tBBC Basketball Roundtable – Coaching Staff

Written November 6th, 2012 by WVaBuckeye

As the regular season rapidly approaches we here at tBBC take the time to introduce you to the coaching staff and update you on their information. We all will also take the opportunity to express our opinions about said coaches and hopefully get your feedback in the comments section!


Head Coach. Thad Matta. It could be enough to simply say that all Coach Matta has done in his head coaching career is win atleast twenty games every season, but that doesn’t even do him justice. On top of that, he has had two teams in the final four, three-consecutive appearances in the NCAA tournament “Sweet 16,” a fifth Big Ten regular-season crown and yet another drive toward a Big Ten postseason title by making the finals again! Currently has an overall head coaching record of 323-96.

Player wise he has coached two B1G POTY(Dials, Turner), six First Team B1G(Dials, Oden, Conley, Butler, Turner, Sullinger), three All-Americans(Oden, Turner, Sullinger), and has had seven first round NBA draft picks(Oden, Conley, Cook, Koufos, Mullens, Turner, Sullinger).

Per Ohiostatebuckeyes.com 


  • Full Name: Thad Michael Matta
  • Born: July 11, 1967
  • Hometown: Hoopeston, Ill.
  • High School: Hoopeston-East Lynn
  • Alma Mater: Butler, ’90 (B.S., Education)
  • Playing Career: Played his freshman season at Southern Illinois (1985-86) before transferring to Butler, where he lettered from 1988-90.
  • Coaching Career: Indiana State (GA), 1991; Butler (admin. asst.), 1992-94; Miami, Ohio (asst. coach), 1995; Western Carolina (asst. coach), 1996; Miami, Ohio (asst. coach), 1997; Butler (asst. coach), 1998-2000; Butler (head coach), 2001; Xavier (head coach), 2002-04; Ohio State (head coach), 2005-present
  • Assisted Under: Tates Locke, Indiana State; Herb Sendek, Miami, Ohio; Phil Hopkins, Western Carolina; Charlie Coles, Miami, Ohio; Barry Collier, Butler.
  • Highlights: 2001 Midwestern Collegiate Conference Coach of the Year; National “Rookie” Coach of the Year-CBS SportsLine.com; National “Rookie” Coach of the Year-College Insider.com; 2002 Atlantic 10 Coach of the Year; 2003 Naismith National Coach of the Year Finalist; 2006, 2007 Big Ten Coach of the Year; 2004, 2006, 2007, 2010, 2011 Ohio Coach of the Year-Columbus Dispatch

In the most recent years at Ohio State, some people have wondered about the coaching job Coach Matta has done. I for one in the belief that he did one of his best coaching jobs last season and has an opportunity to follow that up with an even better one. This team has the talent to reload and give teams fits. Coach Matta is going to be missing one of his floor generals this season but there isn’t a better coach on the floor than Aaron Craft.

Coach Matta will win the Buckeyes a championship, the recipe is there and continues to grow. It’ll be a lot of fun watching how he develops this team and the lessons he will teach him. I am sure that the youngsters recall him kicking the veterans out of a practice last year. They also recall that they didn’t answer the call and coach Matta stuck to his guns with his veterans. Time will tell if he did do the best job of his career this season. Read More

2010-2011 Men’s Basketball Season Preview

Written October 31st, 2010 by Joe Laing

After an exciting sweet sixteen season a year ago, how will the 2010-2011 basketball bucks fair?  We here at tBBC are here to preview the campaign and hopefully be one of your stops for basketball coverage throughout the year.  We hope to have first hand information at times so check back during the season.

O Let's Do It

The Buckeyes return 4 starters (David Lighty (3rd team all Big Ten), Jon Diebler (3rd team all Big Ten), Dallas Lauderdale, and Will Buford (3rd team all Big Ten) from last seasons team.  Obviously losing walk-on’s the caliber of Danny Peters (Currently working on the Arizona bball staff) and Club Trillion blog owner Mark Titus will be hard to swallow, but hopefully one of the nation’s top 3 incoming classes helps with their early departure.  Oh yeah, there was that other guy that some called “The Villain” that we might miss as well.

The four returning starters all saw significant time last year, some might say a little too much as Lighty averaged 36 minutes, Buford 34, and Diebler 37.  With the depth coming in this year we should see the ability to get more rest for them, as well as see a little more uptempo game at times.

Our Starting PG?

One of the fun things to do at the beginning of the year is to predict the starting lineup.  Well some might be wondering if Aaron Craft a first year player can handle the point guard position.  I don’t expect a Mike Conley type season,  but what I do see is the ability to manage the game, get the ball in the hands of the playmakers, and contribute in spots on the scoreboard if teams sag off.  We will still see others at the point to give Craft rest time.  Look for Diebler, Buford, Lighty, Smith to help bring the ball up court.

With that said I see a starting lineup of Craft, Diebler, Buford, Lighty, Sullinger.

Sullinger might surprise some, as what we have all heard about Lauderdale is how improved the returning stater is, but that’s how good Sullinger has been in the preseason.  He also provides a scoring threat that Lauderdale doesn’t.  What we will see though is both Dallas and Jared on the floor together at the same time.  Sullinger will also be able to pull bigger defenders from the hoop with his ability to step out and hit the jumper.  Lauderdale will once again provide a defensive mindset in the middle of the lane, and he is in the best shape of his career, so look for a big senior campaign from him.

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