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The Ohio State Buckeyes men's basketball team represents Ohio State University in NCAA Division I college basketball competition. It is a member of the Big Ten Conference. The Buckeyes won their only National Championship in 1960, and have made a total of 20 NCAA Tournament appearances (plus four additional appearances that were later rescinded). The Buckeyes share a classic rivalry with the Michigan Wolverines, in which OSU has a 83–70 series lead.

The first basketball team at Ohio State University was formed in 1898, playing their first game against East High. Some thirteen years later the Buckeyes joined the Big Nine Conference, which would eventually be known as the Big Ten. In 1923, Harold Olsen became head coach for the Buckeyes, launching the longest basketball coaching dynasty for OSU (24 seasons). The Olsen era is highlighted by appearing in the final game for the first ever NCAA Championship Tournament in 1939 where the Buckeyes lost to Oregon 33–46. The Buckeyes would make three more Final Four appearances under Olsen, and won their first Big Ten title in 1925.

But it was Fred Taylor who would give Ohio State basketball its greatest claim to fame. In 1960, the second year coach and All-American player Jerry Lucas led the Buckeyes to their first NCAA Championship Title, defeating California 75–55 in the final game. Taylor's Buckeyes were runners up the following two seasons, and made a total of five tournament appearances during his 18 seaons tenure. Taylor also achieved 7 conference titles and an impressive overall winning percentage of over 65%.

In 1997, Jim O'Brien was hired to replace head coach Randy Ayers. During his short seven years, O'Brien drove the team to four 20+ win seasons, two Big Ten regular-season co-championships, the 2002 Big Ten Tournament Championship, and a school record four-consecutive NCAA tournament appearances. Controversy erupted when Ohio State athletic director Andy Geiger fired O'Brien over alleged NCAA rules violations. A two-year NCAA investigation found that player Boban Savovic had received improper benefits and committed academic fraud while he played for Ohio State. On March 10, 2006, the NCAA gave Ohio State three years' probation and ordered it to pay back all tournament money earned from 1999–2002 when Boban Savovic was on the Buckeyes' roster. In addition, Ohio State had to remove all references to team accomplishments from those years including a 1999 visit to the Final Four.

2004 saw the naming of Thad Matta as head coach, and he rapidly produced a promising Buckeye team. Under his leadership, OSU has already claimed two Big Ten Conference Titles, a Conference Tournament win, and two NCAA tournament appearances, going as far as the championship game in 2007 where the Buckeyes lost to Florida 84–75. In 2008, despite having lost four starters for the second year in a row, including three first-round NBA Draft picks, the Buckeyes won the NIT, defeating UMASS, 92–85 at Madison Square Garden. Matta's winning percentages for overall (78.6%) and conference (72.9%) are better than any previous Buckeye coach with more than two seasons.

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