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Nov. 9, 2006

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THE TIP
The No. 7/7 ranked Ohio State opens the 2006-07 season at 3:30 p.m. Sunday at Army. The Buckeyes and Black Knights are part of the 2006 Maggie Dixon Classic, a men’s and women’s doubleheader honoring the former head coach of the women’s basketball team who passed away earlier this year. Pittsburgh’s men’s team, coached by Maggie Dixon’s brother, Jamie Dixon, will face Western Michigan at noon Sunday. ESPNU will televise both games.

NO. 7/7 Ohio State (0-0, 0-0 Big Ten)
at
Army (0-0, 0-0 Patriot League)

2006 MAGGIE DIXON CLASSIC
Sunday, Nov. 12 – 3:30 p.m. (EST)
Christl Arena (5,043)
West Pointe, N.Y.

Radio/Internet
WOSU 820-AM/www.wosu.org
Play-by-Play: Neil Sika
Analyst: Kristin Watt

Television – LIVE
ESPNU
Play-by-Play: Beth Mowins
Analyst: Doug Gottlieb
Sideline Reporter: Andy Katz

THE MAGGIE DIXON CLASSIC
The Maggie Dixon Classic, a four-team event at Army’s Christl Arena Sunday, features a men’s and women’s basketball doubleheader. The Buckeyes and Black Knights cap the event at 3:30 p.m., after Pittsburgh’s men’s team takes on Western Michigan at noon.

Maggie Dixon’s brother, Jamie Dixon, currently serves as men’s basketball head coach at Pitt.

In a special presentation prior to the Army-Ohio State game, the Army Athletic Association will present both Jim and Marge Dixon, parents of Maggie and Jamie, with a Patriot League championship ring from last season.

The Patriot League Championship banner and a 2006 Patriot League Coach of the Year banner, celebrating Maggie Dixon’s honor, also will be raised in Christl Arena.

Dixon guided the Black Knights to a 20-11 overall record, including an 11-3 mark in the Patriot League regular season. Army gained its berth to the NCAA tournament with a 69-68 decision over Holy Cross in the Patriot League tournament championship game.

DAVENPORT TABBED BIG TEN PRESEASON PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Jessica Davenport was named 2006-07 Big Ten Preseason Player of the Year Oct. 29 at conference media day. Davenport was honored in a vote by both media and league coaches. The 6-5 center from Columbus Independence was named preseason P.O.Y last season as well.

Davenport has claimed the last two Big Ten player of the year honors and has led the Buckeyes to back-to-back conference championships. She was a unanimous selection for both the coaches and media preseason All-Big Ten team. Davenport was joined on the first team by Wisconsin’s Jolene Anderson, Penn State’s Amanda Brown, Purdue’s Katie Gearlds and Iowa’s Megan Skouby.

BUCKEYES LAND TOP PRESEASON BIG TEN VOTE
As a unit, Ohio State was voted to successfully defend its two-year claim to the conference crown. Ohio State received all first-place votes from both the coaches and media. The Buckeyes ranked ahead of second-place Purdue and third-place Michigan State.

BUCKEYES NO. 7 IN USA TODAY/WBCA/ESPN AND AP PRESEASON POLLS
Ohio State ranked No. 7 in the preseason releases of the 2006-07 USA Today/WBCA/ESPN and Associated Press polls released Nov. 1 and 8, respectively. The Buckeyes finished the 2005-06 season rated eighth and peaked at No. 2 in the March 6 and 13 polls.

RANKED OPPOSITION
The Buckeyes are one of three Big Ten squads ranked in the preseason polls. Purdue is slated 11th by AP and 13th by the coaches, ahead of Michigan State’s No. 17 standing in both rankings.

Oklahoma, ranked third overall, is the highest rated Ohio State opponent in 2006. The Buckeyes and Sooners play Dec. 20 in Norman, Okla. Oklahoma landed two first-place votes.

LSU, a Final Four team the last three seasons, stands 10th in both polls. The Lady Tigers welcome the Buckeyes to Baton Rouge, La., Dec. 10.

Kentucky, rated 15th in AP and 16th by the coaches, visits Value City Arena Jan. 6. No. 22 Southern Cal serves as the Buckeyes’ opponent in its home opener Nov. 19.

Boston College (Nov. 21) and Washington (Dec. 3) visit VCA this season as well. Both teams are received votes in the preseason polls.

ARMY FIRST OF SEVEN NCAA TOURNAMENT TEAMS ON NON-LEAGUE SCHEDULE
Army qualified for its first bid to the NCAA tournament last season as the Patriot League’s automatic qualifier. The Black Knights serve as the first of seven NCAA tournament teams from the 2006 season to play the Buckeyes in non-conference play.

In their first three games to start the 2006-07 season, the Buckeyes face three NCAA tournament squads from a year ago. After the opener at Army, Ohio State returns to Columbus for the home opener vs. USC, an at-large selection from the PAC-10. Two days later, the Buckeyes play host to a rematch with Boston College, which ended Ohio State’s postseason in the second round of NCAA play last year (March 21). The Buckeyes topped both USC (68-57, Dec. 11) and BC (66-61 in OT, Dec. 3) in the 2005-06 regular season.

The Buckeyes wrap up their first homestand with Washington Dec. 3. The Huskies reached the second round of the NCAA tourney last season before losing to LSU, which is the next NCAA squad on OSU’s 2006-07 schedule. The Lady Tigers, a Final Four qualifier for the third consecutive season, visited Columbus last year and knocked off the Buckeyes. Ohio State returns the home-and-home Dec. 10 in Baton Rouge, La.

Another challenging road matchup awaits the Buckeyes Dec. 20 when they travel to Norman, Okla., to face 2006 National Freshman of the Year Courtney Paris and defending Big 12 champion Oklahoma. The Buckeyes edged the Sooners last season at VCA, when Davenport banked in the game-winning shot over Paris in the waning seconds. Oklahoma reached the “Sweet 16” last season.

The non-conference schedule wraps up with NCAA tourney squad Kentucky at VCA Jan. 6. The Buckeyes and Wildcats contest will be nationally televised by CBS at noon. Kentucky advanced to the second round in the 2006 NCAA tournament.

OHIO STATE AT ARMY ON ESPNU TO AIR LIVE ON CAMPUS CH. 37
Ohio State opens its 2006-07 season at Army at 3:30 p.m. Sunday in West Point, N.Y. ESPNU will broadcast the game live. Students, faculty and fans on campus will be able to watch the game live on OSU’s closed-circuit television system (OIT) on channel 37.

The OIT TV system is available in all Columbus, on-campus residence halls, graduate and professional housing buildings, Buckeye Village apartments, and some university office buildings. The system is not available in all Columbus campus locations.

University customers with questions should contact OIT by email at units@osu.edu or by phone at 614-292-8648 during regular office hours.

OIT would like to acknowledge Campus Televideo, DirecTV and the Ohio State athletics department for their generous contributions in making the presentation of this channel possible.

ABOUT ARMY
The Black Knights return four starters from their Patriot League championship and NCAA tournament team from a year ago. Cara Enright, a junior guard, is back after scoring 16.5 points a game last season. She was Army’s second-leading scorer.

Dave Magarity is in his first season as head coach of the Black Knights. Army was 20-11 overall last season and 11-3 in Patriot play.

FOR OPENERS
Overall, the Buckeyes have won their last 11 season openers dating back to the 1994-95 first tilt, a 79-70 loss at Georgia.

In 41 season openers in its history, Ohio State holds a 31-10 record.

NOVEMBER REIGN
In Jim Foster’s five-year tenure as head coach, Ohio State has posted a 15-2 mark in games played in November. The Buckeyes, undefeated in November last season at 4-0, have won their last six games played in the 11th month.

The two losses came on the road at Notre Dame, 66-62, in the Preseason WNIT Nov. 20, 2004 and at Villanova, 58-51, Nov. 29, 2002.

DAVENPORT NAMED WOODEN AWARD CANDIDATE
For the third consecutive season, Jessica Davenport is a preseason candidate for the John R. Wooden Award for national player of the year.

The Wooden Award announced its Top 30 preseason candidates for the 2006-07 Women’s Wooden Award Nov. 2. The list is composed of 30 student-athletes who, based on individual performance last season and team records, are the early frontrunners for the award. These top 30 candidates are comprised of returning players, although transfers, freshmen, medical redshirts and other players who excel throughout the season will be evaluated and considered for both the Midseason Top 20 list and the National Ballot. Players not on the preseason list are eligible for the midseason list and ballot.

DAVENPORT NAMED TO 2006-07 WBCA WADE TROPHY WATCH LIST
Jessica Davenport, the two-time Big Ten Player of the Year, is on the WBCA Wade Trophy national player of the year award watch list for the third-consecutive season. The WBCA announced the list Aug. 25.

The watch list is comprised of 25 student-athletes who are members of an NCAA Division I institution and are selected based on the following criteria: game and season statistics, leadership, character, effect on their team and overall playing ability. The national awards committee who selects these candidates is comprised of leading basketball coaches, journalists and basketball administrators.

BUCKEYES FLOURISH IN NON-LEAGUE SCHEDULE
Ohio State completed its 2005-06 non-conference schedule with a 10-1 record. The only defeat came at home Dec. 15, 64-48, to then-No. 3/3 LSU.

At home since the 2002-03 season, Ohio State has won 32 of its last 33 games vs. non-conference opponents during the regular season in Value City Arena. The LSU defeat last season snapped the Buckeyes’ 28-game home win streak against non-league foes.

BUCKEYES WINNERS IN 20 OF LAST 21
With its victory over Oakland in the first round of the 2006 NCAA tournament March 19, the Buckeyes increased their win-streak to 20 games, which tied the longest victory run in OSU history. The streak was snapped March 21 by Boston College in a 79-69 loss in the NCAA second round.

Ohio State also had 20-consecutive wins in the 1984-85 campaign.

Longest Buckeye Win Streaks:
No. (Year)

20 (1984-85)
20 (2005-06)
17 (1975-76)

BUCKEYES WELCOME SIX NEWCOMERS IN 2006-07
A deep and highly-touted freshman class joins the Ohio State squad this season. The group features three guards and a pair of frontcourt players. Cherise Daniel, Maria Moeller and Shavelle Little all should see significant playing time this season. Daniel, a 5-11 product of Columbus Eastmoor Academy, adds height and athleticism, while Moeller is a prototype point guard from Marion Local in Maria Stein, Ohio. Little comes to Ohio State after pocketing nearly seven steals per game at Huron High School in Ann Arbor, Mich.

Leslee Mason-Cox and Andrea Walker will play on the block. Mason-Cox, from Cincinnati Princeton, is an athletic forward. At 6-1, she can score and rebound. Walker will spell Davenport at center. The 6-5 West Allegheny, Pa., native swatted more than five shots per game and converted at almost a 70 percent field goal clip as a senior.

TREBILCOCK’S CLOCK TICKS TO DECEMBER
Ashlee Trebilcock, a transfer guard from UCLA in 2006, is eligible to play in mid-December. She has been able to practice with the Buckeyes since last January, but has not seen game action since her final contest with the Bruins vs. Charlotte Nov. 25, 2005.

BUCKEYE BROADCASTS
The game Sunday at Army serves as the first of five national telecasts for Ohio State. The Buckeyes play twice on ESPN2 at Oklahoma Dec. 20 and at Purdue Jan. 29. Ohio State welcomes Kentucky for a CBS broadcast Jan. 6, two days after playing host to Minnesota in a game set to be aired on College Sports Television.

The Buckeyes also will appear twice on Comcast SportsNet Chicago Jan. 11 at Penn State and Feb. 18 vs. Michigan State. Ohio State’s game at LSU will be aired by Cox Sports South.

LIVE STREAMING THIS SEASON
This season, a total of 13 Ohio State home games will be available online with streaming broadcasts at www.ohiostatebuckeyes.com. As part of the All-Access pass available through ohiostatebuckeyes.com, fans can watch games live via internet connection.

Games Available at www.ohiostatebuckeyes.com
Nov. 19 vs. USC
Nov. 21 vs. Boston College
Nov. 30 vs. Longwood
Dec. 3 vs. Washington
Dec. 16 vs. Alabama A&M
Dec. 17 vs. Howard
Jan. 4 vs. Minnesota
Jan. 14 vs. Northwestern
Jan. 21 vs. Illinois
Jan. 25 vs. Indiana
Feb. 4 vs. Iowa
Feb. 15 vs. Wisconsin
Feb. 22 vs. Penn State

SHADES OF SCARLET AND GRAY ON TEAM USA
During the last two offseasons, Ohio State has splashed shades of scarlet and gray on Team USA, helping the Americans claim three gold medals in three events.

Most recently, Marscilla Packer connected on a scorching 69 percent (20-29) on 3-point attempts in helping lead the U.S. Under-20 squad to the gold medal in Mexico City. Packer topped all U.S. scorers in the five-game tournament vs. teams from the Americas.

In April, Jessica Davenport contributed to the U.S. Senior Team and joined former Buckeye Katie Smith, an Olympian in 2000 and `04, in pocketing the gold at the 2006 Opals Challenge in Australia.

The Australian tour was the second USA basketball tournament for Davenport in the last two seasons. She linked up with teammate Brandie Hoskins and helped the U.S. Junior Team roll through the 2005 World University Games with a perfect 7-0 record.

DAVENPORT MOVES INTO NO. 1 SPOT ALL-TIME IN FG PERCENTAGE AT OSU
Jessica Davenport connected at a .618 (241-390) field goal percentage clip last season, which ranked No. 1 in the Big Ten and has been good enough to slip past former Buckeye Courtney Coleman into the No. 1 spot all-time at OSU.

For her career, Davenport has made 653-of-1,076 FG tries for a .607 percentage. Coleman made 596 of 988 attempts from 2000-03 for a mark of .603.

Marita Porter holds the all-time single-season record of .667 (72-108) set in 1996-97.

PACKER KEEPING PACE WITH LONG-DISTANCE RECORDS
Marscilla Packer’s .462 percent clip (79-171) from 3-point land in the 2005-06 season established an Ohio State single-season record and narrowly missed the Big Ten single-season mark for highest 3-point FG percentage.

Packer’s mark finished ahead of the Ohio State standard Caity Matter set at .451 (105-235) in the 2002-03 campaign. The Big Ten single-season record of .464, posted by Michigan State’s Lindsay Bowen (77-166) was in doubt until the Buckeyes’ final game of the season. Packer ranked fifth nationally in 3-point FG percentage last season.

For her career, Packer now stands at No. 1 all-time at Ohio State with a .427 (99-232) rate from 3-point range. Matter ranks second at .411 (270-657).

DAVENPORT TOP BUCKEYE BLOCKER, CHASING BIG TEN STANDARD
Against Wisconsin Jan. 26, Jessica Davenport became the all-time leader at Ohio State in blocked shots. She swatted four Badger field goal tries to surpass former Buckeye Mary Sivak (1979-82) as the No. 1 career shot blocker in Ohio State history.

Davenport swatted the record-setting rejection with 4:30 left in the first half to surpass Sivak’s career total of 241. Davenport and Sivak are the only two players in OSU annals to notch 200 career blocks. Davenport is the only Buckeye to record 250 career blocks, She led the Big Ten in blocked shots in each of her first three seasons, setting a Buckeye record in 2005-06 with 116 swats. She stands No. 2 all-time in blocks in the Big Ten at 294.

BUCKEYES JUST THIRD TEAM TO PULL OFF BIG TEN TITLE SWEEP
With its 63-60 win over Purdue in the 2006 Big Ten tournament final, Ohio State earned its first conference tournament crown and became just the third Big Ten squad to pocket the league sweep.

Penn State won both titles in 1995, the first year of the reinstated tournament. In 1999, Purdue won both championships.

MAGIC NO. 60
In the 2005-06 season, Ohio State went 29-1 when scoring 60 or more points. The Buckeyes failed to hit 60 in a game just twice, dropping both contests, 64-48, vs. LSU Dec. 15 and, 61-59, at Purdue Jan. 1.

HALFTIME ADVANTAGE LEADS TO WINS
Ohio State has won 56 of its last 58 games when holding a lead at the break.

OHIO STATE VS. RANKED OPPOSITION
With the win over No. 12/11 Purdue, 63-60, in the 2006 Big Ten Tournament, Ohio State moved to 8-2 vs. ranked opponents in 2005-06 season.

In his four-plus seasons at Ohio State, head coach Jim Foster is 27-17 vs. teams ranked in the AP Top 25.

DAVENPORT AMONG BIG TEN’S ACTIVE CAREER LEADERS
Jessica Davenport has 1,664 points so far in her career to lead all Big Ten active scorers. She also tops active players with 294 career blocked shots and a .607 field goal percentage (653-1,076).

Overall, Davenport rates second in career blocks to Michigan’s Trish Andrew, who had 367 from 1989-93. Davenport also sits in second place for career field goal percentage, trailing only Purdue’s Camille Cooper, who had a .608 clip (657-1,081) from 1998-2001.

Coming into this season, Davenport has 788 career rebounds.

BUCKEYES TALLY FOURTH 20-WIN SEASON UNDER FOSTER
With its 29-3 record in 2005-06, Ohio State recorded its fourth-consecutive 20-win season, all during the Jim Foster era.

As a program, the Buckeyes have won 20 games 18 times, including five of the last six years.

For Foster, another 20-win campaign serves as his 20th 20-win season in 28 years of coaching Division I women’s basketball. Foster’s teams have won 20 games in each of his last seven seasons – four each at Ohio State and three at Vanderbilt.

DAVENPORT BECOMES SECOND-YOUNGEST BUCKEYE TO SCORE 1,500
With 24 points vs. Iowa (Feb. 12, 2006), Jessica Davenport became the second-youngest Buckeye to score 1,500 career points.

Former Buckeye All-American Katie Smith scored 2,578 points in her career and reached the 1,500-point plateau with 13 points against Purdue Dec 31, 1994. Smith reached 1,500 at the age of 20 years, 5 months and 27 days.

As of the game Feb. 12 vs. Iowa, Davenport’s age was 20 years, 8 months and 12 days.

In 2004-05, Davenport became Ohio State’s 24th and second-youngest student-athlete (to Smith) to post 1,000 career points against Minnesota in the Big Ten tournament (March 6, 2005).

Davenport, who ranks seventh all-time at OSU with 1,664, is Ohio State’s 12th player to score 1,500 career points.

UP NEXT
Ohio State opens its home season vs. USC at noon Nov. 19 in Value City Arena.