Ohio State Buckeyes
This Baden Official Size basketball was hand-signed by Thad Matta, Head Coach of the #2 ranked Ohio State Men's Basketball Team, on December 1, 2011 in Columbus, Ohio.
Back-to-back appearances in the NCAA tournament "Sweet 16," a fourth Big Ten regular season crown and a third Big Ten postseason tournament title are just the latest accolades added to the Thad Matta resume as head coach of the Buckeyes. All this after a 34-3 overall record and a 16-2 mark in league play during the 2010-11 season.
The Buckeyes recorded 34 wins in 2010-11, the second most in school history after starting the season 24-0. Ohio State claimed both the regular season and postseason Big Ten titles and entered the NCAA tournament as the overall No. 1 seed.
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, currently the head coach at Maryland, 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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