Jody Victor: It's a one-time event this year – Ohio State will play Penn State tonight in Value City Arena at 7 p.m. (televised on ESPN). The Buckeyes have faced all Big Ten teams at least once before taking on the Nittany Lions tonight. The Buckeyes are 21-12 in the PSU series with a record of 11-3 in Columbus. The Buckeyes have won the last 10 meetings and are 5-0 at Value City Arena vs. Penn State. Thad Matta is 9-0 vs. Penn State during his five seasons in Columbus. Three available Ohio State players have played in the Penn State series. Evan Turner, Jon Diebler and Dallas Lauderdale appeared in the only game between the schools last year. David Lighty, out with a broken left foot, has played in three Penn State games. Turner and Diebler both scored five points in the game a year ago.
Sophomore Jon Diebler flirted with the Ohio state single-game record for made 3-pointers when he poured in a career-high 28 points at Northwestern Feb. 18. Eight of his nine field goals were from 3-point range, one off the Ohio State record of nine made 3s accomplished by Jay Burson vs. Florida Dec. 27, 1988. Diebler connected on seven 3s earlier this season against Iowa Dec. 31. He now owns three of the Top 6 single-game 3-point shooting efforts in Ohio State history. Diebler also entered the single season 3-pointers made chart at the No. 8 spot following the Northwestern game. He has made 70 on the year.