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Ohio State Buckeyes
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School Name: Ohio State University
Location: Columbus, OH
Arena: Jerome Schottenstein Center
Capacity: 19,200
Conference: Big 10
Head coach: Thad Matta


The Ohio State Buckeyes team represents Ohio State University in NCAA Division I college basketball competition. It is a member of the Big Ten Conference. The Buckeyes won their only National Championship in 1960, and have made a total of 20 NCAA Tournament appearances (plus four additional appearances that were later rescinded). The Buckeyes share a classic rivalry with the Michigan Wolverines, in which OSU owns a 83-70 series lead.


Buckeye Basketball History

The first basketball team at Ohio State University was formed in 1898, playing their first game against East High School. 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.

But 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%.

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.

2004 saw the naming of Thad Matta as head coach of a promising Buckeye team. Under his leadership, OSU has already claimed two Big Ten Conference Titles, a Conference Tournament win, and two NCAA tournament appearances, going as far as the championship game in 2007 where the Buckeyes lost to Florida 84-75. In 2008, 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.

Buckeye Home Courts

  • St. John Arena 1956-1998 (one game in 2004, two games in 2007-2008 season)
  • Ohio Expo Center Coliseum 1920-1955

Current coaching staff

  • Thad Matta - Head Coach, 4th year
  • John Groce - Assistant Coach
  • Alan Major - Assistant Coach
  • Dan Peters - Assistant Coach
  • Dave Richardson - Strength and Conditioning Coach
  • Vince O'Brien - Athletic Trainer
  • Brandon Miller - Video Coordinator
  • David Egelhoff - Director of Basketball Operations

Season-by-season results

Season Head Coach Conf. Overall Postseason Notes
1899 Unknown 12-4
1900 Unknown 8-4
1901 Unknown 1-3
1902 - - No team
1903 D. C. Huddleson 5-2
1904 D. C. Huddleson 10-4
1905 Unknown 12-2
1906 Unknown 9-1
1907 Unknown 7-5
1908 Unknown 5-6
1909 Tom Kibler 11-1
1910 Tom Kibler 11-1
1911 Sox Raymond 7-2
1912 Lynn St. John 7-5
1913 Lynn St. John 4-5/6th 13-7
1914 Lynn St. John 5-1/2nd 10-4
1915 Lynn St. John 3-9/8th 6-10
1916 Lynn St. John 2-8/8th 9-13
1917 Lynn St. John 3-9/7th 15-11
1918 Lynn St. John 5-5/7th-T 13-7
1919 Lynn St. John 2-6/9th 7-12
1920 George Trautman 3-9/7th 17-10
1921 George Trautman 2-10/9th 4-13
1922 George Trautman 5-7/6th-T 8-10
1923 Harold Olsen 1-11/9th-T 4-11
1924 Harold Olsen 7-5/4th-T 12-5
1925 Harold Olsen 11-1/1st 14-2
1926 Harold Olsen 6-6/5th-T 10-7
1927 Harold Olsen 6-6/7th 11-6
1928 Harold Olsen 3-9/7th 5-12
1929 Harold Olsen 6-6/5th-T 9-8
1930 Harold Olsen 1-9/9th 9-15
1931 Harold Olsen 3-9/9th 4-13
1932 Harold Olsen 5-7/6th 9-9
1933 Harold Olsen 10-2/1st-T 17-3
1934 Harold Olsen 4-8/8th 8-12
1935 Harold Olsen 8-4/4th 12-7
1936 Harold Olsen 5-7/6th 12-8
1937 Harold Olsen 7-5/5th 13-7
1938 Harold Olsen 5-5/3rd 12-8
1939 Harold Olsen 9-2/1st 16-7 NIT Runner Up
1940 Harold Olsen 7-4/3rd 13-7
1941 Harold Olsen 7-5/3rd 10-10
1942 Harold Olsen 4-11/9th 6-14
1943 Harold Olsen 5-7/6th 8-9
1944 Harold Olsen 10-2/1st 15-6 NIT Final Four
1945 Harold Olsen 10-2/2nd 15-5 NIT Final Four
1946 Harold Olsen 10-2/1st 16-5 NIT Final Four
1947 Tippy Dye 5-7/6th 7-13
1948 Tippy Dye 5-7/6th 10-10
1949 Tippy Dye 6-6/4th 14-7
1950 Tippy Dye 12-1/1st 22-4 NCAA 1st Round
1951 Floyd Stahl 3-11/9th 6-16
1952 Floyd Stahl 6-8/5th-T 8-14
1953 Floyd Stahl 7-11/7th 10-12
1954 Floyd Stahl 5-9/7th 11-11
1955 Floyd Stahl 4-10/10th 10-12
1956 Floyd Stahl 9-5/3rd 16-6
1957 Floyd Stahl 9-5/3rd-T 14-8
1958 Floyd Stahl 8-6/4th 9-13
1959 Fred Taylor 7-7/5th-T 11-11
1960 Fred Taylor 13-1/1st 25-3 NCAA Champion
1961 Fred Taylor 14-0/1st 27-1 NCAA Runner Up
1962 Fred Taylor 13-1/1st 26-2 NCAA Runner Up
1963 Fred Taylor 11-3/1st-T 20-4
1964 Fred Taylor 11-3/1st-T 16-8
1965 Fred Taylor 6-8/6th 12-12
1966 Fred Taylor 5-9/8th 11-13
1967 Fred Taylor 6-8/7th-T 13-11
1968 Fred Taylor 10-4/1st-T 21-8 NCAA Final Four
1969 Fred Taylor 9-5/2nd-T 17-7
1970 Fred Taylor 8-6/3rd-T 17-7
1971 Fred Taylor 13-1/1st 20-6 NCAA Elite Eight
1972 Fred Taylor 10-4/2nd 18-6
1973 Fred Taylor 8-6/3rd-T 14-10
1974 Fred Taylor 4-10/8th 9-15
1975 Fred Taylor 8-10/6th 14-14
1976 Fred Taylor 2-16/10th 6-20
1977 Eldon Miller 4-14/10th 9-18
1978 Eldon Miller 9-9/6th 16-11
1979 Eldon Miller 12-6/4th 19-12 NIT Semifinals
1980 Eldon Miller 12-6/2nd 21-8 NCAA Sweet Sixteen
1981 Eldon Miller 9-9/5th-T 14-13
1982 Eldon Miller 12-6/2nd-T 21-10 NCAA 1st Round
1983 Eldon Miller 11-7/2nd-T 20-10 NCAA Sweet Sixteen
1984 Eldon Miller 8-10/5th-T 15-14 NIT 1st Round
1985 Eldon Miller 11-7/3rd-T 20-10 NCAA 2nd Round
1986 Eldon Miller 8-10/7th 19-14 NIT Champion
1987 Gary Williams 9-9/6th 20-13 NCAA 2nd Round
1988 Gary Williams 9-9/6th 20-13 NIT Runner Up
1989 Gary Williams 6-12/8th-T 19-15 NIT 3rd Round
1990 Randy Ayers 10-8/6th 17-13 NCAA 2nd Round
1991 Randy Ayers 15-3/1st-T 27-4 NCAA Sweet Sixteen
1992 Randy Ayers 15-3/1st 26-6 NCAA Elite Eight
1993 Randy Ayers 8-10/7th 15-13 NIT 1st Round
1994 Randy Ayers 6-12/8th-T 13-16
1995 Randy Ayers 2-16/10th 6-22
1996 Randy Ayers 3-15/10th 10-17
1997 Randy Ayers 5-13/9th 10-17
1998 Jim O'Brien 1-15/11th 8-22
1999 Jim O'Brien 11-4/* 27-9* NCAA Final Four 34 games vacated by NCAA
2000 Jim O'Brien 13-3/1st-T* 22-7* NCAA 2nd Round 16 games vacated by NCAA
2001 Jim O'Brien 11-6/* 20-11* NCAA 1st Round Entire season vacated by NCAA
2002 Jim O'Brien 12-5/1st-T* 24-8* NCAA 2nd Round Entire season vacated by NCAA
2003 Jim O'Brien 7-9/8th-T 17-15 NIT 1st Round
2004 Jim O'Brien 6-10/9th 14-16
2005 Thad Matta 8-8/6th 20-12
2006 Thad Matta 12-4/1st 26-6 NCAA 2nd Round
2007 Thad Matta 15-1/1st 35-4 NCAA Runner Up
2008 Thad Matta 10-8/5th 24-13 NIT Champion

Data taken from.

Coaching history

Coach Years Conference Overall Conference
Titles
NCAA
Tournament
Appearances
Unknown 1899-1901 - 21-11 - -
(No team) 1902 - - - -
D. C. Huddleson 1903-04 - 15-6 - -
Unknown 1905-08 - 33-14 - -
Tom Kibler 1909-10 - 22-2 - -
Sox Raymond 1911 - 7-2 - -
Lynn St. John 1912-19 24-43 80-69 0 -
George Trautman 1920-22 10-26 29-33 0 -
Harold Olsen 1923-46 154-135 260-196 5 4
Tippy Dye 1947-50 27-21 53-34 1 1
Floyd Stahl 1951-58 51-65 84-92 0 0
Fred Taylor 1959-76 158-102 297-158 7 7
Eldon Miller 1977-86 96-84 174-120 0 4
Gary Williams 1987-89 24-30 59-41 0 1
Randy Ayers 1990-97 64-80 124-108 2 3
Jim O’Brien 1998-04 20-36* 51-57* 1* 4*
Thad Matta 2005- 35-13 100-34 2 2

*113 games vacated by the 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

All-Time statistical leaders

Career leaders

  • Points Scored: Dennis Hopson

(2,096)

  • Assists: Jamar Butler (517)
  • Rebounds: Jerry Lucas (1,411)
  • Steals: Jay Burson (204)

Single-season Leaders

  • Points Scored: Dennis Hopson (958, 1987)
  • Assists: Mike Conley, Jr. (238, 2007)
  • Rebounds: Jerry Lucas (499, 1962)
  • Steals: Curtis Wilson (74, 1987)

Single-game leaders

  • Points Scored: Gary Bradds (49, 1964)
  • Assists: Curtis Wilson (14, 1988)
  • Rebounds: Frank Howard (32, 1956)
  • Steals: Troy Taylor (8, 1983)

See also

External Links

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