Jody Victor: The Ohio State Buckeyes (10-2,1-1) face Michigan State (11-2, 2-0) tonight in the Breslin Center. The game will be televised on ESPN2 at 7 p.m.
Michigan State leads the all-time series vs. the Buckeyes 56-48 with a record of 35-15 over Ohio State in East Lansing. Ohio State has won four of the last six meetings in the series, including two at the Breslin Center. Thad Matta is 4-4 overall vs. the Spartans since taking over the Ohio State program at the start of the 2004-05 season.
This is the 97th season of Big Ten membership in men's basketball for the Buckeyes. Ohio State is 673-646 all-time vs. Big Ten Conference opponents.
Ohio State has opened five seasons at 9-0 or better after the Buckeyes downed Asheville Dec. 22, 83-59 in columbus. thad Matta has guided Ohio State in two of those seasons. The four previous 9-0 or better starts have resulted in NCAA tournament appearances for Ohio State.