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Men's Basketball
Game Notes from Tournament Title Game – Ohio State vs. Penn State
By Brandon Castel

INDIANAPOLIS — It was another celebration for Thad Matta and the Ohio State Buckeyes Sunday.

Despite not playing their best basketball throughout the weekend—particularly at the offensive end—the Buckeyes captured their second straight Big Ten Tournament title with a 71-60 win over Penn State.

William Buford led the Buckeyes with 18 points, while Jared Sullinger and Jon Diebler chipped in with 15 points apiece. Sullinger also grabbed 11 rebounds and was named Most Outstanding Player for the tournament.

It was Ohio State’s third Big Ten Tournament title, which is the most all-time, and the Buckeyes became just the second team to win the tournament in back-to-back years. They joined Michigan State, who accomplished that feat in 1999-2000, but have not won it since.

More Ohio State Team Notes:

- Ohio State has won six straight games, 11 of its last 13 and 13 of its last 16 games at the Big Ten Tournament. The Buckeyes advanced to the championship game for the fifth time in the last six years.

-Ohio State ties the 2005 Illinois team for the most wins by a Big Ten team entering the NCAA tournament (32) and it marks the second-fewest losses by any Big Ten team heading to the NCAA tourney since Indiana entered the 1976 event undefeated (Illinois was 32-1 during the 2005 regular season).

-For Ohio State, only the 1961-62 team posted a regular season record with fewer losses (23-1).

-The 32 wins are the most by Ohio State entering the NCAA Tournament and the second-most for a season overall. Ohio State was 30-3 during the 2006-07 regular season en route to a 35-4 overall mark and a runner-up finish in the NCAA tournament.

-The Buckeyes have won 47 of their last 51 games overall.

-Ohio State has a 17-8 record in the Big Ten Tournament, the second most wins in the history of the tournament.

-Ohio State is 11-2 as the No. 1 seed in the Big Ten Tournament.

-Ohio State established a Big Ten Tournament championship game record for blocked shots with eight, breaking the old mark of seven set by Purdue vs. Ohio State in 2009. Those eight blocks are also tied for the fifth most by a team in any Big Ten Tournament game.

-The Buckeyes tied the record for most blocks by a team in a Big Ten Tournament with 21, tying Ohio State’s mark from 2007.

Game Notes:

-The fifth session attendance was 15,770. Total attendance for the tournament was 86,767 (an average of 17,353 for the five sessions).

-Ohio State is the third team in history to sweep the women’s and men’s Big Ten Tournament titles, joining Iowa in 2001 and Ohio State in 2010.

-This marks the second time in three years and in history that the same two schools have played in the championship game in both the men’s and women’s Big Ten Basketball Tournaments. In 2009, Purdue and Ohio State met in the title game of both.

-Ohio State is the third team in history to sweep the women’s and men’s Big Ten Tournament titles, joining Iowa in 2001 and Ohio State in 2010.

-Teams totaled 163 total turnovers in the 2011 Big Ten Tournament, an average of just 8.2 per team.

Ohio State Player Notes:

- William Buford, Jon Diebler and Jared Sullinger were all named to the All-Big Ten Tournament team. Sullinger was named the Most Outstanding Player of the tournament.

-Jared Sullinger posted his 17th double-double of the season, his 18th double-digit rebounding game and his 31st double-digit scoring game of the year.

-Sullinger amassed 10 rebounds against Penn State, giving him 41 for the tournament, the most by an Ohio State player (bettering Greg Oden’s 37 in 2007) in a single Big Ten Tournament and tied for third by any player in Big Ten Tournament history behind Iowa’s Reggie Evans, who had 51 in 2001 and 44 in 2002.

-Sullinger became the first player in Big Ten Tournament history to post three double-doubles during one weekend.

-Sullinger was 25-for-38 from the free throw line for the tournament. The 25 made free throws are the second most in tournament history while the 38 free-throw attempts are the most by a player in a single Big Ten Tournament.

-Jon Diebler made a three-pointer for the 50th consecutive game.

-Diebler, passed Jerry Francis (1,486) for 17th on Ohio State’s all-time scoring list, now with 1,493 points.

-David Lighty, passed Larry Bolden (1,408) for 21st place on Ohio State-‘s all-time scoring list, now with 1,413 points.

-William Buford tied Brent Darby for 24th place on Ohio State’s all-time scoring list, now with 1,368 points.

Notes on Ohio State Head Coach Thad Matta:

-Thad Matta is 14-4 in the Big Ten Tournament, the best winning percentage by any coach in the history of the tournament (.778).

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