Jody Victor®: Buckeyes Honor Coach Bob Knight, Host Lamar Tonight

Jody Victor: Tonight’s game, No. 2 Ohio State Buckeyes (10-1) vs. Lamar Cardinals (8-3) will be at home in the Value City Arena. In the meantime, here’s some great Buckeye basketball news from osu.edu  and OhioStateBuckeyes.com.

Game Time:      8:36 p.m. ET
Television:        Big Ten Network
Talent:             Gus Johnson (play-by-play)
                       Jim Jackson (expert analysis)
Radio:              OSU-IMG Sports Network (56 stations)
Satellite Radio:  Sirius 93  
Local Radio:       WBNS FM-97.1 AM-1460
Radio Talent:      Paul Keels (play-by-play)
                         Ron Stokes (expert analysis)

Honoring Coach Bob Knight
Over the course of 41 seasons at Army, Indiana and Texas Tech, Bob Knight amassed an astonishing 902 wins, three national championships, an Olympic Gold Medal and a 98 percent student-athlete graduation rate, among many other extraordinary accomplishments. His career wins total is second only to Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski, a protégé of Coach Knight who just this year became the NCAA career wins leader. Inducted in the Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame in 1991 and to the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame last month, Coach Knight, who helped the Buckeyes as a student-athlete under legendary coach Fred Taylor to the NCAA title in 1960 and NCAA title game appearances in both 1961 and 1962, is being recognized tonight for his lifetime achievements and contributions to college basketball.

Thomas Named Big Ten Player of Week
Ohio State sophomore Deshaun Thomas has made 17-consecutive shots from inside the 3-point line. He made his last six attempts against South Carolina Upstate Dec. 14 and then all 11 2-pointers in the road win at South Carolina Dec. 17. For the season he is shooting 65 percent from 2-point range (55-84). Last week he was 19-21 from short range while shooting 74 percent overall (23-31), including a 13-16 shooting effort at South Carolina, where he tallied a career-high 30 points. He averaged 26.5 points in the two games last week. His efforts last week earned him the Big Ten Player of the Week honor. The last Ohio State player to earn the honor was Jon Diebler March 7, 2011. Thomas was named the league’s freshman of the week once last season.   

Matta Reaches 300, 200 at OSU

Thad Matta has a career record of 302-89 over 12 years as a head coach, which includes a 200-58 record in eight seasons at Ohio State. Matta coached for one season at Butler and three at Xavier before taking over the Ohio State program for the 2004-05 season. In his time with the Buckeyes, Matta has four Big Ten regular season titles and three Big Ten tournament crowns. The Buckeyes have been to five NCAA tournaments with Matta at the helm. He has taken nine teams to NCAA tournament play and won the 2008 National Invitational Tournament with Ohio State.

Ohio State vs. Lamar
Ohio State will be facing Lamar University for the first time in program history. The Buckeyes are 4-0 against teams representing the Southland Conference with previous meetings against  McNeese State (1-0), Texas-Arlington (2-0) and Texas-San Antonio. Ohio State took on UTSA in the second round of the 2011 NCAA Tournament last March in Cleveland. The Buckeyes won that game 75-46. Lamar is coached by former Big Ten forward Pat Knight, who played for his father, Coach Bob Knight, at Indiana. Pat later coached alongside his father at Texas Tech. Pat was the head coach at TTU before taking over at Lamar for this his first season in Beaumont, Texas.  

Go Bucks!!!

Jody Victor