Game Notes: Ohio State vs. Michigan
By Brandon Castel
COLUMBUS, Ohio — It was another gritty win for Ohio State, but they all go in the win column just the same.
After scrapping their way to a 58-57 win at Northwestern last weekend, the Buckeyes were in another tight contest Thursday against Michigan.
They actually trailed 26-23 at the half before Jared Sullinger and William Buford led them back for a 62-53 victory.
It was the fourth-straight win over the Wolverines for Thad Matta and his group, and the 23-straight win to start the season. That’s the second-most by any team in school history, four shy of tying the 27-0 start by the 1960-61 team.
That team had Jerry Lucas and John Havlicek. This one has Jared Sullinger and Aaron Craft, along with a talented group of upperclassmen.
Ohio State Team Notes:
* Ohio State currently holds the nation’s longest active winning streak at 23. They are the only remaining unbeaten team in the country. They also have the longest active regular-season win-streak dating back to last season, with 26 wins in a row.
* With the win, the Buckeyes hold the record for the best start to a season after losing the National Player of the Year (Evan Turner). The previous record was held by UCLA in 1969-70 when the Bruins went 21-0 after losing Player of the Year Lew Alcindor.
* The Buckeyes are 10-0 in league play for the first time since the 1961-62 season and for the fourth time in history. Ohio State finished 14-0 in 1961 and had 12-0 starts in 1960 and 1962.
* Ohio State swept the season series vs. Michigan (the Buckeyes defeated the Wolverines 86-64 in Ann Arbor, 1/12/11).
* The Buckeyes are 89-71 vs. the Wolverines all-time, improving their overall Big Ten record to 711-658.
* Ohio State improves to 51-26 vs. Michigan in Columbus.
* The Buckeyes improved to 26-1 in their last 27 Big Ten games.
* Ohio State improved to 64-4 when ranked first in the country by the Associated Press.
* The Buckeyes improved to 37-1 against Big Ten opponents when ranked No. 1 by the Associated Press.
* The 23 first half points by the Buckeyes are the fewest they have had this season (previous low was 27 vs. Northwestern, 1/29/11).
Notes on Ohio State Head Coach Thad Matta:
* The 23-0 record to begin the season is the best start for Thad Matta at Ohio State (previous best was in 2005-06, when the team began 11-0).
* Since Matta took over at Ohio State in 2004-05, the Buckeyes have amassed 79 Big Ten wins, the most of any other team. Wisconsin is second with 78 (The Badgers won 66-59 vs. No. 10 Purdue on Tuesday).
* Matta has won at least 20 games in each of his 11 seasons as a head coach. Only Mark Few (Gonzaga), among active coaches, has more consecutive 20-win seasons to start a career.
* Matta is now 13-2 vs. Michigan in his career, with an overall mark of 89-37 against Big Ten opponents. He is 7-0 vs. the Wolverines in Columbus.
Ohio State Player Notes:
* With nine points, senior David Lighty passed Clark Kellogg (1,285) for 26th-place in Ohio State history for career scoring. He is 20 behind Jamar Butler for 25th-place.
* Lighty has played in 143 games as a Buckeye, the most all-time in an Ohio State uniform. Lighty also leads all NCAA active players in games played (Duke’s Kyle Singler is second with 131).
* Lighty recorded his 117th win as a Buckeye vs. Michigan on Thursday
* The game vs. Michigan marked senior David Lighty’s 111th career start for Ohio State, tying Kelvin Ransey for seventh-place in career games started in a Buckeye jersey.
* With two made 3-pointers, senior Jon Diebler extends his streak to 38 games in a row with at least one 3-pointer made.
* Diebler now has 325 for his career, two away from tying Cory Bradford (327, Illinois, 1998-2002) for third place in career 3-pointers made in Big Ten history.
* Diebler’s current 3-point field goal percentage of 47 percent (65-137) puts him in the record books as having the best single season three-point percentage.
* Diebler’s 2.86 average of made 3-pointers per game is second in the Big Ten.
* Senior Dallas Lauderdale had one block vs. Michigan for his 200th career block. Overall, Lauderdale has 41 of the team’s 80 blocks on the season.
* Big Ten Freshman of the Week (10th-time) Jared Sullinger finished the contest with a team-high 19 points. Sullinger has scored at least 10 points in 21 of 23 games
* Sullinger also added 15 rebounds for the Buckeyes (his 9.9 average is second in the Big Ten), good for his 10th double-double of the season. He now has 233 rebounds on the season.
* The 13 points for William Buford are the 17th time this season he has scored in double-figures.
* Freshman Aaron Craft had three steals, for a total of 40 on the season. (His average of 1.68 is second in the conference).
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