Ohio State Buckeyes
This Baden Official Size basketball was hand-signed by Thad Matta, Head Coach of the Ohio State Men's Basketball Team, on December 1, 2011 in Columbus, Ohio.
Ohio State finished the 2011-12 season with a 31-8 record and earned a share of its third-consecutive Big Ten title and a trip to the NCAA Final Four!
The Buckeyes reached the school's 10th Final Four with wins over Loyola, Md. and Gonzaga in the second and third rounds in Pittsburgh. Those victories earned OSU a trip to the Boston East Regional, where Ohio State set back in-state foe Cincinnati in the Sweet 16 and secured its Final Four bid with a triumph over No. 1 seed Syracuse in the Elite Eight.
Matta is one of just two coaches nationally to post 20 or more wins in each of his first 11 seasons as a head coach. The 2006, 2007 and 2010 Big Ten Conference and 2006 USBWA District V coach of the year, Matta tied an Ohio State record for wins by a rookie coach (20) in 2004-05. Gary Williams posted a 20-13 record in 1986-87. Matta (2005 and `06) and Williams (1987 and `88) are the only two Ohio State coaches to record 20 or more wins in each of their first two seasons in Columbus and Matta is the only Buckeye mentor with seven 20-win campaigns at the start of his tenure.
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PICK-UP: Item can be picked up at the Jerome Schottenstein Center administrative offices (555 Borror Drive, Columbus, OH 43210) during regular business hours.
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