2009–10 Ohio State Buckeyes men's basketball team

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2009–10 Ohio State Buckeyes men's basketball
Buckeyes logo.svg
Big Ten Regular Season Co-Champions
Big Ten Tournament Champions
NCAA Tournament, Sweet Sixteen
Conference Big Ten
Ranking
Coaches No. 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 Home town 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, TV
Rank# Opponent# Result Record Site (Attendance)
City, State
Regular Season
November 9*
7:00 p.m., BTN
No. 16 Alcorn State
2K Sports Classic Coaches vs. Cancer
W 100–60  1–0
Value City Arena (11,015)
Columbus, OH
November 12*
7:00 p.m., BTN
No. 16 James Madison
2K Sports Classic Coaches vs. Cancer
W 72–44  2–0
Value City Arena (11,356)
Columbus, OH
November 19*
9:30 p.m., ESPN2
No. 15 vs. No. 6 North Carolina
2K Sports Classic Coaches vs. Cancer
L 73–77  2–1
Madison Square Garden (15,635)
New York, NY
November 20*
5:00 p.m., ESPN2
No. 15 vs. No. 13 California
2K Sports Classic Coaches vs. Cancer
W 76–70  3–1
Madison Square Garden (15,552)
New York, NY
November 24*
7:00 p.m., BTN
No. 17 Lipscomb W 84–64  4–1
Value City Arena (11,555)
Columbus, OH
November 28*
5:30 p.m., BTN
No. 17 St. Francis (PA) W 110–47  5–1
Value City Arena (12,063)
Columbus, OH
December 2*
9:30 p.m., ESPN2
No. 15 No. 21 Florida State
ACC – Big Ten Challenge
W 77–64  6–1
Value City Arena (13,514)
Columbus, OH
December 5*
12:00 p.m., ESPNU
No. 15 Eastern Michigan W 111–60  7–1
Value City Arena (12,135)
Columbus, OH
December 12*
12:00 p.m., ESPN
No. 13 at No. 22 Butler L 66–74  7–2
Hinkle Fieldhouse (9,338)
Indianapolis, IN
December 16*
7:00 p.m., BTN
No. 18 Presbyterian W 78–48  8–2
Value City Arena (11,984)
Columbus, OH
December 19*
4:00 p.m., ESPNU
No. 18 Delaware State W 60–44  9–2
Value City Arena (12,159)
Columbus, OH
December 22*
8:30 p.m., BTN
No. 17 Cleveland State W 72–59  10–2
Value City Arena (13,462)
Columbus, OH
December 31
2:00 p.m., ESPN2
No. 15 at No. 23 Wisconsin L 43–65  10–3 (0–1)
Kohl Center (17,230)
Madison, WI
January 3
4:30 p.m., BTN
No. 15 at Michigan L 64–73  10–4 (0–2)
Crisler Arena (13,751)
Ann Arbor, MI
January 6
8:30 p.m., BTN
Indiana W 79–54  11–4 (1–2)
Value City Arena (13,712)
Columbus, OH
January 9
3:30 p.m., BTN
at Minnesota L 73–62  11–5 (1–3)
Williams Arena (14,625)
Minneapolis, MN
January 12
7:00 p.m., ESPN
at No. 6 Purdue W 70–66  12–5 (2–3)
Mackey Arena (14,123)
West Lafayette, IN
January 16
8:00 p.m., BTN
No. 13 Wisconsin W 60–51  13–5 (3–3)
Value City Arena (18,402)
Columbus, OH
January 19
7:00 p.m., BTN
No. 21 Northwestern W 76–56  14–5 (4–3)
Value City Arena (13,324)
Columbus, OH
January 23*
2:00 p.m., CBS
No. 21 at No. 11 West Virginia L 71–65  14–6 (4–3)
WVU Coliseum (15,033)
Morgantown, WV
January 27
8:30 p.m., BTN
No. 20 at Iowa W 65–57  15–6 (5–3)
Carver-Hawkeye Arena (12,132)
Iowa City, IA
January 31
1:00 p.m., CBS
No. 20 Minnesota W 85–63  16–6 (6–3)
Value City Arena (17,125)
Columbus, OH
February 3
6:30 p.m., BTN
No. 13 Penn State W 75–62  17–6 (7–3)
Value City Arena (14,148)
Columbus, OH
February 7
12:00 p.m., BTN
No. 13 Iowa W 68–58  18–6 (8–3)
Value City Arena (15,223)
Columbus, OH
February 10
6:30 p.m., BTN
No. 13 at Indiana W 69–52  19–6 (9–3)
Assembly Hall (16,442)
Bloomington, IN
February 14
1:00 p.m., CBS
No. 13 at Illinois W 72–53  20–6 (10–3)
Assembly Hall (16,618)
Champaign, IL
February 17
6:30 p.m., BTN
No. 9 No. 4 Purdue L 60–57  20–7 (10–4)
Value City Arena (19,049)
Columbus, OH
February 21
12:00 p.m., CBS
No. 9 at No. 11 Michigan State W 74–67  21–7 (11–4)
Breslin Center (14,759)
East Lansing, MI
February 24
6:30 p.m., BTN
No. 9 at Penn State W 75–67  22–7 (12–4)
Bryce Jordan Center (8,721)
University Park, PA
February 27
12:00 p.m., ESPN
No. 9 Michigan W 66–55  23–7 (13–4)
Value City Arena (18,862)
Columbus, OH
March 2
9:00 p.m., ESPN
No. 5 Illinois W 73–57  24–7 (14–4)
Value City Arena (16,177)
Columbus, OH
Big Ten Tournament
March 12
12:00 p.m., ESPN
No. 5 vs. Michigan
Quarterfinals
W 69–68  25–7
Conseco Fieldhouse (16,207)
Indianapolis, IN
March 13
1:40 p.m., CBS
No. 5 vs. Illinois
Semifinals
W 88–81 2OT 26–7
Conseco Fieldhouse (18,424)
Indianapolis, IN
March 14
3:30 p.m., CBS
No. 5 vs. Minnesota
Championship Game
W 90–61  27–7
Conseco Fieldhouse (14,598)
Indianapolis, IN
NCAA Tournament
March 19
10:06 p.m., CBS
No. 5 (2-M) vs. (15-M) UC Santa Barbara
Midwest Region First Round
W 68–51  28–7
Bradley Center (17,580)
Milwaukee, WI
March 21
2:20 p.m., CBS
No. 5 (2-M) vs. (10-M) Georgia Tech
Midwest Region Second Round
W 75–66  29–7
Bradley Center (18,031)
Milwaukee, WI
March 26
7:07 p.m., CBS
No. 5 (2-M) vs. No. 15 (6-M) Tennessee
Midwest Region Semifinal
L 73–76  29–8
Edward Jones Dome (N/A)
St. Louis, MO
*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. (#) Tournament seedings in parentheses.

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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 76-73.

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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