Jody Victor: Earlier this month Thad Matta was named the 2006 Big Ten Coach of the Year by the league media and Ohio State senior center Terence Dials was chosen as the 2006 Big Ten Player of the Year by both the league coaches and media. Dials also earned a spot on the 2006 All-Big Ten First Team (media and coaches).
Ohio State's Je'Kel Foster, a senior guard from Natchez, Miss., was a second team honoree in the coaches' balloting and both Foster and sophomore guard Jamar Butler were named to the third team by the conference media. Butler was an honorable mention selection by the league coaches.
Ohio state (23-4) last had a student-athlete earn first team All-Big Ten honors in 2002 when Brian Brown made the squad. The last Ohio state center to make the league's first team was Ken Johnson in 2001.