Game Notes from a Senior Day Send-off
By Brandon Castel
COLUMBUS, Ohio — It was one heck of a send off for seniors David Lighty, Jon Diebler and Dallas Lauderdale.
Not only did the Buckeyes celebrate an outright Big Ten championship on the final day of the regular season, they did it with a blowout win over Wisconsin.
Lighty called it “a great way to go out,” and coach Thad Matta said “I don’t know if you could script it much better.” Ohio State went 14-of-15 from behind the arc and held Jordan Taylor to just eight points as they more than avenged their first loss of the season up in Madison.
Playing in his final game at Value City Arena, Diebler knocked seven of his eight tries from behind the arc as the Buckeyes beat Wisconsin 93-65. Afterwards, they cut down the nets for the 19th time in school history, which trails only Purdue (22) and Indiana (20) for most Big Ten titles.
More Ohio State Team Notes:
- The 93 points are the most by Ohio State in a Big Ten game this season.
-93 points is also the most points allowed by Wisconsin all season. Their previous high was just 70 in a loss to Purdue.
-Sunday’s win marked the first time Ohio State has scored 90+ points in a win over Wisconsin since the 1991 season when they defeated the Badgers 92-60 on 1/12/91. The only other time they have scored 90 points against Wisconsin since then was a 94-92 overtime loss back on 2/6/02.
- The 93.3 percent from 3-point range sets an NCAA Division I record. The previous high percentage was 91.7 percent, set by Drexel vs. Delaware (11-12) on 12/3/00.
- The 14-consecutive made 3-point field goals also set an NCAA Division I record. The previous record of consecutive made 3-point field goals was 11 set by Niagra vs. Siena (1/7/87) and Eastern Kentucky vs. UNC-Asheville (1/14/87).
- The Buckeyes shattered their previous 3-point field goal percentage record for a game, shooting 93.3 percent from behind-the-arc. The previous record was .727 vs. Northwestern on 1/17/96.
- The 14 made 3-point field goals in a game are the sixth-most in Ohio State history (18 vs. LSU, 1/15/05 is the record).
- The 20-0 undefeated record at home this season is now the new record for most home wins in a season, surpassing the 2006-07 and 2009-10 seasons that both went 18-0.
- The 29 win total is tied for the No. 2 spot in Ohio State history for overall wins in a season with last year’s team. The record is 35 wins set during the 2006-07 season that saw the Buckeyes appear in the national championship.
- The 29 wins are the most in a regular season in Ohio State history. The previous best was 27 during the 2006-07 season (27-3).
- With the win over Wisconsin, Ohio State extends its home win streak to 22 games dating back to last season. It is now the fourth-longest streak in Buckeye history.
- The contest vs. Wisconsin was the 66th sellout in Value City Arena history and fifth of the year. Ohio State is 53-13 in the home sellouts. The Buckeyes are 43-9 in Big Ten sellouts at home.
- The Buckeyes are 82-65 vs. the Badgers all-time, with an overall Big Ten record of 717-660.
- Ohio State improves to 52-21 vs. Wisconsin in Columbus.
- Ohio State is 44-4 in its last 48 games.
- Wisconsin’s Jordan Taylor finished the game with only eight points. In the previous meeting earlier this season, Taylor led the Badgers with 27 points. Taylor’s previous Big Ten low in points was 13 vs. Penn State on 2/20/11.
- Ohio State only committed seven turnovers vs. the Badgers. They are first in the Big Ten and second nationally in turnover margin with a plus-5.5 margin.
- Ohio State has the best field goal percentage in the Big Ten with a .500 (863 - 1,726).
- Ohio State is the first school in Big Ten history to have two teams on separate occasions win the Big Ten regular season championship after losing the conference Player of the Year. They won the title in 2006-07 after losing Terrence Dials and again this year after losing Evan Turner (The other three schools are Michigan State, 2000-01, Morris Peterson; Illinois, 2003-04, Brian Cook; Wisconsin, 2007-08, Alando Tucker).
Ohio State Player Notes:
- Five different Buckeyes made 3-pointers in today’s game (Diebler, Buford, Lighty, Thomas and Sibert).
-Jon Diebler’s seven 3-pointers are the most ever by a Buckeye vs. Wisconsin. The previous record was six set by Scoonie Penn (2/24/99).
- Diebler was 7-of-8 (.875) from 3-point range, including seven in a row. Including Ohio State’s last game vs. Penn State, Diebler has connected on 17-20 (.850) from 3-point range.
- Diebler’s current 3-point field goal percentage of 51 percent (95-186) puts him in the record books as having the best single season three-point percentage.
- Diebler’s 51 percent shooting percentage from 3-point range is No. 1 in the Big Ten.
- With 27 points against the Badgers, Diebler now has 1,449 career points, passing Paul Ebert (1,436) and Bill Hosket (1,441) to move into 18th place in career scoring at Ohio State. He is 37 points behind Jerry Francis (1,486) for 17th-place.
- The game vs. Wisconsin was Diebler’s 138th game in the Scarlet and Gray, the third most all-time. He is one start away from tying Jamar Butler (139, 2005-08) for second.
- With 13 points, David Lighty now has 1,393 for his career, passing Brian Brown for 22nd-place in career scoring at Ohio State.
- The game vs. Wisconsin marked senior David Lighty’s 119th career start for Ohio State, passing Jamar Butler (2005-08) for fourth-place in career games started in a Buckeye jersey.
- 11-time Big Ten Freshman of the Week Jared Sullinger finished the contest with 22 points. Sullinger has scored at least 10 points in 27 of 31 games. It is also the eighth time this season he has scored 20 or more points.
- With 22 points, Sullinger adds to his mark of becoming just the 29th Buckeye all-time to score more than 500 points in a season. He now has 536 on his rookie campaign. Kosta Koufos is the last freshman to reach 500 points in a rookie season with 534 in 2008-09. Evan Turner and William Buford each scored more than 500 points last season.
- Sullinger passed Kosta Koufos (534) for second place in scoring during a freshman season. He has 536.
- Sullinger needs four rebounds to tie Greg Oden (306, 2007) for most rebounds in a season by a freshman at Ohio State.
- Junior guard William Buford had 18 points, passing Jim Cleamons (1,335) for 26th-place in career scoring at Ohio State. His career total now stands at 1,338. Brent Darby is 24th with 1,368.
- Buford is the career leading scorer in the Big Ten for all juniors, leading John Shurna of Northwestern by 39.
Notes on Head Coach Thad Matta:
- The 20-0 home record is Matta’s second perfect home record at Ohio State (2006-07).
- Thad Matta teams own four of the top eight single season win totals in Ohio State history.
- Matta’s career record now stands at 287-87 overall and 185-56 at Ohio State.
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