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Date Feb. 14, 2004
Opponent Nos. 14/17 (AP) Wisconsin
Site Kohl Center (17,142)
Game Time 7 p.m. (EST)
TV ESPN
Local TV None
TV Talent Dave Barnett (Play-by-Play), Steve Lavin (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 (11-11, 3-6)

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.

Nos. 14/17 Wisconsin Badgers
Probable Starters (16-4, 7-2)

G 34 – Devin Harris, 6-3, Jr.
G 24 – Freddie Owens, 6-2, Sr.
C 21 – Andreas Helmigk, 6-9, So.
F 54 – Mike Wilkinson, 6-8, Jr.
F 44 – Zach Morley, 6-8, Jr.

Stockman 4 Points Shy of Milestone
Junior guard Tony Stockman needs four points to reach 1,000 for his career. A transfer from Clemson, Stockman scored 716 during his two years with the Tigers. He has 280 points as a Buckeye for a career total of 996 (12.5 ppg.). He also needs just one assist to reach 200 for his career. Against Michigan State, Stockman knocked down five 3-pointers to push his career total over the 200 (204) mark.

Sullinger Closing on 500
Sophomore J.J. Sullinger has scored 494 points in 51 career games, which includes 273 points scored as a freshman at Arkansas. In 22 Buckeye games, Sullinger averages 10.0 points (221) a game this season.

The Buckeyes vs. Wisconsin
Ohio State leads the all-time series against Wisconsin 80-57 with a 29-38 record in Madison and a 50-19 record in Columbus. The teams have met just once on neutral ground, a 58-50 win for the Buckeyes last year at the Big Ten tournament in Chicago. Ohio State has gone up against nine Wisconsin (No. 14/17-AP) teams all-time that entered the contest against the Buckeyes as a ranked team in the Associated Press Top 25 Poll. The Buckeyes are 5-4 in those games. In the 67 series games played in Madison, the teams have been separated by an average of just 1.1 points a game with the Badgers holding the edge 60-58.9 scoring edge.

Spartans’ Hot Shooting Downs Buckeyes
Maurice Ager came off the bench to tie his career high with 18 points and Michigan State shot 73.3 percent from the field to beat Ohio State 84-70. The Spartans, who shot 81 percent in the first half, missed their final four shots of the game. Michigan State ended up 33 of 45 from the field. Chris Hill added 16 points, Kelvin Torbert had 15, Alan Anderson 12 and Paul Davis 10 for Michigan State. Ager hit 7 of 9 shots from the field, Hill made 6 of 8, Torbert was 6 of 7, Anderson made all four of his shots and Davis was 4 for 5. Ohio State shot 20 free throws before the Spartans went to the line for the first time, 3:38 into the second half. The Buckeyes never got closer than 11 points in the second half after falling behind by as many as 20. Tony Stockman scored 18 points, Velimir Radinovic had 17, Terence Dials 13 and Brandon Fuss-Cheatham 10 for Ohio State.

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 (76-116). He has made 56 percent of his shots for his career (232-413) in 103 games. He has made 34-of-53 (.642) 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

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 this week. 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

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, which opened for the start of the 1998-99 season, O’Brien’s second campaign in Columbus. The Buckeyes connected on 57 percent (27-47) of their shots in the most recent win (72-64) over Northwestern Wednesday. 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 13.3 points a game, increasing his season scoring average following the 18 points scored against Michigan State last week. He has connected on 85 percent of his foul shots (35-41). With a total of 45 steals, Stockman is among Big Ten leaders (3rd) with an average of 2.14 thefts a game. Sophomores J.J. Sullinger and Terence Dials average 10.0 points a game. Stockman is the leading scorer for OSU against Big Ten foes with an average of 12.1 ppg. Dials is next with 11.8. Senior Velimir Radinovic is third with 11. 3 ppg. Dials is the overall team leader in rebounding with an average of 6.7 boards a contest. Radinovic tops the Buckeyes in league games with 6.8 rebounds a game.

Buckeyes Winning Board Battles
Ohio State leads the Big Ten in rebounding and rebound margin in league games to date. The Buckeyes average 33.9 rebounds and own a +3.7 rebound margin to top the conference charts in those categories vs. Big Ten opponents. Against league opponents, Ohio State has three of the Top 20 players in rebounding. Velimir Radinovic is No. 8 (6.8 rpg.), Terence Dials is No. 15 (5.7 rpg.) and J.J. Sullinger is No. 20 (5.0 rpg.). Radinovic is the No. 5 offensive rebounder vs. Big Ten foes (2.78), Shun Jenkins is No. 9 (2.12) and Dials is No. 10 (2.11).

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 9.6 points and 6.7 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 Michigan State Game
* Ohio State was good on its first five 3-point field goals of the second half. Four of those came during a 12-3 Buckeye run from 15:10 to 12:09 in the second half that brought Ohio State within 11 points at 62-51 with 11:40 remaining in the game.

* With the 84-70 loss Saturday, the Buckeyes suffered just their second loss of the season when scoring at least 70 points. Ohio State now is 6-2 on the season when reaching the 70-point mark. Under Jim O’Brien, Ohio State fell to 87-21 when scoring 70 points.

Ohio State player notes
* Junior guard Brandon Fuss-Cheatham hit two 3-pointers in the contest, marking the first time in his career he has hit multiple 3-pointers in the same game.

* Junior guard Tony Stockman connected on 5-of-8 attempts from 3-point range, marking the second consecutive game he has hit at least five 3-pointers. Stockman’s career-high in 3-point makes is eight while playing for Clemson against North Carolina Feb. 27, 2002.

* Four Buckeyes scored double figures in the loss to Michigan State, marking the fourth time this season at least four players have scored in double figures. Junior guard Tony Stockman led the way with 18, senior center Velimir Radinovic had 17, sophomore forward Terence Dials each had 13 and junior guard Brandon Fuss-Cheatham tallied 10 points.

Noting the Buckeyes
Redshirt sophomore Terence Dials has been known for his scoring touch around the basket. In 60 career games, he has made 175-of-319 shots from the floor for a shooting percentage of .549. He has improved his foul shooting this year as well, hitting on 71 percent (64-90) of his shots. He has grabbed five or more rebounds in 17 of 22 games this year. His 19 points vs. Indiana pushed him over the 400 mark (468) 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 118 career assists, which includes 54 this year, a season best total.

Senior captain Velimir Radinovic is closing on 700 career points (673) for his Buckeye career. He’s averaged 6.5 points in 103 games at Ohio State. From the field, Radinovic has been much improved. As a senior, he is connecting on 66 percent of his shots (76-116). For his career, he has connected on 232-413 shots (.562).

Junior Tony Stockman is closing on 1,000 career points (996). 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 338 made shots for his career, 204 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 has scored 494 career points, including 221 at Ohio State. His career scoring average is 9.7 points per game in 51 career appearances. He is averaging 10.0 points in 22 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 6.7 a game. Velimir Radinovic is No. 1 in the conference in field goal percentage (.655) and is No. 6 in offensive rebounds (2.73). Terence Dials is No. 8 in offensive rebounds (2.41) Tony Stockman is No. 3 in 3-pointers made per game (2.33) and No. 3 in steals (2.14). Stockman averages 2.50 steals a game vs. league foes to top that category.

Badgers 7-2 in League Season
No. 14/17 (ESPN/USA Today/Associated Press) Wisconsin plays host to the Buckeyes with a 16-4 overall record and 7-2 mark in Big Ten play. The lone league losses were a two-point setback (53-51) at Purdue and a 69-51 loss at Northwestern. The Badgers were 9-2 in nonconference action with losses at Maryland in overtime and at Alabama.

Devin Harris Tops Scoring Chart for UW
Junior guard Devin Harris leads all Wisconsin scorers with 18.5 points a game. He also has made the most 3-pointers (39), field goals (109) and foul shots (112) for the Badgers. Forward Mike Wilkinson also averages double digits with 11.8 points a game. He is the team’s leading rebounder with 6.9 caroms per outing.

Ryan in Third Season
Bo Ryan is in his third season at Wisconsin and his 19th overall as a collegiate coach. His teams have produced a record of 442-128 during his career. His record in Madison is 59-25. He has coached at UW-Milwaukee and UW-Platteville.

Jenkins Close to Double-Double vs. UW
Senior Velimir Radinovic has the most experience of any on the Ohio Stare roster with five games played vs. Wisconsin. He averages 6.4 points and 2.4 rebounds. In three games, Shun Jenkins, a senior forward, averaged 8.0 points and 9.3 rebounds vs. UW. Sophomore J.J. Sullinger scored a team-high 14 points in Ohio State’s earlier matchup with the Badgers this year.

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 80-57 Totals 663-633

On This Date, OSU 13-10
Ohio State is 13-10 in games played on Feb. 4. The Buckeyes last won on this date in 2001, a 65-64 win at Purdue.

2/7/00 W Circleville, 14-13 2/14/07 W @B. Wallace, 37-27 2/14/14 W Denison, 28-21 2/14/20 W @Oberlin, 32-13 2/14/21 L @Indiana, 11-33 2/14/25 W Minnesota, 26-20 2/14/42 L @Wisconsin, 39-49 2/14/48 W Illinois, 57-50 2/14/49 W @St. Louis, 68(18)-60(2) 2/14/53 W @Pittsburgh, 62-53 2/14/55 L @Iowa, 68-79(15) 2/14/66 L @Indiana, 61-81 2/14/70 W @Indiana, 100-83 2/14/76 L @Purdue, 73-98 2/14/77 L Iowa (ot), 70-74 2/14/80 L @Minnesota, 70(9)-74 2/14/81 L Illinois, 57-63(17) 2/14/85 W @Indiana, 72-63 2/14/87 W @Northwestern , 75-60 2/14/91 W @Wisconsin, 73(2)-71 2/14/95 L Indiana, 52-69 2/14/98 L @Iowa, 70-82 2/14/01 W @Purdue, 65-64

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.