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FILE - In this Jan. 15, 2011 file photo, Ohio State coach Thad Matta smiles after a play during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Penn State in Columbus, Ohio. With just seven regular-season games left, top-ranked Ohio State is flirting with history as it tries to become the first Division I team since Indiana in 1975-76 to go unbeaten. There are plenty of tests ahead _ starting with Saturday's game at Wisconsin. (AP Photo/Terry Gilliam, File)
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FILE - In this Jan. 15, 2011 file photo, Ohio State coach Thad Matta smiles after a play during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Penn State in Columbus, Ohio. With just seven regular-season games left, top-ranked Ohio State is flirting with history as it tries to become the first Division I team since Indiana in 1975-76 to go unbeaten. There are plenty of tests ahead _ starting with Saturday's game at Wisconsin. (AP Photo/Terry Gilliam, File)

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