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Feb. 3, 2004

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Date Feb. 4, 2004
Opponent Northwestern
Site Value City Arena (19,200)
Game Time 8 p.m. (EST)
TV ESPN Plus
Local TV WBNS 10 TV
TV Talent Mike Gleason (Play-by-Play), Shon Morris (Analyst)
Radio OSU Radio Network (59 stations)
Local Radio WBNS FM-97.1 AM-1460
Radio Talent Paul Keels (P-by-P), Ron Stokes (Color)

Ohio State Buckeyes
Probable Starters (10-10, 2-5)

G 2 – Brandon Fuss-Cheatham, 6-1, Jr.
G 0 – J.J. Sullinger, 6-5, So.
G 10 – Tony Stockman, 6-1, Jr.
C 14 – Velimir Radinovic, 7-0, Sr.
F 34 – Terence Dials, 6-9, So.

Northwestern Wildcats
Probable Starters (8-10, 3-4)

G 25 – Jitim Young, 6-2, Sr.
G 1 – T.J. Parker, 6-2, So.
G 14 – Mohamed Hachad, 6-4, So.
F 11 – Vegran Vukusic, 6-8, Jr.
F 31 – Davor Duvancic, 6-8, Jr.

The Buckeyes vs. Northwestern
The Buckeyes own more victories over Northwestern (103) than against any other Big Ten opponent. The Wildcats have 44 wins in the series but have not won in the last nine games. Ohio State faces Northwestern just once this season. The game in Columbus will be the 76th meeting on the OSU campus between the two teams. Ohio State is 61-14 all-time in the series when the teams square off in Columbus. The Buckeyes are 42-30 in Evanston, Ill., against the Wildcats. Northwestern has not won in Columbus since the 1977 season, a string of 24-consecutive defeats at Ohio State. The Buckeyes are 16-7 in Evanston and 40-7 overall since the Wildcats last won in Columbus.

T. Dials, Stockman Clutch in Closing Minutes in Win at Purdue
Terence Dials dunked over Ivan Kartelo and converted the three-point play in the final minutes, leading Ohio State to a 65-59 upset of the 21st-ranked Boilermakers last Saturday. David Teague had a chance to tie the game, but missed a wide-open jumper, and Tony Stockman made four free throws down the stretch to give Ohio State the win. Stockman led the Buckeyes with 17 points, but it was Dials’ dominance inside that was the difference. He overcame early foul trouble to be a major factor in the second half, grabbing timely rebounds and keeping Purdue out of the lane. Dials finished with 15 points and eight rebounds. He and fellow post player Velimir Radinovic combined for 23 points and 14 rebounds. The Boilermakers’ Brett Buscher, Ivan Kartelo and Matt Kiefer managed just 11 points on 2-for-9 shooting and seven rebounds. Teague had a career-high 22 points and seven rebounds to lead Purdue. Ohio State took control early, opening the game with a 16-3 run. The Boilermakers had just one field goal – a 3-pointer by Teague – in the first 7:15.

Radinovic Reclaims Top Spot
Senior Velimir Radinovic is No. 1 in the Big Ten in field goal shooting percentage, knocking down 64.4 percent of his shots (67-104). He has made 56 percent of his shots for his career (223-401) in 101 games. Radinovic took the lead after connecting on 4-of-5 shots at Purdue last week.

O’Brien Win Percentage Soars When 70 Points Reached
In Jim O’Brien’s seven seasons in Columbus the Buckeyes have won 81 percent of their games when scoring 70 or more points. Ohio State is 5-1 this season when the 70-point mark is reached. The Buckeyes were 4-7 when scoring 70 points in O’Brien’s first year in 1997-98. Since that season, Ohio State has been successful 86 percent of the time when scoring 70 or more points.

Rcd. when Win Year Scoring 70+ Pct. 1997-98 4-7 .364 1998-99 21-5 .808 1999-2000 15-2 .882 2000-01 12-1 .923 2001-02 19-3 .864 2002-03 10-1 .909 2003-04 5-1 .833 Totals 86-20 .811

O’Brien 19-6 With Week to Prepare
Ohio State has a record of 19-6 (.760) under Jim O’Brien when there is a week or more between games over the last seven seasons. The Buckeyes had a streak of 11-consecutive wins snapped with a loss to Georgia Tech earlier this year (73-53, Dec. 3). Ohio State is 2-1 this season with a week off between contests heading into the game at Wisconsin Feb. 14. O’Brien is 7-3 against Big Ten teams when there is a week to prepare and 7-1 since his first season at Ohio State in 1997-98. The last loss to a league opponent following an extended break was an 80-77 loss at Illinois in the Big Ten opener Jan. 6, 2000.

Overall Big Ten Yr. Rcd. Rcd. 1997-98 1-2 0-2 1998-99 3-2 2-0 1999-2000 4-1 1-1 2000-01 3-0 1-0 2001-02 3-0 0-0 2002-03 3-0 2-0 2003-04 2-1 1-0 Totals 19-6 7-3

Stockman, Sullinger Pace Buckeyes, Dials, Radinovic in Big Ten Play
Junior Tony Stockman leads Ohio State with an average of 12.6 points a game. He has connected on 85 percent of his foul shots (34-40). With a total of 37 steals, Stockman is among Big Ten leaders (5th) with an average of 2.00 thefts a game. Sophomore J.J. Sullinger averages 10.6 points a game, second on the team. Sophomore Terence Dials leads the Buckeyes against conference foes with 11.3 points per game. He has made 56 percent of his shots (29-52) and 72 percent of his free throw attempts (21-29) in league play. Senior Velimir Radinovic averages 10.1 points per game against Big Ten competition and is the leading rebounder with 5.7 a contest. The Buckeyes outrebound Big Ten opponents 36.4-30.7 per game.

Buckeyes Winning Board Battles
Ohio State leads the Big Ten in rebounding, rebound margin and offensive rebounds in league games to date. The Buckeyes average 36.4 rebounds, own a +5.7 rebound margin and record 14.57 offensive rebounds a game to top the conference charts in those categories vs. Big Ten opponents. Against league opponents, Ohio State has four of the Top 20 players in rebounding. Velimir Radinovic is No. 7 (6.6 rpg.), Terence Dials is No. 14 (5.7 rpg.), J.J. Sullinger is No. 17 (5.3 rpg.) and Shun Jenkins is No. 20 (4.8 rpg.). Radinovic is the No. 5 offensive rebounder vs. Big Ten foes (2.71) and Jenkins is No. 6 (2.33).

T. Dials Playing Well Inside at Both Ends
Sophomore center/forward Terence Dials, who missed the majority of 2002-03 with a back injury, is the team’s leading rebounder and fourth leading scorer. He is averaging 9.3 points and 6.8 rebounds, including a career-high 14-rebound effort in Ohio State’s 77-71 win over Central Michigan at the Maui Invitational. He scored a career-high 19 points in the recent meeting with Indiana. He and Velimir Radinovic also lead the Buckeyes with 15 blocked shots.

Noting the Purdue Game
* The Buckeyes have won eight of the last nine meetings against the Boilermakers, including four of the last five in West Lafayette.

* The Buckeyes are closing on Purdue’s lead in the series. The Boilermakers lead 78-72 overall and 51-24 in West Lafayette.

* Against Purdue teams ranked in the Associated Press Top 25 Poll, the Buckeyes are 13-16 all time.

* The last time an unranked Ohio State team defeated a ranked Purdue squad in West Lafayette was in 1993, a 72-62 victory over the No. 18 Boilermakers.

* The last time an unranked Ohio State squad defeated a ranked opponent on the road was during the 2001 Big Ten season, a 69-68 victory at No. 14 Iowa Feb. 7, 2001.

* The Buckeyes are 1-3 on the season against ranked opponents.

* The road win was Ohio State’s first since a 52-48 win at Northwestern March 5, 2003. The Buckeyes won a pair of games this season on neutral ground at the Maui Invitational in November.

* With a victory after a 35-33 lead at the half, the Buckeyes are 9-1 this season when holding a lead after the first 20 minutes of action.

* The Buckeyes and Boilermakers were tied at 52 with 5:00 to play in the second half. When the Buckeyes lead or are tied at the 5-minute mark in the game, Ohio State is 9-0.

* The Buckeyes connected on 24-47 shots for a shooting percentage of .511 in the game. Ohio State is 6-0 on the season when shooting 50 percent or better.

Ohio State Player Notes
* Senior center Velimir Radinovic and junior forward Terence Dials combined to make 9-of-12 shots from the field while grabbing 14 rebounds.

* Junior Tony Stockman reached double figures for the 14th time in 20 games this season with a team high 17 points for the Buckeyes. He also handed out five assists and was credited with a pair of steals in 34 minutes.

Noting the Buckeyes
Redshirt sophomore Terence Dials has been known for his scoring touch around the basket. In 58 career games, he has made 164-of-301 shots from the floor for a shooting percentage of .545. He has improved his foul shooting this year as well, hitting on 71 percent (59-83) of his shots. He has grabbed five or more rebounds in 16 of 20 games this year. His 19 points vs. Indiana pushed him over the 400 mark (441) for his career.

Junior Brandon Fuss-Cheatham’s playing time is up to 23 minutes a game this year. He has set career highs in scoring three times this season with 11 and 13 points, respectively, vs. Samford and Furman and then a 17-point effort at Iowa. He has 110 career assists, which includes 46 this year, a season best total.

Senior captain Velimir Radinovic reached 600 career points (642) for his Buckeye career with 10 points vs. Minnesota. He’s averaged 6.4 points in 101 games at Ohio State. From the field, Radinovic has been much improved. As a senior, he is connecting on 64 percent of his shots (67-104). For his career, he has connected on 223-401 shots (.556).

Junior Tony Stockman is closing on 1,000 career points (956). He eclipsed the 900-point mark with 10 at Illinois. He came to Ohio State with 716 points after two years at Clemson. Stockman has proven to be a dependable scorer at the foul line, hitting 34-40 shots (.850) this year. He’s made 79 percent of his free throw attempts for his career (115-146). With five field goals vs. UMBC, Stockman reached 300 for his career. Of his 324 made shots for his career, 193 have come from 3-point range (60 percent).

With 10 points against Dartmouth, sophomore J.J. Sullinger reached 400 career points, which includes 273 scored as a Razorback. He was Ohio State’s top scorer vs. Wisconsin with 14 points … also contributed 10 points in road win at Purdue.

Nick Dials has made the most of his minutes this season. The New Haven, Ohio, native has 30 assists and 22 steals. Of his 21 field goals, 13 have been from 3-point range. He has connected on 88 percent of his foul shots this year (22-25).

The Bucks in the Big Ten
Terence Dials rates as the No. 6 rebounder in the Big Ten with 6.8 a game. Velimir Radinovic is No. 1 in the conference in field goal percentage (.644) and is No. 5 in offensive rebounds (2.70). Tony Stockman is No. 4 in 3-pointers made per game (2.00) and No. 4 in steals (1.95).

Northwestern Opens with 2 Wins in Big Ten, Adds Another vs. Minnesota
Northwestern (8-10, 3-4) opened the Big Ten season with wins at Iowa (77-68) and at home vs. Illinois (70-60) before falling the next three times out at Indiana, vs. Michigan and in overtime at Penn State. Northwestern then defeated Minnesota in Evanston, 61-47 last Saturday. The Wildcats were 5-6 in non-conference play. Victories were against Chicago State, Northwestern (La.) State, Bucknell, Bowling Green and Arizona State. Losses came against Colorado, DePaul, Florida State, Illinois-Chicago, Rutgers and Mississippi Valley State.

Young Veteran of Northwestern Roster
Senior guard Jitim Young leads the Wildcats with an average of 18.5 points a game with junior Vedran Vukusic next with 14.0 ppg. Young also is the leading rebounder for the Wildcats with 6.4 a contest. Six Wildcats have scored 12 or more 3-pointers this season with Vukusic leading the way with 34.

Carmody in Year 4 with Wildcats
Bill Carmody left Princeton four years ago to take over the Wildcat program. His record in Evanston is 47-59 and his overall record as a head coach is 139-84.

Trio Leads Buckeyes vs. Wildcats
Matt Sylvester, a sophomore forward, and senior Shun Jenkins are the leading scorers for Ohio State against Northwestern with an average of 7.5 points a game in two career meetings each vs. the Wildcats. Sylvester is out 4-6 weeks with an arch injury in his left foot. Senior Velimir Radinovic is not far behind with an average of 7.4 points a game in the Northwestern series. He has played in five games vs. NU. He also is the leading rebounder against Northwestern with an average of 6.2 boards a contest.

Ohio State vs. the Big Ten Conference
Ohio State is playing its 91st season of Big Ten basketball in 2004. The Buckeyes own 17 regular season titles and one postseason tournament championship (2002). Ohio State’s last regular season title came in 2002 as well. The Buckeyes last won an outright title in 1992.

Ohio State vs. the Big Ten Illinois 59-98 Indiana 68-96 Iowa 65-70 Michigan 82-69 Michigan State 46-56 Minnesota 72-51 Northwestern 103-44 Penn State 14-13 Purdue 72-78 Wisconsin 80-57 Totals 662-632

On This Date, OSU 14-9
Ohio State is 14-9 in games played on Feb. 4. The Buckeyes last won on this date in 1990, a 91-88 overtime win over No. 10 Louisville in Columbus.

2/4/99 W Sp’field YMCA, 16-4 2/4/05 W Cincinnati, 43-6 2/4/16 W @Purdue, 25-19 2/4/18 L @Purdue, 32-50 2/4/28 W @Minnesota (2ot), 42-40 2/4/33 W @Minnesota, 24-23 2/4/35 L @Purdue, 41-42 2/4/39 W @Minnesota (ot), 31-30 2/4/44 L Purdue, 49-59 2/4/50 W Wisconsin, 61(7)-47(17) 2/4/52 L @Minnesota, 56-84 2/4/56 W Indiana, 100-82 2/4/57 L @Illinois, 89(11)-96(7) 2/4/61 W @Michigan, 80(1)-58 2/4/67 W @Wisconsin, 90-84 2/4/74 L @Minnesota, 51-56 2/4/78 W Illinois, 70-65 2/4/82 W Mich. State (ot), 50-49 2/4/84 L @Minnesota, 61-83 2/4/88 W Illinois, 64-60(17) 2/4/90 W Louisville (ot), 91-88(10) 2/4/95 L Michigan State, 58-67(9) 2/4/98 L Michigan State, 58-84(16)

The Buckeyes at the VCA
Nov. 5, 2003 marked the five-year anniversary of the opening of Value City Arena. The 2003-04 campaign is the sixth season of basketball in the facility. Ohio State has a record of 75-17 (.815) at the VCA and has ranked among the Top 10 nationally in attendance each year. When all 19,200 seats are occupied, the Buckeyes have responded with a 21-6 record over the last six seasons. The nation’s best teams have also had their troubles with the Buckeyes at Value City Arena. Eighteen teams ranked in the Associated Press Top 25 have battled the Buckeyes at VCA. Ohio State has turned away 13 of those squads.

T. Dials Back on Court After Year Layoff
Sophomore center Terence Dials returns to the Ohio State lineup after missing the majority of his true-sophomore season with a back injury. Dials played the first six games in 2002-03 before going down for the remainder of the year with the injury. He was awarded a medical redshirt season a year ago and will retain three years of eligibility. The 6-9, 250-pounder from Youngstown, Ohio, set a freshman record at Ohio State with a .620 field goal shooting percentage (86-138). He leads the team with 6.7 rebounds a game this season.

O’Brien Welcomes Changes on Staff
Rick Boyages, who originally was on Jim O’Brien’s staff at Ohio State following their move from Boston College in 1997-98, is back with the Buckeyes as the associate head coach. Boyages spent the last three years as the head coach at William and Mary. After the 1999-2000 season, Boyages left Columbus to take over at William and Mary, where he compiled a record of 35-52. Another former Buckeye also returns in 2003-04. David Egelhoff, a former student manager, returns to take over the video operations of the men’s basketball team. He worked in the same capacity a year ago with the NBA’s Orlando Magic.

The Postseason Streak
Ohio State will be looking to qualify for postseason play for the sixth-consecutive season under head coach Jim O’Brien in 2003-04. The Buckeyes made four trips to the NCAA tournament from 1999-2002 before accepting a bid to play in the 2003 National Invitation Tournament a year ago. The current streak is the second longest in school history behind a 12-year stretch (1982-1993) in which Ohio State played in seven NCAA tournaments and made five NIT appearances.

O’Brien is tied with Eldon Miller for the most-consecutive postseason appearances while coaching the Buckeyes. Miller took three teams to NCAA tournament play and two to the NIT from 1982-86.

7 Buckeyes Spend Year in Residence
A total of seven student-athletes on the 2003-04 roster have spent a year on the Ohio State campus without playing in games for the Buckeyes. Sophomore Ricardo Billings sat out 2002-03 to satisfy academic requirements for eligibility this season. Sophomores Terence Dials (2002-03) and Matt Sylvester (2001-02) each sat out a season with back injuries but received medical redshirt seasons to retain four years of eligibility. Senior Shaun Smith (1999-00) did not play basketball his first season in Columbus before walking on with freshman eligibility for the 2000-01 campaign. Junior Matt Marinchick (2000-01) decided to redshirt his first year in Columbus to gain strength and experience. Finally, junior Tony Stockman and sophomore J.J. Sullinger both sat out the 2002-03 season to satisfy NCAA transfer rules after leaving Clemson and Arkansas, respectively, following the 2001-02 season.