2010–11 Ohio State Buckeyes men's basketball team

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2010–11 Ohio State Buckeyes men's basketball
Buckeyes logo.svg
Big Ten Regular Season Champions
Big Ten Tournament Champions
NCAA Tournament, Sweet Sixteen
Conference Big Ten
Ranking
Coaches No. 5
AP No. 1
2010–11 record 34–3 (16–2 Big Ten)
Head coach Thad Matta
Assistant coach Jeff Boals
Assistant coach Brandon Miller
Home arena Value City Arena
Seasons
2010–11 Big Ten Conference men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
No. 1 Ohio State 16 2   .889     34 3   .919
No. 13 Purdue 14 4   .778     26 8   .765
No. 16 Wisconsin 13 5   .722     25 9   .735
Michigan 9 9   .500     21 14   .600
Illinois 9 9   .500     20 14   .588
Penn State 9 9   .500     19 15   .559
Michigan State 9 9   .500     19 15   .559
Northwestern 7 11   .389     20 14   .588
Minnesota 6 12   .333     17 14   .548
Iowa 4 14   .222     11 20   .355
Indiana 3 15   .167     12 20   .375
2011 Big Ten Tournament winner
Rankings from AP Poll[1][2]

The 2010–11 Ohio State Buckeyes men's basketball team represented The Ohio State University during the 2010–11 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. Their head coach was Thad Matta, in his 7th 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. The Buckeyes finished the regular season 32–2 and were ranked #1 overall in the media polls seven weeks during the season. The team won their second consecutive Big Ten regular season championship and Big Ten Tournament championship. They entered the 2011 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament as the overall #1 seed. They defeated Texas–San Antonio in the second round and George Mason in the third round to advance to the Sweet Sixteen where they were upset by Kentucky to finish the season 34–3.

Pre-season[edit]

Departures[edit]

The Ohio State Buckeyes lost a key player in Evan Turner in the 2010 NBA Draft. Turner left Ohio State after completing his junior season leading OSU to a 29–8 record and a trip to the Sweet Sixteen in the NCAA Tournament. Turner was selected second overall to the Philadelphia 76ers only behind former Kentucky Wildcat John Wall. Other senior departs are noted below.

  • #2 Jeremie Simmons – G
  • #4 P.J. Hill – G
  • #13 Danny Peters – G
  • #15 Kyle Madson – C
  • #34 Mark Titus – G

2010 Recruiting Class[edit]

Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight Commit date
Aaron Craft
PG
Findlay, Ohio Liberty Benton 6 ft 2 in (1.88 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:   Rivals: 3
  • 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]

2010–11 Ohio State Buckeyes men's basketball team
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Height Weight Year Hometown
F 0 Sullinger, JaredJared Sullinger 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 280 lb (127 kg) Fr Columbus, Ohio
F 1 Thomas, DeshaunDeshaun Thomas 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 230 lb (104 kg) Fr Fort Wayne, Indiana
G 2 Sibert, JordanJordan Sibert 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 180 lb (82 kg) Fr Cincinnati, Ohio
G 4 Craft, AaronAaron Craft 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 195 lb (88 kg) Fr Findlay, Ohio
G 10 Days, EddieEddie Days 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 180 lb (82 kg) Sr Richmond Heights, Ohio
F 15 Weatherspoon, J.D.J.D. Weatherspoon 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 210 lb (95 kg) Fr Columbus, Ohio
G/F 23 Lighty, DavidDavid Lighty 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 220 lb (100 kg) Sr Cleveland, Ohio
F 24 Kecman, NikolaNikola Kecman 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 220 lb (100 kg) Jr Belgrade, Serbia
F 30 Ravenel, EvanEvan Ravenel 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 260 lb (118 kg) Jr Tampa, Florida
G 32 Smith, Jr., LenzelleLenzelle Smith, Jr. 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 230 lb (104 kg) Fr Zion, Illinois
G 33 Diebler, JonJon Diebler 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 205 lb (93 kg) Sr Upper Sandusky, Ohio
G 44 Buford, WilliamWilliam Buford 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 205 lb (93 kg) Jr Toledo, Ohio
F 52 Lauderdale, DallasDallas Lauderdale 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 255 lb (116 kg) Sr Solon, Ohio
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

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

Roster
Last update: 2010-10-20

Depth chart[edit]

Pos. Starting 5 Bench 1 Bench 2
C Dallas Lauderdale
PF Jared Sullinger Deshaun Thomas Evan Ravenel
SF David Lighty J.D. Weatherspoon Nikola Kecman
SG Jon Diebler Jordan Sibert Ukeme Ebong
PG William Buford Aaron Craft Eddie Days

2010–2011 Schedule[edit]

Date
Time, TV
Rank# Opponent# Result Record Site (Attendance)
City, State
Exhibition
11/7/10*
2:00 p.m.
No. 4 Walsh W 102–56 
Value City Arena (12,234)
Columbus, OH
Regular season
11/12/10*
7:00 p.m., ESPN3
No. 4 North Carolina A&T
Global Sports Invitational
W 102–61  1–0
Value City Arena (13,302)
Columbus, OH
11/16/10*
6:00 p.m., ESPN
No. 4 at No. 9 Florida
Global Sports Invitational
W 93–75  2–0
O'Connell Center (12,110)
Gainesville, FL
11/20/10*
8:00 p.m., BTN
No. 4 UNC Wilmington
Global Sports Invitational
W 81–41  3–0
Value City Arena (11,882)
Columbus, OH
11/23/10*
7:00 p.m., ESPN3
No. 3 Morehead State
Global Sports Invitational
W 64–45  4–0
Value City Arena (12,305)
Columbus, OH
11/26/10*
4:00 p.m., BTN
No. 3 Miami (Ohio) W 66–45  5–0
Value City Arena (15,935)
Columbus, OH
11/30/10*
7:30 p.m., ESPN
No. 2 at Florida State
ACC – Big Ten Challenge
W 58–44  6–0
Donald L. Tucker Center (10,457)
Tallahassee, FL
12/9/10*
7:00 p.m., BTN
No. 2 IUPUI W 75–64  7–0
Value City Arena (11,410)
Columbus, OH
12/12/10*
2:00 p.m.
No. 2 Western Carolina W 85–60  8–0
St. John Arena (6,905)
Columbus, OH
12/15/10*
6:30 p.m., BTN
No. 2 Florida Gulf Coast W 83–55  9–0
Value City Arena (12,613)
Columbus, OH
12/18/10*
2:00 p.m., CBS
No. 2 South Carolina W 79–57  10–0
Value City Arena (15,497)
Columbus, OH
12/21/10*
8:30 p.m., BTN
No. 2 UNC Asheville W 96–49  11–0
Value City Arena (12,658)
Columbus, OH
12/23/10*
8:00 p.m., BTN
No. 2 Oakland W 92–63  12–0
Value City Arena (13,459)
Columbus, OH
12/27/10*
8:30 p.m., BTN
No. 2 Tennessee–Martin W 100–40  13–0
Value City Arena (15,133)
Columbus, OH
12/31/10
6:00 p.m., ESPN2
No. 2 at Indiana W 85–67  14–0 (1–0)
Assembly Hall (14,883)
Bloomington, IN
1/4/11
9:00 p.m., BTN
No. 2 at Iowa W 73–68  15–0 (2–0)
Carver–Hawkeye Arena (9,810)
Iowa City, IA
1/9/11
2:00 p.m., BTN
No. 2 Minnesota W 67–64  16–0 (3–0)
Value City Arena (17,392)
Columbus, OH
1/12/11
6:30 p.m., BTN
No. 2 at Michigan W 68–64  17–0 (4–0)
Crisler Arena (11,994)
Ann Arbor, MI
1/15/11
5:30 p.m., BTN
No. 2 Penn State W 69–66  18–0 (5–0)
Value City Arena (18,809)
Columbus, OH
1/19/11
6:30 p.m., BTN
No. 1 Iowa W 70–48  19–0 (6–0)
Value City Arena (14,321)
Columbus, OH
1/22/11
12:00 p.m., CBS
No. 1 at No. 23 Illinois W 73–68  20–0 (7–0)
Assembly Hall (16,618)
Champaign, IL
1/25/11
9:00 p.m., ESPN
No. 1 No. 12 Purdue W 87–64  21–0 (8–0)
Value City Arena (17,556)
Columbus, OH
1/29/11
6:00 p.m., ESPN2
No. 1 at Northwestern W 58–57  22–0 (9–0)
Welsh-Ryan Arena (8,117)
Evanston, IL
2/3/11
7:00 p.m., ESPN
No. 1 Michigan W 62–53  23–0 (10–0)
Value City Arena (18,809)
Columbus, OH
2/6/11
2:00 p.m., ESPN
No. 1 at No. 18 Minnesota W 82–69  24–0 (11–0)
Williams Arena (14,625)
Minneapolis, MN
2/12/11
2:00 p.m., ESPN
No. 1 at No. 13 Wisconsin L 67–71  24–1 (11–1)
Kohl Center (17,230)
Madison, WI
2/15/11
9:00 p.m., ESPN
No. 2 Michigan State W 71–61  25–1 (12–1)
Value City Arena (18,802)
Columbus, OH
2/20/11
1:00 p.m., CBS
No. 2 at No. 11 Purdue L 63–76  25–2 (12–2)
Mackey Arena (14,123)
West Lafayette, IN
2/22/11
7:00 p.m., ESPN
No. 2 Illinois W 89–70  26–2 (13–2)
Value City Arena (18,085)
Columbus, OH
2/27/11
4:00 p.m., CBS
No. 2 Indiana W 82–61  27–2 (14–2)
Value City Arena (18,809)
Columbus, OH
3/1/11
9:00 p.m., BTN
No. 1 at Penn State W 82–61  28–2 (15–2)
Bryce Jordan Center (15,403)
University Park, PA
3/6/11
4:00 p.m., CBS
No. 1 No. 10 Wisconsin W 93–65  29–2 (16–2)
Value City Arena (18,809)
Columbus, OH
Big Ten Tournament
3/11/11
12:00 p.m., ESPN
No. 1 vs. Northwestern
Quarterfinals
W 67–61 OT 30–2
Conseco Fieldhouse (17,975)
Indianapolis, IN
3/12/11
1:40 p.m., CBS
No. 1 vs. Michigan
Semifinals
W 68–61  31–2
Conseco Fieldhouse (18,377)
Indianapolis, IN
3/13/11
3:30 p.m., CBS
No. 1 vs. Penn State
Championship Game
W 71–60  32–2
Conseco Fieldhouse (15,770)
Indianapolis, IN
NCAA Tournament
3/18/11*
4:40 p.m., TNT
No. 1 (1-E) vs. (16-E) UT–San Antonio
East Region Second Round
W 75–46  33–2
Quicken Loans Arena (20,164)
Cleveland, OH
3/20/11*
5:15 p.m., CBS
No. 1 (1-E) vs. (8-E) George Mason
East Region Third Round
W 98–66  34–2
Quicken Loans Arena (20,164)
Cleveland, OH
3/25/11*
9:45 p.m., CBS
No. 1 (1-E) vs. No. 11 (4-E) Kentucky
East Region Semifinal
L 60–62  34–3
Prudential Center (18,343)
Newark
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll. (#) Tournament seedings in parentheses.
All times are in Eastern Time. Rank indicates seed in the NCAA tournament. E-East region, W-West region, S-South region, M-Midewest Region.

Game Notes – NCAA Tournament[edit]

Second Round: UT–San Antonio[edit]

Teams 1st 2nd Final
(16) UTSA 21 25 46
(1) OSU 37 38 75

Ohio State began the 2011 NCAA tournament bid with a commanding 75–46 win of the University of Texas-San Antonio Roadrunners. The Buckeyes were contested early however took control of the game halfway through the first half. Leading 37–21 at halftime, the Buckeyes opened their lead and moved on to the third round of the tournament where they faced the George Mason Patriots.

Third Round: George Mason[edit]

Teams 1st 2nd Final
(8) GMU 26 40 66
(1) OSU 52 46 98

The third round showcased a match up between the #1 Ohio State Buckeyes and #8 George Mason Patriots. George Mason opened the game on an 11–2 run and quickly took the momentum. However, the overall seed in Ohio State would not back down. Led by senior David Lighty and Jon Diebler, the Buckeyes quickly went on a run to end the first half of play with a 52–26 lead. The pounding by the Buckeyes continued as they worked the ball around to their star freshmen in Jared Sullinger and Aaron Craft. Ending the game as they had in the first half, Ohio State continued to cruise through and went on to win the game 98–66 in front of biased crowd in Cleveland, Ohio.

Regional Semifinal: Kentucky[edit]

Teams 1st 2nd Final
(4) UK 30 32 62
(1) OSU 30 30 60

The Buckeyes reached the Sweet Sixteen for the second year in a row and for the second year they faced an SEC opponent. Ohio State and Kentucky both began the game struggling to shoot and to get any sort of momentum going with both teams tied at 30 heading into the second half. The second half remained an extremely close affair with neither team really able to pull away. In the final second of the game Kentucky was able to put together a game winning shot and put the Wildcats ahead 62–60, which would be the final score in the game. This loss effectively ended the season for the Buckeyes, and for the second year in a row, Ohio State fell in the Sweet Sixteen.

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 Feb 21 Feb 28 Mar 7 Wk 18 Final
AP 4 4 3 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 1 1 1 1 2 2 1 1 1
Coaches 5 5 3 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 1 1 1 1 3 3 1 1 1 5

See also[edit]

External links[edit]

  1. ^ "2011 NCAA Men's Basketball Rankings". ESPN. Retrieved March 14, 2011. 
  2. ^ "Big Ten Standings - 2010-11". ESPN. Retrieved March 26, 2011.