Ohio State-Michigan Postgame Notes

March 12, 2011

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  • Trending: In the first six years of the Big Ten Tournament, the #1 seed advanced to the championship game just once. In the last eight tourneys (including 2011), however, the top seed has advanced to the title tilt seven times (every year except 2009).


  • Ohio State's road to the Big Ten Tournament title resembled last year's in the sense that the Buckeyes had a victory against Michigan (winning 69-68 last year's quarterfinal) and won a game in overtime (defeated Illinois in overtime in last year's semifinal).
  • Ohio State is 10-2 as the No. 1 seed in the Big Ten Tournament.
  • Ohio State is 46-4 in its last 50 games.
  • Thad Matta is 13-4 in the Big Ten Tournament, the best winning percentage by any coach in the history of the tournament (.765).
  • Matta now has a 14-2 record against Michigan.
  • Jared Sullinger posted his 16th double-double of the season, his 17th double-digit rebounding game and his 30th double-digit scoring game of the year.
  • Sullinger amassed 13 rebounds, giving him 31 for the tournament, tied for sixth in Big Ten Tournament history (with James Augustine of Illinois) and second all-time by an Ohio State player (Greg Oden had 37 in 2007).
  • Sullinger is now 20-28 from the free throw line for the tournament. Those marks rank seventh and sixth, respectively, in a single Big Ten Tournament for free throws made and attempted.
  • Jon Diebler made a three-pointer for the 49th consecutive game.
  • Ohio State has won five straight games, 10 of its last 12 and 12 of its last 15 games at the Big Ten Tournament. The Buckeyes are advancing to the championship game for the fifth time in the last six years. They will be looking for the third tournament title in that span.
  • Ohio State has a 16-8 record in the Big Ten Tournament, the second most wins in the history of the tournament.
  • Dallas Lauderdale moved past Jerry Francis and into sole possession of fourth on the Ohio State games played list, now with 134.
  • Diebler tied Kelvin Ransey for eighth on the Buckeye games started list with 111.
  • Ohio State has out-rebounded its first two opponents in the Big Ten Tournament by a total of 87-60.
  • Ohio State has 13 blocked shots for the tournament, which ranks 10th in a Big Ten Tournament. The record is 21 set in 2007 by OSU.
  • The Buckeyes used a 16-0 run over the span of 5:30 to turn a 47-45 lead into a 63-45 advantage with 4:23 remaining in the game.


  • Michigan is 16-7 this year when both Tim Hardaway, Jr. and Darius Morris score in double figures (five of those seven losses were to ranked opponents).
  • Darius Morris has scored in double figures in 27 of Michigan's 33 games this season.
  • Stu Douglass on Michigan's career Big Ten Tournament lists:
    • Moved into a 14-way tie for third in the games played list (6)
    • Moved into a six-way tie for first on games started list (6)
    • Tied Louis Bullock for fourth for three-point field goals made (12)
    • Passed Manny Harris for third on 3-point field goals attempted (32)
    • Passed Dion Harris for eighth on 3-point field goal percentage (.333 10-30)
    • Passed Brent Petway for seventh on defensive rebounds (22)
    • Passed Brandon Smith for eighth on assists (14)
    • Passed LaVell Blanchard for fifth on minutes played (208)
  • Zack Novak on Michigan's career Big Ten Tournament lists:
    • Moved into a 14-way tie for third on the games played list (6)
    • Moved into a six-way tie for first on the games started list (6)
    • Passed Robert Traylor for ninth for field goal attempts (40)
    • Moved into sixth for three-point field goals made (10)
    • Moved into fourth for three-point field goals attempted (30)
    • Moved into a three-way tie for eighth in offensive rebounds (9)
    • Moved into a three-way tie for sixth in fouls (15)
    • Tied C.J. Lee for ninth in assists (10)
    • Moved into a five-way tie for fourth in steals (5)
    • Passed Bernard Robinson Jr. for second in minutes played (215)
  • Stu Douglass played in his 100th career game (he has yet to miss a game in his career).
  • Tim Hardaway, Jr. scored in double digits for the 14th straight game (18 in last 19 games).
  • Tim Hardaway, Jr. moved into first on Michigan's freshman single-season three-point field goals made list (74).