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Jan. 27, 2001

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Ohio State is now 41-5 all-time and 12-2 this season atValue%^$City Arena. With a No. 3 national ranking, the Spartans arethe%^$highest-ranked team to play in VCA.%^$

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Ohio State’s win over the third-ranked Spartans is its firstwin%^$over a Top-5 opponent since a 71-64 over No. 4 Auburn inKnoxville,%^$Tenn., in the 1999 NCAA Tournament.%^$

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OSU’s last win over a Top-10 opponent came at No. 10Indiana%^$last season, when the No. 7 Buckeyes captured an 82-71win in%^$Bloomington (2/19/00). The win at IU also was OSU’s lastwin over a%^$ranked team. The Buckeyes are now 1-4 this year vs.ranked squads.%^$

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The last OSU win at home over a Top-5 team was an 81-77 winover%^$top-ranked Indiana at St. John Arena Feb. 23, 1993.%^$

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OSU last win as an unranked team over a ranked team was a72-43%^$thumping of No. 16 Purdue Jan. 19, 1999.%^$

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Ohio State posthumously retired the No. 35 of former starGary%^$Bradds during a halftime ceremony. Bradds’ son, Davidaccepted a framed%^$replica jersey on his behalf. Gary’s parents,Donald and Helen Bradds,%^$his brothers, Gayle and Gene, Gary’swife, Eileen Bennington, his son,%^$David, and his daughters,Melinda Hudson and Lori Rudduck, were all in%^$attendance.%^$

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Value City Arena was sold out for the second time thisseason%^$and the first since the Dec. 23 contest with Kansas.%^$

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Brian Brown scored a career-high 25 points in thevictory,%^$topping his high of 23, set earlier this season vs.Florida State%^$(11/23/00). Brown hit 8-of-13 from the field andalso canned 7-of-9 free%^$throws. He also dished out sixassists.%^$

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Ohio State extended its streak of consecutive games withat%^$least one 3-point goal made when Brian Brown hit a 3-pointerin the%^$first half. Ohio State has connected on at least one3-point goal in%^$270-consecutive games.%^$

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Ken Johnson started his 112th career game, moving intosole%^$possession of fifth place on the all-time list. He standstwo starts%^$behind fourth-place Herb Williams (114, 1978-81) andis one of eight%^$players in Ohio State history to eclipse 100starts in his Buckeye%^$career.%^$

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Johnson blocked five shots, giving him 403 as he became justthe%^$second player in Big Ten Conference history to block 400 ormore shots%^$in a career. His total of 403 blocks leaves him 25behind former Penn%^$State star Calvin Booth, who rejected 428 from1995-99.%^$

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With 84 blocked shots this season, Johnson stands sixth onthe%^$OSU single-season chart – six behind fourth-place BradSellers and Herb%^$Williams, who are tied with 90. Johnson holdsthe top two spots on the%^$chart with 161 last season and 100 in1998-99.%^$

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Brian Brown has been an iron man over the past four BigTen%^$games, earning 37.8 minutes per game, including 40-minutestints in each%^$of the past two contests.%^$

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Brown’s 25-point effort was the highest individual pointoutput%^$of the season for OSU and the fourth 20-point scoringeffort overall.%^$Brown has two of those performances. Brent Darby(21) and Ken Johnson%^$(24) have the other two 20-pointperformances.%^$

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After scoring 24 points in the previous matchup with OhioState,%^$Jason Richardson tallied just 11 today – all in the firsthalf – while%^$fouling out. The Spartan sophomore came into thecontest averaging 16%^$points per game.%^$

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MSU’s second-leading scorer Charlie Bell also was stymied bythe%^$Buckeye defense, scoring five points – well below his 15.9ppg clip for%^$the season. Bell came in averaging 12.4 ppg in fivecareer games vs. the%^$Buckeyes.%^$

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Ohio State struggled with turnovers in the first meetingwith%^$Michigan State, committing 17 miscues. The Buckeyescommitted 10%^$turnovers today – the Buckeyes’ lowest mark in BigTen play and the%^$third-lowest of the season.%^$

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Ohio State has lost just one time this season when it has helda%^$lead at the half. The Buckeyes, who led 26-22 at the break, are13-1%^$when leading at halftime.%^$

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The Buckeyes also struggled rebounding the basketballat%^$Michigan State, but corrected the problem today, holding theirown on%^$the boards. MSU won the battle of the boards 31-28, buthad just 11%^$offensive rebounds today after corralling 20offensive boards last week.%^$

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Ohio State came the closest of any of Michigan State’s18%^$opponents to out-rebounding the Spartans, earning three lessboards than%^$MSU. Kentucky came the next closest, falling sixrebounds short.%^$Michigan State came in with a +17.4 reboundingmargin this season and%^$has out-rebounded all 18 of theiropponents this season.%^$

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The Spartans’ 16-point deficit in the second half wastheir%^$largest deficit of the season. The previous high was 13 vs.Penn State,%^$but the Spartans rallied in that contest for a 98-73win.%^$

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Michigan State was held under 70 points for just the fourthtime%^$this season. The Spartans are 2-2 in those contests, with a1-point win%^$over Kentucky and an overtime win over Wisconsinaccounting for the two%^$victories.