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Brown Close to 1,000 Career Points
%^$ Ohio State senior guard Brian Brown could reach the 1,000-point mark%^$in his Buckeye career against UNC-Greensboro. Brown will become the 40th%^$player in Ohio State history to reach 1,000 points. He has scored 991%^$points in 106 career games for an average of 9.3 points a contest.%^$

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Buckeyes to Reach 1,000,000 in Attendance
%^$ In the fourth season of play in Value City Arena, the Buckeye men’s%^$basketball team has drawn an average of 17,382 per game for a total of%^$990,766. The 9,234th fan to enter the building vs. UNCG will be honored%^$as the 1,000,000th men’s basketball fan at Value City Arena. The%^$1,000,000th fan will win a four day three night Bahamas cruise for two%^$adults plus a Buckeye prize pack.%^$

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Spartans, Buckeyes Clash for First Time
%^$ North Carolina-Greensboro, a member of the Southern Conference, will%^$be facing the Buckeyes for the first time. Ohio State has an 8-4 record%^$vs. teams representing the Southern Conference. Ohio State is 1-0 vs.%^$Appalachian State, 2-3 vs. Davidson, 2-0 vs. East Tennessee State and 3-1%^$vs. Chattanooga. UNCG finished the 2000-01 season with a 19-12 after%^$losing to Stanford in the first round of the West Regional in the 2001%^$NCAA Tournament.%^$

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Maye Leads Four in Double Figures
%^$ Four Spartans average 10 or more points for the Spartans. Junior%^$forward James Maye leads a balanced attack with 13.3 points per game.%^$Senior guard Courtney Eldridge is second offensively with 11.4 ppg.%^$Sophomore guards Jay Joseph (10.4 ppg.) and Ronnie Taylor (10.0 ppg.)%^$round out the top scorers for the Spartans. Senior forward David Schuck is%^$the leading rebounder for UNCG with 7.1 boards a game.%^$

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UNC-Greensboro Starts Strong
%^$ The Spartans are 6-3 following an 83-69 loss to at New Mexico State%^$Dec. 22. Wins this season have come against UNC-Asheville, Elon, Saint%^$Peter’s, East Carolina, Delaware and Norfolk State. Other losses were to%^$Middle Tennessee and Arkansas.%^$

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McCaffery in Third Season at UNCG
%^$ North Carolina-Greensboro head coach Fran McCaffery spent three%^$seasons at Lehigh before taking his current position with the Spartans.%^$McCaffery has a career record of 89-67 with a 40-28 mark at UNCG. He has%^$11 years of experience as the recruiting coordinator at Notre Dame with%^$coaches Digger Phelps and John MacLeod. He also spent time as an assist%^$at Lehigh and Penn.%^$

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Buckeyes Limit Foes’ Long Range Shooting
%^$ Six of the nine teams Ohio State has played this season have been%^$held at or below 25 percent shooting from 3-point range. None of the six%^$connected on more than four 3-pointers. Four opponents have not reached 17%^$percent shooting from long range.%^$

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O’Brien 30-3 in VCA vs. Non-Conference Foes
%^$ In four seasons at Value City Arena, Jim O’Brien and the Buckeyes%^$have a combined record of 30-3 (.909) against non-conference opponents.%^$Ohio State was 7-0 in 1998-99, 8-1 in 1999-00 and 8-1 in 2000-01 in%^$non-Big Ten home games. The Buckeyes are 7-1 at home this year. Losses%^$have come to Notre Dame (59-57) in the 1999 Preseason NIT (11/16), Kansas%^$(69-68) Dec. 23, 2000 and Pittsburgh Dec. 19, 2001 (62-55). O’Brien is%^$37-5 in non-conference home games in five seasons at Ohio State, which%^$includes a 7-2 record his first season at St. John Arena. The Buckeyes are%^$20-4 (.833) in Big Ten play at home in VCA.%^$

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Savovic, Brown Climbing 3-point Chart
%^$ Boban Savovic is ninth on the Top 10 list for career 3-pointers made%^$with 86. He has connected on 21-of-39 3-point shots this season for a%^$shooting percentage of 53.8 percent. Savovic passed Jim Jackson (1990-92),%^$who finished his career with 82 treys.. Brian Brown, who started the%^$season 10th all-time, is just outside the Top 10 with 78. He has made%^$5-of-24 on the season (.208). Brent Darby could crack the Top 10 this%^$season as well. He has made 67-of-181 (.370) for his OSU career. Sean%^$Connolly has made 118-of-298 career 3-pointers, which includes a 64-of-165%^$(.388) long range shooting effort as a freshman at Providence. At Ohio%^$State, Connolly had connected on 54-of-133 treys (.406).%^$

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Brown Reaches 300 Assists, Moves in Top 10 in Career Helpers
%^$ Brian Brown passed former teammate Scoonie Penn on the Ohio State%^$career assists list with five against IUPUI. Brown is now 10th all-time%^$with 301. Carter Scott (1978-81) is ninth with 326.%^$

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Noting the Win Over Eastern Illinois
%^$n The Buckeyes are 50-7 in Value City Arena since it opened for the%^$1998-99 season. OSU is 30-3 against non-conference opponents and 20-4 in%^$Big Ten games.%^$

Boban Savovic kept the 3-point streak alive with his field goalat the%^$17:30 mark in the first half. Ohio State has made at leastone 3-point%^$basket in 290-consecutive games.%^$ Savovic movedinto the No. 9 spot, moving ahead of Jim Jackson, for%^$career3-pointers. He has 87 for his career. He needs three more tomove%^$into the No. 8 spot occupied by Damon Stringer.%^$ OhioState closed the final 9:36 of the first half on a 17-5 runbehind%^$the perfect shooting of Zach Williams (2-2), Boban Savovic(3-3) and Sean%^$Connolly (2-2).%^$ Velimir Radinovic set a careerhigh for blocks with three. His previous%^$high was two againstSanta Clara earlier this season (Dec. 12).%^$ With his 18-pointperformance Brian Brown has 991 points in his career.%^$He is onpace to become the 40th Ohio State player to reach 1,000 points.%^$Freshman guard Brandon Fuss-Cheatham started the second half inplace of%^$Brent Darby who injured his left pinky finger.Fuss-Cheatham played 21%^$minutes before coming out after taking ahard fall.%^$ Eastern Illinois was 3-of-15 from behind the arc fora .200 shooting%^$percentage. Six of the nine teams Ohio State hasplayed this season have%^$been held at or below 25 percent shootingfrom 3-point range. None of the%^$six connected on more than four3-pointers.%^$ The Buckeyes held Eastern Illinois’ leading scorer,Henry Domercant, to%^$20 points. He is averaging 24.3 points pergame and is sixth in the nation%^$for scoring.%^$ In four seasonsat Value City Arena, Jim O’Brien and the Buckeyes have a%^$combinedrecord of 30-3 against non-conference opponents.%^$ Before the gametonight, Eastern Illinois and Ohio State had never met%^$inbasketball. The Buckeyes are 10-0 against Ohio Valley Conferenceteams.%^$ Ohio State has played on this date in history 33 times,winning 23. The%^$Buckeyes have won the last five games on thisdate.%^$

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Brown Holds Team Lead in Scoring
%^$ Senior Brian Brown owns the team lead in scoring following an%^$18-point effort against Eastern Illinois. He tops four Buckeyes in double%^$digits in a well-balanced offensive attack. Brown is averaging 14.1 points%^$per game followed by Boban Savovic with 12.2. Brent Darby (10.8 ppg.) is%^$just ahead of sophomore Zach Williams (10.6).%^$

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Ohio State Tops Big Ten in Several Areas
%^$ Ohio State is among the top two Big Ten teams in several league%^$statistical categories. The Buckeyes are No. 1 in scoring margin (+16.7),%^$3-point field goal percentage defense (.229) and rebounding defense%^$(29.8). Ohio State is No. 2 in scoring defense (57.6), field goal%^$percentage (.488), 3-point field goal percentage (.380), rebounding margin%^$(+7.1) and assists (16.56).%^$

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Value City Arena Serves Buckeyes Well
%^$ Ohio State has played 57 home games at Value City Arena since the%^$facility opened for the 1998-99 season. Those fans have been instrumental%^$in the Buckeyes’ 50-7 (.877) home record at Value City Arena.%^$

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Buckeyes Enter 103rd Season
%^$ Ohio State has a record of 81-22 (.786) in season-opening games over%^$the 103 years of men’s basketball at OSU. The Buckeyes are 85-18 (.825) in%^$home openers and 49-53 (.480) in road openers. Ohio State did not play a%^$road game in 1900-01. This is the 90th season of Big Ten membership in%^$men’s basketball for the Buckeyes. Ohio State is 49-40 (.551) in%^$conference openers, 60-29 (.674) in league home openers and 33-56 (.371)%^$in the first road game of the season in Big Ten play.%^$

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Foul Line Familiar, Comfortable for Connolly
%^$ Junior Sean Connolly has made 85 percent (111-131) of his foul shots%^$in three seasons of college basketball. He was 60-of-70 (.857) as a%^$freshman at Providence in 1998-99. As a Buckeye sophomore last year, he%^$drilled 42-of-50 free throws (.840) and was a remarkable 27-of-28 (.964)%^$in Big Ten games. He had a stretch of 25-consecutive made foul shots in%^$the conference season a year ago. He is 9-of-11 from the line this season.%^$

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Senior Class Continues Successful Run
%^$ Ohio State seniors Brian Brown, Will Dudley and Boban Savovic have%^$been a part of three of the more successful seasons in Ohio State history.%^$As freshmen, the trio helped the squad reach the 1999 Final Four. As%^$sophomores, they were a part of a Big Ten Championship team and another%^$trip to the NCAA tournament. As juniors, they were instrumental in taking%^$Ohio State to its third-consecutive NCAA tournament appearance and 20-win%^$season. Combined, these seniors have been a part of 77 wins (29 defeats),%^$three NCAA tournaments, three 20-win seasons, the 1999 Final Four and the%^$2000 Big Ten Co-Championship. Another senior, Tim Martin, did not play for%^$OSU until the 2000-01 season. Martin, a transfer from Kent State, sat out%^$the 1999-00 season to satisfy NCAA transfer rules.%^$

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A 4th-consecutive NCAA trip, 20-win season?
%^$ The Buckeyes have been to 21 NCAA Tournaments in the history of the%^$program, including the past three. No Ohio State coach has ever led%^$four-consecutive teams to the NCAA Tournament. The Buckeyes have made%^$three-consecutive trips four times (1944-46, 1960-62, 1990-92 and%^$1999-01). Ohio State also has a streak of three-consecutive 20-win%^$seasons. The only time the program enjoyed four-consecutive 20-win%^$campaigns occurred from 1960-63 with 25, 27, 26 and 20 wins, respectively.%^$Ohio State won the national championship in 1960 and won four of%^$five-consecutive Big Ten titles during that span.%^$

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Summer in Europe
%^$ Ohio State spent 16 days (Aug. 20-Sept. 4) traveling through Italy,%^$Switzerland, France and The Netherlands in preparation for the 2001-02%^$season. The trip offered Ohio State’s big men an opportunity to play%^$competitively while allowing the guards to experiment with lineups during%^$the six-game schedule. Ohio State won all six contests with the guards%^$leading the way. Senior Boban Savovic averaged 17.5 points (105 total) to%^$lead all scorers. Senior Brian Brown and junior Brent Darby each scored 96%^$points for 16.0 averages. Sean Connolly scored 10.5 points a contest and%^$was the only Buckeye to connected on at least one 3-pointer in each of the%^$six games. Sophomore Zach Williams registered a pair of double-doubles and%^$led the Buckeyes with 7.3 rebounds a game.%^$

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Buckeyes to Play in 2003 Maui Invitational
%^$ The Maui Invitational will draw attractive fields for the following%^$three seasons. Chaminade, the NCAA Division II school from Honolulu, will%^$serve as host as it has every year since 1984. The 2002 field includes:%^$Arizona State, Gonzaga, Indiana, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Utah and%^$Virginia. The 2003 participants are: California, Dayton, Florida State,%^$Hawaii, Ohio State, San Diego State and Villanova. The 2004 field, which%^$could be subject to change pending NCAA legislation regarding early season%^$tournaments, is: Iowa, Louisville, North Carolina, Notre Dame, Tennessee,%^$Texas and Stanford.%^$

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Ohio State Successful on This Date in History
%^$ Ohio State has played on this date in history 40 times, posting a%^$26-14 record in those game. The Buckeyes have won 11 of the last 14 games%^$on this date.%^$

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Ohio State Among Attendance Leaders
%^$ The Buckeyes have been among the Top 7 teams nationally in average%^$home attendance in each of the last three years. Ohio State averaged%^$17,540 fans in 2000-01 to rank No. 4, its highest ranking in team history.%^$The Buckeyes have been a draw on the road as well. Ohio State has been%^$among the Top 10 in NCAA all-games attendance the last three seasons,%^$including a No. 2 ranking in 1999.