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Jan. 13, 2005

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Date Jan. 15, 2005
Opponent LSU (7-5, 1-1 SEC)
Site Maravich Center (14,164)
Game Time 8 p.m.
TV ESPN Plus
Local TV WBNS 10 TV
TV Talent Jim Barbar, (P-by-P), Bill Hosket, 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 (Color)

Buckeyes Step Out of Conference to Face Louisiana State
Ohio State plays its final non-conference game of the season against LSU on the road this weekend. The Buckeyes are 11-2 overall in non-Big Ten games this year. The Tigers are 6-4 vs. non-Southeastern Conference foes. This will be the first meeting between the schools.

Stockman Leads Team With 10 Career Games with 20 or More Points
Tony Stockman’s 22 points in the win against No. 14 Iowa gave him 10 games with 20 or more points as a Buckeye. He leads Terence Dials, who scored 22 points vs. the Hawkeyes and now has nine 20-point career games. Dials has scored 20 or more points in seven 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).

Stockman Scoring Well on Road, Dials Leads Team at Home
Senior Tony Stockman averages 16.7 points in games away from Columbus this season. He is shooting 47 percent from the field in road or neutral games (38-81) and has made 16 of 39 3-pointers and all eight foul shots attempted. Dials averages 19 points at home, where the Buckeyes have been undefeated at 10-0. He has made 64 percent from the field (.642) and 73 percent of his foul shots (.725).

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 last Saturday (81-69).

Buckeyes Fall at Wisconsin
Mike Wilkinson scored a career-high 29 points and grabbed 10 rebounds, as Wisconsin beat Ohio State 72-66 Tuesday. Clayton Hanson added 14 points and Sharif Chambliss had 11 as the Badgers won without leading scorer Alando Tucker, who sat out with an injured right foot. Terence Dials scored 15 points and Matt Sylvester added 14 for Ohio State. Wisconsin took control of the game with a 26-9 run that stretched over both halves. The Badgers led by as many as 13 points in the second half, but Ohio State used a 10-3 run to cut Wisconsin’s lead to 61-57 with 2:42 remaining after a basket by J.J. Sullinger. Wilkinson answered with a 3-pointer with 2:08 left and Wisconsin’s Kammron Taylor hit a free throw to give the Badgers a 65-57 lead with 1:41 left. But Ohio State scored the next four points, including a 3-pointer by Sylvester, to pull within 65-61 with 55 seconds left. Hanson was 5-of-6 from the free-throw line in the final 45 seconds as the Badgers held off the Buckeyes. Dials scored 10 points in the opening 7:40 but spent much of the rest of the game in foul trouble. He sat out the final 6:08 of the first half after picking up his second foul, then committed his third and fourth fouls in the opening 4:14 of the second half. Dials eventually fouled out with 15 seconds left. Ohio State led most of the first half behind Dials, who scored 10 of the Buckeyes’ first 14 points. But Dials didn’t score the final 12:20 of the half and Wisconsin used a 16-6 run to take a 31-26 halftime lead.

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).

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 1,403-978 after the 12-4 start to the 2004-05 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).

LSU Improves to 7-5 with Win vs. South Carolina
Louisiana State improved its Southeastern Conference record to 1-1 and its overall mark to 7-5 with a 79-64 win over South Carolina in Baton Rouge, La., Wednesday. The Tigers were led by forward Glen Davis’ 28 points and 14 rebounds. Four LSU players reached double figures and the Tigers outrebounded USC 30-19 in the win. The Tigers shot 59 percent from the field (30-51) in the win. Brandon Bass is the team’s leading scorer with 16.3 points a game. Antonio Hudson follows with 13.4 ppg. Davis adds 13.0 ppg. and Darrel Mitchell and Tack Minor each contribute just over 12.0 ppg. Bass is the team’s leading rebounder with 8.3 boards a contest.

Brady Leads 8th Edition of LSU Hoops
Louisiana State coach John Brady is in his 14th season overall and his eighth at LSU as a collegiate basketball coach. Brady is 216-174 overall and 127-97 at LSU. He was 88-77 in six seasons at Samford before taking over the LSU program in 1997-98.

Ohio State 14-10 in Jan. 15 Games
Ohio State is 14-10 all-time in games played on Jan. 15. Ohio State has not played a non-conference opponent on this date since 1973, an 85-79 victory at Georgia Tech.

1/11/08 W Wittenberg, 59-11 1/15/07 L Cincinnati, 30-32 1/15/11 W Otterbein, 45-16 1/15/16 L @Illinois, 10-21 1/15/18 W Ohio Wesleyan, 46-20 1/15/21 W @Michigan, 22-10 1/15/34 W @Indiana, 27-23 1/15/38 W Iowa, 48-29 1/15/40 W Northwestern, 32-31 1/15/44 W Indiana, 74-38 1/15/49 L @Iowa, 49-53 1/15/55 L Illinois, 78-86(7) 1/15/66 L @Michigan State, 64-80 1/15/72 W Michigan, 84(9)-73 1/15/73 W @Georgia Tech, 85-79 1/15/77 W @Northwestern, 69-57 1/15/81 W Northwestern, 81-69 1/15/83 L @Illinois, 55(20)-63 1/15/86 L @Indiana, 66-69 1/15/87 W Northwestern, 87-59 1/15/94 L Illinois, 75-83 1/15/97 L @Iowa, 62-76 1/15/00 W @Northwestern, 58(17)-44 1/15/03 L Michigan, 50-61

The LSU Series
Ohio State faces LSU for the first time in men’s basketball Saturday. Overall, the Buckeyes have faced every other team representing the Southeastern Conference at least once. Ohio State has victories against all SEC teams except Georgia (0-1). The last SEC team to face the Buckeyes was Alabama at the Hall of Fame Tipoff Classic in Springfield, Mass., Nov. 29, 2002. Ohio State fell to the No. 4-ranked Crimson Tide 54-48. The Buckeyes last defeated an SEC member March 18, 1999 in Knoxville, Tenn. Ohio State downed No. 4 Auburn 71-64 in the South Regional Semifinals of the NCAA tournament. Ohio State also downed Mississippi in the title game of the Puerto Rico Holiday Classic that year 67-62 Dec. 23, 1998 and handled Alabama 78-70 that same season at Value City Arena in the second game played in the venue Nov. 15, 1998, 78-70. The last Ohio State victory on an SEC school campus was Nov. 3, 1982, an 80-74 victory at Florida.

OSU vs. The SEC EASTERN Florida 5-2 Georgia 0-1 Kentucky 9-10 South Carolina 1-1 Tennessee 2-1 Vanderbilt 3-4 WESTERN Alabama 3-3 Arkansas 1-2 Auburn 1-0 LSU Mississippi 1-0 Mississippi State 1-0 Totals 27-24

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 vs. the Tigers is the second most on record while the 25 attempts is tied for 10th all-time. The Buckeyes connected on 11 of 27 3-pointers at home against Morehead State (12/19/04) and then hit 10 of 29 threes vs. New Hampshire (12/28/04) marking the third and fourth times this season the team combined for 10 or more made treys in a game. The 27 attempts vs. the Eagles ranks No. 6 all time for tries in a single game while the 29 attempted vs. UNH is the third most in history. Ohio State made 12 of 28 long range shots vs. Iowa Jan. 8. The 12 made is tied for sixth all-time for 3-point makes in a game. The 28 attempts vs. the Hawkeyes is tied for fourth most. The 2004-05 Buckeyes have four of the Top 10 spots for 3-point field goals made in a game and five of the Top 10 efforts for attempts. The 9.1 made 3-pointers a game leads the league. Three of Ohio State’s players rate among the Top 15 Big Ten players in 3-point shooting percentage. Je’Kel Foster is No. 8 (.444/32-72), Ivan Harris is No. 5 (.456/26-57). Tony Stockman is No. 15 (.393/44-112) and is second in 3-pointers made per game with an average of 2.75 per contest. Foster is No. 9 with 2.00 a contest.

More From Long Range
As a team, the Buckeyes have taken 355 3-pointers this season, making 145. The number of attempts will be among the Top 10 in season attempts by a team with just 30 more. The 145 makes already is tied for the No. 8 spot all-time by an OSU squad. The 1999-00 team made 145 in 30 games. The Buckeyes are on pace to make 271 3-pointers this season, which would rank No. 1 all time. The 1998-99 team made 218 in 36 games. Ohio State is on pace for 655 attempts as well, which would also take over the No. 1 spot held by the 1998-99 squad’s 611.

Noting the Wisconsin Game
· Junior Matt Sylvester scored a career high 14 points on 6 of 10 shooting, which are also career bests for makes and attempts in a game.
· Senior Matt Marinchick grabbed six rebounds to set a career high for boards in a game.
· Junior Terence Dials entered the game averaging about 30 minutes per game. He was limited to 24 by foul trouble but still managed a team-high 15 points and eight rebounds.
· Ohio State is 80-59 all-time vs. the Badgers.

Buckeyes Fare Well from Field
As a team, Ohio State is scoring on 49 percent of its shots taken from the field this year. Four of the Top 5 scorers are making better than 45 percent of their shots after 16 games. J.J. Sullinger leads the starters, making 60 percent of his shots (66-110). Terence Dials is next, making 59.5 percent of his shots (97-163). He is followed by Ivan Harris (.496/60-112) and Je’Kel Foster (.456/41-90).

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 2.6/1 assist to turnover ratio (60/23) rates third among all Big Ten players. Fuss-Cheatham averages 3.8 assists a game and just 1.4 turnovers a contest. As a team, the Buckeyes have a +2.75 turnover margin over opponents (12.4-15.1), good for the No. 3 spot in the league. The team’s assist to turnover ratio (+1.34) is third among league schools behind Illinois and Michigan State. The Buckeyes are No. 2 in field goal percentage defense (.408), second in 3-pointers made (9.1 pg.), No. 2 in 3-point field goal percentage defense (.318) and No. 3 in 3-point field goal shooting (.408). Overall, Ohio State is No. 4 in shooting percentage (.487) and No. 4 in scoring margin (+12.5 ppg.). Terence Dials is the No. 2 rebounder (8.2 rpg.), No. 3 in defensive rebound average (5.25) and in offensive rebounding (3.00), No. 6 in scoring (16.0 ppg.) and No. 8 in field goal percentage (.595). J.J. Sullinger is No. 7 in FG pct. (.600), Tony Stockman is No. 5 in steals (1.75 spg.) and Brandon Fuss-Cheatham is No. 8 in assists (3.75).

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 60 percent of his shots from the field (66-110) in 16 games this season. He has scored in double figures in eight of the 16 games. He trails Terence Dials (8.3 rpg.) for the team rebounding lead with 5.3 rpg. Sullinger’s nine blocks is tied with Dials for the team lead. Sullinger has upped his career scoring average to 10.0 points a game with 746 career points in 75 career games. Against Chattanooga Nov. 27, Sullinger tied a career high with four made 3-pointers in five attempts. He is making 48 percent of his long range shots this season (12-25). Sullinger has at least one assist in 14 games this year and at least one steal in 12 outings. In two seasons in Columbus, Sullinger has scored 473 points with 222 rebounds. He has 310 career rebounds after grabbing seven at Wisconsin (1/11/05).

Senior Brandon Fuss-Cheatham owns the team lead with 60 assists against just 23 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 379 minutes, he has averaged one turnover in 16.5 minutes played. He is playing 23.7 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 reached 300 career points (333) as a Buckeye with five vs. Mercer (12/22). He needs four assists to reach 200 for his career. He will reach 100 career games played as a Buckeye with three more appearances.

Sophomore Ivan Harris has started 16 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 a spot on the all-tournament team alongside teammate J.J. Sullinger. Harris is connecting on 50 percent of his shots (60-121) 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 nine times in his career. He connected on 5 of 8 shots and 4 of 5 3-pointers at Illinois (Jan. 5).

Senior Tony Stockman averages 14.3 points a game this season in 29.4 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 27 steals. His shooting percentage of .434 (86-198) is the best of his career. He has made at least one 3-pointer in each of his last 30 games as a Buckeye. 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 272 for his career and 117 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 (1,337). Stockman’s average of 3.6 rebounds a game is best season average of his career.

Freshman Jamar Butler has played the most minutes of the freshman class to date (270/16.9 per game). He has just 11 turnovers to go with 39 assists for an assist-to-turnover ratio of 3.5-1. Butler has gone to the line 12 times and has made 10 (.833). Butler has at least one assist in 15 games. In the last seven games, he has 19 assists and just seven turnovers. 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 this season. In 16 games he has averaged 7.3 points a game in 21.8 minutes a contest. He is second behind Stockman with 24 steals. Foster has made a 3-pointer in 14 games and as many as three in seven contests, including a career best 4 of 7 effort from long range against Iowa (1/8/05). Foster has a steal in 13 of 16 games this year.

Junior Terence Dials is shooting 60 percent from the field (97-163), helping the team to a 49 percent shooting percentage on the year. Dials has made 56 percent of his shots for his career (309-553). With a 16.0 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 12 times this year and in 37 career games. 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 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 six of the last nine games, seven times on the year and in nine career games. He has been the team’s leading scorer in eight games this year. He has been the squad’s top rebounder for eight-consecutive games and in 14 on the year. He reached 800 career points with 22 against Iowa (1/5/05). He has 825 career points and 498 career rebounds.

Junior Matt Sylvester has made 47 percent of his 3-point attempts this year in 16 games (14-30). He scored a career-high 14 points at Wisconsin. 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 14 of 16 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. 110 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 110-61 (.643) 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.

Buckeyes Open 93rd Season in Big Ten Conference
This is the 93rd season of Big Ten membership in men’s basketball for the Buckeyes. Ohio State is 51-42 (.548) in conference openers, 63-30 (.677) in league home openers and 35-58 (.376) in the first road game of the season in Big Ten play.

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 36 made 3-pointers and with 92 attempted treys this year. He also is the team leader with 24 steals.

Ohio State 86-20 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 86-20 in 106 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 10-0 at home in 2004-05 and 9-0 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.

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

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 12 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.

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.