For First Time in Head Coaching Career, Thad Matta Does Not Reach 20 Wins

By Tim Shoemaker on March 12, 2017 at 9:30 pm
Ohio State head coach Thad Matta earlier this season.

Thad Matta’s streak of 20-win seasons has officially come to an end.

Ohio State finished its 2016-17 season with just a 17-15 record and did not make the NIT. For the first time in his 17 seasons as a head coach, Matta did not reach at least 20 wins. Matta just finished his 13th year in Columbus as head coach of the Buckeyes.

Listed below is Matta's head coaching history: 

Thad Matta Coaching History
2000–01 Butler 24–8
2001–02 Xavier 26–6
2002–03 Xavier 26–6
2003–04 Xavier 26–11
2004–05 Ohio State 20–12
2005–06 Ohio State 26–6
2006–07 Ohio State 35–4
2007–08 Ohio State 24–13
2008–09 Ohio State 22–11
2009–10 Ohio State 29–8
2010–11 Ohio State 34–3
2011–12 Ohio State 31–8
2012–13 Ohio State 29–8
2013–14 Ohio State 25–10
2014–15 Ohio State 24–11
2015–16 Ohio State 21–14
2016–17 Ohio State 17–15

Matta is 439–154 (.740 winning percentage) in his head coaching career and 337–123 (.733) in his 13 years at Ohio State. 

The Buckeyes missed the NCAA tournament for the second-straight season this year. Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith already confirmed Matta would return next year for a 14th season at the helm.

The winningest coach in Ohio State basketball history will have to try and start a new streak.

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