Jan. 30, 2001
Game Notes in .PDF format
Site: Value City Arena (19,200)
Game Time: 8 p.m. (EST)
TV: ESPN Plus
Local TV: WBNS 10 TV
TV Talent: Tom Hamilton (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 (13-7, 4-4)
G 3-Sean Connolly, 6-5, So.
G 21-Boban Savovic, 6-5, Jr.
G 13-Brian Brown, 6-4, Jr.
C 32-Ken Johnson, 6-11, Sr.
F 33-Zach Williams, 6-7, Fr.
Probable Starters (12-9, 3-4)
G 11-Dane Fife, 6-4, Jr.
G 3-Tom Coverdale, 6-2, So.
C 35-Kirk Haston, 6-10, Jr.
F 50-Jeff Newton, 6-9, So.
F 1-Jarad Jeffries, 6-9, Fr.
Brown scores career high 25 points in win over No. 3 Michigan State
Brian Brown scored a career-high 25 points in Ohio State’s 64-55 victory over No. 3 Michigan State to even the season series at one game apiece. The upset came six days after defending national champion Michigan State won 71-56 in East Lansing. Brown went 8-of-13 from the field, 7-of-9 on free throws and also had six assists and five rebounds for Ohio State in the latest encounter. Ohio State’s Brent Darby added 11 points, including two timely 3-pointers. Michigan State never got closer than seven points after the Buckeyes scored the final four points before halftime and 12 of the first 14 points in the second half. The Spartans’ Andre Hutson scored 17 points and Jason Richardson had 11 — all in the first half — before fouling out. The starting backcourt of Charlie Bell and Marcus Taylor combined to hit just 5-of-21 shots from the field and totaled 14 points. The Buckeyes led by as many as 16 points — on Darby’s 3-pointer with 13:52 left — before Michigan State regrouped to cut the lead to eight on three occasions. Each time Ohio State — in particular, Brown — had an answer. He hit two free throws after the Spartans had cut it to 51-43 with just under 4 minutes left, then assisted on Darby’s 3-pointer with 1:53 remaining. Ohio State’s last eight points came at the line, where the Buckeyes went 20-of-28, to Michigan State’s 10-of-14. The Spartans missed nine consecutive shots from the field and had five turnovers in an eight-minute span as Ohio State turned an 11-6 deficit into a 15-11 lead in the first half. Michigan State hit five of its first six shots from the field, but made just 16 of 47 (34 percent) the rest of the way.
Noting the win over Michigan St.
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’s lastwin as an unranked team over a ranked opponent was a 72-43 thumpingof No. 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.MSU’s second-leading scorer Charlie Bell was stymied by the Buckeyedefense, scoring five points – well below his 15.9 ppg clip for theseason. Bell came in averaging 12.4 ppg in five career games vs.the Buckeyes. Ohio State struggled with turnovers in the firstmeeting with Michigan State, committing 17 miscues. The Buckeyescommitted 10 turnovers in the second meeting – the Buckeyes’ lowestmark in Big Ten play and the third-lowest of the season. Ohio Statehas lost just one time this season when it has held a lead at thehalf. The Buckeyes, who led 26-22 at the break, are 13-1 whenleading at halftime. The Buckeyes also struggled rebounding thebasketball at Michigan State, but corrected the problem, holdingtheir own on the boards. MSU won the battle of the boards 31-28,but had just 11 offensive rebounds after corralling 20 offensiveboards last week. Ohio State came the closest of any of MichiganState’s 18 opponents to outrebounding the Spartans, earning threeless boards than MSU. Kentucky came the next closest, falling sixrebounds short. Michigan State came in with a +17.4 reboundingmargin this season and has outrebounded all 18 of their opponentsthis season. The Spartans’ 16-point deficit in the second half wastheir largest deficit of the season. The previous high was 13 vs.Penn State, but the Spartans rallied in that contest for a 98-73win. Michigan State was held under 70 points for just the fourthtime this season. The Spartans are 2-2 in those contests, with a1-point win over Kentucky and an overtime win over Wisconsinaccounting for the two victories.
The .750 Club
Four Ohio State starters and one reserve are connecting on almost the exact same clip from the free throw line. Ken Johnson (57-76), Boban Savovic (48-64) and Brent Darby (27-36) all are shooting exactly 75.0 percent from the foul line. Brian Brown is at 75.3 percent (67-89) and sophomore Sean Connolly is at 75.9 percent (22-29). As a team, the Buckeyes connect at 70.2 percent from the free throw line (325-463).
Buckeyes find success, frequency at line
Ohio State has made 325 free throws this year while foes have attempted just 19 more charity tosses. The Buckeyes are 325-463 (.702) at the foul line while opponents are 237-344 (.689). In 20 contests, OSU averages 16.3 points a game at the line on 23.2 attempts. Opponents average 11.9 points on 17.2 attempts.
Brown enjoys best season as a Buckeye
Junior Brian Brown is having his most productive season as a Buckeye. In this his third year, he already has single season highs in field goals (100), 3-pointers made (26), free throws made (67), assists (81), steals (33), points (293) and scoring average (14.7). His career scoring average is 8.2 ppg.
Jackson last to be honored in 2000-01
Gary Bradds (1962-64), Jim Jackson (1990-92) and Katie Smith (1993-96) will be honored by having their OSU jersey numbers retired during the 2001 Big Ten Conference men’s and women’s basketball seasons. Bradds’ No. 35 was retired during ceremonies at halftime of the Ohio State men’s game against No. 3 Michigan State Saturday Jan. 27. Jackson’s No. 22 will be honored at the half of the OSU men’s game against No. 17 Wisconsin Saturday Feb. 10 and Smith’s No. 30 was officially removed from future rosters Jan. 21 at the women’s game against Michigan. Ohio State great Jerry Lucas’ No. 11 is the only other basketball player to have a number retired. Smith is the first women’s basketball player to have a number retired. Three Buckeye football players have been honored beginning with Archie Griffin’s No. 45 in 1999. Vic Janowicz (No. 31) and Howard Cassady (No. 40) had their numbers retired during the 2000 football season.
Several Buckeyes increase production in Big Ten Conference play
Point production has increased during the Big Ten Conference portion of the schedule for four regulars. Junior Brian Brown is consistent with his offensive output with 14.7 ppg. overall and 15.4 ppg. in conference games. Senior Ken Johnson averages 12.9 points in league games and 11.8 ppg. overall. Junior Boban Savovic averages 9.3 in the league and 8.8 ppg. on the season. Sophomore Brent Darby is up slightly over his overall season average of 8.2 ppg. in Big Ten play to 9.0 ppg. Johnson averages 7.6 rebounds a game in the league and 6.9 rpg. overall.
Brown, Johnson account for majority of Ohio State’s double figure scoring games
Buckeye players have 62 individual double-figure scoring efforts in 20 games this season. Brian Brown leads with 18 with Ken Johnson close behind with 16. Brown has a streak of 10-consecutive games with 10 or more points.
Buckeyes earn 7th win over a defending national champion
Ohio State has met the defending national champion 29 times in history with a 7-22 record in those games following the win over Michigan State last week. The Buckeyes have a 23-52 record against teams who participated in the Final Four the previous year. The Buckeyes just finished a stretch of three games against 2000 Final Four teams, including defending national champion Michigan State, twice, and 2000 Final Four participant Wisconsin. Ohio State had never played three-consecutive games against teams who participated in the Final Four the previous season. Before the recent win over the Spartans, the last time OSU downed a defending national champion was during the 1989-90 season when the Buckeyes won 64-61 over No. 5 Michigan (2/18/90). Michigan won the 1989 national title.
Buckeyes pay back road games after run of home contests
Before traveling to Michigan State last Sunday, Ohio State enjoyed 12 home games in a stretch of 13 contests. Ohio State will now travel for six of the final nine games of the season.
Buckeyes start same four all season
Four of the five OSU starters have remained constant all season with senior Ken Johnson, juniors Brian Brown and Boban Savovic and freshman Zach Williams starting all 20 contests this season. Sophomores Brent Darby (15 starts) and Sean Connolly (5 starts) have been the only changes to the lineup this season.
Ohio State vs. ranked opponents
The Buckeyes played the fifth ranked opponent of the season and the third in a week vs. No. 3 Michigan State last Saturday. The Buckeyes are 120-191 vs. teams in the AP Top 25. Four of the five ranked teams OSU has faced this year have been in the AP Top 10. Ohio State has played No. 16 Wisconsin, No. 3 Kansas, No. 6 Illinois and No. 5 Michigan State, twice, this season. No. 8 Syracuse was not in the Top 25 when OSU played the Orangemen at the great Alaska Shootout earlier this year.
Brown has quality week, Buckeyes in tough stretch
Junior Brian Brown led the Buckeyes to a win over No. 3 Michigan State with a career high 25 points Saturday in Columbus. For the week, Brown averaged 19.5 points against a pair of 2000 Final Four squads. He also added an average of 6.0 rebounds and 4.0 assists while playing the entire 80 minutes in the two games. On defense, Brown helped hold the Michigan State guards to just 5-of-21 shooting and a 2-of-11 effort from 3-point range. Brown scored on 8-of-11 of his field goal attempts (.615), 2-of-4 shots from 3-point range (.500) and 78 percent of his foul shots (7-9) in the win over the Spartans. He also added 6 assists vs. Michigan State.
Visitors struggle to win at VCA
Ohio State has lost just five home games in the 3-year history of Value City Arena. The Buckeyes have a combined record of 41-5 all time at the VCA following the win over Michigan State. In the five home losses, no team has won by more than three points. The Buckeyes have lost by an average of 2.4 points in the five games.
O’Brien reaches career win No. 300
Jim O’Brien earned career win No. 300 as a collegiate head coach with the 93-62 win over Morehead St. (12/16/00). O’Brien is 306-262 in 19 seasons as a head coach. He has a record of 71-45, including a record of 63-23 over the last three seasons with the Buckeyes. O’Brien spent 11 seasons at his alma mater, Boston College. His teams compiled a record of 168-166 record with six postseason appearances, including three trips to the NCAA Tournament in his last four years. O’Brien started his career at St. Bonaventure, where in four seasons, his teams posted a record of 67-51 (.568). His 100th career win came against Maine Dec. 6, 1988 (87-59) with No. 200 coming against Hartford Dec. 23, 1995 (106-67). O’Brien won both those games at Boston College.
Ohio State to host NCAA Tournament 1st, 2nd rounds in 2004
The Ohio State Department of Athletics, along with Nationwide Arena and the Greater Columbus Convention & Visitors Bureau, has been selected to host the 2004 National Collegiate Athletic Association Men’s Basketball First and Second Rounds, the NCAA announced Dec. 7. Ohio State will serve as the host institution for the 2004 Midwest Region early round contests. The games will be played at Nationwide Arena March 19 and 21, 2004.
Johnson, No. 1 in Big Ten
Ohio State senior Ken Johnson holds the No. 1 spot in the Big Ten with an average of 4.20 blocks a game (84).
Robinson out indefinitely
Doylan Robinson (Akron, Ohio/Buchtel), a junior guard, will be out indefinitely recovering from injuries sustained as a passenger in a traffic accident Sunday, Dec. 3, 2000. Robinson suffered several lacerations to his face and right hand. He is expected to recover fully. Robinson has played in five games to date for the Buckeyes. He is averaging 2.0 points and 1.8 rebounds in 8.4 minutes a game.
Johnson No. 1 on OSU career swat chart
Ken Johnson has 84 blocks on the season for a career total of 403, which places him first all-time at Ohio State in career rejections. Johnson passed Herb Williams (1978-81) at the Great Alaska Shootout in November. Johnson averaged 1.9 bpg. (58/30 gms.) as a freshman, 2.8 bpg. (100/36 gms.) as a sophomore and 5.37 bpg. (161/30 gms.) in 1999-00. He has an average of 4.20 blocks a game this season.
1,000 career points on horizon for Johnson
In 116 career games, senior Ken Johnson is closing on career point No. 1,000 as a Buckeye. He has scored 904 for a career scoring average of 7.8 a contest in his four seasons at Ohio State. With 96 more points this year, he will become the 39th player in OSU history to reach 1,000 career points. He is averaging 11.8 points this season, the highest single-season scoring average of his career.
Johnson paces Buckeyes in the Big Ten
Among Big Ten players, senior Ken Johnson rates among the Top 10 in four statistical categories. He is the league’s best shot blocker with 4.20 rejections a game. With a .574 field goal shooting percentage, he rates No. 6. He also is sixth in defensive rebounds (4.85) and seventh in overall rebounds per game (6.9). Sophomore Sean Connolly is the No. 3 3-point shooter in the conference with a .449 shooting percentage. Junior Brian Brown is No. 4 in steals (1.65).
Johnson moving up career starts list
Ken Johnson has started 112 career games as a Buckeye since the 1997-98 season. He is one of only eight Buckeyes to reach 100 or more career starts. Currently No. 5 all-time, Johnson will next overtake No. 4 Herb Williams (1978-81) with 114 career starts.
Iowa regroups to overtake Indiana
Luke Recker sparked the 17th-ranked Hawkeyes’ 71-66 come-from-behind Big Ten Conference win over Indiana last week. Playing on a sore right knee, the 6-6 native of Auburn, Ind., scored 17 of his 27 points in the second half and made three 3-pointers during a 24-4 run as Iowa stormed back from a 17-point halftime deficit. Despite Recker’s 10 points in the opening half, Iowa trailed, 43-26, at the break and appeared on the verge of its third loss in four games before staging a comeback. Back-to-back 3-pointers by Recker pulled the Hawkeyes within nine points, 45-36, with 17:51 remaining. Duez Henderson drained a 3-pointer with 16:40 to play and Recker added another just 20 seconds later. Eventually, consecutive baskets by freshman Glen Worley gave Iowa a 52-49 lead with 12:13 remaining. Recker capped a 9-0 run later in the half with a follow shot that made it 61-54 with 8:05 to go and essentially put the game out of reach by draining a jumper for a 69-63 Hawkeyes’ advantage with 2:47 left. Iowa posted its sixth straight home victory over the Hoosiers (12-9, 3-4), who have not won at Carver-Hawkeye Arena since 1994. Kirk Haston had 12 points and 13 rebounds and freshman Jared Jeffries added 12 points for the Hoosiers.
Haston top scorer, rebounder for IU
Junior center Kirk Haston averages a team-best 17.4 points and 9.3 rebounds for Indiana. Freshman Jared Jeffries follows in both categories with 13.3 points and 6.2 rebounds a contest. Haston has taken nearly 300 shots for the Hoosiers, connecting on a team high 140-of-298 attempts (.470). He also has made 7-of-16 3-pointers.
Davis in first season at Indiana
Mike Davis is the interim head coach at Indiana following the departure of former head coach Bob Knight. Davis has led the Hoosiers to a 12-9 overall record and a 3-4 mark in the Big Ten. Davis led Indiana to a 59-58 win over then No. 1 Michigan State in Bloomington, helping the Hoosiers to a 9-1 home record this season. Indiana is 1-5 overall and 0-4 in Big Ten contests on the road.
The Indiana series
Indiana has the second most wins (92) over the Buckeyes in the all-time series between the two schools. Only Illinois (95) has more victories. The Hoosiers lead 92-66 with the Buckeyes owning a 45-32 advantage in games played in Columbus. The two teams will not play in Bloomington this season, where IU has a 56-21 edge. Ohio State has won the last three meetings with Indiana, including a pair of wins in Bloomington. Indiana has not traveled to Columbus since the 1999 Big Ten season, when the Buckeyes prevailed 73-56.
The Buckeyes vs. Indiana
Brent Darby is the only current Buckeye to average double-figures against Indiana. He scored 12 points as a freshman in his only game vs. the Hoosiers, all on 3-point attempts, in Ohio State’s 82-71 win in Bloomington last year. Ken Johnson averages 8.2 points and 6.8 rebounds vs. the Hoosiers. He has played six games vs. Indiana.
Leading the Buckeyes
Junior Brian Brown leads the Buckeyes offensively with a scoring average of 14.7 points per game. He leads the team in minutes played (33.3 mpg.). Sophomore Sean Connolly leads in 3-point shooting (31-69, .449) just ahead of junior Boban Savovic (26-62, .419). Connolly is the team’s leading free throw shooter (22-29, .759). Ken Johnson is the team’s leading rebounder with 6.9 a game. He is the most accurate Buckeye from the field as well hitting 57 percent of his shots (89-155). Brown leads in assists with 81 and steals, 33.
OSU opponents fare well in polls
Seven 2000-01 Buckeye opponents are rated among the Top 25 in the Associated Press and ESPN/USA Today polls. Another two are receiving votes. Kansas (3/3), Michigan State (5/5), Illinois (6/6), Wisconsin (10/16), Syracuse (12/8), Alabama (17/15) and Iowa (18/17) are rated in the Top 25. Purdue and Minnesota are receiving votes in one or both polls.
Johnson’s name appears 3 times in OSU single season blocks chart
With 84 blocks this year, senior Ken Johnson has his name listed three times on the Ohio State single-season blocked shots chart. His 161 blocks as a junior is an OSU single season record. He swatted 100 as a sophomore, the second highest single season total. His senior total rates No. 6 behind the 90 Herb Williams rejected in 1979 and the 90 blocked by Brad Sellers in 1985
Johnson 2nd in Big Ten to 400 career blocks
Buckeye senior Ken Johnson has 403 blocks in his career after swatting five in the most recent meeting with Michigan State. Johnson is second in Big Ten history in career blocks. Calvin Booth of Penn State (1995-99) is the next target at No. 1 with 428 career blocks.
Big Ten Career Blocked Shots leaders 1. Calvin Booth, PSU 1995-99 428 2. Ken Johnson, OSU 1998- 403 3. Acie Earl, IOWA 1989-93 365 4. Joe Barry Carroll, PUR 1977-80 349 5. Herb Williams, OSU 1977-81 328
Big Ten Season Blocked Shot leaders 1. Ken Johnson, OSU 1999-00 161 2. Calvin Booth, PSU 1997-98 140 3. Jim Pitts, NU 1965-66 123 4. Acie Earl, Iowa 1991-92 121 5. Acie Earl, Iowa 1990-91 106 6. Joe Barry Carroll, PUR 1977-78 105 7. Calvin Booth, PSU 1995-96 101 8. Ken Johnson, OSU 1998-99 100 9. Dean Garrett, IND 1987-88 99 10.Roy Tarpley, MICH 1985-86 97 Brad Sellers, OSU 1985-86 97
Johnson led nation in blocks, average fifth in NCAA
Ohio State center Ken Johnson led the Big Ten and the nation in blocks in 1999-00. Johnson sent back 5.37 shots per game with 161 blocks on the year. Johnson has the fifth highest block per game average in NCAA history. His total of 161 is the seventh most in a single season in NCAA history.
NCAA Single Season Blocks Avg. 1. #Adonal Foyle, Colgate 1997 6.43 2. #Keith Closs, C. Conn. St. 1996 6.36 3. #David Robinson, Navy 1986 5.91 4. Adonal Foyle, Colgate 1996 5.69 5. #Ken Johnson, OSU 2000 5.37 # Led nation in blocks.
Big Ten coaches, media select Johnson preseason First Team All-Big Ten
The Big Ten men’s basketball coaches and league media chose Ken Johnson (Sr., Detroit, Mich./Henry Ford) as a preseason First Team All-Big Ten selection. The announcement was made Oct. 30 at the annual Big Ten Men’s Basketball media day. Johnson joins Cory Bradford (Illinois), Charlie Bell (Michigan State), Kirk Haston (Indiana) and LaVell Blanchard (Michigan) on the squad selected by the coaches. The media selected the same squad with the exception of Haston. Joe Crispin of Penn State filled that spot. Johnson, who averaged nearly eight points, over six rebounds and 5.4 blocks a game last year as a junior, is the only senior on Ohio State’s squad this season.
A change in lineup
Ohio State used its second starting lineup of the season with sophomore Sean Connolly starting in place of sophomore Brent Darby against Eastern Kentucky. Darby had a slight knee sprain but did play vs. the Colonels. According to STATS Inc., Ohio State was among just six schools to use just one or two different starting lineups in 1999-00. Hawaii used the same starters all season. Ohio State, Southern Illinois, St. John’s, Vermont and Wofford used just two lineups in 1999-00.
2-year home record rates high at OSU
Ohio State has compiled a 41-5 (.891) record over three seasons in Value City Arena. The Buckeyes were 14-1 in the inaugural season in VCA (1998-99) and notched a 15-2 record at home in 1999-00. In back-to-back seasons in which the Buckeyes have won at least 25 combined home games, the OSU record from 1999-00 of 29-3 stands fourth all-time for home record in consecutive seasons. The record over the 2000-01 seasons is 27-4, which rates No. 5 for combined two-year record all-time. The 1962-63 teams posted a 25-0 record during a span of 50 home games in which the Buckeyes were undefeated from 1960-64.
Ohio State home record in back-to-back seasons Seasons 2-yr. home Rec. Win Pct. 1962-63 25-0 1.000 1991-92 30-1 .968 1990-91 27-2 .931 1999-00 29-3 .906 2000-01 27-4 .871 1985-86 26-5 .839 1982-83 25-5 .833 1986-87 26-7 .788 1985-86 26-5 .781
OSU 3-pt FG streak extended to 270
Ohio State has connected on at least one 3-point field goal attempt over the last 270 games. Brian Brown extended the streak in the first half against Michigan State (1/27/01). The last time an OSU team missed all attempts from 3-point range was Feb. 2, 1992 when the Buckeyes went 0 for 5 in a 68-58 OSU win over Michigan. Buckeye opponents have a streak of 262-consecutive games with at least one 3-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 3-pointer.
OSU vs. the Big Ten
The Buckeyes opened the Big Ten season Jan. 3 at home against Northwestern. The Buckeyes have more victories over the Wildcats (98) than any other league school. Ohio State has 78 wins each over Michigan and Wisconsin. Illinois has the most wins over the Buckeyes with 95. This is the 89th season of Big Ten play for Ohio State in men’s basketball.
Big Ten Series Records
Michigan State 45-52
Penn State 11-12
Johnson helps Olympic team prepare for Gold in Sydney
Ken Johnson was selected as one of 12 collegiate players who gathered to practice against the 2000 U.S. Olympic Men’s Basketball team last summer in Maui, Hawaii. Johnson was the only true center on the 2000 USA Basketball Men’s Select team and its tallest player at 6-feet 11-inches. The Select team scrimmaged the Olympic team each day during the week-long camp. The camp ended with a nationally-televised (NBC) contest Sept. 2 at the University of Hawaii Stan Sheriff Center.
Three student-athletes added for 2001-02 season
Jim O’Brien signed one of the best recruiting classes of his coaching tenure Nov. 8, the first day of the fall men’s basketball signing period.
Matt Sylvester (Loveland, Ohio/Moeller), Terence Dials (Youngstown, Ohio/Boardman) and Brandon Fuss-Cheatham (Beaver Falls, Pa./Blackhawk) all signed NCAA National Letters of Intent to play for Ohio State.
Sylvester, a 6-foot-7-inch, 200-pound wing forward, is considered to be among the top two players in Ohio. He is ranked by Prep Spotlight Magazine as one of the Top 60 players in the country. Sylvester played for the powerful Cincinnati AAU program. As a junior, he averaged 22.0 points and 8.0 rebounds. As a sophomore, Sylvester helped guide Carl Kremer’s Moeller squad to a Division I State Championship.
Dials, the second recruit from Ohio to sign with the Buckeyes, is a 6-foot-9-inch, 240-pound power forward/center. He gives the Buckeyes an athletic big man. As a junior, Dials averaged 18 points, 12 rebounds and 4.0 blocks.
Fuss-Cheatham (6-1, 190) is the No. 1-ranked point guard in the Midwest by Vince Baldwin of Midwesthoops.com and the No. 6 nationally-ranked point guard. He also is considered a Top 30 all-around player in the high school class of 2001. He averaged 21.3 points, 4.5 assists, 4.0 steals and 3.1 rebounds as a junior. He shot 59 percent from the field (279-476) and 77 percent (123-160) from the free-throw line. He has been Blackhawk’s starting point guard since his freshman season. The Cougars are 85-11 during that time. Over the last two seasons, Blackhawk is 62-4 with two conference championships and a state title.