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Dec. 14, 2004

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Game Date Dec. 16, 2004
Opponent Texas Tech (4-1)
Site American Airlines Center (19,200)
Game Time 9 p.m.
TV ESPN
Local TV None
TV Talent Ron Franklin, Play-by-Play, Fran Fraschilla, Expert Analysis, Stacey Dales-Schuman, Sideline
Radio OSU Radio Network (59 stations)
Local Radio WBNS FM-97.1 AM-1460
Radio Talent Paul Keels (P-by-P), Ron Stokes (Color)

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).

Texas Tech Improves to 5-1
Martin Zeno, Ronald Ross and Curtis Marshall each scored 16 points to lead Texas Tech to an 81-65 victory over Northern Arizona Dec. 7. The Red Raiders broke the game open late in the second half with a 21-5 run over an eight-minute stretch. Northern Arizona led throughout much of the first half. Both teams shot poorly from the field, especially in the second half. Tech finished the game shooting 44.8 percent from the field while Northern Arizona shot 38.7 percent. Kyle Feuerbach led the Lumberjacks with 18 points, including four 3-pointers. Ruben Boykin Jr., added 15 points and 17 rebounds.

Buckeyes Setting 3-point Records
Ohio State set the school record with 17 made and 35 attempted 3-point field goals against Chattanooga Nov. 27. In the next game against Clemson (Dec. 1), the Buckeyes knocked down 15 of 25 3-pointers. The 15 made is the second most on record while the 25 attempts is tied for seventh all-time. The team’s .431 shooting percentage (72-167) from long range is best in the Big Ten. The 9.00 made 3-pointers a game trails Illinois (9.33) among league schools. Two of Ohio State’s players rate among the Top 10 Big Ten players in 3-point shooting percentage. Je’Kel Foster is No. 2 (.529/18-34). Ivan Harris is No. 8 (.464/13-28) and Tony Stockman is No. 12 (.431/22-51). Stockman is No. 4 in 3-pointers made per game with an average of 2.75 per contest. Foster is No. 9 with 2.25 made a game.

Dials Controls Paint in Win vs. Vikings
Terence Dials scored a career-high 25 points, including six during a 10-0 first-half run, to lead Ohio State to a 78-54 victory over Portland State. Dials hit 9 of 16 shots from the field and 7 of 8 free throws, adding nine rebounds for the Buckeyes. His previous best was 23 points against Towson earlier this season. The Buckeyes were coming off a 10-day break. Blake Walker scored 17 points and Seamus Boxley 13 for Portland State. Neither team led by more than two points until Je’Kel Foster, who finished with a career best 12 points, gave Ohio State an 18-13 lead with a 3-pointer from the right wing. After Walker answered with a 3 at the other end, the Vikings didn’t score for almost 5 minutes. Brandon Fuss-Cheatham hit a pull-up 10-foot jumper before Dials scored three baskets in a row – on a power move, a follow and a dunk off an assist pass from Fuss-Cheatham. Ivan Harris capped the 10-point run with a tip-in. The Vikings never got closer than eight points again. The final score was the biggest margin.

Noting the Portland State Game

Ohio State is 1-0 all-time against Portland State. The contestmarked the first game against a squad from the Big Sky Conference.The Buckeyes are 81-20 all-time when playing in Value City Arena.Ohio State has led at halftime in all eight contests this season.The Buckeyes are 6-1 this season when scoring 70 or more points.Sixty-two field goals attempted tied a season-high for Ohio Stateand 51 shots attempted by Portland State tied a season-low for OSUopponents. Ohio State out-rebounded Portland State 36-29. OSU is4-0 when out-rebounding its opponents. The Buckeyes held PortlandState to a .431 shooting percentage from the field. Ohio State hasyet to allow a team to shoot over 50 percent in a game this season.Ohio State limited the Vikings to just three 3-pointers in thecontest, a season-low for OSU opponents. In the first half, OhioState compiled a 10-0 run from 7:42 to 4:05 to take a 12-pointlead, 28-16. Junior center Terence Dials set a career-high with 25points against Portland State. Dials also reached a career highwith nine field goals and 16 field goal attempts. Dials’ previouscareer high was 23 points against Towson on Nov. 15. It also markedhis third-consecutive and 30th career game in double figures. Dialswas one rebound shy of his fourth career double-double. JuniorJe’Kel Foster set a career-high with 12 points against the Vikings.His previous personal-best was 11 against Robert Morris on Nov. 16.Foster also had career-high marks with four steals and five fieldgoals. Senior Matt Marinchick recorded a season-high four pointsand tied his season-high with seven minutes played.

Buckeyes Fare Well from Field
As a team, Ohio State is scoring on 51 percent of its shots taken from the field this year. The top five scorers all are making better than 50 percent of their shots after eight games. J.J. Sullinger leads the starters, making 64 percent of his shots (35-55). He is followed by Terence Dials (.574/39-68), Ivan Harris (.559/33-59) and Tony Stockman (.516/47-91). Je’Kel Foster (.522/24-46) scored on 5 of 6 shots off the bench vs. Portland State to move his scoring average above 50 percent. Another reserve, freshman Matt Terwilliger (.533/8-15) also has been consistent.

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.

Buckeyes in the Big Ten
Brandon Fuss-Cheatham’s 2.8/1 assist to turnover ratio (31/11) is second among all Big Ten players. Fuss-Cheatham averages 3.9 assists a game and just over one turnover a contest. As a team, the Buckeyes have a +5.38 turnover margin over opponents (11.6-17.0), good for the No. 1 spot in the league. The team’s assist to turnover ratio (+1.44) is second among league schools. The Buckeyes are No. 1 in field goal percentage defense (.389), 3-point field goal percentage defense (.290) and in 3-point field goal shooting (.431). Overall, Ohio State is No. 2 in shooting percentage (.511) 3-pointers made (9.0 pg.) and scoring defense (59.9 ppg.) and third in scoring margin (+15.9 ppg.).

Ohio State 19-23 vs. Big 12 Conference
Ohio State has met each member of the Big 12 Conference except Baylor and Colorado at least once after facing Texas Tech for the first time a year ago in Columbus. The Buckeyes close out the home-and-home with the Red Raiders in a neutral site meeting this year in Dallas. The Buckeyes could have faced Missouri this year as well in the Guardians Classic but the Tigers failed to advance to the title game, where Ohio State met Creighton Nov. 24. Ohio State’s last neutral site meeting vs. the Big 12 was against Missouri in the second round of the 2002 NCAA Tournament in Albuquerque, N.M.

Ohio State vs. the Big 12 Baylor Colorado Iowa State 3-0 Kansas 3-5 Kansas State 0-2 Missouri 4-6 Nebraska 4-2 Oklahoma 3-4 Oklahoma State 0-2 Texas 1-0 Texas A&M 1-1 Texas Tech 0-1 Totals 19-23

Ohio State 12-4 in Dec. 16 Games
The Buckeyes have played 16 games on Dec. 16 since 1899 when East (Columbus) High fell 58-2 to Ohio State. That win started an eight-game victory streak on this date that was snapped in 1980 by South Alabama, which downed the No. 7 Buckeyes 76-67 in Columbus. Overall, OSU is 12-4 on this date with wins in three of the last four games. The most recent loss was at No. 8 Kansas in 1999, an 80-67 setback.

12/16/99 W East High, 58-2 12/16/29 W Bliss, 35-15 12/16/33 W Western Ontario, 41-20 12/16/35 W @Muskingum, 50-25 12/16/39 W Wooster, 64-35 12/16/61 W Loyola (Chicago), 92(1)-72 12/16/68 W @Washington State, 75(13)-74 12/16/72 W Butler, 86-55 12/16/80 L South Alabama, 67(7)-76 12/16/82 W Youngstown State, 81-53 12/16/86 L @Dayton, 86-89 12/16/87 L @Florida, 69-102(11) 12/16/92 W Wright State, 76-55 12/16/95 W Seton Hall, 105-96 12/16/99 L @Kansas, 67(12)-80(8) 12/16/00 W Morehead State, 93-62

Knight in 4th Season in Lubbock
Ohio State alum Bob Knight (1962) is in his fourth season as the head coach of the Red Raiders and his 39th overall as a collegiate head coach. Knight is 73-34 as the Red Raider coach and is 837-323 all-time.

Newcomers, Buckeyes Value the Ball
The four first-year Buckeyes on the 2004-05 roster have just 11 turnovers and as a team Ohio State has 93 on the year in eight games and 1,625-combined minutes played by the team. Freshmen Jamar Butler (141 minutes), Matt Terwilliger (59) and Jermyl Jackson-Wilson (18) have played a combined 218 minutes with six total turnovers. Je’Kel Foster, a junior college transfer, has played 176 minutes without five miscues. The newcomers average just one turnover for every 36 minutes played. Ohio State has 27 more assists (134-107) and 43 fewer turnovers (93-136) than the eight opponents to date. Ohio State has 41 more assists (134) than turnovers (93) this year. Senior Brandon Fuss-Cheatham leads the Buckeyes with 31 assists and has just 11 turnovers on the year.

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 64 percent of his shots from the field (35-55) in eight games this season. He has scored in double figures in five of the eight games on the year. He trails Terence Dials (7.0 rpg.) for the team rebounding lead with 4.9 rpg. after a 10-rebound effort vs. Portland State (12/11). Sullinger’s five blocks also leads the team. He has upped his career scoring average to 10.0 points a game with 672 career points in 67 career games. Against Chattanooga Nov. 27, Sullinger tied a career high with four made 3-pointers in five attempts. He is making 70 percent of his long range shots this season (7-10). Sullinger has at least one assist in all eight games this year while recording at least one steal in seven of eight contests.

Senior Brandon Fuss-Cheatham owns the team lead with 31 assists against just 11 turnovers from the point guard position. His assist to turnover ratio of 2.8/1 is the best of his career and rates No. 2 the Big Ten. In 184 minutes, he has averaged one turnover in 16.7 minutes played. He is playing 23.0 minutes a contest to date. He set a career high with four made 3-pointers at Clemson while scoring a season-high 14 points against the Tigers. He needs two made field goals to reach 100 for his career, 17 points to reach 300 and three minutes to reach 1,500 as a Buckeye.

Sophomore Ivan Harris has started eight games this year after making two all of his freshman season. He scored a career high 19 points in the semifinals of the Guardians Classic against Houston and then added 11 points in the overtime loss to Creighton, earning him a spot on the all-tournament team alongside teammate J.J. Sullinger. Harris is connecting on 56 percent of his shots (33-59) from the field as a sophomore and at 50 percent (71-142) for his career. 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 scored in double digits four of the last five games and has reached 10 or more points six times in his career.

Senior Tony Stockman averages 14.6 points a game this season in 28.3 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. Stockman leads Ohio State with 17 steals. His shooting percentage of .516 (47-91) is the best of his career. He has made at least one 3-pointer in each of the last 22 games as a Buckeye. His one made 3-pointer vs. Portland State was his 250th of his career, 95 have come while playing for Ohio State.

Freshman Jamar Butler has played the most minutes of the freshman class to date (141/17.6 per game). He has just four turnovers to go with 20 assists. Butler has gone to the line eight times and has yet to miss a charity toss. Butler has at least one assist in all eight games. He has scored in seven of eight games this year.

Junior Je’Kel Foster has made the most of his court time off the bench this season. In eight games he has averaged 8.5 points a game in 22.0 minutes a contest. He is shooting 53 percent from long range (18-34) and is second on the team with 16 steals. His 14 assists are fourth on the squad. Foster has made a 3-pointer in all eight games and as many as three in four contests. Foster has a steal in every game this year and an assist in seven-consecutive appearances.

Junior Terence Dials is shooting 57 percent from the field (39-68), helping the team to a 51 percent shooting percentage on the year. Dials has made 55 percent of his shots for his career (251-458). With a 12.3 points per game scoring average, he is No. 2 this season behind Stockman (14.6 ppg.). Dials has made 19 of his last 31 shots from the field (.613). He has scored in double digits five times this year and in 30 career games.

Junior Matt Sylvester has made 56 percent of his 3-point attempts this year in eight games (5-9). He has made three of his last five long range shots and has at least one assist in seven of eight contests this year.

Veteran Buckeyes Improve Shooting Ohio State has nine returning players from a year ago, six of those have made significant improvement in their shooting percentages this year. J.J. Sullinger has improved the most from a year ago, increasing his shooting percentage by about 20 percent.

Player 04-05 03-04 Career Terence Dials .574 .505 .548 B. Fuss-Cheatham .467 .390 .344 Ivan Harris .559 .458 .500 Tony Stockman .516 .381 .381 J.J. Sullinger .636 .444 .454 Matt Sylvester .444 .370 .412

Buckeyes Resume Schedule After Break
In a span of 17 days Ohio State played seven games after the season tipped off Nov. 15 in the opening round of the Guardians Classic. The Buckeyes played Houston and Creighton in Kansas City, Mo., Nov. 23-24 in the semifinals and finals of the Guardians event. Ohio State played at home, this time at St. John Arena, Nov. 27 against Chattanooga and concluded the run of games when they hit the road for the Big Ten/ACC Challenge game against Clemson Dec. 1. Ohio State then took a nine-day break for final exams before the home game against Portland State (12/11).

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. 104 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 104-59 (.638) 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.

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.

Ohio State 81-20 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 81-20 in 101 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.

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.

Clemson, LSU Last to Face OSU
Entering the 2004-05 season, the Buckeyes had played every team from both the Atlantic Coast and Southeastern conferences except for one member school from each league. With both Clemson (ACC) and Louisiana State (SEC) on the schedule this year, Ohio State will finish the year with at least one meeting against every member of the ACC and SEC.

5th Ohio Mr. Basketball Joins Buckeyes
Jamar Butler is the 17th overall and fifth Ohio Mr. Basketball Award winner to play for Ohio State. Butler joins Tony Stockman (2000), Damon Stringer (1995), Greg Simpson (1991, 1992) and Jim Jackson (1988, 1989) as former Ohio Mr. Basketball award winners who went on to play for the Buckeyes.

Attendance in Top 20 for 6th-consecutive Year
Attendance at Ohio State men’s basketball games remained in the Top 20 nationally in 2003-04 and has ranked among the national leaders in all six seasons at Value City Arena. Attendance averaged 14,521 in 15 home games a year ago to rank No. 18 nationally. A total of 1,631,437 have crossed the turnstiles at VCA for an average of 16,819 over 97 total home games since the facility opened for the 1998-99 season. The average is 3,543 more than the capacity (13,276) at St. John Arena, the former home of the Buckeyes (1956-1998).

NCAA Attendance in VCA Era Division I Home Attendance Leaders Year Gms. Total Avg. NCAA Rk 1999 15 258,348 17,223 7 2000 17 317,936 18,702 5 2001 17 298,172 17,540 4 2002 17 282,250 16,603 5 2003 16 256,914 16,057 10 2004 15 217,817 14,521 18 Totals 97 1,631,437 16,819

The Schedule
Ohio State opened the season Nov. 15 at home in the first of two rounds in the Guardians Classic. The Buckeyes advanced in the event to Kansas City against Houston (Nov. 23) and Creighton Nov. 24. Other non-conference highlights included the game at St. John Arena against Chattanooga, a road game at Clemson Dec. 1 in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge, and additional road games at Texas Tech in Dallas Dec. 16 and at Louisiana State Jan. 15. The Texas Tech game concludes a home-and-home with the Red Raiders. The contests vs. St. Joseph’s and LSU begin home-and-home series with each school. St. Joseph’s, which spent time ranked No. 1 a year ago, will visit Value City Arena Dec. 31. Thad Matta, Ohio State’s first-year head coach, is familiar with the Hawks, having knocked off No. 1 St. Joseph’s 87-67 in the quarterfinals of the Atlantic 10 Tournament last March in Dayton.

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.

Majority of Buckeye Roster from Ohio
Nine of the 14 student athletes on the 2004-05 Buckeyes roster hail from their home state of Ohio. Seniors Matt Marinchick (Hudson) and Tony Stockman (Medina), juniors J.J. Sullinger (Columbus), Ron Lewis (Columbus), Terence Dials (Youngstown) and Matt Sylvester (Cincinnati), sophomore Ivan Harris (Springfield) and freshmen Jamar Butler (Lima) and Matt Terwilliger (Troy) all found their way home to play for Ohio State.

7 Buckeyes Spend Year in Residence
A total of seven student-athletes on the 2004-05 roster have spent a year on the Ohio State campus without playing in games for the Buckeyes. Junior Ricardo Billings sat out 2002-03 to satisfy academic requirements for eligibility last season. 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.