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January 5, 1999

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COLUMBUS, Ohio–Ohio State sophomore guard Michael Redd was named the Big%^$Ten’s Co-Player of the Week (Morris Peterson, Michigan State) Monday after%^$his 30-point effort in a 78-70 overtime win over the 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%^$20.1 points a game. He is averaging 25.5 in conference play.%^$

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Noting the win over Wisconsin 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. %^$

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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. %^$

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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%^$victory over Northwestern (1/11/86). %^$

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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,%^$1977, an OSU 82-80 victory. %^$

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The Buckeyes are 4-2 all-time against Wisconsin in overtime games. %^$

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The last time the Buckeyes defeated a ranked team in overtime was Feb.%^$23, 1993 when Ohio State downed No. 1 Indiana in Columbus 81-77. %^$

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The win over No. 19 Wisconsin was the first win over a ranked opponent%^$for OSU since a 73-67 win over No. 17 Indiana Jan. 30, 1997. %^$

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The win broke a 10-game losing streak to ranked opponents. %^$

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The last road win over a ranked opponent was a 73-71 win at No. 8%^$Michigan Jan. 2, 1997. %^$

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The Buckeyes will face five ranked opponents in its next six games. %^$

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The win over Wisconsin gave the Buckeyes its first win of the season when%^$trailing at the half (1-3). Ohio State entered the game 11-0 when leading%^$at the half. %^$

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Junior Ken Johnson has recorded back-to-back career highs in blocks. He%^$had 11 vs. Miami and 12 vs. the Badgers. %^$

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Freshman Boban Savovic had a career high three 3-pointers against%^$Wisconsin. %^$

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n Ohio State will play its 1,200th Big Ten game (vs. current members)%^$Saturday against Indiana. The Buckeyes are 601-598 against Big Ten opponents. %^$

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The Buckeyes improved to 75-53 against Wisconsin. %^$

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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.