OSU vs. VMI Game Notes
No. 3 Ohio State 107 (5-0), VMI 74 (3-2)
Value City Arena – Columbus, Ohio
Nov. 23, 2011
The Buckeyes dominated from start to finish against the Keydets. Along the way a number of team and individual milestones were met.
· The win was the 27th-consecutive victory at home for Ohio State, dating back to a 66-55 win over Michigan Feb. 27, 2010. It is the fourth-longest streak in Buckeye history. Ohio State is one win away from tying the 2006-07 Buckeyes for the third-longest streak in history.
· The Buckeyes move to 3-0 all-time vs. VMI. The Buckeyes improve to 13-0 all-time vs. members of the Big South Conference. As a ranked team Ohio State is 400-108 overall and when ranked in the AP Top 10, the Buckeyes are 279-59.
· When ranked in the Top 3 of the Associated Press, Ohio State is 136-20.
· As the AP No. 3 ranked team in the nation, Ohio State improved to 31-6 overall.
· Since the 2009-10 season, the Buckeyes are 42-1 at Value City Arena.
· The win vs. VMI was the 103rd win vs. an unranked opponent at Value City Arena.
· The Buckeyes own a 109-2 record vs. unranked opponents at home since 2004-05.
· Ohio State has won 100 of its last 101 games against unranked teams in Columbus.
· Against non-conference opponents, Ohio State is 85-5 (.942) at Value City Arena and 147-23 overall.
· In their last 58 games, the Scarlet and Gray are 53-5.
· The game vs. VMI was the 72nd time in Ohio State history the Buckeyes have scored more than 100 points and 52nd time at home. The Scarlet and Gray are 71-1 in those contests, including a perfect 52-0 at home.
· The 30 assists are tied for the second most in a game in Ohio State history and first since Chicago State, 12/8/90. 31 is the record (Michigan State, 1/6/75).
· This is the 267th-consecutive game Ohio State has made at least one 3-point field goal (1/10/04 vs. Penn State was the last game with zero made).
· Ohio State has now had a player record a double-double in 827 games. The Buckeyes are 568-259 in those contests. Jared Sullinger had his 21st career double-double (17 points, 12 rebounds) vs. VMI.
· The Buckeyes went on a 16-2 run in the first half vs. the Keydets.
·The 57 points in the first half were a season high (46 vs. Jackson State).
· Ohio State shot an impressive 69.7 percent from the field in the first half and 67.6 percent for the game.
· Nine players scored for Ohio State in the first half.
· Ohio State began the second half on a 21-4 run to pull ahead 78 – 48.
· The 107 points scored by Ohio State is a season high (85 vs. North Florida, 11/21/11).
· The 46 made field goals are a season high (34 vs. Jackson St., 11/18/11).
· The 30 assists were a season high (22 vs. Jackson St., 11/18/11) and the most since the Buckeyes produced 29 vs. Alcorn State in 2009.
· Matta improved his career record to 297-88 overall and 195-57 at Ohio State.
· With the win, Ohio State is 37-5 in November under Coach Matta.
· Matta is now 3-0 vs. VMI and 10-0 vs. members of the Big South.
· Matta is now 163-20 overall vs. unranked opponents and 109-2 in Columbus.
· Matta is now 97-18 all-time in games against non-conference opponents at Ohio State.
· Ohio State is now 128-23 (.843) overall at Value City Arena and 124-10 under Matta.
· Ohio State improves to 115-17 under Matta when grabbing more rebounds than its opponent. The Buckeyes outrebounded VMI 47-24.
· The Buckeyes are 163-20 under Matta when leading at the half.
· Ohio State is 180-5 under Matta when leading with five minutes to play.
· When shooting better than the opponent, Ohio State improves to 172-18 under Matta.
· When shooting 50 percent or better from the field, the Buckeyes are 95-7 under Matta.
· With 107 points, the Buckeyes are 133-11 under Matta when scoring more than 70 total points in a game.
· The start was Buford’s 103rd donning the Scarlet and Gray.
· Buford passed the 1,500 mark for career points with 23.
· William Buford scored a season and game high 23 points for the Buckeyes, improving his career total to 1,505, passing Jerry Francis (1,486) for 18th-place and Troy Taylor (1,497) for 17th all-time in Ohio State career scoring. He is 12 behind Evan Turner (1,517) for 16th.
· Buford had three rebounds, eight shy of reaching the 1,500 point and 500 rebound club. Only 15 other Buckeyes have achieved this feat.
· Buford had a season-high six assists. He now has 275 for his career.
· Sullinger had 17 points for the Buckeyes. It is the 39th time he has scored in double figures in his career.
· With 17 points and 12 rebounds, Sullinger earned his 21st career double-double. It was his third-consecutive double-double of the season.
· Sullinger had 12 rebounds. He now has 428 as a Buckeye.
· Sullinger’s fourth-made field goal was his 250th as a Buckeye.
· Sullinger had one assist. He needs one more for 50 in his career.
· Craft had three steals. He has 89 for his career. It is the 16th time in his career he has had at least three in a game.
· It is the sixth game in a row he has had at least three steals.
· Craft had eight assists to push his career total to 202. He had seven in the first half.
· With 13 points, Craft now has 296 as a Buckeye. It’s the 12th time in his career he has scored double figures.
· Thomas had 11 points. It is the 15th time in his career he has scored in double figures.
· Thomas was 3-4 from behind the arc for a career high in makes.
LENZELLE SMITH, JR.
· Smith, Jr. tied a career high with seven seven rebounds (seven vs. Wright State).
· Sibert’s three steals tied a career high (3, vs. UT Martin, 11/20/11).
· Weatherspoon’s 10 points are a season and career high (8, vs. Jackson St., 11/18/11).
· Thompson’s eight points tied a season high (Jackson State, 11/18/11).
· Scott’s eight points were a season high (5, vs. North Florida, 11/21/11).
· Ravenel’s tied a career high with eight points (8, three times).