The Ohio State University Men's Basketball team is coached by Thad Matta (left). He has been coaching since 1990. He was an assistant coach with several different schools before 2000 when he became the head coach of Butler for one year. Then was Xavier's head coach from 2001-2004 and then became the head coach of The Ohio State University and has been there ever since. Thad Matta has an impressive coaching record with the Buckeyes, he is 247-72 at Ohio State. He had a record of 24-8 with one season as head coach with the Butler Bulldogs and won the conference.
The Buckeyes made the NCAA Tournament after winning the Big Ten for the third time in four years. Ohio State is led by their point guard, Aaron Craft (right) and forward, DeShaun Thomas (lower left). While the Buckeyes lost two of their best players, William Buford to graduation and Jared Sullinger to the NBA Draft, they still have a good starting lineup with Amir Johnson at center and Lenzelle Smith, Jr. at forward. The Buckeyes finished the season with a 26-7 record and 13-5 conference record. That put them in the Big Ten Tournament where they beat Nebraska 71-50 in the first round. The next round was against Michigan State and the buckeyes won 61-58. This put Ohio State in the championship game against Wisconsin where the Buckeyes won 50-43. This secured Ohio State's automatic bid in the NCAA Tournament.
The Buckeyes secured a 2 seed in the NCAA Tournament and played Iona in the first round of the tournament. The Buckeyes have had a successful season mostly because of their defense. On average, the Buckeyes hold their opponents under 60 points per game. The Buckeyes blew away the Iona Gaels 95-70. The Buckeyes moved on to play against the Iowa State Cyclones. The game was tied and the Buckeyes had the last possession, with about one second left, Aaron Craft spotted up for three and hit the game-winner. The Buckeyes won 78-75 and advanced to the next round where they played the Arizona Wildcats. The Buckeyes hit another game-winning three, this time it was LaQuinton Ross who hit the shot that secured the Buckeyes' spot in the Elite Eight. That would be Ohio State's last win, though, because they had to go against the Wichita State Shockers. The Shockers were a 9 seed but already defeated the 1 seed, Gonzaga Wildcats, and dominated the Buckeyes in the first half. The Buckeyes made a late comeback but Wichita State held them off, ending the Buckeyes' season 70-66.
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