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16 Ohio State Buckeyes
George Dohrmann
November 23, 2009
Coach Thad Matta offers a statistic that underscores the difference in his team before and after guard-forward David Lighty broke a bone in his left foot in the seventh game last season. "With David we were Number 1 in Ken Pomeroy's [team] defense rankings; after he went down, we dropped into the 50s," Matta says of the stat guru's efficiency ratings, derived from points allowed per 100 possessions. "People didn't see all the things [Lighty] did for us, but when he got hurt, there was a drastic difference."
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November 23, 2009

16 Ohio State Buckeyes

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Four of the Buckeyes' first five conference games are on the road, a grueling stretch that includes stops at Wisconsin, Minnesota and Michigan. Knocking off Purdue before embarking on an easier second-half slate could ensure a high NCAA tournament seed.

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