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Posts Tagged ‘Thad Matta.’

Matta edges Wooster coach Moore for Ohio college basketball coach of year

 

Thad Matta addresses media (megasportsnews.com photo)

The 2010-2011 Dispatch Men’s Ohio College Basketball Coach of the Year came down to Ohio State head coach Thad Matta and Wooster College head coach Steve Moore.

Tough choice considering both coaches and both programs did extremely well.

Matta’s Buckeyes only lost three games all year (Purdue, Wisconsin & Kentucky) and were ranked number 1 for 9o percent of the season.

Moore’s Fighting Scots are always one of the top men’s program’s in NCAA Division III. They won the North Coast Athletic Conference and advanced to the Division III championship game and lost to St. Thomas of Minnesota.

But the winner is….Matta!

Matta has won the award for the fifth time since 2004 for leading the Buckeyes to a 34-3 record and the Big Ten regular season and postseason conference titles.

Moore finished second, followed by Jon VanderWal of Marietta third, Gary Waters of Cleveland State fourth and Walsh College’s Jeff Young fifth.

Matta in just seven years at OSU, has won 190 games, four Big Ten regular-season championships, three conference tournament titles and one national championship runner-up awards.

Matta, a Butler basketball player and graduate, has come a very long way from Hoopeston, Illinois, a town of about 6,000 people near the Indiana border town of Danville, Illinois.

 

compiled from staff, Radio, TV & Ohio State news

Weatherspoon eligible to play for the Buckeyes

J.D. Weatherspoon (courtesy of Ohio State athletics)

Former Northland star J.D. Weatherspoon, who was academically ineligible for the winter quarter, has been reinstated to the team. Head coach Thad Matta told the media before practice on Wednesday.

Weatherspoon, a freshman, traveled with Ohio State to Newark, New Jersey, and is eligible to play against Kentucky in the NCAA Tournament on Friday, according to a school sports information representative.

compiled from staff, radio & TV news

McDonald’s All-American Game rosters features future Buckeyes

(courtesy of McDonald's via Wikipedia Commons)

(courtesy of WPClipart.com)

The upcoming McDonald’s All-American Game has announced its rosters and two future Buckeyes are on the rosters.

Point guard Shannon Scott and center Amir Williams, who will be freshman at Ohio State next season, will be playing in the game which is scheduled for March 30 in the United Center in Chicago.

Scott, who is from Alpharetta, Georgia, will play for the East team. Williams, from Detroit, will play for the West.

Those two players will make a total of 10 the number of McDonald’s All-American’s signed by coach Thad Matta in the past six years.

Ohio State had only seven McDonald’s All-Americans in their previous 28 years before Matta’s hiring.

clipart courtesy of WPClipart.com

compiled from staff, McDonald’s, radio & TV news

OSU men beats Wolverines 68-64

William Buford (courtesy of Ohio State athletics)

The Michigan athletic department tried to use the hiring of new football coach Brady Hoke to inspire the basketball team by having him at Crisler Arena with Ohio State’s basketball team in town. Hoke did not address the crowd.

It’s the same ploy that Ohio State used when Jim Tressel was hired and showed up at Value City Arena to inspire the basketball.

Michigan’s ploy did not work as the Buckeyes used a 12-0 second half run early to put the game in their favor en route to a 68-64 win in Ann Arbor.

William Buford scored 19 points to lead (17-0, 4-0 Big Ten) Ohio State to the win.

The Buckeyes are 12-2 against Michigan in Thad Matta’s seven years as head coach.

Michigan was led by Darius Morris with 18 points and eight assists.

compiled from Ohio State athletics news

Buckeyes demolish Tennessee-Martin, 100-40

The number-2 ranked Ohio State men’s basketball team are now 13-0 after finishing their non-conference schedule with a 100-40 win over the University of Tennessee-Martin. It is the second time they’ve accomplished this feat under Thad Matta. The 2005-2006 team also achieved the feat.

The Buckeyes and Syracuse are the only teams left in NCAA Division I that have gone undefeated during the non-conference season with all of those games exhausted.

Six other teams are still undefeated but have non-conference games left: Central Florida, Cincinnati, Connecticut, Duke, Kansas and San Diego State.

William Buford (courtesy of OSU athletics)

Now, is time for the Big Ten Conference with better teams and games that will be close. They’ll travel to Indiana to play the Hoosiers on Friday.

The Buckeyes, in case you haven’t noticed, have won 31 of their last 34 games.

The game with UT-Martin, saw a familiar face in the crowd, former Buckeye star Greg Oden. He is out for the season after having knee surgery. The Portland Trail Blazers allowed him to take a vacation so he came back east to Indianapolis, his home and decided to take in a Buckeyes game. He is still a fan favorite, getting a big found of applause as highlights of his one-year career played on the scoreboard above the playing court.

William Buford came out of a shooting slump to score the first seven points of the game as Ohio State raced out to a quick 12-0 lead in the first three minutes.

Buford scored a season-high 23 points in 23 minutes of action. Deshaun Thomas added 20 points and nine rebounds and Jared Sullinger scored 18 points while grabbing 11 rebounds.

Reuben Clayton led Tennessee-Martin with 13 points as his team fell to 4-9.

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