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Date Feb. 18, 2004
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 (Play-by-Play), Bill Hosket (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 (11-12, 3-7)

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.

Iowa Hawkeyes
Probable Starters (13-9, 6-5)

G 3 – Pierre Pierce, 6-4, So.
G 2 – Jeff Horner, 6-3, So.
G 11 – Brody Boyd, 5-11, Sr.
F 4 – Glen Worley, 6-7, Sr.
F 44 – Greg Brunner, 6-7, So.

Stockman 1 Point Shy of Milestone
Junior guard Tony Stockman needs 1 points to reach 1,000 for his career. A transfer from Clemson, Stockman scored 716 during his two years with the Tigers. He has 283 points as a Buckeye for a career total of 999 (12.3 ppg.). He reached 200 career assists with two at Wisconsin. Against Michigan State Feb. 7, Stockman knocked down five 3-pointers to push his career total over the 200 (205) mark.

Sullinger Reaches 500 at Wisconsin
Sophomore J.J. Sullinger scored 14 points at Wisconsin to reach 500 points in 52 career games, which includes 273 points scored as a freshman at Arkansas. In 23 Buckeye games, Sullinger averages 10.2 points (235) a game this season.

The Buckeyes vs. Iowa
Iowa leads the all-time series 70-65 though Ohio State has been closing on the Hawkeyes’ lead with five wins in the last seven meetings and seven wins in the last 11 contests. Ohio State is 22-44 in Iowa City. The Buckeyes are 40-25 in Columbus and 3-1 on neutral courts vs. Iowa. When these two teams get together the games are normally close. In 135 meetings, less than a single point (.770) separates the average scoring advantage all-time. Iowa averages 64.5 points while the Buckeyes score 63.8 ppg. in the series. The Buckeyes own a 3.5 ppg. scoring advantage in the 65 all-time games played in Columbus (65.2-61.7).

Harris Leads Badgers
Devin Harris scored a game-high 33 points to lead Wisconsin to a 78-48 win over Ohio State last Saturday. J.J. Sullinger led the Buckeyes with 14 points. Harris went to the foul line 18 times, making 16. The Badgers made 90 percent of their foul shots in the first half (18-20) while Ohio State missed its only attempt in the first 20 minutes. The Buckeyes led with 2 minutes, 47 seconds to play in the opening half following a Ricardo Billings baseline dunk. The Badgers closed the half on a 9-0 run to take a 36-28 lead at the break. Wisconsin pulled away in the second half, outscoring the Buckeyes 42-20.

Radinovic Atop Big Ten in FG Percentage
Senior Velimir Radinovic is No. 1 in the Big Ten in field goal shooting percentage, knocking down 65.5 percent of his shots (78-119). He has made 56 percent of his shots for his career (234-416) in 104 games. He has made 36-of-56 (.643) shots in Big Ten play this season.

O’Brien 4th All-Time in OSU Career Wins
Jim O’Brien has won 130 career games at Ohio State in his seven seasons in Columbus. That total is the fourth-most in Ohio State history. Fred Taylor is the career leader with 297 career wins from 1959-1976 (18 yrs.). Harold G. Olsen is No. 2 (260, 1923-46/24) and Eldon Miller is No. 3 with 174 wins from 1977-86 in 10 seasons.

O’Brien 2nd All-Time in Average Wins Per Season at Ohio State
Jim O’Brien has averaged 18.6 wins per year in his seven years at Ohio State, the second-highest average all-time behind the 19.7 wins a year reached by Gary Williams in his three seasons in Columbus from 1987-89. Williams was 59-41 and made the NCAA Tournament once and the National Invitation Tournament twice. O’Brien has taken four teams to the NCAA Tournament and one to the NIT and has one Final Four (1999) to his credit. Following the 8-22 1997-98 season, his first at Ohio State, O’Brien has averaged 20.3 victories a season in Columbus.

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 6-2 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 6-2 .750 Totals 87-21 .806

Buckeyes’ 37-1 When Shooting 50 percent or Better at Value City Arena
Ohio State has a record of 37-1 (.974) in six seasons under Jim O’Brien at Value City Arena when shooting 50 percent or better. The Buckeyes connected on 57 percent (27-47) of their shots in the most recent win (72-64) over Northwestern. The lone home loss when shooting better than 50 percent at VCA was to Penn State Jan. 10, 2001, a 78-75 setback. The Nittany Lions connected on 53 percent (27-51) of their shots while the Buckeyes knocked down 57 percent (31-54). Ohio State has shot 50 percent or better in nearly half of all games played at Value City Arena (.487).

Overall Shooting 50+% Yr. VCA Rcd. Hm. Rcd. 1998-99 14-1 7-0 1999-2000 15-2 4-0 2000-01 14-3 7-1 2001-02 15-2 9-0 2002-03 11-5 5-0 2003-04 7-4 5-0 Totals 76-17 (.817) 37-1 (.974)

Stockman Paces Buckeyes
Junior Tony Stockman leads Ohio State with an average of 12.9 points a game. He has connected on 85 percent of his foul shots (35-41). With a total of 46 steals, Stockman is among Big Ten leaders (3rd) with an average of 2.09 thefts a game. Sophomore J.J. Sullinger averages 10.2 ppg. Terence Dials is the leading scorer for OSU against Big Ten foes with an average of 11.2 ppg. Stockman is next with 11.1. Senior Velimir Radinovic is third with 10.6 ppg. Dials is the overall team leader in rebounding with an average of 6.6 boards a contest. Radinovic tops the Buckeyes in league games with 6.7 rebounds a game.

Noting the Wisconsin Game
* Ohio State led with 2:47 to play in the first half following a Ricardo Billings baseline dunk that gave the Buckeyes a 28-27 advantage.

* The Buckeyes trailed 36-28 at the break despite going to the foul line just once in the opening 20 minutes and being charged with 17 fouls. Wisconsin was 18-20 at the charity stripe in the first half.

Ohio State player notes
* Junior guard Tony Stockman moved to within a point of 1,000 for his career. In 22 games as a Buckeyes, he has scored 283 points after leaving Clemson with 716 points in two seasons.

* Sophomore J.J. Sullinger eclipsed 500 career points with 14 against the Badgers. He has 234 points this season after leaving Arkansas with 273 points his freshman season.

* Senior Velimir Radinovic tied a career high with 3 blocks against the Badgers. He has 57 for his career. Three more will move him into the Top 10 all-time at Ohio State.

Noting the Buckeyes
Redshirt sophomore Terence Dials has been known for his scoring touch around the basket. In 61 career games, he has made 178-of-324 shots from the floor for a shooting percentage of .549. He has improved his foul shooting this year as well, hitting on 70 percent (64-91) of his shots. He has grabbed five or more rebounds in 17 of 23 games this year. His 19 points vs. Indiana pushed him over the 400 mark (474) 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 119 career assists, which includes 55 this year, a season best total.

Senior captain Velimir Radinovic is closing on 700 career points (677) for his Buckeye career. He’s averaged 6.5 points in 104 games at Ohio State. From the field, Radinovic has been much improved. As a senior, he is connecting on 66 percent of his shots (78-119). For his career, he has connected on 234-416 shots (.563).

Junior Tony Stockman is closing on 1,000 career points (999). 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 35-41 shots (.854) this year. He’s made 79 percent of his free throw attempts for his career (116-147). With five field goals vs. UMBC, Stockman reached 300 for his career. Of his 339 made shots for his career, 205 have come from 3-point range (60 percent).

With 14 points at Wisconsin, sophomore J.J. Sullinger reached 500 career points, which includes 273 scored as a Razorback. He has scored 508 career points, including 235 at Ohio State. His career scoring average is 9.8 points per game in 52 career appearances. He is averaging 10.2 points in 23 contests at Ohio State.

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). He is currently recovering from a stress fracture in his right wrist.

The Bucks in the Big Ten
Terence Dials rates as the No. 6 rebounder in the Big Ten with 6.6 a game. Velimir Radinovic is No. 1 in the conference in field goal percentage (.655) and is No. 6 in offensive rebounds (2.70). Dials is No. 8 in offensive rebounds (2.39). Tony Stockman is No. 3 in 3-pointers made per game (2.27) and No. 3 in steals (2.09). Stockman averages 2.33 steals a game vs. league foes to rank third in that category.

Hawkeyes Down Wolverines
Iowa improved to 13-9 overall and to 6-5 in the Big Ten with a 69-61 home win over Michigan last weekend. Guard Jeff Horner led the Hawkeyes with 20 points in the win while Glen Worley was the top rebounder for Iowa with seven. Horner also topped the scoring charts in the last meeting against Ohio State with 20 points Jan. 24 in Iowa City.

Five in Double Digits for Hawkeyes
Five players, four who are currently active, average 10 or more points for Iowa this season. Guard Pierre Pierce leads the way with 16.7 points per game. Jeff Horner is next with 12.7 ppg. Brody Boyd follows with 10.9 ppg. Injured center Jared Reiner was averaging 10.5 ppg. just ahead of forward Greg Brunner’s 10.2. Brunner is the top rebounder with an average of 7.9 caroms a game.

Alford in Year 5 at Iowa
Steve Alford is in the middle of his fifth year at Iowa. His record as a head coach is 242-144 in 13 seasons at Manchester, Southwest Missouri State and Iowa. He is 86-67 as the head coach in Iowa City.

Jenkins Leads Buckeyes in Board Battles vs. the Hawkeyes
Junior Brandon Fuss-Cheatham led the way with 17 points in the last meeting against Iowa in January. He was followed by sophomore J.J. Sullinger’s 15 points. Senior Velimir Radinovic is the most experienced Buckeye in games vs. the Hawkeyes with nine career meetings. He averages 6.9 points and 3.9 rebounds against the Hawkeyes. Injured forward Matt Sylvester has averaged 7.8 points in four games vs. Iowa to lead Ohio State. Senior Shun Jenkings tops the rebounding chart against the Hawkeyes with an average of 6.3 boards a game in four career appearances.

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 46-57 Minnesota 72-51 Northwestern 104-44 Penn State 14-13 Purdue 72-78 Wisconsin 80-58 Totals 663-634

On This Date, OSU 12-12
Ohio State is 12-12 in games played on Feb. 18. The Buckeyes last won on this date in 1990, a 64-61 win over No. 5 Michigan.

2/18/05 W @Denison, 34-19 2/18/18 L Illinois, 23-26 2/18/19 W @Ohio Wesleyan, 40-32 2/18/22 L @Iowa, 27-31 2/18/28 L @Wisconsin, 18-21 2/18/29 W @Chicago, 35-31 2/18/33 W Purdue, 28-27 2/18/35 L @Illinois, 36-43 2/18/39 W Iowa, 53-40 2/18/44 W @Illinois, 52-41 2/18/50 W @Northwestern, 68(3)-46 2/18/52 L Iowa, 62-75(5) 2/18/56 W Minnesota, 91-80 2/18/61 W @Iowa, 62(1)-61(9) 2/18/63 W Michigan State, 87(9)-77 2/18/67 W @Michigan, 97-85 2/18/69 L @Illinois, 57(10)-73(19) 2/18/78 L @Michigan State, 74-79(10) 2/18/84 L @Iowa, 60-74 2/18/87 L Iowa, 80-82(7) 2/18/89 L @Northwestern, 69(16)-70 2/18/90 W Michigan, 64-61(5) 2/18/92 L @Iowa, 86(6)-92 2/18/95 L @Iowa, 66-85

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 76-18 (.809) 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.

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.