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[Link] A Look Back at Thad Matta's Decade at Ohio State


Basketball season is right around the corner as today we stand just four days from Ohio State’s season opener against Morgan State. Ohio State’s football team has a bye week, so all eyes will be on the Schottenstein Center come saturday afternoon. Ohio State defeated Walsh in their preseason tune-up game on Sunday. Thad Matta will be entering his 10th season at Ohio State,  prompting Ben Axelrod of to took a look back at Thad Matta’s decade as the Buckeyes head coach. When Matta took over in 2004, Ohio State’s basketball program was in terrible shape:

Matta knew that his new team was in for a culture shock as he attempted to implement what he described as “the Ohio State way.”

“I remember saying to kids when we began our recruiting process, ‘We’re at rock bottom. I’m not going to lie to you,’” Matta recalled. “We had a 20 percent graduation rate. I didn’t know that until I got here.

“There were 330 Division-I programs at the time, and we were the 330th. People forget where we were.”

The article breaks down the turning point of the program when Matt Slyvester hit a game-winner to beat an unbeaten Illinois, to the Thad Five, to other one-and-done centers, to Evan Turner, all the way up to where the program is today. The article is a fantastic read, summed up nicely by a quote from Matta:

We set out to build one of the top college programs in the country,” he continued. “I look back over my time here and I’m very proud of what we’ve built and how we’ve built it.

The full article can (and should!) be read at this link:

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