Game Notes from Ohio State’s Season-Opening Win
By Brandon Castel
For the 12th time in 12 seasons as a head coach, Thad Matta picked up a victory in his season-opener. It was his eighth at Ohio State, as the Buckeyes knocked off Wright State University by a final score of 73-42 on Friday night.
It was the 23rd-straight home win for the Buckeyes, who start the year ranked No. 3 in the country. They have lost only one game at home since the start of the 2009-10 season.
Here are the rest of the notes from Friday’s season-opening victory.
- Ohio State is now 3-0 vs. Wright State and is 55-11 all-time vs. members of the Horizon League. The most recent meeting between the Buckeyes and Raiders took place Dec. 16, 1992 in Columbus; a 76-55 Ohio State victory.
- The Buckeyes outrebounded Wright State 34-28. They improved to 112-17 under Matta when grabbing more boards than the opponent.
- It was the 10th-consecutive game Ohio State’s opponent was held under 67 points. The Buckeyes post a 9-1 record when doing so.
- With the win, Ohio State is 33-5 in November under Coach Matta.
- Matta improved his career record to 293-88 overall and 191-57 at Ohio State.
- The attendance for Friday night’s home-opener was 15,645.
- The Buckeyes are 91-18 in home openers and 87-22 in season openers all-time after defeating Wright State.
- Since the 2009-10 season, the Buckeyes are 38-1 at Value City Arena.
- The win was the 23rd-consecutive victory at home for Ohio State, dating back to a 66-55 win over Michigan Feb. 27, 2010. It’s the fourth longest streak in Buckeye history
- In their last 54 games, the Buckeyes are 49-5.
- Against non-conference opponents, Ohio State is 81-5 (.941) at Value City Arena and 143-23 overall. They own a 106-2 record vs. unranked opponents at home since 2004-05.
- Five newcomers made their collegiate debut in the win vs. Wright State: freshmen Shannon Scott, Sam Thompson, Trey McDonald and Amir Williams along with transfer Evan Ravenel all put on the Scarlet and Gray for the first time.
- William Buford scored 13 points for the Buckeyes, improving his career total to 1,437, passing Paul Ebert (1,136) for 21st place all-time in Ohio State career scoring. He is four behind Bill Hoskett (1,441), for 20th place.
- Buford was 1-3 from behind the 3-point arc to improve his career 3-point field goals made to 154, which is third in Ohio State history.
- The next start will be Buford’s 100 in Scarlet and Gray.
- Jared Sullinger had 19 points to lead the Buckeyes in scoring. It is the 35th time he has scored in double figures in his career.
- Aaron Craft had three steals. It is the 12th time in his career he has had at least that many.
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