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Ohio State Buckeyes
Ohio State Buckeyes athletic logo

University Ohio State University
Conference Big Ten
Location Columbus, OH
Head coach Thad Matta (6th year)
Arena Jerome Schottenstein Center
(Capacity: 19,200)
Nickname Buckeyes
Colors Scarlet and Gray

             

Uniforms
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Home jersey
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Team colours
Home
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Away jersey
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Team colours
Away
NCAA Tournament champions
1960
NCAA Tournament runner up
1939, 1961, 1962, 2007
NCAA Tournament Final Four
1939, 1944, 1945, 1946, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1968, *1999, 2007
NCAA Tournament appearances
1939, 1944, 1945, 1946, 1947, 1950, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1968, 1971, 1980, 1982, 1983, 1985, 1987, 1990, 1991, 1992, *1999, *2000, *2001, *2002, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010
Conference tournament champions
*2002, 2007, 2010
Conference regular season champions
1925, 1933, 1939, 1944, 1946, 1950, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1968, 1971, 1991, 1992, *2000, *2002, 2006, 2007, 2010

  • * results vacated by NCAA

The Ohio State Buckeyes men's basketball team represents 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in 1960 and have made a total of 21 NCAA Tournament appearances (plus four additional appearances that were later rescinded).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 a 83–70 series lead.

The Buckeyes play their home games at 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.

Thad Matta was named the head coach of Ohio State in 2004 to replace coach Jim O'Brien after being involved in NCAA violations which cost Ohio State over 113 wins between 1998 and 2002.

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Team History

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1898-1959

The first basketball team at Ohio State University was formed in 1898, playing their first game against East High. Some thirteen years later the Buckeyes joined the Big Nine Conference, which would eventually be known as the Big Ten. In 1923, Harold Olsen became head coach for the Buckeyes, launching the longest basketball coaching dynasty for OSU (24 seasons). The Olsen era is 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, and won their first Big Ten title in 1925.

Fred Taylor era

Of all other Buckeye coaches, it was Fred Taylor who would give Ohio State basketball its greatest claim to fame. In 1960, the second year coach and All-American player Jerry Lucas led the Buckeyes to their first NCAA Championship Title, defeating California 75–55 in the final game. Taylor's Buckeyes were runners up the following two seasons, and made a total of five tournament appearances during his 18 seaons tenure. Taylor also achieved 7 conference titles and an impressive overall winning percentage of over 65%.

Jim O'Brien and NCAA Violations

In 1997, Jim O'Brien was hired to replace head coach Randy Ayers. During his short seven years, 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

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.

2004 saw the naming of Thad Matta as head coach, and he rapidly produced a promising Buckeye team. Under his leadership, OSU has already claimed three Big Ten Conference Titles, two Conference Tournament wins, and three NCAA tournament appearances, going as far as the championship game in 2007 where the Buckeyes lost to Florida 84–75. In 2008, despite having lost four starters for the second year in a row, including three first-round NBA Draft picks, the Buckeyes won the NIT, defeating UMASS, 92–85 at Madison Square Garden. Matta's winning percentages for overall (78.6%) and conference (72.9%) are better than any previous Buckeye coach with more than two seasons.

Facilities

St. John Arena

The Ohio State Buckeyes presently play their home games in 19,200-seat Jerome Schottenstein Center. The first offical home court for the Buckeyes was the Ohio Expo Center Coliseum. Constructed in 1918, the Buckeyes called this arena home between the years1920 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 in the only Buckeye home arena to hold 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 a new arena to hold men's and women's basketball as well as hockey. This new arena was called the Jerome Schottenstein Center which was completed in 1998 and is still used today. The Schottenstein Center has a capacity of 19,200, making it the largest Buckeye home court.

Coaches

The Buckeyes have had 14 coaches in their 110-year history. Thad Matta is the current coach. The only Ohio State coach to win a national championship was Fred Taylor in 1960.

Current Coaching Staff

  • Thad Matta - Head Coach, 6th year
  • Alan Major - Assistant Coach
  • Archie Miller - Assistant Coach
  • Brandon Miller - Assistant Coach
  • Dan Peters - Associate director of basketball operations
  • Dave Richardson - Strength and Conditioning Coach
  • Vince O'Brien - Athletic Trainer
  • David Egelhoff - Director of Basketball Operations

Season-by-season results

Season Coach Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Unknown (Independent) (1898–1902)
1898–1899 Unknown 12–4
1899–1900 Unknown 8–4
1900–1901 Unknown 1–3
1901–1902 No Team
Unknown: 21–11
D. C. Huddleson (Independent) (1902–1904)
1902–1903 D. C. Huddleson 5–2
1903–1904 D. C. Huddleson 10–4
D. C. Huddleson: 15–6
Unknown (Independent) (1904–1908)
1904–1905 Unknown 12–2
1905–1906 Unknown 9–1
1906–1907 Unknown 7–5
1907–1908 Unknown 5–6
Unknown: 33–14
Tom Kibler (Independent) (1908–1910)
1908–1909 Tom Kibler 11–1
1909–1910 Tom Kibler 11–1
Tom Kibler: 22–2
Sox Raymond (Independent) (1910–1911)
1910–1911 Sox Raymond 7–2
Sox Raymond: 7–2
Lynn St. John (Independent) (1911–1912)
1911–1912 Lynn St. John 7–5
Lynn St. John: 7–5
Lynn St. John (Big Ten Conference) (1912–1919)
1912–1913 Lynn St. John 13–7 4–5 6th
1913–1914 Lynn St. John 10–4 5–1 2nd
1914–1915 Lynn St. John 6–10 3–9 8th
1915–1916 Lynn St. John 9–13 2–8 8th
1916–1917 Lynn St. John 15–11 3–9 7th
1917–1918 Lynn St. John 13–7 5–5 T-7th
1918–1919 Lynn St. John 7–12 2–6 9th
Lynn St. John: 73–64 24–43
George Trautman (Big Ten Conference) (1919–1922)
1919–1920 George Trautman 17–10 3–9 7th
1920–1921 George Trautman 4–13 2–10 9th
1921–1922 George Trautman 8–10 5–7 T-6th
George Trautman: 29–33 10–26
Harold Olsen (Big Ten Conference) (1922–1946)
1922–1923 Harold Olsen 4–11 1–11 T-9th
1923–1924 Harold Olsen 12–5 7–5 T-4th
1924–1925 Harold Olsen 14–2 11–1 1st
1925–1926 Harold Olsen 10–7 6–6 T-5th
1926–1927 Harold Olsen 11–6 6–6 7th
1927–1928 Harold Olsen 5–12 3–9 7th
1928–1929 Harold Olsen 9–8 6–6 T-5th
1929–1930 Harold Olsen 9–15 1–9 9th
1930–1931 Harold Olsen 4–13 3–9 9th
1931–1932 Harold Olsen 9–9 5–7 6th
1932–1933 Harold Olsen 17–3 10–2 T-1st
1933–1934 Harold Olsen 8–12 4–8 8th
1934–1935 Harold Olsen 12–7 8–4 4th
1935–1936 Harold Olsen 12–8 5–7 6th
1936–1937 Harold Olsen 13–7 7–5 5th
1937–1938 Harold Olsen 12–8 5–5 3rd
1938–1939 Harold Olsen 16–7 9–2 1st NCAA Runner-up
1939–1940 Harold Olsen 13–7 7–4 3rd
1940–1941 Harold Olsen 10–10 7–5 3rd
1941–1942 Harold Olsen 6–14 4–11 9th
1942–1943 Harold Olsen 8–9 5–7 6th
1943–1944 Harold Olsen 15–6 10–2 1st NCAA Final Four
1944–1945 Harold Olsen 15–5 10–2 2nd NCAA Final Four
1945–1946 Harold Olsen 16–5 10–2 1st NCAA Final Four
1946–1947 Harold Olsen 15–6 10–2 1st NCAA Final Four
Harold Olsen: 275–205 150–129
Tippy Dye (Big Ten Conference) (1946–1950)
1946–1947 Tippy Dye 7–13 5–7 6th
1947–1948 Tippy Dye 10–10 5–7 6th
1948–1949 Tippy Dye 14–7 6–6 4th
1949–1950 Tippy Dye 22–4 12–1 1st NCAA First Round
Tippy Dye: 53–34 28–21
Floyd Stahl (Big Ten Conference) (1950–1958)
1950–1951 Floyd Stahl 6–16 3–11 9th
1951–1952 Floyd Stahl 8–14 6–8 T-5th
1952–1953 Floyd Stahl 10–12 7–11 7th
1953–1954 Floyd Stahl 11–11 5–9 7th
1954–1955 Floyd Stahl 10–12 4–10 10th
1955–1956 Floyd Stahl 16–6 9–5 3rd
1956–1957 Floyd Stahl 14–8 9–5 T-3rd
1957–1958 Floyd Stahl 9–13 8–6 4th
Floyd Stahl: 84–92 51–65
Fred Taylor (Big Ten Conference) (1958–1976)
1958–1959 Fred Taylor 11–11 7–7 T-5th
1959–1960 Fred Taylor 25–3 13–1 1st NCAA Champions
1960–1961 Fred Taylor 27–1 14–0 1st NCAA Runner-up
1961–1962 Fred Taylor 26–2 13–1 1st NCAA Runner-up
1962–1963 Fred Taylor 20–4 11–3 T-1st
1963–1964 Fred Taylor 16–8 11–3 T-1st
1964–1965 Fred Taylor 12–12 6–8 6th
1965–1966 Fred Taylor 11–13 5–9 8th
1966–1967 Fred Taylor 13–11 8–6 T-7th
1967–1968 Fred Taylor 21–8 10–4 T-1st NCAA Final Four
1968–1969 Fred Taylor 17–7 9–5 T-2nd
1969–1970 Fred Taylor 17–7 8–6 T-3rd
1970–1971 Fred Taylor 20–6 13–1 1st NCAA Elite Eight
1971–1972 Fred Taylor 18–6 10–4 2nd
1972–1973 Fred Taylor 14–10 8–6 T-3rd
1973–1974 Fred Taylor 9–15 4–10 8th
1974–1975 Fred Taylor 14–14 8–10 6th
1975–1976 Fred Taylor 6–20 2–16 10th
Fred Taylor: 297–158 158–102
Eldon Miller (Big Ten Conference) (1976–1986)
1976–1977 Eldon Miller 9–18 4–14 10th
1977–1978 Eldon Miller 16–11 9–9 6th
1978–1979 Eldon Miller 19–12 12–6 4th NIT Semifinals
1979–1980 Eldon Miller 21–8 12–6 2nd NCAA Sweet Sixteen
1980–1981 Eldon Miller 14–13 9–9 T-5th
1981–1982 Eldon Miller 21–10 12–6 T-2nd NCAA First Round
1982–1983 Eldon Miller 20–10 11–7 T-2nd NCAA Sweet Sixteen
1983–1984 Eldon Miller 15–14 8–10 T-5th NIT First Round
1984–1985 Eldon Miller 20–10 11–7 T-3rd NCAA Second Round
1985–1986 Eldon Miller 19–14 8–10 7th NIT Champions
Eldon Miller: 174–120 96–84
Gary Williams (Big Ten Conference) (1986–1989)
1986–1987 Gary Williams 20–13 9–9 6th NCAA Second Round
1987–1988 Gary Williams 20–13 9–9 6th NIT Runner-up
1988–1989 Gary Williams 19–15 6–12 6th NIT Third Round
Gary Williams: 59–41 24–30
Randy Ayers (Big Ten Conference) (1989–1997)
1989–1990 Randy Ayers 17–13 10–8 6th NCAA Second Round
1990–1991 Randy Ayers 27–4 15–3 T-1st NCAA Sweet Sixteen
1991–1992 Randy Ayers 26–6 15–3 1st NCAA Elite Eight
1992–1993 Randy Ayers 15–13 8–10 7th NIT First Round
1993–1994 Randy Ayers 13–16 6–12 T-8th
1994–1995 Randy Ayers 6–22 2–16 10th
1995–1996 Randy Ayers 10–17 3–15 10th
1996–1997 Randy Ayers 10–17 5–13 9th
Randy Ayers: 124–108 64–80
Jim O'Brien (Big Ten Conference) (1997–2004)
1997–1998 Jim O'Brien 8–22 1–15 11th
1998–1999 Jim O'Brien *27–9 *11–4 34 games vacated by NCAA NCAA Final Four
1999–2000 Jim O'Brien *22–7 *13–3 T-1st (*16 games vacated by NCAA) NCAA Second Round
2000–2001 Jim O'Brien *20–11 *11–6 Entire season vacated by NCAA NCAA First Round
2001–2002 Jim O'Brien *24–8 *12–5 T-1st (*Entire season vacated by NCAA) NCAA Second Round
2002–2003 Jim O'Brien 17–15 7–9 T-8th NIT First Round
2003–2004 Jim O'Brien 14–16 6–10 9th
Jim O'Brien: 132–88 61–52

113 games vacated by NCAA

Thad Matta (Big Ten Conference) (2004–present)
2004–2005 Thad Matta 20–12 8–8 6th Ineligible
2005–2006 Thad Matta 26–6 12–4 1st NCAA Second Round
2006–2007 Thad Matta 34–4 15–1 1st NCAA Runner-up
2007–2008 Thad Matta 24–13 10–8 5th NIT Champions
2008–2009 Thad Matta 22–11 10–8 5th NCAA First Round
2009–2010 Thad Matta 27–7 14–4 T-1st
Thad Matta: 154–53 69–33
Total: 1,559–1,036

      National Champion         Conference Regular Season Champion         Conference Tournament Champion
      Conference Regular Season & Conference Tournament Champion       Conference Division Champion

Postseason Results

National championships

Year Coach Opponent Score Record
1960 Fred Taylor California 75-55 25-3
National Championships 1
1960 NCAA Tournament Results
Round Opponent Score
Semifinals Western Kentucky 98-79
Regional Finals Georgia Tech 86-69
Final Four NYU 76-54
Championship California 75-55

Final Four history

1939- Finalist 1944- Semifinalist 1945- Semifinalist 1946- Semifinalist
1960- Champion 1961- Finalist 1962- Finalist 1968- Semifinalist
*1999- Semifinalist 2007- Finalist
* vacated by NCAA

Awards

Consensus All-American selections

*National Player of the Year

First-Team All-Big Ten

Big Ten Player of the Year

Big Ten Coach of the Year

All award data taken from [1]

All-Time statistical leaders

Career leaders

Single-season Leaders

Single-game leaders

All statistical data taken from[2].

References

External links

Ohio State Buckeyes Men's Basketball official website


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