Buford leads Ohio State to 81-74 win over Florida November 15, 2011 Source: Associated Press - "I didn't know how we were going to play tonight," coach Thad Matta said of his team, which has just one senior (Buford) and one junior. "During the drive in the morning I was saying, ĎWhat if? What if?' But I thought we played with good composure. They knocked us early by making shots and our guys did a nice job of continuing to play and weathering the storm."...
Sullinger Says He Will Come Back
The Ohio State basketball season is done but don't expect to see Jared Sullinger leaving with the three Ohio State seniors after this season. The freshman forward told the media only minutes after a crushing 62-60 loss that he would be back for his sophomore season...We caught up with Sullinger after the game and got his thoughts as well as head coach Thad Matta. Source: BuckeyeGrove.com 3/26/11
Ohio State has played like the top seed in the tournament, but will they turn in another impressive performance against Kentucky on Friday? Join Jason Horowitz and Jon Rothstein for an in-depth look at this game.
ESPN analyst Jay Bilas held a teleconference to give his thoughts on the NCAA Tournament, which of course includes UK and Ohio State. He thinks Ohio State is the favorite not only in this game, but to win the title as well. Here are some of his thoughts:
"Ohio State is the better of the two teams, because theyíre a lot older. And theyíre really balanced. Having that kind of experience and the talent they have is a terrific combination. Kentucky has talent, but itís inexperienced talent."
Bilas talked about the matchup problems freshman center Jared Sullinger creates for defense:
"If he gets a foot in the lane, heíll score or get fouled or both. I think you only go on Sullinger once he puts it on the deck. But once he does, heís usually in a move pretty quick. You have to push him out a little bit, catch it off the block."
On the potential strategy of doubling down on Sullinger:
"If youíre going to double on Sullinger, you will give up open shots."
On who UK could possibly leave to help on Sullinger:
"Certain shooters you have to stay with. Diebler is a no-leave guy. You have to find him and not leave him. Cannot (take a player) off of him. Lots of teams have doubled off (Aaron) Craft. But you have to mix it up."
Speaking of Craft, the freshman point guard:
"Aaron Craft is beyond his years. I havenít seen a guard put better pressure on the ball than he does and be a better defender."
On Ohio Stateís short but talented rotation:
"Theyíre not deep, but they can go deep with (Dallas) Lauderdale, or they can go small and bring Deshaun Thomas off the bench. Heís had 22 in a big game. Really good 7-man roster."
On Josh Harrellson:
"Underrated. Had a really good year. Had a really good job on the glass. Been really impressed by second and third effort on the glass. Finishes plays and takes advantage of plays."
Ohio State, which hit 6 of 7 3-point attempts while building a 15-point halftime lead, set a pair of NCAA records in the win. The Buckeyes hit 93.3 percent from 3-point range (14 of 15) and followed a miss on their first attempt with 14 straight 3s. The previous mark for consecutive 3-pointers made was 11 by Niagara in 1987.
Ohio State players gather around the Big Ten regular-season trophy after beating Wisconsin 93-65 in an NCAA college basketball game Sunday, March 6, 2011, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)
No. 1 Ohio State rips Wisconsin in Big Ten finale CBSSports.com wire reports
March 6, 2011 COLUMBUS, Ohio -- In the midst of a raucous locker room after No. 1 Ohio State's 93-65 payback victory over 10th-ranked Wisconsin, Jon Diebler said he was sorry to his teammates.
"I apologize for missing that one," he said.
Diebler lived up to his "3-bler" nickname Sunday by hitting 7 of 8 shots behind the arc while scoring 27 points, as Ohio State (29-2, 16-2 Big Ten) set NCAA Division I records by making 14 of 15 3-pointers (93.3 percent) and hitting 14 in a row - after missing the first.
"On our best day this year, we hit 11 of 17 and thought we'd hit the jackpot," Wisconsin coach Bo Ryan said. "Fourteen of 15? I don't think people do that very often. Either that, or I'm living in the wrong part of the country."
Still smarting from their first loss of the year, a 71-67 setback at Wisconsin on Feb. 12, the Buckeyes unleashed their best game of the season - shutdown defense at one end and 68-percent shooting from the field at the other.
"I don't know if you could script it much better," said Ohio State coach Thad Matta. "Our defensive energy was incredible ... and offensively the shots were falling. It was incredible how well we shot the basketball."
Freshman Jared Sullinger had 22 points just weeks after accusing a Wisconsin fan of spitting in his face as he left the floor at the Kohl Center. He had told several people that he not only wanted to beat the Badgers, but that he wanted to beat them by 50 points.
The final score only seemed that lopsided.
"That first loss in college, I didn't take that too lightly," Sullinger said. "I wanted to win, and I wanted to win big, too."
William Buford added 18 points and David Lighty 13 for the Buckeyes, who won their 22nd straight home game while dropping Wisconsin to just 4-5 in Big Ten road games this season.
Ryan had been the focal point for many fans in a capacity crowd of 18,809 who felt he had disrespected the Buckeyes after the first meeting when he said, "We won the game. Deal with it."
Ohio State officials fueled the fans' enmity by handing out 1,400 scarlet towels that read, "Deal With It." When Ryan's picture was shown on the monitors at midcourt before the game, there was a large chorus of boos, and the Buckeyes student section immediately behind the Wisconsin bench yelled at the coach most of the day.
Asked after the game about the towels, Ryan said, "What towels? ... I know one thing, towels didn't blow the ball in on all those 3s."
The Buckeyes built a 47-32 halftime lead - the exact score they led by in the second half of the first game before Wisconsin came roaring back - thanks to 6-of-7 shooting behind the arc.
Topping that, Ohio State hit all eight 3s in the second 20 minutes.
Diebler, who tied the Big Ten record by hitting 10 shots behind the arc in a win at Penn State on Tuesday night, is 17 of 20 on 3-pointers in his last two games for the Buckeyes, who had clinched the outright Big Ten title a day earlier thanks to No. 6 Purdue's loss at Iowa.
Josh Gasser had 17 points, Jon Leuer 16 and Keaton Nankivil 10 for the Badgers (23-7, 13-5). Jordan Taylor, who had scored 21 of his 27 points to lead the comeback in the second half of the first meeting, was limited to eight points on 2-of-9 shooting. He was shadowed throughout the game by Ohio State freshman Aaron Craft.
"Aaron did a tremendous job," said Matta, whose teams have won four Big Ten titles in the last six years. "He'd studied so much film. What might go unnoticed is the job the other guys did in helping Aaron. But he was a pit bull out there today."
Wisconsin drew as close as 56-45 on Nankivil's 3 with 14:15 left before the Buckeyes put the game on ice. Diebler was at the heart of it, starting things with a 3. He later hit one off an inbounds play and then dribbled around a defender and stepped back for yet another to push the lead to 69-48 and cap a 10-0 run midway through the second half.
The rest of the game was a matter of killing time until the Buckeyes could cut down the nets and raise the Big Ten trophy. They'll be the top seed in the Big Ten tournament this week in Indianapolis, and are all but assured of a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament.
Lighty, who played his final home game along with Diebler and Dallas Lauderdale, said the victory was nothing more than a step toward bigger goals.
"Our first mission was a regular-season Big Ten championship. That's complete," Lighty said. "Now we'll turn our focus on a three-day tournament that we need to win and that will get us ready for the NCAA tournament. That's just step two of our three-step mission."
BIG TEN HAS SEEN THE MOST GROWTH : "...Likely linked to the creation of The Big Ten Network which launched in August 2007, the Big Ten has shown the most growth in men’s basketball revenues since 2003.
The table below compares men’s basketball revenue for the entire conference in 2009 to 2003. It corrects for inflation by using CPI data from 2009 and 2003 to calculate the 2003 revenues in “2009 dollars”. Lastly, a “growth ratio” is calculated to see the growth in “real revenues” from 2003 to 2009.
2003 (in 2009 $)
4 of the 6 BCS conferences have seen real growth rates in men’s basketball revenue between 35-57%.
However, the Big Ten has seen the greatest growth by far. Their conference revenues from men’s basketball are 214% greater than in 2003 after adjusting for inflation.
Data like this makes it clear why conferences want their own sports networks.
If any of the conferences could use a cable network to promote its own sports league, its the Pac 10. At 27% growth, their men’s basketball revenues have grown the least over that 6 year span..."
Four Players Net Double-Digits in Buckeyes' Win Over Northwestern, 52-47 March 8, 2009 Source: OSU Official Site/Associated Press - "The day after Ohio State lost its captain and most experienced player, coach Thad Matta walked into a staff meeting and wrote a magic number of wins on the blackboard. Almost three months later, and still without David Lighty, his Buckeyes met that lofty goal. Evan Turner hit two jumpers down the stretch and Jon Diebler added two clinching free throws as Ohio State beat Northwestern 52-47 on Sunday to hang on for its 20th win and likely grab a NCAA tournament berth..." (Audio: Thad Matta, OSU Players and Bill Carmody Postgame )
Boxscore: Northwestern vs Ohio State
Evan Turner Scores 22 as Buckeyes Clip Iowa, 60-58 March 3, 2009 Source: OSU Official Site/Associated Press - "Evan Turner scored 22 points and dished out nine assists as Ohio State held off Iowa 60-58 Tuesday to snap a three-game road losing streak. Jon Diebler added 12 points for the Buckeyes (19-9, 9-8 Big Ten), who won their first road game since beating Indiana 93-81 on Jan. 31..." (Audio: Thad Matta: Iowa Postgame Press Conference)
Boxscore: Ohio State vs Iowa Hawkeyes
Evan Turner Scores 22 as Buckeyes Clip Iowa, 60-58 March 3, 2009 Source: OSU Official Site/Associated Press - "Evan Turner scored 22 points and dished out nine assists as Ohio State held off Iowa 60-58 Tuesday to snap a three-game road losing streak. Jon Diebler added 12 points for the Buckeyes (19-9, 9-8 Big Ten), who won their first road game since beating Indiana 93-81 on Jan. 31..." (Audio: Thad Matta: Iowa Postgame Press Conference)
Boxscore: Ohio State vs Iowa Hawkeyes
Ohio State - Team Notes Source: USA Today
Thad Matta and analyst Bill Raftery were chatting recently about what could have been for the Buckeyes: A starting lineup of Greg Oden, Kosta Koufos, Evan Turner, Daequan Cook and Mike Conley.
"And you still wouldn't be starting a senior," Matta said.
Perhaps no other team in the country has been more affected by one-and-done players than the Buckeyes. Two years ago, they lost Oden, Cook and Conley after one season. Last year it was Koufos. This year it will likely be freshman B.J. Mullens, and perhaps Turner.
The most painful of the early defections, though, was Conley. His game progressed faster than Matta ever could have imagined, and the Buckeyes have never recovered.
"We didn't see that coming," Matta said.
When Oden left, Koufos was there to step in. When he left, there was Mullens. But Conley? His early departure was compounded this season by Anthony Crater's transfer after just 10 games.
Jeremie Simmons' slump has landed him on the bench, making P.J. Hill the starting point guard on a team wishing the regular season would end before it plays its way right out of the NCAA Tournament.
A smashing 25-point loss at Purdue on Saturday certainly didn't help the Buckeyes' chances. The Bucks limp into the final week of the regular season having lost four of five, while Matta occasionally takes a moment to think about the team he could be fielding, instead of the one he is.
Asked how he likes the new rule requiring players to spend at least one year in college before bolting to the NBA, Matta paused for a minute and chuckled.
"What do you think?" he said.
Buckeyes Fall to No. 16 Purdue, 75-50 February 28, 2009 Source: OSU Official Site/Associated Press - "Robbie Hummel scored 17 points and No. 16 Purdue defeated Ohio State 75-50 on Saturday. E'Twaun Moore had 11 points, 10 rebounds and six assists, Nemanja Calasan had 14 points and JaJuan Johnson added 12 for the Boilermakers (22-7, 11-5 Big Ten). Evan Turner scored 14 points and fouled out for Ohio State (18-9, 8-8). The Buckeyes have lost four of five..." (Audio: Thad Matta: Purdue Postgame Press Conference)
Boxscore: Ohio State vs Purdue
Ohio State Rallies to Defeat Penn State, 73-59 February 24, 2009 Source: OSU Official Site/Associated Press - "Jeremie Simmons went to Ohio State's coaching staff on Sunday and suggested that P.J. Hill start in his place. It ended up being an ingenious move for Simmons, for Hill - and for the Buckeyes. Simmons came off the bench to score 14 points and Hill added a career-high 13, and the two also led a second-half surge as Ohio State beat Penn State 73-59 Tuesday night to end a three-game losing skid. 'I'm a real person. I understand that P.J., he works hard every day,' Simmons said of his selfless act. 'I knew he would start us off strong on the defensive end so I wanted him to start.'..." (Audio: Thad Matta , PJ Hill, Jeremie Simmons and BJ Mullens Postgame Audio )
Boxscore: Penn State vs Ohio State
Buckeyes' Second Half Comeback Falls Short, 70-68 February 22, 2009 Source: OSU Official Site/Associated Press - "Four days after mustering just 33 points in a pitiful home loss, the Illini placed three players in double figures led by Mike Davis' 22 points and shot 58 percent from the field in a 70-68 victory over Ohio State on Sunday. The victory kept the Illini (22-6, 10-5) alone in third place in the Big Ten and gave coach Bruce Weber his 150th win at the school. Weber improved to 150-53 in six seasons with the Illini and is 253-107 in 11 years as a head coach at Southern Illinois and Illinois..." (Audio: Thad Matta, Bruce Webber, Evan Turner and Jon Diebler Postgame Audio )
Boxscore: Illinois vs Ohio State
Buckeyes Fall to Northwestern, 72-69 February 18, 2009 Source: OSU Official Site/Associated Press - "Kevin Coble scored 26 points and Craig Moore added 23 to lead Northwestern to a 72-69 win over Ohio State on Wednesday night. John Shurna hit a fallaway 3-pointer with 3.3 seconds left to give the Wildcats the win. The freshman scored 9 points...The Buckeyes (17-7, 7-6) lost their second straight, falling into a three-way tie for fifth place in the conference. Jon Diebler scored 28 points and hit eight 3-pointers to lead Ohio State, which squandered a 37-28 halftime lead..."
Boxscore: Ohio State vs Northwestern
No. 24 Buckeyes Edged by Wisconsin, 55-50 February 14, 2009 Source: OSU Official Site/Associated Press - "Marcus Landry scored 17 points, and Joe Krabbenhoft made a key 3-pointer and steal down the stretch to help Wisconsin beat No. 24 Ohio State 55-50 on Saturday night for its fourth straight win. Wisconsin (16-9, 7-6 Big Ten) grabbed 15 offensive rebounds and snapped Ohio State's four-game winning streak, overcoming Evan Turner's 23-point effort for the Buckeyes. Ohio State (17-6, 7-5) shot 55 percent from the field, but was anything but efficient because of 19 turnovers, struggling with Wisconsin's pressure defense and failing to keep the Badgers off the boards..." (Audio: Thad Matta: Wisconsin Postgame Audio )
Boxscore: Ohio State vs Wisconsin
Ohio State Extends Win Streak with 64-58 Win over Minnesota February 7, 2009 Source: OSU Official Site/Associated Press - " Evan Turner made seven free throws in the final 64 seconds, leading Ohio State past No. 19 Minnesota 64-58 Saturday night for the Buckeyes' fifth win this season over a ranked opponent. Two of the wins have come this week, with the Buckeyes (17-5, 7-4 Big Ten) beating No. 12 Purdue 80-72 on Tuesday night. Turner finished with 18 points and 10 rebounds, while Jon Diebler and William Buford each scored 11 points and B.J. Mullens had 10 for Ohio State. The Buckeyes won their fourth in a row while running their record against ranked opponents to 5-4..." (Audio: Thad Matta, Evan Turner, Jon Diebler, Jeremie Simmons and Minnesota Coach Tubby Smith Postgame )
Boxscore: Minnesota vs Ohio State & Postgame Quotes
Buckeyes Knock Off No. 12 Boilermakers 80-72 in Overtime February 3, 2009 Source: OSU Official Site/Associated Press - " Evan Turner scored six of his 26 points in overtime, leading Ohio State past No. 12 Purdue 80-72 on Tuesday night to end the Boilermakers' six-game winning streak. William Buford had 22 points and fellow freshman B.J. Mullens added 17 as the Buckeyes (16-5, 6-4 Big Ten) won their third straight while shooting 60 percent from the field. Purdue (17-5, 6-3), which needed a win to share the Big Ten lead with No. 13 Michigan State, had not permitted an opponent to shoot better than 43 percent all season..." (Audio: Thad Matta, Mullens, Buford, Turner and Purdue Coach Matt Painter Postgame )
Boxscore: Purdue vs Ohio State
Turner Scores 29 as Buckeyes Down Indinana, 93-81 January 31, 2009 Source: OSU Official Site/Associated Press - "Evan Turner had 29 points and 10 rebounds Saturday as Ohio State beat Indiana 93-81, a school record-tying 11th straight loss for the Hoosiers. William Buford added 24 points for the Buckeyes (15-5, 5-4), who won for only the sixth time in 35 tries at Assembly Hall and posted their first regular-season sweep of the Hoosiers in a decade. Coach Thad Matta is now 50-25 in Big Ten games, becoming the second fastest in school history to reach 50 conference wins. Former Buckeyes coach Fred Taylor did it in 61 games..." (Audio: Thad Matta: Indiana Postgame Press Conference )
Boxscore: Ohio State vs Indiana
Ohio State Finishes Regular Season Sweep of Michigan with 72-54 Win January 28, 2009 Source: OSU Official Site/Associated Press - "Evan Turner scored 14 of his 22 points as Ohio State built an 18-point first-half lead, and the Buckeyes hung on to beat Michigan 72-54 on Wednesday night in a chippy showdown between the rivals. The game was held up for several minutes near the finish after Michigan's Zack Novak elbowed Ohio State's P.J. Hill in the face. The officials separated the players before the skirmish escalated. Novak was called for a flagrant foul and was ejected from the game. It was the second time in two weeks the Buckeyes (14-5, 4-4 Big Ten) had beaten the Wolverines (14-7, 4-5). Jeremie Simmons matched his career high with 12 points for Ohio State, which had lost its last two games, both to ranked opponents. B.J. Mullens also had 12 points..." (Audio: Thad Matta, John Beilein (Michigan head coach) and Evan Turner, B.J. Mullens and Jon Diebler Postgame Interviews)
Boxscore: Michigan vs Ohio State & Postgame Quotes
Buckeyes Lead at Half, Fall to No. 7 Michigan State, 78-67 January 25, 2009 Source: OSU Official Site/Associated Press - "Durrell Summers had 26 points to almost double his career high and No. 7 Michigan State dominated the boards on Sunday to beat Ohio State 78-67. The Spartans (16-3, 6-1 Big Ten) took 15 more shots from the field, thanks to a 35-19 rebounding advantage. On the offensive boards, Michigan State held a 16-3 upper hand. Kalin Lucas added 20 points and Goran Suton 13 for the Spartans, who were coming off a humiliating 70-63 loss to Northwestern on Wednesday night that had ended an 11-game winning streak and a string of 28 straight wins at the Breslin Center..." (Audio: Thad Matta Postgame Interview )
Boxscore: Michigan State vs Ohio State
Ohio State Falls to No. 24 Illinois, 67-49 January 20, 2009 Source: OSU Official Site/Associated Press - "When Ohio State was stopping 7-foot-1 center Mike Tisdale early in the game, Illinois coach Bruce Weber pulled him. That was a point where last season's 16-19 edition of the Illini might have fallen apart. Stop one weapon and they didn't have an answer. Not so far this season, and certainly not Tuesday night against the Buckeyes. Weber plugged in forward Dominique Keller and watched him score 12 points in a 67-49 victory over Ohio State. And he saw Tisdale, who found his touch in the second half, score 15 points. Then there were the 13 points from Demetri McCamey, and the 10 for Chester Frazier..." (Audio: Thad Matta Postgame Interview )
Boxscore: Ohio State vs Illinois
Buckeyes Upset No. 24 Michigan in Ann Arbor, 65-58 January 17, 2009 Source: OSU Official Site/Associated Press - "Ohio State's youthful regulars grew up a little Saturday night, just in time to help the Buckeyes upset their Big Ten rivals. Sophomore Evan Turner scored 19 points and freshmen William Buford and B.J. Mullens each added 15 to help the Buckeyes beat No. 25 Michigan 65-58, spoiling the Wolverines' celebration of their 1988-89 national championship team. Each of the trio scored during a 10-0 run in the final five minutes that broke a 47-all tie and gave Ohio State (13-3, 3-2) the lead for good..." (Audio: Thad Matta Postgame Interview )
Boxscore: Ohio State vs Michigan
Buford, Diebler Propel Buckeyes to Big Ten Win Over Indiana, 77-53 January 13, 2009 Source: OSU Official Site/Associated Press - "William Buford scored 19 points and Ohio State caught fire behind the arc to beat Indiana 77-53 on Tuesday night. Jon Diebler added 17 points, B.J. Mullens 14, Evan Turner 13 and Jeremie Simmons 12 for Ohio State (12-3, 2-2 Big Ten), which has split six games since starting 9-0. Simmons added eight assists, while Turner and Diebler each had five. The Buckeyes took control by hitting 11 of 16 3-pointers in the first half. They made four consecutive shots behind the arc to start an 18-0 run that pushed the lead into double figures..." (Audio: Thad Matta and Tom Crean & postgame quotes and notes )
Boxscore: Indiana vs Ohio State
Matta Recruits Represented On ESPN Top-60 List For 2010 January 11, 2009 Source: Bucknuts - "ESPN.com/Scouts.com have provided their Super 60 recruit rankings for menís basketball prospects in the Class of 2010 and Ohio State and the state of Ohio are well represented. Four of Ohio Stateís five verbal commitments for the 2010 class are listed in the ESPNU Super 60 list of top basketball prospects. That group includes: Columbus Northland 6-8 power forward Jared Sullinger, ranked No. 1 overall and averaging 22.7 points and 15 rebounds a game as a junior; Fort Wayne (Ind.) Bishop Leurs 6-7 small forward DeShaun Thomas, who is ranked No. 6 overall and averaging 31.7 points per game as a junior; Cincinnati Princeton 6-3 shooting guard Jordan Sibert, who is rated No. 41 overall and averaging 13 points per game as a junior; and Zion (Ill.) Zion-Benton Township 6-5 combo guard Lenzelle Smith, who is rated No. 52 nationally and averaging 15 points per game as a junior. The one remaining member of the class is Cleveland Benedictine 6-4 shooting guard Cameron Wright, who is averaging 18.5 points per game as a junior..."
Buckeyes Finish Non-Conference Slate with 89-65 Win over Houston Baptist January 9, 2009 Source: OSU Official Site/Associated Press - "Freshman William Buford scored a career-high 19 points and Ohio State pressured and fastbreaked past road-weary Houston Baptist 89-65 on Friday night. Evan Turner added 15 points and B.J. Mullens and Jeremie Simmons each had 12 for the Buckeyes (11-3), who had lost three of their last four after opening 9-0 and climbing to No. 15 in the Associated Press Top 25. The Buckeyes shot 56 percent from the field..." (Audio: Thad Matta and players Nikola Kecman, Jeremie Simmons, William Buford & postgame quotes and notes )
Boxscore: HBU vs Ohio State
Buckeyes Handed 67-58 Setback by Michigan State January 6, 2009 Source: OSU Official Site/Associated Press - "Michigan State made five 3-pointers in less than 3 minutes, making up for what was otherwise a lackluster performance. Kalin Lucas scored six of his 20 points on 3-pointers during the first-half barrage that gave the eighth-ranked Spartans the lead for a good in a 67-58 win over Ohio State on Tuesday night. 'We were up and we let our guard down,' Buckeyes forward Evan Turner said. 'They got shots all over the perimeter and the momentum changed.' Michigan State has won eight straight since being routed by North Carolina and 26 in a row at home, dating to a loss against Ohio State nearly two years ago, but coach Tom Izzo was underwhelmed by the latest victory..." (Audio: Thad Matta: Michigan State Postgame Interview)
Boxscore: Ohio State vs Michigan State
Ohio State Dips to 1-1 in Big Ten Play with Road Loss at Minnesota January 3, 2009 Source: OSU Official Site/Associated Press - "Lawrence Westbrook led a typically balanced Minnesota offense with 15 points, and the 21st-ranked Gophers salvaged a split in the opening week of Big Ten play by beating 23rd-ranked Ohio State 68-59 on Saturday. The Gophers (13-1, 1-1) bounced back from their loss to No. 10 Michigan State three days earlier by rebounding better. Damian Johnson scored 12 points, and Minnesota held a 42-30 advantage on the boards over the Buckeyes (10-2, 1-1). Missing junior guard David Lighty, Ohio State got 21 points from Evan Turner and 15 from Jon Diebler. But the Gophers held off a late charge and were in command most of the game..." (Audio: Thad Matta Postgame Press Conference )
Boxscore: Ohio State vs Minnesota
Diebler's Career-High 27 Points Rings in New Year with Win Over Iowa December 31, 2008 Source: OSU Official Site/Associated Press - "Jon Diebler scored a career-high 27 points and Evan Turner hit three late free throws to lead No. 24 Ohio State past Iowa 68-65 Wednesday in the Big Ten opener for both teams. In a physical game between two of the nation's top defensive teams, the Buckeyes (10-1) built an early lead, lost it, regained it, and then barely had enough to hang on at the finish..." (Audio: Thad Matta, Iowa Head Coach Todd Lickliter plus P.J. Hill, Jon Diebler and Evan Turner Postgame and Postgame Quotes & Notes)
Boxscore: Iowa vs Ohio State
Crater Granted Ohio State Scholarship Release December 28, 2008 Source: OSU Official Site/Associated Press - "Anthony Crater, a freshman from Flint, Mich., asked for and was granted a release from his Ohio State menís basketball scholarship, Thad Matta, head coach of the Buckeyes, announced Sunday. Crater appeared in all 10 Ohio State games this season. The 6-foot-1-inch guard scored 12 points (1.2 ppg.) and handed out 19 assists for the 9-1 Buckeyes. He averaged 13.1 minutes per game. Matta did not know Craterís future plans..."
West Virginia Pulls Away from Ohio State in Second Half December 27, 2008 Source: OSU Official Site/Associated Press - "Alex Ruoff scored 17 points, leading West Virginia and coach Bob Huggins to a 76-48 victory over No. 15 Ohio State on Saturday. Da'Sean Butler had 16 points - all but two in the first half - with Darryl Bryant adding 11 and Devin Ebanks 10 for the Mountaineers (10-2), who handed Ohio State its first defeat of the season. West Virginia has won four in a row since a 68-65 loss to Davidson in the Jimmy V Classic on Dec. 9. Up by seven at halftime, the Mountaineers extended the lead to more than 20 midway through the second half and then poured it on the rest of the way..." (Audio: Thad Matta, Bob Huggins plus Evan Turner and Jeremie Simmons Postgame)
Boxscore: West Virginia vs Ohio State
Mullens Has Career Night in Buckeyes' Win Over UNC Asheville, 83-59 December 22, 2008 Source: OSU Official Site/Associated Press - " Freshman B.J. Mullens, getting the most playing time of his brief career, scored 19 points to lead No. 15 Ohio State past UNC-Asheville 83-59 on Monday night. The 7-foot Mullens had never played more than 20 minutes nor scored more than 11 points. But with coach Thad Matta trying out various combinations against an overmatched and undersized opponent, Mullens dominated. He was 8-of-11 from the field, including six dunks, and added eight rebounds and three blocked shots..." (Also: Postgame Quotes)
Boxscore: UNC Asheville vs Ohio State
No. 16-Ranked Buckeyes Use Second-Half Run to Defeat Iona, 71-53 December 20, 2008 Source: OSU Official Site/Associated Press - " Evan Turner had 21 points and ignited a second-half rally with nine points and two blocked shots to guide No. 17 Ohio State to a 71-53 victory over Iona on Saturday. Jon Diebler added 16 points and William Buford 10 for Ohio State (8-0), playing its first game without captain David Lighty, who will miss six to 12 weeks after breaking a bone in his left foot...The Gaels were missing leading scorer Gary Springer, who is out with a sprained ankle. Ohio State's winning streak reached 13, including the final five games a year ago when it won the NIT..." (Audio: Thad Matta plus Evan Turner, Jeremie Simmons and William Buford Postgame)
Boxscore: Iona vs Ohio State
Lighty Sidelined For Weeks After Breakout Performance December 18, 2008 Source: Bucknuts - "The Ohio State men's basketball team got a top-level outing from swingman David Lighty last night and now will be without its most experienced player after it was determined Lighty suffered a broken foot during the contest...word had emanated from the university that Lighty could be out for as long as three months, wiping out the services of OSUís most experienced player and natural leader..."
Lighty Paces Buckeyes in 81-68 Win Over Jacksonville December 17, 2008 Source: OSU Official Site/Associated Press - "David Lighty had 21 points to lead No. 17 Ohio State to an 81-68 victory over Jacksonville on Wednesday night. Ohio State (7-0) led by 19 points early in the second half only to see the lead cut to five with 5 minutes left. Jon Diebler hit his third 3-pointer for the Buckeyes, and the Dolphins never got closer. The Buckeyes finished 10-of-17 from beyond the arc (59 percent). Evan Turner scored 17 points, Diebler added 14 and Jeremie Simmons had 10 for the Buckeyes..." (Audio: Thad Matta & players postgame)
Boxscore: Jacksonville vs Ohio State
No. 21 Buckeyes Remain Unbeaten with 54-51 Win Over Butler December 13, 2008 Source: OSU Official Site/Associated Press - "Evan Turner scored 14 points, including the go-ahead basket, to lead No. 21 Ohio State past Butler 54-51 on Saturday, surviving a late rally by the previously unbeaten Bulldogs. The Buckeyes (6-0), coming off big road wins against ranked Miami and Notre Dame, looked sluggish after having the week off for final exams. They built a 13-point lead early in the second half, then missed seven of their next eight shots. They had just one field goal in the final 12 minutes..." (Audio: Thad Matta & players postgame)
Boxscore: Butler vs Ohio State
Evan Turner Leads Ohio State in Win Over Seventh-Ranked Notre Dame, 67-62 December 6, 2008 Source: OSU Official Site/Associated Press - "- Evan Turner scored a career-high 28 points Saturday and Ohio State spoiled Luke Harangody's return to the lineup with a 67-62 victory over No. 7 Notre Dame, the unbeaten Buckeyes' second straight upset of a ranked opponent. Harangody, the Big East player of the year last season...led Notre Dame (6-2) with 25 points and 16 rebounds, but Ohio State (5-0) took a 30-28 lead at halftime and built the margin to as many as 10 points in the second half..." (Audio: Thad Matta postgame)
Boxscore: Ohio State vs. Notre Dame
Ohio State completes impressive week with win over Irish December 6, 2008 Source: Sporting News - "-- What we learned from Ohio State's 67-62 victory over Notre Dame in The Hartford Hall Of Fame Showcase at Lucas Oil Stadium on Saturday. 1. Ohio State is a serious Big Ten threat: In one week, Ohio State invigorated its basketball season with victories against Notre Dame and Miami (Fla)...2. Evan Turner is a stud...4. You can zone a shooting team..."
Ohio State Knocks Off No. 21/22 Miami, 73-68, in Big Ten/ACC Challenge November 29, 2008 Source: OSU Official Site/Associated Press - "Ohio State erased a 14-point second-half deficit Tuesday night, mounting the comeback after the ejection of Miami scoring leader Jack McClinton to beat the 21st-ranked Hurricanes 73-68. Jon Diebler scored 20 points and Evan Turner had 19 for the Buckeyes (4-0), who won for only the second time in seven games in the ACC-Big Ten Challenge. Miami (4-2) fell to 0-3 in the series..." (Audio: Thad Matta postgame)
Boxscore: Ohio State vs. Miami
Buckeyes Fend Off Falcons, 61-57 November 24, 2008 Source: OSU Official Site/Associated Press - " David Lighty hit two clinching foul shots with 6.4 seconds left to lead Ohio State past Bowling Green 61-57 on Monday night. The Buckeyes (2-0) led by as many as 13 points with just under 15 minutes left but Bowling Green (3-2) roared back to take a 48-46 lead on Nate Miller's half-hook at the 6:05 mark..."
Boxscore: Ohio State vs. Bowling Green
Buckeyes swat away Hornets November 21, 2008 Source: Columbus Dispatch - "Dallas Lauderdale sat in the postgame interview room appearing to have on one shoulder pad under his T-shirt. It was a bag of ice. 'My shoulder's fine,' he said. Who's going to argue with him? Returning from a sprained left shoulder that kept him out of an exhibition game last week, the 6-foot-8, 255-pound sophomore started ahead of touted 7-foot freshman B.J. Mullens and had seven blocked shots last night, and Ohio State opened its season with a 70-42 win over Delaware State in St. John Arena..."
Donít Look Now, but Buckeye Hoops Start Tonight November 13, 2008 Source: Eleven Warrior - "...here are a few things to look for if you are able to catch the game. 1. Improvement from last year: There is no doubt Evan Turner and Dallas Lauderdale are going to play key roles in any Buckeye success....2. Point Guard Competition: For the first time in three years, Ohio State has a question mark at point guard. I appreciate P.J. Hillís effort, but OSU is in deep trouble if they have to rely on him to lead this team. The competition should be between JUCO transfer Jeremie Simmons and freshman Anthony, donít call me Noopy, Crater...3. Will Mullens follow Dieblerís footsteps: Jon Dieblerís shooting struggles from last year are well known and he came from a Division II school. BJ Mullins played in the same division and is rated by Rivals as the top player in the country...4. Man defense vs. Match up zone...5. Freshmen Impact: Besides BJ Mullens and Crater, Thad brought in William Buford and Walter Offut, two wing players who will add depth to the Bucks rotation..."
Matta doesn't know what to expect tonight November 13, 2008 Source: Buckeye Grove - "The Ohio State men's basketball team will be a little shorthanded tonight when they take on Walsh University in their final exhibition game before the start of the regular season. Sophomore forward Dallas Lauderdale injured his non-shooting shoulder in a closed scrimmage at Miami University and Thursday OSU coach Thad Matta said he would not be available for the exhibition game..."
Buckeye Hoops Outlook November 3, 2008 Source: The Ozone - "The OSU Men's basketball season begins with an exhibition game November 13, and for the second-straight season OSU Head Men's Basketball Coach Thad Matta has welcomed a team that is dominated by new faces. The faces may be new again, but if there is a difference between this year and last it is the sheer number of quality players Matta will have at his disposal. Matta will have 12 scholarship players available in 2008-09. A 13th scholarship player will practice but will not be eligible to play due to transfer rules. Matta will have not only more numbers, but a far more athletic team that in theory will be able to play in ways that last year's team could not..."
Buckeyes lose Kecman for 12 games November 3, 2008 Source: Cleveland Plain Dealer - "Ohio State junior college transfer Nikola Kecman must sit out the first 12 games of the season after playing for a Serbian team that included professional players. A sophomore who came to Columbus from Eastern Arizona junior college, Kecman is a 6-foot-8 shooter who offers a different set of skills than anyone else on the OSU roster. He'll be able to practice with the team but not travel before his return on Jan. 6 against Michigan State. Ohio State and the NCAA reached the decision on the suspension jointly..."
Buckeyes Not Selected In Big Ten's Big Three October 26, 2008 Source: Bucknuts - "The Big Ten basketball media conference was held today in Chicago and Purdue was selected as the men's team to beat this season while PU sophomore Robbie Hummel, a 6-8 sophomore, was deemed the preseason player of the year. Results of the voting from the 22-member media panel only indicated the top three teams -- and didn't include Ohio State...."
Big Ten basketball previews October 26, 2008 Source: Chicago Tribune - "Chicago Tribune's college writers break down the conference, team-by-team...Ohio State: In what has become one of the rites of fall in Columbus, Ohio State coach Thad Matta is preparing a 7-foot freshman to be a key cog for his team. This year it's Columbus native B. J. Mullens, who steps into the shoes vacated by Kosta Koufos, who stepped into the sneakers left by Greg Oden. Both left after one year for the NBA draft, and Mullens might be good enough to do the same..."
Matta seeking reliability at point guard October 25, 2008 Source: Columbus Dispatch - "While watching his new guards hone their skills recently, Ohio State men's basketball coach Thad Matta was almost sure one of them, who shall remain nameless, was carving a niche for himself at the point. 'He had me going one way, saying this kid is never going to turn the ball over,' Matta said, 'and then he had a day when he turned it over four times. 'And I'm like, I need consistency.' Turnovers, and the points it cost Ohio State, were a culprit in the Buckeyes barely finishing above .500 in the Big Ten last season and, as a result, being passed over for the NCAA Tournament..."
Ohio State Finalizes 2008-09 Menís Basketball Schedule September 15, 2008 Source: OSU Official Site - " Thad Matta, now in his fifth year as head coach of the Ohio State menís basketball team, has put together a challenging non-conference schedule to go along with the 18-game Big Ten regular-season slate in 2008-09. Every Ohio State game will appear on national television in 2008-09. CBS, ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU and the Big Ten Network will showcase the Buckeyes throughout the season..."
Big Ten schedule out, more to come September 4, 2008 Source: Columbus Dispatch - "A season-opening tournament that did not pan out caused a scheduling problem that prevented Ohio State from joining most other Big Ten teams in announcing its complete men's basketball schedule yesterday. As a result, only the Buckeyes' 18-game Big Ten schedule was released. The 11-game nonconference schedule will be revealed when dates, starting times and TV coverage are finalized, the athletics department said in a statement..."
2010 Hoops Outlook Takes Shape August 10, 2008 Source: Bucknuts.com - "The Ohio State basketball program has a rosy future thanks to the efforts that have already gone into the 2010 recruiting class. Head coach Thad Matta and staff already have promises from a couple of the top juniors-to-be in the nation in Jared Sullinger and DeShaun Thomas, another hook into in-state product Cameron Wright and have targeted a few other topflight prospects including a pair from the Windy City..."
Buckeyes add 7-foot transfer July 17, 2008 Source: Cleveland Plain Dealer - "Ohio State has added another 7-footer to its basketball roster, replacing a Koufos with a Sarikopoulos. This one has already met Spike Lee. The Buckeyes announced today the addition of Zisis Sarikopoulos (ZIZ-is SAR-uh-cope-uh-liss), a 7-foot, 265-pound center from Athens, Greece. Sarikopoulos played last season at the University of Alabama-Birmingham. He will sit out the 2008-09 season to satisfy NCAA transfer rules and will have three seasons of eligibility beginning with the 2009-10 season..."
Matta Adds Miller To Hoops Staff July 8, 2008 Source: BuckeyeSports.com - "It didn't take Ohio State men's basketball coach Thad Matta long to replace trusted assistant John Groce on his staff. To fill the void, Matta went to a familiar face in Brandon Miller, a former player and coach under OSU's head man. The university announced the hiring Tuesday..."
2010 point guard rescinds commitment July 4, 2008 Source: Columbus Dispatch - "Coach Thad Matta fell in love with Trae Goldenís game after seeing him play last year, and the love translated into a commitment from the Powder Springs, Ga., point guard in October...he told Rivals.com today he has rescinded his commitment to the Buckeyes and reopened his recruitment..."
Raising the bar July 1, 2008 Source: Columbus Dispatch - "Buckeyes' rigorous summer conditioning program focuses on competitive goals - Competition is the name of the game Richardson is playing with the Buckeyes this offseason. It began during spring quarter with a circuit-training regimen that sophomore Evan Turner described as "insane." It is continuing this summer with an interval-training protocol developed by a Japanese scientist, Dr. Izumi Tabata..."
Utah Jazz grab Koufos with 23rd overall pick in NBA Draft June 27, 2008 Source: Canton Repository - "His dream came true, but Kosta Koufos had a long wait to get there, and a restless evening as well. Koufos was passed over by the Cleveland Cavaliers and watched 22 players get picked in front of him Thursday night. Finally, more than two hours after the NBA Draft started, Koufos had a team. With the 23rd pick in the first round, the Utah Jazz grabbed the GlenOak High School and Ohio State star. Sliding down the draft board does have its advantages. Koufos is going to a playoff team and will learn under the NBA's longest-tenured head coach in Jerry Sloan..."
Koufosí High School Coach Blasts Matta June 29, 2008 Source: Eleven Warriors - "I think itís safe to say Jack Greynolds Jr, Kosta Koufosí head coach at Canton GlenOak High School, is not a huge fan of Thad Matta. (Greynolds: Matta clueless: 'Listen, if you canít get along with a kid like Kosta, then youíre clueless,' Greynolds said. 'If youíre making $2 million season and canít figure out how to use a 7-foot-1 kid, youíre clueless. If you canít get along with a kid who comes early, stays late and gets good grades, youíre clueless, and youíve got the problem.')..."
Matta Reacts To Loss Of Top Assistant June 27, 2008 Source: BuckeyeSports.com - "Such a move had been speculated for some time, but it still came as somewhat of a shock when Ohio State associate basketball coach John Groce took the head coaching position at Ohio University. Find out how OSU head coach Thad Matta took the news, how he helped the process along and what this departure could mean for the future of the coaching staff..."
Thad Matta met with several members of the Columbus media Friday to comment on the National Basketball Association Draft and the departure of longtime assistant John Groce. Source: OSU Official Site
OU grabs energetic Groce June 27, 2008 Source: Columbus Dispatch - "Former Ohio State forward J.J. Sullinger said Schaus made the right choice. 'I don't know that much about Ohio University basketball, but now I'm going to be really interested in that team,' Sullinger said. 'Ohio University will be on the up. They made a good decision. Coach Groce knows his X's and O's, but he also can turn boys into men and turn good players into outstanding players. I can't say enough about him.'..."
Losing Groce to Ohio U. a big loss for Ohio State basketball June 26, 2008 Source: Cleveland Plain Dealer - "Ohio State knew it was losing Kosta Koufos to the NBA Draft tonight, but the Buckeyes could not have expected to lose their top assistant coach at this point in the summer. John Groce will leave his post as an Ohio State assistant coach to become head coach at Ohio University. A news conference is planned at Ohio University on Friday. John Groce, Thad Matta's right-hand man as the associate head coach of the Buckeyes..."
Groce opts for the Ohio University job June 26, 2008 Source: Bucknuts.com - "The problem with having great assistant coaches is knowing it is a matter of time until they leave. That day finally came for Ohio State head coach Thad Matta as he saw longtime assistant John Groce take his own head coaching job with in-state Ohio University..."
Sources Say Groce Chasing OU Job June 25, 2008 Source: Bucknuts.com - "Thad Matta would rather not lose trusted aide John Groce, who has been by his side for eight years at three different universities. However, Matta would like to see his good friend land a desirable head coaching job, and Groce may have found one in the southeastern part of the state at Ohio University..."
ESPN: Matta Bags Another Top-Five Class May 26, 2008 Source: ESPN - "With signings in from the late signing period, ESPN.com's Antonio Williams has made his final class rankings for men's basketball. Ohio State coach Thad Matta's six-man class, including Ohio Mr. Basketball award winner William Buford, is rated as No. 3 nationally..."
Buckeyes will play the Tigers in '08 & '09
May 4, 2008 Source: Memphis Commercial Appeal - "...the Tigers are currently set for three big home games in 2008 against potential top-25 teams Ohio State...and the Tigers will return the games to Ohio State in '09..."
2008-09 Roster Taking Shape May 2, 2008 Source: BuckeyeSports.com - "It might not be as loaded as Thad Matta would have liked, but it appears Ohio State finally has some clarity for next season. With the expected signing of junior college transfers Jeremie Simmons and Nicola Kecman coming Friday or Saturday, the Buckeyes can begin to look ahead. Kyle Lamb gives an early look into next year's rotation...."
Catching Up with a Buckeye Super Fan May 1, 2008 Source: Eleven Warriors - "If you have been to or watched a Buckeye basketball game on TV over the last five years, you undoubtedly have seen the kid in this photo, OSU senior Kyle Blizzard. Kyle is originally from Trenton, Ohio and will graduate in June with a communications degree and business minor, hopefully parlaying his education into a job within the sports realm..."
Koufos to turn pro, won't return to Ohio State
April 29, 2008 Source: Canton Repository - "In a little more than a week, Kosta Koufos did some soul searching. And the GlenOak High School graduate and Ohio State basketball star came to the conclusion his heart is in basketball. Now so will his wallet. Koufos told The Repository late Tuesday night that he has decided to turn pro and will not return to Ohio State..."
Ohio State Picks Up Pair of JUCOS April 26, 2008 Source: BuckeyeSports.com - "After losing a pair of freshmen, one to the NBA draft and a transfer, Ohio State looks like it's re-tooling just a bit for next season. Sources say the Buckeyes picked up a pair of junior college commitments on Saturday afternoon, both were on official visits...Reportedly, Jeremie Simmons, a 6-2 guard from Mott Community College in Michigan and Nicola Kecman, a 6-9 power forward from Eastern Arizona College gave verbal commitments to Matta on their trips to Columbus this weekend..."
Mullens now on top of the 2008 Rivals150 April 23, 2008 Source: Rivals.com - "The 7-foot-1, 265-pound center from Canal Winchester (Ohio) High School said he was excited to hear the news on Tuesday night. 'It's been a long time and I've been working hard for it,' Mullens said. 'I think I'm the guy that you can say is the No. 1 player in the country now. It's been a lot of work to get there. I know it's someone's opinion but, yeah, it feels good to be No. 1.' Mullens is the most unique prospect in the class of 2008, and the top long-term prospect in the nation. Rivals.com National Basketball Recruiting Analyst Jerry Meyer said there were a number of reasons why Mullens took over the top spot in the 2008 rankings..."
"#1 B.J. Mullens: Size, athleticism and skill are the big three that separate Mullens from the rest of this class. It just isn't very often that you find a 7-foot plus center who can run, jump and shoot like Mullens. He has the type of athleticism that makes you think of Bill Walton and then he has the shooting touch that makes you wonder if he could develop into a Dirk Nowitzki type player. Mullens does need to become a tougher defender and rebounder, but the pieces are there for him to be a number one pick in the draft and premiere big man in the League." Source: Rivals150 for class of 2008
Ohio State basketball loses another freshman April 23, 2008 Source: Cleveland Plain Dealer - "The university announced today that forward Eric Wallace will transfer from OSU after playing almost no role on the team as a freshman. Still, the loss will be felt. Wallace and Koufos were two of five members of Ohio State's class of 2007, which was ranked as the No. 7 class in the country by Scout.com and was seen as a worthy followup to the Greg Oden-Mike Conley class of 2006..."
Koufos declares for NBA Draft but ...
April 21, 2008 Source: CantonRepository.com - "Ohio State's Kosta Koufos said Monday he will declare for this summer's NBA Draft but the 7-foot freshman has not closed the door on a return to the Buckeyes. Koufos said in a text message to The Repository he will not hire an agent. Underclassmen who do not hire agents can later pull out of the draft by June 16 and return to school. 'I am declaring for the 2008 NBA Draft but not hiring an agent and maintaining my college eligibility,' Koufos wrote..."
Report: Koufos Declares for NBA April 21, 2008 Source: BuckeyeSports.com - "...Sources told BuckeyeSports.com Friday that returning to Ohio State was the least-likely option for Koufos of three possible choices. Even if Koufos withdraws his name by the deadline, itís possible, if not likely that he decides to forego his NCAA eligibility to instead pursue at least a season spent in Greece Ė where he one day hopes to play for the Greek Olympic team..."
Koufos decision pending April 6, 2008 Source: Columbus Dispatch - "Kosta Koufos will announce this week whether he will stay at Ohio State, enter the NBA draft or play professionally in Greece. The 7-foot freshman declined to give a timetable for his decision after the Buckeyes won the National Invitation Tournament championship game Thursday in New York. He was more forthcoming in a story published yesterday in the Canton Repository (OSU's Koufus weighs his options
), his hometown newspaper..."
Ohio State Knocks Off UMass to Win 2008 NIT Title April 3, 2008 Source: OSU Official Site - "A year removed from a loss in the national title game, Ohio State has a championship trophy to carry home. Never mind that it's from the NIT. Jamar Butler and his buddies couldn't care less. Butler had 19 points and eight assists in his final college game, leading the Buckeyes to a 92-85 win over Massachusetts on Thursday night and prompting the victory celebration inside Madison Square Garden that they couldn't have last year in Atlanta..." Box Score
Buckeyes End Season with NIT Championship April 3, 2008 Source: The Ozone - "'That's what happens when you put an NCAA tournament team in the NIT. They walk through it. Send that to the committee. Write that." ----OSU senior point guard Jamar Butler to the-Ozone after OSU cut down the nets in New York as the NIT champions...'"
Ohio State Dispenses Cal, 73-56, in NIT Second Round March 24, 2008 Source: OSU Official Site - "Jamar Butler scored 20 points and spurred a 17-2 first-half run with three 3-pointers to lead Ohio State past California 73-56 in an NIT second-round game on Monday night. The Buckeyes (21-13) were helped along by an emotional return to their old home court. The game was contested before a capacity crowd of 13,276 at 52-year-old St. John Arena. The Buckeyes' home court, Value City Arena, was hosting a concert by Bruce Springsteen on Monday night, so the game was shifted a few hundred yards away to where they played their home games a decade ago. The Buckeyes, fifth in the Big Ten, advance to host a quarterfinal game on Wednesday night against Dayton..." Box Score Postgame Quotes Postgame Notes
Ohio State - California Postgame Analysis March 24, 2008 Source: BuckeyeSports.com - "It was a throw-back crowd in a turn-back-the-clock rematch. Before a sellout, upbeat crowd of over 13,000 Monday evening in the NIT second round, Ohio State throttled California 73-56 in their first meeting since the 1960 National Championship game. The Buckeyes staged a quarterfinal showdown against in-state Dayton Wednesday in Value City Arena. Kyle Lamb analyzes the win against California..."
Buckeyes Advance in NIT, Defeat UNC-Asheville 84-66 March 18, 2008 Source: OSU Official Site - " Jamar Butler scored 21 points and added 10 assists to lead Ohio State past UNC-Asheville 84-66 on Tuesday night in an NIT first-round game on their home court. During one span in the second half, the senior point guard scored or assisted on 15 consecutive points for the Buckeyes (20-13), who were passed over by the NCAA tournament a year after finishing as the national runners-up..." Box Score Postgame Quotes Postgame Notes
Buckeyes Land Top Seed in NIT March 16, 2008 Source: OSU Official Site - "Ohio State received a No. 1 seed in the 2008 National Invitational Tournament Sunday. The Buckeyes will tip off against UNC-Asheville at 7 p.m. Tuesday in Value City Arena. 'In postseason play every team is a quality opponent,' Thad Matta, Ohio State head coach, said. 'UNC-Asheville will be another difficult test for our basketball team. We are fortunate to keep playing and have another chance to play on our home court at Value City Arena. Like always, we hope our fans support us like they have all season.' The game will be broadcast live on ESPN2 and WBNS Radio 1460 The Fan..."
Buckeyes Miss Big Dance, Claim NIT Top Spot March 16, 2008 Source: Bucknuts.com - "One year after playing for the national championship, Ohio State won't even be in the NCAA Tournament. OSU's handful of late-season losses are certainly to blame. OSU found out later in the evening that it will host UNC-Asheville at Value City Arena Tuesday night..."
Buckeyes Miss Big Dance, Likely Headed To NIT March 16, 2008 Source: Bucknuts.com - "One year after playing for the national championship, Ohio State won't even be in the NCAA Tournament. OSU's handful of late-season losses are certainly to blame, while the tournament selection committee overlooked the Buckeyes' strong schedule. OSU is almost certain to play instead in the NIT. Those pairings will be announced later this evening..."
Buckeyes Preview Big Ten Tournament March 12, 2008 Source: OSU Official Site - "Head coach Thad Matta and three members of the Ohio State men's basketball team met with media Wednesday at Value City Arena to preview the 2008 Big Ten Tournament in Indianapolis.
Buford Brings Home AP's Mr. Basketball Award March 12, 2008 Source: Bucknuts.com - "On the eve of Toledo Libbey's appearance in the Division II state final four, Ohio State signee William Buford has been named as the state's Mr. Basketball award winner by The Associated Press. Bucknuts.com has the first reaction from Buford on receiving this prestigious award..."
OSU, Michigan State Rematch Coming Friday In Indy March 10, 2008 Source: Bucknuts.com - "This is our comprehensive preview of the Big Ten tournament, set for Thursday through Sunday at Indianapolis' Conseco Fieldhouse. Ohio State goes in as the fifth seed and will play against fourth-seeded Michigan State Friday (2:30 p.m., ESPN). We look at that rematch from the regular season finale and have a ton of notables on the history of the tournament..."
All Big Ten Teams March 10, 2008 Source: The Ozone - "OSU senior point guard Jamar Butler has been named to the first team of the All-Big Ten basketball team by the media and second-team by the coaches. Freshman Kosta Koufos was also honored as a third-team selection on both lists. Check out the-Ozone report with a complete list of all the selections ..."
Buckeyes End (Regular) Season with Win Over No. 17 Michigan State March 9, 2008 Source: OSU Official Site - "Michigan State coach Tom Izzo says that's not a bubble Ohio State is sitting on -- it's a rock. Senior Jamar Butler said goodbye to the home crowd with 20 points and Ohio State beat Michigan State (No. 18 ESPN/USA Today, No. 17 AP) 63-54 Sunday, closing out the game with a 15-2 run to enhance its prospects of landing an NCAA tournament berth..." Box Score
Buckeye Rally Knocks Off No. 15 Purdue March 4, 2008 Source: OSU Official Site - " Jamar Butler scored 23 of his 25 points in the second half and Othello Hunter, one of Ohio State's worst free-throw shooters, hit two foul shots and made a big defensive play in overtime as the Buckeyes upset the 15th-ranked Boilermakers 80-77 on Tuesday night..." Box Score
Buckeyes Drop Final Road Contest at Minnesota, 71-57 March 1, 2008 Source: OSU Official Site - " Jamar Butler scored 23 of his 25 points in the second half and Othello Hunter, one of Ohio State's worst free-throw shooters, hit two foul shots and made a big defensive play in overtime as the Buckeyes upset the 15th-ranked Boilermakers 80-77 on Tuesday night..." Box Score
Unlucky Number Seven - Bucks lose to IU February 26, 2008 Source: BuckeyeSports.com - "Once again, Ohio State found itself in position to pull out a key victory against a quality opponent. But once again, the Buckeyes found themselves lacking when they needed a big play to be made and again came out on the wrong end of a close game, this time at the hands of the Indiana Hoosiers...."
Ohio State Falls at No. 12 Indiana, 72-69 February 26, 2008 Source: OSU Official Site - "Ohio State suffered another tight defeat at Indiana Tuesday, 72-69, in Assembly Hall. Ohio State hung tough the entire game, but could not muster enough plays in the second half to pull out the win..."
Familiar finish dooms Buckeyes February 25, 2008 Source: Columbus Dispatch - "...Whether jinxed or just not good enough, the Buckeyes again put themselves in position to post a breakthrough victory yesterday and squandered the opportunity. They scored four points in the final 8 1/2 minutes and lost 58-53 to the 11th-ranked Badgers in Value City Arena..."
Buckeyes Fall Short In Ann Arbor, 80-70 February 17, 2008 Source: OSU Official Site - "Kosta Koufos scored 18 points and Evan Turner had 16 for the Buckeyes (17-9, 8-5), but it wasn't enough as Michigan pulled away late for an 80-70 victory Sunday at Crisler Arena. It was Ohio State coach Thad Matta's first loss to Michigan in eight games..." Box Score
Ohio State Downs Northwestern, 65-47 February 14, 2008 Source: OSU Official Site - "Kosta Koufos scored 16 points and grabbed 11 rebounds, Jamar Butler set the school's all-time assist record, and Ohio State beat Northwestern 65-47 for a much-needed victory on Wednesday night..." Box Score
Lackluster effort leaves Matta lost for answers February 11, 2008 Source: Columbus Dispatch - "There are seven games left in the regular season, and an inescapable conclusion has slipped through the doors in the Schottenstein Center: A promising, young Ohio State basketball team might not be growing up fast enough to get into the NCAA Tournament..."
Buckeyes Suffer 59-53 Loss to Indiana February 10, 2008 Source: OSU Official Site - "Ohio State dropped a 59-53 decision to No. 13/14 Indiana Sunday in Value City Arena. Kosta Koufos had 18 points and nine rebounds for the Buckeyes, now 16-8 on the season. Jon Diebler added 14 points for Ohio State as the Buckeyes fell to 7-4 in league play. Indiana, which was led by D.J.White's 21 points and 13 rebounds, is now 20-3 overall and 9-1 in the Big Ten. Eric Gordon hit a number of big shots to lead the Hoosiers past Ohio State..."
Five Score in Double-Figures as Ohio State Downs Michigan, 65-55 February 5, 2008 Source: OSU Official Site - "Othello Hunter scored 15 points and grabbed 12 rebounds to help Ohio State rally for a 65-55 win over Michigan on Tuesday night. With the Buckeyes clinging to a 56-55 lead, Jamar Butler hit a 3-pointer and followed with a layup to give Ohio State (16-7, 7-3 Big Ten) a six-point lead with 1:20 remaining. Jon Diebler made a pair of free throws, and David Lighty added a dunk to cap the comeback and send Michigan (5-17, 1-9) to its sixth-straight loss..." Box Score
Ohio State Falls on the Road at Iowa, 53-48 February 2, 2008 Source: OSU Official Site - " Justin Johnson scored 24 points and Iowa beat Ohio State 53-48 on Saturday night, snapping the Buckeyes' three-game winning streak. Seth Gorney added 10 points for the Hawkeyes (11-12, 4-6 Big Ten), who suffered a 31-point loss to Ohio State back on Jan. 9. Iowa's defense was much better this time around, as the Hawkeyes held Ohio State to 37.5 percent shooting from the floor. Iowa improved to 10-4 when holding an opponent under 60 points..."
Butler Leads Buckeyes to Third-Straight Win January 29, 2008 Source: OSU Official Site - "Jamar Butler's sweet shooting and Penn State's second-half cold spell helped Ohio State win on the road. Butler scored 20 points and the Nittany Lions went 10-plus minutes of the second half without a bucket in the Buckeyes' 68-56 victory on Tuesday night..."
Fast Start, Solid Finish Lands Win Over Minnesota, 76-60 January 26, 2008 Source: OSU Official Site - "Jamar Butler scored 27 points and Ohio State relied on some big second-half defensive plays and a technical against Minnesota coach Tubby Smith to beat the Golden Gophers 76-60 on Saturday night..."
Buckeyes Bounce Illinois, 64-58, in Front of Sellout Crowd January 23, 2008 Source: OSU Official Site - "David Lighty scored 16 points and had a critical rebound and two free throws with 30 seconds left to help Ohio State avoid a late collapse in a 64-58 victory over Illinois on Tuesday night. The Buckeyes (13-6, 4-2 Big Ten), who ended a three-game losing skid, led 55-40 with 6:26 left and seemed in control of the game before the Illini roared back to make things uncomfortable in the final minutes..."
Buckeyes Take No. 7 Tennessee to the Wire in 74-69 Defeat January 19, 2008 Source: OSU Official Site - "Ohio State went toe-to-toe with the seventh-ranked team in the country on its home court, but in the end, Tennessee did just enough to hold off the Buckeyes, 74-69, in Knoxville..."
Rally Comes Up Short at Michigan State; Butler Tops 1,000 Points January 15, 2008 Source: OSU Official Site - "Drew Neitzel flicked his wrist and pumped his fist after finally seeing a 3-pointer go through the net. It was not just another basket for the preseason All-American, or an ordinary game for No. 11 Michigan State. Neitzel scored eight of 13 points in the first half, helping the Spartans start strong and regroup from a humiliating performance with a 66-60 victory over Ohio State on Tuesday night..."
Buckeyes Out Run Iowa, 79-48 January 9, 2008 Source: OSU Official Site - "David Lighty and Othello Hunter each scored 14 points to lead Ohio State past Iowa, 79-48, Wednesday in Value City Arena. The Buckeyes now are 3-0 in the Big Ten and have won eight in a row for a 12-3 overall mark. Iowa dropped to 7-9, 0-3 in league play..."
Buckeyes Extend Win Streak to Seven with 62-51 Win over Northwestern January 6, 2008 Source: OSU Official Site - "After scoring a career-best 32 points Thursday in a win at Illinois, Ohio State's Jamar Butler went scoreless for the first time in more than a full season. The senior pont gaurd found other ways to contribute, dishing 11 assists and pulling down a career-best 10 rebounds in leading the Buckeyes past Northwestern, 62-51, Sunday in Value City Arena..."
Butler Lifts Ohio State to 74-58 Win at Illinois in Big Ten Opener January 3, 2008 Source: OSU Official Site - "Jamar Butler scored 32 points to lead Ohio State to a 74-58 win over Illinois Thursday in the Big Ten opener for both teams. Butler accounted for almost half of his team's offense in the first half, then scored 15 straight points early in the second, when the Buckeyes (10-3, 1-0) pulled away from the Illini. The senior guard, who averaged 14.2 points coming into the game, was 4-for-7 from 3-point range..."
Basketball Outlasts UMBC, 92-83 Dewcember 29, 2007 Source: OSU Official Site - "Jamar Butler scored 22 points and had a career-best 12 assists and Evan Turner added 17 points in Ohio State's 92-83 victory over Maryland-Baltimore County despite a school record 17 3-pointers by the Retrievers. The Buckeyes (9-3) built a 75-58 lead with 7:15 to play but UMBC's Ray Barbosa got the Retrievers close when he made a pair of 3s with about two minutes left, cutting Ohio State's lead to 79-72..."
Buckeyes Cage Gators, 62-49 December 22, 2007 Source: OSU Official Site - "Ohio State is no longer Gator bait. It's a long way from making up for all the grief that Florida has dished out to Ohio State over the last year, but the Buckeyes got a tiny measure of revenge Saturday with a 62-49 victory over the Gators..." Florida vs. Ohio State Box Score
Buckeyes Get Redemption With Win Over Florida December 22, 2007 Source: Bucknuts.com - "Ohio State's zone defense proved too tough for two-time defending national champion Florida. The Buckeyes held the visiting Gators to 33 percent shooting and cruised to a 62-49 win, avenging a pair of losses to Florida from last season. Kosta Koufos led OSU with 17 points and 10 rebounds, while Jamar Butler had 13 points and five assists. Click this free link for more...updated with notes and quotes..."
Men's Basketball Outshoots Presbyterian, 87-43 December 15, 2007 Source: OSU Official Site - "Buckeyes set Value City Arena records for field goal and 3-point field goal percentage. Kosta Koufos scored 21 points including nine in a 16-0 first-half run, to lead Ohio State past Presbyterian 87-43 on Saturday..." Boxscore
Second-Half Collapse Spells Defeat At Butler December 1, 2007 Source: Bucknuts.com - "Ohio State had No. 16 Butler on the ropes, jumping out to a 14-point first-half lead. But the Buckeyes could not hold on against Butler's veteran team. The Bulldogs rode their patient offense and strong defense, forcing 24 OSU turnovers in what ended up as a 65-46 win for Butler Saturday night at historic Hinkle Fieldhouse..."
Preview Box For North Carolina November 28, 2007 Source: Bucknuts.com - "In our next installment of the basketball preview box, we take a look at the key matchups, strategies and noteworthy statistics leading into tonight's nationally televised game between Ohio State and North Carolina. Bucknuts basketball analyst Jeff Rapp goes to great lengths to assess OSU's chances of pulling off a major upset at Value City Arena, where Thad Matta has never lost to a nonconference foe..."
Buckeyes Slam VMI, 90-57, in St. John Arena November 25, 2007 Source: OSU Official Site - "Jamar Butler set the Ohio State career record for 3-pointers made and Kosta Koufos recorded his first career double-double in a 90-57 victory for the Buckeye men's basketball team Sunday over VMI..." Boxscore
Buckeyes Get Right In 90-57 Bludgeoning Of VMI November 25, 2007 Source: Bucknuts.com - "Freshman Kosta Koufos posted a game-high 22 points and a career-high 14 rebounds as Ohio State bounced back from a loss to Texas A&M Friday night at Madison Square Garden with a 90-57 pounding of VMI Sunday night at St. John Arena. Click this free link for more. Updated..."
Ohio State Falls to Texas A&M in NIT Championship Game November 23, 2007 Source: OSU Official Site/Associated Press - "The Buckeyes suffered their first defeat of the season with a 70-47 loss to No. 15 Texas A&M in the championship game of the preseason NIT Friday night at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Senior Jamar Butler scored 17 points for the Buckeyes..."
Buckeyes Go Stone Cold in Loss to Aggies November 23, 2007 Source: The Ozone - "There's cold, there's very cold, there's inept, and then there's whatever you would call what the Buckeyes were against the Aggies. Check out the-Ozone report on a night the Buckeyes would probably prefer to forget in the Preseason NIT final..."
Final Analysis: Texas A&M 70, Ohio State 47 November 23, 2007 Source: Bucknuts.com - "The good signs were scarce and the alarming ones were plentiful as the Buckeye hoopsters fell apart in the finals of the NIT Season Tip-off at Madison Sqare Garden. Bucknuts basketball analyst Jeff Rapp peers inside Texas A&M's rout over Ohio State, summarizing the decisive moments and indentifying the key performers..."
Koufos scores career-high 24 points and Ohio State beats No. 21 Syracuse in NIT semifinals November 22, 2007 Source: Associated Press - "Ohio State coach Thad Matta doesn't want to anoint freshman Kosta Koufos as the next big thing just yet. The 7-foot freshman scored a career-high 24 points to help the Buckeyes beat No. 21 Syracuse 79-65 on Wednesday night in the NIT Season Tip-Off semifinals. 'Time's going to tell,' Matta said. 'You spend 15 minutes with him and you know he's 18 years old. I really believe we do kids an injustice by...he plays a good game and we blow him up.' Koufos has gotten better every game. He had 18 in his debut against Wisconsin-Green Bay and then scored 19 against Columbia to help Ohio State advance to New York..."
Ohio State - Syracuse Postgame Analysis November 22, 2007 Source: BuckeyeSports.com - "It was supposed to be a battle of youth and inexperience Wednesday night at Madison Square Garden. Both Ohio State and Syracuse had a young, untested team. However, Ohio State took issue with that perception and cruised to a 14-point victory against Syracuse in the semifinals of the NIT Tip-Off. Kyle Lamb dissects the game further..."
Twelve Courtside Comments from the Garden November 22, 2007 Source: The Ozone - "Writer's don't get to sit courtside much anymore, but they do at Madison Square Garden, and it gave us a chance to see some things in the Syracuse game that we normally wouldn't see. Check out Twelve Courtside Comments from the Garden now..."
Men's Basketball Quotes November 19, 2007 Source: OSU Official Site - "The Ohio State men's basketball team leaves for New York Monday for the Dick's Sporting Goods Preseason Tip-Off at Madison Square Garden. The Buckeyes take on Syracuse in the second NIT semifinal at 9 p.m. Wednesday (ESPN2). Ohio State then faces..."
Coach Interview - Thad Matta November 19, 2007 Source: OSU Official Site - "Men's basketball head coach Thad Matta met with the media prior to leaving for New York City where Ohio State will face Syracuse in a Preseason NIT Semifinal matchup."
Men's Basketball Adds Four for 2008-09 November 15, 2007 Source: OSU Official Site - "Menís basketball staff attracts another highly-rated class...When Thad Matta took over the Ohio State men's basketball program in the summer of 2004 he immediately began recruiting student-athletes to improve the program's future. The first player to make a commitment to the Buckeyes that summer had yet to..."
Matta Glows About Latest Recruiting Class November 15, 2007 Source: Bucknuts.com - "Ohio State men's basketball coach Thad Matta had reason to smile after he got all the expected signatures and was able to discuss his four-man class of 2008. The experts all rate the bunch among the top 10 in the country, thanks in large part to the exploits of 7-foot center B.J. Mullens, a local star who committed more than three years ago. (Note: We also have a link to video of Mullens signing and all of the recruits in action.)..."
Ohio State Defeats UW-Green Bay 91-68 November 13, 2007 Source: OSU Official Site - "David Lighty almost doubled his career high with 21 points as Ohio State beat Wisconsin-Green Bay 91-68 Monday night in the opening round of the NIT Season Tip-Off tournament at Value City Arena..."
OSU finds new fountain of youth November 12, 2007 Source: Cleveland Plain Dealer - "Thad Matta has realized it already. There are freshmen, and then there are freshmen..."
Numbers grow in Buckeyes' favor November 9, 2007 Source: Associated Press - "Quality may have fallen but Matta likes quantity: After a year of quality, the Ohio State Buckeyes are experiencing what it's like to have quantity. 'It's amazing,' coach Thad Matta said during preseason workouts. 'We started practice this year with 13 guys and I became claustrophobic. I'd never had that many guys before. Now at least we look better when we walk through an airport and our warmup lines look better.'..."
Bucknuts Staff Predictions: OSU Men's Basketball November 8, 2007 Source: Bucknuts.com - "The 2007-08 Ohio State men's basketball team has tough shoes to fill after last year's squad advanced all the way to the national championship game. Will there be an encore? Or will this young team have some growing pains? We attempt to answer your questions about this year's men's basketball season in this special feature..."
Buckeyes Stunned On Home Court November 7, 2007 Source: BuckeyeSports.com - "A last-second tip-in attempt fell short and the Buckeyes suffered a defeat on their home court to Division II foe Findlay. Get all the details on the game and where the Buckeyes go from here..."
Findlay humiliates 'awful' Buckeyes November 7, 2007 Source: Cleveland Plain Dealer - "Was Ohio State embarrassed by its 70-68 exhibition loss to Division II Findlay on Tuesday night? 'Wouldn't you be?' asked OSU senior point guard Jamar Butler. 'Come on, we got beat by a Division II team. If I said it's no big deal, I'd be lying.'..."
Buckeyes Flunk In Preseason Test vs. Oilers November 7, 2007 Source: The Ozone - "OSU Head Coach Thad Matta wouldn't say he was glad his team lost, but did say "It would have been a shame if we had won" after watching his team fall to Division II Findlay..."
Ohio State - Ashland Recap November 1, 2007 Source: BuckeyeSports.com - "After a magical ride all the way to the National Championship game last season, Ohio State returned to the hardwood Wednesday evening in an exhibition game against Ashland hoping lightning will eventually strike twice. Gone is over 50 points per game from a 35-4 season, but the Buckeyes showed flashes of ability in an 88-59 victory. Kyle Lamb shares his observations of the win..."
Ohio State Wins Exhibition Opener 88-59 Over Ashland October 31, 2007 Source: OSU Official Site - "The Ohio State men's basketball team opened its season Wednesday with an 88-59 exhibition win vs. Ashland at Value City Arena. The game marked the first Ohio State and Big Ten men's basketball game televised on the Big Ten Network..."
Bucks Off And Running With Win Over Ashland October 31, 2007 Source: Bucknuts.com - "The Ohio State men's basketball team controlled the action as hoped in its first exhibition run-through, an 88-59 blowout. The inside combination of newcomer Kosta Koufos and Othello Hunter proved productive, freshman Jon Diebler also joined the starting lineup, and a deep and hungry bench kept up the tempo thanks to a few throwdowns like the one Dallas Lauderdale provides at left...."
Young Bucks Prepping For Debut On Hardwood October 30, 2007 Source: Bucknuts.com - "With an exhibition game with Ashland right around the corner, OSU men's basketball coach Thad Matta is working feverishly to get his newcomers ready for prime time. That hasn't been easy, however, as the Buckeyes feature seven newcomers that are offset by just four veterans. Are the five frosh and two transfers prepared for the trials and tribulations ahead?..."
OSU men's basketball: New look, same respect October 29, 2007 Source: Columbus Dispatch - "With the Ohio State men's basketball team having lost four starters and returning only four regulars from the team that reached the NCAA championship game last season, Butler thought the Buckeyes would be picked to finish in the bottom half of the Big Ten..."
Ohio State men's basketball: 2010 class adds two top-ranked recruits October 22, 2007 Source: Columbus Dispatch - "...Two high school sophomores who visited Saturday have committed to sign with the Buckeyes in two years...Trae Golden, a 6-foot-1 point guard from Powder Springs, Ga...Cameron Wright, a 6-5 guard from Cleveland Benedictine..."
Lighty Looking To Be Complete Player October 19, 2007 Source: Bucknuts.com - "David Lighty was a two-sport star early in his high school days at Cleveland Villa Angela-St. Joseph. And last season during his freshman year at Ohio State, there were fans who wondered if he had picked the wrong sport. However, when the chips were down late in the year, Lighty showed why he was such a highly-regarded prospect. And this year, he is expected to be huge piece of the puzzle for Thad Matta and the Buckeyes..."
OSU Basketball Scrimmage Photos October 20, 2007 Source: Bucknuts.com - "The Buckeye men's basketball team opened doors to the public for a scrimmage that took place before Saturday's football game. Here are photos of the event, taken by Steve Helwagen."
Matta and the Buckeyes Continue to Prepare For Season Opener October 18, 2007 Source: OSU Official Site - "Thad Matta, head coach of the Ohio State menís basketball team, has put his 2007-08 squad through a handful of practices with just under two weeks remaining before the team begins its two-game exhibition season at home Oct. 31 vs. Ashland (7 p.m./Big Ten Network)..."
Men's Basketball Media Day October 10, 2007 Source: OSU Official Site - "Thad Matta and the two-time defending Big Ten champion Buckeyes previewed the upcoming 2007-08 season with media and posed for photos Wednesday at Value City Arena. Listen to audio clips from media day at the links below."
"In the national championship game, eight players were drafted from that game: five in the top nine of the NBA draft. ...If you're going to (compete)... you better have some really, really good players."
Starting over another day at office for Matta
October 11, 2007 Source: Columbus Dispatch - "When coach Thad Matta was asked whether he would like to rebuild the Ohio State men's basketball program every year, he laughed. He started to answer, tripped over a word or two and then tried again. 'That's a great question," he said. "I ask myself that every day.'..."
Basketball Bucks Strap In For Wild Ride October 10, 2007 Source: Bucknuts.com - "The Ohio State men's basketball team has a long way to go if it is to make anyone forget about last year's march to the pinnacle of the postseason -- and that task is doubly daunting considering the loaded schedule the Buckeyes are about to face. A rough nonconference ledger and a full 18-game trek through the Big Ten awaits..."
Public to Get First Glimpse of Menís Basketball Team Oct. 20 October 9, 2007 Source: OSU Official Site - "Thad Matta, head coach of the Ohio State men's basketball team, has scheduled a public scrimmage from noon-1 p.m. Oct. 20 on the main floor of Value City Arena prior to the Ohio State Homecoming football game vs. Michigan State at 3:30 p.m...."
Buckeyes' Matta gets raise, extension September 22, 2007 Source: Associated Press - "Ohio State gave men's basketball coach Thad Matta a raise of almost $500,000, boosting his salary to just under $2.5 million a year and adding another year to his contract through the 2016 season. In an addendum approved by the Ohio State Board of Trustees on Friday, Matta, in his fourth year as head coach, picked up another year on his contract by virtue of winning the 2007 Big Ten regular-season title..."
Gearing Up: Hoopsters Excel In Offseason Workouts September 20, 2007 Source: Bucknuts.com - "The Ohio State men's basketball team doesn't begin to practice officially for another four weeks. However, most of the 11 scholarship players were on hand throughout the summer and made very positive strides under the watchful eye of strength and conditioning coach Dave Richardson. If you are a hoops fanatic anxious to see what the Buckeyes will have in store, this is a must read..."