Dec. 27, 2001
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Brown Close to 1,000 Career Points
Ohio State senior guard Brian Brown could reach the 1,000-point mark in his Buckeye career against UNC-Greensboro. Brown will become the 40th player in Ohio State history to reach 1,000 points. He has scored 991 points in 106 career games for an average of 9.3 points a contest.
Buckeyes to Reach 1,000,000 in Attendance
In the fourth season of play in Value City Arena, the Buckeye men’s basketball team has drawn an average of 17,382 per game for a total of 990,766. The 9,234th fan to enter the building vs. UNCG will be honored as the 1,000,000th men’s basketball fan at Value City Arena. The 1,000,000th fan will win a four day three night Bahamas cruise for two adults plus a Buckeye prize pack.
Spartans, Buckeyes Clash for First Time
North Carolina-Greensboro, a member of the Southern Conference, will be facing the Buckeyes for the first time. Ohio State has an 8-4 record vs. teams representing the Southern Conference. Ohio State is 1-0 vs. Appalachian State, 2-3 vs. Davidson, 2-0 vs. East Tennessee State and 3-1 vs. Chattanooga. UNCG finished the 2000-01 season with a 19-12 after losing to Stanford in the first round of the West Regional in the 2001 NCAA Tournament.
Maye Leads Four in Double Figures
Four Spartans average 10 or more points for the Spartans. Junior forward James Maye leads a balanced attack with 13.3 points per game. Senior guard Courtney Eldridge is second offensively with 11.4 ppg. Sophomore guards Jay Joseph (10.4 ppg.) and Ronnie Taylor (10.0 ppg.) round out the top scorers for the Spartans. Senior forward David Schuck is the leading rebounder for UNCG with 7.1 boards a game.
UNC-Greensboro Starts Strong
The Spartans are 6-3 following an 83-69 loss to at New Mexico State Dec. 22. Wins this season have come against UNC-Asheville, Elon, Saint Peter’s, East Carolina, Delaware and Norfolk State. Other losses were to Middle Tennessee and Arkansas.
McCaffery in Third Season at UNCG
North Carolina-Greensboro head coach Fran McCaffery spent three seasons at Lehigh before taking his current position with the Spartans. McCaffery has a career record of 89-67 with a 40-28 mark at UNCG. He has 11 years of experience as the recruiting coordinator at Notre Dame with coaches Digger Phelps and John MacLeod. He also spent time as an assist at Lehigh and Penn.
Buckeyes Limit Foes’ Long Range Shooting
Six of the nine teams Ohio State has played this season have been held at or below 25 percent shooting from 3-point range. None of the six connected on more than four 3-pointers. Four opponents have not reached 17 percent shooting from long range.
O’Brien 30-3 in VCA vs. Non-Conference Foes
In four seasons at Value City Arena, Jim O’Brien and the Buckeyes have a combined record of 30-3 (.909) against non-conference opponents. Ohio State was 7-0 in 1998-99, 8-1 in 1999-00 and 8-1 in 2000-01 in non-Big Ten home games. The Buckeyes are 7-1 at home this year. Losses have come to Notre Dame (59-57) in the 1999 Preseason NIT (11/16), Kansas (69-68) Dec. 23, 2000 and Pittsburgh Dec. 19, 2001 (62-55). O’Brien is 37-5 in non-conference home games in five seasons at Ohio State, which includes a 7-2 record his first season at St. John Arena. The Buckeyes are 20-4 (.833) in Big Ten play at home in VCA.
Savovic, Brown Climbing 3-point Chart
Boban Savovic is ninth on the Top 10 list for career 3-pointers made with 86. He has connected on 21-of-39 3-point shots this season for a shooting percentage of 53.8 percent. Savovic passed Jim Jackson (1990-92), who finished his career with 82 treys.. Brian Brown, who started the season 10th all-time, is just outside the Top 10 with 78. He has made 5-of-24 on the season (.208). Brent Darby could crack the Top 10 this season as well. He has made 67-of-181 (.370) for his OSU career. Sean Connolly has made 118-of-298 career 3-pointers, which includes a 64-of-165 (.388) long range shooting effort as a freshman at Providence. At Ohio State, Connolly had connected on 54-of-133 treys (.406).
Brown Reaches 300 Assists, Moves in Top 10 in Career Helpers
Brian Brown passed former teammate Scoonie Penn on the Ohio State career assists list with five against IUPUI. Brown is now 10th all-time with 301. Carter Scott (1978-81) is ninth with 326.
Noting the Win Over Eastern Illinois
n The Buckeyes are 50-7 in Value City Arena since it opened for the 1998-99 season. OSU is 30-3 against non-conference opponents and 20-4 in Big Ten games.
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. Savovic moved into theNo. 9 spot, moving ahead of Jim Jackson, for career 3-pointers. Hehas 87 for his career. He needs three more to move into the No. 8spot occupied by Damon Stringer. Ohio State closed the final 9:36of the first half on a 17-5 run behind the perfect shooting of ZachWilliams (2-2), Boban Savovic (3-3) and Sean Connolly (2-2).Velimir Radinovic set a career high for blocks with three. Hisprevious high was two against Santa Clara earlier this season (Dec.12). With his 18-point performance Brian Brown has 991 points inhis career. He is on pace to become the 40th Ohio State player toreach 1,000 points. Freshman guard Brandon Fuss-Cheatham startedthe second half in place of Brent Darby who injured his left pinkyfinger. Fuss-Cheatham played 21 minutes before coming out aftertaking a hard fall. Eastern Illinois was 3-of-15 from behind thearc for a .200 shooting percentage. Six of the nine teams OhioState has played this season have been held at or below 25 percentshooting from 3-point range. None of the six connected on more thanfour 3-pointers. The Buckeyes held Eastern Illinois’ leadingscorer, Henry Domercant, to 20 points. He is averaging 24.3 pointsper game and is sixth in the nation for scoring. In four seasons atValue City Arena, Jim O’Brien and the Buckeyes have a combinedrecord of 30-3 against non-conference opponents. Before the gametonight, Eastern Illinois and Ohio State had never met inbasketball. The Buckeyes are 10-0 against Ohio Valley Conferenceteams. Ohio State has played on this date in history 33 times,winning 23. The Buckeyes have won the last five games on this date.
Brown Holds Team Lead in Scoring
Senior Brian Brown owns the team lead in scoring following an 18-point effort against Eastern Illinois. He tops four Buckeyes in double digits in a well-balanced offensive attack. Brown is averaging 14.1 points per game followed by Boban Savovic with 12.2. Brent Darby (10.8 ppg.) is just ahead of sophomore Zach Williams (10.6).
Ohio State Tops Big Ten in Several Areas
Ohio State is among the top two Big Ten teams in several league statistical categories. The Buckeyes are No. 1 in scoring margin (+16.7), 3-point field goal percentage defense (.229) and rebounding defense (29.8). Ohio State is No. 2 in scoring defense (57.6), field goal percentage (.488), 3-point field goal percentage (.380), rebounding margin (+7.1) and assists (16.56).
Value City Arena Serves Buckeyes Well
Ohio State has played 57 home games at Value City Arena since the facility opened for the 1998-99 season. Those fans have been instrumental in the Buckeyes’ 50-7 (.877) home record at Value City Arena.
Buckeyes Enter 103rd Season
Ohio State has a record of 81-22 (.786) in season-opening games over the 103 years of men’s basketball at OSU. The Buckeyes are 85-18 (.825) in home openers and 49-53 (.480) in road openers. Ohio State did not play a road game in 1900-01. This is the 90th season of Big Ten membership in men’s basketball for the Buckeyes. Ohio State is 49-40 (.551) in conference openers, 60-29 (.674) in league home openers and 33-56 (.371) in the first road game of the season in Big Ten play.
Foul Line Familiar, Comfortable for Connolly
Junior Sean Connolly has made 85 percent (111-131) of his foul shots in three seasons of college basketball. He was 60-of-70 (.857) as a freshman at Providence in 1998-99. As a Buckeye sophomore last year, he drilled 42-of-50 free throws (.840) and was a remarkable 27-of-28 (.964) in Big Ten games. He had a stretch of 25-consecutive made foul shots in the conference season a year ago. He is 9-of-11 from the line this season.
Senior Class Continues Successful Run
Ohio State seniors Brian Brown, Will Dudley and Boban Savovic have been a part of three of the more successful seasons in Ohio State history. As freshmen, the trio helped the squad reach the 1999 Final Four. As sophomores, they were a part of a Big Ten Championship team and another trip to the NCAA tournament. As juniors, they were instrumental in taking Ohio State to its third-consecutive NCAA tournament appearance and 20-win season. Combined, these seniors have been a part of 77 wins (29 defeats), three NCAA tournaments, three 20-win seasons, the 1999 Final Four and the 2000 Big Ten Co-Championship. Another senior, Tim Martin, did not play for OSU until the 2000-01 season. Martin, a transfer from Kent State, sat out the 1999-00 season to satisfy NCAA transfer rules.
A 4th-consecutive NCAA trip, 20-win season?
The Buckeyes have been to 21 NCAA Tournaments in the history of the program, including the past three. No Ohio State coach has ever led four-consecutive teams to the NCAA Tournament. The Buckeyes have made three-consecutive trips four times (1944-46, 1960-62, 1990-92 and 1999-01). Ohio State also has a streak of three-consecutive 20-win seasons. The only time the program enjoyed four-consecutive 20-win campaigns occurred from 1960-63 with 25, 27, 26 and 20 wins, respectively. Ohio State won the national championship in 1960 and won four of five-consecutive Big Ten titles during that span.
Summer in Europe
Ohio State spent 16 days (Aug. 20-Sept. 4) traveling through Italy, Switzerland, France and The Netherlands in preparation for the 2001-02 season. The trip offered Ohio State’s big men an opportunity to play competitively while allowing the guards to experiment with lineups during the six-game schedule. Ohio State won all six contests with the guards leading the way. Senior Boban Savovic averaged 17.5 points (105 total) to lead all scorers. Senior Brian Brown and junior Brent Darby each scored 96 points for 16.0 averages. Sean Connolly scored 10.5 points a contest and was the only Buckeye to connected on at least one 3-pointer in each of the six games. Sophomore Zach Williams registered a pair of double-doubles and led the Buckeyes with 7.3 rebounds a game.
Buckeyes to Play in 2003 Maui Invitational
The Maui Invitational will draw attractive fields for the following three seasons. Chaminade, the NCAA Division II school from Honolulu, will serve as host as it has every year since 1984. The 2002 field includes: Arizona State, Gonzaga, Indiana, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Utah and Virginia. The 2003 participants are: California, Dayton, Florida State, Hawaii, Ohio State, San Diego State and Villanova. The 2004 field, which could be subject to change pending NCAA legislation regarding early season tournaments, is: Iowa, Louisville, North Carolina, Notre Dame, Tennessee, Texas and Stanford.
Ohio State Successful on This Date in History
Ohio State has played on this date in history 40 times, posting a 26-14 record in those game. The Buckeyes have won 11 of the last 14 games on this date.
Ohio State Among Attendance Leaders
The Buckeyes have been among the Top 7 teams nationally in average home attendance in each of the last three years. Ohio State averaged 17,540 fans in 2000-01 to rank No. 4, its highest ranking in team history. The Buckeyes have been a draw on the road as well. Ohio State has been among the Top 10 in NCAA all-games attendance the last three seasons, including a No. 2 ranking in 1999.