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January 7, 1999

Buckeyes knock off No. 19 Wisconsin in overtime, 78-74
Freshman Brian Brown made a go-ahead 3-pointer with 58 seconds to play in overtime and Michael Redd scored a season-high 30 points as Ohio State continued its remarkable turnaround with a 78-74 upset of No. 19 Wisconsin. Redd had seven points in overtime for the Buckeyes (12-3, 2-0 Big Ten), who scored the final seven points of the extra session. After Sean Mason gave Wisconsin (12-3, 0-2) a 74-71 lead with two free throws with 2:27 to play, Redd made two of his own 29 seconds later. Mason missed a driving layup and a 3-pointer before Redd sent a pass to Brown, who entered the game having made just 9-of-26 3-point shots. Mason missed a quick 3-pointer and, after Ohio State called timeout with less than 20 seconds to go to set up a play, Redd was fouled with 11 seconds left. He made both free throws to seal the victory. Mason finished with 22 points and has led the Badgers in scoring in every game this season.

Redd earns second league honor
Ohio State sophomore guard Michael Redd was named the Big Ten’s Co-Player of the Week Monday (Jan. 4) after his 30-point effort in a 78-70 overtime win over Wisconsin in Madison last Saturday. For Redd it was the second such honor of the season and the third for the Buckeyes. Junior Scoonie Penn was named the league’s first player of the week this season. Redd leads the Buckeyes (12-3 overall, 2-0 in the Big Ten) in scoring with 20.1 points a game. He is averaging 25.5 in the Big Ten.

Redd approaching OSU milestone
Sophomore Michael Redd will become just the third sophomore in Ohio State history to reach 1,000 points when he connects on his 342nd point this season. He has 302 this year entering the game with Indiana. He is 40 points shy of the 1,000 point mark. Herb Williams (1978-81) and Jim Jackson (1990-92) are the only other Buckeyes to reach 1,000 points at OSU as sophomores. Only five players have scored 1,000 points in their first two seasons at OSU. In addition to Williams and Jackson, Jerry Lucas (1960-62), Dave Sorenson (1968-70) and Brad Sellers (1985-86) each reached 1,000 points in their second year at Ohio State. Lucas and Sorenson were juniors who were not eligible as freshman and Sellers was a senior. He transferred from Wisconsin.

Redd could be second quickest to 1,000 career points
Buckeye legend Jerry Lucas (1960-62) reached 1,000 points during a 30-point effort against Northwestern Jan. 14, 1961 in his 38th game as a Buckeye. Michael Redd could be just the second Buckeye to reach 1,000 points in less than 50 games. Redd needs 40 points to reach 1,000. He has played in 45 games at Ohio State and has scored 960 points.

Two-year OSU 1,000+ scorers Career 2-Yr. Gms to Player Pts Total 1,000 Jerry Lucas 1,990 1,381 38 Dave Sorenson 1,622 1,041 52 Herb Williams 2,011 1,069 54 Brad Sellers 1,122 1,122 58 Jim Jackson 1,785 1,067 59 Michael Redd 960 960 45

Buckeyes earn first ranking since 1992-93 season
Ohio State’s No. 25 ranking in the ESPN/USA Today poll is the first Top 25 appearance for the Buckeyes since a No. 24 spot in the Associated Press poll Jan. 24, 1993. The Buckeyes faced Indiana that week as well. Indiana, ranked No. 2 at the time, won in Bloomington over No. 24 Ohio State, 96-69. The Buckeyes also nearly earned a Top 25 spot in the AP poll this week as well, falling just nine votes shy of a Top 25 spot. The Buckeyes, with 66 votes, are 26th behind No. 25 California (75).

Buckeyes to face several ranked teams over coming weeks
After facing then-No. 19 Wisconsin (Jan. 2. W 78-74 OT), Ohio State will meet No. 13 Indiana (Jan. 9), No. 17 Iowa (Jan. 12), No. 9 Purdue (Jan. 19), No. 16 Minnesota (Jan. 23) and No. 12 Michigan State (Jan. 29) for a stretch of six ranked opponents in seven games. The only non-ranked opponent will be Michigan (Jan. 16) on the road. Michigan has defeated both No. 19 Wisconsin (55-52) and No. 13 Indiana (82-70) at home this season.

OSU looks for 1st back-to-back wins over ranked foes since 1992
With a win over No. 19 Wisconsin under its belt, Ohio State will be seeking its first back-to-back wins over ranked opponents since the 1992 season. In that year No. 8 Ohio State downed No. 12 Michigan State on the road 78-65 Feb. 29 1992. Ohio State then moved to No. 5 and beat No. 18 Michigan 77-66 in Columbus March 3, 1992.

Buckeye starters scoring high from the field
The five players who have started each game for Ohio State this season are knocking down 52 percent of their shots this season (322-618). Senior Jason Singleton leads the way with a .688 shooting percentage (53-77). Jon Sanderson (.562) and Ken Johnson (.553) are the other starters averaging .500 or more. Michael Redd (.482) and Scoonie Penn (.465) round out the starting five.

Ohio State makes quickest turnaround in school history
Ohio State equalled its win total from last season with the win over Florida Atlantic (99-70). The win over the Owls, marked the quickest an OSU team equalled the previous season’s win total in school history (minimum eight victories). OSU finished the 1997-98 campaign with an 8-22 mark and reached that total Dec. 17. The previous record for quickest turnaround from one season to the next was during the 1915-16 to 1916-17 seasons. OSU was 9-13 in 1915-16. The Buckeyes won their ninth game the following year Jan. 13, 1917 against Oberlin (38-14). OSU finished 15-11 that season.

Indiana at Michigan
Louis Bullock drilled three consecutive 3-pointers during a decisive second-half run as Michigan surprised 13th-ranked Indiana, 82-70, in a Big Ten Conference battle. Bullock finished with 20 points and sophomore Josh Asselin added a career-high 16 for the Wolverines (8-8, 2-1 Big Ten). Indiana took a 45-42 lead two minutes into the second half on Kirk Haston’s hook shot. But Michigan took control over the next 9 1/2 minutes with a 25-6 burst. Bullock, the Big Ten’s second-leading scorer, nailed three from behind the arc to highlight the run and Robbie Reid’s 3-pointer gave the Wolverines a 67-51 cushion with 8:31 remaining. The Hoosiers (14-4, 1-2) closed within 71-68 on Luke Recker’s three-pointer with 4:34 left, but Michigan scored 11 of the last 13 points to seal the win. Recker scored a season-high 28 points and was the only player in double figures for Indiana, which failed to avenge last year’s 112-64 loss at Ann Arbor.

Indiana out to 14-4 start
No. 13 Indiana started the season 6-0 before suffering its first loss of the year to Syracuse (76-63) in the championship game of the Maui Invitational Nov. 25. The Hoosiers won seven of the next eight games losing only to Kentucky Dec. 8, 70-61. Indiana then opened the Big Ten season at Iowa, falling to the Hawkeyes, 67-52. The Hoosiers then hosted Illinois (W 62-53, Jan. 3) before falling to 1-2 in the league with a loss at Michigan Tuesday, 82-70.

OSU, Indiana Series
Indiana leads the all-time series 92-63. The Hoosiers have won eight of the last nine games with the lone Buckeye win coming Jan. 30, 1997 in Columbus, 73-67. The teams met three times last season with the final meeting being the first Big Ten Tournament game in Chicago. Indiana prevailed 78-71 in that contest played March 5, 1998. The Buckeyes own a 44-32 advantage in Columbus.

OSU vs. the Big Ten
Ohio State will play its 1,200th game against the current alignment of Big Ten teams against Indiana. The Buckeyes earned its 600th win over current Big Ten opponents with a 70-62 win over Penn State in the earliest Big Ten game ever played Nov. 20 in Columbus. No. 601 came last Saturday in a 78-74 overtime win over Wisconsin on the road.

Big Ten Series Records Illinois 54-93 Indiana 63-92 Iowa 58-65 Michigan 75-66 Michigan State 43-49 Minnesota 66-50 Northwestern 94-44 Penn State 9-9 Purdue 64-77 Wisconsin 75-53 Totals 601-598

Bob Knight at Indiana
Bob Knight, the dean of Big Ten coaches, has compiled a record of 734-274 over his career at Army and Indiana. Knight has a record of 632-224 at Indiana. Indiana has participated in the last 13 NCAA Tournaments and in 22 of Knight’s 27 seasons at IU. His teams also have played in three National Invitation tournaments as well.

OSU three-point field goal streak extended to 199
Ohio State has connected on at least one three-point field goal attempt over the last 199 games. Freshman Boban Savovic extended the streak with a trey early in the first half (12:24) against Wisconsin. He is the fifth different player to extend the streak this season. Junior Scoonie Penn has extended the streak six times followed by sophomore Michael Redd (5), freshman Brian Brown (2) and sophomore Jon Sanderson (1). Four different players have extended the streak in the last four games. The last time an OSU team missed all attempts from three-point range was Feb. 2, 1992 when the Bucks went 0 for 5 in a 68-58 OSU win over Michigan. Buckeye opponents have a streak of 191-consecutive games with at least one three-pointer made. Michigan went 0-10 from long range March 3, 1992 in an OSU 75-66 victory, marking the last time an opponent was held without a three-pointer.

Buckeye ranking in the Big Ten
Ohio State leads the Big Ten in scoring this season after 15 games with a 77.5 scoring average. As a team, OSU rates among the Top 5 in 10 categories. The Buckeyes are second in scoring margin (+13.8) and field goal percentage (.488), third in blocked shots (4.13) and turnover margin (+3.47), fourth in offensive rebounds (14.40) and fifth in field goal percentage defense (.397), rebounds (38.8), steals (8.73) and 3-point field goals made (6.27).

Buckeye individuals in the Big Ten
Individually, sophomore Michael Redd is third in scoring (20.1 ppg.), sixth in offensive rebounds (2.53), 10th in rebounds (6.1), 14th in 3-point field goal percentage (.362) and 15th in steals (1.93). Junior Scoonie Penn is third in steals (4.33), eighth in 3-point field goal percentage (.400) and assist/turnover ration (1.38), ninth in scoring (15.5) and 10th in 3-pointers made (2.13). Junior Ken Johnson is third in blocks (2.47) and 12th in rebounding (5.6). Senior Jason Singleton is second in field goal percentage (.688) and eighth in steals (1.93).

Ohio State in the national rankings
The Buckeyes rank nationally in two team categories while a pair of individuals show up as well. Ohio State’s field goal percentage of .488 ranks 19th and the 13.8 advantage in scoring margin ranks 22nd. Ken Johnson ranks 26th nationally in blocks with 2.5 a contest and Michael Redd is 31st in scoring with 20.1 points a contest. Jason Singleton would rank third nationally in field goal percentage (.688) but has not averaged the NCAA minimum of five field goals a game to qualify. He has averaged 3.53 a contest.

Buckeye bits…
OSU is 11-0 when leading at the half…45 times members of the Buckeyes have scored in double figures this season, Michael Redd has been in double digits in each game, Scoonie Penn 12 times…Ten different Buckeyes have scored in double figures this season…Redd has scored in double figures in 44 of 45 career games, including the last 32…He has six career double-doubles after his 28-point, 12 rebound effort against UAB (12/21) in the first round of the Puerto Rico Holiday Classic.

Opponents shooting 39.7 percent
Ohio State has held 8 of 15 opponents under 40 percent shooting this season. Opponents are shooting just 39.7 percent overall from the field (333-839). Ohio State has been held under 40 percent just twice. Penn State allowed the Buckeyes to connect on 26 of 66 attempts for 39.4 percent and Miami held OSU to 36.2 percent (25-69). OSU is shooting 48.8 percent on the season (432-885).

Aggressive defense helps OSU
Not only is the Ohio State defense holding opponents to under 40 percent shooting from the field, it has been blocking shots and helping itself with steals as well. Ohio State has blocked more than twice as many shots as its opponents (62-30) and has a 131-84 advantage in steals. Ken Johnson is the leading shot blocker with 37 while four Buckeyes have 10 or more steals. Jason Singleton leads with 29 thefts followed by Michael Redd (24), Scoonie Penn (24) and Brian Brown (19).

A pair of Buckeyes could reach 1,000 points this season
Two Buckeyes could reach 1,000 career points this season. Sophomore Michael Redd went over the 900 mark (911) with 19 vs. Mississippi. He is 40 points shy after his record-setting freshman campaign (658 pts.) and his 302 so far this season. He helped his cause with 30 points, his second highest single game outing of his career, against Wisconsin. Another Buckeye, junior Scoonie Penn, could reach 1,000 points as well for his career. He tallied 737 during two seasons at Boston College. He has scored 233 at Ohio State leaving him 30 shy of 1,000 for his career.

Three Buckeyes make Puerto Rico All-Tournament team
Sophomore Michael Redd was selected as the Puerto Rico Holiday Classic MVP while teammates Jason Singleton and Scoonie Penn joined him on the all-tournament team. Redd averaged 23.3 points, 8.0 rebounds, scoring 70 points in the three-day event. He connected on 53 percent of his shots from the field as well. Singleton, a senior forward, scored on 74 percent of his shots from the field (14-19) while averaging 12.7 points and 6.7 rebounds. Penn, who led all scorers with 20 points in the championship game, averaged 16.7 points, while adding 15 assists and six steals. Penn also knocked down 80 percent of his free throws (16-20).

Wisconsin Notes

  • Michael Redd led the Buckeyes to an overtime win No. 19 Wisconsin on the road with 30 points, which tied his second highest scoring effort in his career. Redd connected on 11 of 20 (.550) for the game, including a 1 of 3 effort from three-point range. He also knocked down 7 of 9 free throws (.778) in the win.
  • He scored 17 consecutive OSU points during one stretch, the final 12 to end the first half and the first five to begin the second. He scored his first points of the game with 7:42 to play in the first half to begin the run which ended when Ken Johnson hit a jumper with 16:06 to play in the second half breaking Redd’s streak. Redd hit the next shot (14:56) for the Buckeyes giving him 19 of 21 points from 7:42 of period one to 14:56 of the second half.
  • The 30 points was just two shy of his career-high of 32 set against Penn State (2/28/98). The 30-point effort tied the outing he had against USC (12/15/97).
  • The overtime win for the Buckeyes was the first on the road since a 79-77 victory over Northwestern (1/11/86).
  • The OSU overtime win was against UT-Chattanooga in Columbus 84-83 Dec. 15, 1994. Ohio State last faced Wisconsin in an overtime game Feb. 26, 1977, an OSU 82-80 victory.
  • The last time the Buckeyes defeated a ranked team in overtime was Feb. 23, 1993 when Ohio State downed No. 1 Indiana in Columbus 81-77.
  • The win over No. 19 Wisconsin was the first win over a ranked opponent for OSU since a 73-67 win over No. 17 Indiana Jan. 30, 1997.
  • The win broke a 10-game losing streak to ranked opponents.
  • The last road win over a ranked opponent was a 73-71 win at No. 8 Michigan Jan. 2, 1997.
  • Junior Ken Johnson has recorded back-to-back career highs in blocks. He had 11 vs. Miami and 12 vs. the Badgers.
  • The Buckeyes are 2-0 to start the Big Ten for the first time since the 1993 Big Ten season when OSU downed Penn State on the road 71-68 (1/5/93) and No. 22 Iowa 92-81 (1/9/93). The last time Ohio State started 3-0 in the league was during the 1992 Big Ten slate.

Noting the Buckeyes

Neshaun Coleman…Has played double-digit minutes in seven games this season in a backup role…High of 11 points and three three-pointers against Oakland (11/13/98)…has eight assists and six steals and just one turnover in 13.0 minutes a game this season…has connected on his last 17 free throws, though has not been to the line this season…his one assist against Miami gave him 200 for his career.

Scoonie Penn…Needs 30 points to reach 1,000 for his career…has 12 double-digit scoring outings this season, including his last six games…scored a season-high 24 at Toledo…has scored in double figures in 9 of last 10 games..is shooting 40.0 percent from three-point range (32-80)…shot just 32 percent from three-point range at Boston College…has two or more threes in 10 games…leads team in minutes played with 503 (33.5)…Big Ten Player of the Week (11/16)…has started all 71 games in which he has appeared…has at least one assist in all but one game in his career (Miami, 1/2/97)…voted to the all-tournament team in Puerto Rico…in the Big Ten, Penn is third in steals (4.33), eighth in 3-point field goal percentage (.400) and assist/turnover ration (1.38), ninth in scoring (15.5) and 10th in 3-pointers made (2.13).

Brian Brown…Knocked down clutch 3-pointer in overtime to put OSU up for good in win over Wisconsin…it was his first three in six games…third on team with 29 assists…has scored in every game…failed to record an assist for the first time in his career against Miami (12/27)…has played 14 or more minutes in every game, averages 19.5 minutes a contest…adds depth to the guard spots.

Boban Savovic…Tied career-high three 3-pointers in overtime win over Wisconsin…had career high 16 points against UT Martin…hit 6 of 8 shots vs. the Skyhawks, including 3 of 5 three-pointers…also added three assists vs. UTM…connected on 5 of 6 FTs vs. Army…scored 10 points in that game with three assists in 22 minutes.

Michael Redd…Has been Big Ten co-player of the week twice this season (12/21/98, 1/4/99)…Needs 40 points to reach 1,000 for career…leads team with 20.1 ppg…Puerto Rico Holiday Classic MVP…also has 26 assists and 24 steals…set a career high with six steals against Miami…leads in rebounding with 6.1 rpg…second on team in minutes played with 30.8 mpg…has started all 45 OSU games in career…leads team with 108 FGs this season…had career high six three-pointers made vs. Oakland (11/13) and Florida Atlantic (12/17)…38 of 91 rebounds this season are on offensive end…has at least two rebounds in every game as a Buckeye (45)..In the Big Ten, Redd is third in scoring (20.1 ppg.), sixth in offensive rebounds (2.53), 10th in rebounds (6.1), 14th in 3-point field goal percentage (.362) and 15th in steals (1.93)…Redd is 31st in scoring nationally with 20.1 points a contest.

Jason Singleton…Having a productive senior year…shooting .688 percent from the field (53-77)…connected on 73.7 percent of his shots in Puerto Rico (14-19) to earn a spot on the all-tournament team…hit 7 of 8 FTs to seal win over Alabama (11/15/98)…has played in 98 games at OSU…leads team with 2,396 career minutes…has connected on at least 60 percent of his shots from the field in 10 of 15 games this season…in the Big Ten, Singleton is second in field goal percentage (.688) and eighth in steals (1.93).

Devon Smith…Has appeared in four games…played 10 minutes in win over Army (11/22/98).

Kwadjo Steele…Had career high four points against Florida-Atlantic…knocked down first career 3-pointer against UT Martin…has seen action in six games…scored two points in opener against Oakland…grabbed three boards in win over Army.

Ken Johnson…Has set career-high in rebounds in back-to-back games with 11 against Miami (12/27) and 12 at Wisconsin (1/2/98)…tied career high with 15 points at Vanderbilt (11/28/98)…set career high with seven blocks against both Robert Morris and Vanderbilt…hit 7 of 8 shots from the field vs. Vanderbilt…leads team with 37 blocks…seventh on all-time list with 95…has at least one block in 34 games as a Buckeye and 13 of 15 this year…in the Big Ten, Johnson is third in blocks (2.47) and 12th in rebounding (5.6)…he ranks 26th nationally in blocks with 2.5 a contest.

Jon Sanderson…Connected on 7 of 7 shots against Florida Atlantic (12/17)…had season high 18 points vs. Army…connected on 6 of 13 (.462) from three-point range…one of four Buckeyes in double figures against UT Martin (10 pts.)…has started 43 of 45 career games as a Buckeye…is shooting 56.5 percent from the floor this year (39-69)…a career .508 shooter from the field.

George Reese…Top player off the bench…in the game when it counts…made all six FT attempts against Vanderbilt…buried a pair of free throws late in game with Wisconsin to tie score at 66 in regulation…capable of giving team a boost both on the offensive and defensive end of the floor…has two double figure scoring games and six games with nine points.

Will Dudley…Has appeared in 13 of 15 games this season…shooting 67 percent from the field (12-18)…connected on all five shots against Army for career best 11 points.

Shamar Herron…Had season high five points in win over Army…has played in six games this season with high of 13 minutes against Army…had seven rebounds vs. the Cadets…24 of his 55 career rebounds have been on the offensive end of the floor.

Buckeyes Celebrating 100 Years
Ohio State celebrates 100 years of men’s basketball during the 1998-99 season. The Buckeyes first fielded a team in 1898, posting a record of 12-4. Since then, OSU has compiled a record of 1,264-902 (.584). Since joining the Big Ten, Ohio State has won or tied for 15 conference titles, winning 10 outright. OSU has an overall record in Big Ten games of 610-599 in 87 years of membership. Along the way, the Buckeyes have produced 14 All-Americans, three Associated Press players of the year, 13 NBA first round draft picks, eight members of the National Basketball Hall of Fame, two U.S. Olympians and countless others national, international, conference and local award winners and team members.

Michael Redd scores first Buckeye basket in Value City Arena
The clock showed 18 minutes, 20 seconds remaining in the first half when Buckeye sophomore Michael Redd squared and launched a left-handed three-pointer from the right wing. The attempt found the target, giving Ohio State a 3-0 lead, marking the first official basket made at Value City Arena. For Redd, it was just the start of a 29-point effort in leading the Buckeyes to an 89-61 victory. Redd made the first shot in each of the exhibition openers as well.

Redd considered for Wooden Award
Ohio State sophomore Michael Redd is on the preseason watch list as a candidate for the prestigious John R. Wooden Award, given annually to the nation’s top collegiate player. Redd is among 50 players under consideration this season.

Redd preseason all-Big Ten selection
Both the Big Ten coaches and media selected the same five players to their preseason all-Big Ten Teams at the annual media day festivities in Chicago (Oct. 25). Ohio State sophomore Michael Redd earned a selection along with Louis Bullock (Michigan), Mateen Cleaves (Michigan State), Evan Eschmeyer (Northwestern) and A.J. Guyton (Indiana). Cleaves was tabbed as the preseason Big Ten Player of the Year.

Radojevic leads JC team to No. 3 ranking at season midpoint
After the conclusion of the early 1998-99 recruiting season, the Ohio State class of Brent Darby, a 6-0, 185-pound guard, Slobodan Ocokoljic (o-SOAK-o-litch) a 6-8, 210-pound forward and Aleksandar Radojevic (Ra-DOY-yo-vitch), a 7-3, 245-pound center, is ranked with the Top 15 classes nationally. Hoopscoop has OSU tied at No. 15 with Kansas. Basketball Times rates the class No. 14 and Van Coleman of Future Stars rates the class No. 11. Radajevic, the only returning sophomore at Barton Country (Kan.) Community College, has helped his team to a 14-0 record and a No. 3 national ranking in the NJCAA. He has averaged 12.9 points and 7.6 rebounds to go along with 49 blocks this season.