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The Buckeyes are 50-7 in Value City Arena since it opened forthe 1998-99 season. OSU is 30-3 against non-conference opponentsand 20-4 in Big Ten games.%^$

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Boban Savovic kept the 3-point streak alive with his field goalat the 17:30 mark in the first half. Ohio State has made at leastone 3-point basket in 290-consecutive games.%^$

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Savovic moved into the No. 9 spot, moving ahead of Jim Jackson,for career 3-pointers. He has 87 for his career. He needs threemore to move into the No. 8 spot occupied by Damon Stringer.%^$

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Ohio State closed the final 9:36 of the first half on a 17-5run behind the perfect shooting of Zach Williams (2-2), BobanSavovic (3-3) and Sean Connolly (2-2).%^$

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Velimir Radinovic set a career high for blocks with three. Hisprevious high was two against Santa Clara earlier this season (Dec.12).%^$

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With his 18-point performance Brian Brown has 991 points in hiscareer. He is on pace to become the 40th Ohio State player to reach1,000 points.%^$

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Freshman guard Brandon Fuss-Cheatham started the second half inplace of Brent Darby who injured his left pinky finger.Fuss-Cheatham played 21 minutes before coming out after taking ahard fall.%^$

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Eastern Illinois was 3-of-15 from behind the arc for a .200shooting percentage. Six of the nine teams Ohio State has playedthis season have been held at or below 25 percent shooting from3-point range. None of the six connected on more than four3-pointers.%^$

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The Buckeyes held Eastern Illinois’ leading scorer, HenryDomercant, to 20 points. He is averaging 24.3 points per game andis sixth in the nation for scoring.%^$

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In four seasons at Value City Arena, Jim O’Brien and theBuckeyes have a combined record of 30-3 against non-conferenceopponents.%^$

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Before the game tonight, Eastern Illinois and Ohio State hadnever met in basketball. The Buckeyes are 10-0 against Ohio ValleyConference teams.%^$

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Ohio State has played on this date in history 33 times, winning23. The Buckeyes have won the last five games on this date.%^$