Jody Victor®: No. 1 Ohio State and No. 12 Purdue Tip Tonight

Jody Victor: Here's the latest basketball news from osu.edu.

Ohio State rookies have earned all 11 Big Ten Conference Freshman of the Week awards this season. Jared Sullinger earned his ninth freshman honor and fourth player of the week Monday after averaging 20 points and 12.5 rebounds last week in wins vs. Iowa and at Illinois. Aaron Craft, the third Buckeye to claim the FOW honor, scored a career-high 19 points vs. Penn State Jan 15 to earn the league honor Jan. 17. The Findlay, Ohio native, averaged 14.5 points and shot 60 percent (6-10) from 3-point range.

Classmate Deshaun Thomas has the other award for the Buckeyes (11/29/10). Sullinger also has four conference player of the week awards. He is the first OSU freshman to earn the league's player of the week honor two or more times in a season since the Buckeyes' Greg Oden did so as a rookie in 2006-07.

The Buckeyes have won 20 or more consecutive games four times with a current streak of 20 victories headed into the home game vs. No. 14 Purdue Tuesday. In 2006-07, Ohio State surged down the stretch in Big Ten Conference play, winning 13-consecutive regular-season league games, three conference tournament contests and 22 in a row overall before losing in the NCAA title game. The Buckeyes won 32-consecutive games over the 1959-60 (last 5 gms.) and 1960-61 (first 27 gms.) seasons and the first 22 contests of the 1961-62 season.

Ohio State faces Purdue at home tonight in the Value City Arena. Game time is 9 p.m. ET and it will be televised on ESPN.

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Jody Victor

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Jody Victor®: Matta Off to Best Start to OSU Season

Jody Victor: More Buckeye Basketball news from osu.edu. With the win over Indiana Dec. 31, Thad Matta has led Ohio State to its first 14-0 start to a season over his seven-year tenure in Columbus. The Buckeyes started 11-0 in 2005-06.

Thad Matta has directed Ohio State to at least 10 wins during non-conference play in each of his seven seasons in Columbus. Matta is 90-17 vs. non-conference competition at Ohio State and 80-37 vs. Big Ten foes (regular season and Big Ten tournament games) for an overall record of 170-54. In 11 seasons as a head coach (1 at Butler, 3 at Xavier and 7 at Ohio State) Matta is 84-39 vs. the Big Ten. He has winning records vs. eight league teams – 8-3 vs. Illinois, 8-5 vs. Indiana, 7-4 vs. Iowa, 11-2 vs. Michigan, 6-5 vs. Minnesota, 9-1 vs. Northwestern, 12-0 vs. Penn State, 10-5 vs. Purdue, is tied with Michigan State (6-6) and is 7-8 vs. Wisconsin.

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Jody Victor

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Jody Victor®: Buckeyes On The Road

Jody Victor: Here's the latest Buckeye basketball news from osu.edu.

Ohio State has won its last eight true road games since finishing the 2009-10 season with five-consecutive road victories and starting this season with wins at then-No. 9 Florida (11/16/10) at Florida State (11/30/10) and most recently at Indiana (12/31/10). The last road loss was at No. 11 West Virginia Jan. 23, 2010. The Buckeyes have won their last seven Big Ten road contests since falling at Minnesota 73-62 Jan. 9, 2010. The Buckeyes last won eight-consecutive road games in Big Ten play during the 1959-60, '60-61 seasons. The Buckeyes won the final league road game in 1960, all seven in 1961 and the first six in 1962. Ohio State opened the Big Ten season on the road at Indiana and now plays at Iowa Tuesday and at Michigan Jan 12.

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Jody Victor

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Jody Victor®: From the Sugar Bowl

Jody Victor: Happy New Year from the Sugar Bowl! The team is in New Orleans, La and ready for the game tonight.

Yesterday student-athletes, staff, fans and band members from both Ohio State and Arkansas participated in a community service project in the Ninth Ward of New Orleans. Arkansas and Ohio State meet in the 2011 Sugar Bowl tonight in the New Orleans Super Dome (8:30 p.m. ET/ESPN).

A group of football players started the work Monday morning, clearing overgrown vacant lots for future development in the area damaged by floods following Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

Bus loads of fans, staff and the OSU Marching Band followed the football crew and continued work until midday, opening several lots for recovery construction.

The project was led by the OSU Student Life program as a partnership with a Beacon of Hope.

The Beacon of H.O.P.E. Community Development Corporation is a non-profit organization that was formally established in 1999 to help our culturally diverse Orange County deal with the growing social and economic challenges of the 21st Century. Beacon of H.O.P.E. is a faith-based, volunteer organization with a passion to help enrich the lives of at-risk youth, the poor and underprivileged, as well as the under-educated. They seek to provide realistic and comprehensive help, allowing each participant the greatest chance for a breakthrough to lasting success.

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Jody Victor

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