Ohio State Buckeyes men's basketball
|Ohio State Buckeyes|
|University||The Ohio State University|
|Head coach||Thad Matta (7th year)|
|Arena||Value City Arena
Scarlet and Gray
|NCAA Tournament champions|
|NCAA Tournament runner up|
|1939, 1961, 1962, 2007|
|NCAA Tournament Final Four|
|1939, 1944, 1945, 1946, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1968, 1999*, 2007, 2012|
|NCAA Tournament Elite Eight|
|1939, 1944, 1945, 1946, 1950, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1968, 1971, 1992, 1999*, 2007, 2012, 2013|
|NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen|
|1960, 1961, 1962, 1968, 1971, 1980, 1983, 1991, 1992, 1999*, 2007, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013|
|NCAA Tournament appearances|
|1939, 1944, 1945, 1946, 1950, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1968, 1971, 1980, 1982, 1983, 1985, 1987, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1999*, 2000*, 2002*, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013|
|Conference tournament champions|
|2002*, 2007, 2010, 2011, 2013|
|Conference regular season champions|
|1925, 1933, 1939, 1944, 1946, 1950, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1968, 1971, 1991, 1992, 2000*, 2002*, 2006, 2007, 2010, 2011, 2012|
The Ohio State men's basketball team represents The Ohio State University in NCAA Division I college basketball competition. The Buckeyes are a member of the Big Ten Conference. The Buckeyes won their only National Championship in 1960 and have made a total of 21 NCAA Tournament appearances (plus four additional appearances that were later rescinded). The Buckeyes share a classic rivalry with the Michigan Wolverines, in which OSU has an 83–70 series lead. The Ohio State University is one of only two teams (the other being Villanova) to make an NCAA tournament appearance every decade since the 1930s.
The Buckeyes play their home games at Value City Arena in The Jerome Schottenstein Center which opened in 1998. The official capacity of the center is 19,200. Ohio State ranks 18th in the nation in average home attendance.
- 1 Team history
- 2 Facilities
- 3 Coaches
- 4 Accomplishments
- 5 Record vs. Big Ten opponents
- 6 Awards
- 7 All-time statistical leaders
- 8 Notable players
- 9 References
- 10 External links
Early years and Olsen era (1898–1958)
The first basketball team at The Ohio State University was formed in 1892, playing their first game against East High. Sparing success followed the Buckeyes throughout their time as an independent school. In the year 1912, some thirteen years after forming their first basketball team, the Buckeyes joined the Big Nine Conference, which would eventually be known as the Big Ten Conference. Within the first years in the Big Ten conference, the Buckeyes were not able to mount a sustained run and continued to waiver inside the conference standings, never finishing higher than second in the conference standings. In 1923, Harold Olsen became head coach for the Buckeyes, launching the longest basketball coaching dynasty for OSU (24 seasons) Harold Olsen began to see success at Ohio State with the Buckeyes first conference championship during the 1922–1923 season. The Olsen era is also highlighted by appearing in the final game for the first ever NCAA Championship Tournament in 1939 where the Buckeyes lost to Oregon 33–46. The Buckeyes would make three more Final Four appearances under Olsen, along with winning five Big Ten championships. Following Harold Olsen as head coach Tippy Dye and Floyd Stahl made their stints with the Buckeyes. While not seeing the same amount of success as Olsen did, Dye and Stahl with one NCAA Tournament appearance between the two men. With the closing of the 1950s, the Ohio State basketball team was not considered a national powerhouse and continued to grow and develop and led to the hiring of a man who would change basketball at Ohio State and bring national fame to the university.
Success and Fred Taylor era (1959–1997)
Of all other Buckeye coaches, it was Fred Taylor who would give Ohio State basketball its greatest claim to fame. With the hiring of Taylor in 1958, not much was expected following an 11–11 season during the 1958–1959 season. However in 1960, the second year coach, Taylor, and All-American player, Jerry Lucas, led the Buckeyes to their first NCAA Championship Title, defeating California 75–55 in the final game. The 1960 championship season is the only NCAA Tournament championship that the Buckeyes have compiled since that date. Taylor's Buckeyes continued their dominance by being the runner-up the following two seasons, and making a total of five tournament appearances during Taylor's 18 seasons tenure. With the departure of his championship team, Taylor began to see teams accustomed to Ohio State basketball of the past. Taylor's last season at Ohio State in 1976 saw the Buckeyes going 6–20, the worst record only to be eclipsed by the team in 1995. Taylor also achieved seven conference titles and an impressive overall winning percentage of over 65%. Past the Taylor era, Ohio State saw Eldon Miller, Gary Williams, and Randy Ayers take the reins as head coach. Between 1976 and 1997 the Buckeyes made the NCAA Tournament only eight times, while being crowned conference champions only twice.
Jim O'Brien and NCAA violations (1998–2003)
In 1997, Jim O'Brien was hired to replace head coach Randy Ayers. During his seven years as head coach, O'Brien drove the team to four 20+ win seasons, two Big Ten regular-season co-championships, the 2002 Big Ten Tournament Championship, and a school record four-consecutive NCAA tournament appearances. Controversy erupted when Ohio State athletic director Andy Geiger fired O'Brien over alleged NCAA rules violations. A two-year NCAA investigation found that player Boban Savovic had received improper benefits and committed academic fraud while he played for Ohio State. On March 10, 2006, the NCAA gave Ohio State three years' probation and ordered it to pay back all tournament money earned from 1999–2002 when Boban Savovic was on the Buckeyes' roster. In addition, Ohio State had to remove all references to team accomplishments from those years including a 1999 visit to the Final Four.
Thad Matta era (2004–present)
Thad Matta, former head coach at Butler and Xavier was hired by Ohio State in July 2004. Ohio State has won 20 or more games in all of Matta's nine seasons, received a berth in the NCAA tournament six times, making it to the Sweet Sixteen four times and to the Final Four twice. Ohio State has also been the Big Ten regular season champions five times, Big Ten Tournament champions three times, appearing in the championship game six times. During Matta's first season at Ohio State, the Buckeyes complied a 20–12 record, highlighted by a win over top-ranked Illinois in the final game of the season, who were undefeated up until that game. Ohio State would be defeated by the Wisconsin Badgers in the Big Ten tournament quarterfinals, but the team was ineligible for either the NCAA or NIT tournaments due to self-imposed sanctions. The 2005–06 season opened with the Buckeyes starting 11–0 heading into Big Ten play. Ohio State would end the season with a 26–6 record and 12–4 record in conference, the Buckeye's first outright Big Ten championship since the 1991–92 season. Ohio State would go onto lose to Iowa in the Big Ten tournament championship and enter the NCAA tournament as a No. 2 seed, where they would eventually lose to No. 7 seed Georgetown 70–52 in the second round.
Matta's 2006–07 Ohio State team entered the season with the second rated recruiting class in the nation, headed by Greg Oden and Mike Conley, Jr., and ranked No. 4 in the preseason polls. Ohio State would enter conference play with an 11–2 record, with their only defeats coming at the hand of the No. 6 ranked North Carolina Tar Heels and the No. 4 ranked Florida Gator, with both games on the road. Ohio State's loss against No. 4 Wisconsin on January 9 would be their last loss of the regular season, with Ohio State winning 14 straight games and ending the season with a 27–3 record. Ohio State was able to defeat No. 20 Tennessee and No. 2 Wisconsin during this winning streak and end the season as the top-ranked team in the nation. Ohio State would win the Big Ten tournament, defeating Wisconsin 66–49 in the championship game, and enter the NCAA tournament as the overall No. 1 seed. Ohio State would advance to the Sweet Sixteen for the first time under Matta after an overtime victory against Xavier, who Matta had previously coached. A one point victory over Tennessee and a 92–76 victory over No. 2 Memphis would advance the Buckeyes to the Final Four. Ohio State defeated Georgetown 67–60 in the national semifinal game, but would lose to the Florida Gators 84–75 in the national championship game. Both Oden and Conley would enter the NBA draft following the season, with Oden being drafted number one overall and Conley going fourth overall.
The 2007–08 season was a rebuilding one for the Buckeyes. Ohio State ended the season with a 19–12 record, finishing fifth in the Big Ten. Ohio State would lose to Michigan State in the Big Ten tournament quarterfinals and miss out on the NCAA tournament for the first time in two seasons. The Buckeyes did receive a No. 1 seed in the 2008 National Invitation Tournament, where Ohio State would defeat Massachusetts 92–85 in the championship game. Ohio State began the 2008–09 season with a 9–0 record, but would eventually finish with a record of 20–9. Ohio State would defeat Wisconsin and No. 7 Michigan State to advance to the Big Ten tournament championship, where they would be defeated by No. 24 Purdue. Ohio State's appearance in the championship game, though, would give them a berth in the NCAA tournament, where they would eventually lose to No. 9 Siena in the first round. The 2009–10 season marked Matta's sixth season at Ohio State, with the team entering the season ranked No. 17 in the nation. The Buckeyes had complied a 7–1 record before Evan Turner, who was averaging 20.6 points and 12.9 rebounds per game was injured. Turner would return later in the season and help finish the season with a 24–7 record and a share of the Big Ten regular season championship. A victory over Minnesota in the Big Ten tournament would give Matta his second Big Ten tournament title and give the Buckeyes a No. 2 seed in the NCAA tournament. Ohio State would be defeated by the No. 6 seed Tennessee Volunteers in the Sweet Sixteen 76–73. Turner would be named the National Player of the Year and would enter the NBA Draft, where he was selected second overall.
Matta would recruit one of the top ranked recruiting classes heading into the 2010–11 season as well as retain some key seniors such as David Lighty and Jon Diebler. Ohio State was ranked No. 4 in the preseason polls and entered Big Ten conference play undefeated at 13–0, defeating the No. 9 Florida Gators and moving up to No. 2 in the nation. Ohio State would continue to dominate the opposition during the regular season, pushing their record to 24–0 and 11–0 in conference play before they lost their first game at No. 13 Wisconsin. Another loss at No. 11 Purdue would be the last loss for the Buckeyes during the regular season. Ohio State ended the season with a 29–2 record and 16–2 record in the Big Ten, winning the outright Big Ten regular season championship. Ohio State would go onto defeat Penn State for the Big Ten tournament championship, giving the Buckeyes their second tournament championship in a row and Matta's third tournament championship as head coach. Ohio State entered the NCAA tournament as the No. 1 overall seed for the second time under Matta and for the second year in a row would only advance to the Sweet Sixteen, where they were defeated by the Kentucky Wildcats 62–60. The Buckeyes, returning starters Jared Sullinger, Deshaun Thomas and Aaron Craft, would enter the 2011–12 season ranked No. 3 in the nation. Ohio State entered Big Ten play with a 12–1 record, only losing at No. 13 Kansas, without Sullinger. Ohio State finished the season winning a share of the Big Ten regular season championship and being defeated by Michigan State in the Big Ten tournament championship. Ohio State received a No. 2 seed in the NCAA tournament and would advance to the Final Four for the second time under Matta after a 77–70 victory over No. 1 seed Syracuse. The Buckeye's season would end with a loss to the Kansas Jayhawks, 64–62, in the Final Four. Following the season Sullinger entered the NBA Draft and was taken 21st overall.
Thad Matta's record at Ohio State
|Thad Matta (Big Ten Conference) (2004–present)|
|2005–06||Ohio State||26–6||12–4||1st||NCAA 2nd Round|
|2006–07||Ohio State||35–4||15–1||1st||NCAA Runner-up|
|2007–08||Ohio State||24–13||10–8||5th||NIT Champions|
|2008–09||Ohio State||22–11||10–8||T–4th||NCAA 1st Round|
|2009–10||Ohio State||29–8||14–4||T–1st||NCAA Sweet Sixteen|
|2010–11||Ohio State||34–3||16–2||1st||NCAA Sweet Sixteen|
|2011–12||Ohio State||31–8||13–5||T–1st||NCAA Final Four|
|2012–13||Ohio State||29–7||13–5||T–2nd||NCAA Elite 8|
National champion Conference regular season champion Conference tournament champion
The Ohio State Buckeyes presently play their home games in 19,200-seat Jerome Schottenstein Center. The first official home court for the Buckeyes was the Ohio Expo Center Coliseum. Constructed in 1918, the Buckeyes called this arena home between the years 1920 to 1955. The facility had a capacity of 7,000 people.
In 1955, a new facility was built on the campus of Ohio State named the St. John Arena named after Lynn St. John, an Ohio State basketball coach and athletic director. This building, while hosting the men's basketball team, also hosted (and still to this day hosts) volleyball, gymnastics, and wrestling. The capacity of St. John Arena is 13,276. This building is the only Buckeye arena to serve as home for an Ohio State men's basketball championship team in 1960.
With the aging St. John Arena over 40 years old, the Ohio State University decided to build the Schottenstein Center to hold men's and women's basketball as well as hockey. The 770,000 sq foot arena was completed in 1998 and seats 19,500 for basketball games.
Ohio State completed a $19 million renovation to the Schottenstein Center in 2013 that includes updated locker rooms for the Men's and Women's Basketball teams, a new training room with hydrotherapy pools, a new weight room, and a new practice gym to complement the existing gym.
The Buckeyes have had 14 coaches in their 110-year history. Their current head coach is Thad Matta, who was hired in 2004, and has led the Buckeyes to five NCAA tournament appearances and two final four appearances during the 2006-07 and 2011-2012 seasons. The only Ohio State coach to win a national championship was Fred Taylor in 1960.
- The * indicates that 113 games were vacated under head coach Jim O'Brien due to NCAA violations
Current coaching staff
|Thad Matta||Head Coach|
|Jeff Boals||Assistant coach|
|Dave Dickerson||Assistant coach|
|Greg Paulus||Assistant coach|
|Dave Richardson||Strength and Conditioning|
|Vince O'Brien||Athletic Trainer|
|David Egelhoff||Director of Basketball Operations|
|Jake Diebler||Video Coordinator|
|Christopher Spartz||Recruiting Coordinator|
|Regional Finals||Georgia Tech||86–69|
Final Four history
* Ohio State vacated their 1999 national semifinal appearance due to NCAA violations
NCAA Tournament seeding history
- The * represents overall number one seed which began with the 2004 Tournament.
NCAA Tournament History
New York University
3rd Place Game
3rd Place Game
|City College of New York
New York University
3rd Place Game
|East Tennessee State
|1982||1st Round||James Madison||L 55-48|
|Mississippi Valley State
|2001||1st Round||Utah State||L 77-68|
|Central Connecticut State
|2009||1st Round||Siena||L 74-72|
|UC Santa Barbara
Note: In 1980 and 1983, Ohio State had a 1st Round Bye.
National Invitation Tournament
NIT Runner-up: 1988
Big Ten Tournament championships
Ohio State has won five Big Ten Tournament championships since its inception during the 1997–98 season. Ohio State won their first title in 2002 under Jim O'Brien, while winning four under current head coach Thad Matta. Under Matta, the Buckeyes have appeared in the Big Ten Tournament championship five consecutive seasons from 2009 to 2013. Ohio State is the most recent champion of the Big Ten Tournament, winning it during the 2012–13 season.
* Ohio State vacated their 2001–02 Big Ten tournament championship due to NCAA violations
Big Ten regular season championships
- Ohio State vacated their 1999–00 and 2001–02 Big Ten regular season championships due to NCAA violations
Record vs. Big Ten opponents
The Ohio State Buckeyes lead the all-time series vs. six Big Ten opponents. Two of the all-time series are within two games.
|Michigan State||54||62||.465||MSU 1|
|Penn State||29||13||.690||Penn St. 1|
- Vacated wins are excluded in these results.
Consensus All-American selections
- Wes Fesler (1931)
- Jimmy Hull (1939)
- Dick Schnittker (1950)
- Robin Freeman (1955)
- Jerry Lucas (1960, 1961*, 1962*)
- Gary Bradds (1964*)
- Jim Jackson (1991, 1992)
- Evan Turner (2010*)
- Jared Sullinger (2011)
*National Player of the Year
Big Ten Player of the Year
- Dennis Hopson (1987)
- Jim Jackson (1991, 1992)
- Scoonie Penn (1999)
- Terence Dials (2006)
- Evan Turner (2010)
Big Ten Coach of the Year
- Eldon Miller (1983)
- Randy Ayers (1991, 1992)
- Jim O’Brien (1999, 2001)
- Thad Matta (2006, 2010)
First-Team All-Big Ten
|Harold "Cookie" Cunningham (1925)||Johnny Miner (1925)||Bill Hunt (1927)||Wes Fesler (1931)|
|Bill Hosket, Sr (1933)||Howard Mattison (1933)||Tippy Dye (1936, 1937)||Bob Lynch (1939)|
|Jimmy Hull (1939)||Dick Fisher (1941)||Arnold "Smokes" Risen (1944)||Don Grate (1944, 1945)|
|Jack Underman (1946)||Paul Huston (1946)||Dick Schnittker (1949, 1950)||Bob Donham (1950)|
|Paul Ebert (1952, 1953, 1954)||Robin Freeman (1955, 1956)||Frank Howard (1957, 1958)||Jerry Lucas (1960, 1961, 1962)|
|Larry Siegfried (1961)||John Havlicek (1961, 1962)||Gary Bradds (1963, 1964)||Bill Hosket (1967, 1968)|
|Dave Sorenson (1969, 1970)||Jim Cleamons (1971)||Luke Witte (1971)||Allan Hornyak (1971, 1972, 1973)|
|Kelvin Ransey (1978, 1979, 1980)||Herb Williams (1980)||Clark Kellogg (1982)||Tony Campbell (1983, 1984)|
|Brad Sellers (1986)||Dennis Hopson (1987)||Jay Burson (1989)||Jim Jackson (1991, 1992)|
|Scoonie Penn (1999, 2000)||Michael Redd (2000)||Ken Johnson (2001)||Brian Brown (2002)|
|Terence Dials (2006)||Mike Conley, Jr. (2007)||Greg Oden (2007)||Evan Turner (2009, 2010)|
|Jared Sullinger (2011, 2012)|
All award data taken from
All-time statistical leaders
|Points Scored: Dennis Hopson (2,096)|
|Assists: Aaron Craft (579)|
|Rebounds: Jerry Lucas (1,411)|
|Steals: Aaron Craft (208)|
|Points Scored: Dennis Hopson (958, 1987)|
|Assists: Mike Conley, Jr. (238, 2007)|
|Rebounds: Jerry Lucas (499, 1962)|
|Steals: Aaron Craft (98, 2012)|
|Points Scored: Gary Bradds (49, 1964)|
|Assists: Aaron Craft (15, 2010)|
|Rebounds: Frank Howard (32, 1956)|
|Steals: Troy Taylor (8, 1983)|
All statistical data taken from.
|Gary Bradds||G||1961-64||1964 AP Player of the Year
1964 UPI College Player of the Year
1964 Adolph Rupp Trophy Winner
1962-63 Consensus NCAA 2nd Team All-American
1963-64 Consensus NCAA 1st Team All-American
2x Big 10 MVP (1963–64)
ABA Champion (1969)
1963 Pan American Games Men's Basketball Gold Medalist
|Wes Fesler||G||1928-31||1930-31 Consensus First Team All-American|
|Robin Freeman||G||1953-56||1954-55 Consensus NCAA 2nd Team All-American
1955-56 Consensus NCAA 1st Team All-American
1956 Chicago Tribune Silver Basketball (Big Ten MVP)
|Jimmy Hull||F||1938-39||1938-39 Consensus First Team All-American
1939 Most Outstanding Player of the NCAA Basketball Tournament
|Jim Jackson||G||1989-92||1992 UPI College Player of the Year
2× Big Ten Conference Player of the Year (1991–1992)
2× Consensus NCAA All-American First Team (1991–1992)
1991 Pan American Games Men's Basketball Bronze Medalist
|Jerry Lucas||F||1959-62||2× AP Player of the Year (1961–1962)
2× NCAA Final Four Most Outstanding Player (1960–1961)
3× Consensus NCAA All-American First Team (1960–1962)
NCAA Champion (1960)
NBA's 50th Anniversary All-Time Team
NBA Champion (1973)
7× NBA All-Star (1964–1969, 1971)
NBA All-Star Game MVP (1965)
3× All-NBA First Team (1965–1966, 1968)
2× All-NBA Second Team (1964, 1967)
NBA Rookie of the Year (1964)
NBA All-Rookie First Team (1964)
|Dick Schnittker||F||1948-50||1950 Consensus First Team All-American
2x NBA Champion (1953, 1954)
|Evan Turner||F||2007-10||Consensus NCAA All-American First Team (2010)
2010 National Player of the Year (AP, NABC, Naismith, Robertson, Wooden)
Big Ten Conference Player of the Year (2010)
Big Ten Tournament MVP (2010)
- 5 - John Havlicek, guard (1959–62)
- 11 - Jerry Lucas, center (1959–62)
- 22 - Jim Jackson, guard (1989–92)
- 35 - Gary Bradds, guard (1961–64)
- "Matta gets job after Wednesday interview". ESPN. July 8, 2004. Retrieved March 16, 2013.
- "Class of 2006 team recruiting rankings". Rivals.com. November 5, 2005. Retrieved March 16, 2013.
- "Turner out 2 months with spine fractures". ESPN. December 6, 2009. Retrieved March 16, 2013.
- "NCAA Basketball Tournament History: Ohio State". ESPN.
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