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Jan. 3, 2001

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Ohio State improves to 38-4 during its two-plus seasons atValue City Arena. The Buckeyes improve to 9-1 at home this season.Ohio State is in its 89th season as a member of the Big TenConference. The Buckeyes are 49-40 all-time in league openers. OSUhas begun the conference season at home 53 times (34-19) and on theroad 36 times (15-21). Overall, Ohio State has a record of 57-32 inhome league openers. The Buckeyes have won the last four meetingswith Northwestern and eight of the last 10 contests. In Columbus,Ohio State has a 22-game win streak over the Wildcats. The last NUwin in Columbus came Feb. 24, 1977 when Northwestern prevailed83-72. The Buckeyes are 59-14 at home vs. NU and hold a 98-44all-time series lead. The 98 wins are by far the most for OhioState against any Big Ten opponent. OSU has 78 wins over Wisconsinand Michigan. Tickets remain for the majority of the Big TenConference men’s basketball season at Value City Arena. Forinformation contact the OSU Athletics Ticket Office at1-800-GO-BUCKS, 614-292-6462, www.hangonsloopy.com or stop by theticket office located at the Value City Arena (SE Rotunda). TheBuckeyes have connected on 50 percent of their shots in seven gamesthis season, including five of the last six games. The Buckeyes hiton 29 of 55 (.527) from the field Ohio State’s 73 points are themost allowed by the Northwestern defense this season. The previoushigh was 67, set by Kent State and Iona in back-to-back games atthe San Juan Shootout. Northwestern came in as the top-rankeddefense in the Big Ten, holding opponents to 55.6 points per game.OSU was second in the league at 56 points per game. Brent Darbyscored a career-high 21 points, topping his previous high of 18,set vs. Florida State in the Great Alaska Shootout earlier thisseason (11/17/00). It marked his fourth game this season in doublefigures. Ohio State is undefeated in the seven contests Darby inwhich has scored in double figures during his career. Darby’s21-point performance marked the second time this season a Buckeyescored more than 20. Brian Brown also broke the 20-point barrierwith a 23-point output vs. Florida State Darby also tied a careerhigh with five assists. It matches his high of five, set vs.Florida State (11/17). Ken Johnson blocked six shots in thecontest, giving him 378 for his career – second all-time in the BigTen Conference. Johnson is shooting for the all-time Big Tenshot-blocking crown, held by Penn State’s Calvin Booth with 428.Johnson started his 105th career game tonight, tying him for sixthplace on the all-time OSU starts chart with Jim Smith (1978-81).Johnson stands six starts behind fifth-place Kelvin Ransey (111,1977-80). Johnson is one of eight players in Ohio State history toeclipse 100 starts in his Buckeye career. Will Dudley filled inwell in the first half while Ken Johnson was in foul trouble,grabbing all of his season-high six rebounds in the first 20minutes of the game. Ohio State extended its streak of consecutivegames with at least one 3-point goal made when Brent Darby canned ashot from behind the arc in the first minute of the first half.Ohio State has connected on at least one 3-point goal in263-consecutive games. Ohio State has not lost this season whenout-rebounding its opponent and when leading at the half. TheBuckeyes out-rebounded Northwestern 40-31 and led at the half33-20. Ohio State has held 7-of-10 foes to 20 or less points in thefirst half of games played at Value City Arena this season. TheBuckeyes held Northwestern to 20 points in the first half. OhioState sophomore Sean Connolly and junior Brian Brown have eachconnected on at least one 3-point field goal attempt in 12 of 13games this season. Winston Blake scored a career-high 22 points inthe defeat for Northwestern. His previous best was 18, last set vs.St. Peter’s (12/13/00). Ohio State encounters its first conferenceroad game of the season on Saturday, traveling to No. 9/8 Illinoisfor an 8 p.m. contest at Assembly Hall. The Buckeyes return homeWednesday, Jan. 10 against Penn State.