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January 11, 1999

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – Jason Singleton scored 17 points on 7-of-8 shooting as No. 25 Ohio State began the most crucial portion of its Big Ten Conference schedule with a 73-56 thumping of 13th-ranked Indiana. Michael Redd added 14 points and Scoonie Penn 12 for the Buckeyes (13-2, 3-0 Big Ten), who blitzed Indiana with a 9-0 run at the start of the second half.%^$

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Ohio State has won seven of its last eight games and improved to 2-0 in Big Ten games against ranked schools. The Buckeyes also won at Wisconsin a week ago. Ohio State, which has not made the NCAA Tournament since 1992, began a six-game stretch that features five ranked foes. OSU is off to its first 3-0 start in Big Ten play since the 1991-92 season, when they won the conference. A.J. Guyton scored 27 points for the Hoosiers (14-5, 1-3).%^$

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After picking up two quick fouls trying to guard Redd, Indiana forward Luke Recker went to the bench. Recker finished with two points. The margin of victory over the Hoosiers (17 pts.) was the largest by the Buckeyes since a 100-83 OSU victory Feb. 14, 1970 in Bloomington. It also was the largest home win over Indiana since a 108-86 victory March 4, 1969.%^$

%^$Buckeyes 9-0 at home %^$
Ohio State has not lost a game in Value City Arena–ever–after dropping Indiana 73-56 last Saturday. The nine-game home winning streak is the longest since a 30-game streak from the close of the 1989-90 season through a 15-0 home season in 1990-91 and a 12-game streak to start the 1991-92 campaign. The combined record of the men’s and women’s (5-2) basketball and hockey teams (2-1) in Value City Arena is 16-3. %^$

%^$Redd approaching OSU milestone %^$
Sophomore Michael Redd will become just the third sophomore in Ohio State history to reach 1,000 points when he connects on his 342nd point this season. He has 316 this year entering the game with Iowa. He is 26 points shy of the 1,000 point mark. Herb Williams (1978-81) and Jim Jackson (1990-92) are the only other Buckeyes to reach 1,000 points at OSU as sophomores. Only five players have scored 1,000 points in their first two seasons at OSU. In addition to Williams and Jackson, Jerry Lucas (1960-62), Dave Sorenson (1968-70) and Brad Sellers (1985-86) each reached 1,000 points in their second year at Ohio State. Lucas and Sorenson were juniors who were not eligible as freshman and Sellers was a senior. He transferred from Wisconsin.%^$

%^$Redd could be second quickest to 1,000 career points %^$
Buckeye legend Jerry Lucas (1960-62) reached 1,000 points during a 30-point effort against Northwestern Jan. 14, 1961 in his 38th game as a Buckeye. Michael Redd could be just the second Buckeye to reach 1,000 points in less than 50 games. Redd needs 26 points to reach 1,000. He has played in 46 games at Ohio State and has scored 974 points. %^$

%^$Two-year OSU 1,000+ scorers

%^$ Career 2-Yr. Gms to%^$Player Pts. Total 1,000%^$Jerry Lucas 1,990 1,381 38%^$Dave Sorenson 1,622 1,041 52%^$Herb Williams 2,011 1,069 54%^$Brad Sellers 1,122 1,122 58%^$Jim Jackson 1,785 1,067 59%^$Michael Redd 974 974 46%^$%^$Buckeyes earn first ranking since 1992-93 season %^$
Ohio State’s No. 21 ranking in the Associate Press Poll is the first Top 25 appearance for the Buckeyes since a No. 24 spot in the AP Poll Jan. 24, 1993. Ohio State also is No. 23 in the ESPN/USA Today poll this week. %^$

%^$Ohio State 262-82 when ranked %^$
The Buckeyes have posted a record of 262-82 (.762) when ranked in the Associate Press Poll. The Buckeyes are 41-31 (.569) when playing in games in which both Ohio State and its opponent are ranked. Iowa enters the contest at No. 12. %^$

%^$Buckeyes to face several ranked teams over coming weeks %^$
After facing then-No. 19 Wisconsin (Jan. 2. W 78-74 OT) and then-No. 13 Indiana (W 73-56, Jan. 9), Ohio State is will face No. 12 Iowa (Jan. 12), No. 13 Purdue (Jan. 19), No. 19 Minnesota (Jan. 23) and No. 14 Michigan State (Jan. 29) for a stretch of six ranked opponents in seven games. The only non-ranked opponent will be Michigan (Jan. 16) on the road. Michigan has defeated both No. 19 Wisconsin (55-52) and No. 13 Indiana (82-70) at home this season. %^$

%^$OSU gets 1st back-to-back wins over ranked foes since 1992 %^$
With a win over No. 19 Wisconsin and the 73-56 victory over No. 13 Indiana the Buckeyes earned victories over back-to-back ranked foes for the first time since the 1992 campaign when No. 8 Ohio State downed No. 12 Michigan State on the road 78-65 Feb. 29 1992. Ohio State then moved to No. 5 and beat No. 18 Michigan 77-66 in Columbus March 3, 1992. %^$

%^$Buckeyes seek rare trifecta vs. ranked teams %^$
Ohio State has won back-to-back-to-back games over ranked opponents just twice in history and not since 1980 when No. 7 OSU beat No. 11 Indiana 59-58 (1/3/80), No. 5 OSU beat No. 8 Purdue 67-58 (1/5/80) and No. 5 OSU downed No. 12 Iowa 77-71 on the road (1/10/80). The only other time the Buckeyes matched that feat was in 1960 when OSU downed three ranked teams in succession to win the National Championship. No. 13 Georgia Tech (W 86-69, 3/12/60), No. 12 N.Y. University (W 76-54, 3/18/60) and No. 2 California (W 75-55, 3/19/6) all fell to No. 3 Ohio State. Ohio State has won three consecutive games (not necessarily in succession) over ranked opponents 10 times. The last time was in 1992 when No. 8 OSU won at No. 8 Michigan State (78-65, 2/29/92), No. 5 OSU beat No. 18 Michigan (77-66, 3/3/92) and No. 3 OSU knocked No. 18 North Carolina from the NCAA Midwest Regional in Lexington, Ky., 80-73 March 27, 1992. The longest winning streak over ranked opponents is five games in 1960-61. OSU was 5-1 that season with the only loss coming to No. 2 Cincinnati (70-65) in the NCAA title game March 19. %^$

%^$Buckeye starters scoring high from the field %^$
The five players who have started each game for Ohio State this season are knocking down 52 percent of their shots this season (348-666). Senior Jason Singleton leads the way with a .709 shooting percentage (61-86). Jon Sanderson (.573) and Ken Johnson (.554) are the other starters averaging .500 or more. Michael Redd (.479) and Scoonie Penn (.457) round out the starting five. %^$

%^$Ohio State makes quickest turnaround in school history%^$
Ohio State equalled its win total from last season with the win over Florida Atlantic (99-70). The win over the Owls, marked the quickest an OSU team equalled the previous season’s win total in school history (minimum eight victories). OSU finished the 1997-98 campaign with an 8-22 mark and reached that total Dec. 17. The previous record for quickest turnaround from one season to the next was during the 1915-16 to 1916-17 seasons. OSU was 9-13 in 1915-16. The Buckeyes won their ninth game the following year Jan. 13, 1917 against Oberlin (38-14). OSU finished 15-11 that season. %^$

%^$Illinois at Iowa%^$
Kent McCausland scored 13 points and No. 19 Iowa broke open a close game with a 12-3 run late in the first half en route to an 84-62 Big Ten Conference triumph over Illinois. Jess Settles and Guy Rucker added 11 points apiece for the Hawkeyes (12-1, 3-0 Big Ten), who recorded their 10th consecutive victory since its lone setback to Creighton Nov. 25th. It is Iowa’s longest-winning streak since an 11-game run to open the 1992-93 season. The Hawkeyes broke a three-game losing streak to the Fighting Illini (8-6, 0-2). Illinois entered the contest 10th in the 11-team Big Ten at 63.2 points per game and has failed to score more than 73 points in a contest this season. Cleotis Brown scored 18 points and Arias Davis added 13 for Illinois, which fell to 1-3 against ranked opponents this season. The Illini also lost to Indiana and Kansas, but defeated Clemson. %^$

%^$Iowa 12-1 after 10-game win streak%^$
Iowa has put together a 10-game winning streak after a 75-73 loss at home to Creighton (Nov. 25). Since then, Iowa won at Kansas, 85-81, before winning home games against Iowa State (74-54), Missouri (82-68), Coppin State (87-73) and Indiana (67-52). The Hawkeyes then downed Northwestern on the road, 52-48 before the most recent Big Ten win over Illinois in Iowa City, 84-62. %^$

%^$OSU, Iowa Series%^$
Ohio State and Iowa have met 123 times in the series with the Hawkeyes owning a 65-58 advantage. The Buckeyes have a 39-22 advantage in Columbus with Iowa owning a 43-18 advantage in Iowa City. The Hawkeyes are on a nine-game winning streak over OSU with the last Buckeye win coming in Columbus Jan. 4 1994, 72-68. %^$

%^$OSU vs. the Big Ten%^$
Ohio State played its 1,200th game against the current alignment of Big Ten teams against Indiana. The Buckeyes earned its 600th win over current Big Ten opponents with a 70-62 win over Penn State in the earliest Big Ten game ever played Nov. 20 in Columbus. The Buckeyes won in its 1,200th game vs. Big Ten teams against No. 13 Indiana 73-56 Jan. 9 in Columbus. %^$

%^$Big Ten Series Records

%^$Illinois 54-93%^$Indiana 64-92%^$Iowa 58-65%^$Michigan 75-66%^$Michigan State 43-49%^$Minnesota 66-50%^$Northwestern 94-44%^$Penn State 9-9%^$Purdue 64-77%^$Wisconsin 75-53%^$Totals 602-598%^$%^$Tom Davis at Iowa%^$
Tom Davis has compiled a record of 260-131 during his career at Iowa and an overall record of 534-281 as a head coach, which has included stints at Lafayette (116-44, 1972-77), Boston College (100-47, 78-82), Stanford (58-59, 83-86) and Iowa. Over the years, Davis’ teams have participated in five National Invitational Tournaments (two at Iowa) and 10 NCAA events (eight at Iowa).%^$

%^$OSU three-point field goal streak extended to 200%^$
Ohio State has connected on at least one three-point field goal attempt over the last 200 games. Junior Scoonie Penn extended the streak with a trey late in the first half (1:14) against Indiana. Five different player have extended the streak this season. Penn has extended the streak seven times followed by sophomore Michael Redd (5), freshman Brian Brown (2), sophomore Jon Sanderson (1) and freshman Boban Savovic (1). The last time an OSU team missed all attempts from three-point range was Feb. 2, 1992 when the Bucks went 0 for 5 in a 68-58 OSU win over Michigan. Buckeye opponents have a streak of 192-consecutive games with at least one three-pointer made. Michigan went 0-10 from long range March 3, 1992 in an OSU 75-66 victory, marking the last time an opponent was held without a three-pointer.%^$

%^$Buckeyes lead league in scoring%^$
Ohio State leads the Big Ten in scoring this season after 16 games with a 77.3 scoring average. As a team, OSU rates among the Top 5 in nine categories. The Buckeyes are second in scoring margin (+14.0) and field goal percentage (.488), third in blocked shots (4.19) and turnover margin (+3.56), fourth in offensive rebounds (14.50), field goal percentage defense (.347) and steals (8.75) and fifth in 3-point field goal percentage (.363).%^$

%^$OSU individuals in the Big Ten%^$
Individually, sophomore Michael Redd is third in scoring (19.8 ppg.), sixth in field goal percentage (.479) and seventh in offensive rebounds (2.44). Junior Scoonie Penn is third in assists (4.44), seventh in steals (1.88) and field goal percentage (.457), ninth in 3-point field goal percentage (.395) and scoring (15.3 ppg.) and 10th in 3-pointers made (2.13). Junior Ken Johnson is third in blocks (2.63) and 10th(t) in rebounding (5.9). Senior Jason Singleton is 29th in scoring. He does not qualify for field goals percentage rankings because he has not averaged the minimum five field goals a game.%^$

%^$Buckeye bits…%^$
OSU is 12-0 when leading at the half…49 times members of the Buckeyes have scored in double figures this season, Michael Redd has been in double digits in each game, Scoonie Penn 13 times…Ten different Buckeyes have scored in double figures this season…Redd has scored in double figures in 45 of 46 career games, including the last 33…He has six career double-doubles after his 28-point, 12 rebound effort against UAB (12/21) in the first round of the Puerto Rico Holiday Classic.%^$

%^$Opponents shooting 39.6 percent%^$
Ohio State has held 9 of 16 opponents under 40 percent shooting this season. Opponents are shooting just 39.6 percent overall from the field (353-892). Ohio State has been held under 40 percent just twice. Penn State allowed the Buckeyes to connect on 26 of 66 attempts for 39.4 percent and Miami held OSU to 36.2 percent (25-69). OSU is shooting 48.8 percent on the season (460-942).%^$

%^$Aggressive defense helps OSU%^$
Not only is the Ohio State defense holding opponents to under 40 percent shooting from the field, it has been blocking shots and helping itself with steals as well. Ohio State has blocked more than twice as many shots as its opponents (67-32) and has a 140-87 advantage in steals. Ken Johnson is the leading shot blocker with 42 while four Buckeyes have 10 or more steals. Scoonie Penn leads with 30 followed by Jason Singleton (29), Michael Redd (25) and Brian Brown (19). %^$

%^$A pair of Buckeyes could reach 1,000 points this season %^$
Two Buckeyes could reach 1,000 career points this season. Sophomore Michael Redd went over the 900 mark (911) with 19 vs. Mississippi. He is 26 points shy after his record-setting freshman campaign (658 pts.) and his 316 so far this season. He helped his cause with 30 points, his second highest single game outing of his career, against Wisconsin and most recently with 14 against Indiana. Another Buckeye, junior Scoonie Penn, could reach 1,000 points as well for his career. He tallied 737 during two seasons at Boston College. He has scored 245 at Ohio State leaving him 18 shy of 1,000 for his career.%^$

%^$Three Buckeyes make Puerto Rico All-Tournament team %^$
Sophomore Michael Redd was selected as the Puerto Rico Holiday Classic MVP while teammates Jason Singleton and Scoonie Penn joined him on the all-tournament team. Redd averaged 23.3 points, 8.0 rebounds, scoring 70 points in the three-day event. He connected on 53 percent of his shots from the field as well. Singleton, a senior forward, scored on 74 percent of his shots from the field (14-19) while averaging 12.7 points and 6.7 rebounds. Penn, who led all scorers with 20 points in the championship game, averaged 16.7 points, while adding 15 assists and six steals. Penn also knocked down 80 percent of his free throws (16-20).%^$

%^$Indiana Game Notes%^$

Ohio State is now 64-92 all-time against Indiana after the73-56 win over the Hoosiers.%^$ Ohio State entered the game rankedno. 25 in the USA Today/ESPn poll. The contest marked the firsttime Ohio State has been in the national rankings since Jan. 24,1993 when the Buckeyes were ranked no. 24 in the Associated Presspoll. %^$ The OSU has now beaten ranked teams in consecutive gamesafter a win over then-no. 19 Wisconsin last Saturday and no. 13Indiana tonight. The last time OSU won back-to-back games againstranked teams was during the 1992 season when OSU downed no. 12Michigan State and no. 18 Michigan in consecutive contests.%^$ Thelast time OSU defeated a team ranked as high as no. 13 was Jan. 2,1997 when the Buckeyes won 73-71 at no. 8 Michigan. The last timeOSU won at home over a team ranked that high was Feb. 23, 1993 overno. 1 Indiana. %^$ Scoonie Penn’s first half three-point goalextended Ohio State’s streak of consecutive game with a madethree-pointer to 200. The last time OSU failed to hit athree-pointer was Feb. 2, 1992 in a 75-66 win over Michigan.%^$Ohio State is now 3-0 in the Big Ten, their best start inconference play since 1990-91, when the Buckeyes opened 7-0.%^$ Byscoring 14 points, Michael Redd has now scored in double figures inevery game this season and in 45 of his 46 career games.%^$ OhioState doubled Indiana in rebounding in the first half (20-10) andwon the overall rebounding edge, 40-27. The Buckeyes are now 8-1when out-rebounding their opponents.%^$ Ken Johnson swatted fiveshots tonight, giving him 42 on the season. He now has 100 in hiscareer, placing him seventh on the all-time blocked shot list atOhio State, just five behind sixth-place Perry Carter. Johnson alsograbbed 11 rebounds, marking the third consecutive game he has hitdouble digits in rebounds.%^$ Jason Singleton shot eight-for-nine(.889) from the field, scoring a team-high 17 points. Singletoncurrently is second in the Big Ten in field goal accuracy(.688).%^$ OSU’s defense held Luke Recker, Indiana’s leadingscorer, to a season-low two points. Recker entered the contestaveraging 16.8 points per game. It is only the second game thisyear that he has scored in single digits.%^$ Scoonie Penn notched aseason-high six steals in the contest. His previous season high wasthree, set four times previously this year. Penn’s career high isseven, set while at Boston College in a Jan. 21, 1997 game againstPittsburgh.%^$ Ohio State is now 12-0 when leading at the half and2-0 against ranked opponents.%^$

%^$Noting the Buckeyes…%^$

Neshaun Coleman…Has played double-digit minutes in sevengames this season in a backup role…High of 11 points and threethree-pointers against Oakland (11/13/98)…has eight assists andsix steals and just one turnover in 13.0 minutes a game thisseason…has connected on his last 17 free throws, though has notbeen to the line this season…his one assist against Miami gavehim 200 for his career.%^$ Scoonie Penn…needs 18 points to reach1,000 for his career…has 13 double-digit scoring outings thisseason, including his last seven games…scored a season-high 24 atToledo…has scored in double figures in 10 of last 11 games..isshooting 39.5 percent from three-point range (34-86)…shot just 32percent from three-point range at Boston College…has two or morethrees in 11 games…leads team in minutes played with 541(33.8)…Big Ten Player of the Week (11/16)…has started all 72games in which he has appeared…has at least one assist in all butone game in his career (Miami, 1/2/97)…voted to theall-tournament team in Puerto Rico.%^$ Brian Brown…Knocked downclutch 3-pointer in overtime to put OSU up for good in win overWisconsin…it was his first three in six games…third on teamwith 31 assists…has scored in every game…failed to record anassist for the first time in his career against Miami (12/27)…hasplayed 14 or more minutes in every game, averages 19.3 minutes acontest…adds depth to the guard spots.%^$ Boban Savovic…Tiedcareer-high three 3-pointers in overtime win over Wisconsin…hadcareer high 16 points against UT Martin…hit 6 of 8 shots vs. theSkyhawks, including 3 of 5 three-pointers…also added threeassists vs. UTM…connected on 5 of 6 FTs vs. Army…scored 10points in that game with three assists in 22 minutes…hit all fourFTs in win over Indiana…also added four rebounds, two assists anda steal vs. the Hoosiers. %^$ Michael Redd…Has been Big Tenco-player of the week twice this season (12/21/98, 1/4/99)…needs26 points to reach 1,000 for career…leads team with 19.8ppg…Puerto Rico Holiday Classic MVP…also has 29 assists and 25steals…set a career high with six steals against Miami…leads inrebounding (with Ken Johnson) with 5.9 rpg…second on team inminutes played with 30.9 mpg…has started all 46 OSU games incareer…leads team with 114 FGs this season…had career high sixthree-pointers made vs. Oakland (11/13) and Florida Atlantic(12/17)…39 of 94 rebounds this season are on offensive end…hasat least two rebounds in every game as a Buckeye (46 gms).%^$ JasonSingleton…Having a productive senior year…shooting .709 percentfrom the field (61-86) after 8 of 9 outing against Indiana(1/9)…connected on 73.7 percent of his shots in Puerto Rico(14-19) to earn a spot on the all-tournament team…hit 7 of 8 FTsto seal win over Alabama (11/15/98)…has played in 99 games atOSU…leads team with 2,430 career minutes…has connected on atleast 60 percent of his shots from the field in 11 of 16 games thisseason.%^$ Devon Smith…Has appeared in four games…played 10minutes in win over Army (11/22/98).%^$ Kwadjo Steele…Had careerhigh four points against Florida-Atlantic…knocked down firstcareer 3-pointer against UT Martin…has seen action in sixgames…scored two points in opener against Oakland…grabbed threeboards in win over Army.%^$ Ken Johnson…Set career-high inrebounds in back-to-back games with 11 against Miami (12/27) and 12at Wisconsin (1/2/98)…added 11 rebounds in win over Indiana togive him 11 or more in three-consecutive games…tied career highwith 15 points at Vanderbilt (11/28/98)…set career high withseven blocks against both Robert Morris and Vanderbilt…hit 7 of 8shots from the field vs. Vanderbilt…leads team with 37blocks…seventh on all-time list with 100…has at least one blockin 35 games as a Buckeye and 14 of 16 this year.%^$ JonSanderson…Connected on 7 of 7 shots against Florida Atlantic(12/17)…had season-high 18 points vs. Army…connected on 6 of 13(.462) from three-point range…one of four Buckeyes in doublefigures against UT Martin (10 pts.)…has started 44 of 46 careergames as a Buckeye…is shooting 57.3 percent from the floor thisyear (43-75).%^$ George Reese…Top player off the bench…in thegame when it counts…made all six FT attempts againstVanderbilt…buried a pair of free throws late in game withWisconsin to tie score at 66 in regulation…capable of giving teama boost both on the offensive and defensive end of the floor…hastwo double figure scoring games and six games with nine points.%^$Will Dudley…Has appeared in 13 of 15 games this season…shooting67 percent from the field (12-18)…connected on all five shotsagainst Army for career best 11 points.%^$ Shamar Herron…Hadseason high five points in win over Army…has played in six gamesthis season with high of 13 minutes against Army…had sevenrebounds vs. the Cadets…24 of his 55 career rebounds have been onthe offensive end of the floor.%^$

%^$Buckeyes Celebrating 100 Years%^$
Ohio State celebrates 100 years of men’s basketball during the 1998-99 season. The Buckeyes first fielded a team in 1898, posting a record of 12-4. Since then, OSU has compiled a record of 1,264-902 (.584). Since joining the Big Ten, Ohio State has won or tied for 15 conference titles, winning 10 outright. OSU has an overall record in Big Ten games of 610-599 in 87 years of membership.%^$

Along the way, the Buckeyes have produced 14 All-Americans, three Associated Press players of the year, 13 nBA first round draft picks, eight members of the national Basketball Hall of Fame, two U.S. Olympians and countless others national, international, conference and local award winners and team members.%^$

%^$Michael Redd scores first Buckeye basket in Value City Arena%^$
The clock showed 18 minutes, 20 seconds remaining in the first half when Buckeye sophomore Michael Redd squared and launched a left-handed three-pointer from the right wing. The attempt found the target, giving Ohio State a 3-0 lead, marking the first official basket made at Value City Arena. For Redd, it was just the start of a 29-point effort in leading the Buckeyes to an 89-61 victory. Redd made the first shot in each of the exhibition openers as well. %^$

%^$Redd preseason all-Big Ten selection%^$
Both the Big Ten coaches and media selected the same five players to their preseason all-Big Ten Teams at the annual media day festivities in Chicago (Oct. 25). Ohio State sophomore Michael Redd earned a selection along with Louis Bullock (Michigan), Mateen Cleaves (Michigan State), Evan Eschmeyer (northwestern) and A.J. Guyton (Indiana). Cleaves was tabbed as the preseason Big Ten Player of the Year.