Southbound SR 315 will close at I-270, and the I-270 eastbound ramp to
SR 315 southbound will close Saturday (12/20) from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. to
install pavement marking. The detour is I-270 eastbound to US 23
northbound to I-270 westbound to SR 315 southbound. A 14 foot 6 inch
bridge height restriction will also be in effect. (ODOT)
For more information about central Ohio road construction, visit www.pavingtheway.org or call (614) 645-PAVE.
No. 17 Ohio State (7-0) vs. Iona (4-6)
Site: Value City Arena (19,049)
Game Time: Noon
Television: Big Ten Network
Talent: Mark Neely (Play by Play)
Bill Hosket (Expert Analysis)
Radio: OSU Radio Network (60 stations)
Local Radio: WBNS FM-97.1 AM-1460
Radio Talent: Paul Keels (P-by-P)
Ron Stokes (Expert Analysis)
Home win streak reaches 10
The Jacksonville win
was the 10th-consecutive in Columbus for the Buckeyes after ending the
2007-08 season with five home victories and starting the 2008-09
campaign 5-0 as well. Two of the wins in the streak were at St. John
Arena, a 73-56 victory over California in the second round of the 2008
National Invitation Tournament (March 24) and a 70-42 victory over
Delaware State to open this season (Nov. 20).
Lighty Suffers Setback
Junior David Lighty,
a guard from Cleveland, Ohio, will miss 6-12 weeks following surgery
Dec. 18 to repair a break in his left foot. Lighty underwent surgery on
the fifth metatarsal in which a screw was inserted by Dr. Grant Jones
at the OSU Medical Center. Lighty is the most experienced Buckeye with
83 career appearances and 51 starts. In seven games this season, all
wins, Lighty averaged 9.7 points and 5.7 rebounds.
December record 27-3 for Matta
Since Thad Matta
took over the Ohio State men’s basketball program at the start of the
2004-05 season, the Buckeyes have a record of 27-3 in the month of
December. The Buckeyes are 21-4 under Matta’s direction in November.
Year December Rcd.
Buckeyes Crack Top 25
Following wins over No.
21 Miami and No. 7 Notre Dame and a home win vs. Butler, Ohio State
enters the Iona game ranked No. 17 in the Associated Press and No. 16
in the ESPN/USA Today polls this week. The Buckeyes are 332-95 all time
when ranked among the Top 25 teams (AP). Ohio State is 9-1 as the No.
17 team in the Associated Press Poll.
Top 25 Buckeyes at the VCA
Ohio State is 40-3
all-time at Value City Arena when ranked among the Top 25. The Buckeyes
have won their last 27 games as a ranked team at VCA. The last loss was
a double-overtime setback (62-59) to No. 14 Michigan State Jan. 15,
2006. Ohio State entered that game as the No. 19 team nationally.
Turner Earns Big Ten POW
Sophomore Evan Turner
earned his first weekly laurel after leading Ohio State to a pair of
victories against ranked opponents. Turner scored a career-high 28
points in the win vs. No. 7 Notre Dame (Dec. 6) at the Hall of Fame
Showcase in Indianapolis, earning game MVP honors. Against No. 21 Miami
(Dec. 2) in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge, Turner scored 19 points, all in
the second half, to give the Buckeyes a come-from-behind win on the
road. Against the Irish, Turner also played all 40 minutes and
connected on 11-of-16 field goal attempts, all career highs. In those
two games, Turner averaged 23.5 points, 8.0 rebounds and 4.5 assists.
He connected on 57 percent of his shots (17-30) and 86 percent of his
foul shots (12-14).
Ohio State remains undefeated
Ohio State is one
of several schools with unblemished records following the win over
Jacksonville Wednesday. The Buckeyes are on a 12-game win streak as
well, the longest nationally. Following a loss to Michigan State in the
2008 Big Ten Tournament, the Buckeyes rattled off five-consecutive wins
to claim the 2008 National Invitation Tournament before earning wins in
each of seven games to date this season.
Rk. Team Next Streak
1 Ohio St. vs Iona 12/20/2008 12
2 Clemson at Miami, Fla. 12/21/2008 11
Pittsburgh at Florida St. 12/21/2008 11
4. Illinois St. vs. Ill.-Chicago 12/20/08 10
Oklahoma VCU 12/20/2008 10
BYU Arizona St. 12/20/2008 10
Ranked foes Fall vs. Buckeyes
21 Miami (W, 73-68/Dec. 2) and No. 7 Notre Dame (W 67-62/Dec. 6) fell
to the unranked Buckeyes. The Hurricanes played host to Ohio State in
the Big Ten/ACC Challenge while the Fighting Irish and Buckeyes met on
a neutral court in Indianapolis. Ohio State is 125-208 all time vs.
ranked opponents. The Buckeyes have won four of the last five outings
vs. ranked opponents, including back-to-back home wins last March vs.
No. 15 Purdue (80-77 in overtime, 3/4) and No. 17 Michigan State
(63-54, 3/9). Ohio State wins vs. the Hurricanes and Fighting Irish
matched the two-consecutive wins vs. ranked opponents away from
Columbus vs. No. 5 Memphis (92-76) in San Antonio, Texas, and No. 9
Georgetown (67-60) in Atlanta during the 2007 NCAA Tournament.
Buckeyes in the Big Ten, NCAA
Sophomore Dallas Lauderdale
leads the Big Ten with 4.0 blocks a game. Marcus Landry of Wisconsin is
No. 2 with 2.00 a contest (20 in 10 games). Lauderdale’s total of 28
(in 7 games) tops his total of 15 rejections recorded as a freshman.
No. 1 steals 3.14 spg.
No. 2 defensive rebounds 6.0 drpg.
No. 5 scoring 16.3 ppg.
No. 5 rebounding 7.4 rpg.
No. 4 3 FGs per game 2.57
No. 5 Minutes 32.86 mpg.
No. 2 blocked shots 7.43 bpg.
field goal pct. def. .366
defensive rebounds 25.71 drpg.
scoring defense 52.9 ppg.
No. 4 scoring margin +13.6 ppg.
steals 8.29 spg.
turnover margin +3.29
No. 5 rebounding offense 34.6 rpg.
Noting the Buckeyes...
Sophomore Jon Diebler
reached 50 career 3-pointers made (66-209) with three made vs. Delaware
State Nov. 20 ... he is connecting on 41.9 percent of his treys (18-43)
this season, up from 28.9 percent (48-166) as a freshman ... he set a
career mark with six made 3s in the win vs. Miami, Fla. (Dec. 2) ...
Diebler has played in 44 games to date with 15 starts ... he reached
100 career rebounds with three vs. Butler Dec. 13 ... for his career
and his scoring average is up from 5.9 ppg. as a freshman to 10.7 ppg.
this season ... he had played 999 career minutes for an average of 22.7
a game as a Buckeye.
Sophomore Dallas Lauderdale
made his first career start vs. Delaware State (Nov. 20) ... he has
rejected 28 shots this season in seven games after blocking 15 in 32
games as a freshman ... Lauderdale is the first Buckeye to reach seven
blocks (vs. DSU) in a game since Greg Oden
swatted seven Michigan attempts at Value City Arena in 2007 ...
Lauderdale is shooting 63.3 percent from the field (19-30) and is a
career 61 percent shooter (31-51) ... he leads the conference in
blocked shots per game (4.0).
started his 44th-consecutive game in the win vs. Jacksonville Dec. 17
... he suffered a broken bone in his left foot in the JU game and will
be out 6-12 weeks ... he has 51 career starts to his credit ... Lighty
reached 500 points for his career (544) with 11 at Miami--in 83 games
he has averaged 6.6 points a game ... he tied his career high with 21
points vs. Jacksonville.
Junior Kyle Madsen
appeared in his 17th game as a Buckeye in the most recent outing vs.
Jacksonville ... he logged 12 minutes of court time and grabbed a
career-best six rebounds vs. Samford.
Sophomore Evan Turner
has been a consistent contributor so far this season ... in the Notre
Dame win, Turner scored a career-high 28 points while playing all 40
minutes, a career best ... he was named the MVP of the Hall of Fame
Showcase game vs. the Irish and was the Big Ten player of the week
(Dec. 8) ... against Samford, Turner recorded a double-double with a
game-high 16 points and a career-best 13 rebounds ... he also had a
career-high five steals and added four assists in the Samford game ...
against Miami, Turner scored 19 points, all in the second half, to help
rally the Buckeyes to a 73-68 win ... Turner reached 100 career assists
(120) in the win vs. DSU with three ... he led the team with 14 points
in the Butler win Dec. 13 while also adding four steals ... has at
least one assist in every game this season and leads the Buckeyes in
helpers with 22 ... closing on 500 career points (427) ... has 2 or
more steals in every game this season and in each of the last 9 games
... 19 career games with 2 or more thefts.
Freshman William Buford’s
debut was effective with 13 points on 5 of 10 shooting from the field
in 22 minutes, he also added a 3-pointer and a couple assists vs. DSU
... he was credited with three steals in the win vs. Bowling Green ...
against Notre Dame, Buford sparked the Buckeyes with nine first-half
points to help knock off the No. 7 ranked Irish ... added eight in the
Jacksonville game (Dec. 17).
Junior transfer Jeremie Simmons
was one of three Buckeyes in double figures with 10 points in the
season opener vs. Delaware State ... Simmons knocked down 3 of 6
3-point attempts and 1 of 2 foul shots ... he has 12 made 3s on the
year, including the go-ahead trey in the road win vs. No. 21 Miami Dec.
2 ... his two foul shots late vs. Notre Dame helped secure the 67-62
win for the Buckeyes ... he has made a 3-pointer in each game this
season and along with Turner, has at least one assist in all seven
games to date ... was presented with his 2008 NJCAA Division II
National Championship ring before JU game Dec. 17 ... earned
back-to-back national titles at Mott Community College before joining
the Ohio State program.
Center B.J. Mullens
spent most his freshman debut vs. DSU at the foul line knocking down 5
of 6 charity tosses ... against Samford, he contributed eight points in
18 minutes to go with two steals ... his 11 points vs. Notre Dame was a
career high effort ... he also added seven boards vs. the Irish.
Rookie point guard Anthony Crater
played 17 minutes in his debut and recorded one assist and a steal vs.
DSU ... he played 11 minutes vs. Notre Dame and recorded two assists
and a steal.
Buckeyes Open Season at St. John
returned to the longtime home of the Buckeyes (St. John Arena) in the
season opener because of a conflict at Value City Arena, Ohio State’s
home court since the 1998-99 season. The Buckeyes have an all-time
record of 430-151 (.740) over 42 seasons (1957-1998) at St. John plus
four games played there since the move to the VCA. Ohio State played
two games last year at St. John, a regular-season win vs. Virginia
Military (90-57/Nov. 25, 2007) and a victory vs. California (73-56) in
the second round of the 2008 NIT March 24. More than 6.6 million fans
have attended games at the 13,276-seat venue.
Iona series Information
Ohio State is 0-1 in
the series with Iona. The teams met for the only time previously Nov.
11, 1981, a 58-57 Iona victory at the Great Alaska Shootout in
Anchorage, Alaska. The game was the season opener for the Buckeyes that
Ohio State vs. the metro atlantic Athletic conference
State is 2-2 all-time vs. teams representing the Metro Atlantic
Athletic Conference. Oho State last defeated a MAAC team Nov. 24, 1997,
an 68-57 victory over Rider in Columbus. Ohio State is 1-0 vs. both
Siena and Rider and 0-1 vs. Manhattan and Iona. Canisius, Fairfield,
Loyola (Md.), Marist, Niagra and St. Peters have never played the
Noting the Jacksonville Game
• Ohio State has won the last 52 games in Columbus vs. unranked opponents, 48 of which have been played at Value City Arena.
• Thad Matta
is 63-1 vs. unranked opponents in Columbus since taking over the Ohio
State program in 2004-05. The only loss was an overtime setback to
Minnesota Jan. 19, 2005 (60-56).
• Ohio State has not lost in
Columbus as a ranked team to an unranked non-conference opponent since
a 76-67 setback to South Alabama Dec. 16, 1980, a span of 39 games. The
Buckeyes were ranked No. 7 in that game.
• Ohio State is on a
12-game win streak after five-consecutive victories to end the 2007-08
season and victories in the first seven games this year. Ohio State won
the 2008 National Invitation Tournament at Madison Square Garden in New
• Thad Matta
improved his career record to 214-66 in his ninth season as a head
coach ... He is 112-35 in his fifth year at Ohio State ... Matta has
started the season 7-0 in two seasons at Ohio State (2005-06, 2008-09).
• Ohio State is 332-95 all time when ranked in the AP Top 25.
• Ohio State is 40-3 at VCA when ranked among the AP Top 25. The Buckeyes have won the last 27 games at VCA as a Top 25 team.
• Jeremie Simmons
was recognized and presented with his junior college national
championship ring during a pregame ceremony. Simmons spent two seasons
with Mott Community College where he was named MVP of the NJCAA
national tournament last year and led Mott to back-to-back Division II
• Ohio State is 2-0 in the series with Jacksonville and 10-0 all-time vs. teams representing the Atlantic Sun Conference.
• Ohio State has a record of 57-4 vs. non-conference teams at Value City Arena and is 95-19 overall at the VCA.
• Seven different players have scored in double figures at least once this season. Evan Turner leads the team with six games, while David Lighty has tallied 10 or more points in four games and Diebler has three games.
Lighty tied his career best in points with a game-high 21 points.
Lighty went 7-of-8 from the field and 5-of-7 from the charity line ...
He also tallied four assists, seven rebounds and three steals
State went on an 18-2 run from 18:21 (down 0-4) to 12:25 in the first
half to make the score 18-6. Lighty contributed seven points in the run.
Nine of Ohio State’s first 18 points were off four Jacksonville
turnovers ... the Buckeyes made eight of their first 12 shots (67
• With a 3-point basket in the first half, Jeremie Simmons
continued his streak of a made 3-pointer in every game this season.
Simmons also went 2-for-4 from 3-range and is now 12-for-34 on the year.
With a 45-34 halftime lead, the Buckeyes led at the half for the sixth
time in seven games. Ohio State is now 6-0 when leading at the half
• Five Buckeyes knocked down a 3-point basket, marking
the first time since the 2008 NIT title game against Massachusetts
April 3, 2008 ... Simmons, Turner, Lighty, Diebler and Buford each
scored from behind the arc in tonight’s match-up.
• Four players
scored double figures, the first since the NIT championship game last
season vs. Massachusetts and the last time the squad recorded 10
3-point baskets (10-of-16).
• Simmons posted a season-high 10 points.
• Ohio State is 3-0 this season and 74-8 under Matta when scoring 70 or more points.
• Ohio State is 101-4 under Thad Matta when leading with five minutes to play in the second half..
Opponents ranked in preseason
(No. 20 in ESPN/USA Today and No. 18 in the AP polls), Notre Dame
(13/12), Purdue (17/14), Miami, Fla., (25/RV) all are ranked among the
Top 25 teams nationally. Michigan, Wisconsin, Illinois, Minnesota,
Northwestern, West Virginia and Butler are receiving votes for Top 25
Kecman to miss 12 games
Sophomore transfer Nikola Kecman
will miss the first 12 (5 more) regular-season games to satisfy an NCAA
penalty for playing on a team in his native Serbia before coming to the
United States. The NCAA determined the team provided some players (not
Kecman) with benefits above necessary expenses. Kecman, who did not
benefit for playing for the team, is required to sit out two games for
every one he played (6) for the foreign team.
Redd Represents Ohio State at 2008 Olympics
Redd, who played for the Buckeyes from 1998-2000, represented Ohio
State and his native Columbus on the United States senior national team
at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, China. Redd is the third Buckeye to
play on the U.S. Olympic men’s basketball team. Jerry Lucas (1960-62)
played on the 1960 squad and Bill Hosket (1966-68) represented Ohio
State on the 1968 team. Lucas, Hosket and Redd all helped the United
States earn gold medals. Redd and the 2008 U.S. squad claimed gold with
a win over Spain.
Thad Matta added another “M” to his coaching staff with the addition of Brandon Miller,
who left his alma mater, Butler, to return to the Ohio State staff as
an assistant coach. Miller was the Buckeyes’ director of basketball
operations for two seasons (2005, 2006) and the Ohio State video
coordinator (2007) before returning to Butler, where he graduated in
2003, as a full-time assistant for the 2007-08 season. Miller replaces
John Groce, who left for the head coaching job at Ohio last summer. The
entire Ohio State coaching staff is listed under “M” in the athletics
department staff director. Alan Major is in his fifth season in Columbus and Archie Miller, no relation to Brandon, is in his second season as a Buckeye assistant coach.
Newcomers Dominate Ohio State Roster in 2008-09
is no stranger to retooling when it comes to his roster. In the last
three years his teams have had four new starters each season with point
guard Jamar Butler
being the only mainstay. With Butler gone after a remarkable four-year
career, Matta welcomes eight new faces to the Ohio State program this
season. Four scholarship freshmen, two junior college transfers,
another transfer from a four-year NCAA Division I school and a walk-on
join eight returnees from the 2007-08 campaign. As has been the case
over the last four years, Matta recruited some of the nation’s most
talented high school student-athletes in William Buford (Toledo, Ohio), Anthony Crater (Flint, Mich.), B.J. Mullens (Columbus, Ohio) and Walter Offutt (Indianapolis). From the JC ranks, the Buckeyes welcome junior Jeremie Simmons (Chicago) and Nikola Kecman, a sophomore from Belgrade, Serbia. Zisis Sarikopoulos,
a transfer from Alabama-Birmingham and native of Athens, Greece, will
join Ohio State for the start of fall camp in September.
Buford, Mullens Add to Ohio State’s McDonald’s list
William Buford and B.J. Mullens
represented Ohio State and the nation’s top high school recruits March
29 at the Bradley Center in Milwaukee, Wis., in the 2008 McDonald’s
All-American game. Buford played for the East team and Mullens for the
West. Thad Matta
has added a total of six McDonald’s All-Americans to the Buckeye men’s
basketball program in his five years in Columbus. Thirteen Buckeyes
have been associated with the annual event. Four McDonald’s
All-Americans were a part of Ohio State’s 2006-07 squad that finished
35-4 overall, 15-1 in Big Ten Conference play, won the league
regular-season title outright and played for the NCAA national title
vs. Florida in April of 2007. Ivan Harris, Greg Oden, Mike Conley Jr., and Daequan Cook,
all former McDonald’s All-Americans, played for the Buckeyes in
2006-07. Clark Kellogg (1979), Perry Carter (1987), Treg Lee (1987),
Jim Jackson (1989), Charles Macon (1992), Greg Simpson (1992) and Kosta Koufos
(2007) all played for Ohio State after playing in the McDonald’s
All-American game. Harris played in the 2003 event while Oden, Conley
Jr. and Cook played in the 2006 contest.
Depth, full roster provide Options for Matta
Jamar Butler ran the point for the Buckeyes exclusively as a sophomore and senior while sharing the post with Mike Conley Jr.
in 2006-07. Butler averaged 36 minutes a game as a senior and more than
30 minutes over 139 career appearances, an Ohio State record for career
games played. Matta hopes to rotate personnel more in 2008-09 at the
guard position and throughout the lineup with a full roster of
13-scholarship players and the availability of two walkons. Only
transfer Zisis Sarikopoulos will be unavailable this season as he sits out to satisfy NCAA transfer rules after playing one season at UAB last year.
Inexperience will be prevalent at the point guard position but there are options. Freshman Anthony Crater, junior college transfer Jeremie Simmons and returnee P.J. Hill
all will vie for playing time. Crater is closest to a true point guard
with the ability to create shots for others while finding openings to
get to the basket. Simmons was a scorer at the JC level but also has
proven abilities at running the offense. Hill subbed for Butler a year
ago and displayed the ability to get to the basket while creating
chances for his teammates.
At the wing position, Ohio State will feature its most experience. David Lighty, Evan Turner and Jon Diebler all return while freshmen William Buford and Walter Offutt
bring impressive high school statistics to the table. The depth at this
position will make for intense competition throughout the year.
Inside play will feature the nation’s top recruit, freshman B.J. Mullens, a 7-0 skilled offensive player with rebounding and shot blocking abilities. He will battle alongside sophomore returnee Dallas Lauderdale,
who has made strides physically over the summer and will likely make
his presence felt defensively with his size, length and leaping
ability. Newcomer Nikola Kecman, a sophomore junior college transfer, also provides size at 6-8 with outside shooting abilities. Another returnee, Kyle Madsen also will see time down low after spending two years in the program as a transfer from Vanderbilt.
Non-conference schedule to ready Buckeyes for Big Ten
young Ohio State team will be tested several times in non-conference
action before opening a grueling 18-game Big Ten conference slate. The
Buckeyes took on Miami (Fla.) on the road in the annual Big Ten/ACC
Challenge. Later that week, Ohio State travels to Indianapolis to face
Notre Dame, one of four schools from the state of Indiana on the
2008-09 schedule. The ND game will be part of a doubleheader at Lucas
Oil Stadium, the new home of the Indianapolis Colts. Indiana and
Gonzaga make up the first game of the event. Butler University, alma
mater of both Ohio State head coach Thad Matta and assistant coach Brandon Miller,
travels to Columbus for the third game of a four-game series with the
Bulldogs. West Virginia, coached by longtime Cincinnati coach and
former Ohio State assistant Bob Huggins, begins a home-and-home series
with the Buckeyes at Value City Arena in late December. Conference play
begins in early January. Ohio State will face eight league teams twice
with Wisconsin (in Madison) and Penn State (in Columbus) taking on the
Buckeyes once this year.
Buckeyes Among Nation’s elite teams with Matta at helm
The Buckeyes have won at least 20 games in each of the four seasons with Thad Matta
as head coach. The 2006-07 squad won a school-record 35 games on its
way to the NCAA title game. The 2007-08 team won 24 games and claimed
the 2008 National Invitation Tournament championship. In the last three
years, Matta’s Buckeyes have 85 wins against just 23 setbacks, the
seventh best win total and win percentage (.797) nationally over the
last three seasons.
Best Winning Percentage,
last 3 seasons (2006-08)
Memphis 104 10 .912
Kansas 95 16 .856
UCLA 97 17 .851
North Carolina 90 18 .833
Florida 92 23 .800
Duke 82 21 .796
Ohio State 85 23 .787