughts on OSU basketball.  As John pointed out, they hardly looked like a # 1 teams winning last 4 games from 3 to 5 points while earlier in game leading from 10 to 18 vs the 4 opponents.  3 of 4 games vs worst 6 Big Ten teams although 2 of 4 on road.  And winning on road has always been tough in the Big Ten.
      Tonight:  Craft also held the Big Ten's leading scorer, Talor Battle averaging 20.9 points a game, to 15 points on 5 of 17 shooting including 1 of 10 from long range.  Thus rest of Penn State team made 20 of 28 field goal attempts or 71.4%!! 
     Couldn't be much defense on rest of team if they shot 71%.  Seemed like they were playing hard but did lose guys costing lay ups several times.

      Opponents shot 47.6% in last 4 games but Iowa made 7 of 15 threes and Michigan made 11 of 24 threes.  Not sure if Bucks are running up against hot teams or there defense is not as good as advertised. 
      The 7 players in the rotation are certainly solid players.  And they are getting better at getting the ball into Sullinger and he now often passes to an open 3 point shooter which are all of the other players except Lauderdale.  Lighty hits 45%, Buford 41%, Diebler 50%, Craft 41% and Thomas 24%.  Thus the 4 usually out on the court avg 46% from 3 point line and hit a higher % when pass comes from inside.  Sullinger needs to continue passing outside even more often.  I like 69% shooting (equivalent of 46% 3's) than Sullinger 59% shooting 2's.  And they all drive to the basket and often take a hard shot when they have at least one player all alone at the 3 point line which they could at least ocassionally pass to.
      How good - could be great but are certainly beatable.  Hard not to be in basketball.


After Duke lost, OSU needed a win VS 20 point underdog Penn State to  move to # 1 in the polls.  They are also alone atop of the Big Ten at 4-0 and only Purdue (3-1) has fewer than 2 losses in Big Ten play.  Penn State beat ranked Michigan State and Illinois at home in their last two games.
     Penn State shot super during the first half  and led most of the first half from 1 to 5 points, but game ended tied at 32 at half.  Penn State outshot OSU 61 to 50% while OSU won rebounds 11-7 and turnovers 2-5.    Craft with 11 and Sullinger with 8 led the scoring.  
     OSU went on a 18-4 streak at end of first half and beginning of 2nd half  to take a 44-34 lead.  But Penn State kept battling back and made some big plays to put Penn State ahead or even.  Buford put OSU ahead after Penn State's last lead with about 2:45 left.  Then Sullinger gave OSU a 3 point play with a minute left and again with 13 seconds left both when the game was tied.  Those were 6 of his 18 points for the game!
      OSU was outshot 55 to 49%, out rebounded 25-15 and made 9 of 13 foul shots vs 12 of 13 foul shots.  OSU won as they won turnover battle 14-5 and made 10 of 20 3 pointers to 4 of 17 for Penn State.  One reason for season low rebounds for OSU was a season low of 21 missed field goal attempts and free throws by an opponent, 3 less than vs Michigan.   Only other game OSU had less then 24 bounds was vs Florida (17).
       Craft became the 6th Buckeye this year to lead team in scoring.  He had 19 points on 7 of 11 from field, 4 of 6 three pointers, 7 assists while committing only one turnover.
Sullinger added 19 also with 6 of 9 from the field and 7 of 9 from the line with 6 bounds and 5 assists and only 1 turnover.  Buford had 13 on 5 of 9 but 3 of 3 three pointers.  Diebler scored 10 but was only 2 of 6 from long range and 4 of 11 overall but did have 4 of teams 5 steals. 
      Bucks should be 1st next week but are unlikely to stay there.  OSU has 8 games remaining in regular season vs top 27 ranked teams while the top team other than Duke in the ACC is North Carolina ranked 35th in AP poll.  Duke may not be best team but should end up as #1 due to weak conference schedule.  Kansas and all great Big East teams have very difficult schedules making it likely that Duke will have fewest losses of top ranked teams prior to NCAA tourney.
     

GAME 19 - JAN 19  IOWA (7-10, 0-5) AT #1 OHIO STATE (18-0, 5-0)  OSU wins 70-48

Big Ten Standings after Iowa game:

TEAM CONF OVERALL
Ohio State 6-0 19-0
Purdue 5-1 16-3
Illinois 4-2 14-5
Michigan State 4-2 12-6
Wisconsin 4-2 14-4
Minnesota 3-3 14-4
Northwestern 3-4 13-5
Penn State 3-4 10-8
Indiana 1-5 10-9
Michigan 1-5 11-8
Iowa 0-6 7-11

Bucks were playing their first game as #1 team in the nation and played like that in the first half vs Iowa running to a 40-23 half time lead.  More of the same for OSU, good man to man defense and great long range shooting!  They shot 5 of 11 3's with Diebler making 1 of 5.  Other 3 shooters were 4 of 6!   OSU started out with a 6-0 and 12-4 leads as Lauderdale had 7 points, 3 of 3 from the field, 2 bounds and 1 of 1 from foul line!  Sullinger had a sub par first half hitting 3 of 8 shots and had 4 bounds.   OSU won turnover battle 8 to 10 and outshot Iowa 53-35%.
     It was a ragged 2nd half, way too many turnovers, but OSU led by 20 throughout the 2nd half on the way to a 70-48 win and a record of 60-4 when ranked #1 team in the country.  Most of those game as #1 were in the Lucas era. 
     OSU outshot Iowa 47-40% and hit 6 of 21 three pointers vs 1 of 7 for Iowa.  But OSU was only 1-10 in the second half!  It was nice to see OSU make 12 of 15 foul shots (80%) while Iowa was only 3 of 4 from the line.  OSU won bounds 30-25, assists 18-12, steals 11-5, turnovers 20-22 and personal fouls 12-18.   The 20 turnovers were 4 more than previous high game.
     Craft had a great game even though he only scored 3 points on 2 shots!  He had 7 steals, 2nd most in OSU history behind Troy Taylor's 8 in 1983 and a record for a freshman in only 25 minutes of action.  He also had 4 assists, but also 5 turnovers.  His defense was impressive.  Lighty led the offense with 18 points on 5 of 7 from the field, 6 of 7 from the line, 5 bounds and 4 assists.  Buford finished with 15 points on 5 of 11 and 4 assists.  Sullinger finished with 13 points on 6 of 13 from the field and 9 rebounds and hit the rim on a 70 footer at the half time buzzer.  Lauderdale had 9 points on 4 of 4 from the field.  Thomas added 9 on 4 of 8 from the field.  Diebler only hit 1 of 8 three pointers but did add 5 bounds and 4 assists. 
     
David Lighty became the third player in Ohio State history with at least 1000 career points, 500 career rebounds and 300 career assists in this game, joining Evan Turner and Jim Jackson.

      So how good are the Bucks as the #1 team, one of 3 undefeated teams in the nation at 19-0.  Some stats:
1-  They have yet to play a team currently ranked in the top 34 teams in the nation.
2-  Eight of their next 12 games are vs teams ranked in the top 23 teams in the nation and 4 are on the road.
3-  OSU has had double digit leads in all 19 games, but until tonight had won their last four games by 3-6 points after losing double digit leads.
4-  OSU beat the odd by 2 points tonight, the first time they have defeated the odds in 5 games.
      Should have a better feel of OSU strength in a few games.
GAME 20 - JAN 22 #1 OHIO STATE (19-0, 6-0) AT #23 ILLINOIS (14-5, 4-2) - OSU wins 73-68

73-68
Brutus was all over the final score in his pre game prediction per picture above.  Jim and I watched game at my place.  Brutus prediction was high by one point for each team! 

Big Ten Standings after OSU win

TEAM CONF OVERALL
Ohio State 7-0 20-0
Purdue 5-1 16-3
Michigan State 4-2 12-6
Wisconsin 4-2 14-4
Illinois 4-3 14-6
Minnesota 3-3 14-4
Northwestern 3-4 13-5
Penn State 3-4 10-8
Indiana 1-5 10-9
Michigan 1-5 11-8
Iowa 0-6 7-11


AP Top 25 on 1-24-2011
RK TEAM RECORD PTS
1 Ohio State (63) 20-0 1,623
2 Pittsburgh (1) 19-1 1,528
3 Duke (1) 18-1 1,490
4 San Diego State 20-0 1,386
5 Connecticut 16-2 1,314
6 Kansas 18-1 1,293
7 Texas 16-3 1,267
8 Villanova 17-2 1,199
9 Syracuse 18-2 1,095
9 Brigham Young 19-1 1,095
11 Missouri 17-3 887
12 Purdue 17-3 881
13 Texas A&M 17-2 847
14 Kentucky 15-4 709
15 Notre Dame 16-4 691
16 Minnesota 14-4 656
17 Wisconsin 15-4 614
18 Washington 15-4 584
19 Vanderbilt 14-4 317
20 Illinois 14-6 279
21 Georgetown 14-5 276
22 Florida State 15-5 218
23 Louisville 15-4 203
24 Florida 15-4 169
25 Michigan State 12-7 97
  • Others receiving votes: Cincinnati 85, Arizona 68, West Virginia 62, Saint Mary's 55, Utah State 53, Georgia 23, Xavier 12, Memphis 11, Virginia Tech 8, Temple 7, Missouri State 6, UNLV 4, Tennessee 3, Virginia Commonwealth 2, Baylor 2, Coastal Carolina 2, Duquense 1, Belmont 1, Penn State 1, Harvard 1


      OSU traveled to 23 Illinois to take on the third place team in the Big Ten.  OSU played Florida ranked 9th at the time but haven't played any teams in the top 34 teams in the Country per todays AP poll.  It was a great game played evenly throughout.  The Bucks led by a couple of points most of the first half but trailed 34-33 at the half.  Illinois started strong n the 2nd half and moved their lead to 50-42 with 13 minutes left.  Then OSU had a 14-0 streak worthy of a #1 team led my Thomas off the bench with two key 3 pointers to spark the Buckeyes.  In fact, Thomas hit two three pointers and Diebler one in the span of 97 seconds to shock the Illini.   And as has been the case in 4 of the last  5 games the Bucks hung on.  Illinois came within one point with 16 seconds left.  Craft was fouled and made both foul shots.  Diebler deflected a pass on the other end, causing a Illini turnover and OSU wins 20th straight game 73-68.
       Sullinger and Craft were keys to OSU win.  The Illini had no answer for Sullinger on offense and on the boards and as is becoming the norm, Craft created havoc on defense.  Sullinger poured in 27 points hitting 7 of 15 from the floor, 13 of 15 from the line with no turnovers, 3 blocks and 16 rebounds.  Meanwhile Craft held Illini ace Demetri McCarney (possibly best Big Ten point guard) to 5 points on 2 of 11 from the field and 4 turnovers.
      Diebler had an amazingly efficient game scoring 15 points while only shooting 6 times playing all 40 minutes.  He made 3 of 5 from downtown and all 4 foul shots during crunch time while OSU was protecting their late lead.    Thomas came off the bench and made both 3 pointers scoring 8 points in 12 minutes of action.  Lighty added 9 points but only made 3 of 14 from the field, but added 5 bounds and 4 assists.  Buford added 7 points on 2 of 8 from the field.
     OSU lost most stat battles vs the 2 point underdog Illini.  Illini outshot OSU 42-40%, out rebounded OSU 33-29 and won assists 18-12.  But OSU made 7 of 15 three pointers compared to Illinois 4 of 18 and OSU made 24 of 27 fouls shot (89%) to 8 of 10 for Illinois.  OSU raised their season foul shooting % to 69.8% after being next to worst foul shooting team in the Big Ten coming into this game.. 
     Illinois lost at home for the first time in 11 games this season.
     Ohio State started the season 20-0 for the third time in their 112 year history.  The other two seasons were 1961 and 1962, the last two years of Jerry Lucas career.
     Sullinger is one of five players in the last 15 years to grab 15+ bounds and score 25+ points in a game against a ranked opponent on the road.  
     OSU 20-0 start is the 7th best in Big Ten History.  Six of the other 7 teams starting 20-0 played for the NCAA title!  Two of the teams were OSU Lucas teams of 1961 & 1962.
     Next game is against 2nd place Purdue at Columbus on Tuesday, Jan 25.
    
BY Bob Hunter, Columbus Dispatch

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The Ohio State freshmen can play.

That isn't really news 20 games into a 20-0 season. But the point was jackhammered home yesterday in an environment so loud and hostile, it could have turned a hard-boiled international spy into a sniveling mama's boy.

Assembly Hall was the place where the No.1 Buckeyes were supposed to crack like a dropped egg, a building where the timorous, domesticated Big Ten they had been dominating would turn into a ferocious, fire-breathing beast. It did, too, but the kids were fearless.

     Freshman center Jared Sullinger had 27 points and 16 rebounds - given his play so far, the take-it-for-granted crowd is probably suppressing a yawn over that - and freshman point guard Aaron Craft shut down Illinois senior Demetri McCarney, who used to spend his time trying to prove that he was the equal of former Ohio State star Evan Turner. With 15.2 seconds left and Ohio State up by three, Craft calmly stepped up and made two free throws in the 73-68 victory.

     But the surprise guest star of this frenetic road drama was freshman DeShaun Thomas, who joined Sullinger and Craft on the floor with 10:37 remaining, the Buckeyes down by six and William Buford headed to the bench because of a sore ankle. In the next 91/2 minutes, the 6-foot-6 forward hit a pair of three-pointers, scored under the basket and played aggressive defense. When he went to the bench for air with 1:04 left, Ohio State led 68-61.

      That was the same Thomas who was 0 of 9 on threes in the past seven games. For him to hit those shots in the face of this crowd and this pressure says something about the kind of environments in which his talents were incubated.

"I'm a scorer, that's what I do," Thomas said. "Coach (Thad Matta) puts me in the game to put it in the basket and also work on my defense. There's no hesitation. You've got to treat every shot like it's a winning shot. I played through it in high school, took big shots even in the state championship. That's what I did, took big shots, and they went in."

     This guessing game on who to guard is becoming an old story for opposing coaches. A week before, Penn State double-teamed Sullinger and tried to force Craft to hit some shots, and he went 7 of 11 from the field and scored 19 points. Opponents know what the upperclassmen can do - Buford, Jon Diebler and David Lighty can all be deadly if left open - so it seems like a good idea to force a freshman to take those shots. But if what seems like a good idea worked, Ohio State wouldn't be 20-0.

"Thomas coming in and making the two big threes when he hadn't made a three, that's huge," Illinois coach Bruce Weber said. "As a coach, you're almost happy. You pressed them and he comes out and shoots a three, and you think, 'Oh, that's a good thing, it's going to bounce off and we're going to go down to the other end.' But he makes it, and he makes another. And he's a good player. You need somebody who's going to make those special plays when you're trying to find a way to win games."

Yesterday, it was Thomas. It has always been somebody this season.

"Oh, it feels good," Thomas said. "Coach always says he needs me. When I'm mentally prepared and ready to go, I can be one of the best players around. I can be unstoppable. I can hit shots and do what I've got to do. (Against) Penn State, I was wallowing around, looking into the crowd. Mentally, I wasn't there. But when I'm there mentally, I can be a heck of a player.

      "Coach is like, 'Don't play like a freshman.' He says, 'When your mind is there, you can be a heck of a player.' And ever since he told me that speech, I've been playing like a sophomore, a senior or a junior."

     Then again, maybe he's just playing like one of these freshmen.

If they keep this up, they may redefine what "playing like a freshman" means.

Bob Hunter is a sports columnist for The Dispatch.

bhunter@dispatch.com

    



GAME 21 - JAN 25 #12 Purdue (17-3, 6-1) at  #1 Ohio State (20-0), 7-0)

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Lighty Drives                     Dustin Manhart, Steve Havens, Brutus and Jim Slagle


STREAKS:

In the 70's the UCLA Bruins, led by Coach John Wooden, were dominating the world of college basketball like no other team has. The Bruins won nine national championships in ten seasons and at one point during that run they won 88 consecutive games. The streak started on January 30th, 1971 and the streak didn't end until January19th, 1974 when they lost 70 - 71 to Notre Dame.

The longest college football winning streak also lasted over the span of a couple of years (granted they play a lot less games). In the 50's the Oklahoma Sooners were the team to beat in college football. During the 50's Oklahoma was named the National Championship in some form five times. Their longest winning streak stretched over 47 games from October 10th, 1953 until November 16, 1957. Oddly enough, like UCLA, the Sooners' winning streak was also broken by the Notre Dame Fighting Irish.

In 1919 Passaic High School's basketball team started a winning streak that lasted for 159 games. The streak began on December 17th, 1919 and didn't end until February 6th, 1925 against Hackensack Hill High School

. The longest high school football winning streak was much more recent than that. Back in 1992 De La Salle High School in California started a winning streak that lasted 151 games; the streak lasted 11 years before Bellevue High School beat them in 2004.

     OSU started fast like they usually do and led 6-2 in the first two minuets on two 3 pointers by Buford.  7.5 point underdog Purdue closed to 8-5 before the Buckeyes scored 11 straight for a 19-5 lead and led by double digits the remainder of the game.  Their lead grew to 35-13 and was 47-26 at the half.  Purdue never got closer than 17 in the second half and the Bucks coasted to a 87-64 win.
     OSU outshot Illinois 55 to 38%, three pointers 57% (11 of 19) to 38% (6 of 19), rebounds 39-26 and assists 20-11.  Purdue shot free throws better, 76 to 55% and had 10 turnovers to 12 for OSU.
      Buford led the scoring with 19 points including 5 of 6 three pointers and added 4 boards.  Sullinger added 17 points on 7 of 12 from the field and 7 boards.  Diebler had another efficient game scoring 13 points on only 5 shots.  He was 3 of 5 from downtown with season highs of 8 boards and 6 assists.  Thomas also added 13 points on 6 of 12 shooting and grabbed 6 boards.  Craft scored 11 points on 4 of 11 shooting with 6 assists, 6 boards but also 5 turnovers.  Lighty added 10 points on 4 of 7 from the floor and handed off for 3 assists and collected 3 boards.
     It was the most points OSU has beaten Purdue since 1999.
     OSU leads the Big Ten at 8-0 followed by Purdue 6-2, Wisconsin 5-2 and Illinois, Minnesota and Michigan State at 5-3.
     With San Diego St being defeated by BYU 71-58, OSU is the only undefeated team. 
     
        Longest ever winning streaks by OSU:
 32 - The 1960-1 Lucas team before losing to U. of Cincinnati in NCAA finals in Overtime.  5 of wins were last 4 games of prior season
 22 - 2006-7 Oden team before losing to Florida in NCAA Finals
 21 - 2010-11 Current team

     OSU Best records in school year football and basketball team records combined
33-1     2010-11 to date.  Basketball 21-0, Football 12-1
34-2-1  1961-2  Basketball 26-2, Football 8-0-1 winning at Michigan 50-20.  Both OSU
      
teams finished # 2 in nation

47-5     2006-7  Football 12-1 Lost 41-14 to Florida in Championship game.    
     
Basketball 35-4 losing to Florida in finals
34-5      1960-1  Basketball 27-3, Football 7-2
29-5-2   1949-50  Basketball 22-4, Football 7-1-2
21-4-3   1932-3  Basketball 17-3, Football 4-1-3
26-7      1962-3  Basketball 20-4, Football 6-3
36-8     2005-6
  Football 12-2, Basketball 26-6
34-8     1990-1  Basketball 27-4, Football 7-4   
28-8-1  1959-60  Basketball 25-3, Football 3-5-1

    Shooting stats to date:
OSU hits 49.8% of their field goals, 4th out of 346 teams in nation
OSU hits 40.8% of three pointers, 10th best in nation
OSU hits 69.8% of their free throws, 143rd in nation.
In last 5 games OSU has hit 40 of 82 three pointers (48.8%) led by:
Buford 13 of 21 62%, Craft 8 of 15 53%, Lighty 11 of 23 48% and Diebler 12 of 29 41%.

For the season Diebler is 35th in nation hitting 48.1% of 3 pointers.  Diebler has made 62 three pointers.  Only 3 of top 34 made more than 53.   Only one player has made more (63) than Diebler and he is also shooting 48.1%.  Next highest % player with more 3 pointers than Diebler has made 65 and hits 44.5%.  
    

Craft leads the Big Ten in steals, is 3rd in assists at 4.9 a game and has a 2-1 assist to turnover ratio. 

OSU has won 15 straight Big Ten games including 3 Big Ten tournament games last year!  
Big Ten record of 53 straight home triumphs set by Michigan State from 1998 to 2002 -- a winning streak that was ended by the Badgers.
GAME 22 - JAN 29 #1 Ohio State (21-0, 8-0) at Northwestern (13-6, 3-6) - OSU wins 58-57

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Sullinger fouled with 3.5 seconds remaining and game tied.  Sunk 2nd foul shot for the win.

INDIVIDUAL STATS - DON'T KNOW HOW SOME ARE FIGURED
Diebler is 1st in nation in plus/minus with value of 422.  Sullinger & Lighty tied for 3rd at 397.  Buford and 
      
Craft tied for 8th at 321, Lauderdale is 94th at 202.
Diebler, Sullinger, Lighty and Craft are tied for 1st in nation in plus/minus wins at 21, Buford 24th at 18
Diebler is rated 4th in nation in offensive efficiency.  Next best OSU player is Sullinger at 49th.
Diebler is 11th in nation in 3 point shooting % at 47.7%.  No other Buckeye in top 100
Diebler is 21st in nation in 3 point field goals with 63. No other Buckeye in top 100.
Diebler is 12th in nation in assist/turnover ratio at 3.0.  No other Buckeye in top 101
Sullinger is 26th in nation in  rebounds per game at 9.9 a game.  No other Buckeye in top 100.
Sullinger is 22nd in nation in defensive rebounds at 6.9 a game.  No other Buckeye in top 100.
Sullinger is 71st in nation in offensive rebounds at 3.0 a game.  No other Buckeye in top 100.
Sullinger is 62nd in nation in shooting % at 57.7%.  No other Buckeye in top 100.
Craft is 60th in nation in assists per game at 4.8 a game. 
No other Buckeye in top 100

TEAM STATS
OSU is 3rd in nation in shooting % at 50.0.  Kansas 1st at 51.8%, Georgetown is 2nd at 50.8%
OSU is 9th in nation in 3 point shooting % at 40.7%.  Northern Arizona 1st at 43.8%.
OSU is 48th in nation at 7.7 three pointers made a game.
OSU is 11th in nation at 17.1 assists per game
OSU is 8th in nation at 10.6 turnovers a game.  Wisconsin 1st at 7.7.
OSU is 4th in nation at 1.6 assist/turnover ratio.  Wisconsin 1st at 1.8.
OSU is 7th in scoring defense at 57.5 points a game.
OSU is 1st in nation at 14.1 fouls a game.  2nd is Florida at 14.5.
OSU is 18th in nation in points at 78.4 points a game


     OSU survived nine point underdog Northwestern when Jarad Sullinger made a foul shot with 3.5 seconds remaining to win 58-57.  OSU ran to a 17-10 lead in the first half to see Northwestern rally for the lead a couple of times, but OSU led 27-25 at the half.  OSU raced to a 12 point lead and seemed to have the game in hand until Northwestern had a 7 point possession!  They made a 3 point shot as Lauderdale was called for an intentional foul, an elbow to the face.  Northwestern than made one of two technical fouls and another 3 pointer. Northwestern made four straight threes down the stretch.  OSU missed several key three throws going down the stretch.  Sullinger missed the first of a 1 and 1 with 5:30 left and OSU ahead 53-49, Lighty missed both foul shots 45 seconds later,  After a 3 by Northwestern, Sullinger made 1 of 2 free throws with 4:12 remaining than another NW 3 gave them a point lead.  Diebler made his only shot of the game, a 3 pointer with 3:38 left for a 57-55 lead.  It was OSU only field goal in the last 8 minutes.  Northwestern tied the game at 57-57 with 1:33 left.  With the game tied, Lighty stole a pass with 17 seconds remaining.  OSU worked the ball into Sullinger who was fouled with 3.5 seconds left.  After missing the first foul, he swished the 2nd and good defense forced Northwestern into a mid court shot at the buzzer.
       Northwestern cut an OSU 12 point lead with 8 minute remaining to one point with 4 minutes remaining thanks largely to the 7 point possession.
       Northwestern out rebounded the Buckeyes 22-18, won assists 16-7 and shot 73% from the foul line to 70% for OSU.  OSU outshot the wildcats 57 to 40%, but only made 2 of 8 three pointers while Northwestern finished  9 of 29 for 31%.  Northwestern only had 6 turnovers, but OSU only had 5.  Lighty's two traveling calls were the only turnovers for OSU in the first 29 minutes of the game.  The 5 turnovers tied a season low.  The 6 turnovers by Northwestern were 3 lower than any other opponent this season.  OSU had only 37 field goal attempts, the fewest in the Matta era. 
     Sullinger caused havoc in the center as usual and finished with 21 points on 7 of 12 from the field and 7 of 10 free throws and 8 bounds.  Craft scored 13 points while making 5 of 6 field goals and handed out 3 assists.  Buford scored 11 on 4 of 9.  Lighty 6, Lauderdale 4 and Diebler 3 combined for 13 points on 5 of 10 from the field and 7 boards.
      The OSU win was their 22nd straight win and 16th straight Big Ten win over two seasons.  Their 9-0 record this year leaves them 2 games ahead of Purdue, 3 ahead of Wisconsin and at least 4 games ahead of everyone else.  The 22 straight wins ties the 2nd best mark ever for OSU.  The longest Buckeye win streak was 32 games, last 5 games of 1960 and first 27 games of the 1960-1 season

      An Ohio State player has won all 12 weeks of Big Ten Freshman of the week.  Sullinger has won 10 times and Thomas and Craft have each won once.  Sullinger was also named Big Ten player of the week for th 4th time.
      With Duke losing by 15 points to St John's coached by ex-UCLA coach Lavin, not only is Ohio State the only team without a loss there are only two other teams with one loss (Kansas and San Diego St).

GAME 23 - FEB 3  Michigan (13-7, 3-7) at #1 Ohio State (22-0, 9-0) - OSU wins 62-53                           OSU RALLIES FOR 23RD STRAIGHT WIN
      Ohio State jumped to a 7-0 lead then watched Michigan dominate the next 20 minutes of the game, as Michigan led 26-23 at the half and 30-24 early in the 2nd half.  Buford came alive with two 3 point shots to get the Bucks even and OSU eventually led by 10 before settling for a 62-53 win.
     In the first half Diebler had nine points and Sullinger eight points and eight rebounds for Ohio State -- but no one else had more than two points. That duo was a combined 6 for 11 from the field, but everyone else was 3 for 14. The Buckeyes missed their last four shots behind the arc and ended the half 2 of 8 on 3-pointers.

     OSU outshot Michigan 45 to 42%, made 5 of 15 three pointers vs 6 of 19 for Michigan, made 15 of 25 foul shots vs 1 of 4 for Michigan and outbounded the Wolverines 32-26.  Assists were even at 10 and OSU had 14 turnovers to 13 for Michigan.
     Once again Sullinger led the Buckeyes with 19 points and 15 bounds on 7 of 10 from the floor but only 5 of 11 from the foul line with 4 turnovers.  Buford added 13, 11 in the 2nd half on 5 of 12 but 3 of 6 from long range and 4 assists.  Diebler added 9 all in the first half on 3 of 8 from the field.  Lighty added 9 on 2 of 8 from the field and 6 bounds.  Craft scored 8 on 2 of 4 from the field, 4 of 4 from the line, 3 steals and 4 turnovers.
     OSU 23-0 record is the 2nd best start in their history .  The Lucas 1960-1 team started 27-0.  Three weeks ago OSU was 2nd in the polls with no first place votes in either the AP or coaches Poll.   Thie week they received all 65 AP and all 32 Coaches  poll first place votes for the first time since 1961-2 season.
     In addition, they won their 14th straight Big Ten game while moving to 64-4 all-time when ranked No. 1. They're 10-0 in the conference for the first time since 1961-62.
GAME 24 - FEB 6  #1 Ohio State (23-0, 10-0) at #20 Minnesota - OSU wins 82-69

NCAA® Men's Basketball
Division I
Home Court Winning Streak
Through Games 02/08/2011

Minimum Number of Wins is 10

Rank Team Next Opponent Next Game Date Streak
1 Duke vs North Carolina 02/09/2011 32
2 Kentucky vs Mississippi St. 02/15/2011 30
3 Utah St. vs Fresno St. 02/12/2011 28
4 VCU vs Old Dominion 02/12/2011 22
5 St. Mary's (CA) vs Utah St. 02/19/2011 19
6 Ohio St. vs Michigan St. 02/15/2011 18
  Temple vs Fordham 02/09/2011 18
8 San Diego St. vs New Mexico 02/16/2011 17
9 Notre Dame vs Louisville 02/09/2011 16
  Wisconsin vs Ohio St. 02/12/2011 16
11 Arizona vs Washington St. 02/17/2011 15
12 Missouri vs Oklahoma 02/12/2011 14
  Princeton vs Cornell 02/25/2011 14
  Purdue vs Wisconsin 02/16/2011 14

Streak  Notes

32  Last 5 of 1959-60, 1st 27 of 1960-61

24  2010-11 to start season

22  2006-07 ending with NCAA final loss

22  1961-62 to start season

17  1990-91 to start season

14  Last 5 2007-08, 1st 9 2008-09

14  Last 7 1908-09, 1st 7 1909-10

14  1932-33

13  1959-60

12  1949-50

11  2005-06

11  Last 5 1985-86, 1st 6 1986-87

11  1970-71

11  Last 9 1924-25, 1st 2 1925-26

10  1962-63

10  Last 3 1904-05, 1st 7 1905-06

Streak  Year  Final Record  Postseason

27  1960-61  27-1  Lost in NCAA final

22  2010-11  n.a.  n.a.

22  1961-62  26-2  Lost in NCAA final

17  1990-91  27-4  Lost in Reg. Semi

11  2005-06  26-6  Lost in NCAA 2nd Rd.

Streak  Year  Final Record  Postseason

27  1960-61  27-1  Lost in NCAA final

22  2010-11  ----  n.a.

22  2006-07 ending with NCAA final loss

22  1961-62  26-2  Lost in NCAA final

17  1990-91  27-4  Lost in Reg. Semi

14  1932-33  17-3  No tournament

13  1959-60  25-3  NCAA champions

12  1949-50  22-4  NCAA regional

11  2005-06  26-6  Lost in NCAA 2nd Rd.

11  1970-71  20-6  Lost in NCAA 2nd Rd.

10  1962-63  20-4  No tournament

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February 02, 2011 09:36 PM EST

               BUCKEYES EASILY BEAT MINNESOTA FOR 24TH STRAIGHT WIN
      OSU jumped out to a 28-18 lead and led 38-30 at the half.  Four starters had at least 6 points led by Lighty who was 6 of 8 for 13 points.  Sullinger was only 3 for 9 from the field but did have 8 rebounds.  OSU led Minnesota in rebounds 21-12 and led turnovers 6 to 9.  OSU also made 5 of 11 three pointers to 2 of 7 for Minnesota.
     Lauderdale made all 4 of his shots in the first 4 minutes of the 2nd half to give the Buckeyes 5 players with at least 7 points and a 48-37 lead.  OSU eventually  led by 19 points and the Gophers were never allowed to make a charge as OSU won 82-69. 
     OSU won the rebound battle 36-29 and turnovers 8 to 19.  OSU was 8 of 20 on three pointers while Minnesota was 5 of 13.  Minnesota outshot OSU 51 to 45% and made 78% of their free throws to 10 of 20 for OSU.  Three Buckeyes had 4 assists and two more had 3 assists.  Six players had at least 3 bounds and six players had steals.  All five starters scored at least 10 points.
     Lighty led the scorers with 19 points on 7 of 13 from the field, 3 bounds and 4 assists.  Sullinger scored 18 points on 8 of 20 from the field but only 2 of 8 on free throws with 13 bounds and 3 assists.  Buford scored 15 points  on 5 of 12 from the field and  3 of  6 from downtown  and tallied 4 assists and 4 bounds.  Lauderdale scored  ten points, all in the 2nd half, on 5 of 6 from the field  and  grabbed 4 bounds.  Diebler  scored 10 on 3 of 5 from long range .  Thomas  threw up 11 shots in 11 minutes making 2 but grabbed 6 bounds.    Craft scored 5 points on 2 of 4 with 4 assists before fouling out with 3 minutes remaining after playing only 21 minutes.
      In the last 5 games, Diebler played 40 minutes four times.  Sullinger (2) and Lighty (1) are the only other Buckeyes to play 40 minutes in the last 5 games.
      Diebler moved into 3rd place in Big Ten career three pointers with 328.  The all time leader has 332 three pointers.
      There are only 3 teams with Big Ten records better than 50%.  OSU is 11-0 followed by Wisconsin and Purdue at 7-3.  Illinois is 4th at 5-5.
       The game today was only the 4th win in the Big Ten by double digits.  Yet they still lead the nation in points scored vs allowed.
       OSU's next game is next Saturday at Wisconsin where OSU has lost their last 7 games and Wisconsin has won 92% of the time under their current coach, Bo Ryan.  OSU has won 9 straight road Big Ten Games (6 this year and 3 last year).  OSU has won 11 straight road games over the last two seasons which is probably the longest in the nation.  Wisconsin has won  last 15 games at home, the 9th longest streak in the nation.  OSU has won their last 18 home games, good for 6th longest streak.

My quest was to find the longest home winning streaks for NCAA Division 1 College Basketball.  It took me so long to find the information that I did, that I figured I would post it on my blog and perhaps make someone else’s job a little easier.  I couldn’t even find the complete Top 10 but here’s what I have:

#1 Kentucky – 129 games (1943-1955) (broken by Georgia Tech 59-58 in Memorial Coliseum on Jan. 8, 1955)

#2 St. Bonaventure – 99 games (1948-1961)

#3 UCLA – 98 games (1970-1976)

#4 Cincinnati – 86 games (1957-1964)

#10 Arizona – 71 games (?-1992) (broken by UCLA)

If someone can help round out the Top 10 I’d appreciate it.

UPDATE: With KU’s win over UCLA (KU 77 – UCLA 76) the streak is now at 64.


Mike Bond  11-21-09


GAME 25 - FEB 12 #1 Ohio State (24-0, 11-0) at #13 Wisconsin (18-5, 8-3) - Wisconsin wins 71-67
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Diebler driving                                                                            Lightly stopping Jordan Taylor who finished with 27 points
     OSU made their last shot of the first half to take their only lead of the half, 28-26.  OSU didn't figure to lead as the Badgers were 5 of 11 from 3 point land while OSU made only 1 of 2 attempts.  But OSU outshot Wisconsin 54 to 48% from the field, out rebounded them 11-8 and committed only 4 turnovers vs 5 for Wisconsin.  Buford led the Bucks making 5 of 9 shots for 11 points while Sullinger was 3 of 5 for 8 points and 6 bounds. 
     In the second half, OSU jumped out to a 15
point lead with 13:42 left with a 28-8 run and 15 points from Buford and apparently on their way to the 25th straight win.   The Bucks made 9 of their first 10 shots in the 2nd half.  Then Jordan Taylor got hot making 5 of 8 three point shots on way to 27 points and Wisconsin responded with a 15-0 and 32-8 run and defeated OSU 71-67.  In looking at the stats it is difficult to see how OSU only lost by 4 points.  Wisconsin made 12 of 24 three point shots to 3 of 9 for the game for OSU.  But OSU out shot the leading foul shooting team in the nation 88-75% and 54% to 51% from the field.  OSU won rebounds 25-23 and committed 7 turnovers to 8 for Wisconsin.
     Wisconsin turned the game around with a 30-8 run that gave the Badgers a 62-55 lead with 4:17 to play after they had trailed 47-32 with 13:03 left. Of the 30 points, Taylor scored 18 of them and assisted on eight of the other 12.

     Buford led OSU with 21 points on 10 of 18 from the field.  Sullinger added 19 on 7 of 12 from the field and a game high 12 rebounds and 4 of 4 from the line.  Diebler added 9 points on 2 of 5 from the field and 4 of 4 from the line.  Lighty added 8 points on 2 of  4 from the field and 4 bounds and 4 steals.  Craft added 8 points on 3 of 5 from the field, 6 assists and 2 turnovers.
      STREAKS:
      Wisconsin has now won 17 straight at home for the nations 9th longest streak.  OSU has won 18 straight at home for 6th best in the nation.
       Wisconsin is now 2-18 vs #1 teams.  The other win was in 1962 by 19 points over the Bucks to give OSU its only loss of the season until losing the finals of the NCAA.
       OSU is now 36-2 this school year in football and basketball with both losses coming at Madison.
       OSU 2nd longest win streak in their history ended at 24 games.   And their 11 game road winning streak, believed to be best in the nation, also ended.
       And Bob Scholl's streak of going to 3 Wisconsin games and seeing them lose all 3 ended today.  Wisconsin was 75-3 when Bob wasn't in attendance and 0-3 when he attended.  Now they are 76-3 and 1-3.
      The Badgers joined Florida as the only programs to knock off the same No. 1 school in both football and men's basketball in the same academic year. The Gators also beat Ohio State in both sports in 2006-07.

      
GAME 26 - FEB 15  Michigan State (14-10, 606) at #2 Ohio State (24-1, - OSU wins 71-61


                             OSU 25-1 AFTER BEATING MICHIGAN STATE 71-61  
        OSU maintained a 4-8 point lead most of the 2nd half and defeated 12 point underdog Michigan State 71-61.  Looking at the shooting and rebounding stats, it is difficult to see how the Buckeyes won.  They were outshot from the floor 57 to 43%, from three point land 40-35% and on free throws 83-79% and out rebounded 29-19.  But OSU committed only 7 turnovers while forcing Michigan State into 20 turnovers. And OSU committed 12 fouls to 26 for Michigan State allowing OSU 29 foul shots to 6 for Michigan State.
       Buford led the Buckeyes with 23 points on 9 of 15 from the floor and 5 bounds.
Lighty added 12 points on 4 of 10 field goals, 1 of 4 three pointers and 3 of 6 foul shots with 6 bounds and 3 assists.  Diebler scored  points on 2 of 7 from long range to move him within one of the career Big Ten Record.  Sullinger had 11 points on 3 of 8 field goals and 5 of 6 foul shots but only 2 bounds.  Sullinger's previous lowest rebound game was 3.  Craft added 7 points on 1 of 7 field goals, 5 of 7 foul shots and 4 steals and 4 assists
      Kelin Lucas, Big Ten Player of the year in 2009, led Michigan State with 14 points and 5 bounds on 7 of 15 from the field.
      For the first time in 14 weeks, an OSU player did not win Freshman of the week.  Hardaway of Michigan won the honor.
GAME 27 - FEB 20  #2 Ohio State (25-1, 11-1) at #11 Purdue (21-5, 10-3) Purdue wins 76-63

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Craft makes left handed lay up             Diebler drives
     OSU was down by 4 points at halftime and never got closer than that in the 2nd half, but still had a chance when they pulled within 6 with 2 minutes remaining but eventually lost 76-63.   E'Twaun Moore carried Purdue with 38 points on 13 of 18 from the floor and 7 of 10 from 3 point land.  The remaining Boilermakers were 0-10 from long distance.  Purdue outshot the 1 point underdog Bucks 51 to 38% and 35 to 29% from downtown.  Purdue committed 14 turnovers to 18 for OSU.  OSU made 23 of 29 free throws to 13 of 18 for Purdue.  Lighty and Thomas were 5 for 11 and the remaining Buckeyes were 18 for 18.  OSU won bounds 29 to 27.
     OSU was led by Sullinger's 25 points on 9 of 14 from the field and 7 of 7 from the foul line with 6 bounds.  Diebler added 11 on 2 of 4 from 3 point line, 3 of 3 from the foul line and 4 boards.  His 2 bombs gave him the all time career Big Ten record.  Lighty added 10 points and 6 boards but was only 2 of 9 from the field and 5 of 11 from the line.  Craft scored 10 points on 3 of 7 from the field with 6 steals and 6 turnovers.  Buford was held to 7 points on 1 of 5 from the field, 4 of 4 free throws and 5 bounds.  Thomas was scoreless with 5 bounds on 0-6 from the field.
     OSU now leads Purdue in the Big Ten race by one game and Wisconsin by 2 games with 4 games remaining in the Big Ten season.
     The top 4 rated teams in the AP poll all lost this week.  This is the first time that the top four teams all lost in the same week since 2003.

       The 38 points scored by Moore was the most points a Big Ten player scored in a conference game in 5 years

GAME 28 - FEB 22  Illinois (17-10, 7-7) at #2 Ohio State (25-2, 11-2) - OSU wins 89-70      OSU played an amazing first half on the way to a 47-32 lead despite Illinois making 8 of 9 three pointers!  OSU made 3 of 6 three pointers and outshot Illinois in the first half 57 to 52% and committed 0 turnovers to 9 for Illinois!  Buford led the Buckeyes with 17 points on 6 of 9 from the floor and 4 of 4 from the line while Diebler scored 8 points on 2 of 2 from downtown and made his only two pointer.
    Illinois came out hot in the 2nd half  to whittle the lead to 6  points before an amazing streak  by  David Lighty  who  scored 13 straight points and had 3 steals in a 13-2 three minute burst.  Then  the Illini  reduced the lead to 9 points before Thomas scored 6 straight points to give OSU a 68-53 lead.   OSU maintained control the rest of the way and beat ten point underdog Illinois 89-70.
     OSU outshot Illinois 53 to 52 % from the field.  It marked the first time in 37 games that an Illinois opponent shot over 50% from the floor.  Illinois finished 11 of 21 from the floor while OSU hit 7 of 15 and both teams had 28 bounds.  OSU had a Matta era low of 3 turnovers and forced the Illini into 16 turnovers.  Illinois had 18 assists to 11 for OSU and 8 blocked shots to one for OSU.  OSU made 12 of 15 foul shots vs 3 of 3 for Illinois. 
      David Lighty led the Bucks with 21 points (17 in the 2nd half) while hitting 8 of 16 field goal attempts, getting a career high 6 steals and 4 bound.  Buford scored all 17 of his points in the 1st half and made 6 of 14 shots, 3 assists and 5 bounds.  Diebler scored 13 on 3 of 3 from downtown and both foul shots to run his streak to 15 straight.  Diebler is now shooting 86% for the year and has made 24 of 27 (89%) foul shots in conference play.  Craft was super with 12 points on  5 of 9 from the field  with  6 assists and 0 turnovers.    Sullinger scored 12 points  on 6 of 14 from the field and 11 boards including 8 in the 2nd half.
      The 89 points is the most points scored by OSU in a Big Ten game in two years.
       
  
      For all games among Big Ten Players thru Feb 20, the following are listed as follows:
Scoring:  Sullinger 5- 18.0, Buford  14- 14.0, Lighty 23- 12.2, Diebler 26- 11.1
Rebounding:  Sullinger 2- 9.9
Field Goal %:  Sullinger 5- 56.7
Assists:  Craft 6- 4.52, Lighty 13- 337, Buford 15- 3.08
Free throws: to qualify you need 2 makes per game.  Leader is 87.5%
Steals:  Craft 1- 1.89, Lighty 3- 1.67, Diebler 10- 1.15, Sullinger 14- 1.07
3 point % - Diebler 4- 46.8%, Buford 5- 44.9% Lighty 15- 39.3%
3 pointers made:  Diebler 2- 2.7
Blocked Shots:  Lauderdale 3- 1.63
Assist/turnover ratio:  Lighty 6- 1.98, 10- Craft 1.82, Buford 1.74, Diebler is 2.5 but doesn't qualify
Minutes played: Diebler 5- 34.81

      They had 30 steals in last three games and outscored Michigan State and Illinois 48-14 off turnovers. Aaron Craft (1.93) and David Lighty (1.83) rank one-two in the Big Ten in steals per game. Craft had six against Purdue and Lighty matched that against Illinois.

     Ohio State made 80.9 percent of its free throws in the past four games, compared with 66.7 in its first 11 conference games.

     The Buckeyes' three turnovers against Illinois were their fewest in a game in Matta's seven seasons.  According to a Big Ten official, the three turnovers were the fewest the Buckeyes have committed in a game in at least 15 years

     William Buford leads Big Ten players in three-point percentage (.508) and is second in free throw percentage (.889) in conference play.



GAME 29 - FEB 27  Indiana (12-16, 3-13) at #2 Ohio State (26-2, 13-2) - OSU wins 82-61

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Craft attempts steal.  He had 6 steals       Thomas scores 22 on 7 of 9 from fild

    OSU appeared in trouble with the score 8-8 and Sullinger went to the bench with 13 minutes remaining in the first half.  No problem as Thomas came off the bench to throw in 14 straight points during a 14-3 OSU run in 3:36 span.  Thomas scored 17 for the half including 6 of 7 from the field to propel OSU to a 38-23 lead after leading by as much as 20 points.  Indiana went 8 minutes without scoring in the first half.  Diebler was the only other scorer with more than 4 points as he scored 9 on 2 of 5 from downtown but only 3 of 6 free throws.  Sullinger in 7 minutes didn't attempt a shot and finished the half with 2 points and 0 bounds.  OSU had 4 turnover to 10 for Indiana.  Craft had 3 more steals.
     OSU coasted tn the 2nd half and the lead was never less than 15 points as OSU won 82-71 over 17 point underdog Indiana.  For the game OSU outshot Indiana 49-39%, 39 to 29% from three point land, won turnover battle 13-1, rebounds 34-28, assists 17-10 and steals 8-2.
     Thomas led the Bucks with 22 points in 24 minutes on 6 of 7 from the floor and 4 bounds.  Buford scored 15 on 6 of 11 from the floor with 3 bounds and 3 assists.  Lighty added 11 on 4 of 7 with 3 bounds and 4 assists.  Diebler scored 11 but was only 2 of 8 from the field and 5 of 8 from the line with 4 bounds and 0 turnovers.   Lauderdale had 8 points on 4 of 5 with 6 bounds and Craft scored 8 on 1 of 3 and made 5 of 6 free throws with 4 bounds, 5 assists, 6 steals and only 1 turnover.  Sullinger ended 17 straight games of 10 points with 5 points on 0-2 from the field and 5 of 6 foul shots and 7 bounds while playing a season low 13 minutes.
     Ohio State, which beat Indiana (12-17, 3-13) for the sixth consecutive time, the Buckeyes' longest win streak in a series that dates to 1905.   

      So after five teams in a row had shot better than 50 percent against the Buckeyes, Matta decided to seek outside counsel before a game against Indiana yesterday.

     "I reached out to the master," Matta said.

      He called Bob Knight, who had no qualms about helping the coach of his alma mater beat the school that fired him 11 years ago after an unparalleled run of success.

"He gave me this defensive drill," Matta said. "Our players hate it, but I think it made us play a lot better."


GAME 30 - MAR 1  #1 Ohio State (27-2, 14-2) at Penn State (15-12, 8-8) - OSU wins 82-61.

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Burford scores 21 points on 9 of 14 shots                      Diebler hits record 10 of 12 three pointers

                                       WOMEN'S BASKETBALL - OSU
     After capturing the previous six conference championships the Buckeyes were heavy favorites to make it 7 in a row, but were only 4-6 in the Big Ten standings, had fallen out of the national rankings and were facing the possibility of playing host to NCAA Tournament games but not qualifying for the tournament themselves. 

     The Buckeyes (19-9, 10-6) celebrated an emotional Senior Day by defeating Wisconsin 80-47 in front of 5,509 fans in Value City Arena.  With its sixth straight win, Ohio State tied Wisconsin, Iowa and Michigan for third place in the final conference standings, but were 5th seed in tourney.

     Opinions varied, but not enough to prevent Ohio State senior Jantel Lavender from becoming the first four-time Big Ten women's basketball Player of the Year and the first male or female player to accomplish that feat from any of the major conferences.  For the second time, however, Lavender had to share the award. Conference coaches favored Kalisha Keane, the leading scorer for regular-season champion Michigan State. The media selected Lavender, who was the only unanimous all-Big Ten first-team selection in the voting by both groups.

      She led the conference in scoring (22.6), rebounding (10.7) and field-goal percentage (.532) during the regular season.

     She holds Big Ten career records for rebounds with 1,352 and field goals with 1,080. She set an Ohio State record with 2,677 points, which is the second most in conference history. She scored in double figures in all 130 games she played, an NCAA record.
      Junior point guard Samantha Prahalis, a first-team pick last season, was on the media's second team and the coaches' third team despite leading the Big Ten in assists.



                                         THE DIEBLER SHOW WAS AWESOME
     Diebler put on a show for the ages by sinking a Big Ten conference game record of 10 three pointers on 5 of 6 in each half.  He made 9 in row before missing his final shot.  Most makes were nothing but net.  He never had a two point shot or free throw thus ended up with one of the great efficiency games with 30 points on 12 shots and 5 assists and 3 boards.  OSU led by 15 at half, by as many as 26 in the 2nd half vs 7 point underdog Penn State with the final score being 82-61.
     OSU outshot Penn State 55-49%, 54-31% on 3 pointers and 70-60% on free throws.  OSU also won rebounds 31-18, assists 21-10, turnovers 12-13 but committed 18 fouls to 16 for Penn State.
     Buford also had a great game scoring 21 points on 9 of 14 from the floor with 3 rebounds and 4 assists.  Sullinger scored 10 points on 4 of 8 with 10 bounds.  Lighty score 6 points on 3 of 7 with 4 assists and 4 rebounds.   Craft added 5 on 2 of 7 but had 6 assists and 5 more steals.
     Craft has 23 steals in the last 5 games to move his average steals per game to a season average 2.07 which is only good for 34th in the nation.  But the 4.6 steals a game
during the past 5 games is way ahead of the national leader at 3.43.
      Diebler onslaught should move him to 1st  in the Nation in offensive rating (takes in most offensive stats) as he was 3rd going into the game.  He is now 8th in the nation with  88 makes,  His 3 point shooting % is now 49.4 % good for second in the nation.
Keep in mind there are about 1600 players starting in college basketball.
       Diebler's 10 threes broke the OSU record of 9 he set earlier in the year and broke the Big Ten record for a conference game.  It tied the all time Big Ten record set in 1983 by Chris Hill of Michigan State at home vs Syracuse.  Diebler tied the record on the road.
      OSU leads Purdue by one game in the Big Ten with one game remaining at home vs Wisconsin. 
Purdue and Ohio State were 1-1 head-to-head this season, so the tiebreaker would move to their record against third-place Wisconsin. Purdue was 1-1 against the Badgers; the Buckeyes, with a loss, would be 0-2 and Purdue would win tiebreaker..
      The crowd of 15,403 was the largest in the Bryce Jordan Center in 11 years. 
      
Penn State has not won at home over Ohio State since 2004 and has lost 15 games in a row to the Buckeyes since then, including six at home.
  This is longest streak by any matchup in the Big Ten.
GAME 31 - MAR 6  #10 Wisconsin (23-6 and 13-4) at #1 Ohio State (28-2, 15-2) - OSU wins 93-65

                                                OSU WOMEN IN BIG TEN TOURNEY FINALS
     After beating Iowa in their first tourney game 71-61  they faced Big Ten champion Michigan State (12-3 and won by 2 games) but 2 of the 3 losses came vs the Bucks.  OSU raced to a 43-33 half time lead behind Lavender's 21 points on 9 of 10 from the floor.  The Spartans stopped Lavender in the first 9 minutes of the 2nd half and tied the game, then Lavender went off  leading OSU to a 72-57 win.  Lavender scored 37 points on 15 of 20 from the field, the most points ever scored by a women in a  Big Ten tournament game.  She also made all 7 free throws and had 9 rebounds.  Keane, co-MVP for Mich St score 17 points but was only 6 of 20 from the field.   Finals are vs Penn State who finished 2nd in the conference.

                             
OSU WOMEN WIN BIG TEN TOURNAMENT 84-70 OVER PENN STATE
     OSU women beat 4th place Iowa, then 1st place Michigan State and finally 2nd place Penn State 84-70 in the finals of the Big Ten tournament.  It was the 3rd straight time OSU won the tournament, only the 2nd time that has happened.  OSU finished 5th in the Big Ten by winning their last 6 games, but it the first time in 7 years OSU hasn't won the league title. 
      In the Finals, Lavender led the way with 23 points and 15 rebounds.  Priallis scored 23 points and dished out 9 assists.   


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Diebler leaves court in final home game.      Craft blankets Taylor, Wisconsin guard
In last two games he made 17 of 20 three      who was runner up in the Big Ten for
point shots, scored 57 points, grabbed 9        Player of the Year.  Taylor was 2 of 9
boards, handed off 9 assists and had 0           for 8 points after scoring 39 points in
turnovers.   Can't ever recall a better            
his prior game.
back to back games.                                                      



                               THE DIEBLER SHOW, PART 2 WAS ALSO AWESOME
       Ohio State put on one of the best shooting displays of all time in mulling the 7 point underdog Badgers 93-65.  OSU shot 68% from the field including 14 of 15 (93%) from three point land led by Jon Diebler who was 7 of 8 and is now 17 for 20 (85%) in last two games in possibly the greatest two game long range shooting of all time.   Ohio State set two NCAA records in the game.  The 93.3% on 3's was one record and the second was making 14 straight 3's after Diebler missed his first 3 point shot.  The previous record of consecutive 3's was 11 by Niagara in 1987.
      OSU dominated the stats vs Wisconsin.  They outshot Wisconsin from the field 68-42%, 93 to 38% from downtown and 75 to 67% from the foul line.  They also out rebounded Wisconsin 29-25, won assists 18-10 and committed 12 personal fouls to 17 for the Badgers.  Wisconsin won turnovers 6 to 7 and won offensive bounds 12 to 4. 
Amazingly, the Badgers shot 13 more times than the Bucks but made 7 less field goals!
OSU missed 15 shots all game (32 of 47) while Wisconsin had 35 misses (25 of 60).
      Diebler led the Bucks with 27 points on 8 of 10 shooting including 7 of 8 from downtown, 4 of 5 free throws, 6 rebounds, 4 assists and 0 turnovers.  In last two games he has made 18 of 22 form the field, 17 of 20 from downtown, 4 of 5 free throws, 9 boards, 9 assists and 0 turnovers.  And he had streaks of 9 and 7 straight 3's in last two games.   This may make him the most efficient player in the nation which is a combination of shots taken and points scored, assists and turnovers.
What a way to go out on your last home game of your career!  He should win his first Big Ten player of the week honors in 4 years of basketball at OSU. 
     Sullinger made 8 of 14 shots and 6 of 8 free throws and 8 boards.  Buford added 18 on 6 of 8 from the floor including 3 of 3 from downtown, 5 bounds and 4 assists.  Lighty added 13 on 5 of 8 from the floor, 6 bounds and 3 assists.   Craft only scored 3 points but may have been the games MVP!  He held Taylor to 8 points on 2 of 9 from the floor.  Taylor torched OSU for 35 points in their prior meeting and scored 38 point in his last game and is one of 3 players in race for Big Ten player of the year!  Craft's defense was awesome and he had 6 assists and 0 turnovers. 
      OSU won the Big Ten Crown by 2 games over Purdue and  3 games over Wisconsin. Purdue and Wisconsin handed 29-2 OSU thier only losses on their home court.  All three teams were undefeated at home.  The 20-0 home record for OSU was a team historical best as was their 29 regular season wins.
    The Buckeyes shot 68.1 percent from the field against Wisconsin, their highest in a game since they shot 71.4 percent against Presbyterian in 2007.   It was also the 3rd worst defeat in Bo Rein's 10 years at Wisconsin.
     OSU has won the Big Ten title 3 of last six years and share title a 4th year.
     Ohio State could become the only school in the past nine years to win the AP poll title twice. Not that it's worth anything. None of the past nine teams that finished No.1 won the NCAA championship. Only three, including Ohio State in 2007, made it to the Final Four.

    OSU failed to cover the spread in 4 of their first 5 Big Ten games but finished the Big Ten 9-9 vs the spread including beating the spread by a 12 point average in the last four games.
     The weekend brought us the two most efficient offensive performances of the season. On Saturday, Syracuse dismantled DePaul 107-59. The Orange averaged 1.50 points per possession, which was the most against a D-I opponent this season. However, that fact only lasted one day. In the aforementioned win over Wisconsin on Sunday, Ohio State averaged 1.56 points per possession. Ironically, before this weekend, Wisconsin’s 1.49 PPP against Northwestern in January was the high-water mark.
     Ohio State made 14-of-15 from 3-point range in a 93-65 win over Wisconsin. The 93.3 percent mark is the best in Division I history (minimum 10 attempts). The Buckeyes made their final 14 3-point attempts after Jon Diebler missed his first with 13:42 remaining in the first half. The 14 consecutive 3s made also broke the D-I record of 11, set by both Niagara and Eastern Kentucky, who did so a week apart in 1987. Diebler went 7-for-8 from 3-point range and is 17-for-20 from downtown in his past two games. Overall, the Buckeyes shot 68.1 percent from the field, the highest against Wisconsin in 10 years.  The previous best for OSU this season was 60.5% vs Indiana in their opening Big Ten game when they made 23 of 38 shots and 13 of 19 behind the 3 point line.
     The 14 long range makes was a season high by one make. 
    The most points scored against Wisconsin  this year was 70 points by Purdue.  Today OSU scored 93 points, the most Wisconsin has given up in a game since 2006.
     OSU had a sell out for the 5th straight game and 6th time this season.  With 1400 towels with the words 'Deal With It' made Schottenstein's Arena the loudes ever for a game.  Wisconsin coach, Bo Rein used those words after beating OSU earlier this season in Madison.
 
     AWARDS
     Sulllinger was Freshman of the week honors, his 11th win in 17 weeks.   Diebler won Big Ten play of the week for the first time in his career.   For the season, only Sullinger won more than two times and he won it 4 times. 
     Johnson of Purdue was Player of the Year.  Sullinger was on first team All Big Ten.  Lighty and Buford both made 2nd team and Diebler made 3rd team on both the media and coaches team.   My MVP on the Buckeyes next to Sullinger, Aaron Craft, should have been on 2nd or 3rd team in my opinion. 
    Sullinger and Craft were on the all Freshman team.  Craft won best 6th man award.
Craft and Lighty made the all defensive team and Craft was the only unanimous pick although Johnson of Purdue was Defensive Player of the Year.

       BUCKEYES IN TOP 100  IN  NATION
Offensive Rating:  1- Diebler 145.33, 2- 139.52, 73- Sullinger 122
Effectve FG %  2- Diebler  72.14  1- 73.07  3- 67.68
True Shooting %  1- Diebler 73.85  2- 70.35

3 PT FG Made  6- Diebler 95
3 Pt FG %   2- Diebler 51.1%,  1- 52.2%  3- 48.9%
Rebounds  26- Sullinger 9.74
Points per game   Sullinger 85- 17.29
Assists per game  67- Craft 4.68
Steals per game   34- Craft 2.07
Assist-Turnover Ration 1- Taylor, Wisc 4.1, 13- Diebler 2.9
Plus Minus 3- Diebler 456, 4- Sullinger 452, 5- Lighty 437, 11- Buford 365, 13- Craft  357
Roland Avg  4- Diebler 15.4, 5- Sullinger 15.1, Lighty 10- 14.0, Buford 59- 9.9
Plus Minus Wins  3- Lighty 27, 8- Sullinger 26, Diebler 26, 16- Craft  25, 23- Buford 24
Minutes per game   92- Diebler 34.97
Statsheet Pts Avg 4- Sulling. 79.91, 30- Buford 67.34, 41- Lighty 65.76. 48- Diebler 64.49
Catagories listed in top 100  - Diebler 11 (7 in top 6!!!), Sullinger 7,  Craft 4,  Buford 4, Lighty 4.  Diebler in top 4 six times while only Sullinger (2) and Lighty (1) are in any top 4's.  Diebler only Buckeye in top 2 in any catagory and he is top 2 four times.



1A - NCAA TOURNAMENT 2010-11 SEASON:
GAME 32- MAR 11 #1 Ohio State (29-2, 16-2) vs Northwestern (18-13, 7-11) - OSU wins in OT 67-61.

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Craft Driving for 2 of 17 points.  Craft was a one
man team for first 35 minutes of game.  Awesome.

                              WISCONSIN AND PENN STATE PLAY ONE FOR THE AGES
      Penn State jumped out to an 18-2 lead over 3rd seed Wisconsin in the first 10 minutes, but only won 36-33 in the 2nd lowest scoring game in the last 15 years of NCAA tournament history.  The previous low in Big Ten tournament game was Wisconsin 51 Michigan 34 in 2008, 16 more points than todays game!

     The 36 points scored by Penn State are the 2nd-fewest scored by a winning team in a conference tournament game over the last 15 seasons. The fewest is 35 points, when George Mason defeated UNC-Wilmington 35-33 in the 2001 CAA Championship game.

     Penn State has done this before. Feb. 18, 2009 at Illinois, Penn State won 38-33. Today, against Wisconsin in the Big Ten Quarterfinals, the Nittany Lions won 36-33. Penn State had ZERO players in double figures They played just 7 guys. The 2 bench players combined to play 10 minutes and didn't score Talor Battle played all 40 minutes, shot 3-18 but led the Nittany Lions with 9 points.  Penn State showed great balance as all  starters played 35-40 minutes and scored 6-9 points and the bench scored 0 points.  And they thought Matta played his starters too much!
     Menawhile Wisconsin's Leuer and Taylor scored 26 and the rest of the team scored 7 points.  Wisconsin had two starters that played 48 minutes and were scoreless with 3 rebounds and 1 assist but 0 turnovers.  Wisconsin only committed 5 turnovers and 12 fouls, but shot 29% from the field including 2 of 21 from downtown!
      And we thought OSU shot poorly today.


                        FRESHMAN CARRY OSU TO OVERTIME WIN     
     OSU scored the last nine points of the first half (7 by Craft) to lead Northwestern at the half 28-23.  Prior to that no one had led by more than 3 points.  Craft led OSU with 9 points on 4 of 8 shooting.  Sullinger was only 2 of 9 from the field, but had 11 bounds.  Diebler was 0 for 3 from downtown and OSU was 1 for 7.  OSU had 0 turnovers and Northwestern only had 3.
     In the only regular season game OSU won by a single point.  Each team had 49 possessions in that game as Northwestern slowed the game down.  It was the fewest possessions of any of the 4500 games in college basketball this season.
      Sullinger missed a 13 foot jump shot at the end of regulation to send the game into overtime.  In overtime OSU kept giving the ball to Sullinger and he kept getting fouled.  Sullinger never made a field goal in the last 38 minutes of the game but made 16 of 18 foul shots and grabbed 18 bounds to lead the Buckeyes.   The MVP for the Buckeyes for most of the game was Aaron Craft as he was the only Buckeye that made half of his shots!  He was 6 of 11 from the floor and 4 of 5 from the foul line to score a season high 17 points.  He also had 7 bounds and 2 assists and held Northwestern star Thompson to 15 points on 5 of 12 from the floor after he scored a Big Ten tournament record 35 yesterday.   I am still upset that Craft did not make any of the first 3 Big Ten teams.  He was Honorable Mention by the Media and didn't even get that by the coaches.  Unbelievable.  I still maintain he is OSU 2nd best player.  The other 4 starters were all on the first 3 All Big Ten teams.
      Diebler didn't make a three pointer until overtime but it was a big one as it gave OSU a 6 point lead with 2:22 remaining.  He scored 13 points on 4 of 10 from the field but only 1 of 5 from downtown but had 3 bounds and 0 turnover for the 3rd straight game.  Lighty had 8 points on 3 of 8 from the floor and 6 boards and 3 blocked shots.  Buford  scored 7 points on 3 of 14 from the field with 5 bounds.  For some reason Matta had Buford shoot two technical fouls in OT and he missed both.
      Diebler and Sullinger played all 45 minutes.  Once again the iron man myth was blown away.  The two iron men scored all 15 points in OT while making all 12 foul shots including 10 by Sullinger.
      Northwestern won most of stat battles.  The wildcats out shot OSU 37 to 32% from the field, 33 to 20% from downtown and 89 to 81% from the line.  NW also was assists 7-3 and turnovers 5-6.  OSU won board battle 41-24 and committed 16 fouls to 23 for NW.
      Sullinger's 18 boards was one off of touney record held by Greg Oden.  OSU's 32% tied their worst % of the year.  Sullinger's 16 made free throws was a Big Ten tournament record.
      OSU has been seeded #1 in four of last 6 Big Ten tournaments winning 2 of previous 3.
Last year tournament games are below.  It took a 37 buzzer beater to win game 1 last year and overtime to win game 2 before blowing out Minnesota in game 3.
GAME 33- MAR 11 #1 Ohio State (30-2, 16-2) vs Michigan (20-12, 9-9) - OSU wins  68-61

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Lighty grabs missed foul shot and scores       Siebert played first meaningful minutes of the
                                                                           season and had a steal and dunk in 11 minutes
                   OSU IN FINALS AFTER 68-61 LEAD OVER MICHIGAN
      OSU struggled to a four point half time lead as both Lighty and Craft sat out much of the first half with 2 fouls.  The 2nd half was a series of streaks.  OSU opened up an 11 point lead only to see 11 point underdog Michigan rally to with 2 points.  Then OSU scored 16 straight points to grab an 18 point lead.  Michigan than rallied to with 4 points with 20 second remaining before the Buckeyes finally put away the game by a 68-61 margin.  The Buckeyes led 65-48 with 1:47 left.  Michigan scored 13 straight points in the next 86 seconds to pull within 4 points.
     OSU won most of the stat battles.  They outshot Michigan 46 to 37% from the field, 36 to 31% from downtown, won 34-27 on bounds, blocked shots 6-2 and committed 13 fouls to 20 for Michigan.  Michigan outshot OSU from the foul line 80 to 57%.  Both teams had 9 turnovers.
     Diebler was high scorer for the 3rd time in 4 games with 16 points on 6 of 12 from the floor but only 3-8 from downtown.  He also had 5 boards and 3 assists but also 5 turnovers after having 0 in the prior 3 games.  Sullinger scored 14 on 5 of 13 from the floor and 4 of 10 from the foul line.  He also had 13 boards.  Buford also scored 14 on 6 of 14 from the floor with 4 boards.  Thomas had 9 points on 4 of 6 from the field and 4 boards.  Craft scored 9 on 2 of 3 from the floor but only 4 of  7 from the line with 3 assists and no turnovers.  Diebler and Buford both played all 40 minutes while Sullinger was in for 36 minutes.
      Diebler streak of 4 games without a turnover ended in this game.  Longest Buckeye streaks without a turnover prior to Diebler was 3, once each by Sullinger and Lighty.
      The 29 three's shot by Michigan was 2nd most by an OSU opponent.  Northwestern shot 30 in conference game.  Third most attempts was 25.
      Four of the last 5 Buckeye opponents have scored exactly 61 points.
      OSU opponents have less than 10 turnovers each of last 3 games after doing so only 3 times in first 30 games.  OSU has committed less than  10 turnovers 14 times including 11 of last 16 games.
      OSU is now 17-16 vs the Odds this season.
      OSU will play in the finals for the 3rd straight season, only the second time that has been done.
      
      
  
GAME 34- MAR 12 #1 Ohio State (31-2, 16-2) vs Penn State (19-13, 9-9) - OSU wins 71-60

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JARED 'HULK' SULLINGER LEADS BUCKEYES TO BIG TEN TOURNEY TITLE

           JARED SULLINGER ALL AMERICAN AND FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR
     Jared Sullinger of Ohio State was named freshman of the year today by the US Basketball Writers
Association, one day after being the only freshman to make the organization's five-man All-America first team.
     The USBWA also chose a Freshman All-America team for the first time this season.  Joining
Sullinger on that team are Harrison Barnes of North Carolina, Terrence Jones and Brandon Knight of
Kentucky, and Tristan Thompson of Texas.

    
                               NCAA TOURNAMENT STATS AND OTHER STATS
       The Buckeye consistency is rooted in a balanced, efficient offense that produce the second highest scoring
average of 74.5 points a  game in  Big  Ten play in the past 20 years.  The only team that averaged more was
Illinois (75.9) in 2005, when it reached the NCAA title game.
     The Buckeyes top four scorers averaged between 12 and 18 points in conference games, and the Buckeyes shot 50 % from the field.  That has been done in the Big Ten only three times in the past 18 years. 
       The Buckeyes averaged the second-fewest fouls per game (14.4) in Division 1 in the regular season.
        The Buckeyes played 11 teams that are in the NCAA tournament this year.  They are: 2nd seeded Florida (OSU won 93-75), 10th seeded Florida State (OSU won 58-44), 13th seeded Morehead State (OSU won 64-55), 13th seeded Oakland (OSU won 92-63), North Carolina Asheville (play in team)(OSU won 96-49),
3rd seeded Purdue (OSU won 87-64, lost 76-63), 4th seeded Wisconsin (OSU lost 71-67, won 93-65), 8th seeded Michigan Won 68-64, 62-53 and 68-61),  9th seeded Illinois (OSU won 73-68 and 89-70), 10th seeded Penn State (OSU won 69-66, 82-61 and 71-60) and 10th seeded Michigan State (OSU won 71-61).  The Buckeyes record vs the 11 tournament teams was 16-2.  They out-
scored the opponents in the 18 games78-62!  OSU record vs non NCAA tournament teams was 16-0 and OSU outscored them by an average of 79-57.  Thirteen of Buckeyes last 18 games were played against teams in the NCAA tourney and 2 of remaining 5 were vs NIT invitee Northwestern.

              OSU WINS BIG TEN TOURNAMENT 2ND STRAIGHT YEAR
    OSU led Penn State by 6 points at half, increased the lead to 18 points and Penn State could get no closer than 8 points the rest of the game.  OSU becomes the first team to win back to back Big Ten Tournaments since Michigan State in 1999-2000.   Michigan State won the NCAA in 2000.
     OSU won most of the stat battles vs the 10.5 point under dog Nittany Lions.  OSU outshot Penn State 51 to 39%, 44 to 39% from downtown, won bounds 25-24, assists 14-8, blocks 8-2, committed 7 turnovers to 8 for Penn State and committed 9 personal fouls to 17 for  Penn State.   Penn State outshot OSU from the foul line 100% to 60%.  OSU shot 64% from the floor in the 2nd half.
     Buford led the scoring with 18 points on 7 of 14 with 4 boards but 3 turnovers.  Sullinger scored 25 points on 5 of 11 from the floor and 5 of 10 from the foul line with 11 boards, 3 assists, 3 blocks and 0 turnovers.  Diebler was by far the most efficient player scoring 15 points on 5 of 8 from the field including 3 of 5 from downtown and grabbed 6 boards.  Craft had another solid game scoring 9 points on 4 of 6 from the floor and handed out 3 assists.  He did a great job on defending Battle most of the game.  Battle made two three pointers before Craft entered game than made 3 of 12 shots when OSU put the game away.  Battle made 4 of 5 shots down the stretch when OSU let him drive to the bucket rather than foul him, most of those when other defenders switched off on him.  Lighty scored 8 points on 2 of 6 from the field with 5 assists.  Lauderdale scored 6 points on 3 of 4 from the floor and 3 blocks.  It was the second consecutive game he has given OSU a spark while relieving Sullinger.
     After 4 of the last 5 opponents scored 61 points, OSU held Penn State to 60 points.
    
OSU is #1 overall seed in the NCAA tournament.  Seven Big Ten teams made the NCAA Tournament.   Five wins in OSU's current 7 game winning streak were against teams in the Tournament.  All 7 games were won by at least 6 points.  OSU have won last 7 games by an average of 15.7 points.

                              BIG TEN TOURNAMENT NOTABLES
     In the Big Ten tournament Sullinger played three games in three days, averaged 40.5 minutes, absorbed countless body blows and became the first player in tournament history to post three straight double doubles in points and rebounds.
     Point guard Aaron Craft had two turnovers in 99 minutes on the floor and helped rescue the Buckeyes against Northwestern with 17 points and a career high 7 rebounds.
     Sullinger, the second freshman to be voted the tournament's most outstanding player (Greg Oden was first in 2007).   Sullinger set a tournament record with 38 free throw attempts.  His 25 makes was the second most to the 29 made by Ohio State's Brent Darby in 2003.
      Sullinger's 42 rebounds in three tournament games ranked 3rd in tournament history.   Reggie Evans of Iowa
has the top two with 51 in 2001 and 44 in 202, but both were in four games as was Darby's made free throws.
    

NCAA TOURNAMENT 2010-11 SEASON
GAME 35- MAR 12 #1 Ohio State (32-2, 16-2) vs  U. Texas at San Antonio (20-13) - OSU wins 75-46

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Light in front of crowd at Wisconsin game     Sullinger goes up for score

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Buford on way for 2 of 18 points                Thomas scores 13 in 20 minutes
                BUCKEYES ROLL INTO FIELD OF 32 WITH OPENING ROUND 75-46 WIN
      University Texas at San Antonio (UTSA), a 23 point underdog stayed with OSU early leading 9-5 but OSU outscored them 32-12 the remainder of the half to lead 37-21.  OSU shot lights out sinking 15 of 23 (65%) including 6 of 10 from three point area.  Buford scored 10 of the Buckeyes first 12 points and finished the half with 15 points on 6 of 10, 4 boards and 3 assists.  Sullinger had 9 points on 4 of 5 and 6 boards.  Diebler had 9 on 3 of 5 from downtown and 4 assists.  OSU had 15 baskets on 14 assists and won the rebound battle 14-6.
     OSU coasted in the second half leading by as much as 38 points (70-32) before settling for a 75-46 win in the first round of the NCAA tourney.  OSU outshot UTSA 56 to 34%, 50 to 24 % on 3's, out assisted UTSA by an amazing 26-6 margin, and won boards 33 to 24%.  UTSA made 6 of 7 four shot and OSU made 5 of 8.
     Buford led the scoring with 18 points on 7 of 12 from the floor including 3 of 5 from downtown, 6 boards and 5 assists.  Diebler scored 14 points on 4 of 8 from long range, 4 rebounds and 5 assists.  Thomas came off the bench to score 13 points on 5 of 7, 8 boards and 3 assists.  Sullinger scored 11 points on 5 of 6, 9  boards and 3 steals.  Lighty scored 8 on 3 of 5 and 5 assists.  Craft didn't score but dished out 7 assists but had 4 turnovers.
      Diebler made a 3 pointer for the 51st straight game.
     
A heavily scarlet-and-gray-clad crowd of 20,164 was a record for a college basketball game in the state of Ohio.

       Five of the seven Big Ten teams making the NCAA tournament won their first round game to advance to the final 32.  The two tems losing (Penn State and Michigan State) both lost by a point.  All of the winning teams won by at least 11 points and all five were ahead by at least 19  points in their first tournd game.  Seven of 11 Big East team advanced to round of 32. 
      OSU played 11 of the 64 teams in the tournament  and 7 of them advanced to  the round of 32 and five of 7 won by  11 or  more points.  OSU  was  10-2 vs the 7 teams remaining.
GAME 36- MAR 20 #1 Ohio State (33-2, 16-2) vs George Mason (27-6)

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Sullinger Dunks - 18 points in 22 minutes              Lighty, 7 for 7 on 3's, high fives with Craft who had 15 assists

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Diebler cans 4 more 3's to extend steak to 52 games with a 3.
In last 7 games Diebler has sunk 32 of 54 3 pointers (59%).

                                OSU CRUSHES GEORGE MASON 98-66
      George Mason, a 13 point underdog, jumped to an 11-2 lead before the Buckeye unleashed their fury.  OSU out scored George Mason 50-15 the remainder of the half, led by as much as 38 in the second half before settling for a 98-66 victory.  OSU was deadly from long range making 16 of 26 (61.5%) from three point land including 7 of 7 by David Lighty.  In the last 7 games OSU has made 70 of 134 (52%) shots from downtown.
      OSU outshot George Mason 61 to 43% from the field, 61.5 to 44% from 3 point line, won assists 23-13, boards 31-28, turnovers 9-17 and fouls committed 11 to 17.  The Bucks were outshot from the foul line 86% (6 of 7)  to 56% (10 of 18).
       The Bucks were led by Lighty with 25 points on 9 of 10 from the field including 7 of 7 from downtown with 4 boards and 3 assists, but was 0-2 from the foul line.  In the previous seven games Lighty was 6 of 14 from downtown!   Sullinger added 18 points on 7 of 10 from the floor with 8 bounds.  Buford also scored 18 points on 7 of 14 including 4 of 7 from downtown and 5 boards and 2 steals.  Diebler scored 13 on 4 of 8 from downtown with no turnovers.  Thomas added 7 points in 13 minutes on 3 of 7 from the floor.  Craft only shot 3 times making 2 for 6 points but had an amazing 15 assists.
       Most experts have been saying there are no great teams in college basketball.  I have been saying that Ohio State is a great team for weeks, and once again today the Bucks continued to prove my point.   Rick Pitino, Louisville Coach, joined me today saying Ohio State is a great team. 
       Crafts 15 assists was 3rd most in tournmament play in the last three years as Mitch Johnson of Stanford and Earl Watson of UCLA had 16 assists.
       The  OSU  victory was the most lopsided victory in school history
        Lighty set a tournament record for most makes without a miss from 3 point land going 7 for 7.
        The 26 assists in the first game set a turnament record and tied a season high against Tennessee Martin.  They added 23 assists today, 3rd most of any game this season. 
         OSU is now in the sweet 16 and play Kentucky in their next game.  They are 5-0 vs Kentucky in prior tournament games.  They both played the same 4 opponents this season.  Kentucky beat Indiana at home 81-62 (OSU beat on the road 81-62 and 82-61 a home), South Carolina 67-58 on the road and 90-59 at home (OSU beat SC 79-57 at home), lost to Florida on the road 70-68, beat Florida at home 76-68 and beat Florida in their tournament at a neutral site 70-54 (OSU won at Florida 83-65).  OSU was 4-0 on similar opponents with Kentucky 6-1.  OSU played Florida better than Kentucky but they were about the same on the other 3 opponents.

     George Mason coach Jim Larranaga said William Buford - 7 of 14 from the field and 4 of 7 on three-pointers for 18 points - and Lighty, who finished with 25 points, were priorities No. 3 and 4 for his defenders.

"First it was (Jared) Sullinger. We began with how are we going to defend in the post," Larranaga said. "The second was (Jon) Diebler because of his ability to stretch the defense with his three-point shooting ability. And then it was let's pray that Buford and Lighty don't go off. You don't think that will happen, but you do hope that at least one or two of them will have an off-night shooting. But instead they were on fire."

     The result was a performance that left a lot of observers agape. Ohio State, the top overall seed in the tournament, led 52-26 at halftime and kept pouring it on; at one point, before the bench was emptied, the Buckeyes led 87-49.

     It was a great day to be an Ohio State player or fan. But it was an incredible day for a Cleveland native who not only had the game of his life in front of the hometown folks but also graduated from college in a special morning ceremony staged for him and three teammates  at Quicken Loans Arena. 

     "Coach would always tell us that once you get that diploma, there's no greater feeling than to have it in your hand," Lighty said. "You listen to him and it's like OK, but when it actually happens you find out he was right.

"Going through the whole five years of me being here and actually graduating is something that no one can ever take away from me."

     And the prolonged exit with his family? Well, that was special, too.

"It was kind of emotional," Lighty said. "My mom had a couple of tears. It was a special moment. I just pretty much got to hold them and tell them how thankful of them I am."

                                             CRAFT AMAZES
   Two George Mason players were trying to trap Ohio State's Aaron Craft near mid-court.

Most players, certainly most freshman, would have been content to find an exit. Craft has long proved he's not a typical player, let alone freshman.

     I n the midst of this peril, he detected Jared Sullinger near the basket. Like a lacrosse player, he whipped a pass through the defense to Sullinger for a layup.  Slag comment: Greatest pass I ever saw.

     On the bench, Buckeyes junior William Buford couldn't believe it.

    "Oh, my God," he said. "I asked him, 'How did you get that in there?' That was crazy. I ain't never seen a pass like that."

     Ohio State has never had a performance like Craft's yesterday, at least in terms of assists. His 15 in the Buckeyes' 98-66 victory set a school record and was the fourth-most in NCAA Tournament history.  It was the most assists by a Big Ten Freshman in any game (regular season and tournament). 

      The pass to Sullinger wasn't the only highlight-worthy assist. In the second half, he lost the handle on a ball and dived to retrieve it. He outfought a George Mason player and flipped it to Jon Diebler to avoid a traveling call as he rolled on the ground. Diebler hit a three-pointer and was fouled.  Slag comment:  maybe 2nd best pass I ever saw!

"      That was unbelievable," Diebler said.

       Blending a freshman point guard on a veteran team can be a problem, but that hasn't been an issue with Craft.

"I think it's just because of his personality," Diebler said. "He's willing to be led. He's very smart and mature for his age. He knew what his role was going to be when he got here, and he accepted that.

      "All he wants to do is win. When you have guys like that, it makes it easy."

Days gets first pointSenior walk-on Eddie Days scored his first point when he made a free throw with 1:17 left.

     "It was almost like a monkey off my back," he said. "Everybody's been talking about it. It's good to get it."

Days had missed all seven of his career field-goal attempts. This was his first trip to the line.

      Days was a walk-on as a freshman, then took time off because of a heart condition. After two years practicing with the OSU women's team, he returned to the men's team this year.


     Diebler hit a 3 pointer in the last 2 seconds of the first half for the fourth time in about the last 8 games.  He also had his 2nd 4 point play in last 7 games.

    
Aaron Craft had a school-record 15 assists, and the Buckeyes set or matched school records for an NCAA Tournament game with 16 three-point field goals, 26 attempts, a .615 three-point percentage and 98 points scored.  The 98 points tied the 1960 record vs Western Kentucky.

     Lighty's seven threes in as many attempts was the third-best performance behind the arc in NCAA Tournament history. Craft's 15 assists were the fourth-most in a tournament game. 

Numbers for dummies

5: Football games that OSU might want to start Craft at quarterback to begin next football season. The freshman showed in power passes to Sullinger and Dallas Lauderdale that he has the arm for the job.

4: Players (Lighty, Lauderdale, Diebler and Nikola Kecman) who missed OSU's graduation yesterday but received their diplomas during a mock ceremony on the Quicken Loans Arena floor in the morning.

23: Assists credited to Craft in two tournament games, nearly half of OSU's 49 total.

GAME 37- MAR 20 #1 Ohio State (34-2, 16-2) vs #11 Kentucky (28-8, 10-6) - Kentucky wins 62-60









Harrellson
Harrellson fights for ball with Sullinger










                                 WOMEN FALL TO TENNESSEE 87-75 IN SWEET 16 GAME
      OSU (24-10 and 4th seed) lost to #1 seeded Tennessee (34-2) in a sweet 16 game as both men and women lost in the same round.  Both teams were last team in Big Ten remaining when they suffered their loss.  Lavendar finished her year with 19 points and 10 boards on 9 of 17 from the floor.  Prahallis was high scorer with 22 points on 9 of 18 from the floor and 7 assists.  But the two players combined for 9 turnovers.
       Tennessee outrebounded OSU 46-29 and won turnover battle 9 to 13.
       OSU made 16 of 24  (67%) of their shots in the first half and led 42-40 at the half..
        Lavender recorded her 77th double-double and scored in double figures in all 136 games she played in during her four year career that saw her win Big Ten player of the year 4 times, the only player in history to win player of the year in a major conference all 4 years.
    
Lavender finished her career at Ohio State as the only four-time Big Ten player of the year. She earned her bachelor's degree in sport and leisure studies on March 20 and is the program's all-time leading scorer (2,818) and the Big Ten's all-time leading rebounder (1,432).
     Lavender's new life started yesterday in Bristol, Conn., when the Los Angeles Sparks selected her with the fifth pick of the draft
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3*-25-11   Jim W, Jim A, Brutus, John and Nelson Slagle at Jim A's for OSU 62-60 loss to Kentucky

                                                                       WACKY 2011 NCAA TOURNAMENT
      The 2011 NCAA Tournament final 4 teams had the 2nd highest seed ever (adding 4 seeds together - 3,4,10, 11 or 28)
      
The 2011 NCAA Tournament final 4 teams combined record was a winning record was 76%.  The worst winning record was 71% and the third worsst was 81%!!
        Final 4 teams are all  east of the Mississippi River.  Teams are Kentucky, Connecticut, VMU (Virginia)  and Butler (Indiana).  Sixteen of the top 25 teams in final AP  poll  were east of the Mississippi.
         Final 4 teams were ranked  9 Connicut,  11th  Kentucky,  33 Butler and unranked  VMU (no votes).
         VMU already has made most  amaZing run in NCAA tourney.  Most thought they shouldn't have been in tournament as they were 4th place team in a mid major conference with a 12-6 record and 23-11 overall.  They may have been the 68th team in a 68 team field.  They had to win a play-in game over USC (Southern California) to make the final 64  and have now won 5 straight games as underdogs vs teams in 5 different major conferences and four have been double digit wins!
          VMU wins were over 11th seed and unranked USC 59-46,  #6 seed and 26th ranked Georgetown 74-56, #3 seed and 13th ranked Purdue 94-76, #10th seed and unranked Florida State 72-71 in OT,  #1 seed and 2nd ranked Kansas 71-61.

                                                                  FINAL POOLS

    AP - PRIOR TO NCAA TNY               ESPN/USA
                                                                                                          RECORD
1-  Ohio State (51)                           
1-  Connecticut (30)                    30-9
2-  Kansas (14)                                 2- Butler                                      27-9
3-  Duke                                            3- Kentucky                                29.8
4-  Pittsburgh                                    4-  Kansas                                   35-3
5-  Notre Dame                                5-  Ohio State (1)                         34-3
6-  San Diego State                          6-  Virginia Commonwealth (VCU)  28-11
7-  North Carolina                            7- Duke                                       32-5       
8-  Texas                                           8-  North Carolina                      29-8 
9-  Connecticut                                 9-  Arizona                                   30-8
10- Brigham Young                         10-  Florida                                   29-8    
11- Kentucky                                   11-  San Diego State                   34-3

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     As noted above the final AP poll was tallied after the regular season and before the NCAA tourney started.  The ESPN/USA poll was taken after the NCAA tournament.
      The ESPN/USA seems to rank primarily how teams did in the NCAA tournament.  As far as I know they were rating the teams on who was best.  Only one writer picked OSU first and took a lot of heat in the press.  As far as I am concerned the 30 voting Connecticut as the best team should be taking the heat and will take the heat from me! 
       The best team is the team who is the best team based on the season of work.  How can you rate a team with 9 losses ahead of  a team with 3 losses with both teams playing in the best two conferences.  The AP voted OSU first and Connecticut 9th.  Granted Connecticut won the NCAA over Butler in the worst final game shooting exhibition in NCAA finals history.  But a win is a win.  Yes  Connecticut won their conference tournament by winning 5 games in 5 days, very impressive but they were 9th in their conference, 9th!!!!   OSU won their conference tournament and finished first in their conference by 2 games.  There only two regular season lossest were to two teams who were unbeaten at home this season and ranked from 5th to 20th almost all season.   OSU's loss in the NCAA was to Kentucky on  a tough shot  with 5 seconds remaining  then OSU missed a good look at a 3 pointer by a 44% shooter.   You  probably could say  that one shot that didn't go in cost  OSU 4 places in the final ESPN/USA poll.  Makes no sense to this writer.
        Most of the season the experts were saying there were no great teams this year.  After the first two rounds of the NCAA several were saying there was one great team including Rick Pitino (coach of Louisville) and Jim Rome.  One missed shot and they are all of a sudden 5th best teams instead of class of  basketball.  Makes no sense to me.
         Butler being voted 2nd is even worse.   They tied for first with Cleveland State with a 13-5 record in conference.  There losses included Milwaukee (2), Valparaiso and Wright State.  Kentucky, 3rd, had 8 losses and finished 3 games behind Florida, a team OSU beat at Florida by 20 points.  Kansas at least only had 3 losses and they and OSU should have been the top two rated teams.  VCU 6th is another joke.  They were 4th place in a mid level conference with 6 losses, two games out of 3rd place!   Enough said.
       Another way to look at it is if two teams played tomorrow who would the experts favor?  I maintain OSU would be favored vs any team ahead of them and by 10 or so vs Butler and VCU.  If that is the case they are the better team.  OSU would be about a 3 point favorite over Connecticut and Kansas and 5 over Kentucky (were 6 point favorite in tourney match up) on a neutral court in my opinion. 
Case closed. 
                                                    OSU UPSET BY KENTUCKY 62-60
          Six point underdog Kentucky used a beautiful 15 foot pull up jumper off a drive by freshman Brandon Knight to down the Buckeyes to reach the final 8 teams in the 2011 NCAA tournament.  Kentucky used a great defensive effort and poor shooting by OSU to pull the upset of the #1 seed in the tournament.  OSU led by 7 early in the game, but for the last 30 minutes of the game neither team led by more than 4 points and in last 17 minutes the largest lead was 3 points  in a tense 2nd half.  OSU called a timeout with 31 seconds remaining in the game and down by 3.  They ran a play for Diebler , but he had trouble getting thru a screen but they still got the ball to him.  He made a couple of moves before sinking a 24 footer to tie the game with 21 seconds remaining.  Kentucky put the ball in the hands of their clutch player all year, Knight, and he ran the clock to 8 seconds before driving by Craft and pulling up for the decisive 15 footer with 5.4 seconds remaining, his 2nd game winner of the tourney.  OSU rushed the ball down court and Buford was able to get a good look at a 3 pointer but it was just short for his 14th miss in 16 tries.  Knight was only 2 for 9 and forced into 6 turnovers by Craft before becoming the hero for Kentucky.
       Kentucky held the Bucks to 32.8% shooting, their 3rd worst game of the year.  The Buckeyes also made only 6 of 16 three pointers, 4 of 7 by Diebler and 2 of 9 for the remaining cast.  The Wildcats also blocked a season high 11 shots to 1 for OSU.  Kentucky outshot OSU 46 to 33% and were 6 of 17 from
3 point land while winning assists 11-7 and rebounds 31-30 and made 12 of 14 free throws to 16 of 22 for OSU.  OSU only made 7 of their last 12 charity tosses.   OSU won turnovers 7 to 11 and fouls 13 to 17
Liggins came off the bench to hit 5 of 8 shots for Kentucky and grabbed 6 boards.  The Bucks bench were 0-6 for 2 points as 4 starters scored 58 of the 60 points.
     Sullinger had the best line for the Bucks with 21 points and 16 boards on 7 of 14 from the field and 7 of 9 from the floor in 39 minutes.  But he only had 0 assists and 4 turnovers.  His counter part, Harrellson  scored 17 points and grabbed 10 boards.  Sully out rebounded Harrellson in the 2nd half 10-2 and outscored him 11-5 in the 2nd half.  Diebler was the only other Buckeye to shoot well making 5 of  10 including 4 of 7 from downtown on the way to 16 points in 40 minutes.  But he only had one board, no assists and no turnovers.  Lighty was 5 for 12 for 12 points and 4 assists in 40 minutes.  Buford was a woeful 2-16 for 9 points but did make all 4 foul shots in 37 minutes.  Craft was 0 for 5 but did have 6 bounds and 4 steals but only 2 points and 2 assists in 36 minutes.  Thomas was 0-1 in 3 minutes of action and Lauderdale never shot in 5 minutes of action.
       Sullinger became the only Buckeye with at least 15 bounds and 20 points in the last 15 years of tourney play for the Buckeyes.
       Diebler made an amazing 114 of 227 three pointers (50.2%) for the season and also made 31 of 59 two pointers (52.5%) and 81 % of his foul shots in his final season.  Last season he shot 44% overall, 42% from 3 point range, but made 87% of his foul shots. He averaged 12.6 points a game down from 13.0 last year and boards were down  each of his final two seasons.  He had a career low in turnovers of 35 less than 1 a game while having his best assist total of 88, an excellent 2.5 assists to turnover ratio.  His points per shot increased each year from 1.05 to .33 to 1.42 to a phenomenal 1.64 this season.  In comparison Sullinger was an excellent 1.55 due to drawing fouls, Lauderdale 1.54, Craft 1.41, Lighty 1.35 and Buford 1.20.
                                          FROM THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH

     This season is over because, for the second year in a row in the Sweet 16, Ohio State (34-3) ran into a Southeastern Conference team (Tennessee last year) whose athleticism it not only could not match but had not faced in the plodding, physical Big Ten Conference.

     "That's the best team we played this year," coach Thad Matta said.

     Buckeyes, the top seed in the East, were among the most athletic teams in the Big Ten but had not faced a team with fourth-seeded Kentucky's athleticism since playing Florida State on Nov.30.

     The Seminoles blocked 10 shots, and the Buckeyes shot 32.2 percent from the field in that game. Ohio State won because it attempted 12 more shots from the field, made nine more free throws, and Florida State shot only 35.4 percent.

     Kentucky blocked 11 shots, shot 45.8 percent and held Ohio State to 32.8 percent because of its size and athleticism. Five players blocked shots.
     Ohio State's 60 points were a season low.  The game was 30-30 each half before Knight's game winner.



                                           NOTABLE ACHIEVEMENTS
        Diebler finished with a made three pointer in 53 straight games. 
        OSU won 34-3 games this season, 2nd to 35-4 in 2007   
        OSU won first 24 games, 2nd best start in school history to the 1960-61 teams 27-0 start.
        OSU won 24 straight games, 2nd longest streak to 1960-1 when Buckeyes on 32 straight.
        OSU was #1 in polls 7 weeks including final week and were #1 seed in the tourney.
        OSU was a all time Buckeye best of 20-0 on their home floor
        Combined football record of 46-4 was third best all time
        OSU won Big Ten regular season title for 4th time in 7 years (I think)
        OSU won Big Ten tournament for 2nd straight year and 3rd time in 4 years.  Each of last 2
              years one of the victories was in overtime.
        Sullinger was named Freshman of the year in division 1 and was on 5 player All American team.
 
 MORE DISPATCH:  

     You know the game stats by now. Let's recap the season.

     Sullinger's 21 points and 16 rebounds were his 18th double-double, tying Herb Williams' school record for a freshman. Sullinger averaged 17.2 points and 10.2 rebounds; he's the first Ohio State player to average a double-double since Brad Sellers (19.8/12.6) in 1985-86 and the first freshman since Herb Williams (16.7/11.4) in 1977-78.

     Senior Jon Diebler made a school-record 50.2 percent of his three-point attempts, eighth-best in Big Ten history, and finished with a conference-record 374 career threes.      
     Buford's 44.2 was the second-best three-point percentage in school history.

     Senior David Lighty played in a school-record 157 games, won a record 129 and joined Jim Jackson and Evan Turner as the only Buckeyes with 1,000 points, 500 rebounds and 300 assists. He finishes second in school history in steals with 191.

      Craft's 177 assists and 73 steals were the second-most by an Ohio State freshman, behind Mike Conley Jr. (238/87).

      The offense ranks as the most efficient in NCAA Division I and was the best in Matta's seven seasons. The Buckeyes' 42.3 three-point percentage and 587 assists are school records. The defense allowed 59.7 points per game, lowest in the Matta era.

   







    
 

2- 2010-11 OHIO STATE INDIVIDUAL PLAYER AND TEAM STATS FOR EACH GAME







3- FINAL GAME 2009-10 SEASON
GAME 31 March 2, 2010  - Illinois (18-11, 10-6) 57 at Ohio State (23-7, 13-4) 73
FINAL GAME 2009-10 REGULAR SEASON


                FINAL BIG  TEN  STANDINGS
         

TEAM                         W-L            OVERALL W-L

Purdue                         14-4                    26-4

Michigan State            14-4                    24- 7

Ohio State                   14-4                    24- 7

Wisconsin                   13-5                    23- 7

Illinois                        10- 8                  18-13           

 Minnesota                    9-9                   18-12 

Northwestern               7-11                  19-12

 Michigan                     7-11                 14-16

Iowa                             4-14                 10-21

Indiana                         4-14                 10-20

Penn State                    3-15                 11-19    


Turner was joined on the All-Big Ten first team by Lucas, E'Twaun  and Robbie Hummel of Purdue and high-school teammate Demetri McCarney of Illinois. Turner and McCarney played for Westchester St. Joseph in a suburb of Chicago.

The media but not the coaches voted unanimously for Turner as player of the year. Turner said he did not know who snubbed him, "but that doesn't matter, to tell you the truth."

 

William Buford and David Lighty of Ohio State were voted to the third team, Jon Diebler received honorable mention, and Dallas Lauderdale was named to the All-Defensive team.

 

Turner is the fifth Buckeye to earn the conference's player of the year award, following Dennis Hopson (1987), Jim Jackson ('91 and '92), Scoonie Penn ('99) and Terence Dials (2006).


Turner led the Big Ten in scoring (20.1 points per game), rebounding (8.3) and steals (2.0) and finished second to McCamey in assists (5.9) in conference play. He is the only player to finish in the top two in scoring, rebounds and assists since assists became an official statistic in 1983.

Ohio State coach Thad Matta was voted coach of the year by the media. Matt Painter of Purdue received the nod from his fellow coaches. Ohio State and Purdue shared the regular-season title with Michigan State. Matta also won the award in 2006 and 2007. He has been voted coach of the year five times in 10 years as a coach in three conferences

     Turner had an unusual sub par game, but Jon Diebler came to the rescue in the first half by sinking 5 of 8  3-pointers to help OSU lead 37-33 at the half.  All the starters contributed in the 2nd half and the Bucks pulled away for a 73-57 win over visiting Illinois.  Matta even pulled the starters with a minute to go.  It broke a streak of 199 consecutive minutes for Diebler! 
      The win clinched a share of the Big Ten championship for OSU, the 3rd in the last 5 years for the Buckeyes.  It also will make OSU the #1 seed in the Big Ten tournament.
      Diebler finished with 21 points on 7 of 14 from the field, all 3 pointers and grabbed 3 boards. 
In the last 6 games Diebler is 22 of 58 (38%) on 3 pointers and 4 of 4 on two pointers!  It was nice to see Diebler on target tonight.
       Turner tallied 16 points on 7 of 16 including 2 of 2 from downtown, 12 boards and 5 assists.  Buford tallied 17 points on 4 of 12 and 9 of 11 from foul line, 7 boards, 6 assists and 4 steals.   Lighty chipped in with 15 points on 4 of 7, 6 of 8 from the foul line , 5 rebounds and  assists. 
        After going scoreless in 3 of last 4 games the reserves contributed 2 points tonight.  The Iron 4 scored 69 of the 73 points.
        Turner now seems to be a lock for Player of the Year.

        WOMEN MOVES TO FINALS WITH 82-73 WIN OVER WISCONSIN.
     The OSU women defeated Wisconsin 82-73 in the Semi-finals of the Big Ten Tourney in Indianapolis.  Wisconsin led by 43-39 at half and by as much as 8 points in the 2nd half but OSU were clutch going down the stretch behind their two All Big Ten Players.  Three time Big Ten player of the year, 6'4" Junior Jantel Lavender scored 27 (19 in 2nd half) points, 13 of 16 from the foul line, and grabbed 9 bounds.  5'7" Sophomore Samantha Prahalis who scored 29 including a tournament record 11 of 11 foul shots, grabbed 6 bounds and handed off 4 assists.  Lavender & Prahalis scored 37 of the Buckeye 43 points in the 2nd half!!  OSU also made 34 of 38 foul shots.  They should teach the men how to shoot foul shots.
      The OSU women have won 6 straight Big Ten regular season but only 2 of the last 5 tourneys.

 OSU RALLIES FROM 16 DOWN TO DEFEAT IOWA 66-64 AND WIN BIG TEN TOURNAMENT
       OSU found themselves down by 16 points to #3 seeded Iowa in the second half of the women finals.  But Lavender poured in 23 second half points including the winning 2 foul shots with 1.9 seconds remaining.  Lavender scored 35 points on 14 of 25 from the field and 7 of 7 from the line and grabbed 10 rebounds.   Lavender now has 2000 career points and 100 straight games with at least 10 points.  She leads the Big Ten in scoring and rebounds and is 2nd in shooting percentage.
      Prahalis was held to 6 points, all in the last 10 minutes, but did have 7 assists and 3 steals.  She is one of two women in the country averaging at least 16 points and 8 assists a game.
      The 30 wins for the Buckeyes ties their best total ever.
      Nice to see many of the men's team including Evan Turner cheering on the Lady Buckeyes.
   4A- BIG TEN TOURNAMENT 2009-10:
GAME 32 - Michigan (7-11, 15-16) 68 vs Ohio State 69 (14-4, 24-7)

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Turner sinks 37 footer at buzzer for OSU 69-68 win






      Michigan played great basketball early to take a 19-10 lead.  The Bucks who hadn't played in 9 days then found their offense.  Turner hit Diebler going to the bucket for a lay up then Diebler hit a 3 pointer to make it 19-15.  A bit later Diebler drove to the bucket and was fouled while making a left handed layup  to give OSU the lead.  Late in the 1st half Turner, Lighty and Buford made 3 point baskets to extend OSU run to 25-6 and a 35-25 half time lead.  OSU had all four scorers with at least 5 points while Sims of Michigan was the only player to score more than 4 sinking 5 of 7 for 12 points.  Turner leads OSU with 9 points on 4 of 6 and 5 assists.   Diebler was 2 of 3 on 2 pointers after not shooting any 2 pointers in prior two games.
       Michigan continued to play hard th 2nd half and came within 4 before OSU extended the lead to 13 points.  Michigan than came within 6 with 9 minutes remaining before Buford made the old fashioned 3 point play.  Michigan closes to 58-54 with 5 minutes remaining.  Harris sinks long 3 to pull Michigan to 59-57 with 4 minutes remaining.  Harris sinks another 3 to make it OSU 62 Michigan 61 with 1:35 remaining.  Turner draws foul and makes both foul shots.  Another 3 by Michigan to tie game 64-64.  Turner misses and Harris sinks drive for 66-64 Michigan lead with 25 seconds left.   Lighty drives and ties game with 13 seconds left.   Harris makes contested 10 footer for a stunning Michigan lead with 2.2 seconds remaining.  OSU takes ball out at end line and throws ball into Turner who takes two dribbles covering 40 feet and sinks 37 footer for unbelievable 69-68 win.
       Turner finished with 18 points on 6 of 15 from the floor but 3 of 3 from long distance, 8 assists and 4 bounds.  Lighty was 7 of 11 for 15 points and 5 bounds.  Buford scored 15 on 6 of 13 and 6 bounds.  Diebler was 4 of 8 for 11 points.  OSU shot 52% from the field.  OSU now 23-0 when ahead with 5 minutes remaining.
      Turner finished the 2nd half 2-9 both 3 pointers. In last two games Turner is 10 for 28 on 2 pointers and 5 for 5 on 3 pointers.
     The Iron 4 all played 40 minutes and scored 59 of the 69 points.  In the last 5 games the Buckeye reserves have scored 14 points, all by Madsen!
      Michigan was 1 of 10 from downtown before making 7 of their final 11 down the stretch.  OSU was 7 for 12 for the game (58%).
     

GAME 33 - Illinois (10-8, 19-13) 81 vs Ohio State 88 (14-4, 25-7) - 2 Overtimes



TOURNAMENT RESULTS: Thursday:  Michigan 59 Iowa 52, Northwestern 73 Indiana 58 and Minnesota 76 Penn State 65      

Friday: OSU 69 Michigan 68, Illinois 58 Wisconsin 54, Purdue 69 Northwestern 61 & Minnesota 72 Michigan State 67 OT.      Semi Finals:  Ohio State 87 Illinois 81 2 OT's and Minnesota 69 Purdue 42.


For the first time in Big Ten tournament history all four quarter final games were decided by less than 10 points.  Three of four games went down to the wire.  OSU beat Illinois in two overtimes in the semi-finals and 6th seed Minnesota defeated 2nd seeded Purdue 69-42 after jumping to a 34-9 lead!

In the finals Minnesota which has defeated 9th, 3rd and 2nd seed teams will try to knock off #1 seeded Ohio State.
This will be Minnesota's 4th game in 3 days but their players only play 30 minutes a game.  Ohio State will be playing their 3rd game in 3 days but three starters have already logged 89-90 minutes in first two games. 
      Another great game.  OSU started fast, gaining an 8-2 lead.  But Illinois got it together and OSU couldn't hit shots and kept turning it over.  Illinois led by 9 in the first half and and led 36-30 at half time.  The first part of the 2nd half was the same and Illinois led 50-39.  Bucks had a 6 minute scoring drought in the 1st half and a 5 minute drought in the 2nd half.  Then Turner sinks a 3, a full court press bothers Illinois and the Buckeyes score 20 straight points.  Diebler had 8 of the points sinking two 3's.  Then Illinois rebounds and scores the next 6 points and Turner gets his 4th foul and 8th turnover with 5 minutes remaining.   Illinois continues run to 14-3 and a 64-62 lead with a minute remaining.  Lighty than makes a tough lay up but misses foul shot.  McCamey is fouled and makes both foul shots with 35 seconds left.  Turner makes tough lay up with 15 seconds left to tie game.  Overtime!
      McCamey sinks 3 for 4 point lead with 2:30 remaining.  Turner makes two foul shots.  Illinois gets rebound basket.  Turner sinks 2 more foul shots to make it 75-73 with a minute remaining.  Turner drives for 2 to tie with 22 seconds remaining.  Illinois fails to get shot off in final seconds of regulation or overtime.  Overtime 2.
      Turner has played last 10 minutes with 4 fouls and scored 10 points.  Diebler makes 3.  Turner driving lay up for 5 point lead with 3:30 left.  Illinois makes layup.  Turner makes another difficult layup and Illinois responds with a 3.   82-80 OSU with 2:40 left.   Buford a nice driving layup.  Illinois misses.  Turnover gets triple double with 10th turnover to go with 10 bounds and 31 points and 6 assists.  With a minute left Turner fouls out.  Lighty makes a driving layup for 5 point lead with 34 seconds left.  Lighty steals ball and makes layup.   OSU wins 88-81.
      Lighty and Buford play 50 minutes and Turner 49.  Diebler sat out 10 minutes in first half thus only played 4 minutes, thus he has averaged 40 minutes for the last 7 games.  Turner, Buford and Lighty probably averaged over 40 minutes in last 7 games. 
      Turner makes tying 2 pointer in regulation, last 7 points in 1st Overtime and 4 points in 2nd OT before fouling out.
      Turner's 31 points was on 10-18 from field and 10 of 12 from line.  Buford had 22 points on 9 of 20 from floor but only 1 of 5 from line along with 10 bounds.  Diebler scored 14 on 4 of 10, 5 assists and 4 steals.   Lighty added 12 on 5 of 12, 4 assists and 3 steals.  OSU shot 48% from the field thanks to making their last 5 driving lay ups in the 2nd overtime.
       Turner became first player in major conference tournament history to get at least 30 points, 10 bounds and 5 assists in one game.
 
GAME 34 - Minnesota (9-9, 21-12) 61 vs Ohio State 90  (14-4, 26-7)

OSU men are seeded 2nd in the NCAA tournament, but since they are the 4th #2 seed they are in the same bracket as the #1 seed in the tourney, Kansas.  In the final AP poll Kansas was 1st and OSU 6th.

Ironically, the OSU women are also the 4th #2 seed thus in the same bracket as Connecticut who hasn't lost a game in the last two years.  In the final AP poll Connecticut was 1st and OSU 8th.

PLAYER OF THE YEAR CANDIDATE STAT COMPARISON

                                                    Evan       John     Sherron     Jerome     Damion        Jon
                                                   Turner     Wall      Collins      Dyson       James        Scheyer

School                                      Ohio St     Kent.      Kansas     Conn.        Texas          Duke         
Record                                        27-7        32-2          32-2       17-15          24-9             29-5
Final AP Rank                               6             2                1           UR             UR                3
Position                                        PG          PG            PG           G                 F                 G
Height                                          6'6"       6'4"          5'11"      6'4"            6'7"            6'5"
Games                                          28           30             34           33                33               34
Minutes per game                     35.4        34.7               ?         33.7                ?              36.6
Points per game                         20.3        16.8            15.6       17.3             18.0            18.6

Rebounds per game                    9.2           4.0              2.0        4.4             10.4              3.6              
Assists per game                         5.8           6.2              4.4        4.3                 .9              5.0
Steals per game                           1.8           1.8              1.1        1.3              1.6               1.6
Blocked shots per game              1.0            .5                 .1        .6                1.2                 .2
Field Goal %                              54.0         45.8            43.0      39.6             50.9             40.1
Three Point %                            37.0         33.0            38.0      29.2             40.2             38.5
Foul Shooting %                         74.1        78.2             85.1      71.2              66.7            87.5
Turnovers                                    4.2            4.0               ?           ?                  ?                   ?

Turner missed 4.5% of two games as he played 7 minutes due to broken back in one game and 20 minutes in first game back thus missing about 50 minutes thus you could argue that all stats per game should be  increased 4.5%.

In the 8 stat categories (Minutes per game thru Foul Shooting %) Turner is ahead in at least 6 of 9 categories comparing to each other other 5 candidates.  Of the 6 candidates, Turner is 1st in points per game, steals, and FG%.  He is 2nd in rebounds, assists, and blocked shots.  In the other two categories (3 point shooting % and foul shooting %) he ranks 4th.  According to the stats Turner should win Player of the Year by a landslide.

            
?       It was a defensive effort in the first half as OSU led Minnesota 33-30.  The Buckeye iron 4 all have 6-10 points.  Diebler has 10 points on 3 of 6 shooting and Turner has 9 points on 4 of 8 shooting plus 8 bounds and 3 assists.  OSU biggest lead was 7 points.
      Buckeyes explode for 8 points, 5 by Turner to open 2nd half and lead by 11.  OSU now shooting 53% for the game and have made last 7 shots.  Illinois then scores 7 straight points.  Now OSU runs off 7 straight including two electrifying drives by Lighty in 15 seconds.  OSU ahead 53-42 with 9:30 left.  Lighty scores 5 more and now has 9 points in 3 minutes then Diebler hits two 3's for a 62-45 lead with 7 minutes remaining.  Turner supporting cast now pulling weight!   The Iron 4 all with 10+ points and 3 with 15+ points and all shooting at least 50% from field and all have played entire game.  Once again when the Iron 4 are supposed to tire they appear the fresher team.  Buckeyes have now hit last 8 shots and are ahead 65-45 after a 24-8 run.  32-15 in 2nd half thus far.   OSU extends streak to 12 straight made shots - haven't missed in 8 minutes!   Turner now 29, Lighty 20 and Diebler 16 with 4 minutes left.  The Iron 4 comes out with 1:25 remaining and have scored 83 of 85 points.  Bucks win 90-61.
        Turner (22) and Lighty (14) outscored Minnesota in 2nd half 36-31!  For the game Turner scored 31 on 12 of 18 from the field, 12 bounds, 6 assists and 2 blocks.  Lighty scored 20 on 8 of 14 with 8 bounds and 5 assists.  Diebler scored 19 points on 6 of 12.  Buford scored 13 points on 5 of 8 and 4 assists.
      OSU shot 58% from the field and 12 of 21 (57%) from downtown despite playing 4 players for the first 39 minutes.   
     No player in major league tournament play has ever scored 30 points, 10 bounds and 5 assists in a game and Turner has done it in each of last 2 games!

     OSU can now get to Semi-finals without meeting a top ten team after #1 seed Kansas lost today.  One game at a time.
5- NCAA TOURNAMENT 2009-10 SEASON:
GAME 35 - Santa Barbara (#15 seed, 20-9)  vs Ohio State (#2 seed, 27-7 & 6th in AP poll)       OSU started with a bang running to a 13-3 lead, but Santa Barbara scored the next 9 then the Buckeyes went on a 13-0 run and led at half 30-17.  The Buckeyes only shot 42% from the field but held Santa Barbara to 24%.  Diebler was the difference in the first half as he scored 14 points including 4 of 6 from downtown.  Turner was held to 5 points and 6 bounds on 1 of 6 from field and was only starter with 0 turnovers.   Buford had 6 points on 3 of 7 from the field with 4 bounds.  Lauderdale never attempted a shot but grabbed 4 bounds and blocked 5 shots.
      Santa Barbara never came closer than 8 points in the 2nd half as OSU won 68-51.  Diebler finished with 23 points on 7 of 11 from downtown.  Buford had 16 on 6 of 12 and 8 boards.  Turner was 2 for 12 from the field with 9 points, 10 bounds and 5 assists.  My guess is Turner had the flu as most of the team had the flu earlier in the week including his roommate Diebler who missed practice on Tuesday.  As of Wednesday Turner had escaped the flu bug.  Lightly was 3 of 11 for 9 points, 5 bounds and 7 assists.  Lauderdale was a load in the center as he made both shots, grabbed 12 boards and blocked 8 shots.
     OSU only shot 40% from the field but were 10 of 21 (48%) and made 16 of 18 foul shots (89%).  The Iron 4 only played the first 37 minutes tonight. 
GAME 36 - Georgia Tech (#15 seed, 23-12) 66 vs Ohio State (#2 seed, 28-7 & 6th in AP poll)  75

Since Evan Turner came back from two broken vertebra and played 20 minutes in the first game back, the IRON 4 have played 96% of the minutes available and shot 44% from 3-Point land (46% on the last 7 games).  3-point shooting % by player and average minutes per game in last 11 games are:

PLAYER                               3-POINT %                 AVG MINUTES

Evan Turner                              48%                                   40.1
Jon Diebler                                42%                                   39.6
David Lighty                              42%                                   39.5
William Buford                           50%                                   38.3

Cornell led the nation by shooting 43.4% on 3 pointers during the regular season.  Second best was 41.9%.  As noted above all 4 Buckeyes shot 42% or better!  For the entire regular season OSU shot 38.2%, 28th best out of 347 teams.

TURNER FOLLOWED BY WALL UPDATE STATS

YR GMS MIN PTS REB AST TO A/T STL BLK PF FG% FT% 3P% PPS
2009-10 30 35.6 20.0 9.2 6.0 4.3 1.4/1 1.8 0.9 2.7 .523 .746 .353 1.38

YR GMS MIN PTS REB AST TO A/T STL BLK PF FG% FT% 3P% PPS
2009-10 35 34.7 16.8 4.1 6.5 4.0 1.6/1 1.7 0.5 1.8 .465 .763 .340 1.43

     It wasn't pretty but OSU defeated Georgia Tech 75-66 to move to the sweet 16 and will play another SEC opponent, this time Tennessee.   OSU couldn't hit anything early and fell behind Georgia Tech 14-6 after 8 minutes and it could have been worse as Georgia Tech didn't shoot well early.  But Turner took over scoring 8 points in an OSU 13-2 spurt.  OSU led 28-26 at half time.  Turner had 16 points.
     OSU started hitting in the 2nd half especially Turner's troops.  Diebler hit 4 from downtown on the way to 17 second half points that saw the iron 4 team shoot over 60% in the 2nd half.  Diebler was 4 of 10 from 3 point land and 4-4 from the foul line.  Turner scored 24 on 8 of 19 from the field and 7 of 9 from the line, 9 bounds, 8 assists, 3 steals and 9 turnovers.   Lighty added 18 on 5 of 8 from the field, 6-7 from the line 3 bounds and 3 assists.  Buford added 9 points and 8 bounds on 4 of 9 shooting.  The starting 5 shot 50% for the game and 38% from downtown compared to 41% and 20% for Georgia Tech.  OSU committed 17 turnovers but forced 20 by Georgia Tech.
       OSU SHOT 64% FROM THE FIELD IN THE 2ND HALF AGAINST A TEAM THAT WAS 5TH IN THE NATION IN FIELD GOAL % DEFENSE.  ANOTHER STROKE OF GENIUS BY THAD MATTA AS HIS IRON 4 WERE BRILLIANT IN THE SECOND HALF IN THE 2ND GAME IN 3 DAYS AND 36TH GAME OF THE SEASON.   
       Turner, Diebler and Lighty again played 40 minutes while Lighty only logged in about 36 minutes due to foul trouble.   The Buckeyes play their starters more minutes per game than any of the other 330 Division 1 teams.   THE IRON 4 HAVE PLAYED 96% OF AVAILABLE MINUTES IN LAST 11 GAMES AND ARE 10-1.

     The ladies were upset in the 2nd round by Mississippi State 87-67.
GAME 37 - Tennessee (#6 seed, 27-8 & 15th in AP poll) 76 vs Ohio State (#2 seed, 29-7 & 6th in AP poll) 73
     Butler beat Michigan State and Duke beat West Virginia in the semi-finals.  Duke (#1 seed) defeated Butler (#6 seed) 51-49 in the finals.

    TURNER DOMINATES PLAYER OF THE YEAR AWARDS

Turner, who announced this week that he will forgo his senior year to enter the NBA draft, is the first Ohio State player to win the Wooden Award, which is named after the legendary UCLA coach and has been presented since 1977.

Last week, Turner received the Naismith Trophy from the Atlanta Tipoff Club, the Oscar Robertson Trophy from the U.S. Basketball Writers Association and player of the year awards from the Associated Press (54 votes to 9 for Wall of Kentucky) and the National Association of Basketball Coaches. In March, he was named player of the year by Sporting News.

Turner is the first Ohio State player to receive the Naismith, AP and NABC awards.

He averaged 20.4 points, 9.2 rebounds and six assists in leading Ohio State to a share of the Big Ten championship, the conference tournament title and the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament.


Evan Turner was named Jesse Owens Male Athlete of the Year in the Big Ten on 6-23-2010, the third Ohio State athlete to earn the honor since the award was established in 1982.  Football player Eddie George in 1996 and gymnast Blaine Wilson in 1997 also won the award.  The last men's basketball player to win the award was Glenn Robinson of Purdue in 1994. Other men's basketball players who won it were Steve Alford of Indiana in 1987 and Glen Rice of Michigan in 1989.


       OSU hit 6 of their first 7 shots, 4 by Buford, to jump out to a 13-7 led.  But Tennessee picked up their defense and led 19-15.  It was back and forth the rest of the half with OSU leading by 5 before Tennessee made the last bucket of the half for a OSU 42-39 lead.  Buford led the first half with 13 points on 5 of 8.  Turner had 10 points on 3 of 8 from the field and 4 of 4 from the foul line.  He also had 3 assists and 3 rebounds.  Lighty had 4 assists in the first 5 minutes put picked up a 2nd foul with 13 minutes remaining and sat out the rest of the half.  Lauderdale had 5 rebounds.
       OSU led from 1-5 points for the first 13 minutes or so in the 2nd half.  Then Tennessee caught up and gained a 5 point lead with 3 minutes left.  OSU caught the Volunteers with 2 foul shots from Turner and 5 points from Lighty to lead 70-68 with 2 minutes remaining.  Chism made the next 4 points.  Then with 44 seconds left Turner made a 3 pointer to give OSU a one point lead.  Tennessee had a tip in with 35 seconds left and after a driving miss by Turner,  made 2 foul shots with 12 seconds remaining.  Turner had a 3 to tie but missed.  OSU could not stop Tennessee offense, especially the big guys.  They had a ton of layups and out rebounded the Bucks 36-24.   Tennessee outscored OSU 51-20 in the paint.              Turner was a one man offense in the 2nd half, pouring in 21 points of the 31 OSU scored including the first 14 points in the 2nd half.   The rest of the team hit 3 of 16 shots in the 2nd half.   For the game he was 10 of 23 from the floor and 9 of 9 from the line with 7 bounds and 5 assists for 31 points. Buford finished with 15 points on 5 of 13 with 4 bounds and 3 assists.  Lighty scored 9 points on 4 of 8 with 6 assists and 3 bounds.   Diebler was 1 of 8 for 3 points.  Simmons came on in the first half to hit 3 in 4 attempts from downtown but didn't play in the 2nd half.
6- PICTURES 2009-10 SEASON
TurnerTurnerLighty
Turner Dribbling                     Turner scoring vs California     Lighty scores 22 vs Lipscomb
HillDiebler

Hill replaces injured Turner as starter
               Diebler looks to pass
LauderdaleLauderdale
Lauderdale dunks on Howard of Butler      Lauderdale dunks on Cleveland St.
Buford
Buford scores 16 in loss to Michigan
DieblerDiebler3
Diebler shoots a 3-pointer vs Minnesota                                                           Diebler shoots 3 vs Illinois

TurnerScoresTurnerCelebrates
Turner scores against Illinois           Turner & OSU fans celebrate OSU clinching share of Big Ten Title
TitusSHillEtc
Graduating Seniors: Titus, Hill, Simmons, Madsen & Peters    



7- OSU DEFEATS CALIFORNIA 75-55 TO WIN 1960 NCAA TOURNAMENT                       JERRY LUCAS CAREER RECAP
OSU was unranked starting the season.  The Buckeyes (25-3) in 1960 won their first six games before losing two out of three, at Utah and at 13th-ranked Kentucky. Unranked at the start of the season, their only remaining loss would be at Indiana on Feb. 29.

They entered the 16-team NCAA tournament ranked No. 3 and quickly dispatched Western Kentucky and No. 13 Georgia Tech to advance to the national semifinals.

The Buckeyes then pounded NYU 76-54, while California was upsetting top-ranked Cincinnati (and superstar Oscar Robertson), 77-69. No. 2 Cal featured 6-10 Darrell Imhoff, another future pro. But Lucas bottled him up inside and the Buckeyes shot 84.2 percent from the field in the opening half (16 of 19) to build a 37-19 lead. They never looked back.

March 19, 1960 - Ohio State had ended the regular season ranked No. 3 in the country, while defending national champion California was rated second. But when the NCAA final was over, it was clear that the Buckeyes, led by Jerry Lucas, were No. 1.

JERRY LUCAS, The sophomore All-American center connected on 5-of-6 field-goal attempts in the first half as Ohio State started 15 of 16 and were 16-of-19 (84%) in taking a 37-19 halftime lead. The five-point underdogs didn't let down in the second half and coasted to a 75-55 victory in the Cow Palace in San Francisco as five Buckeyes scored in double figures.

"One of the great things about that team is that it was a team," Lucas said.

He was voted the Most Outstanding Player of the Final Four after being the top scorer
(16 points) and rebounder (10) in the biggest title-game rout in the first 22 years of the
NCAA Tournament. But the job he did defensively might have been his biggest contribution.

Lucas had the task of guarding All-American center Darrall Imhoff, who had scored 25 points in Cal's semifinal victory over No. 1-ranked Cincinnati and Oscar Robertson. But the 6-foot-8 Lucas forced the 6-foot-10 Imhoff into 3-of-9 shooting, holding him to eight points and five rebounds.

The team grade-point average was 3.6 on a 4.0 scale. Every player on the roster graduated.  On the court, it was just as impressive, averaging a remarkable 90.4 points a game.

john HAVELICEK was from the small town of Lansing, across the Ohio River from Wheeling, W.Va.  He was an All-Ohioan in basketball, football and baseball at Bridgeport High School.  Havlicek dabbled in baseball for the Buckeyes and even signed a professional contract with the Cleveland Browns and made the team, but when Paul Brown told him it would be at least three years before he would see the field, Hondo went back to the hardwood.  You learn a lot about offense by guarding other people," Havlicek said. "The people who are the most difficult to guard are always moving, using screens and cutting, and I thought I'm going to apply those things to my game (offensively)."He did and ended up scoring more than 1,000 points at OSU and taking it a step further and scoring more than 26,000 points in the NBA, averaging more than 20 a game for his career.

Another sophomore, MEL NOWELL, a 6-2 starting guard from Columbus, would also go on to a pro career. He averaged 13.1 points and was the trigger man of an offense that ran every chance it could. 

The other two starters were holdovers from Taylor’s first season as head coach, a team that went 11-11. 

LARRY SIEGFRIED, a 6-4 guard, averaged 19.6 points on that team but had to
take a back seat to the younger stars a year later, when he scored 13.2 points a game. Like Havlicek, he would go on to a glittering NBA career with the Celtics that would include five championships.

Rounding out the starting lineup was JOE ROBERTS, a 6-6 senior from Columbus whose
biggest contribution might have been accepting the sophomores to help pave the way for the team’s success. He, too, would play in the NBA.

The first man off the bench was 6-7 DICK FURRY, a starter the year before who lost his job to Havlicek. Like Siegfried and Roberts, he bore no ill will toward the upstarts who took over the team. Rather than complain or bide his time, he threw himself into being a valued player off the bench.

“I decided I had to make the best of it and play the sixth man,” he said later. “And I felt
I really contributed.”

 BOB KNIGHT made the case to Taylor that he should be playing more, but he still remained a reserve. He averaged just 3.7 points a game. Much of the Xs and Os he would introduce during his storied coaching career, which included a record 902 wins, would be gleaned from his years around Taylor, also one of his lifelong friends.

1960 PLAYERS INDIVIDUAL POINTS AND REBOUNDS

Name                     Pos    Class    Pts     Reb
Jerry Lucas               C       SO     26.3    16.4
Larry Siegfried           G       JR     13.3     3.8
Mel Nowell                G       JR     13.1     2.6
John Havlicek             F       JR     12.2     7.3
Joe Roberts               F       JR     11.0     6.9
Dick Furry               F/C      SR      5.1     3.3
Bob Knight                F       SO      3.7     2.0
Howard Nourse             C       SO      3.1     2.7
Gary Gearhart             G       SR      2.6     1.2
Richie Hoyt               G       SO      2.5     

Odds 'n' Ends - NCAA Tournament

In his NCAA Tournament debut, Lucas scored a career postseason high 36 points and had 25 rebounds in Ohio State's 98-79 victory over Western Kentucky in 1960.

  • That year, Ohio State became the only national champion to win all its NCAA Tournament games by more than 15 points.

  • Eight days after scoring 25 points in the United States' gold-medal game victory over Brazil in the 1960 Olympics, Lucas wed fellow Ohio State student Treva Geib. They had two children before they divorced in 1973.

  • Though he had game-highs of 27 points and 12 rebounds in the final, No. 1 Ohio State was upset by Cincinnati, 70-65 in overtime, ending the Buckeyes' 32-game winning streak in 1961.

  • In winning his second Most Outstanding Player of the Final Four award in 1961, Lucas scored 56 points (20-of-28 from the field and 16-of-17 foul shots) and grabbed 25 rebounds in two games.

  • Lucas sprained his left knee in No. 1 Ohio State's 84-68 rout of Wake Forest in the 1962 NCAA Tournament semifinal.  In the final the next night, Lucas was outplayed by Cincinnati center Paul Hogue, who scored 22 points and grabbed 19 rebounds in the No. 2 Bearcats' 71-59 victory. Lucas shot only 5-of-17 in scoring 11 points to go with 16 rebounds.

  • For his career, Lucas averaged 22.2 points and 16.4 rebounds in the NCAA Tournament.

  • One of Lucas' teammates at Ohio State was Bobby Knight, who was a substitute guard for three seasons

  • Four individuals from the 1960 Ohio State national championship team -- Lucas, Knight, John Havlicek and coach Fred Taylor -- are in the Basketball Hall of Fame. Lucas was inducted in April 1980, along with Olympic teammates Oscar Robertson and Jerry West.

  • See clips at link below of  win over California and losses to Wisconsin and Cincinnati:
    //www.britishpathe.com/record.php?id=62258


    HIGH SCHOOL

         Jerry Lucas was a legend in high school leading his Middletown team to state of Ohio championships his first two years while losing his only high school game in the State of Ohio semi-finals to Columbus North on a last second shot at St Johns Arena in Columbus.  I had the pleasure of sitting in the 5th row of the bleachers to watch Lucas only loss in high school in his final game. 
         Lucas made 60% of his field goal attempts and 85% of his foul shots and broke Wilt Chamberlain's high school scoring record in high school.  He scored 53 and 44 points in back to back tournament games his sophomore year.
         Lucas was first player to make the All Ohio team three straight years.
                                                                
      COLLEGE

    The star of the 1960 Buckeyes was sophomore center Jerry Lucas.  Lucas led Middletown High School to a 76-game winning streak (still a Ohio record) and two Ohio state championships.  He was a three-time national high school All American and twice national high school player of the year.  Lucas broke Wilt Chamberlain’s high school scoring record his senior year.  A great student and leader as well as a great athlete, Lucas was president of his senior class.

    Lucas was recruited by over 150 colleges.  Adolph Rupp, the legendary Kentucky coach came to Middletown to recruit him.  In the end, Lucas chose Ohio State.  Although Ohio State did not have much of a reputation as a basketball school, Lucas claimed he chose Ohio State because then freshman coach Fred Taylor was the only recruiter that had stressed the importance of getting an education.  After recruiting Lucas, Taylor was promoted to coach the varsity team.

          Lucas led the nation in shooting % all three years and rebounding twice.  Lucas average 16.87 rebounds a game and 24.4 points per game in his college career.
        
    To improve his rebounding, he'd purposely miss shots while mentally cataloging where the ball caromed, insight that Lucas claims made boxing out unnecessary.
         Lucas found out later on no other basketball player in the history of the world ever did use his rebounding technique.


         At OSU Lucas led OSU to the NCAA championship with help from John Havlicek, Larry Siegfried, Mel Nowell and Joe Roberts and reserves Joe Furry and Bob Knight.  All five starters were drafted by the NBA at a time that there was only 9 teams!
        
    At OSU the 6'9" 240 pound Lucas led OSU to NCAA finals where they lost in finals to Cincinnati in 1961 and 1962.  OSU was 78-6 during Lucas career.
         Lucas is generally considered to be the best player ever in the Big Ten.  Lucas is the only Big Ten player to be named Player of the year three times.
         Lucas was only player to ever grab 30 bounds and score 30 points in an NCAA tournament game.
         Lucas was named Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year in 1961.
         Lucas was college player of the year in 1961 and 1962.
        
    All three years (1960-2), the Ohio State Buckeyes were undefeated at home at St. John's Arena.

     OLYMPICS

    Lucas led the 1960 Olympic team to 9 straight lopsided wins as leading scorer and
    rebounder on a team that included Oscar Robertson, Jerry Lucas, Walt Bellamy
    and Terry Dischinger.  Lucas made 84% of his field goal attempts and was the teams
    youngest player at 20.  When the Olympics started Lucas was slated to come off the
    bench.  Early in the Olympics Lucas made all 14 shots for 28 points against Japan!


    PROFESSIONAL BASKETBALL

          Jerry Lucas was all pro in the NBA 7 of his 11 seasons including 7 of first 8 seasons while playing for 3 teams.  He is 4th career leading rebounder behind Wilt Chamberlain, Bill Russell and Bob Pettit with 12,942.  He averaged 17 points a game and shot 49.9% from the field.
          He was on the 1972-3 NBA champion Knicks who upset the Lakers in 5 games.  He was back up center to Willis Reed who limped out to start the final game before giving way to Lucas.
          Lucas had rare distinction of winning titles in high school, college, NBA and Olympics.


  • Odds 'n' Ends - Pros
  • Lucas is the only forward in NBA history to have collected 40 rebounds in
    a game, against Philadelphia on Feb. 29, 1964.

  • Though Lucas and Robertson were Cincinnati Royals teammates for six
    seasons, the team won only one of five postseason series and in 1968 and
    1969, it didn't even make the playoffs.

  • Lucas had his multiple 20-20 seasons in 1964-65 (21.4 points, 20 rebounds)
  • and 1965-66 (21.5 points, 21.1 rebounds). The only player who accomplished
    this feat more was Chamberlain, who did it 10 times.

  • Although he was outstanding on the boards, Lucas broke a cardinal rule of
    rebounding by seldom boxing out. "Boxing out wasn't important to me because
    I was going to get there fast anyway," Lucas said. "As a rule, I never boxed
    out. I just went and got the ball."

  • In October 1969, new coach Bob Cousy got rid of Lucas, trading him to
    the San Francisco Warriors for two spare parts, Jim King (7.2 career average)
    and Bill Turner (5.4).

  • During an appearance on the Tonight Show in the seventies, Lucas met
    the members of the audience before the show and then put names to faces
    for host Johnny Carson.

  • In 1989, two years after divorcing his second wife, Shara Lee Beard,
    he married Cheri Wulf.

  • In 1996, Lucas was selected as one of the NBA's 50 greatest players
    as part of the league's 50th anniversary celebration.

  • Ohio State retired Lucas' No. 11 on Feb. 23, 2000. He became the
    first men's basketball player in Buckeyes' history to have his uniform retired.

    In 1996, the NBA's 50th anniversary, he was named one of the 50 Greatest
    Players in NBA History. He was named to Sports Illustrated's five-man College
    All-Century Team in 1999.


  •  RETIREMENT    

       Lucas had serious ambitions of becoming a professional entertainer. As "Luke
    the Magician" he created and hosted a television special called "The Jerry Lucas
    Super Kids Day Magic Jamboree," which featured educational word games, number
    puzzles and magic tricks.

         In the early 1970s he put his memory to the test when he appeared on television
    and amazed a national audience with his ability to memorize the first 500 pages of the
    Manhattan phone directory. After retirement, Lucas achieved success when he
    co-authored The Memory Book, a how-to bestseller that sold more than two million
    copies. During the late 1980s, he established Lucas Learning Inc., an educational
    company that published memory and learning materials for children. Lucas has written
    more than 30 books on the subject.



    8-JERRY LUCAS


                                                       
    Lucas
    Lucas shooting patent hook shot for OSU
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    Lucas shooting for Knicks     Lucas dribbles by Kentucky defender               Lucas dribbling for Knicks

    LATimes
    Lucas at his home in Templeton, California on December 30, 2009 beside his Gold Medal
                                                            1963
    Siegfried, Lucas and Havelicek prior to first game against each other in 1963 in Cincinnati

       
     
                   
         Lucas Career OSU stats below:                           

    Year GP Points Shoot% FT% Rebounds
    1960 27 710 .637 .770. 442
    1961 27 671 .623 .764 476
    1962 28 669 .611 .799 499
    Total 82 2050 .624 .777 1417

        

     Lucas Career NBA Statistics

    G FG% FT% Rebs RPG Asts


    Pts
    829 .499 .783 12,942 15.6 2,730


    14,053


    9- PICTURES FROM 50TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION OF 1960 NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP TEAM ON 1-31-10
    1960
    1960 OSU team picture on 1-31-2010





    HL
    Havelicek and Lucas
    Lucas
    Evan Turner and Jerry Lucas
    Havelicek
    David Lighty and John Havelicek
    Nowell
    Dallas Lauderdale and Mel Nowell
    Siegfried
    William Buford and Larry Siegfried
    Furry
    Joe Roberts and Dick Furry

    KinightDiebler
    John Havelicek, Thad Matta, Bob Knight and Jon Diebler after practice on 1-30-2010

     10-     PROFILES ON SELECTED LUCAS TEAMMATES ON 1960 TEAM


    JOHN HAVELICEK

    John "Hondo" Havlicek is considered by some observers to have been the most well-rounded player in the history of professional basketball. Havlicek was never a flashy player. However, his remarkable physical conditioning, his careful study of the game of basketball and of opposing players, and his skills at both forward and a guard made him an irreplaceable part of the Boston Celtic dynasty of the 1960s. By the time he retired after sixteen years with the Celtics, he had amassed an impressive body of statistics: 1,270 regular season games played, 26,395 points scored, 6,114 assists, 13 consecutive National Basketball Association (NBA) All-Star Games, eight NBA championships. In recognition of his contribution to basketball, Havlicek was elected to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1983. He was named to the NBA's 50th Anniversary Team in 1996.

    Havlicek first demonstrated his athletic versatility as a student at Bridgeport High School. He excelled at three sports there, basketball, football and baseball, and was selected for the All-State team in each one. He was a talented quarterback. He could throw eighty-yard passes and he was so skilled at faking hand offs that referees whistled plays dead thinking the ball lay at the bottom of a tackle, although Havlicek still had it looking for a receiver. On the basketball court he was such a dogged runner and scorer that opposing teams tried to stop him by setting up a two man zone under the basket and triple-teaming him man-to-man. Nonetheless Havlicek was not a natural scorer. He worked hard for his points by out-running and out-rebounding opponents. It was in high school when Havlicek received his nickname "Hondo"a classmate saw a resemblance to John Wayne who had just played a character by the same name. 

    Sophomore forward John Havlicek averaged 12.2 points and 7.3 rebounds for the Buckeyes in 1960.  Havlicek was a three sport star at Bridgeport High School in Bridgeport, Ohio.  Ohio State football coach Woody Hayes recruited Havlicek to play quarterback for the Buckeyes, but his mother didn’t want him to play football.  He ended up accepting a scholarship to play basketball instead. 

    By the time he graduated from high school, Havlicek received scholarship offers from thirty-five different colleges, in football as well as basketball. He chose Ohio State, where he would play only basketball and baseball, thinking that any more would distract him from his studies. In four years on the baseball team, he played every infield position except catcher. Ohio State's basketball team at the time possessed a number of excellent shooters, most notably Havlicek's college roommate, Jerry Lucas, who went on to be the top NBA draft pick. As a result, Havlicek made up his mind early in his basketball career at the school to make defense the focus of his game. Ohio State's basketball coach Fred Taylor, already an outspoken advocate of defense, came to value Havlicek's defensive play to such a degree that he routinely assigned him to guard the best player on opposing teams. With players of Havlicek's and Lucas's caliber, Ohio State won the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) championship in 1960, and made it to the finals in both 1961 and 1962. Havlicek was named an All-Conference player in 1961 and 1962, an All-America and All-Big 10 player in 1962, and Ohio State's 1961 Most Valuable Player (MVP) and its 1962 co-MVP. As a senior, he was the captain of Ohio State's basketball team.

    Wooed by Three Sports

    After he graduated, Havlicek was selected as the first round draft pick of the Boston Celtics.
    There was high interest from other sports as well. Several baseball organizations, including
     the New York Yankees, Detroit Tigers, and Pittsburgh Pirates, attempted to sign him.
    Although Havlicek had chosen not to play college footballdespite repeated entreaties of
    Ohio State's football coach Woody Hayeshe was also drafted by the Cleveland Browns.
    Thinking he might like to play two professional sports, Havlicek reported to the Browns
     training camp in the summer of 1962 where he was groomed as a wide receiver. It was,
    unfortunately, a position that the Browns already had well-covered and Havlicek was cut
     just before the season began. Havlicek later called it one of the two big disappointments
    of his athletic career. The other was not being chosen for the 1960 U.S. Olympic
     basketball team.

    Havlicek had accepted a $15,000 contract to play with the Celtics. He joined them as they
     prepared for their 1962-63 season. The Celtics, masterminded by coach Arnold "Red"
    Auerbach
    , were a team that put a high premium on speed, team play, versatility, and
    intelligent basketball. Led by Bill Russell and Bob Cousy , Auerbach's formula had
    proved to be potent. In the spring of 1962, the team won the fourth of what would become
    eight consecutive NBA titles. Havlicek, with his speed, endurance, ability to play both
    defense and offense, and sheer desire to win, was tailor made for Auerbach's style of
    basketball. Not all observers recognized Havlicek's impressive talents immediately.
    He was considered to big to play guard yet too small to play forward. Curry
     Kirkpatrick in an article for Sports Illustrated, quoted Cousy's initial assessment of
     Havlicek: a "non-shooter who would probably burn himself out."

    Despite any early misgivings, Havlicek later said he was accepted right away by the
    Celtics. He undoubtedly helped himself arriving in August at Celtics training camp in
    better physical condition than players who had been working out since the beginning
    of the summer. Auerbach later told the New Yorker 's Herbert Warren Wind of the
    first reaction he and another coach had to seeing Havlicek play. "We were
    flabbergasted at what Havlicek was showing us. Here he was, not having touched a
    basketball for months and he was far and away the best man on the court." From then
    on Havlicek had Auerbach's full confidence. His first year he split court time with
    Frank Ramsey, the Celtics veteran sixth mana player who did not start, but rather
    came off the bench to spell others as they tired. Auerbach's system placed great
    importance on having a sixth man who was capable and versatile. Havlicek was
    that in spades. Auerbach used him at both forward and guard. Havlicek's success
    was due more to determination and practice than to whatever innate physical gifts
    he possessed. He worked hard to develop his ball handling and shooting. In 1963,
    his second season, he led the team in scoring. The following year, when Ramsey
    retired, Havlicek took over the sixth-man role full-time.


    Wooed by Three Sports

    After he graduated, Havlicek was selected as the first round draft pick of the Boston Celtics.
    There was high interest from other sports as well. Several baseball organizations, including
     the New York Yankees, Detroit Tigers, and Pittsburgh Pirates, attempted to sign him.
    Although Havlicek had chosen not to play college footballdespite repeated entreaties of
    Ohio State's football coach Woody Hayeshe was also drafted by the Cleveland Browns.
    Thinking he might like to play two professional sports, Havlicek reported to the Browns
     training camp in the summer of 1962 where he was groomed as a wide receiver. It was,
    unfortunately, a position that the Browns already had well-covered and Havlicek was cut
     just before the season began. Havlicek later called it one of the two big disappointments
    of his athletic career. The other was not being chosen for the 1960 U.S. Olympic
     basketball team.

    Havlicek had accepted a $15,000 contract to play with the Celtics. He joined them as they
     prepared for their 1962-63 season. The Celtics, masterminded by coach Arnold "Red"
    Auerbach
    , were a team that put a high premium on speed, team play, versatility, and
    intelligent basketball. Led by Bill Russell and Bob Cousy , Auerbach's formula had
    proved to be potent. In the spring of 1962, the team won the fourth of what would become
    eight consecutive NBA titles. Havlicek, with his speed, endurance, ability to play both
    defense and offense, and sheer desire to win, was tailor made for Auerbach's style of
    basketball. Not all observers recognized Havlicek's impressive talents immediately.
    He was considered to big to play guard yet too small to play forward. Curry
     Kirkpatrick in an article for Sports Illustrated, quoted Cousy's initial assessment of
     Havlicek: a "non-shooter who would probably burn himself out."

    Despite any early misgivings, Havlicek later said he was accepted right away by the
     Celtics. He undoubtedly helped himself arriving in August at Celtics training camp in
     better physical condition than players who had been working out since the beginning
    of the summer. Auerbach later told the New Yorker 's Herbert Warren Wind of the
    first reaction he and another coach had to seeing Havlicek play. "We were
    flabbergasted at what Havlicek was showing us. Here he was, not having touched a
    basketball for months and he was far and away the best man on the court." From then
    on Havlicek had Auerbach's full confidence. His first year he split court time with
    Frank Ramsey, the Celtics veteran sixth mana player who did not start, but rather
    came off the bench to spell others as they tired. Auerbach's system placed great
    importance on having a sixth man who was capable and versatile. Havlicek was
    that in spades. Auerbach used him at both forward and guard. Havlicek's success
    was due more to determination and practice than to whatever innate physical gifts
    he possessed. He worked hard to develop his ball handling and shooting. In 1963,
    his second season, he led the team in scoring. The following year, when Ramsey
    retired, Havlicek took over the sixth-man role full-time.


    OHIO STATE HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL RECORDS

    Points in A game: 7- 77 Jon Diebler. 35th  62 Alan Hornak, 42nd - 60 Larry Siegfried vs Galion
    Points in a season: 4th  1102  Jon Diebler in 2008, 8th  930 Jerry Lucas, 10th  923  Alan Hornak,
       11th  923 Jay   Burson, 12th  921 Jay Burson, 30th 836 Jon Diebler, 32nd  828 Larry Siegfried
    Points in career: 1st  3208  Jon Diebler, 2nd   2958 Jay Burson, 4th  2646 LeBron James, 10th 
       2640 Jerry Lucas, 14th  2385 Alan Hornak and 18th  1328  Jim Jackson
    Most Free Throws in a game:  1st  27  Jon Diebler
    Most Assists in a season:  1st  294  Jon Diebler
    Most Assets in a career:  1st  825  Jon Diebler
    Most Steals in a season:  2nd  155  Jon Diebler
    Most Steals in a career:  1st    578 Jon Diebler (2nd is 364!)
    Field Goal % in a season:  20th 58.5% LeBron James, 29th Jon Diebler 57%, 34th 
    LeBron James 56.5%, 35th LeBron James 56.4%
    Consecutive Wins:  76 Middletown (Lucas years)
    Most points by two teams in a game:  2nd  247  Upper Sandusky 124 Marion Harding 123 
       12-22-2007
    Most State Championships:  1st - 7 Middletown all before 1985, 2nd - 5 Columbus East all
     before 1980
     
    See complete stats at:  http://www.ohsaa.org/Sports/records/bbkrecrd.htm#RG


    Larry Siegfried

    Larry E. Siegfried
    Position: G
    Height: 6' 3'' Weight: 190
    Born: 5/22/1939, in Shelby, OH, USA
    High School: Shelby, in Shelby, OH
    College: Ohio State University

    About bio info Draft History
    1961 NBA - Round 1 by CIN

    Larry Siegfried (born May 22, 1939, in Shelby, Ohio) is a retired American
    National Basketball Association player.

    He was a high school phenom, a Paul Bunyan in basketball shorts, and a player who could score points in bunches from all angles on the court. His 176-point eruption in a one month span during his senior season at Shelby High remains laced across the record books in the State of Ohio, a testament to his telekinetic court presence and dead eye marksmanship. Few at that level have ever played the game better. Fewer still would argue that claim. He was a virtuoso in high tops, equally adept at pulling down rebounds and dishing out assists.  Siegfried dominated the Northern Ohio League for the Shelby Whippets. He scored more than 1,700 career points and averaged more than 38 points a game without the benefit of a 3-point line.

    While the young Siegfried’s game seemed to improve daily, it positively blossomed during his standout prep career at Shelby High School – especially in 1957, when no Northern Ohio League scoring record proved safe.  With a coach determined to make the most of his talents, Siegfried found himself playing both inside and out, rarely resting on the bench during his phenomenal senior season.  And for good reason; the All-State guard was strong enough to battle for position under the boards, yet quick enough to take his man off the dribble at the top of the key.  The constant movement was a headache for opposing coaches tasked with slowing him down.  Siegfried averaged a whopping 38 points-per-game during that final campaign in ‘57, leading Shelby to a state basketball championship.  He was named co-recipient of Ohio’s player-of-the-year in the process, an award won the next season by future Ohio State teammate Jerry Lucas.


    Let’s go back to the month of January, 1957.  On January 4th you scored 58 points against Willard High School.  Seven days later you scored 60 points against Galion High, and on the 29th, you scored 58 against Crestline.  How much attention did this generate for you, and what was like to produce three huge games like that in the same month?

    NOTE BY NELSON:     Marion Harding was defeated by Shelby 3 times in Siegfried's senior season in 1957 including the state tournament which they won.  Siegfried was awesome in those games.   I recall the tournament game which I attended. 

    Siegfried is the greatest basketball player to ever come out of Richland County. It's not debatable. He's probably the best athlete, period. He had a tryout as a pitcher with the Cleveland Indians and was approached by the Boston Patriots about playing corner back, even though he never played football once he reached high school

    Coaching legend Bob Knight, whose prickly personality got him in more jams than you'd find in his hometown of Orrville, didn't have to see that footage to validate his feelings about the pride of Shelby.

    "I've said Lucas was the best player ever in the Big Ten; no question in my mind about that," said Knight, a backup on the 1960 team, "but I never saw a better guard in the Big Ten than Larry Siegfried. He was a great player. He was tough as hell. He was physical, he could jump ... if I had my choice of any guard who played in the Big Ten when I coached and everything else, I'd have a hard time picking someone else."

    When Knight was at Indiana, he coached Isiah Thomas and coached against Magic Johnson. So I made sure I was hearing him right.

    Why Larry?

    "He was so good," Knight said. "Damn it, it's not nuclear science. He was strong, he could shoot, he could just play. And he was a tremendous defender."

    Siegfried played college basketball for Ohio State University, and his tenure there overlapped with future Hall-of-Famers Jerry Lucas and John Havlicek. He played for the 1960 national champion team, and in 1961 he was named to the NCAA Final Four All-Tournament Team. Siegfried, a junior high scoring guard, and Joe Roberts, a senior forward, were the two holdover starters when three outstanding sophomores, Lucas, Havlicek and guard Mel Nowell arrived for the 1959-60 season. Siegfried adjusted his scoring to allow for Lucas and Nowell while joining Roberts and Havlicek as a key defender. Siegfried was also an excellent free throw shooter few risked fouling. The Ohio State Co-Captain of the 1960 team, Siegfried played a key role in the Buckeyes run to the NCAA title. All five starters from that team later played in the NBA, which then had just nine teams and eleven players per team. Future coach Bobby Knight was a reserve on that team as well. For the 1960-61 season, Siegfried was team captain outright. The team went undefeated until the NCAA Final, when they were upset by Cincinnati. Named All-Big Ten, Siegfried did not get the All-American consideration he may have been due because of the star presence of Lucas. Siegfried did play in the 1960 US Olympic Trials for the Rome Games. While he outperformed nearly every guard there, politics demanded several AAU selections that left him off that squad.

    Sophomore guard Mel Nowell averaged 13.1 points and 2.6 rebounds for the Buckeyes in 1960.  He was a star player at Columbus East High School in Columbus, Ohio.  His senior year, Nowell was considered the second best player in the state of Ohio behind Jerry Lucas.  Spurning scholarship offers for numerous schools, Nowell opted to follow Lucas to Ohio State. 

    Nowell was quick and had a great outside shot.  He played for the Chicago Zephyrs in the NBA.

    Senior forward Joe Roberts averaged 11 points and 6.9 rebounds for the Buckeyes in 1960.  Roberts, like Nowell, had been a star at Columbus East High School.  Roberts was drafted in the third round of the NBA draft by the Syracuse Nationals and had a brief NBA career as a reserve forward. 

    Sophomore reserve forward Bobby Knight didn’t play much for the Buckeyes in 1960, averaging just 3.7 points and 2 rebounds per game.  John Havlicek said of Knight: “He wasn’t the quickest man on foot, but defensively he played hard.  When you got fouled by Bobby, you knew you had been fouled.”  After graduating, Knight went on to a much more impressive career as a coach.  Knight coached at Army, Indiana and Texas Tech, amassing more wins than any other coach in college basketball history.  Knight coached Indiana to three NCAA Championships and coached the 1984 USA Olympic team to a gold medal.

    Lucas led all scorers with 26 points and all rebounders with 10.  He was named most outstanding player of the tournament.  Mel Nowell, who scored 15 in the final game, was also named to the all-tournament team.

    How would the 1960 Ohio State Buckeyes do against the teams of today?  How would they handle the shot clock and the three pointer?

    With three first round NBA draft picks, two NBA all stars and  five starters that played in the NBA, there is no doubt that the 1960 Ohio State Buckeyes would be a force to be reckoned with even today.  Jerry Lucas is still considered by many to be the best player ever to play in the Big Ten.  At 6’8”, Lucas would still be big enough to play power forward or even center.  Lucas was an outstanding outside shooter and could force opposing big men to have to come out and cover him from behind the three point line. 

    Although only 6’5”, John Havlicek’s hustle and excellent outside shooting would make him an outstanding college swingman and dangerous three-point threat today.  Mel Nowell was another great outside shooter.  He was also very quick and could take opposing players to the basket one-on-one. 

    Larry Siegfried was a great scorer in college, averaging nearly 20 points per game the season before the talented sophomore trio of Lucas, Havlicek and Nowell arrived.  With the three-pointer, this great outside shooting team would probably be even more effective offensively today than it was in 1960.  Defensively, Havlicek and Siegfried were both known in the NBA for their great defense.  In college, Nowell was considered the best defensive player on the team.  Given that the Buckeyes scored more than 90 points per game, the shot clock probably wouldn’t give them any trouble. 

    An updated glimpse at the 1959-60 Ohio State national champions:

    Mel Nowell, 6-foot-2, sophomore, Columbus (East HS), Ohio. An All-Ohio selection as a senior in high school, Nowell ended up as the Big Ten's second-leading scorer for the 1960 team at 14 points a game.  Drafted by the Chicago Zephyrs in the 12th round of the 1962 draft, Nowell played only one season in the NBA. He also played in the Eastern League and ABA. He was state budget director under Ohio Gov. James Rhodes for 2½ years, then went into retail, real estate and construction. Now semi-retired, he and his wife have four children and 10 grandchildren.

    Gary Gearhart, 6-2, sophomore, New Lebanon, Ohio. Gearhart scored 49 points in 19 games, then
    worked as a manufacturer's representative for a high-school jewelry company in Lima, Ohio.

    John Havlicek, 6-5, sophomore, Bridgeport, Ohio. Havlicek averaged 14.6 points over his Ohio State
    career, and helped the "Super Sophs" compile a 78-6 record. Many might be surprised that Havlicek was the Buckeyes' second-leading rebounder. A great all-around athlete, he thought about playing for the Cleveland Browns, who took him in the seventh round of the NFL draft, before joining the Boston Celtics, who had selected in the first round in 1962. He helped the Celtics win eight NBA title and was immortalized by Johnny Most's 1965 call of his play that helped win a title, "Havlicek stole the ball! Havlicek stole the ball!"  He scored more than 26,000 points in 16 seasons and was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1983.  He was selected one of the top 50 players of the NBA in 1997.

    John Cedargren, 6-5, senior, Columbus (North HS), Ohio. While taking a five-year mechanical engineering class, Cedargren contributed some key moments off the bench, scoring 16 points in 13 games as a backup for Lucas. Cedargren died in 1966.

    Jerry Lucas, 6-8, sophomore, Middletown, Ohio. Still considered one of the greatest high school players ever (2,460 points, 76-1 record) for the Middies, Lucas was a first-team All-American all three years he played at Ohio State (freshmen were not eligible,. He also led 1964 U.S. Olympic team to a gold medal.   A brilliant student, Lucas maintained an A average that put him in the top 4 percent of his class in Ohio State's College of Commerce and Administration. Taken in first round of the NBA draft by the Cincinnati Royals, he sat out his first year after signing with the ABA's Cleveland Pipers before finally joining the Royals. He starred for 11 years in the NBA, averaging 15.6 rebounds for his career. He won a championship with the New York Knicks in 1973 while starring as a rebounder and long-range shooter. Selected as one of the greatest 50 players in NBA history in 1997, he has written text books and popular books about memorization. Now with five grown children, Lucas lives in Templeton, Calif., and still travels, putting on memorization seminars. He was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1979.

    Dick Furry, 6-7, senior, Columbus (West HS), Ohio. More than almost anyone else on the Ohio State
    team, Furry stood to lose the most by the arrival of the sophomores. After starting and averaging 11.5 points as a junior, he had to share time at forward with Havlicek and ended up averaging 5.1 points as a senior. After graduation, he became president of a paint, dye and ink company in suburban Cleveland.

    Richie Hoyt, 6-4, junior, Mt. Vernon, Ohio. Another valuable sub on the team, Hoyt once scored 50 points in a high school game. He totaled 58 in 23 games for the 1959-60 Buckeyes, then became an executive for a workers' compensation company.

    Joe Roberts, 6-6, senior, Columbus (East HS), Ohio. Roberts thrived in coach Fred Taylor's offense,
    averaging 11 points and seven rebounds. He was drafted by the Syracuse Nationals in the third round,
    and played three years in the NBA with the Nationals and one year in the ABA. He went into coaching
    and spent several years as an assistant in college ranks and the NBA. He eventually went into education before retiring in California.

    Dave Barker, 6-2, senior, Columbus, Ohio. Scored 23 points in 16 games as a backup guard.
    After graduation, he became owner of David Barker Art Gallery in Columbus.

    Gary Milliken, 5-11, junior, Waynesburg, Pa. Milliken did not score in two games. After graduation,
    he became manager of a utility company in Pittsburgh.

    Larry Siegfried, 6-4, junior, Shelby, Ohio. Ohio State's MVP in 1959 and a consensus second-team
    All-American in 1961, Siegfried was drafted in the first round by the Cincinnati Royals in 1961. He passed up the NBA to spend two seasons in the ABA. Like Havlicek, he eventually found a home with in Boston and spent seven years playing for Red Auerbach, helping the club win titles in 1964-66 and 1968-69. He played for three more teams before retiring after the 1972 season, having scored almost 6,000 points. He later coached, counseled prisoners at the Mansfield Correctional Institution and did motivational speaking.

    J.T. Landes, 5-11, sophomore, Columbus (North HS), Ohio. Saw action in only six games, scoring four
    points for the Buckeyes. He became a school administrator in Green Bay, Wis.

    Bob Knight, 6-4, sophomore, Orrville, Ohio. Better known as a coach than a player, Knight averaged 3.7 points as a sub on the national championship team. He would go on to win more games (902) than any college coach. He spent six years (1965-71) at Army, going 102-50, and 29 years (1971-2000) at Indiana, where he went 661-240, won 11 Big Ten titles and NCAA championships in 1976, 1981 and 1987. He closed out his successful yet turbulent coaching career with seven years (2001-08) at Texas Tech, going 138-82. He is now an analyst on ESPN, and was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1991.

    Nelson Miller, 6-3, sophomore, Reading, Ohio. Miller scored five points in six games with the Buckeyes in 1960. After graduation, he moved to Monticello, Ill.

    Jim Allen, 5-9, junior, Columbus, Ohio. Allen played in seven games, scoring seven points, and went on to become an emergency-room physician in Malibu, Calif.

    Howard Nourse, 6-7, senior, Springfield, Ohio. Nourse averaged 3.1 points backing up Lucas, and eventually became an educator. He was a vice president of Milligan College in Tennessee.

    ___

    Ernie Biggs (trainer). Brigg was Ohio State's head football and basketball trainer from 1945-1972, and held a patent for a knee brace he designed. A portion of the football practice facility is named in his honor, and he went into Ohio State's athletic hall of fame in 1980.

    Frank Truitt (freshman coach). A graduate of Otterbein College, Truitt left Ohio State to become the head coach at LSU in 1965, then at Kent State in 1966-74. He also spent five years coaching golf and four coaching soccer at the school. After retiring in 1978, he moved back to Columbus and worked in real estate before retiring.

    Jack Graf (assistant coach). After graduating from Ohio State, he picked up a master's degree at Harvard before returning to his alma mater to assist Taylor while working in the family business. Inducted into the Ohio State athletic hall of fame in 1988, Graf died on Sept. 14, 2009, at age 90.

    Fred Taylor (head coach). A native of Zanesville, Ohio, Taylor came to Ohio State as a student in 1942 but left to join the military. He returned to play on the 1948-50 teams, and was good enough in baseball that he played four years in the Washington Senators organization. Ohio State asked him to return as a freshman basketball and baseball coach in 1953. He guided the Buckeyes basketball team as head coach for 18 years, posting a record of 297-158 and winning five straight Big Ten titles (1960-64). The Buckeyes played in three consecutive NCAA title games, losing to Cincinnati in 1961 and 1962. He also led the Buckeyes to the Final Four in 1968, when the Big Ten co-champion finished third behind a stack offense that featured big men Bill Hosket and Dave Sorenson. He won his last conference
    title in 1971, conceding he lost much of his motivation after an ugly incident in 1972 at Minnesota, when Golden Gophers players Corky Taylor, Ron Behagen and Dave Winfield attacked Ohio State players in a wild melee. Taylor resigned after the 1975-76 season and was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1986. He died on Jan. 6, 2002.


    11- JARAD SULLINGER PRE COLLEGE STATS
       
     
    JARAD SULLINGER HIGH SCHOOL STATS:
    Given the hoops-addled household where he grew up, Sulllinger had no choice but to grow up fast. His father, who coached at three different high schools and worked a three-year stint at Oberlin College, first taught Jared how to execute a drop step when he was 2 years old. At 3, Satch had Jared shooting from the foul line with proper form. When Jared was in seventh grade, his father told anyone who would listen that Jared was going to be the best of his three sons. Jared later said he wished his father hadn't said that, but he allowed that it taught him at an early age how to deal with pressure
      Sullinger was 6th man on Northland's high school team as a freshman
      Third team all state in sophomore year
    As a junior in high school averaged 19.9 points and 14.8 rebounds a game.  He led team to state title winning the final game on two late free throws.
      As a senior, Sullinger averaged 24.5 points, 12.3 rebounds, 3 blocked shots and 2.4 assists game while shooting 78 percent from the field, 38 percent on 3-pointers and 77 percent at the line. He also led Northland to a regular-season Associated Press poll title. The Vikings were ranked No. 1 in the USA Today national rankings before an upset loss to unbeaten Gahanna Lincoln in a regional championship game last March.
    Northland was 98-4 in Sullnger's 4 years with his dad, Satch the head coach.  One of the 4 losses was when his dad sat him out of a game in the State tournament for failing to d
    o his homework!  Sullinger’s high school team finished 23-1 as a senior, 27-1 as a junior, 21-1 as sophomore and 24-1 as a freshman
      Sullinger finished his high school career with 1,910 career points and more than 1,200 rebounds

    His highest scoring game as a senior was 44 points in a 97-46 win over Whetstone.  Sullinger made 18 of 19 field goals including 1 of 1 3 pointers, 7 of 9 foul shots and 10 rebounds.
    Was ranked as 2nd, 4th and 5th best high school senior by 3 publications
    Co MVP of McDonalds All American game in 2010.  He was high scorer in game with 22 points on 7 of  11 from field and 6 of 6 from the floor.
    Was James Naismith Player of the Year as a senior
    Michigan State first offered Sullinger a scholarship in the 8th grade.  When Matta offered a scholarship while in the 9th grade, Sullinger accepted

    He was 288-15 in summer games also coached by his father
    Led his team to three national AAU championships
    Was player of the year in Ohio both his Junior and Senior seasons
    Was 5th player to win multiple Ohio Player of the Year awards joining Lebon James (won 3 times), OJ Mayo, Jimmy Jackson and Greg Simpson

    WILLIAM BUFORD
    • Named Mr. Ohio Basketball and Division II Co-Player of the Year in 2008,
    • Earned his third-consecutive Toledo City League Player of the Year honor as a senior after averaging 23 points and 11 rebounds
    • Selected as a McDonald’s and Jordan Brand All-American ... recorded six points, one steal and one assist in the McDonald’s All-American game, while posting 12 points and three rebounds in the Jordan Classic.
    • Also earned 2008 MaxPreps third-team All-America and Parade All-America honors.
    • A four-year starter for Toledo Libbey, led the Cowboys to a runner-up finish in the Division II Ohio High School state tournament as a senior. Buford scored a game-high 29 points, but Chillicothe made a last-second shot to claim the victory, 70-69.
    • As a junior, earned first team all-state honors and was a member of the All-Toledo Blade squad ... averaged 28 points and 12 rebounds in 2007 as the Cowboys won the Toledo City League and finished No. 3 in the state.
    • Son of Arnetta and William Buford … He has a brother, Ryan and a sister, Simon.
    • Lists greatest sports thrill as his first dunk in a game. After graduation, Buford plans to earn his master’s degree.

     

    JON DIEBLER
    Senior, Upper Sandusky 2006-07, 23-4
    • Points Per Game
      40.8
    • Assists Per Game
      6.7
    • Blocks Per Game
      4.2
    • Rebounds Per Game
      12.6
    • Steals Per Game
      5.3
    • Points
      1102
    • Scored at least 23 every game and at least 31 points in 25 of 27 games.  In four losses he scored 60 in 100-98 loss, 32 in 104-75 loss, 69 in 93-90 loss (9 of 24 on 2's, 11 of 22 on 3's and 18 of 19 foul shots, 11 bounds & 5 steals) and 48 in 85-78 loss.  .
    • As a senior, averaged 40 points per game, 13 rebounds and 6 assists to become Ohio’s all-time leading scorer with 3,208 points, topping New Concord John Glenn’s and former Buckeye Jay Burson (2,958) for the top spot.
    • Began senior season with 2,106 points for the 27th-best career total in the state of Ohio. After scoring 810 points in his first 19 games, Diebler passed Ohio High School basketball greats, Jimmy Jackson (2,328), Jamar Butler (2,412), Bob Huggins (2,438), Jerry Lucas (2,438) and LeBron James (2,646). Diebler scored the record-breaking point against Norwalk in a 90-64 win in February 2007.
    • Also led the nation in scoring during senior season with a 41.2 points per game average and tallied 12.3 rebounds per game en route to being named Rise Magazine’s Player of the Year.
    • Set an Ohio High School state record for most free throws in a game with 27 out of 28 attempts vs. Tiffin Columbia in January 2006. He totaled 77 points vs. Tiffin Columbia and that stands as the most points scored in a game by an Ohio player in 37 years.
    • Playing under his father, Keith Diebler, Jon was named Mr. Basketball in Ohio and the 2007 Division II Player of the Year. A first-team All-Ohio and Northern Ohio League selection, Diebler captained the Rams to a runner-up finish in the 2007 Ohio High School state championships.
    • His 48 points in the championship game is the third highest in a game in the state tournament. Diebler trailed former Buckeye greats Jerry Lucas (53-1956) and Clark Kellogg (51-1979).
    • As a sophomore, Diebler was a member of the 2004-05 Division II Upper Sandusky state tournament championship team.
    • Also was a three-time letter winner in cross country.
    • Son of Keith and Renee Diebler ... Has two brothers, Jeremiah and Jake. Jake played basketball at Valparaiso.
    • Lists his greatest sports thrill as winning the state championship and recording a 27-0 record during his sophomore year at Upper Sandusky.
    As a sophomore, Diebler helped lead Upper Sandusky to a D-II state championship with a 32-point, 14-rebound performance in the title game. He had 29 and nine in a semifinal win over Dunbar.

    DAVID LIGHTY
    Lighty attended and played basketball at Villa Angela-St. Joseph High School. He was named Cleveland Plain Dealer player of the year in 2005. Lighty averaged 22 points per game during his senior year and led VASJ to a state runner-up finish.
    Rated No. 30 on SI.com’s list of 2006 Top 100 players
    • Averaged 25.5 points, 9.5 rebounds, 5.5 assists and 3.5 steals in 31 minutes of action in the final two games of the Division III state finals in Columbus
    • Named to The Associated Press D-III all-state tournament team in 2006 ... also selected by the AP as a first-team all-state honoree in Division III as a senior
    • During the Roundball Classic game at the United Center in Chicago (4/9/06), Lighty played for the first time with three of his future Ohio State teammates (Oden, Conley and Cook). He contributed 14 points in the West’s 118-102 victory
    • An Associated Press Ohio Division III first-team honoree in his final two years at Villa Angela-St. Joseph ... averaged 24.5 points and 11.8 rebounds a game as a junior after contributing 19.4 points a game during his sophomore campaign
    • Named the Cleveland Plain Dealer Player of the Year in 2004-05
    • Played for Dave Wojciechowski
    • Lettered in football as a freshman at Villa Angela-St. Joseph
    • Son of David and Emily

    AARON CRAFT
    Aaron Craft made a name for himself with his stout defense and is considered one of the best guard defenders for the Class of 2010. He is heralded as an all-around point guard with the qualities that should help him excel as a Buckeye, but can also create opportunities for himself, averaging 19 points as a junior. Craft was a 2010 Ohio First Team All-State in Division III and the 2010 Division III Player of the Year in Ohio, following the same all-state selection in 2009. He led Liberty-Benton High School to a state runner-up finish his freshman season and was named First-Team All-Ohio as a junior.

    Craft led the scoring efforts in 2008, 2009 and 2010 and averaged 26 points, seven assists and eight rebounds as a senior with 70 steals (3.2 per game). Though handling the point guard duties, he scored on 57 percent of his shots from the field (164-288), 43 percent from 3-point range (43-101) and 85 percent from the foul line (120-141).

    Craft played for All-Ohio Red along with Sullinger and Weatherspoon.

    Craft played football as well for Liberty-Benton as both a quarterback and free safety. On the gridiron his LBHS was regional champions in 2006 and 2009 and the state runner up in 2009. He was an all-state QB in 2008 and 2009 while earning Ohio Division 5 Offensive Player of the Year honor in 2009.

    He is the son of John and Wendy Craft with siblings Brandon and Caitie. Craft played for Steve Williman at Liberty-Benton and would like to continue basketball career after tenure at Ohio State. He enjoys time with friends and video games in spare time and lists participating with brother Brandon in both the state finals for football and basketball as a high school athlete and watching sister win a state championship is his biggest thrill in sports to date. Craft was the valedictorian of his senior class, as well as the National Honor Society president in 2009 and Spanish Club member (2007-10).


    DALLAS LAUDERDALE

    • Helped Solon High School to the Ohio Division I and Western Reserve Conference championships in each of his four seasons, as well as two regional runner-up finishes his sophomore and junior years.
    • Named the 2007 Western Reserve Conference Most Valuable Player and a Division I second-team all-state, all-city and All-Western Reserve recipient.
    • Led Solon to an undefeated record in the WRC in four-consecutive seasons.
    • As a first-team Northeast Lakes All-District honoree, led the Comets to the 2007 district title. In the semifinal game of the district championship against Cleveland Heights, Lauderdale’s 3-point conversion gave Solon the lead for good with 30 seconds left after both teams were tied, 57-all.
    • Was the team’s leading scorer as captain, with averages of 24 points, 12 rebounds, six blocks and two assists during high school career.
    • As a sophomore, scored 21 points per game, while grabbing 9.9 rebounds per game en route to first-team all-state honors ... was part of a lineup that helped the Comets advance to the Big School Regional Finals vs. Canton McKinley that year.
    • In 2007, Lauderdale was one of three high school students from the Cleveland area nominated for the Outstanding High School Athlete award presented by the Greater Cleveland Sports Commission. Former Ohio State wrestler Lance Palmer was one of the other nominees.
    • Son of Dallas II and Carol Lauderdale and nephew of Jim Chones, who played for the NBA’s Cleveland Cavaliers, and cousin of former WNBA player Kaayla Chones.

     

    DESHAUN THOMAS
    Year↓ Team↓ GP↓ GS↓ MPG↓ FG%↓ 3P%↓ FT%↓ RPG↓ APG↓ SPG↓ BPG↓ PPG↓
    2006–07 Freshman 23

    .500 .260 .730 13.3 2.5 1.4 1.4 29.0
    2007–08 Sophomore 27

    .500 .390 .740 12.1 2.4 1.8 2.4 28.6
    2008–09 Junior 27

    .480 .310 .760 15.1 2.7 1.6 2.5 30.3
    2009–10 Senior 24

    .500 .320 .820 15.3 3.0 1.3 2.7 31.8
    Career
    101

    .496 .324 .767 13.9 2.7 1.5 2.3 29.9

    But the 6-7, 220-pound Thomas, this year's Indianapolis Star Indiana Mr. Basketball, hasn't always enjoyed the attention. When the Bishop Luers star was in the third grade, childhood friend Tyrell Tubbs asked him to play on his team at the YMCA. Over and over, Tubbs would ask. Over and over, Thomas said, "No thanks."

    "I always told him that my grandma wouldn't let me," said Thomas, a McDonald's All American recently named to the Parade magazine All-America first team. "But she never said that. I never even asked her. I just didn't like to play in front of crowds. I'd get nervous."
    Thomas, who averaged 32.5 points a game, was named Mr. Basketball on 189 ballots. North Central's Terone Johnson had 41 votes; no one else had more than seven

    DeShaun Thomas finished the season with 3,018 points, behind the scoring record of Bedford North Lawrence's Damon Bailey (3,134) and Lewisville's Marion Pierce (3,019). rarely brought up his chase of Damon Bailey's career scoring record this season, although talk of it swirled all around him. When Luers -- the two-time defending Class 2A champion -- lost to Southwood in the regional semifinals, he finished with / MICHELLE PEMBERTON / The Star

    Stay with roundball: Thomas might have the appearance of a tight end or defensive end, but don’t let him get near a football. His sophomore year, while playing catch with some Luers football players, he broke his finger attempting to catch a pass.
    “I’ve never played football,” Thomas said. “And that was the end of that.”

    Hensley said Thomas rarely brought up his chase of Damon Bailey's career scoring record this season, although talk of it swirled all around him. When Luers -- the two-time defending Class 2A champion -- lost to Southwood in the regional semifinals, he finished with 3,018 points, behind Bedford North Lawrence's Bailey (3,134) and Lewisville's Marion Pierce (3,019).

    Thomas said he was "disappointed" not to break the record, but said falling short of a third consecutive championship was more difficult to take.


    JORDAN SIBERT

    Averaged 18.7 points per game as a senior and named the Gatorade Player of the Year in Ohio. Selected to play in the Ohio-Kentucky All-Star Game and scored a game-high 17 points during Ohio's 92-84 victory. Suffered fractures in his lower tibia and fibula during an AAU game in April, 2009 and missed the summer as he recovered


    January, 2010: Jordan is a smooth wing scorer. He is still recovering from an injury this past spring. He is almost all the way back. He is scoring, hitting his jumper and slashing to the basket some though his exceptional explosiveness has not returned yet. He is dunking the ball but his lateral quickness is not yet back to normal. Sibert is a good shooter with range to 22 feet. When healthy he is a good slasher and finisher at the basket. He is also an above average defender, for a high school player, when motivated. Some injuries take a little longer to get over. I expect Jordan to be 100% by the time he suits up for Ohio State next season.
    Jordan Sibert led Princeton to a 19-5 record and Division I regional semifinal appearance as a senior with 18.7 points per game. He was named Associated Press Southwest District Division I player of the year as a senior, as well as a 2010 Associated Press First Team All-Ohio selection after being an honorable mention honoree in 2009. His team won the Greater Miami Conference all four years during his tenure and was an all-conference selection and league player of the year in 2010.

    Sibert also played for All-Ohio Red along with Jared Sullinger, J.D. Weatherspoon and Aaron Craft. He led Princeton High School to a state runner-up finish last season as a junior, losing in the championship game to Sullinger and Weatherspoon’s Northland High School squad. Known for his ability to slash between defenders and get to the rim with his speed and athleticism, Sibert scored 21 points in the title game and was named Honorable Mention All-Ohio.

    He also was selected the 2010 Gatorade Player of the Year in Ohio, an award given annually in recognition of excellence on and off the basketball court. Sibert maintained a “B” average in the classroom and was an active member of his church community, while also volunteering as a peer mentor at his school, and as a summer camp counselor and youth basketball coach. He joins B.J. Mullens (2008) and Jon Diebler (2007) as recent Buckeyes to have earned the Gatorade honor.

    He is the son of Scott and Sheila Sibert with siblings Logan, Scott and Gennise. He played for Josh Andrews at Princeton and enjoys drawing and watching other sports. Sibert lists his greatest sports thrill to date has been watching games featuring Cincinnati North College Hill’s O.J. Mayo and Bill Walker play vs. Oak Hill Academy: “so much excitement, so many dunks!” In spare time, Sibert has mentored elementary school children and visits with elderly community members.

     







    12-          OHIO STATE STATS - 1925-2007

    First-Team All-Big Ten


    COACHING RECORDS BY SEASON
    Overall Big Ten
    Year W L W L Pl. Head Coach
    1899 .................................12 4 – – – Unknown
    1900 ...................................8 4 – – – Unknown
    1901 ...................................1 3 – – – Unknown
    1902 ........................................................................................................No Intercollegiate Basketball
    1903 ...................................5 2 – – – D.C. Huddleson
    1904 .................................10 4 – – – D.C. Huddleson
    Totals 15 6
    1905 .................................12 2 – – – Unknown
    1906 ...................................9 1 – – – Unknown
    1907 ...................................7 5 – – – Unknown
    1908 ...................................5 6 – – – Unknown
    1909 .................................11 1 – – – Thomas Kibler
    1910 .................................11 1 – – – Thomas Kibler
    Totals 22 2
    1911 ...................................7 2 – – – Unknown
    1912 ...................................7 5 – – – Lynn W. St. John
    1913 .................................13 7 4 5 6th Lynn W. St. John
    1914 .................................10 4 5 1 2nd Lynn W. St. John
    1915 ...................................6 10 3 9 8th Lynn W. St. John
    1916 ...................................9 13 2 8 8th Lynn W. St. John
    1917 .................................15 11 3 9 7th Lynn W. St. John
    1918 .................................13 7 5 5 T4th Lynn W. St. John
    1919 ...................................7 12 2 6 9th Lynn W. St. John
    Totals 60 69 24 43
    1920 .................................17 10 3 9 10th George M. Trautman
    1921 ...................................4 13 2 10 9th George M. Trautman
    1922 ...................................8 10 5 7 T6th George M. Trautman
    Totals 29 33 10 26
    1923 ...................................4 11 1 11 T9th Harold G. Olsen
    1924 .................................12 5 7 5 T4th Harold G. Olsen
    1925 .................................14 2 11 1 1st Harold G. Olsen
    1926 .................................10 7 6 6 T5th Harold G. Olsen
    1927 .................................11 6 6 6 7th Harold G. Olsen
    1928 ...................................5 12 3 9 T7th Harold G. Olsen
    1929 ...................................9 8 6 6 T5th Harold G. Olsen
    1930 ...................................9 15 1 9 9th Harold G. Olsen
    1931 ...................................4 13 3 9 9th Harold G. Olsen
    1932 ...................................9 9 5 7 6th Harold G. Olsen
    1933 .................................17 3 10 2 T1st Harold G. Olsen
    1934 ...................................8 12 4 8 T8th Harold G. Olsen
    1935 .................................12 7 8 4 T4th Harold G. Olsen
    1936 .................................12 8 5 7 T6th Harold G. Olsen
    1937 .................................13 7 7 5 T5th Harold G. Olsen
    1938 .................................12 8 7 5 T3rd Harold G. Olsen
    1939• ...............................16 7 10 2 1st Harold G. Olsen
    1940 .................................13 7 8 4 3rd Harold G. Olsen
    1941 .................................10 10 7 5 T3rd Harold G. Olsen
    1942 ...................................6 14 4 11 9th Harold G. Olsen
    1943 ...................................8 9 5 7 T6th Harold G. Olsen
    1944• ...............................15 6 10 2 1st Harold G. Olsen
    1945• ...............................15 5 10 2 2nd Harold G. Olsen
    1946• ...............................16 5 10 2 1st Harold G. Olsen
    Totals 260 196 154 135
    1947 ...................................7 13 5 7 T6th William H. H. Dye
    1948 .................................10 10 5 7 T6th William H. H. Dye
    1949 .................................14 7 6 6 T4th William H. H. Dye
    1950• ...............................22 4 11 1 1st William H. H. Dye
    Totals 53 34 27 21
    Overall Big Ten
    Year W L W L Pl. Head Coach
    1951 ...................................6 16 3 11 T9th Floyd S. Stahl
    1952 ...................................8 14 6 8 5th Floyd S. Stahl
    1953 .................................10 12 7 11 7th Floyd S. Stahl
    1954 .................................11 11 5 9 7th Floyd S. Stahl
    1955 .................................10 12 4 10 10th Floyd S. Stahl
    1956 .................................16 6 9 5 T3rd Floyd S. Stahl
    1957 .................................14 8 9 5 T3rd Floyd S. Stahl
    1958 ...................................9 13 8 6 T4th Floyd S. Stahl
    Totals 84 92 51 65
    1959 .................................11 11 7 7 T5th Fred R. Taylor
    1960• ...............................25 3 13 1 1st Fred R. Taylor
    1961• ...............................27 1 14 0 1st Fred R. Taylor
    1962• ...............................26 2 13 1 1st Fred R. Taylor
    1963 .................................20 4 11 3 T1st Fred R. Taylor
    1964 .................................16 8 11 3 T1st Fred R. Taylor
    1965 .................................12 12 6 8 6th Fred R. Taylor
    1966 .................................11 13 5 9 8th Fred R. Taylor
    1967 .................................13 11 6 8 T7th Fred R. Taylor
    1968• ...............................21 8 10 4 T1st Fred R. Taylor
    1969 .................................17 7 9 5 T2nd Fred R. Taylor
    1970 .................................17 7 8 6 T2nd Fred R. Taylor
    1971• ...............................20 6 13 1 1st Fred R. Taylor
    1972 .................................18 6 10 4 2nd Fred R. Taylor
    1973 .................................14 10 8 6 T3rd Fred R. Taylor
    1974 ...................................9 15 4 10 8th Fred R. Taylor
    1975 .................................14 14 8 10 6th Fred R. Taylor
    1976 ...................................6 20 2 16 10th Fred R. Taylor
    Totals 297 158 158 102
    1977 ...................................9 18 4 14 10th Eldon Miller
    1978 .................................16 11 9 9 6th Eldon Miller
    1979x ................................19 12 12 6 4th Eldon Miller
    1980• ...............................21 8 12 6 2nd Eldon Miller
    1981 .................................14 13 9 9 T5th Eldon Miller
    1982• ...............................21 10 12 6 T2nd Eldon Miller
    1983• ...............................20 10 11 7 T2nd Eldon Miller
    1984x ................................15 14 8 10 T5th Eldon Miller
    1985• ...............................20 10 11 7 T3rd Eldon Miller
    1986x ................................19 14 8 10 7th Eldon Miller
    Totals 174 120 96 84
    1987• ...............................20 13 9 9 6th Gary Williams
    1988x ................................20 13 9 9 6th Gary Williams
    1989x ................................19 15 6 12 T8th Gary Williams
    Totals 59 41 24 30
    1990• ...............................17 13 10 8 6th Randy Ayers
    1991• ...............................27 4 15 3 T1st Randy Ayers
    1992• ...............................26 6 15 3 1st Randy Ayers
    1993x ................................15 13 8 10 7th Randy Ayers
    1994 .................................13 16 6 12 T8th Randy Ayers
    1995 ...................................6 22 2 16 10th Randy Ayers
    1996 .................................10 17 3 15 10th Randy Ayers
    1997 .................................10 17 5 13 9th Randy Ayers
    Totals 124 108 64 80
    1998 ...................................8 22 1 15 11th Jim O’Brien
    &1999 .................................1 1 1 1 -- Jim O’Brien
    &2000 ...............................11 3 5 1 -- Jim O’Brien
    &2001 .................................0 0 0 0 -- Jim O’Brien
    &2002 .................................0 0 0 0 -- Jim O’Brien
    2003x ................................17 15 7 9 T8th Jim O’Brien
    2004 .................................14 16 6 10 9th Jim O’Brien
    Totals 51 57 20 36
    2005 .................................20 12 8 8 6th Thad Matta
    2006• ...............................26 6 12 4 1st Thad Matta
    2007• ...............................35 4 15 1 1st Thad Matta
    2008x ................................24 13 10 8 5th Thad Matta
    Totals 105 35 45 21
    109 years 1,414 978 673 643
    • NCAA Tournament // x National Inv. Tournament // T Indicates tie
    &113 games (82-31) vacated by NCAA from 1998-99 through 2001-02

    TEAM RECORDS
    SEASON FIELD GOALS MADE
    1. 1,044 1959-60 .............................................................. 28 games
    2. 1,029 2006-07 ...............................................................39 games
    3. 1,002 1988-89 ...............................................................31 games
    4. 998 1986-87 ............................................................... 33 games
    5. 987 1990-91 ...............................................................31 games
    6. 986 1998-99 ...............................................................36 games
    GAME FIELD GOALS MADE
    1. 50 (86) Delaware 1/11/60 ......................... .581
    2. 49 (85) Michigan State 1/30/60 .......................... .576
    3. 48 (82) at Butler 1/6/69 ............................ .585
    48 (81) Stetson 11/30/77 ........................ .592
    5. 46 (92) Michigan 2/28/59 .......................... .500
    46 (90) Illinois 2/24/62 .......................... .511
    46 (79) Purdue 1/6/68 ............................ .582
    46 (77) Chicago State 11/30/91 ........................ .597
    SEASON FIELD GOALS ATTEMPTED
    1. 2,178 2006-07 ...............................................................39 games
    2. 2,066 1988-89 ...............................................................34 games
    3. 2,032 1986-87 .............................................................. 33 games
    4. 2,108 1998-99 ...............................................................36 games
    5. 2,101 1959-60 ...............................................................28 games
    6. 2,052 2007-08 ...............................................................37 games
    7. 1,961 1961-62 ............................................................. 28 games

    GAME FIELD GOALS ATTEMPTED
    1. 103 @Miami, Fla. ..................................................... 12/21/53
    2. 100 @Michigan .......................................................... 1/10/59
    3. 99 Michigan ................................................................ 3/9/53
    4. 97 Duke ................................................................... 12/30/64
    5. 96 @Indiana ............................................................. 1/12/48
    96 @Michigan .......................................................... 2/19/51
    96 @Wisconsin .......................................................... 2/8/60
    96 @Detroit ............................................................ 12/22/62
    SEASON FIELD GOAL PERCENTAGE
    1. .544 1969-70 .............................................................831-1,527
    2. .514 1990-91 .............................................................987-1,919
    3. .504 1984-85 .............................................................930-1,845
    4. .498 1960-61 .............................................................939-1,886
    5. .497 1959-60 ..........................................................1,044-2,101
    GAME FIELD GOAL PERCENTAGE
    1. .723 @Minnesota 1/22/81 ........................34-47
    2. .714 Presbyterian 12/15/07 ......................35-49
    .714 Iowa 1/26/84 ........................25-35
    4. .698 @Michigan 2/12/81 ........................44-63
    .698 vs. Toledo 12/3/97 ........................30-43
    6. .685 @Michigan St. 2/10/70 ........................37-54

    TEAM RECORDS
    SEASON FREE THROWS MADE
    1. 687 1986-87 ...............................................................33 games
    2. 629 1987-88 ...............................................................33 games
    3. 602 1985-86 .............................................................. 33 games
    4. 596 1988-89 ...............................................................34 games
    5. 560 2006-07 ...............................................................39 games
    6. 551 1990-91 ...............................................................31 games
    551 1955-56 ...............................................................22 games
    GAME FREE THROWS MADE
    1. 38 Washington State ............................................... 12/21/68
    2. 37 Akron ..................................................................... 12/5/85
    3. 36 Northern Illinois ..................................................... 12/8/69
    36 Pittsburgh ............................................................ 12/20/52
    36 Indiana ..................................................................... 2/4/56
    36 Pittsburgh .............................................................. 12/3/57
    36 Arizona State ....................................................... 12/18/82
    36 Missouri-St. Louis ............................................... 11/28/87
    SEASON FREE THROWS ATTEMPTED
    1. 904 1986-87 ...............................................................33 games
    2. 854 1987-88 ...............................................................33 games
    3. 826 1998-99 ...............................................................36 games
    4. 804 1985-86 ...............................................................33 games
    5. 797 2006-07 ...............................................................39 games
    6. 795 2001-02 ...............................................................32 games
    GAME FREE THROWS ATTEMPTED
    1. 56 at Wisconsin .......................................................... 2/20/56
    2. 54 Pittsburgh ............................................................ 12/20/52
    3. 50 Pittsburgh .............................................................. 12/3/57
    4. 49 Northwestern ...................................................... 12/29/52
    5. 47 Missouri-St. Louis ............................................... 11/28/87
    SEASON FREE THROW PCT.
    1. .808 1969-70 ..................................................................452-559
    2. .765 1983-84 ..................................................................276-622
    3. .762 1988-89 ..................................................................596-782
    4. .760 1986-87 ..................................................................687-904
    5. .759 1982-83 ..................................................................506-667
    GAME FREE THROW PERCENTAGE
    1. 1.000 Michigan ............................................1/15/03 16-16
    1.000 @Indiana .............................................2/3/79 14-14
    1.000 Purdue ..................................................1/8/77 11-11
    1.000 Indiana .................................................1/3/76 10-10
    1.000 @Illinois ............................................2/17/73 10-10

    CAREER 3-POINT FIELD GOALS MADE
    1. 242 Jamar Butler .............................................................. 2005-08
    2. 153 Brent Darby ................................................................ 2000-03
    153 Scoonie Penn ............................................................. 1999-00
    4. 147 Sean Connolly ............................................................ 2001-03
    147 Neshaun Coleman ...................................................... 1996-99
    6. 144 Jamie Skelton ............................................................ 1991-94
    7. 139 Je’Kel Foster .............................................................. 2005-06
    139 Tony Stockman ........................................................... 2004-05
    9. 129 Ivan Harris .................................................................. 2004-07
    10. 126 Michael Redd ............................................................. 1998-00
    SEASON 3-POINT FIELD GOALS MADE
    1. 104 Jamar Butler ....................................................................2008
    2. 88 Scoonie Penn ...................................................................1999
    3. 78 Doug Etzler .......................................................................1995
    4. 76 Jamar Butler ....................................................................2007
    5. 77 Je’Kel Foster ....................................................................2006
    6. 73 Tony Stockman .................................................................2004
    7. 67 Dennis Hopson .................................................................1987
    8. 66 Tony Stockman .................................................................2005
    66 Sean Connolly ..................................................................2003
    10. 65 Scoonie Penn ...................................................................2000
    GAME 3-POINT FIELD GOALS MADE
    1. 9 Jay Burson vs. Florida ............................................... 12-27-88
    2. 8 Doug Etzler vs. G. Mason ............................................. 1-8-95
    3. 7 Je’Kel Foster vs. Minnesota ......................................... 2-4-06
    4. 6 Jamar Butler vs. Purdue .............................................. 1-12-08
    6 Je’Kel Foster vs. Illinois .............................................. 2-12-06
    6 Je’Kel Foster vs. Iowa State ..................................... 12-17-05
    6 Je’Kel Foster at LSU ................................................... 1-15-05
    6 Tony Stockman vs. Delaware .................................... 11-19-04
    6 Tony Stockman vs. N’western ....................................... 2-4-04
    6 Sean Connolly vs. Radford ........................................ 12-23-02
    6 Scoonie Penn vs. Wisconsin ....................................... 2-24-99
    6 Scoonie Penn at Iowa ................................................. 2-13-99
    6 Michael Redd vs. Fla. Atl. ......................................... 12-17-98
    6 Michael Redd vs. Oakland ........................................ 11-13-98
    6 Doug Etzler at Indiana ................................................. 1-28-95
    6 Doug Etzler at Iowa .................................................... 2-18-95
    CAREER 3-POINT
    FIELD GOALS ATTEMPTED
    1. 650 Jamar Butler .............................................................. 2005-08
    2. 437 Scoonie Penn ............................................................. 1999-00
    3. 436 Neshaun Coleman ...................................................... 1996-99
    4. 423 Brent Darby ................................................................ 2000-03
    5. 422 Jamie Skelton ............................................................ 1991-94
    6. 404 Tony Stockman ........................................................... 2004-05
    7. 395 Michael Redd ............................................................. 1998-00
    8. 368 Sean Connolly ............................................................ 2001-03
    9. 337 Je’Kel Foster .............................................................. 2005-06
    10. 324 Ivan Harris .................................................................. 2004-07
    SEASON 3-POINT
    FIELD GOALS ATTEMPTED
    1. 271 Jamar Butler ....................................................................2008
    2. 229 Scoonie Penn ...................................................................1999
    3. 208 Scoonie Penn ...................................................................2000
    4. 202 Jamar Butler ....................................................................2007
    202 Tony Stockman .................................................................2005
    202 Tony Stockman .................................................................2004
    7. 192 Je’Kel Foster ....................................................................2006
    8. 186 Ron Lewis .........................................................................2007
    9. 178 Doug Etzler .......................................................................1995
    10. 174 Jamie Skelton ..................................................................1994
    GAME 3-POINT
    FIELD GOALS ATTEMPTED
    1. 14 Jon Diebler vs. North Carolina ................................. 11-28-07
    14 Scoonie Penn vs. Penn State ...................................... 3-10-00
    3. 13 Tony Stockman vs. Penn State ...................................... 3-3-04
    13 Tony Stockman at Michigan ........................................ 2-29-04
    13 Jamie Skelton vs. Penn State ...................................... 1-6-93
    13 Jay Burson vs. Florida .............................................. 12-27-88
    7. 12 Scoonie Penn at Iowa ................................................. 2-13-99
    12 Doug Etzler at Iowa .................................................... 2-18-95
    12 Jamie Skelton vs. Iowa ................................................ 1-9-93
    10. 11 Ivan Harris at Wisconsin ............................................... 1-9-07
    11 Tony Stockman at LSU ................................................ 1-15-05
    11 Tony Stockman vs. Iowa .............................................. 2-18-04
    11 Scoonie Penn vs. Iowa .................................................. 2-9-00
    11 Neshaun Coleman vs. Iowa ....................................... 2-22-97
    11 Damon Stringer vs. SDSU ........................................ 12-13-96
    11 Doug Etzler vs. G. Mason ............................................. 1-8-95
    11 Doug Etzler at Indiana ................................................ 1-28-95
    11 J. Skelton Miami, O. .................................................. 3-17-93
    11 M. Redd vs. N. Mexico St. ....................................... 12-29-97

    CAREER 3-POINT
    FIELD GOAL PERCENTAGE
    1. .446 Doug Etzler, 1992-95 .................................................. 107-240
    2. .412 Je’Kel Foster, 2005-06 ............................................... 139-337
    3. .399 Sean Connolly, 2001-03 ............................................. 147-368
    4. .398 Ivan Harris, 2004-07 ................................................... 129-324
    5. .388 Jamaal Brown, 1989-92 ............................................. 109-281
    6. .382 Chris Jent, 1989-92 .................................................... 112-293
    7. .378 Brian Brown, 1999-02 ................................................ 107-283
    8. .372 Jamar Butler, 2005-08 ................................................ 242-650
    9. .361 Brent Darby, 2000-03 ................................................. 153-423
    10. .350 Scoonie Penn, 1999-00 .............................................. 153-437
    SEASON 3-POINT
    FIELD GOAL PERCENTAGE
    1. .438 Doug Etzler, 1995 ......................................................78-178
    2. .430 Damon Stringer, 1997 ...............................................55-128
    3. .428 Je’Kel Foster, 2005 ....................................................62-145
    4. .419 Dennis Hopson, 1987 ................................................67-160
    5. .415 Daequan Cook, 2007 .................................................54-130
    6. .407 Sean Connolly, 2003 .................................................66-162
    7. .401 Je’Kel Foster, 2006 ....................................................77-192
    8. .392 Ivan Harris, 2007 .......................................................58-148
    9. .384 Scoonie Penn, 1999 ..................................................88-229
    10. .3837 Jamar Butler, 2008 ..................................................104-271
    GAME 3-POINT
    FIELD GOAL PERCENTAGE (MIN. 5 ATT.)
    1. 1.00 Brian Brown vs. Fla. St., 11/23/00 ................................... (5-5)
    1.00 Rick Yudt vs. Morgan St., 12/22/94 ................................. (5-5)
    3. .875 Je’Kel Foster vs. Minnesota, 2/4/06 ............................... (7-8)
    4. .856 Je’Kel Foster at LSU, 1/15/05 ......................................... (6-7)
    5. .833 Jamar Butler vs. Purdue, 3/4/08 ...................................... (5-6)
    .833 Jon Diebler at Cleveland State, 12/18/07) ...................... (5-6)
    .833 Je’Kel Foster at Michigan, 2/9/06 ................................... (5-6)
    .833 Damon Stringer vs. N’western, 1/17/96 ......................... (5-6)
    .833 Jamaal Brown at USC, 12/21/91 ..................................... (5-6)
    10. .800 Jamar Butler vs. Northwestern (1/17/07) ....................... (4-5)
    .800 Je’Kel Foster vs. Chicago St., 11/20/05 .......................... (4-5)
    .800 B. Brown vs. Mich. St., 2/26/02 ...................................... (4-5)
    .800 Michael Redd vs. UT-Martin, 12/14/98 ........................... (4-5)
    .800 Michael Redd at Penn St., 2/27/99 ................................. (4-5)
    .800 Jon Sanderson vs. Tenn. Tech, 11/24/98 ......................... (4-5)
    .800 M. Redd vs. Vanderbilt, 11/29/97 .................................... (4-5)
    .800 Jim Jackson vs. American , 12/29/91 ............................. (4-5)
    .800 Dennis Hopson vs. Wisconsin, 1/17/87 .......................... (4-5)
    SEASON 3-POINT
    FIELD GOALS MADE
    1. 287 2006-07 ....................................................................39 games
    2. 262 2005-06 ....................................................................32 games
    3. 259 2004-05 ....................................................................32 games
    4. 252 2007-08 ....................................................................37 games
    5. 218 1998-99 ....................................................................36 games
    6. 175 2001-02 ....................................................................32 games
    7. 169 2000-01 ....................................................................31 games
    8. 160 1994-95 ....................................................................28 games
    9. 156 2002-03 ....................................................................32 games
    10. 151 1991-92 ....................................................................32 games
    GAME 3-POINT FIELD GOALS MADE
    1. 18 at LSU ..........................................................................1/15/05
    2. 17 Chattanooga ..............................................................11/27/04
    3. 15 at Michigan ...................................................................2/9/06
    15 at Clemson ..................................................................12/1/04
    5. 14 Norfolk State .............................................................12/12/05
    6. 13 at North Carolina ......................................................11/29/06
    13 vs. Youngstown State ...............................................11/24/06
    13 Kent State .................................................................11/12/06
    13 Virginia Military Institute (VMI) ................................11/10/06
    13 Illinois ..........................................................................2/12/06
    13 Florida A&M ................................................................1/30/06
    13 Purdue .........................................................................2/23/02
    13 Santa Clara ...............................................................12/12/01
    13 Oakland .....................................................................11/13/98
    SEASON 3-POINT
    FIELD GOALS ATTEMPTED
    1. 794 2006-07 ....................................................................39 games
    2. 748 2007-08 ....................................................................37 games
    3. 718 2005-06 ....................................................................32 games
    4. 716 2004-05 ....................................................................32 games
    5. 611 1998-99 ....................................................................36 games
    6. 466 2001-02 ....................................................................32 games
    7. 458 1997-98 ....................................................................30 games
    8. 456 1999-00 ....................................................................30 games
    9. 453 2003-04 ....................................................................32 games
    10. 443 2000-01 ....................................................................31 games
    GAME 3-POINT
    FIELD GOALS ATTEMPTED
    1. 36 Florida A&M ................................................................1/30/06
    2. 35 Chattanooga ..............................................................11/27/04
    3. 34 Virginia Military Institute (VMI) ................................11/10/06
    34 at LSU ..........................................................................1/15/05
    5. 33 North Carolina ...........................................................11/28/07
    6. 32 Norfolk State .............................................................12/12/05
    7. 31 vs. Penn State .............................................................3/10/05
    8. 30 vs. Penn State .............................................................3/10/06
    30 Santa Clara ...............................................................12/12/01
    10. 29 vs. Youngstorwn State ..............................................11/24/06
    29 at Illinois .......................................................................1/6/07
    29 Michigan State ...........................................................1/15/06
    29 New Hampshire ........................................................12/28/04
    SEASON 3-POINT
    FIELD GOAL PERCENTAGE
    1. .429 1982-83 ........................................................................ 45-105
    2. .418 1986-87 ...................................................................... 119-285
    3. .396 1994-95 ...................................................................... 160-404
    4. .394 1991-92 ...................................................................... 151-383
    5. .388 1988-89 ...................................................................... 118-304
    GAME 3-POINT
    FIELD GOAL PERCENTAGE
    1. 1.000 Youngstown State ....................................12/16/82 1-1
    1.000 Indiana .........................................................1/8/83 2-2
    1.000 Northwestern .............................................2/17/83 2-2
    1.000 Purdue ..........................................................3/5/83 3-3
    1.000 Minnesota ..................................................1/23/88 1-1
    YEARLY 3-POINT FIELD GOAL
    PCT. LEADERS (min 50 atts.)
    Year Name Pct. FG-A
    1987 Curtis Wilson .......................... .462 30-65
    1988 Jay Burson .............................. .462 24-52
    1989 Jay Burson .............................. .365 27-74
    1990 Alex Davis ............................... .358 38-106
    1991 Chris Jent ................................ .405 32-79
    1992 Jamaal Brown ......................... .423 41-97
    1993 Greg Simpson ......................... .378 28-74
    1994 Greg Simpson ......................... .418 38-91
    1995 Doug Etzler .............................. .438 78-178
    1996 Rick Yudt ................................. .375 33-88
    1997 Damon Stringer ....................... .430 55-128
    1998 Neshaun Coleman .................. .344 43-125
    1999 Scoonie Penn .......................... .384 88-229
    2000 Brian Brown ............................ .327 17-52
    2001 Sean Connolly ......................... .417 45-108
    2002 Brian Brown ............................ .386 34-88
    2003 Sean Connolly ......................... .407 66-162
    2004 Tony Stockman ........................ .361 73-202
    2005 J.J. Sullingers ......................... .446 25-56
    2006 Jamar Butler ........................... .414 42-124
    2007 Daequan Cook ......................... .415 54-130
    2008 Jamar Butler ........................... .384 104-271



    Big Ten Player of the Year

    Big Ten Coach of the Year

    • Eldon Miller (1983)
    • Randy Ayers (1991, 1992)
    • Jim O’Brien (1999, 2001)
    • Thad Matta (2006)

    All award data taken from [1]

    All-Time statistical leaders

    Career leaders

    • Points Scored: Dennis Hopson(2,096)
    • Assists: Jamar Butler (517)
    • Rebounds: Jerry Lucas (1,411)
    • Steals: Jay Burson (204)

    Single-season Leaders

    • Points Scored: Dennis Hopson (958, 1987)
    • Assists: Mike Conley, Jr. (238, 2007)
    • Rebounds: Jerry Lucas (499, 1962)
    • Steals: Curtis Wilson (74, 1987)

    Single-game leaders

    • Points Scored: Gary Bradds (49, 1964)
    • Assists: Curtis Wilson (14, 1988)
    • Rebounds: Frank Howard (32, 1956)
    • Steals: Troy Taylor (8, 1983)
    TOP FIVE POINTS IN A SEASON
      1- Dennis Hopson       858     33 Avg  in 1987
      2- Gary Bradds           735     24 Avg  in 1964
      3- Robin Freeman        723     27 Avg  in 1956
      4- Jim Jackson             718     32 Avg  in 1992
      5- Jerry Lucas              710     27 Avg  in 1960

    SEASON REBOUND LEADERS
      1-  Jerry Lucas              17.8  in  1962
      2-  Jerry Lucas              17.4  in  1961
      3-  Jerry Lucas              16.4  in  1960
      4-  Frank Howard         15.3  in  1957
      5-  Frank Howard         13.6  in  1958

    SEASON FIELD GOAL % LEADERS
      1-  Jerry Lucas        63.7%  in 1960
      2-  Jason Singleton  63.5%  in 1999
      3-  Jerry Lucas        62.3%  in 1961
      4-  Greg Oden         61.6%  in 2007
      5-  Jerry Lucas         61.1%  in 1962

    1,000 POINT SCORERS
    DENNIS HOPSON — 2,096
    Year G FGM FTM Pts Avg.
    1983-84 29 63 29 155 5.3
    1984-85 30 120 53 293 9.8
    1985-86 33 275 140 690 20.9
    1986-87 33 338 215 958 29.0
    Totals 125 796 437 2,096 16.8
    HERB WILLIAMS — 2,011
    Year G FGM FTM Pts Avg.
    1977-78 27 196 60 452 16.7
    1978-79 31 253 111 617 20.0
    1979-80 29 206 97 509 17.6
    1980-81 27 179 75 433 16.0
    Totals 114 834 343 2,011 17.6
    JERRY LUCAS — 1,990
    Year G FGM FTM Pts Avg.
    1959-60 27 283 144 710 26.3
    1960-61 27 256 159 671 24.9
    1961-62 28 237 135 609 21.8
    Totals 82 776 438 1,990 24.3
    KELVIN RANSEY — 1,934
    Year G FGM FTM Pts Avg.
    1976-77 25 149 29 327 13.1
    1977-78 27 207 60 474 17.6
    1978-79 31 282 100 664 21.4
    1979-80 29 189 91 469 16.2
    Totals 112 827 280 1,934 17.3
    MICHAEL REDD — 1,879
    Year G FGM FTM Pts Avg.
    1997-98 30 241 130 658 21.9
    1998-99 36 261 135 703 19.5
    1999-00 30 197 90 518 17.3
    Totals 96 699 355 1,879 19.6
    JIM JACKSON — 1,785
    Year G FGM FTM Pts Avg.
    1989-90 30 194 73 482 16.1
    1990-91 31 228 112 585 18.9
    1991-92 32 264 146 718 22.4
    Totals 93 686 331 1,785 19.2
    JAY BURSON — 1,756
    Year G FGM FTM Pts Avg.
    1985-86 32 75 39 189 5.9
    1986-87 33 164 69 412 12.5
    1987-88 33 227 147 625 18.9
    1988-89 24 183 137 530 22.1
    Totals 122 649 392 1,756 14.4
    DAVE SORENSON — 1,622
    Year G FGM FTM Pts Avg.
    1967-68 29 196 82 474 16.3
    1968-69 24 217 133 567 23.6
    1969-70 24 223 135 581 24.2
    Totals 77 636 350 1,622 21.1
    PERRY CARTER — 1,613
    Year G FGM FTM Pts Avg.
    1987-88 33 129 65 323 9.8
    1988-89 33 190 88 468 14.2
    1989-90 29 172 96 440 15.2
    1990-91 31 154 74 382 12.3
    Totals 126 645 323 1,613 12.8
    ROBIN FREEMAN — 1,597
    Year G FGM FTM Pts Avg.
    1953-54 22 185 95 465 21.1
    1954-55 13 149 111 409 31.5
    1955-56 22 259 205 723 32.9
    Totals 57 593 411 1,597 28.0
    ALLAN HORNYAK — 1,572
    Year G FGM FTM Pts Avg.
    1970-71 26 232 121 585 22.5
    1971-72 19 148 115 411 21.6
    1972-73 24 224 128 576 24.0
    Totals 69 604 364 1,572 22.8
    TERENCE DIALS — 1,566
    Year G FGM FTM Pts Avg.
    2001-02 32 86 42 214 6.7
    2002-03 6 15 12 42 7.0
    2003-04 30 111 91 313 10.4
    2004-05 32 198 113 509 15.9
    2005-06 32 194 100 488 15.3
    Totals 132 604 358 1,566 11.9
    GARY BRADDS — 1,530
    Year G FGM FTM Pts Avg.
    1961-62 26 50 23 123 4.7
    1962-63 24 237 198 672 28.0
    1963-64 24 276 183 735 30.6
    Totals 74 563 484 1,530 20.7
    TONY CAMPBELL — 1,529
    Year G FGM FTM Pts Avg.
    1980-81 14 10 3 23 1.6
    1981-82 31 151 95 397 12.8
    1982-83 30 227 115 569 19.0
    1983-84 29 201 138 540 18.6
    Totals 104 589 351 1,529 14.7
    TROY TAYLOR — 1,497
    Year G FGM FTM Pts Avg.
    1981-82 31 77 84 238 7.7
    1982-83 30 130 108 380 12.7
    1983-84 29 154 98 406 14.0
    1984-85 30 190 92 473 15.8
    Totals 120 551 382 1,497 12.5
    JERRY FRANCIS — 1,486
    Year G FGM FTM Pts Avg.
    1985-86 33 80 40 200 6.1
    1986-87 33 131 106 368 11.2
    1987-88 33 178 134 507 15.4
    1988-89 34 157 134 411 12.1
    Totals 133 546 360 1,486 11.2
    BILL HOSKET — 1,441
    Year G FGM FTM Pts Avg.
    1965-66 24 179 87 445 18.5
    1966-67 21 154 104 412 19.6
    1967-68 29 228 128 584 20.1
    Totals 74 561 319 1,441 19.5
    PAUL EBERT — 1,436
    Year G FGM FTM Pts Avg.
    1951-52 22 168 107 443 20.1
    1952-53 22 166 145 477 21.7
    1953-54 22 176 164 516 23.5
    Totals 66 510 416 1,436 21.8
    LARRY BOLDEN — 1,408
    Year G FGM FTM Pts Avg.
    1973-74 24 126 45 297 12.4
    1974-75 28 186 77 449 16.0
    1975-76 24 139 66 344 14.3
    1976-77 27 114 90 318 11.8
    Totals 103 565 278 1,408 13.7
    BRIAN BROWN — 1,384
    Year G FGM FTM Pts Avg.
    1998-99 36 52 27 147 4.1
    1999-00 30 96 59 268 8.9
    2000-01 31 158 93 449 14.5
    2001-02 32 183 120 520 16.3
    Totals 129 489 299 1,384 10.7
    BRENT DARBY — 1,368
    Year G FGM FTM Pts Avg.
    1999-00 27 23 14 76 2.8
    2000-01 31 99 59 297 9.6
    2001-02 32 125 117 409 12.8
    2002-03 32 163 205 586 18.3
    Totals 122 410 395 1,368 11.2

    1,000 POINT SCORERS
    JIM CLEAMONS — 1,335
    Year G FGM FTM Pts Avg.
    1968-69 24 137 125 399 16.6
    1969-70 24 211 96 518 21.6
    1970-71 24 157 104 418 17.4
    Totals 72 505 325 1,335 18.5
    JAMAR BUTLER — 1,313
    Year G FGM FTM Pts Avg.
    2004-05 32 36 28 114 3.6
    2005-06 31 96 74 314 10.1
    2006-07 39 104 47 331 8.5
    2007-08 37 184 82 554 15.0
    Totals 139 420 231 1,313 9.4
    CLARK KELLOGG — 1,285
    Year G FGM FTM Pts Avg.
    1979-80 29 136 63 335 11.6
    1980-81 27 190 88 468 17.3
    1981-82 30 213 56 482 16.1
    Totals 86 539 207 1,285 14.9
    RONNIE STOKES — 1,240
    Year G FGM FTM Pts Avg.
    1981-82 31 62 77 201 6.5
    1982-83 30 74 123 274 9.1
    1983-84 29 120 109 349 12.0
    1984-85 30 165 86 416 13.9
    Totals 120 421 395 1,240 10.3
    LARRY SIEGFRIED — 1,228
    Year G FGM FTM Pts Avg.
    1958-59 22 148 136 432 19.6
    1959-60 28 145 81 371 13.3
    1960-61 28 151 123 425 15.2
    Totals 78 444 340 1,228 15.7
    JOHN HAVLICEK — 1,223
    Year G FGM FTM Pts Avg.
    1959-60 28 144 53 341 12.2
    1960-61 28 173 61 407 14.5
    1961-62 28 196 83 475 17.0
    Total 84 513 197 1,223 14.6
    LUKE WITTE — 1,211
    Year G FGM FTM Pts Avg.
    1970-71 26 202 88 492 18.9
    1971-72 23 153 84 390 17.0
    1972-73 24 137 55 329 13.7
    Totals 73 492 227 1,211 16.6
    LAWRENCE FUNDERBURKE — 1,179
    Year G FGM FTM Pts Avg.
    1991-92 23 115 51 281 12.2
    1992-93 28 186 84 457 16.3
    1993-94 29 188 63 441 15.2
    Totals 80 489 198 1,179 14.7
    FRANK HOWARD — 1,147
    Year G FGM FTM Pts Avg.
    1955-56 22 122 89 333 15.1
    1956-57 22 170 102 442 20.1
    1957-58 22 153 66 372 16.9
    Totals 66 445 257 1,147 17.4
    JAMAAL BROWN — 1,139
    Year G FGM FTM Pts Avg.
    1988-89 34 72 51 217 6.4
    1989-90 30 80 62 234 7.8
    1990-91 31 126 85 371 12.0
    1991-92 32 110 56 317 9.9
    Totals 127 388 254 1,139 9.0
    RICHARD SCHNITTKER — 1,129
    Year G FGM FTM Pts Avg.
    1946-47 2 1 0 2 1.0
    1947-48 20 116 90 322 16.1
    1948-49 19 125 86 336 17.7
    1949-50 22 158 153 469 21.3
    Totals 63 400 329 1,129 17.9
    BRAD SELLERS — 1,122
    Year G FGM FTM Pts Avg.
    1984-85 30 186 97 469 15.6
    1985-86 33 234 185 653 19.8
    Totals 63 420 282 1,122 17.8
    CURTIS WILSON — 1,120
    Year G FGM FTM Pts Avg.
    1983-84 27 12 53 173 7.9
    1985-86 33 89 70 248 7.5
    1986-87 33 160 121 471 14.3
    1987-88 33 125 89 368 11.3
    Totals 126 386 292 1,120 8.9
    RON SEPIC — 1,107
    Year G FGM FTM Pts Avg.
    1964-65 24 150 63 363 15.1
    1965-66 24 155 61 371 15.5
    1966-67 24 146 81 373 15.5
    Totals 72 451 205 1,107 15.4
    MEL NOWELL — 1,100
    Year G FGM FTM Pts Avg.
    1959-60 28 156 56 368 13.1
    1960-61 28 155 70 380 13.6
    1961-62 28 140 72 352 12.6
    Totals 84 451 198 1,100 13.1
    SCOONIE PENN — 1,076
    Year G FGM FTM Pts Avg.
    1998-99 36 202 117 609 16.9
    1999-00 30 147 108 467 15.6
    Totals 66 349 225 1,076 16.3
    CARTER SCOTT — 1,073
    Year G FGM FTM Pts Avg.
    1977-78 26 78 36 192 7.4
    1978-79 31 112 68 292 9.4
    1979-80 28 123 46 292 10.4
    1980-81 27 123 51 297 11.0
    Totals 112 436 201 1,073 9.6
    JAMIE SKELTON — 1,055
    Year G FGM FTM Pts Avg.
    1990-91 29 45 22 131 4.5
    1991-92 29 45 22 131 4.5
    1992-93 28 135 73 398 14.2
    1993-94 29 157 165 433 14.9
    Totals 117 373 165 1,055 9.0
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    KEN JOHNSON — 1,055
    Year G FGM FTM Pts Avg.
    1997-98 30 79 45 203 6.8
    1998-99 36 98 35 231 6.4
    1999-00 30 94 47 235 7.8
    2000-01 31 145 96 386 12.5
    Totals 127 416 223 1,055 8.3
    BILL ANDREAS — 1,023
    Year G FGM FTM Pts Avg.
    1972-73 22 73 15 161 7.3
    1973-74 22 156 33 345 15.7
    1974-75 27 210 97 517 19.1
    Totals 71 439 145 1,023 14.4
    JASON SINGLETON — 1,022
    Year G FGM FTM Pts Avg.
    1995-96 27 65 18 149 5.5
    1996-97 27 94 57 245 9.1
    1997-98 29 137 35 309 10.7
    1998-99 36 129 61 319 8.9
    Totals 119 425 171 1,022 8.6
    CHRIS JENT — 1,007
    Year G FGM FTM Pts Avg.
    1988-89 30 53 27 148 4.9
    1989-90 30 76 23 205 6.8
    1990-91 31 90 38 250 8.1
    1991-92 32 152 65 404 12.6
    Totals 123 371 153 1,007 8.2
    REBOUND RECORDS
    CAREER REBOUND LEADERS
    1. 1,411 Jerry Lucas ..............................................1960-62
    2. 1,111 Herb Williams .........................................1978-81
    3. 989 Perry Carter .............................................1988-91
    4. 910 Bill Hosket Jr. ..........................................1966-68
    5. 876 Terence Dials ..................................... 2002/04-06
    6. 872 Clark Kellogg ...........................................1980-82
    7. 819 Luke Witte ...............................................1971-73
    8. 761 Dave Sorenson ........................................1968-70
    9 739 Ken Johnson ...........................................1998-01
    10. 720 John Havlicek ..........................................1960-62
    SEASON REBOUND LEADERS
    1. 499 Jerry Lucas ...................................................1962
    2. 470 Jerry Lucas ...................................................1961
    3. 442 Jerry Lucas ...................................................1960
    4. 416 Brad Sellers ..................................................1986
    5. 336 Frank Howard ...............................................1957
    6. 332 Bill Hosket Jr. ...............................................1968
    7. 331 Luke Witte ....................................................1971
    8. 325 Herb Williams ..............................................1979
    9. 324 Clark Kellogg ................................................1981
    10. 322 Gary Bradds ..................................................1964
    GAME REBOUND LEADERS
    1. 32 F. Howard vs. BYU .......................................12/29/56
    2. 30 Jerry Lucas vs. Indiana .................................3/10/62
    30 Jerry Lucas vs. Kentucky ..............................3/18/61
    30 Jerry Lucas vs. UCLA ..................................12/28/61
    5. 28 Jerry Lucas vs. W. Forest ..............................12/1/59
    6. 25 Jerry Lucas vs. W. Ky. .................................11/11/60
    25 F. Howard vs. Manhattan ............................12/28/56
    1. 32 Frank Howard vs. BYU ..........................12/29/56
    2. 30 Jerry Lucas vs. Indiana ...........................3/10/62
    30 Jerry Lucas vs. UCLA ............................12/28/61
    30 Jerry Lucas vs. Kentucky .........................3/18/61
    5. 28 Jerry Lucas vs. Wake Forest ...................12/1/59
    6. 25 Jerry Lucas vs. Western Ky. ..................11/11/60
    25 Frank Howard vs. Manhattan ..............12/28/56
    8. 24 Dick Furry vs. Wisconsin ...........................2/7/59
    24 Frank Howard vs. Illinois .........................2/25/56
    10. 23 Bill Hosket vs. Hardin-Simmons .............1/29/66
    23 Jerry Lucas vs. Wisconsin ......................2/25/61
    23 Jerry Lucas vs. Illinois ...............................1/4/60
    23 Dick Furry at Kentucky ..........................12/19/58
    23 Frank Howard vs. Purdue ........................1/27/58
    15. 22 Gary Bradds vs. Iowa ..............................2/23/63
    22 Jerry Lucas vs. Detroit ..........................12/22/60
    22 Jerry Lucas vs. Wisconsin ......................2/27/60
    22 Paul Ebert vs. Purdue ................................1/9/54
    19. 21 Bill Hosket at St. Louis ..........................12/18/65
    21 Gary Bradds vs. Illinois ...........................2/10/64
    21 Jerry Lucas vs. Washington ..................12/27/61
    21 Jerry Lucas at Michigan State ............... 2/11/61
    21 Jerry Lucas at Wichita ..........................12/17/60
    8. 24 Dick Furry vs. Wisconsin .................................2/7/59
    24 F. Howard vs. Illinois .....................................2/25/56
    10. 23 Bill Hosket vs. Har.-Simm. ............................1/29/66
    23 Jerry Lucas vs. Wisconsin ............................2/25/61
    23 Jerry Lucas vs. Illinois ....................................1/4/60
    23 Dick Furry at Kentucky ................................12/19/58
    23 F. Howard vs. Purdue ....................................1/27/58
    CAREER REBOUNDING AVERAGE
    1. 17.2 Jerry Lucas ..............................................1960-62
    2. 12.3 Bill Hosket Jr. .........................................1966-68
    3. 11.2 Luke Witte ...............................................1971-73
    4. 10.8 Brad Sellers .............................................1985-86
    5. 10.1 Clark Kellogg ..........................................1980-82
    6. 9.9 Dave Sorenson ........................................1968-70
    7. 9.7 Herb Williams ........................................1978-81
    8. 9.6 Greg Oden ....................................................2007
    9. 9.6 Frank Howard ..........................................1956-58
    10. 9.5 Gary Bradds .............................................1962-64
    SEASON REBOUNDING AVERAGE
    1. 17.8 Jerry Lucas ...................................................1962
    2. 17.4 Jerry Lucas ...................................................1961
    3. 16.4 Jerry Lucas ...................................................1960
    4. 15.3 Frank Howard ...............................................1957
    5. 13.6 Frank Howard ...............................................1958
    6. 13.4 Gary Bradds ..................................................1964
    7. 13.1 Bill Hosket Jr. ...............................................1966
    8. 13.0 Gary Bradds ..................................................1963
    9. 12.7 Luke Witte ....................................................1971
    10. 12.6 Brad Sellers ..................................................1986
    21 Jerry Lucas vs. Army .............................12/10/60
    21 Frank Howard vs. Princeton ......................1/1/57
    21 Frank Howard vs. Pittsburgh ...................12/3/56
    21 Ken Sidle vs. Pittsburgh ..........................12/3/56
    28. 20 Bill Hosket vs. East Tennessee ..............3/15/68
    20 Bill Hosket vs. Illinois ................................3/6/67
    20 Bill Hosket vs. Minnesota .........................3/5/66
    20 Bill Hosket at Missouri ..........................12/1/65
    20 Ron Sepic vs. Wisconsin ...........................1/3/65
    20 Gary Bradds vs. West Virginia ................12/8/62
    20 Jerry Lucas at Michigan State ................2/17/62
    20 Jerry Lucas vs. Michigan ........................1/13/62
    20 Jerry Lucas at Wake Forest ....................12/9/61
    20 Jerry Lucas vs. Michigan State ................3/4/61
    20 Jerry Lucas at Indiana .............................2/29/60
    20 Jerry Lucas at Wisconsin ..........................2/8/60
    20 Jerry Lucas vs. Memphis State ..............12/3/59
    20 Frank Howard vs. Michigan ....................2/23/57
    20 Frank Howard vs. Temple ......................12/26/56
    20 Frank Howard vs. Northwestern .............2/23/56
    20 Frank Howard at Tulane ........................12/19/55
    20 Paul Ebert vs. Indiana .............................2/27/54

    YEARLY REBOUND LEADERS
    Year Name Reb. Avg.
    1957 Frank Howard ...........................336 15.3
    1958 Frank Howard ...........................299 13.6
    1959 Dick Furry ..................................235 10.7
    1960 Jerry Lucas ...............................442 16.4
    1961 Jerry Lucas ...............................470 17.4
    1962 Jerry Lucas ...............................499 17.8
    1963 Gary Bradds ..............................312 13.0
    1964 Gary Bradds ..............................322 13.4
    1965 Ron Sepic .................................206 8.6
    1966 Bill Hosket ................................314 13.1
    1967 Bill Hosket ................................264 12.6
    1968 Bill Hosket ................................332 11.4
    1969 Dave Sorenson .........................255 10.6
    1970 Dave Sorenson .........................217 9.0
    1971 Luke Witte ................................331 12.7
    1972 Luke Witte ................................289 12.6
    1973 Luke Witte ................................199 8.3
    1974 Steve Wenner ..........................201 8.7
    1975 Craig Taylor ..............................251 9.0
    1976 Craig Taylor ..............................197 9.9
    1977 Jim Ellinghausen ......................173 6.4
    1978 Herb Williams ..........................308 11.4
    1979 Herb Williams ..........................325 10.5
    1980 Herb Williams ..........................244 9.0
    1981 Clark Kellogg ............................324 12.0
    1982 Clark Kellogg ............................316 10.5
    1983 Tony Campbell ..........................250 8.3
    1984 Tony Campbell ..........................215 7.4
    1985 Brad Sellers ..............................264 8.8
    1986 Brad Sellers ..............................416 12.6
    1987 Dennis Hopson .........................269 8.2
    1988 Perry Carter ..............................237 7.2
    1989 Perry Carter ..............................266 8.1
    1990 Perry Carter ..............................227 7.8
    1991 Perry Carter ..............................259 8.4
    1992 Jim Jackson .............................217 6.8
    1993 L. Funderburke ..........................190 6.8
    1994 L. Funderburke ..........................190 6.0
    1995 Rickey Dudley ...........................143 7.5
    1996 Jermaine Tate ..........................187 6.9
    Shaun Stonerook ......................185 6.9
    1997 Shaun Stonerook ......................207 7.7
    1998 Michael Redd ...........................194 6.4
    1999 Ken Johnson .............................204 5.7
    2000 Michael Redd ...........................196 6.5
    2001 Ken Johnson .............................226 7.3
    2002 Zach Williams ..........................125 5.8
    2003 Velimir Radinovic ......................183 6.1
    2004 Terence Dials ............................198 6.6
    2005 Terence Dials ............................253 7.9
    2006 Terence Dials ............................257 8.0
    2007 Greg Oden ................................306 9.6
    2008 Kosta Koufos ............................247 6.7

    OHIO STATE’S 20 REBOUND CLUB
    1. 32 Frank Howard vs. BYU ..........................12/29/56
    2. 30 Jerry Lucas vs. Indiana ...........................3/10/62
    30 Jerry Lucas vs. UCLA ............................12/28/61
    30 Jerry Lucas vs. Kentucky .........................3/18/61
    5. 28 Jerry Lucas vs. Wake Forest ...................12/1/59
    6. 25 Jerry Lucas vs. Western Ky. ..................11/11/60
    25 Frank Howard vs. Manhattan ..............12/28/56
    8. 24 Dick Furry vs. Wisconsin ...........................2/7/59
    24 Frank Howard vs. Illinois .........................2/25/56
    10. 23 Bill Hosket vs. Hardin-Simmons .............1/29/66
    23 Jerry Lucas vs. Wisconsin ......................2/25/61
    23 Jerry Lucas vs. Illinois ...............................1/4/60
    23 Dick Furry at Kentucky ..........................12/19/58
    23 Frank Howard vs. Purdue ........................1/27/58
    15. 22 Gary Bradds vs. Iowa ..............................2/23/63
    22 Jerry Lucas vs. Detroit ..........................12/22/60
    22 Jerry Lucas vs. Wisconsin ......................2/27/60
    22 Paul Ebert vs. Purdue ................................1/9/54
    19. 21 Bill Hosket at St. Louis ..........................12/18/65
    21 Gary Bradds vs. Illinois ...........................2/10/64
    21 Jerry Lucas vs. Washington ..................12/27/61
    21 Jerry Lucas at Michigan State ............... 2/11/61
    21 Jerry Lucas at Wichita ..........................12/17/60
    8. 24 Dick Furry vs. Wisconsin .................................2/7/59
    24 F. Howard vs. Illinois .....................................2/25/56
    10. 23 Bill Hosket vs. Har.-Simm. ............................1/29/66
    23 Jerry Lucas vs. Wisconsin ............................2/25/61
    23 Jerry Lucas vs. Illinois ....................................1/4/60
    23 Dick Furry at Kentucky ................................12/19/58
    23 F. Howard vs. Purdue ....................................1/27/58
    CAREER REBOUNDING AVERAGE
    1. 17.2 Jerry Lucas ..............................................1960-62
    2. 12.3 Bill Hosket Jr. .........................................1966-68
    3. 11.2 Luke Witte ...............................................1971-73
    4. 10.8 Brad Sellers .............................................1985-86
    5. 10.1 Clark Kellogg ..........................................1980-82
    6. 9.9 Dave Sorenson ........................................1968-70
    7. 9.7 Herb Williams ........................................1978-81
    8. 9.6 Greg Oden ....................................................2007
    9. 9.6 Frank Howard ..........................................1956-58
    10. 9.5 Gary Bradds .............................................1962-64
    SEASON REBOUNDING AVERAGE
    1. 17.8 Jerry Lucas ...................................................1962
    2. 17.4 Jerry Lucas ...................................................1961
    3. 16.4 Jerry Lucas ...................................................1960
    4. 15.3 Frank Howard ...............................................1957
    5. 13.6 Frank Howard ...............................................1958
    6. 13.4 Gary Bradds ..................................................1964
    7. 13.1 Bill Hosket Jr. ...............................................1966
    8. 13.0 Gary Bradds ..................................................1963
    9. 12.7 Luke Witte ....................................................1971
    10. 12.6 Brad Sellers ..................................................1986

    REBOUNDERS OVER 20 FOR A GAME
    1. 32 Frank Howard vs. BYU ..........................12/29/56
    2. 30 Jerry Lucas vs. Indiana ...........................3/10/62
    30 Jerry Lucas vs. UCLA ............................12/28/61
    30 Jerry Lucas vs. Kentucky .........................3/18/61
    5. 28 Jerry Lucas vs. Wake Forest ...................12/1/59
    6. 25 Jerry Lucas vs. Western Ky. ..................11/11/60
    25 Frank Howard vs. Manhattan ..............12/28/56
    8. 24 Dick Furry vs. Wisconsin ...........................2/7/59
    24 Frank Howard vs. Illinois .........................2/25/56
    10. 23 Bill Hosket vs. Hardin-Simmons .............1/29/66
    23 Jerry Lucas vs. Wisconsin ......................2/25/61
    23 Jerry Lucas vs. Illinois ...............................1/4/60
    23 Dick Furry at Kentucky ..........................12/19/58
    23 Frank Howard vs. Purdue ........................1/27/58
    15. 22 Gary Bradds vs. Iowa ..............................2/23/63
    22 Jerry Lucas vs. Detroit ..........................12/22/60
    22 Jerry Lucas vs. Wisconsin ......................2/27/60
    22 Paul Ebert vs. Purdue ................................1/9/54
    19. 21 Bill Hosket at St. Louis ..........................12/18/65
    21 Gary Bradds vs. Illinois ...........................2/10/64
    21 Jerry Lucas vs. Washington ..................12/27/61
    21 Jerry Lucas at Michigan State ............... 2/11/61
    21 Jerry Lucas at Wichita ..........................12/17/60
    8. 24 Dick Furry vs. Wisconsin .................................2/7/59
    24 F. Howard vs. Illinois .....................................2/25/56
    10. 23 Bill Hosket vs. Har.-Simm. ............................1/29/66
    23 Jerry Lucas vs. Wisconsin ............................2/25/61
    23 Jerry Lucas vs. Illinois ....................................1/4/60
    23 Dick Furry at Kentucky ................................12/19/58
    23 F. Howard vs. Purdue ....................................1/27/58
    21 Jerry Lucas vs. Army .............................12/10/60
    21 Frank Howard vs. Princeton ......................1/1/57
    21 Frank Howard vs. Pittsburgh ...................12/3/56
    21 Ken Sidle vs. Pittsburgh ..........................12/3/56
    28. 20 Bill Hosket vs. East Tennessee ..............3/15/68
    20 Bill Hosket vs. Illinois ................................3/6/67
    20 Bill Hosket vs. Minnesota .........................3/5/66
    20 Bill Hosket at Missouri ..........................12/1/65
    20 Ron Sepic vs. Wisconsin ...........................1/3/65
    20 Gary Bradds vs. West Virginia ................12/8/62
    20 Jerry Lucas at Michigan State ................2/17/62
    20 Jerry Lucas vs. Michigan ........................1/13/62
    20 Jerry Lucas at Wake Forest ....................12/9/61
    20 Jerry Lucas vs. Michigan State ................3/4/61
    20 Jerry Lucas at Indiana .............................2/29/60
    20 Jerry Lucas at Wisconsin ..........................2/8/60
    20 Jerry Lucas vs. Memphis State ..............12/3/59
    20 Frank Howard vs. Michigan ....................2/23/57
    20 Frank Howard vs. Temple ......................12/26/56
    20 Frank Howard vs. Northwestern .............2/23/56
    20 Frank Howard at Tulane ........................12/19/55
    20 Paul Ebert vs. Indiana .............................2/27/54

    CAREER REBOUNDING AVERAGE
    1. 17.2 Jerry Lucas ..............................................1960-62
    2. 12.3 Bill Hosket Jr. .........................................1966-68
    3. 11.2 Luke Witte ...............................................1971-73
    4. 10.8 Brad Sellers .............................................1985-86
    5. 10.1 Clark Kellogg ..........................................1980-82
    6. 9.9 Dave Sorenson ........................................1968-70
    7. 9.7 Herb Williams ........................................1978-81
    8. 9.6 Greg Oden ....................................................2007
    9. 9.6 Frank Howard ..........................................1956-58
    10. 9.5 Gary Bradds .............................................1962-64
    SEASON REBOUNDING AVERAGE
    1. 17.8 Jerry Lucas ...................................................1962
    2. 17.4 Jerry Lucas ...................................................1961
    3. 16.4 Jerry Lucas ...................................................1960
    4. 15.3 Frank Howard ...............................................1957
    5. 13.6 Frank Howard ...............................................1958
    6. 13.4 Gary Bradds ..................................................1964
    7. 13.1 Bill Hosket Jr. ...............................................1966
    8. 13.0 Gary Bradds ..................................................1963
    9. 12.7 Luke Witte ....................................................1971
    10. 12.6 Brad Sellers ..................................................1986

    TEAM RECORDS
    SEASON REBOUNDS
    1. 1,418 1960-61 ..................................................28 games
    2. 1,415 1959-60 ..................................................28 games
    3. 1,391 1961-62 ..................................................28 games
    4. 1,390 2006-07 ..................................................39 games
    5. 1,380 1967-68 ..................................................29 games
    6. 1,303 2007-08 ..................................................37 games
    1,303 1998-99 ..................................................36 games
    GAME REBOUNDS
    1. 75 vs. Seton Hall .........................................12/27/60
    2. 74 vs. Bradley ..............................................12/29/67
    3. 72 @Detroit .................................................12/22/62
    72 Wisconsin .................................................1/30/65
    5. 69 @Loyola, Ill. ............................................12/19/60




















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    Year Age Team Lg G Min Pts PPG FGM FGA FGP FTM FTA FTP
    1963-64 24 BOS NBA 31 261 101 3.3 35 110 .318 31 39 .795
    1964-65 25 BOS NBA 72 996 455 6.3 173 417 .415 109 140 .779
    1965-66 26 BOS NBA 71 1675 972 13.7 349 825 .423 274 311 .881
    1966-67 27 BOS NBA 73 1891 1030 14.1 368 833 .442 294 347 .847
    1967-68 28 BOS NBA 62 1937 758 12.2 261 629 .415 236 272 .868
    1968-69 29 BOS NBA 79 2560 1120 14.2 392 1031 .380 336 389 .864
    1969-70 30 BOS NBA 78 2081 984 12.6 382 902 .424 220 257 .856
    1970-71 31 SDR NBA 53 1673 422 8.0 146 378 .386 130 153 .850
    1971-72 32 HOU NBA 10 223 48 4.8 18 46 .391 12 14 .857
    1971-72 32 ATL NBA 21 335 70 3.3 25 77 .325 20 23 .870
    1971-72 32 TOT NBA 31 558 118 3.8 43 123 .350 32 37 .865
    9 Season Totals     550 13632 5960 10.8 2149 5248 .409 1662 1945 .854




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    North Carolina A&T 179 102 61 37 76 5 22 23 30 55 24 6 8 14 102

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    at #9 Florida 41 93 75 39 62 9 21 6 10 17 22 6 2 8 93
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    NC-Wilmington ? 81 41 29 64 10 29 13 18 47 16 9 6 12 81

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    Morehead State 174 64 45 25 48 6 17 3 11 29 17 9 3 16 64

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    Miami of Ohio 97 66 45 25 48 8 15 8 14 29 16 9 3 13 66

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    221 75 64 26 51 5 11 18 26 31 16 7 1 14 75
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    Western Carolina 264 85 60 28 54 7 15 22 30 24 19 8 3 6 85
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    Florida Gulf Coast ? 83 55 32 66 13 28 6 9 35 23 11 4 12 83

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    South Carolina 77 79 57 27 63 4 16 21 28 43 14 6 7 8 79
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    UNC Ashville 281 96 49 39 69 11 24 7 14 42 20 12 1 11 96

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    Oakland
    80 92 63 33 71 10 18 16 24 39 21 11 6 5 92
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    Tennessee-Martin 303 100 40 41 70 6 22 12 13 44 26 13 3 9 100

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    Indiana

    85 67 23 38 13 19 26 38 27 15 4 4 16 85
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    Iowa

    73 68 31 56 7 19 4 9 29 20 8 8 15 73

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    Minnesota

    67 64 22 56 8 22 15 23 26 14
    6 12 67

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    68 64 22 42 7 14 17 25 24 12 1 1 10 68
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    69 66 25 51 9 13 9 13 15 19 5 2 5 69
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    Iowa

    70 48 26 55 6 21 12 15 30 18 11 2 20 70
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    73 68 21 53 7 15 24 27 29 12 3 4 7 73
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    Purdue

    87 64 32 58 11 19 12 22 39 20 19 5 12 87
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    59 58 21 37 2 8 14 20 18 7 4 3 5 58
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    62 53 21 47 5 15 15 25 32 10 7 3 14 62

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    82 69 32 71 8 20 10 20 36 18 9 3 8 82

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    67 71 25 46 3 9 14 16 25 12 5 2 7 67
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    71 61 21 49 6 17 23 29 19 10 9 1 7 71
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    63 76 18 47 4 15 23 29 29 9 12 2 18 63
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    Illinois

    89 70 35 66 7 15 12 15 29 11 9 1 3 89
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    Indiana

    82 61 24 49 7 18 27 36 34 17 8 2 10 82
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    75 64 26 51 8 17 4 5 20 15 3 2 10 64









































































    Western Carolina
    85 60 24 57 7 15 5 7 37 14 2 0 20 60









































































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    South Carolina
    79 57 23 60 8 21 3 7 31 10 3 5 15 57









































































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    92 63 23 61 9 24 8 12 37 12 2 3 20 63









































































    Tennessee-Martin
    100 40 17 63 1 25 2 3 26 6 4 0 20 40









































































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    85 67 25 52 9 25 8 14 21 13 4 1 13 67









































































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    73 68 25 59 7 15 11 14 30 15 5 6 15 68









































































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