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January 20, 1999

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Saturday, Jan. 23, 1999 will be a day on the campus of The Ohio State University that will be hard pressed to top in terms of thrills, excitement and overall spectator enjoyment.

%^$Value City Arena, the fabulous new home of the Ohio State Buckeyes’ men’s and women’s basketball teams and hockey team, will host more than 35,000 spectators Saturday as both the men’s basketball game against No. 17 Minnesota at noon and the hockey game against defending national champion Michigan at 8 p.m. are sold out.

%^$”I can’t wait,” Director of Athletics Andy Geiger said. “With the success that all of our teams that play in the Value City Arena are having, coupled with the enthusiastic atmosphere that is the Value City Arena, Saturday will be a day that people may talk about and hopefully remember for years to come.”

%^$Coach Jim O’Brien’s Buckeyes, ranked 24th by ESPN/USA Today, 14-5 overall, 4-2 in the Big Ten and tied for third place, will start the day off against No. 17 Minnesota, which takes an 11-3 overall mark and 3-2 Big Ten record into tonight’s game at Michigan. The Buckeyes are coming off a 72-43 drubbing of Purdue Tuesday night which improved their record in Value City Arena to 10-1.

%^$ Then, after a four-hour turn-around from hardwood to a sheet of ice, Coach John Markell’s hockey Buckeyes, who already own a 1-0 win over Michigan in front of approximately 10,000 Value City Arena fans in the first hockey game ever played in the facility, will take on the Wolverines in a key CCHA contest. Ohio State is 10-6-2 in CCHA play and in fourth place while Michigan sits in second place with a 13-3-1 record.

%^$ Super Saturday Facts – January 23, 1999 Value City Arena at the Jerome Schottenstein Center

%^$Basketball Noon – #24 Ohio State (14-5; 4-2) vs. #17 Minnesota (11-3; 3-2) Hockey 8 p.m. – Ohio State (12-10-3; 10-6-2) vs. #5 Michigan (16-5-2; 13-3-1)