Dec. 11, 2001
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Opponent Santa Clara
Site Value City Arena (19,200)
Game Time 8 p.m. (EST)
TV ESPN Plus
Local TV WBNS TV 10
TV Talent Mike Gleason (Play-by-Play), Bill Hosket (Color)
Radio OSU Radio Network (64 stations)
Local Radio WBNS FM-97.1 AM-1460
Radio Talent Paul Keels (P-by-P), Ron Stokes (Color)
Ohio State Buckeyes
Probable Starters (5-0)
G 4 – Brent Darby, 6-1, Jr.
G 21 – Boban Savovic, 6-5, Sr.
G 13 – Brian Brown, 6-4, Sr.
C 43 – Will Dudley, 6-8, Sr.
F 33 – Zach Williams, 6-7, So.
Santa Clara Broncos
Probable Starters (1-4)
G 4 – Brian Vaka, 6-2, Sr.
G 11 – Kyle Bailey, 6-2, So.
C 33 – David Emslie, 7-0, Sr.
F 15 – Steve Ross, 6-6, Sr.
F 43 – Jordan Legge, 6-8, Fr.
Santa Clara Makes First Visit to Columbus
Ohio State plays host to the Santa Clara Broncos Wednesday after an 83-70 win over IUPUI Sunday. Ohio State will be facing Santa Clara for the second time. The Broncos won the only other meeting, 71-69, Dec. 30, 1983 on their home court in the Cable Car Classic in Santa Clara, Calif. The Buckeyes have a 1-1 record all-time vs. teams representing the West Coast Conference. Ohio State is 1-0 vs. Loyola Marymount.
Buckeyes Finish Strong
Ohio State has outscored its opponents by an average of 4.6 points in the opening 20 minutes this season. The second half is a different story. In five games, the Buckeyes have managed a 20.4-point margin of victory behind strong play in the second half. The Buckeyes have outscored opponents 218-139 in the second half for a 15.8 advantage per game over the final 20 minutes.
Success Usually Follows Hot Buckeye Starts
Since the NCAA tournament began in 1939, Ohio State has started a season with a 5-0 record 12 times. In 10 of those seasons the Buckeyes have advanced to postseason play, nine times to the NCAA tournament. Ohio State began the season 5-0 in 1985-86 and eventually won the National Invitation Tournament. The only teams to start 5-0 and not advance to the postseason were the 1995-96 Buckeyes and the 1962-63 squad. The 1996 team finished the season with a 10-17 record. The 1963 team was 20-4 and did not qualify for the NCAA tournament because only the conference champion (Illinois) was allowed to play in the event at the time. Since 1903, the Buckeyes have started 5-0 or better 22 times.
NCAA Tournament Era 5-0 Starts
Yr. Postseason Rcd. Start 1959-60 NCAA Champions 25-3 6-0 1960-61 NCAA Runners Up 27-1 27-0 1961-62 NCAA Runners UP 26-2 22-0 1962-63 – 20-4 7-0 1967-68 NCAA Final Four 21-8 5-0 1979-80 NCAA 2nd Rd. 21-8 5-0 1985-86 NIT Champions 19-14 5-0 1986-87 NCAA 2nd Rd. 20-13 6-0 1990-91 NCAA 3rd Rd. 27-4 17-0 1991-92 NCAA 4th Round 26-6 6-0 1995-96 – 10-17 5-0 1998-99 NCAA Final Four 27-9 6-0
O’Brien 29-2 in VCA vs. Non-Conference Foes
In four seasons at Value City Arena, Jim O’Brien and the Buckeyes have a combined record of 29-2 (.935) against non-conference opponents. Ohio State was 7-0 in 1998-99, 8-1 in 1999-00 and 9-1 in 2000-01 in non-Big Ten home games. The Buckeyes are 5-0 at home this year. Losses have come to Notre Dame (59-54) in the 1999 Preseason NIT (11/16) and to Kansas (69-68) Dec. 23, 2000. O’Brien is 36-4 in non-conference home games in five seasons at Ohio State, which includes a 7-2 record his first season at St. John Arena.
Brown Claims Top 10 Spot in Assists
Brian Brown passed former teammate Scoonie Penn on the Ohio State career assists list with five against IUPUI. Brown is now 10th all-time with 288. Carter Scott (1978-81) is ninth with 326.
Savovic Leads Buckeyes with 25 vs. IUPUI
Four different Buckeyes have led Ohio State in the scoring department over the first five games of the season. Brian Brown scored 15 in the opener against Winthrop, Zach Williams led with 24 vs. Albany and Brent Darby tallied 22 in the win over N.C. State. Senior Boban Savovic lead all scorers with 19 in the win over UNC-Wilmington and then tallied a career-high 25 in the victory over IUPUI.
Noting the Win Over IUPUI
The Buckeyes are 48-6 in Value City Arena since it opened forthe 1998-99 season. Sophomore center Velimir Radinovic played inhis 24th game and made his first career start. Boban Savovic keptthe 3-point streak alive with his field goal at the 17:10 mark inthe first half. He has hit the first 3-point basket for theBuckeyes in four of the five games. Ohio State has made at leastone 3-point basket in 286-consecutive games. With his 25-pointperformance Savovic set a career high. His previous high for pointswas 23 against Penn State (3/3/01). This is the second time he hasscored 20 or more points. Savovic has paced Ohio State the past twogames. He recorded 19 points against UNC-Wilmington. In the lasttwo games he was 16-22 from the field and recorded 10 assists.Brian Brown cracked the Top 10 for assists at Ohio State. With fiveassists against IUPUI he is ranked 10th with 288. He passed formerteammate Scoonie Penn who finished his career with 284. With his12-point performance Brent Darby has scored in double figures in 13of the past 14 games. Ohio State has won 19 of 23 games in whichDarby has scored 10 or more points. With four assists Zach Williamsset a career high. His previous high for assists was three againstPenn State (1/10/01). Sean Connolly got in on the scoring with 14points. He has reached double figures twice this season after an11-point performance in the season opener against Winthrop. BrianBrown has 934 points in his career. He is on pace to become the40th Ohio State player to reach 1,000 points. Ohio State opponentshave turned the ball over 91 times in five games for an average of18.2 a contest. The last time Ohio State scored 10 3-pointers wasat Iowa last season (2/07/01). The Buckeyes have played 12 games onDec. 9 in the history of the program. Ohio State has come out ontop 10 times. Ohio Wesleyan downed the Buckeyes 34-23 in 1933 andMissouri topped OSU 69-62 in 1972.
Buckeyes Take Advantage of Foul Shots
Ohio State has connected on 99-of-145 free throws this season for a 68.3 percent shooting average. Opponents are 54-of-80 for 67.5 percent. The Buckeyes have gone to the line an average of 29 times per game while foes average 16 free throws a contest.
Buckeye Defense Forcing Mistakes
Ohio State opponents have turned the ball over 91 times in five games for an average of over 18 a contest. The Buckeyes have been called for 77 miscues for an average of just over 15 a game. Ohio State also leads in the steals department with a 36-26 advantage on the season.
Savovic Takes Team Lead in Scoring
Senior Boban Savovic has taken the team lead in scoring for the first time in his career. He tops four Buckeyes in double digits in a well-balanced offensive attack. Savovic has 72 points in five games for an average of 14.4 points a game. Brian Brown has 70 points for a 14.0 scoring average. Brent Darby (67 pts., 13.4 ppg.) is just ahead of sophomore Zach Williams’ 66 points and 13.2 scoring average. The Buckeyes own four of the top 15 scorers in the Big Ten.
Ohio State Tops Big Ten in Several Areas
Ohio State is among the top two Big Ten teams in several league statistical categories. The Buckeyes are No. 1 in assists (18.0), assist/turnover ratio (+1.17), scoring margin (+20.4), scoring defense (55.0), field goal percentage (.518), 3-point field goal pct. (.403), 3-point field goal pct. defense (.250) and rebounding defense (27.8). OSU is second in scoring defense (57.2) and turnover margin (+2.80).
Ohio State Shooting Over .500 From Field
The Buckeyes have made 132-of-255 shots from the field this season for a shooting percentage of .518. Ohio State shot 54 pct. (32-59) in the win over IUPUI. The Buckeyes have eclipsed the .500 mark in four of the five games this season.
Buckeyes Eclipse 900,000 in Attendance
In the fourth season of play in Value City Arena, the Buckeye men’s basketball team has drawn an average of 17,550 per game for a total of 947,719.
AP Poll Give Buckeyes Top 25 Consideration
The Dec. 10 Associated Press Poll has Ohio State rated as the No. 38 team in the country with a total of 27 votes. The Buckeyes are 5-0 this season. Ohio State will play eight games this season against teams currently ranked or receiving votes in the most recent AP Poll. The Buckeyes face No. 10 Illinois once and No. 15 Iowa and No. 23 Michigan State, twice. OSU also has a pair of games vs. No. 21 Indiana. N.C. State (W 64-50) is receiving votes.
Value City Arena Serves Buckeyes Well
Ohio State has played 54 home games at Value City Arena since the facility opened for the 1998-99 season. Those fans have been instrumental in the Buckeyes’ 48-6 (.889) home record at Value City Arena.
Ross, Bailey Lead Broncos
Senior guard Steve Ross is the leading scorer for Santa Clara with an average of 13.4 points a game. He is followed by sophomore guard Kyle Bailey with 13.0 ppg. Freshman Jordan Legge, a 6-foot-8-inch forward, is the team’s leading rebounder with 5.6 rpg.
Santa Clara Looking For Win No. 2
The Broncos were 20-12 last season with an 10-4 record in the West Coast Conference race, which was good for a third-place league finish. Santa Clara is out to a 1-4 start this season. SCU opened the season with a home loss to Pacific (85-83). A pair of road losses followed to California (67-60) and Washington (69-49). The Broncos then broke into the win column at home with a 65-63 win over San Jose State. Santa Clara travels to Columbus following a road loss at Nevada (78-53).
Davey in 10th year at Santa Clara
Santa Clara head coach Dick Davey is in his 10th season with the Broncos. He has compiled a record of 161-106 with three NCAA tournament appearances, three West Coast Conference titles and a WCC tournament championship. He is 1-4 all-time vs. Big Ten teams. He is 1-0 vs. Michigan State, 0-1 vs. Indiana, 0-1 vs. Minnesota and 0-2 against Purdue.
Ohio State Travels to Louisville
The Buckeyes will take to the road for the first time this season Saturday at Louisville. The Cardinals are coached by former Kentucky and Boston Celtics coach Rick Pitino. Ohio State has a 4-2 overall record against Louisville, including wins in the last two meetings. The teams have not met since 1991 when an unranked Buckeye squad upset the No. 10-rated Cardinals 91-88 in Columbus. The No. 17 Buckeyes beat No. 24 Louisville the last time the squads met in Louisville (85-79). The series dates back to Dec. 19, 1953 when the host Cardinals downed the Buckeyes 85-76. The closest contest took place at the NCAA Midwest Regionals in Louisville March 17, 1961 when the No. 1 ranked Buckeyes edged the Cardinals 56-55. The only other win for the U of L came in 1979 when the Cardinals recorded an upset of the No. 2-rated Buckeyes 75-65 in Louisville.
Pitino in First Year at Louisville
Rick Pitino is in his 16th year as a collegiate coach and his first at Louisville. His career record is 354-125 after a 2-1 start with the Cardinals. The former University of Kentucky coach has taken 10 collegiate teams to postseason play, which includes for Final Four appearances. He won the NCAA title in 1996 at Kentucky and went to six-consecutive NCAA tournaments.
Buckeyes Enter 103rd Season
Ohio State has a record of 81-22 (.786) in season-opening games over the 103 years of men’s basketball at OSU. The Buckeyes are 85-18 (.825) in home openers and 49-52 (.485) in road openers. Ohio State did not play a road game in 1900-01. This is the 90th season of Big Ten membership in men’s basketball for the Buckeyes. Ohio State is 49-40 (.551) in conference openers, 60-29 (.674) in league home openers and 33-56 (.371) in the first road game of the season in Big Ten play.
Foul Line Familiar, Comfortable for Connolly
Junior Sean Connolly has made 85 percent (106-125) of his foul shots in three seasons of college basketball. He was 60-of-70 (.857) as a freshman at Providence in 1998-99. As a Buckeye sophomore last year, he drilled 42-of-50 free throws (.840) and was a remarkable 27-of-28 (.964) in Big Ten games. He had a stretch of 25-consecutive made foul shots in the conference season a year ago. He is 4-of-5 from the line this season.
Senior Class Continues Successful Run
Ohio State seniors Brian Brown, Will Dudley and Boban Savovic have been a part of three of the more successful seasons in Ohio State history. As freshmen, the trio helped the squad reach the 1999 Final Four. As sophomores, they were a part of a Big Ten Championship team and another trip to the NCAA tournament. As juniors, they were instrumental in taking Ohio State to its third-consecutive NCAA tournament appearance and 20-win season. Combined, these seniors have been a part of 75 wins (27 defeats), three NCAA tournaments, three 20-win seasons, the 1999 Final Four and the 2000 Big Ten Co-Championship. Another senior, Tim Martin, did not play for OSU until the 2000-01 season. Martin, a transfer from Kent State, sat out the 1999-00 season to satisfy NCAA transfer rules.
A 4th-consecutive NCAA trip, 20-win season?
The Buckeyes have been to 21 NCAA Tournaments in the history of the program, including the past three. No Ohio State coach has ever led four-consecutive teams to the NCAA Tournament. The Buckeyes have made three-consecutive trips four times (1944-46, 1960-62, 1990-92 and 1999-01). Ohio State also has a streak of three-consecutive 20-win seasons. The only time the program enjoyed four-consecutive 20-win campaigns occurred from 1960-63 with 25, 27, 26 and 20 wins, respectively. Ohio State won the national championship in 1960 and won four of five-consecutive Big Ten titles during that span.
Brown Close to 1,000 Career Points
Ohio State senior guard Brian Brown should reach the 1,000-point mark in his Buckeye career before the Big Ten Conference season gets underway in January. Brown will become the 40th player in Ohio State history to reach 1,000 points. He has scored 934 points in 102 career games for an average of 9.2 points a contest.
Summer in Europe
Ohio State spent 16 days (Aug. 20-Sept. 4) traveling through Italy, Switzerland, France and The Netherlands in preparation for the 2001-02 season. The trip offered Ohio State’s big men an opportunity to play competitively while allowing the guards to experiment with lineups during the six-game schedule. Ohio State won all six contests with the guards leading the way. Senior Boban Savovic averaged 17.5 points (105 total) to lead all scorers. Senior Brian Brown and junior Brent Darby each scored 96 points for 16.0 averages. Sean Connolly scored 10.5 points a contest and was the only Buckeye to connected on at least one 3-pointer in each of the six games. Sophomore Zach Williams registered a pair of double-doubles and led the Buckeyes with 7.3 rebounds a game.
Buckeyes to Play in 2003 Maui Invitational
The Maui Invitational will draw attractive fields for the following three seasons. Chaminade, the NCAA Division II school from Honolulu, will serve as host as it has every year since 1984. The 2002 field includes: Arizona State, Gonzaga, Indiana, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Utah and Virginia. The 2003 participants are: California, Dayton, Florida State, Hawaii, Ohio State, San Diego State and Villanova. The 2004 field, which could be subject to change pending NCAA legislation regarding early season tournaments, is: Iowa, Louisville, North Carolina, Notre Dame, Tennessee, Texas and Stanford.
Ohio State Successful on This Date in History
The Buckeyes have played 14 games on Dec. 12 in the history of the program. Ohio State has come out on top 10 times. The Buckeyes last played on this date in 1993 at Marquette, an 86-66 Buckeye loss.
Ohio State Among Attendance Leaders
The Buckeyes have been among the Top 7 teams nationally in average home attendance in each of the last three years. Ohio State averaged 17,540 fans in 2000-01 to rank No. 4, its highest ranking in team history. The Buckeyes have been a draw on the road as well. Ohio State has been among the Top 10 in NCAA all-games attendance the last three seasons, including a No. 2 ranking in 1999.