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Feb. 24, 2003

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Opponent Iowa
Site Value City Arena (19,200)
Game Time 8 p.m. (EST)
TV ESPN Plus
Local TV WBNS 10 TV
TV Talent Larry Morgan (P-by-P), Bill Hosket (Color)
Radio OSU Radio Network (63 stations)
Local Radio WBNS FM-97.1 AM-1460
Radio Talent Paul Keels (P-by-P), Ron Stokes (Color)

Ohio State Buckeyes
Probable Starters (13-11, 6-7)

G 4 – Brent Darby, 6-1, Sr.
G 3 – Sean Connolly, 6-5, Sr.
G 40 – Matt Sylvester, 6-7, So.
C 14 – Velimir Radinovic, 7-0, Jr.
F 33 – Zach Williams, 6-7, Jr.

Iowa Hawkeyes
Probable Starters (13-10, 5-7)

G 2 – Jeff Horner, 6-3, Fr.
G 1 – Chauncey Leslie, 6-0, Sr.
G 11 – Brody Boyd, 5-11, Jr.
C 53 – Sean Sonderleiter, 6-9, Jr.
F 44 – Greg Brunner, 6-7, Fr.

Buckeyes Cutting Gap In Hawkeye Series Lead
Iowa is just four games up in the all-time series between the Buckeyes and Hawkeyes. Iowa leads 68-64 all time but have lost five of the last six meetings against Ohio State, including all three matchups last year and an earlier meeting this season in Iowa City (83-72/Jan. 25). With the game Tuesday, each team will have played host to the other 65 times. Three games have been decided at neutral sites. Ohio State is 40-24 in games played in Columbus. Iowa holds a 43-22 edge in Iowa City. The Buckeyes are 2-1 in neutral site games. Ohio State is on a four-game winning streak in Iowa City. Iowa Visits During Buckeye Home Stretch
Iowa has a 2-4 record in the Big Ten since Ohio State defeated the Hawkeyes in Iowa City Jan. 25. Iowa is 13-10 overall and 5-7 in the Big Ten. Iowa put together an 8-3 record during non-conference play.

Second-Half Effort Lifts Badgers over Iowa in Iowa City
Wisconsin rebounded with a 61-53 victory over the Iowa Hawkeyes Saturday. After trailing 29-21 at the half, the Badgers were led by Mike Wilkinson’s 20 points for the comeback victory. The Badgers started the second half on an 8-0 run sparked by a pair of Alando Tucker lay-ins. With 15:50 remaining in the game, Freddie Owens made a 3-pointer from the corner to give Wisconsin its first lead of the game, 32-31. Owens finished the game with 13 points on 5-of-10 shooting. Midway through the second half, Wilkinson scored eight-consecutive points for the Badgers, including two 3-pointers, to put Wisconsin up 42-38 at the 11:55 mark. A 10-4 Badger streak gave Wisconsin a game-high nine-point lead, 54-45, with 5:15 to go in the game. Iowa responded with a streak of their own, eventually cutting the deficit to 57-53 with 1:51 remaining. However, the Badgers held the Hawkeyes scoreless in the closing two minutes and made four free throws to seal the victory.

Leslie Tops Hawkeyes Offensively
The Hawkeyes are led by senior guard Chauncey Leslie’s 16.0 points per game. He is one of two Hawkeyes to average in double figures offensively. Junior forward Glen Worley averages 11.9 ppg. Junior center Jared Reiner is the team’s leading rebounder with 8.0 boards per game.

Alford In Fourth Year at Iowa
Iowa head coach Steve Alford is in his fourth season in Iowa City and his 12th as a collegiate head coach. At Iowa, he has an overall record of 69-54, which includes a 13-10 mark this season.

Darby Top Scorer vs. Hawkeyes
Senior Brent Darby averages nearly 13.4 points a game when facing Iowa. In seven career meetings, Darby has scored 94 points in 27.7 minutes a game. Junior Zach Williams leads players with more than one game experience vs. Iowa with 4.0 rebounds against the Hawkeyes. Sean Connolly averages 9.2 points vs. Iowa and has made 88 percent of his foul shots (14-16) against the Hawkeyes.

O’Brien Wins No. 350
Ohio State head coach Jim O’Brien has won 115 games in Columbus with the Buckeyes in six seasons. His career total of 350 wins includes 67 victories at St. Bonaventure and 168 victories at Boston College. With at least four games remaining this season, O’Brien has averaged 19.2 wins a season at Ohio State, which includes an 8-22 record his first season in Columbus and a school-record four-consecutive 20-win seasons heading into the 2002-03 campaign.

Early Leads Help Buckeyes
Ohio State has used early and late leads to its advantage this season. The Buckeyes are 11-3 in games when leading at the half. Ohio State also has been successful holding leads late in games. When leading with five minutes left in the second half, Ohio State is 13-0 on the year.

Buckeyes Fare Well vs. the Ranked at Value City Arena
No. 24 Purdue (W, 52-44/Feb. 22) was the 16th opponent to visit Value City Arena with an AP national ranking since the facility opened in 1998. Ohio State has won 13 of 16 previous games against ranked foes at home under head coach Jim O’Brien at Value City Arena. The Buckeyes were 4-1 in 1998-99, 1-0 in 1999-00, 3-1 in 2000-01 and 3-0 in 2001-02 against ranked teams at home. No. 9 Kansas (2000), No. 12 Iowa (1999) and No. 24 Louisville (2003) are the only ranked teams to claim victory at VCA.

Fans Boost Buckeye Record in Sellouts
Value City Arena has been sold out for 25 games in the last five years since the building opened in 1998. The Buckeyes have won 21 of those games for a winning percentage of .840 when the VCA is sold out. Iowa, Kansas, Indiana and Michigan State are the only teams to overcome the home crowd and the Buckeyes in sold out games at VCA. Jim O’Brien led Ohio State to a 1-0 record in 1998-99, a 11-1 mark in 1999-00, a 3-2 effort in 2000-01 and a 5-1 record in 2001-02 in sold out games at VCA. Ohio State is 1-0 this season.

Buckeyes Play 104th Hoops Season, 91st in Big Ten Conference
Ohio State has a record of 82-22 (.788) in season-opening games over the 104 years of men’s basketball at OSU. The Buckeyes are 86-18 (.827) in home openers and 49-54 (.476) in road/neutral openers. Ohio State did not play a road game in 1900-01. This is the 91st season of Big Ten membership in men’s basketball for the Buckeyes. Ohio State is 50-41 (.549) in conference openers, 62-29 (.681) in league home openers and 34-57 (.374) in the first road game of the season in Big Ten play.

Value City Arena Serves Buckeyes Well
The Buckeyes are in the fifth season at Value City Arena. Ohio State is 69-11 (.863) in games played on the home floor since the building opened for the start of the 1998-99 campaign.

Ohio State Wins 10 Home Games for 5th Season in a Row
With the 73-68 win over Minnesota Feb. 5, Ohio State extended its steak to five years in which the Buckeyes have won at least 10 home games in a season. Ohio State is 11-3 this season with two remaining home contests against Iowa and Michigan State. Ohio State started the streak with a 14-1 home record in 1998-99. The Buckeyes were 15-2 in 1999-00, 14-3 in 2000-01 and 15-2 in 2001-02. The last time Ohio State put together five-consecutive seasons with 10 or more home wins was from 1985-1994, a stretch of 10 seasons with 10 or more victories in St. John Arena.

Ohio State vs. Ranked Opponents
The Buckeyes are 127-200 all-time against opponents ranked in the Associated Press Top 25. In the last five years, Ohio State has won 23 of 43 (.535) games against ranked foes.

Connolly Reaches 1,000 Career Points with 13 at Penn State
Ohio State senior Sean Connolly needed 10 points to reach 1,000 for his collegiate career entering the game at Penn State. His third 3-pointer of the game at the 10:13 mark of the second half put him over the 1,000-point plateau. He finished with 13 points against the Nittany Lions. Connolly scored 330 points as a freshman at Providence College before making the move to Ohio State. In three seasons as a Buckeye he has scored 696 points to give him a career total of 1,026 heading into the game against Iowa.

Dials Will Not Return in 2002-03, Fuss-Cheatham also Out
Ohio State sophomore center Terence Dials will not return to the Ohio State lineup in 2002-03, Jim O’Brien, Ohio State head coach announced Feb. 11. Dials, who has not played since Dec. 18 at Pittsburgh, was diagnosed with a stress fracture in his lumbar spine (level 2) in late December. He played in six games before the injury and will be eligible for a medical redshirt, giving him three remaining years of eligibility beginning in 2003-04. Sophomore guard Brandon Fuss-Cheatham also will not play the rest of the season to rest his injured left knee. He could play again if an emergency situation arises.

C. Bass Sees More Time off Bench
Freshman forward Charles Bass played just three minutes in four games before a career-high 20 minute game at Illinois. He followed that effort with a seven-minute outing at Penn State. In the last four games, Bass has given the Buckeyes quality minutes in the paint. He has 11 rebounds, six points and a pair of blocks in his last four games.

Radinovic Misses Gopher/Illinois Games
Junior center Velimir Radinovic missed games against Minnesota Feb. 5 and Illinois Feb. 9 with an injury to the little finger on his left hand. Radinovic watched the Ohio State win over the Golden Gophers from a hospital room, where he spent two nights as a precaution while receiving intravenous antibiotics. The injury occurred Feb. 4 during practice when an interior pass caused a compound dislocation near the tip of the left little finger. Because the small bone at the tip of the finger broke the skin and was exposed, Radinovic needed the extended hospital stay to avoid infection. Plagued by fouls, he played just seven minutes in a starting role at Penn State but scored 19 points and grabbed eight rebounds at Michigan Feb. 15. Though he did not score against Purdue Feb. 22, he did grab a game-high nine rebounds in the win.

Connolly Starts, Darby Finishes Well vs. Purdue
Senior Sean Connolly scored on his first five 3-point attempts and classmate Brent Darby hit 5 of 6 free throws in the final 44 seconds to give Ohio State an 52-44 win over No. 24 Purdue. Connolly finished with 15 points – all on 3-pointers – and Matt Sylvester had 11 for the Buckeyes. Willie Deane had 13 points for Purdue, which was held 31 points under its scoring average. The Boilermakers lost starting guard Kenneth Lowe, their second-leading scorer, when he dislocated his left shoulder with 5:16 left in the first half. Brandon McKnight’s 15-foot jumper from the right wing with 2:15 left cut the Buckeyes’ lead to 43-42. Ohio State was faced with having to take the ball out under the Purdue basket with only 8 seconds left on the shot clock on its next possession, but Darby, who had a game-high 16 points, drove from one end of the court to the other for a layup with 1:38 left. After Deane missed a layup in heavy traffic, Darby was fouled on a drive with 44 seconds left. The Buckeyes had not gone to the line until the 2:40 mark. But Darby made both attempts to widen the lead to 47-42. With 35 seconds remaining, Deane missed a 3-pointer and the ball rolled free in a wild scramble. At the sideline, Connolly beat David Teague to the loose ball and whisked it to Emonte Jernigan who scored with 29 seconds left. Ivan Kartelo hit two free throws for the Boilermakers, but Darby closed the scoring with three of his own.

Noting the Win vs. Purdue

Ohio State is 71-78 all-time against Purdue, including wins inthe last seven of eight meetings and the last four in Columbus. TheBoilermakers are winless (0-4) in Value City Arena. The Buckeyesare 69-11 in games played in Value City Arena since the buildingopened at the start of the 1998-99 season. Ohio State is 127-200all-time against opponents ranked in the Associated Press Top 25.In the last five years, the Buckeyes have won 23 of 43 gamesagainst ranked foes. In Value City Arena, the squad is 13-3 againstranked teams since the facility opened. The Buckeyes are 11-3 whenleading at halftime and 13-0 when leading with five minutes left inthe second half. Ohio State head coach Jim O’Brien earned his 350thcareer win today. O’Brien has won 115 games in Columbus with theBuckeyes in six seasons. His career total wins also include 67victories at St. Bonaventure and 168 at Boston College. Enteringthe game today, Brent Darby and Sean Connolly led the Big Ten inaverage minutes per game. Darby averaged 37.9 minutes and recorded40 minutes against Purdue. Connolly averaged 36.1 and saw 37minutes of action today. The Buckeyes did not shoot a free throwuntil the 2:40 mark in the second half. Brent Darby made the firstfree throw with 44.2 ticks left on the clock. Darby remains fourthon Ohio State’s career 3-point field goals made list. Darby hasmade 142 three-pointers. Jamie Skelton (1991-94) is third on thelist with 144. With five 3-point field goals against Purdue,Connolly is tied for sixth on the list with former teammate BoboanSavovic (1999-02), who was in attendance. Connolly has recorded 125career 3-point field goals and needs one more to tie for sixth withMichael Redd (1998-00). Darby and Connolly are tied with 44 made3-pointers on the season after their efforts against Purdue. Thepair are two made treys away from cracking the single-season OhioState Top 10 list. Michael Redd made 46 3-pointers in 1998 and 1999to hold the 9th and 10 spots in the single season list. Darby’s 151made free throws, following a 5 of 6 effort against Purdue, moveshim into the No. 9 position all time in single-season foul shotsmade. Richard Schnittker holds the No. 8 position with 153 madefree throws in 1950. Darby’s 186 attempted foul shots this yearrates 10th in single season free throws attempted at Ohio State.Jerry Lucas is ninth with 187 attempted in 1959-60. Connolly movedto second place on OSU’s 3-point field goal percentage list,hitting five-of-seven today against Purdue. He is currently 125 for321 with a .389 percentage. Doug Etzler (1992-95) is first on thelist with a .446 percentage (107-240). With 16 points against theBoilermakers, Darby has tallied 1,215 career points and moved intothe No. 25 spot on Ohio State’s career scoring list. John Havlicek(1960-62) is 24th on the list with 1,223. Ohio State last won withless than 52 points in a 51-48 win against Wisconsin Feb. 2, 2000in Columbus. Jim O’Brien used the 11th different starting lineup ofthe season with Darby, Connolly, Emonte Jernigan, Velimir Radinovicand Zach Williams taking the floor for the opening tip.

Darby Among Big Ten Leaders
Senior Brent Darby is second in scoring among Big Ten players with 18.0 points per game behind Illinois’ Brian Cook (19.7). Darby also is No. 6 in assists (4.33 apg.) and No. 6 (tie) in steals (1.58 spg.).

Darby’s Scoring Average Highest Since 1999 Season
Brent Darby’s 18.0 points per game this season are the most by an Ohio State player since 1999 when Michael Redd averaged 19.1 points a game. Darby’s average this season is the third highest single season average since Jim Jackson averaged 22.4 points as a junior in 1991. Redd lead all Big Ten scorers as a freshman with 21.9 points a game in 1998.

Darby Entering Several Foul Shooting Top 10 Lists
Senior Brent Darby has made 151 free throws this season. He rates No. 9 in single season foul shots made at Ohio State. Richard Schnittker connected on 153 in 1950 to rank No. 8. Jerry Lucas (1961) is No. 7 with 159. Dennis Hopson is the single season record holder with 215 made foul shots in 1987. Darby also could reach the Top 10 in career free throws made (341) with another 19 made free throws this season. Jerry Francis (1986-89) is No. 10 on the career list with 360 made free throws in his career. Jerry Lucas is the career leader with 438 made over three seasons (1960-62). Hopson is second with 437 (1984-87). Darby’s 186 free throws attempted puts him at No. 10 all time. Lucas made 187 in 1959-60 to hold the No. 9 spot. Darby’s .812 foul shooting percentage (151-186) this year is just outside the Top 10. Brad Sellers (1986) is No. 10 at .819 (185-226).

Darby Moves Up Scoring Chart
Senior guard Brent Darby became the 41st player at Ohio State to score 1,000 career points during his 28-point effort against Indiana (1/11). Darby has 1,215 career points and is No. 25 all-time on the Ohio State scoring chart. John Havlicek (1,223/1960-62) is next on the all-time scoring list at No. 24. Sean Connolly has scored 1,026 career points, which includes 330 while a freshman at Providence. At least one player has reached 1,000 points in each of the last five years at Ohio State. Michael Redd (5th/1,879) and Jason Singleton (40th/1,022) reached 1,000 in 1999 followed by Scoonie Penn (35th/1,076) in 2000, Ken Johnson (37th/1,055) in 2001 and Brian Brown (19th/1,384) in 2002.

Darby, Connolly Among Best 3-Point Shooters in Buckeye History
Sean Connolly has made 125 of 321 (.389) career 3-pointers in three seasons as a Buckeye. He is No. 2 all-time in 3-point shooting percentage among players with more than 200 career attempts. He is No. 6 in 3-pointers made and No. 7 in attempts as well. Senior Brent Darby is No. 7 in 3-point shooting percentage (.370) and is No. 4 in made (142) and No. 5 in attempted (386) 3-pointers.

Darby, Connolly Get Little Pine Time
Senior guards Brent Darby and Sean Connolly rate No. 1 and 2 respective in average minutes played per game among Big Ten players this season. Darby averages a team-high 37.9 minutes a game. Connolly plays 36.1 minutes a contest. Darby has played 40 or more minutes in 11 games, including seven of the last 14 contests. Connolly has not come out of five games and has played 39 in two others. He played a season-low 18 minutes against Minnesota Feb. 5.

Darby Leading Ohio State to Team Foul Shooting Mark of 72 percent
Brent Darby has been to the foul line 10 or more times in eight games this season. In those games, he has made 81 of 99 free throws (.812). He leads Ohio State in free throws made (151) and attempted (186). As a team, Ohio State has connected on 416 of 578 free throws for a .720 accuracy rating.

Buckeye Success at Foul Line Best Since 1990-91 Season
Ohio State has not shot a better percentage from the free throw line since the 1991-92 season when the Buckeyes connected on 506-702 foul shots for a .721 shooting percentage. Ohio State has made 416-578 (.720) free throws this year. The last time the Buckeyes finished the season above .700 at the foul line was in 1999-00 when the Buckeyes knocked down 443-629 free throws (.704). Ohio State could make over 500 foul shots for the second-consecutive season. The last time an Ohio State team made 500 or more foul shots in back-to-back seasons came in 1990-91 (551-778/.708) and 1991-92 (506-702/.721).

Ohio State vs. the Big Ten Conference
Ohio State has a winning record against the Big Ten Conference overall and has a winning mark all-time against five league members. This is the 91st season Ohio State has been affiliated with the Big Ten Conference. The Buckeyes have won or shared 17 league titles, including the 2001-02 co-championship.

Ohio State vs. The Big Ten Illinois 59-96 Indiana 68-95 Iowa 64-68 Michigan 82-69 Michigan State 45-55 Minnesota 72-51 Northwestern 102-44 Penn State 14-12 Purdue 71-78 Wisconsin 79-56 Totals 656-624

This Date In History
Ohio State is 12-11 in games played on Feb. 25. Ohio State has won its last two on this date, including a 61-56 win at Wisconsin in 1998.

OSU on Feb. 25 2/25/18 W Northwestern 30-24 2/25/21 L Denison 32-36 2/25/22 L @Northwestern 18-20 2/25/28 W Minnesota 46-37 2/25/29 W Iowa 42-23 2/25/33 L @Iowa 29-37 2/25/39 W @Wisconsin 46-38 2/25/42 L Wisconsin 39-44 2/25/44 L DePaul 49-61 2/25/52 L @Indiana 80-95 2/25/56 W Illinois 87-84(2) 2/25/57 L Illinois 72-79 2/25/61 W Wisconsin 97(1)-74 2/25/63 W @Northwestern 50(5)-45 2/25/67 L Northwestern 82-95 2/25/69 L @Northwestern 83(14)-86 2/25/74 W @Northwestern (ot) 72-69 2/25/78 W Northwestern 103-76 2/25/82 W Indiana 68-65 2/25/84 L Michigan 59-62 2/25/87 L @Illinois 70-93(14) 2/25/95 W Minnesota 73-65(22) 2/25/98 W @Wisconsin 61-56

Five Foes Among Top 25 Teams in Associated Press Poll
Ohio State has played 10 teams and 10 games against teams currently ranked or receiving votes in the Associated Press or ESPN/USA Today Top 25 polls. No. 4/3 Louisville, No. 8/8 Pittsburgh, No. 9/9 Duke, No. 20/15 Illinois and No. 24/23 Purdue all have faced the Buckeyes this season. Alabama, Wisconsin, Michigan State and Indiana are all receiving votes in one or both polls.

Key Buckeyes Miss 40 Games to Date With Various Injuries
Brandon Fuss-Cheatham (10 games), a sophomore point guard, Shun Jenkins (8), a junior forward, Terence Dials (18), a sophomore center, senior guard Sean Connolly (2) and junior center Velimir Radinovic (2) have missed game action recovering from injuries. Fuss-Cheatham, who started both exhibition contests and then missed the first four regular-season games and two contests in Big Ten play, went down with an injury to his left knee in an exhibition game against the Harlem Globetrotters. The injury, a partially torn lateral meniscus, required arthroscopic surgery Nov. 25. Jenkins suffered a broken little finger on his left hand against the Globetrotters. He had surgery Nov. 27 and missed the first eight games of the season. He had the pins removed Dec. 19 and played for the first time as a Buckeye against Tennessee State. Dials has missed the last 14 games with a stress fracture in his lumbar spine (level 2). He is out indefinitely. He last played against Pittsburgh Dec. 18. Connolly did not play at Michigan State or at Illinois while recovering from a left ankle sprains sustained Jan. 4 against Louisville and Feb. 1 vs. Northwestern. Radinovic suffered a compound dislocation to his left little finger Feb. 4 and missed the Minnesota game Feb. 5 and the Illinois game Feb. 9.

Connolly, Darby Reach 100 Career Games Played
Sean Connolly reached 100 games played against Seton Hall. Connolly played a total of 30 games at Providence and has appeared in 85 at Ohio State. Brent Darby has played in 114 games as a Buckeye with 72 career starts.

Three Card Monte, LaMonta, Emonte
When Jim O’Brien looks down his bench this season, he’ll have a full compliment of Monte’s with assistant coach LaMonta (la-MON-tay) Stone, Monte (MON-tee) Mathis and junior guard Emonte (e-MON-tee) Jernigan. O’Brien also has a trio of players, who use the same pronunciation but different spellings of the first name (SHAWN). Seniors Sean Connolly and Shaun Smith along with junior Shun Jenkins all pronounce their names the same.

O’Brien Selected for NCAA Committee
Jim O’Brien will serve as one of four NCAA Division I men’s basketball coaches on the NCAA Basketball Issues Committee. O’Brien will serve for one year. Coaches and administrators on this committee will meet to discuss NCAA Division I men’s basketball issues.

Winning Percentage Soars for O’Brien in Last Four Seasons
Jim O’Brien has won nearly 70 percent of the games he’s coached at Ohio State after an 8-22 record in his first season with the Buckeyes. O’Brien is 107-46 (.699) in the 153 games following the 1997-98 campaign, his first in Columbus. The Buckeyes have won 20 or more games and advanced to the NCAA tournament in each of the last four seasons, while finishing in the Top 3 in the Big Ten regular season race all four years, winning a pair of Big Ten regular season titles (2000 and 2002) and a claiming one Big Ten tournament crown (2002).

Salley Added to Buckeye Roster
Nate Salley, a freshman safety on the Ohio State football team, joined the men’s basketball team Jan. 7. Salley took three days off after helping the football team win the national title before donning basketball practice gear and working out with Jim O’Brien’s squad. Salley, a 6-foot-3-inch, 195-pound guard, averaged more than 19 points a game as a senior at St. Thomas Aquinas in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. He wore the No. 21 on the football field and will do same as a member of the basketball team. On the gridiron, he played in all 14 games, primarily on special teams, recording six total tackles and three solos.