2007–08 Ohio State Buckeyes men's basketball team

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2007–08 Ohio State Buckeyes men's basketball
Buckeyes logo.svg
Conference Big Ten
2007–08 record 24–13 (10–8 Big Ten)
Head coach Thad Matta
Assistant coach Alan Major
Assistant coach Archie Miller
Home arena Jerome Schottenstein Center
Seasons
2007–08 Big Ten Conference men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
No. 6 Wisconsin 16 2   .889     31 5   .861
No. 20 Purdue 15 3   .833     25 9   .735
Indiana 14 4   .778     25 8   .758
No. 18 Michigan State 12 6   .667     27 9   .750
Ohio State 10 8   .556     24 13   .649
Minnesota 8 10   .444     20 14   .588
Penn State 7 11   .389     15 16   .484
Iowa 6 12   .333     13 19   .406
Illinois 5 13   .278     16 19   .457
Michigan 5 13   .278     10 22   .313
Northwestern 1 17   .056     8 22   .267
2008 Big Ten Tournament winner
As of March 23, 2008; Rankings from AP Poll[1]

The 2007–08 Ohio State Buckeyes men's basketball finished in fifth place in the Big Ten, squarely on the NCAA tournament bubble. However, they were not selected, marking the only time in coach Thad Matta's head coaching career his team missed the NCAA tournament while being eligible. The team dominated in the 2008 National Invitation Tournament on their way to a 92-85 victory over Massachusetts in the final.

Preseason[edit]

The Buckeyes lost three important players from their 2006–07 NCAA Runners-up team to the NBA Draft. Greg Oden, the 2007 Second Team All-American, was selected in the lottery of the 2007 NBA Draft, going #1 to the Portland Trail Blazers. Mike Conley, Jr. and Daequan Cook also were drafted in the first round, by the Memphis Grizzlies and Philadelphia 76ers, but traded to Miami Heat, respectively. Senior guard Ron Lewis also declared to the draft but was undrafted.

Recruiting[edit]

US college sports recruiting information for high school athletes
Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight Commit date
Jon Diebler
SG
Upper Sandusky, OH Upper Sandusky HS 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 200 lb (91 kg) Sep 23, 2005 
Recruiting star rankings: Scout:4/5 stars   Rivals:4/5 stars   247SportsN/A    ESPN grade: 96
Kosta Koufos
PF
Canton, OH GlenOak HS 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m) 250 lb (110 kg) May 19, 2006 
Recruiting star rankings: Scout:5/5 stars   Rivals:5/5 stars   247SportsN/A    ESPN grade: 97
Dallas Lauderdale
C
Solon, OH Solon HS 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 235 lb (107 kg) Jun 1, 2006 
Recruiting star rankings: Scout:4/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247SportsN/A    ESPN grade: 95
Evan Turner
SF
Chicago, IL St. Joseph's HS 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 175 lb (79 kg) Jun 29, 2006 
Recruiting star rankings: Scout:4/5 stars   Rivals:4/5 stars   247SportsN/A    ESPN grade: 96
Eric Wallace
SF
Winston-Salem, NC Hargrave Military Academy 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 205 lb (93 kg) Oct 11, 2006 
Recruiting star rankings: Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247SportsN/A    ESPN grade: 91
Junior College/Transfers
P. J. Hill
PG
Minneapolis, MN Midland College 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 165 lb (75 kg) Jul 18, 2007 
Recruiting star rankings: Scout:1/5 stars   RivalsN/A   247SportsN/A
Overall recruiting rankings: Scout: 7   Rivals: 7
  • 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:

Roster[edit]

2007–08 Ohio State Buckeyes men's basketball team
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Height Weight Year Hometown
G 14 Butler, JamarJamar Butler 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 195 lb (88 kg) Sr Lima, OH
G 33 Diebler, JonJon Diebler 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 200 lb (91 kg) Fr Upper Sandusky, OH
G 4 Hill, P. J.P. J. Hill 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 165 lb (75 kg) So Minneapolis, MN
F 45 Hunter, OthelloOthello Hunter 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 225 lb (102 kg) Sr Winston-Salem, NC
F/C 31 Koufos, KostaKosta Koufos 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m) 265 lb (120 kg) Fr Canton, OH
F 52 Lauderdale, DallasDallas Lauderdale 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 260 lb (118 kg) Fr Solon, OH
G/F 23 Lighty, DavidDavid Lighty 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 215 lb (98 kg) So Cleveland, OH
C 15 Madsen, KyleKyle Madsen 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 240 lb (109 kg) RS So Dublin, OH
G 13 Peters, DannyDanny Peters 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 175 lb (79 kg) So New Albany, OH
F/C 42 Terwilliger, MattMatt Terwilliger 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 245 lb (111 kg) Sr Troy, OH
G 34 Titus, MarkMark Titus 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 210 lb (95 kg) So Brownsburg, IN
G/F 21 Turner, EvanEvan Turner 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 200 lb (91 kg) Fr Chicago, IL
G/F 2 Wallace, EricEric Wallace 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 215 lb (98 kg) Fr Winston-Salem, NC
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)
Strength and conditioning coach(es)
Athletic trainer(s)

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  • (W) Walk-on

Roster
Last update: 2010-03-28

2007–08 Schedule[edit]

Date
time, TV
Rank# Opponent# Result Record Site (attendance)
city, state
Exhibition
October 31*
 , BTN
Ashland W 88–59 
Schottenstein Center 
Columbus, OH
November 6*
 , BTN
Findlay L 68–70 
Schottenstein Center 
Columbus, OH
Regular Season
November 12*
9:00 PM, ESPN2
Wisconsin-Green Bay
NIT Season Tip-Off
W 91–68  1–0
Schottenstein Center (13,644)
Columbus, OH
November 13*
9:00 PM, ESPN
Columbia
NIT Season Tip-Off
W 68–54  2–0
Schottenstein Center (13,427)
Columbus, OH
November 21*
9:30 PM, ESPN2
vs. No. 21 Syracuse
NIT Season Tip-Off
W 79–65  3–0
Madison Square Garden (8,388)
New York, NY
November 23*
7:00 PM, ESPN2
vs. No. 15 Texas A&M
NIT Season Tip-Off Championship Game
L 47–70  3–1
Madison Square Garden (6,054)
New York, NY
November 25*
8:00 PM, BTN
VMI W 90–57  4–1
St. John Arena (6,670)
Columbus, OH
November 28*
9:05 PM, ESPN
No. 1 North Carolina
ACC – Big Ten Challenge
L 55–66  4–2
Schottenstein Center (19,049)
Columbus, OH
December 1*
7:30 PM, ESPNU
at Butler L 46–65  4–3
Hinkle Fieldhouse (10,000)
Indianapolis, IN
December 10*
8:00 PM, BTN
Coppin State W 47–39  5–3
Schottenstein Center (15,496)
Columbus, OH
December 15*
12:00 PM, BTN
Presbyterian College W 87–43  6–3
Schottenstein Center (16,569)
Columbus, OH
December 18*
7:05 PM, STO
vs. Cleveland State W 80–63  7–3
Quicken Loans Arena (12,715)
Cleveland, OH
December 22*
4:00 PM, CBS
Florida W 62–49  8–3
Schottenstein Center (19,049)
Columbus, OH
December 29*
11:00 AM, BTN
Maryland-Baltimore County W 92–83  9–3
Schottenstein Center (17,847)
Columbus, OH
January 3
7:00 PM, ESPN
at Illinois W 74–58  10–3 (1–0)
Assembly Hall (16,618)
Champaign, IL
January 6
12:00 PM, BTN
Northwestern W 62–51  11–3 (2–0)
Schottenstein Center (18,722)
Columbus, OH
January 9
7:00 PM, BTN
Iowa W 79–48  12–3 (3–0)
Schottenstein Center (18,473)
Columbus, OH
January 12
4:00 PM, BTN
at Purdue L 68–75  12–4 (3–1)
Mackey Arena (14,123)
West Lafayette, IN
January 15
7:00 PM, ESPN
at Michigan State L 60–66  12–5 (3–2)
Breslin Center (14,759)
East Lansing, MI
January 19*
3:30 PM, CBS
at No. 7 Tennessee L 69–74  12–6 (3–2)
Thompson–Boling Arena (21,784)
Knoxville, TN
January 22
9:00 PM, BTN
Illinois W 64–58  13–6 (4–2)
Schottenstein Center (19,049)
Columbus, OH
January 26
8:00 PM, BTN
Minnesota W 76–60  14–6 (5–2)
Schottenstein Center (19,049)
Columbus, OH
January 26
7:00 PM, ESPN
at Penn State W 68–56  15–6 (6–2)
Bryce Jordan Center (10,956)
University Park, PA
February 2
5:05 PM, BTN
at Iowa L 48–53  15–7 (6–3)
Carver–Hawkeye Arena (15,235)
Iowa City, IA
February 5
7:00 PM, ESPN
Michigan W 65–55  16–7 (7–3)
Schottenstein Center (19,049)
Columbus, OH
February 10
1:00 PM, CBS
No. 13 Indiana L 53–59  16–8 (7–4)
Schottenstein Center (19,049)
Columbus, OH
February 13
8:00 PM, BTN
at Northwestern W 65–47  17–8 (8–4)
Welsh-Ryan Arena (3,822)
Evanston, IL
February 17
1:00 PM, CBS
at Michigan L 70–80  17–9 (8–5)
Crisler Arena (13,751)
Ann Arbor, MI
February 24
4:05 PM, CBS
No. 11 Wisconsin L 53–58  17–10 (8–6)
Schottenstein Center (19,049)
Columbus, OH
February 28
7:00 PM, ESPN
at No. 12 Indiana L 69–72  17–11 (8–7)
Assembly Hall (17,389)
Bloomington, IN
March 1
4:00 PM, ESPN
at Minnesota L 57–71  17–12 (8–8)
Williams Arena (13,443)
Minneapolis, MN
March 4
7:00 PM, ESPN
No. 15 Purdue W 80–77 OT 18–12 (9–8)
Schottenstein Center (19,049)
Columbus, OH
March 9
12:00 PM, BTN
No. 18 Michigan State W 63–54  19–12 (10–8)
Schottenstein Center (19,049)
Columbus, OH
Big Ten Tournament
March 14
2:35 PM, ESPN
vs. No. 19 Michigan State
Quarterfinals
L 60–67  19–13
Conseco Fieldhouse (15,355)
Indianapolis, IN
NIT Tournament[2]
March 18
7:00 PM, ESPN2
No. NR (1) (8) UNC Asheville
First Round – Ohio State Bracket
W 84–66  20–13
Schottenstein Center (7,117)
Columbus, OH
March 24
7:00 PM, ESPN
No. NR (1) (4) California
Second Round – Ohio State Bracket
W 73–56  21–13
St. John Arena (13,276)
Columbus, OH
March 26
9:00 PM, ESPN2
No. NR (1) (3) Dayton
Quarterfinal – Ohio State Bracket
W 74–63  22–13
Schottenstein Center (19,049)
Columbus, OH
April 1
9:00 PM, ESPN2
No. NR (1) vs. (2) Mississippi
Semifinal
W 81–69  23–13
Madison Square Garden (9,823)
New York, NY
April 3
7:00 PM, ESPN
No. NR (1) vs. (2) Massachusetts
Championship Game
W 92–85  24–13
Madison Square Garden (8,407)
New York, NY
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from Coaches' Poll. (#) Tournament seedings in parentheses.

Awards and honors[edit]

Team players drafted into the NBA[edit]

Round Pick Player NBA Club
1 23 Kosta Koufos Utah Jazz

[3]

2008 Recruiting Class[edit]

US college sports recruiting information for high school athletes
Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight Commit date
William Buford
SG
Toledo, OH Libbey HS 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 188 lb (85 kg) Oct 30, 2006 
Recruiting star rankings: Scout:5/5 stars   Rivals:5/5 stars   247SportsN/A    ESPN grade: 96
Anthony Crater
PG
Wolfeboro, NH Brewster Academy 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 170 lb (77 kg) Nov 27, 2006 
Recruiting star rankings: Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247SportsN/A    ESPN grade: 92
B.J. Mullens
C
Canal Winchester, OH Canal Winchester HS 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m) 260 lb (120 kg) Mar 28, 2004 
Recruiting star rankings: Scout:5/5 stars   Rivals:5/5 stars   247SportsN/A    ESPN grade: 98
Walter Offutt
SG
Indianapolis, IN Warren Central HS 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 175 lb (79 kg) Mar 10, 2005 
Recruiting star rankings: Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:4/5 stars   247SportsN/A    ESPN grade: 88
Junior College/Transfers
Nicola Kecman
PF
Thatcher, AZ Eastern Arizona College 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 215 lb (98 kg) Apr 27, 2008 
Recruiting star rankings: ScoutN/A   Rivals:3/5 stars   247SportsN/A
Jeremie Simmons
PG
Flint, MI Mott Community College 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 170 lb (77 kg) Apr 27, 2008 
Recruiting star rankings: ScoutN/A   Rivals:3/5 stars   247SportsN/A
Overall recruiting rankings: Scout: 2   Rivals: 5
  • 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:

References[edit]