2009–10 Ohio State Buckeyes men's basketball team

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2009–10 Ohio State Buckeyes men's basketball
Ohio State Buckeyes logo.svg
Big Ten Regular Season Co-Champions
Big Ten Tournament Champions
NCAA Tournament, Sweet Sixteen
Conference Big Ten
Ranking
Coaches #11
2009–10 record 29–8 (14–4 Big Ten)
Head coach Thad Matta
Assistant coach Jeff Boals
Assistant coach Alan Major
Assistant coach Brandon Miller
Home arena Jerome Schottenstein Center
Seasons
« 2008–09 2010–11 »
2009–10 Big Ten Conference men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
#5 Ohio State 14 4   .778     29 8   .784
#10 Purdue 14 4   .778     29 6   .829
#13 Michigan State 14 4   .778     28 9   .757
#16 Wisconsin 13 5   .722     24 9   .727
Illinois 10 8   .556     21 15   .583
Minnesota 9 9   .500     21 14   .600
Northwestern 7 11   .389     20 14   .588
Michigan 7 11   .389     15 17   .469
Indiana 4 14   .222     10 21   .323
Iowa 4 14   .222     10 22   .313
Penn State 3 15   .167     11 20   .355
2010 Big Ten Tournament winner
As of April 3, 2010; Rankings from AP Poll

The 2009–10 Ohio State Buckeyes men's basketball team represented The Ohio State University in the 2009–10 college basketball season. Their head coach was Thad Matta, in his 6th season with the Buckeyes. The team played its home games at the Jerome Schottenstein Center in Columbus, Ohio, and is a member of the Big Ten Conference.

On March 14, 2010, the Ohio State Buckeyes won the Big Ten Tournament for the first time since 2007, defeating the Minnesota Golden Gophers 90–61. The Buckeyes now have three Big Ten Tournament Championships (2002, 2007, 2010), the most of any team in the Big Ten. The Buckeyes also made the 2010 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament, making it for the second consecutive year and four out of the six years Thad Matta has been head coach. They were a 2 seed in the Midwest Region. Ohio State ended the 2009–10 season with a loss to 6 seed and AP #15 Tennessee Volunteers in the Sweet Sixteen. Their final record was 29–8.

Roster[edit]

Evan Turner set new Big Ten records for number of career and single season Player of the Week awards during the 2009–10 Big Ten Conference men's basketball season.
No. Name Ht. Wt. Position Yr. Hometown
2 Simmons, Jeremie 6' 3" 190 Guard Senior Indianapolis, IN
4 Hill, P.J. 6' 1" 165 Guard Senior Minneapolis, MN
10 Days, Eddie 6' 0" 180 Guard Junior Richmond Heights, OH
12 Reynolds, Dustin 6' 6" 215 Forward Junior Portage, OH
13 Peters, Danny 6' 2" 180 Guard Senior New Albany, OH
15 Madsen, Kyle 6' 9" 240 Center Senior Dublin, OH
21 Turner, Evan 6' 7" 205 Guard/Forward Junior Chicago, IL
23 Lighty, David 6' 5" 220 Guard/Forward Junior Cleveland, OH
24 Kecman, Nikola 6' 8" 220 Forward Sophomore Belgrade, Serbia
33 Diebler, Jon 6' 6" 205 Guard Junior Upper Sandusky, OH
34 Titus, Mark 6' 4" 210 Guard Senior Brownsburg, IN
44 Buford, William 6' 5" 190 Guard Sophomore Toledo, OH
45 Sarikopoulos, Zisis 7' 0" 265 Center Sophomore Athens, Greece
52 Lauderdale, Dallas 6' 8" 255 Forward Junior Solon, OH

Source[1]

2010 Recruiting Class[edit]

Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight Commit date
Aaron Craft
PG
Findlay, Ohio Liberty Benton 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 172 lb (78 kg) Jun 7, 2009 
Scout:4/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 92
Jordan Sibert
SG
Cincinnati, Ohio Princeton 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 180 lb (82 kg) Sep 20, 2008 
Scout:5/5 stars   Rivals:4/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 93
Lenzelle Smith
SF
Zion, Illinois Zion Benton 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 200 lb (91 kg) Sep 22, 2008 
Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 94
Jared Sullinger
C
Columbus, Ohio Northland 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 260 lb (120 kg) May 10, 2007 
Scout:5/5 stars   Rivals:5/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 98
Deshaun Thomas
PF
Fort Wayne, Indiana Bishop Luers 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 208 lb (94 kg) Jun 1, 2007 
Scout:5/5 stars   Rivals:5/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 96
J.D. Weatherspoon
PF
Columbus, Ohio Northland 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 200 lb (91 kg) Aug 11, 2009 
Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 91
Overall recruiting rankings:
  • Note: In many cases, Scout, Rivals, 247Sports, and ESPN may conflict in their listings of height and weight.
  • In these cases, the average was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.

Sources:

2009–10 Schedule[edit]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance Record
Regular Season
November 9* 7:00 p.m. Alcorn State #16 Value City ArenaColumbus, OH
(2K Sports Classic Coaches vs. Cancer)
BTN W 100–60  11,015 1–0
November 12* 7:00 p.m. James Madison #16 Value City Arena • Columbus, OH
(2K Sports Classic Coaches vs. Cancer)
BTN W 72–44  11,356 2–0
November 19* 9:30 p.m. vs. #6 North Carolina #15 Madison Square GardenNew York, NY
(2K Sports Classic Coaches vs. Cancer)
ESPN2 L 73–77  15,635 2–1
November 20* 5:00 p.m. vs. #13 California #15 Madison Square Garden • New York, NY
(2K Sports Classic Coaches vs. Cancer)
ESPN2 W 76–70  15,552 3–1
November 24* 7:00 p.m. Lipscomb #17 Value City Arena • Columbus, OH BTN W 84–64  11,555 4–1
November 28* 5:30 p.m. St. Francis (PA) #17 Value City Arena • Columbus, OH BTN W 110–47  12,063 5–1
December 2* 9:30 p.m. #21 Florida State #15 Value City Arena • Columbus, OH
(ACC – Big Ten Challenge)
ESPN2 W 77–64  13,514 6–1
December 5* 12:00 p.m. Eastern Michigan #15 Value City Arena • Columbus, OH ESPNU W 111–60  12,135 7–1
December 12* 12:00 p.m. at #22 Butler #13 Hinkle FieldhouseIndianapolis, IN ESPN L 66–74  9,338 7–2
December 16* 7:00 p.m. Presbyterian #18 Value City Arena • Columbus, OH BTN W 78–48  11,984 8–2
December 19* 4:00 p.m. Delaware State #18 Value City Arena • Columbus, OH ESPNU W 60–44  12,159 9–2
December 22* 8:30 p.m. Cleveland State #17 Value City Arena • Columbus, OH BTN W 72–59  13,462 10–2
December 31 2:00 p.m. at #23 Wisconsin #15 Kohl CenterMadison, WI ESPN2 L 43–65  17,230 10–3 (0–1)
January 3 4:30 p.m. at Michigan #15 Crisler ArenaAnn Arbor, MI BTN L 64–73  13,751 10–4 (0–2)
January 6 8:30 p.m. Indiana Value City Arena • Columbus, OH BTN W 79–54  13,712 11–4 (1–2)
January 9 3:30 p.m. at Minnesota Williams ArenaMinneapolis, MN BTN L 73–62  14,625 11–5 (1–3)
January 12 7:00 p.m. at #6 Purdue Mackey ArenaWest Lafayette, IN ESPN W 70–66  14,123 12–5 (2–3)
January 16 8:00 p.m. #13 Wisconsin Value City Arena • Columbus, OH BTN W 60–51  18,402 13–5 (3–3)
January 19 7:00 p.m. Northwestern #21 Value City Arena • Columbus, OH BTN W 76–56  13,324 14–5 (4–3)
January 23* 2:00 p.m. at #11 West Virginia #21 WVU ColiseumMorgantown, WV CBS L 71–65  15,033 14–6 (4–3)
January 27 8:30 p.m. at Iowa #20 Carver-Hawkeye ArenaIowa City, IA BTN W 65–57  12,132 15–6 (5–3)
January 31 1:00 p.m. Minnesota #20 Value City Arena • Columbus, OH CBS W 85–63  17,125 16–6 (6–3)
February 3 6:30 p.m. Penn State #13 Value City Arena • Columbus, OH BTN W 75–62  14,148 17–6 (7–3)
February 7 12:00 p.m. Iowa #13 Value City Arena • Columbus, OH BTN W 68–58  15,223 18–6 (8–3)
February 10 6:30 p.m. at Indiana #13 Assembly HallBloomington, IN BTN W 69–52  16,442 19–6 (9–3)
February 14 1:00 p.m. at Illinois #13 Assembly HallChampaign, IL CBS W 72–53  16,618 20–6 (10–3)
February 17 6:30 p.m. #4 Purdue #9 Value City Arena • Columbus, OH BTN L 60–57  19,049 20–7 (10–4)
February 21 12:00 p.m. at #11 Michigan State #9 Breslin CenterEast Lansing, MI CBS W 74–67  14,759 21–7 (11–4)
February 24 6:30 p.m. at Penn State #9 Bryce Jordan CenterUniversity Park, PA BTN W 75–67  8,721 22–7 (12–4)
February 27 12:00 p.m. Michigan #9 Value City Arena • Columbus, OH ESPN W 66–55  18,862 23–7 (13–4)
March 2 9:00 p.m. Illinois #5 Value City Arena • Columbus, OH ESPN W 73–57  16,177 24–7 (14–4)
Big Ten Tournament
March 12 12:00 p.m. vs. Michigan #5 Conseco FieldhouseIndianapolis, IN
(Quarterfinals)
ESPN W 69–68  16,207 25–7
March 13 1:40 p.m. vs. Illinois #5 Conseco Fieldhouse • Indianapolis, IN
(Semifinals)
CBS W 88–81 2OT 18,424 26–7
March 14 3:30 p.m. vs. Minnesota #5 Conseco Fieldhouse • Indianapolis, IN
(Championship Game)
CBS W 90–61  14,598 27–7
NCAA Tournament
March 19 10:06 p.m. vs. (15-M) UC Santa Barbara #5 (2-M) Bradley CenterMilwaukee, WI
(Midwest Region First Round)
CBS W 68–51  17,580 28–7
March 21 2:20 p.m. vs. (10-M) Georgia Tech #5 (2-M) Bradley Center • Milwaukee, WI
(Midwest Region Second Round)
CBS W 75–66  18,031 29–7
March 26 7:07 p.m. vs. #15 (6-M) Tennessee #5 (2-M) Edward Jones DomeSt. Louis, MO
(Midwest Region Semifinal)
CBS L 73–76  N/A 29–8
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll Rank indicates seed in the NCAA tournament. E-East region, W-West region, S-South region, M-Midewest Region.

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Game Notes – NCAA Tournament[edit]

First Round: UC Santa Barbara[edit]

Teams 1st 2nd Final
(15) UCSB 17 34 51
(2) OHST 30 38 68

The Buckeyes began the 2010 NCAA Tournament with a first round win over UC Santa Barbara in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The game went back and forth in the early minutes of the first half with Ohio State taking control late. UCSB later came back never being put away by Ohio State, coming within 10 points halfway through the second half. However, Ohio State kept their lead and pulled out a 68–51 win despite Player of the Year nominee Evan Turner only making 2/13 field goals.

Second Round: Georgia Tech[edit]

Teams 1st 2nd Final
(10) GA TECH 26 40 66
(2) OHST 28 47 75

After a commanding win over UCSB in the first round, the Ohio State Buckeyes took on the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets in the second round for a trip to St. Louis and the sweet sixteen. After Georgia Tech started off the game on a 10–2 run, the Buckeyes came back and made a game of it. At the half Ohio State led 28–26 over the Yellow Jackets. The Buckeyes came out shooting after halftime with their biggest lead coming a 14 points. However, Georgia Tech came back in the final three minutes and cut it to a four point game. With a couple made free-throws and great defensive plays, the Buckeyes punched their ticket to the Sweet Sixteen against Tennessee in St. Louis.

Sweet Sixteen: Tennessee[edit]

Teams 1st 2nd Final
(6) TENN 39 37 76
(2) OHST 42 31 73

The Ohio State Buckeyes made their way to the Sweet Sixteen for the first time since 2007 with a matchup against the Tennessee Volunteers. Ohio State jumped out to an early lead in the game with the score going back and forth throughout the first half. By halftime, the Buckeyes had a 42–39 lead, and kept it in the early parts of the second half. However, towards the end of the second half, Tennessee jumped out to a five point lead which was eventually tied. Turner and the Buckeyes could not get a game winning shot at the end and lost to Tennessee 73–76.

Rankings[edit]

Ranking Movement
Legend: ██ Increase in ranking. ██ Decrease in ranking. ██ Not ranked the previous week.
Poll Pre Wk 1 Wk 2 Wk 3 Wk 4 Wk 5 Wk 6 Wk 7 Wk 8 Wk 9 Wk 10 Wk 11 Wk 12 Wk 13 Wk 14 Wk 15 Wk 16 Wk 17 Wk 18 Final
AP 16 15 17 15 13 18 17 15 NR NR 21 20 13 13 9 9 6 5 5
Coaches 17 15 18 15 15 18 17 15 NR NR 25 24 18 16 12 9 7 7 6 11

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