The Senior Day Vs. Illinois That May Never Be Topped


The Basketball Buckeyes will close out their home schedule Thursday night against Illinois in what is expected to be an electric night. Not only is the game a match-up of two nationally ranked teams, but it's also Senior Night. Forward Andre Wesson, a local product from Westerville who is also the son of former Buckeye Keith Wesson and walk-on Danny Hummer will be honored, as they play for the final time in the Schottenstein Center. Additionally, the 1960 Ohio State national championship team will be recognized on the 60th anniversary of winning the Buckeyes only national title in basketball. It will be an intense night of basketball with plenty of pomp and circumstance, but as memorable as the night will be, it will be hard pressed to match the Senior Day, against Illinois, in 2005. Friday will mark the 15th anniversary of Matt Sylvester's "Shot at the Schott" as Thad Matta's first Ohio State team took down undefeated and No. 1 Illinois 65-64. Sylvester, Terence Dials, J.J. Sullinger, Jamar Butler and Jekel Foster were key underclassmen on that team and Matta would say later that the Illinois victory was the lynch pin for that group to win a Big Ten title the following year. It was the final home game for guards Brandon Fuss-Cheatham and Tony Stockman, who had a Senior Day experience they would never forget. My lasting memory of that game was the crowd. To this day, it is the loudest I've ever heard that building. Below are a few posts from that day--including the final minute, Thad Matta's memories of that day (from five years ago, on the 10th anniversary) as well as a BTN "I hit it to win it" feature.