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Men's Basketball
Game Notes: Buford Continues to Torch Spartans
By Brandon Castel

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Most Big Ten coaches are counting the days until Jared Sullinger is no longer at Ohio State, but Michigan State coach Tom Izzo might be more excited to see William Buford go.

The junior guard has torched the Spartans in five career meetings, including a game-high 23 points in Tuesday’s 71-61 win.

In his career, Buford is now averaging 16.4 points and 5.3 rebounds per game against the Spartans and he has now scored double-figure points in six-consecutive Big Ten games.

With his 23 points Tuesday, Buford (1,260) passed Ronnie Stokes (1,240) for 28th place on Ohio State’s all-time scoring list. He is 25 points behind Clark Kellogg for 27th place.

More Ohio State Player Notes:

- With two made 3-pointers vs. Michigan State, senior Jon Diebler now has 331 for his career, tying Shawn Respert (331, Michigan State, 1991-95) for second all-time in Big Ten history.

- With two made 3-pointer, Diebler extends his streak to 42 games in a row with at least one 3-pointer made.

- Diebler’s current 3-point field goal percentage of 46.7 percent (71-152) puts him in the record books as having the best single season three-point percentage.

- Diebler’s 46.7 percent shooting percentage from 3-point range is No. 3 nationally.

- Diebler’s 2.76 average of made 3-pointers per game is first in the Big Ten.

- The game vs. Michigan State was Diebler’s 133rd game donning the Scarlet and Gray, tied with Jerry Francis (1986-89) for third all-time.

- The game vs. Michigan State marked senior David Lighty’s 114th career start for Ohio State, tying Herb Williams for sixth-place in career games started in a Buckeye jersey.

- Lighty had one steal, pushing his Ohio State second-place record to 179.

- 11-time Big Ten Freshman of the Week Jared Sullinger finished the contest with 11 points. Sullinger has scored at least 10 points in 23 of 26 games.

Ohio State Team Notes:

- Ohio State sold out Value City for the third time this season and 64th overall. They are 55-13 in sellout games.

- The Buckeyes’ 25-1 overall record is the second-best start in school history (1960-61, 27-0).

- Ohio State is 40-3 in its last 43 games.

- The Scarlet and Gray improve to 28-2 in their last 30 Big Ten games, including 19-1 in their last 20 conference games.

- The Buckeyes are 51-58 vs. the Spartans all-time, with an overall Big Ten record of 713-659.

- Ohio State improves to 3-4 vs. Michigan State at Value City Arena and 37-16 in Columbus.

- The win marks the fifth-consecutive win over Michigan State when the Buckeyes have been ranked.

-Tom Izzo falls to 18-10 vs. Ohio State. The Spartans fall to 1-3 in February.

- The Buckeyes committed 12 fouls. They lead the nation with fewest fouls per game with 14.3.

- Ohio State only committed seven turnovers vs. the Spartans. They are second in the country in turnover margin with a plus-5.7 margin.

- Ohio State’s defense only gave up 61 total points. Its average is 57.8 ppg, which is sixth nationally.

Thad Matta Notes:

- Matta is now 7-6 vs. Michigan State in his career, with an overall mark of 91-38 against Big Ten opponents.

- Matta has won at least 10 Big Ten regular-season games in each of the last six seasons. That effort surpassed Fred Taylor's mark of 10+ league wins in each of the five seasons from 1960-64. Those were during 14-game regular-season slates. The Big Ten played a 16-game schedule in Matta's first three seasons (8, 12, 15 league wins) and an 18-game schedule the last four (10, 10, 14, 11).

- Since Matta took over at Ohio State in 2004-05, the Buckeyes have amassed 80 Big Ten wins, tied with Wisconsin for the most during that time period.

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