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Date Feb. 9, 2005
Opponent Michigan State (15-4, 6-2)
Site Breslin Center (14,759)
Game Time 8 p.m.
TV ESPN Plus
Local TV WBNS 10 TV
TV Talent Mike Gleason, (P-by-P), Greg Kelser (Expert Analysis)
Radio OSU Radio Network (59 stations)
Local Radio WBNS FM-97.1 AM-1460
Radio Talent Paul Keels (P-by-P), Ron Stokes (Expert Analysis)

Ohio State Improves League Record, Looks to Extend Big Ten Win Streak
Ohio State opened the 2005 Big Ten Conference season with a 1-3 record but has eclipsed the .500 mark with four-consecutive conference victories. Ohio State has not been better than even after the midway point of the Big Ten Conference season since starting 7-1 in the 2002 league season. It was during that campaign Ohio State last won four-consecutive regular season conference games during a 6-0 run to start league play.

Dials Closing on 1,000 Career Points, Stockman on 1,500
Ohio State junior center Terence Dials passed the 900 career point plateau with 11 points against Purdue Feb. 2. He has 923 points for his career with at least eight games remaining in the 2004-05 season. He is on pace to reach 1,000 at home against Wisconsin Feb. 27. He would become the 42nd player in Ohio State history to score 1,000 career points in an OSU uniform. The last player to reach 1,000 points was Brent Darby during the 2002-03 campaign. He finished his career with 1,368 career points, good for the No. 20 spot in OSU career scoring history. Tony Stockman has scored 1,422 career points during two seasons at Clemson (716) and Ohio State (706). He is on pace to reach 1,500 points at Iowa March 2.

Ohio State Rated 12th Best Program in College Basketball by Street & Smith’s
In a special edition of Street & Smith’s out this week, the magazine rates Ohio State as the 12th best NCAA college basketball program of all-time. Several categories were used to rate programs across the country. The Buckeyes’ NCAA tournament appearances (22), Final Four appearances (9), NCAA tournament wins (37), conference championships (17, 10 outright) and NBA first round draft picks (14) were all factored in, among other criteria. Ohio State was second only to Indiana (rated No. 6) among the eight Big Ten teams among the Top 100 programs. None of the listed league schools was rated lower than No. 55 by the magazine.

TD Doing a Double Take
Ohio State opponents have watched junior Terence Dials score in double figures in 15 of the last 17 games this season and in 17 of 23 games on the year. The 6-foot-9-inch center from Youngstown, Ohio, also has eight games with 10 or more rebounds on the year. In his career, Dials has 10 career games with 10 or more points and rebounds, with seven of the double-doubles recorded this season. Dials is the first player since Shaun Stonerook (eight in 1996-97) to record seven double-doubles in the same season. Dials also is the first since Stonerook to post eight or more career double-doubles. Stonerook had 11 career double-doubles.

Buckeyes Stay in the Game, Avoid DQs
Four Ohio State players have fouled out of the 22 games to date this season and none more than once. A year ago, a total of 22 players were disqualified with five fouls in a game. J.J. Sullinger was DQ’d eight times as a sophomore while Terence Dials found himself on the bench four times. Both have reached the maximum of five fouls in a game just once this year to date. As a team, Ohio State averages 16.5 fouls a game this year. The squad was whistled for an average of 19.6 fouls a contest in 2003-04.

Team Effort Propels Buckeyes Past Wolverines
Terence Dials scored 19 points and Tony Stockman added 16 to lead Ohio State past Michigan 72-46, the most lopsided win by the Buckeyes over UM in 37 years. The outcome was never in doubt after the Wolverines failed to get off a shot in the first 3:45 while Ohio State raced to an 8-0 lead. Michigan’s assists-to-turnovers ratio ended up 4-to-29. The 29 turnovers was a season high for the Wolverines. Je’Kel Foster added 11 points for the Buckeyes, who have won their last four conference games, all by double-figure margins. Courtney Sims scored 15 points off the bench for Michigan. The Wolverines had more turnovers than shots for most of the opening half. The Buckeyes took advantage, with a Dials dunk bracketed by 3-pointers by J.J. Sullinger and Stockman supplying the early lead. They went on to leads of 17-2 and 22-4 before Michigan ran off eight points in a row to draw to 22-12. The Wolverines never got closer.

Noting the Michigan Game

The attendance vs. Michigan of 19,200 marked the 28th selloutin the seven-year history of Value City Arena. The last selloutcame against Texas Tech, Jan.4, 2004 with the Buckeyes falling80-72. With the win, Ohio State now holds an all-time record of22-6 in sellouts at VCA. Saturday marked the first time Ohio Stateand Michigan have played in front of a sold-out crowd at VCA. Withthe 72-46 win Saturday, Ohio State improved its home record to 12-1at Value City Arena in 2004-05 and 13-1 in Columbus. In downingMichigan Feb. 5, Ohio State improved its record to 5-4 in Big Tenplay. The Buckeyes now have won four-consecutive Big Ten games,their longest conference winning streak since a six-game run toopen the 2002 Big Ten season. With the win, Ohio State defeatedMichigan by more than 20 points for the first time since a 69-47win Jan. 24, 2002. The Buckeyes have defeated Michigan by a20-point margin 11 times in the series history. Ohio State andMichigan faced each other for the 153rd time Saturday. With thewin, the Buckeyes improved to 83-70 all-time against theWolverines. The Buckeyes also improved to 4-1 against Michigan atVCA. The win also snapped a three-game losing skid to theWolverines. Ohio State held Michigan to less than 50 points for thethird time since 1949. The last time Ohio State held the Wolverinesunder 50 points was a 69-47 win, Jan. 24, 2002. The Buckeyes openedthe game with a 17-2 run in the first 5:32 of play. During the run,Ohio State shot 9-of-18 from the field and converted 4-of-43-pointers, while assisting on 7-of-8 made shots. The Buckeyes alsoforced eight Michigan turnovers during the span. Ohio Statesurpassed a season-high for steals with 17 Saturday. The Buckeyesnotched 10 steals in the first half, nearly tying the previous highof 12 forced first-half miscues set in the win over New HampshireDec. 12, 2004. The 17 steals also are the most at Value City Arenaand rank fourth all-time in Ohio State annals. In the first half,Ohio State outscored Michigan 20-2 in points off turnovers. For thegame, Ohio State outscored the Wolverines 31-6 in points offturnovers. Senior guard Tony Stockman converted 7-of-16 shootingfrom the field, ending the afternoon with 16 points. Stockman alsonetted two 3-pointers to give him 129 for his career. Stockmancurrently ranks sixth in Ohio State career 3-point shots made. His56 made 3-pointers this season also ranks No. 9 all-time for asingle season. He also holds down the No. 3 spot with 73 made aseason ago. The Buckeyes took a 40-19 halftime lead into the break.With the win, Ohio State improved to 16-2 when leading at the half.The Buckeyes also improved their mark to 15-2 when leading with5:00 minutes remaining. The 75-65 win Saturday improved Ohio Stateto 13-3 when scoring 70 points or more. From 7:18 to the end of thefirst half, the Buckeyes posted an 18-7 run. During the stretch,OSU went 8-14 from the field. The Buckeye bench outscored theWolverines 15-4 in the first half, 12 of which came from TonyStockman. Ohio State finished the game outscoring the Michiganbench 28-25. The Buckeye bench has contributed 20 or more points ineach of the four games, all wins. Ohio State forced the Wolverinesinto 18 first half turnovers. For the game, Michigan committed 29turnovers which marked the highest turnover total of an opponentagainst the Buckeyes this year. The 29 turnovers also is thesecond-highest tally in the seven-year history of Value City Arena.The most turnovers committed by an Ohio State opponent at VCA was32 by Denver in an 83-46 Buckeye win Dec. 7, 2000. The 29 forcedturnovers are the most by a Buckeye team since forcing 28 by Albanyin an OSU win Nov. 20, 2001. Je’Kel Foster finished the game with11 points, improving Ohio State’s record to 7-1 when he scoresdouble figures. Foster also recorded four assists, matching apersonal best at Ohio State set Feb. 2 against Purdue. JuniorTerence Dials closed the game with 19 points and nine rebounds,marking the17th time this season he has scored in double-digits.Ohio State’s eight made 3-pointers gives the team 202 for theseason marking only the second time in school history a team hasconnected on 200+ 3-pointers in a season. The 1998-99 squad ownsthe school record with 218 made treys in 36 games. The 26 attempted3s vs. Michigan gives the Buckeyes a total of 528 for the year,which also ranks No. 2 all-time. The 26 attempts also is tied forninth all-time for 3-point attempts in a game. The 2004-05 Buckeyesown seven of the Top 9 spots on the 3-pointers attempted list in asingle game at OSU.

Buckeyes Excel on Home Court
Ohio State is 13-1 in Columbus this season and 12-1 at Value City Arena. The other victory was against Chattanooga at St. John Arena, the former home of the Buckeyes, earlier this year. Ohio State’s only home loss was in overtime (60-56) to Minnesota. Ohio State has won 11 or more games at Value City Arena in six of the seven seasons since the facility opened for the 1998-99 campaign.

Stockman, Dials Lead Team With 10 Career Games with 20 or More Points
Tony Stockman’s 22 points in the win against No. 14 Iowa (1/8/05) gave him 10 games with 20 or more points as a Buckeye. He is tied with Terence Dials, who scored 20 points vs. Minnesota (1/19/05) for his 10th career 20-point game. Dials has scored 20 or more points in eight games this season to lead the team. The last player to score 20 or more points in seven or more games was Stockman a year ago. Brent Darby led the squad in 2002-03 with 12 games with 20 or more points, including a pair of games with 30 or more. Michael Redd reached 20 or more in 48 career games, including 22 contests in 1997-98, his freshman season. He scored 20 or more 17 times in 1998-99 and in nine games as a junior in 1999-00. Scoonie Penn reached 20 or more 19 times in his two-year career (1999-2000).

Ohio State vs. Ranked Foes
Overall, Ohio State is 130-210 all-time against ranked opponents and 54-106 against Top 10 teams after facing No. 1 Illinois (1/5/05). The Buckeyes fell to 6-9 vs. No. 1 teams following the loss to the Illini, breaking a four-game win streak vs. top-ranked teams. No. 14 Iowa fell in Columbus at Value City Arena Jan. 8 (81-69).

Ohio State Wins No. 1,400 in Program History
In 106 years of basketball since 1898, the men’s basketball program at Ohio State has an overall record of 1,407-981 with a 16-7 record this season.

Ohio State to Retire Havlicek’s No. 5 Feb. 27 vs. Wisconsin
John Havlicek, who lettered from 1960-62 for the Ohio State men’s basketball team and later starred for the NBA’s Boston Celtics, will be back on campus Feb. 27, 2005 to celebrate the retirement of his No. 5 jersey. Havlicek helped the Buckeyes to three-consecutive trips to the NCAA Final Four and three national championship games during his career. The Buckeyes won the 1960 NCAA title and were runners-up in 1961 and 1962. As a Buckeye, Havlicek scored 1,223 points (14.6 ppg.) and grabbed 720 rebounds (8.6 rpg). He ranks 25th all-time in career scoring at Ohio State and is one of just 41 players all-time to score more than 1,000 points. The Buckeyes were 78-6 during his career. He was a two-time All-Big Ten selection and a first-team All-American as a senior in 1962. A member of the Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Mass., Havlicek made nearly 51 percent of his shots from the field and 73 percent of his free throws. As a senior, he averaged 17.0 points and almost 10 rebounds a game. Havlicek is the fourth Ohio State men’s basketball player to have his number retired. He joins No. 11 Jerry Lucas (Feb. 23, 2000), No. 35 Gary Bradds (Jan. 27, 2001) and No. 22 Jim Jackson (Feb. 10, 2001).

Michigan State Handles Hawkeyes
Michigan State rebounded from a loss to No. 1 Illinois with a 75-64 road victory at Iowa last Saturday. The Spartans improved to 15-4 overall and 6-2 in Big Ten Conference play. Five MSU players average 10 or more points, led by Maurice Ager with 13.9 ppg. He is followed by Paul Davis (12.6), Alan Anderson (11.8), Shannon Brown (11.2) and Kelvin Torbert (10.6). Davis is the team’s leading rebounder (6.8 rpg.).

Izzo in 10th Season as MSU Head Coach
Michigan State head coach Tom Izzo has spent a decade as the Spartans’ mentor. He is 222-94 as a collegiate head coach.

Stockman Top Scorer vs. Michigan State
Tony Stockman has played just one game against Michigan State in his career, an 18-point effort a year ago in an 84-70 loss to the Spartans in Columbus. Senior Brandon Fuss-Cheatham has the most experience in games vs. MSU with five. Junior Terence Dials averages 9.3 points in three career games against the Spartans. Junior J.J. Sullinger grabbed six rebounds in his only meeting against MSU a season ago.

The Michigan State Series
Ohio State trails Michigan State 46-57 in the all-time series. The Buckeyes are 13-38 in East Lansing and 32-19 in Columbus. The only neutral site meeting came in 2003 at the Big Ten tournament in Chicago, a 55-54 Ohio State victory. Ohio State is 5-14 overall against ranked Spartan squads. The Buckeyes have split the last two meetings vs. MSU as an unranked team.

Ohio State vs. The Big Ten Illinois 59-100 Indiana 69-98 Iowa 66-71 Michigan 83-70 Michigan State 46-57 Minnesota 74-52 Northwestern 105-44 Penn State 16-13 Purdue 73-78 Wisconsin 80-59 Totals 671-642

Matta Coaching 1st game vs. MSU
First-year Buckeye head coach Thad Matta is coaching in his first Big Ten Conference season and is 5-4 to date. He has competed against Wisconsin (2-1), Purdue (2-1), Illinois (0-1), Indiana (0-2), Iowa (1-0), Minnesota (0-1), Penn State (1-0), Northwestern (1-0) and Michigan (1-0) during his years at Butler, Xavier and Ohio State.

Buckeyes 16-18 in Feb. 9 games
Ohio State could climb to within one game of the .500 mark in Feb. 9 games with a win at Michigan State. The Buckeyes have played 34 times on this date with 16 victories.

2/9/99 W @Kenton, 10-8 2/9/02 L Circleville, 7-8 2/9/05 W Wooster, 37-19 2/9/07 L @Denison, 11-22 2/9/15 W @Iowa, 17-16 2/9/17 L Purdue, 28-29 2/9/18 W Indiana, 28-22 2/9/20 L Illinois, 27-35 2/9/24 W @Iowa, 26-24 2/9/29 L @Michigan, 24-34 2/9/35 L Iowa, 12-24 2/9/42 L @Iowa, 44-52 2/9/45 W @Wisconsin, 63-34 2/9/46 W Indiana(ot), 53-52 2/9/48 L @Northwestern, 45-47 2/9/52 L @Michigan State, 52-70 2/9/53 W Minnesota, 81-71 2/9/57 L @Indiana, 59(12)-69 2/9/63 W Wisconsin, 94-70 2/9/71 W @Purdue, 69-67 2/9/74 L @Michigan, 68-91(16) 2/9/76 L Michigan, 66-90 2/9/78 L @Michigan, 74-85 2/9/80 W Michigan State, 71(13)-59 2/9/83 W @Wisconsin, 68-65 2/9/84 W Minnesota, 73-62 2/9/85 L @Wisconsin, 78-92 2/9/87 W Michigan State, 90-72 2/9/89 L @Illinois, 60(16)-62(7) 2/9/91 W Northwestern, 96(3)-64 2/9/94 L @Minnesota, 73-79(23) 2/9/99 W Michigan, 74(13)-69 2/9/00 L Iowa, 64(5)-67 2/9/03 L @Illinois, 57-76(16)

Buckeyes Setting 3-point Records
Ohio State has set several 3-point shooting records to date this season in 23 games played. The 2004-05 squad owns the top three spots in single game 3-pointers made after a school record 18 makes from long range at LSU (1/15/05). The effort at LSU also is a Big Ten record for made 3s in a single game. The 17 makes at St. John Arena earlier this year (11/27/04) is second ahead of the 15 made at Clemson (12/1/04). The current squad also tied the No. 6 spot with 12 made vs. Iowa (1/8/05) and the No. 8 position with 11 made vs. Morehead State (12/19/04). The 35 attempted vs. Chattanooga is a school record and the 34 tries at LSU is second. In all, the current roster of Buckeyes owns seven of the Top 9 single game spots in attempted 3-pointers in school history.

More From Long Range
As a team, the Buckeyes have taken 528 3-pointers this season, making 202. The number of attempts is No. 2 in season attempts by a team. The 202 makes also ranks No. 2 all-time by an OSU squad. The Buckeyes are on pace to make 273 3-pointers this season, which would rank No. 1 all time at Ohio State and No. 2 in Big Ten history for a single season. Penn State owns the single season team record for made 3-pointers with 278 in 2000-01. The 1998-99 Ohio State team made 218 in 36 games. Ohio State is on pace for 711 attempts as well, which would also take over the No. 1 spot held by the 1998-99 squad’s 611. The Big Ten Record is 757 held by Penn State in 2000-01.

Buckeyes in the Big Ten
Terence Dials is the No. 2 rebounder in the Big Ten with an average of 8.3 rebounds a game. He is No. 3 in defensive rebounds (5.39) and No. 4 in offensive rebounds (2.91). Tony Stockman is No. 3 in 3-pointers made per game (2.43) and No. 7 in steals (1.70). Brandon Fuss-Cheatham is No. 3 in assist to turnover ratio (2.62) and No. 8 in assists (3.65). Dials is No. 7 in scoring (15.4 ppg.) and No. 5 in field goal shooting by percentage (.571). Je’Kel Foster rates as the No. 4 3-point shooter by percentage (.446).

Matta Era Underway
The 13th head coach in Ohio State history, Thad Matta took over the Ohio State men’s basketball program July 7. The new staff begins with a roster of 13 players for the 2004-05 campaign, nine of which are returning letterwinners from a 14-16 squad in 2003-04. That Buckeyes team finished ninth in the Big Ten with a 6-10 league mark and a first round exit in the Big Ten tournament.

Noting the Buckeyes
Junior J.J. Sullinger has connected on 56 percent of his shots from the field (89-159) in 23 games this season. He has scored in double figures in 12 of the 23 games. The Buckeyes are 10-2 when Sullinger scores 10 or more points this season. He trails Terence Dials (8.3 rpg.) for the team rebounding lead with 5.5 rpg. Sullinger’s 15 blocks leads the team. He has upped his career scoring average to 10.0 points a game with 819 career points in 82 career games. Against Chattanooga Nov. 27, Sullinger tied a career high with four made 3-pointers in five attempts. Sullinger has at least one assist in 20 games this year and at least one steal in 16 outings. In two seasons in Columbus, Sullinger has scored 546 points with 264 rebounds. Sullinger has fouled out of a game just once this season after being disqualified eight times as a sophomore. With 11 rebounds vs. Minnesota (1/19), he recorded his third career game with 10 or more boards. In the first 13 games of the season, Sullinger connected on 23 of 43 foul shots (.534) but has upped his shooting percentage from the line to .662 after going 24 of 28 from the stripe in the last 10 games (.857).

Senior Brandon Fuss-Cheatham owns the team lead with 84 assists, a single season high, against just 32 turnovers from the point guard position. His assist-to-turnover ratio of 2.6/1 is the best of his career and rates No. 3 in the Big Ten. In 547 minutes, he has averaged one turnover in 17.1 minutes played. He is playing 23.8 minutes a contest to date. He set a career high with four made 3-pointers at Clemson while scoring 14 points against the Tigers. His 15 points vs. Penn State (1/26) is a season high. He reached 300 career points (372) as a Buckeye with five vs. Mercer (12/22). He reached 200 career assists (220) with seven at LSU (1/15/05). He reached 100 career games played as a Buckeye at Indiana (1/22).

Sophomore Ivan Harris has started 23 games this year after making two all of his freshman season. He scored a career-high 20 points in the double overtime game at LSU (1/15/05), including 15 first-half points. He tallied 19 points in the semifinals of the Guardians Classic against Houston and then added 11 points in the overtime loss to Creighton, earning a spot on the all-tournament team alongside teammate J.J. Sullinger. Harris is connecting on 48 percent of his shots (76-158) from the field as a sophomore. He scored five 3-pointers in seven attempts against Chattanooga and then made 5 of 9 treys at Clemson. He made all five attempts in the second half from long range vs. Chattanooga and 4 of 7 in the final 20 minutes at Clemson. He has reached 10 or more points 11 times in his career. He connected on 5 of 8 shots and 4 of 5 3-pointers at Illinois (Jan. 5) and made 4 of 8 treys at LSU.

Senior Tony Stockman averages 13.6 points a game this season in 29.3 minutes a game. He tallied 13.6 points a game a year ago in 33.5 minutes a contest. Against Delaware (11/19) he scored 26 points, his career-high effort as a Buckeye. He also knocked down six 3-pointers against the Blue Hens. Stockman has connected on six or more 3-pointers three times as a Buckeye. He led Ohio State to a win over Texas Tech in Dallas (Dec. 16) with 23 points. Stockman leads Ohio State with 39 steals. His shooting percentage of .420 (116-276) is the best of his career. He had made at least one 3-pointer in 31-consecutive games as a Buckeye before an 0-3 outing vs. Minnesota (1/15/05). He was held scoreless in that contest for the first time since facing N.C. State his freshman season at Clemson, a span of 89 games. His one made 3-pointer vs. Portland State was the 250th of his career. His five made treys vs. Texas Tech gave him 100 as a Buckeye. He has 284 for his career and 129 at OSU. He played his 100th career game vs. New Hampshire (12/28/04) and reached 1,300 career points with 19 at Illinois Jan. 5 (1,422). Stockman’s average of 3.1 rebounds a game is the best season average of his career. With three steals in the Michigan game, Stockman reached 100 thefts at Ohio State. He recorded 61 as a junior and has 39 this season.

Freshman Jamar Butler made his first career start at Northwestern Jan. 31 and his first home start vs. Purdue (2/2). He tied a career high with 10 points and added a pair of steals in OSU’s 65-52 victory over the Wildcats. Butler has played the most minutes of the freshman class to date (398/17.3 per game). He has just 17 turnovers to go with 49 assists for an assist-to-turnover ratio of 2.9-1. Butler has gone to the line 19 times and has made 16 (.842). Butler has at least one assist in 21 games. He has played 10 or more minutes in every game this season, including a career-high 25 minutes at Northwestern. He scored a career high 10 points in the win over St. Joseph’s (12/31/04) and was 4 for 4 from the field in that game.

Junior Je’Kel Foster has made the most of his court time off the bench and in the last three games as a starter this season. In 23 games, he has averaged 8.2 points a game in 23.7 minutes a contest. He scored a career-high 20 points, all after the first half, in the double-overtime loss at LSU (1/15/05). He made 6 of 7 3-pointers in that game, including one to send the game into the second extra session. Foster is second behind Stockman with 34 steals. He has made a 3-pointer in 19 games and as many as three in 11 contests after three makes in seven attempts against Michigan (2/5). Foster has a steal in 19 games this year. He has scored 10 or more points eight times. Ohio State is 7-1 in those games.

Junior Terence Dials is shooting 57 percent from the field (136-238). Dials has made 55 percent of his shots for his career (348-628). With a 15.4 points per game scoring average, he took the team scoring lead from Tony Stockman after a 24-point outing vs. New Hampshire (12/28/04). He has scored in double digits 17 times this year, in 15 of the last 18 games and in 42 career contests. His 17 points and 10 rebounds vs. Texas Tech (12/16) gave him his fourth career double-double. His fifth came vs. Mercer (12/22) with 29 points, a career high, and 13 rebounds. No. 6 came against New Hampshire with 24 points and a career-high tying 14 rebounds. He added No. 7 with a 20 point, 12 rebound effort vs. Wisconsin (1/19/05). He recorded his third-consecutive double-double with 24 points and 10 rebounds vs. St. Joseph’s (12/31/04) marking the first time since 1986 (Dennis Hopson) that an OSU player has recorded a double-double in three-consecutive games. Dials has scored 20 or more points in seven of the last 14 games, eight times on the year and in 10 career games. He has been the team’s leading scorer in 11 games this year. He was the squad’s top rebounder for 11-consecutive games before J.J. Sullinger grabbed a team high eight boards at Northwestern Jan. 29, and in 18 on the year. Dials reached 800 career points with 22 against Iowa (1/5/05). He has 923 (10.1 ppg.) career points and 557 (6.1) career rebounds. His 18 points and 13 rebounds vs. Indiana gave him his ninth career and sixth double double this season. His 10th career and seventh double-double came against Purdue Feb. 2 with 11 points and 11 rebounds.

Junior Matt Sylvester scored a career-high 17 points, including 11-consecutive OSU points during a 17-2 second half run, vs. Minnesota (1/15/05). His seven points came in succession against St. Joseph’s (12/21/04) to help Ohio State hold a second-half advantage. He has at least one assist in 19 contests this year. His tip-in basket late vs. Texas Tech (12/16) broke a 71-all tie and helped the Buckeyes hold off the Red Raiders for a 77-71 win in Dallas. His six rebounds vs. Morehead State (12/19) are a season high.

Hoops Coaches 10-3 In First Games at OSU
The 13 all-time men’s basketball head coaches at Ohio State have a combined record of 10-3 in their first games as Buckeye head coaches. Thad Matta, coach No. 13 in Ohio State history, won his opener vs. Towson, 74-53, Nov. 15.

Buckeyes Win No. 114 this Decade
Ohio State’s record in the first decade of the 21st century is shaping up to be one of the best in the history of the program. Ohio State is 114-64 (.640) since the beginning of the 1999-2000 season. The winning percentage is the second highest since 1910-19. The Buckeyes were 188-69 (.732) from 1960-69.

Harris, Sullinger Pace Buckeyes in Guardians Event
Ivan Harris led three players in double figures in the two games played in Kansas City in the Guardians Classic. Harris averaged 15.0 points followed by Tony Stockman (13.5 ppg.) and J.J. Sullinger (11.5 ppg.). Terence Dials grabbed 9.5 rebounds during the semifinals and finals. In the four games played in the Guardians Classic, Sullinger was the top scorer with 12.5 points a game. Dials was second with 12.3 ppg. followed by Stockman (11.5) and Harris (10.0). Dials averaged 7.3 rebounds in the four games.

Dials Earns Back-to-Back Big Ten Player of the Week Accolades
Ohio State junior Terence Dials led the Buckeyes past Mercer 102-77 by netting a career-high 29 points to go with 13 rebounds to earn his second-consecutive Big Ten Player of the Week accolade Dec. 27. He made 12 field goals, a career best, on 15 attempts (.800) from the field, while also hitting 5-of-7 free throws. Dials posted his second double-double in three games and fifth of his career, while also reaching double figures for the eighth time this season. He is now tied for the team lead in scoring (14.9 ppg.) while ranking 10th in the Big Ten Conference. Dials also ranks third in the league with a career-high 7.8 rebounds per game. The Youngstown native becomes the first conference player to earn back-to-back weekly honors since Wisconsin’s Kirk Penney, who was named player of the week on Dec. 24, 2001 and Dec. 31, 2001. He is the first Buckeye to earn consecutive honors since Scoonie Penn in 1999 (2/15, 2/22).

Stockman Puts Name in Record Book
Tony Stockman made 73 3-point field goals as a junior, the third most by an OSU player in a single season. His 61 steals total for 2003-04 tied him for the No. 7 spot with Michael Redd (1998) for single season steals at OSU. Stockman also attempted 202 3-pointers a year ago, good for the No. 3 spot all-time for single season long range attempts. He leads Ohio State with 56 made 3-pointers and with 156 attempted treys this year. He also is the team leader with 39 steals.

Ohio State 89-21 at VCA
The Buckeyes began season No. 7 at Value City Arena Nov. 15 against Towson in the opening round of the Guardians Classic. The facility opened for the start of the 1998-99 season and since the Buckeyes have built a record of 89-21 in 110 home games. The Buckeyes have not had a home losing season in the VCA’s existence and have 11 or more wins in five of the six years to date, including 15 victories in 1999-2000 and 2001-02 and 14 wins in both 1998-99 and 2000-01. Ohio State is 12-1 at home in 2004-05 and 11-1 at VCA. The team played Chattanooga at St. John Arena earlier this year.

2007 NCAA Tournament Returns to Columbus
The NCAA tournament will return to Columbus for the opening rounds of the 2007 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament, the organization announced in July. Ohio State played host to the first and second rounds in 2004. Games were played at Nationwide Arena in downtown Columbus, which will again be the site of the event in 2007. Ohio State will act as the host institution for the event.

Lewis to play for hometown Buckeyes
Ron Lewis, who played his first two seasons of college basketball at Bowling Green State University, transferred to his native Columbus to join Thad Matta at Ohio State. Lewis, a 2002 Brookhaven High School graduate, averaged 14.6 points and scored 877 points in his two seasons with the Falcons. He averaged 17.0 points and earned second team All-Mid American Conference honors as a sophomore before his transfer to Ohio State. Lewis started 55 of 60 career games at BGSU and was an 81 percent foul shooter (340-420) for his career. He will have two years of eligibility at Ohio State beginning with the 2005-06 campaign and becomes the first player to join the Buckeyes under Matta’s direction.

Six Buckeyes Spend Year in Residence
A total of six student-athletes on the 2004-05 roster have spent a year on the Ohio State campus without playing in games for the Buckeyes. Juniors Terence Dials (2002-03) and Matt Sylvester (2001-02) each sat out a season with back injuries but received medical redshirt seasons to retain four years of eligibility. Senior Matt Marinchick (2000-01) decided to redshirt his first year in Columbus to gain strength and experience. Finally, senior Tony Stockman and junior J.J. Sullinger both sat out the 2002-03 season to satisfy NCAA transfer rules after leaving Clemson and Arkansas, respectively, following the 2001-02 season. Ron Lewis, a junior transfer from Bowling Green, is sitting out the 2004-05 season and will become eligible to play for the Buckeyes in 2005-06. He will have two years of eligibility.