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Jan. 27, 2001

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Ohio State is now 41-5 all-time and 12-2 this season at ValueCity Arena. With a No. 3 national ranking, the Spartans are thehighest-ranked team to play in VCA. Ohio State’s win over thethird-ranked Spartans is its first win over a Top-5 opponent sincea 71-64 over No. 4 Auburn in Knoxville, Tenn., in the 1999 NCAATournament. OSU’s last win over a Top-10 opponent came at No. 10Indiana last season, when the No. 7 Buckeyes captured an 82-71 winin Bloomington (2/19/00). The win at IU also was OSU’s last winover a ranked team. The Buckeyes are now 1-4 this year vs. rankedsquads. 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. OSU lastwin as an unranked team over a ranked team was a 72-43 thumping ofNo. 16 Purdue Jan. 19, 1999. Ohio State posthumously retired theNo. 35 of former star Gary Bradds during a halftime ceremony.Bradds’ son, David accepted a framed replica jersey on his behalf.Gary’s parents, Donald and Helen Bradds, his brothers, Gayle andGene, Gary’s wife, Eileen Bennington, his son, David, and hisdaughters, Melinda Hudson and Lori Rudduck, were all in attendance.Value City Arena was sold out for the second time this season andthe first since the Dec. 23 contest with Kansas. Brian Brown scoreda career-high 25 points in the victory, topping his high of 23, setearlier this season vs. Florida State (11/23/00). Brown hit 8-of-13from the field and also canned 7-of-9 free throws. He also dishedout six assists. Ohio State extended its streak of consecutivegames with at least one 3-point goal made when Brian Brown hit a3-pointer in the first half. Ohio State has connected on at leastone 3-point goal in 270-consecutive games. Ken Johnson started his112th career game, moving into sole possession of fifth place onthe all-time list. He stands two starts behind fourth-place HerbWilliams (114, 1978-81) and is one of eight players in Ohio Statehistory to eclipse 100 starts in his Buckeye career. Johnsonblocked five shots, giving him 403 as he became just the secondplayer in Big Ten Conference history to block 400 or more shots ina career. His total of 403 blocks leaves him 25 behind former PennState star Calvin Booth, who rejected 428 from 1995-99. With 84blocked shots this season, Johnson stands sixth on the OSUsingle-season chart – six behind fourth-place Brad Sellers and HerbWilliams, who are tied with 90. Johnson holds the top two spots onthe chart with 161 last season and 100 in 1998-99. Brian Brown hasbeen an iron man over the past four Big Ten games, earning 37.8minutes per game, including 40-minute stints in each of the pasttwo contests. Brown’s 25-point effort was the highest individualpoint output 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-point performances.After scoring 24 points in the previous matchup with Ohio State,Jason Richardson tallied just 11 today – all in the first half -while fouling out. The Spartan sophomore came into the contestaveraging 16 points per game. MSU’s second-leading scorer CharlieBell also was stymied by the Buckeye defense, scoring five points -well below his 15.9 ppg clip for the season. Bell came in averaging12.4 ppg in five career games vs. the Buckeyes. Ohio Statestruggled with turnovers in the first meeting with Michigan State,committing 17 miscues. The Buckeyes committed 10 turnovers today -the Buckeyes’ lowest mark in Big Ten play and the third-lowest ofthe season. Ohio State has lost just one time this season when ithas held a lead at the half. The Buckeyes, who led 26-22 at thebreak, are 13-1 when leading at halftime. The Buckeyes alsostruggled rebounding the basketball at Michigan State, butcorrected the problem today, holding their own on the boards. MSUwon the battle of the boards 31-28, but had just 11 offensiverebounds today after corralling 20 offensive boards last week. OhioState came the closest of any of Michigan State’s 18 opponents toout-rebounding the Spartans, earning three less boards than MSU.Kentucky came the next closest, falling six rebounds short.Michigan State came in with a +17.4 rebounding margin this seasonand has out-rebounded all 18 of their opponents this season. TheSpartans’ 16-point deficit in the second half was their largestdeficit of the season. The previous high was 13 vs. Penn State, butthe Spartans rallied in that contest for a 98-73 win. MichiganState was held under 70 points for just the fourth time thisseason. The Spartans are 2-2 in those contests, with a 1-point winover Kentucky and an overtime win over Wisconsin accounting for thetwo victories.