Feb. 1, 2005

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Date Feb. 2, 2005
Opponent Purdue (5-13, 1-6)
Site Value City Arena (19,200)
Game Time 8 p.m.
Local TV ONN
TV Talent Mike Gleason, (P-by-P), Bob Ford, Expert Analysis
Radio OSU Radio Network (59 stations)
Local Radio WBNS FM-97.1 AM-1460
Radio Talent Paul Keels (P-by-P), Ron Stokes (Expert Analysis)

Ohio State, Purdue Game Moved to ONN
President George Bush’s State of the Union Address Wednesday will be carried by WBNS 10 TV causing the Ohio State vs. Purdue game to be moved to WBNS affiliate, the Ohio News Network (ONN).

Buckeyes Excel on Home Court
Ohio State is 11-1 in Columbus this season and 10-1 at Value City Arena. The other victory was against Chattanooga at St. John Arena, the former home of the Buckeyes, earlier this year. Ohio State’s only home loss was in overtime (60-56) to Minnesota. The Buckeyes average nearly 17 points a game (76.8-59.1) more than opponents at home this year and are shooing about 10 percent better (.477-.381) than foes in Columbus. Ohio State has made 92 more field goals (349-257) than opponents while knocking down 99 of 274 3-pointers. Opponents have made 72 of 239 long range shots. The Buckeyes have forced 50 more turnovers (202-152) than committed at home and have 68 more assists (205-137). In Ohio State’s 14 wins, the Buckeyes outscore opponents 77.6-59.7, have more than 100 field goals made (409-304), have the advantage in 3-pointers made (119-83) and have 53 more assists (239-180 and 57 fewer turnovers (170-227).

Ohio State Rated 12th Best Program in College Basketball by Street & Smith’s
In a special edition of Street & Smith’s out this week, the magazine rates Ohio State as the 12th best NCAA college basketball program of all-time. Several categories were used to rate programs across the country. The Buckeyes’ NCAA tournament appearances (22), Final Four appearances (9), NCAA tournament wins (37), conference championships (17, 10 outright) and NBA first round draft picks (14) were all factored in, among other criteria. Ohio State was second only to Indiana (rated No. 6) among the eight Big Ten teams among the Top 100 programs. None of the listed league schools was rated lower than No. 55 by the magazine.

TD Doing a Double Take
Ohio State opponents have watched junior Terence Dials score in double figures in 13 of the last 16 games this season and in 15 of 21 games on the year. The 6-foot-9-inch center from Youngstown, Ohio, also has seven games with 10 or more rebounds on the year. In his career, Dials has nine career games with 10 or more points and rebounds, with six of the double-doubles recorded this season. Dials is the first player since Shaun Stonerook (eight in 1996-97) to record six double doubles in the same season. Dials also is the first since Stonerook to post eight or more career double-doubles. Stonerook had 11 career double doubles.

T-N-T Combo Pace Explosive OSU Offense
The inside/outside offensive combination of Terence Dials and Tony Stockman combine to average nearly 30 points a game for an Ohio State offense averaging 74.8 points a game. Dials has scored 20 or more points in eight games this season while Stockman has reached the 15-point mark nine times. Dials is connecting on 58 percent of his shots inside (124-215) while Stockman has made 36 percent of his outside 3-point attempts (52-145). The duo has led Ohio State in scoring in 15 of 21 games this season with Dials leading the way 10 times.

Buckeyes Stay in the Game, Avoid DQs
Four Ohio State players have fouled out of the 20 games to date this season and none more than once. A year ago, a total of 22 players were disqualified with five fouls in a game. J.J. Sullinger was DQ’d eight times as a sophomore while Terence Dials found himself on the bench four times. Both have reached the maximum of five fouls in a game just once this year to date. As a team, Ohio State averages 16.9 fouls a game this year. The squad was whistled for an average of 19.6 fouls a contest in 2003-04.

Buckeyes Rally with Late Run to Down Wildcats
Ohio State toughened up its defense to erase an eight-point second half deficit and then showed it’s not how you start the game, but how you finish that counts. The Buckeyes closed with a 22-1 run, a stunning reversal that produced a 65-52 Big Ten victory over Northwestern last Saturday. J.J. Sullinger scored six of his team-high 15 points during the closing spurt as the Buckeyes countered a 13-2 run by Northwestern that had given the Wildcats their first lead of the game with 11:18 remaining. The Buckeyes took a 52-51 lead they would not relinquish on back-to-back baskets by Sullinger and held Northwestern without a field goal over the game’s final 7:15. The Wildcats had led 51-43 after a three-point play by Vedran Vukusic, who scored a team-high 15 points. Davor Duvancic added 14 points for the Wildcats. Matt Sylvester scored 12 points and Jamar Butler and Tony Stockman added 10 apiece for Ohio State. The Buckeyes led 29-27 at halftime and widened the margin to 39-35 on Sylvester’s 3-pointer before Northwestern rallied to take an eight-point lead. The win was the 11th-consecutive win in the series for the Buckeyes, including the last five played in Evanston.

Noting the Northwestern Game

Freshman Jamar Butler and junior Je’Kel Foster made their firstcareer starts for the Buckeyes. Butler tied his career-high with 10points. The change in the lineup was the first change of startersfor Ohio State on the year. Ohio State ended the game on a 22-1 runafter Northwestern took a 51-43 lead with 7:20 to play in the game.Ohio State connected on 86 percent of its foul shots for the game,the best shooting percentage of the year for the Buckeyes. OhioState has won 11-consecutive games in the series with Northwesternto improve to 105-44 all-time. The Buckeyes have won their lastfive times in Evanston. Wildcat head coach Bill Carmody has atleast one victory over every Big Ten team except Ohio State (0-8).The Buckeyes turned the ball over just twice in the second half tofinish the game with 10 miscues. Matt Marinchick played 19 minutes,one off his career high, in relief of Terence Dials, who played themajority of the game in foul trouble. The win gave Ohio State its14th win of the season with at least nine contests remaining. OhioState was 14-16 a year ago.

Stockman, Dials Lead Team With 10 Career Games with 20 or More Points
Tony Stockman’s 22 points in the win against No. 14 Iowa (1/8/05) gave him 10 games with 20 or more points as a Buckeye. He is tied with Terence Dials, who scored 20 points vs. Minnesota (1/19/05) for his 10th career 20-point game. Dials has scored 20 or more points in eight games this season to lead the team. The last player to score 20 or more points in seven or more games was Stockman a year ago. Brent Darby led the squad in 2002-03 with 12 games with 20 or more points, including a pair of games with 30 or more. Michael Redd reached 20 or more in 48 career games, including 22 contests in 1997-98, his freshman season. He scored 20 or more 17 times in 1998-99 and in nine games as a junior in 1999-00. Scoonie Penn reached 20 or more 19 times in his two-year career (1999-2000).

Ohio State vs. Ranked Foes
Overall, Ohio State is 130-210 all-time against ranked opponents and 54-106 against Top 10 teams after facing No. 1 Illinois (1/5/05). The Buckeyes fell to 6-9 vs. No. 1 teams following the loss to the Illini, breaking a four-game win streak vs. top-ranked teams. No. 14 Iowa fell in Columbus at Value City Arena Jan. 8 (81-69).

Dials Earns Back-to-Back Big Ten Player of the Week Accolades
Ohio State junior Terence Dials led the Buckeyes past Mercer 102-77 by netting a career-high 29 points to go with 13 rebounds to earn his second-consecutive Big Ten Player of the Week accolade Dec. 27. He made 12 field goals, a career best, on 15 attempts (.800) from the field, while also hitting 5-of-7 free throws. Dials posted his second double-double in three games and fifth of his career, while also reaching double figures for the eighth time this season. He is now tied for the team lead in scoring (14.9 ppg.) while ranking 10th in the Big Ten Conference. Dials also ranks third in the league with a career-high 7.8 rebounds per game. The Youngstown native becomes the first conference player to earn back-to-back weekly honors since Wisconsin’s Kirk Penney, who was named player of the week on Dec. 24, 2001 and Dec. 31, 2001. He is the first Buckeye to earn consecutive honors since Scoonie Penn in 1999 (2/15, 2/22).

Ohio State Wins No. 1,400 in Program History
In 106 years of basketball since 1898, the men’s basketball program at Ohio State has an overall record of 1,405-981 with a 14-7 record this season.

Ohio State to Retire Havlicek’s No. 5 Feb. 27 vs. Wisconsin
John Havlicek, who lettered from 1960-62 for the Ohio State men’s basketball team and later starred for the NBA’s Boston Celtics, will be back on campus Feb. 27, 2005 to celebrate the retirement of his No. 5 jersey. Havlicek helped the Buckeyes to three-consecutive trips to the NCAA Final Four and three national championship games during his career. The Buckeyes won the 1960 NCAA title and were runners-up in 1961 and 1962. As a Buckeye, Havlicek scored 1,223 points (14.6 ppg.) and grabbed 720 rebounds (8.6 rpg). He ranks 25th all-time in career scoring at Ohio State and is one of just 41 players all-time to score more than 1,000 points. The Buckeyes were 78-6 during his career. He was a two-time All-Big Ten selection and a first-team All-American as a senior in 1962. A member of the Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Mass., Havlicek made nearly 51 percent of his shots from the field and 73 percent of his free throws. As a senior, he averaged 17.0 points and almost 10 rebounds a game. Havlicek is the fourth Ohio State men’s basketball player to have his number retired. He joins No. 11 Jerry Lucas (Feb. 23, 2000), No. 35 Gary Bradds (Jan. 27, 2001) and No. 22 Jim Jackson (Feb. 10, 2001).

Buckeyes 4-0 vs. Purdue in VCA
Ohio State is 4-0 all-time against Purdue at Value City Arena since the facility opened for the 1998-99 season. The Buckeyes are 36-15 (.706) all-time vs. Big Ten opponents at VCA. Ohio State is undefeated in VCA games vs. Purdue (4-0) and Northwestern (6-0). Ohio State is 5-1 vs. Minnesota, 5-1 vs. Penn State, and 3-1 vs. both Michigan and Illinois. The Buckeyes own 3-2 records vs. both Wisconsin and Indiana, are 2-3 vs. Michigan State and 2-4 against Iowa. Northwestern and Michigan State do not travel to Columbus this year. Ohio State is 11-1 at home, 2-1 vs. the Big Ten this year and has just one losing season vs. Big Ten opponents to date, a 3-5 record a year ago.

Purdue Looking for Success in League
Purdue fell to Wisconsin-Milwaukee in its final non-conference game of the season 73-68 last Wednesday and then handled Michigan in West Lafayette Sunday 84-55 to up its season record to 5-13 overall. The Boilers enter the Ohio State game 1-6 in Big Ten Conference games.

Keady in Final Season at Purdue
Gene Keady coaches his final game in Columbus tonight as the leader on the Purdue sidelines. The longtime coach at Purdue will retire following the 2004-05 campaign from his post as coach of the Boilermakers. His career spans 25 years in West Lafayette and for 27 seasons overall as a collegiate head coach. His teams have won 510 games at Purdue while overall he owns 548 career victories.

Dials, Sylvester Lead OSU vs. Purdue
Junior Terence Dials averages a team-leading 13.0 points in games played against Purdue. In Dials’ three career matchups vs. Purdue squads, he averages 13.0 points and 4.7 rebounds. Junior Matt Sylvester has averaged 12.0 points in his two career games vs. the Boilermakers. Senior Tony Stockman scored 17 points in his only action vs. Purdue. J.J. Sullinger scored 10 points to go with six rebounds in his first game vs. a Boiler squad a season ago.

The Purdue Series
Purdue is atop the all-time series between Ohio State and the Boilermakers with a 78-72 advantage. The Buckeyes are 48-27 all-time in games played in Columbus. The Buckeyes have won eight of the last nine games in the series, including all four games played at Value City Arena.

Ohio State vs. The Big Ten Illinois 59-100 Indiana 69-98 Iowa 66-71 Michigan 82-70 Michigan State 46-57 Minnesota 74-52 Northwestern 105-44 Penn State 16-13 Purdue 72-78 Wisconsin 80-59 Totals 669-642

Matta Coaching 3rd game vs. Purdue
First-year Buckeye head coach Thad Matta is coaching in his first Big Ten Conference season and is 3-4 to date. He has competed against Wisconsin (2-1), Purdue (1-1), Illinois (0-1), Indiana (0-2), Iowa (1-0), Minnesota (0-1), Penn State (1-0) and Northwestern (1-0) during his years at Butler, Xavier and Ohio State.

Buckeyes Edge Closer to Even in Feb. 2 Games
Ohio State has won its last two games on this date and is 10-12 all-time in Feb. 2 games.

2/2/06 W Akron Buchtel, 20-17 2/2/18 L @Northwestern, 36-57 2/2/25 W @Minnesota, 32-20 2/2/29 W @Army, 44-30 2/2/31 L @Columbia, 29-30 2/2/42 L Indiana, 43-46 2/2/48 W Michigan, 70-66 2/2/52 L Illinois, 62-66(3) 2/2/53 W Purdue, 79-77 2/2/59 L Indiana, 92-122 2/2/63 W @Purdue, 97-93 2/2/74 L Northwestern, 61-68 2/2/78 L @Purdue, 69-71 2/2/81 L @Wisconsin, 67(6)-70 2/2/83 L Minnesota (ot), 80-89(17) 2/2/84 W @Wisconsin, 85-74 2/2/85 L Iowa, 58-67 2/2/87 L Illinois, 65-82(12) 2/2/92 W @Michigan, 68(8)-58(15) 2/2/94 L @Indiana (ot), 83-87 2/2/00 W Wisconsin, 51(5)-48 2/2/02 W Northwestern, 58(25)-57

Buckeyes Setting 3-point Records
Ohio State has set several 3-point shooting records to date this season in 21 games played. The 2004-05 squad owns the top three spots in single game 3-pointers made after a school record 18 makes from long range at LSU (1/15/05). The effort at LSU also is a Big Ten record for made 3s in a single game. The 17 makes at St. John Arena earlier this year (11/27/04) is second ahead of the 15 made at Clemson (12/1/04). The current squad also tied the No. 6 spot with 12 made vs. Iowa (1/8/05) and the No. 8 position with 11 made vs. Morehead State (12/19/04). The 35 attempted vs. Chattanooga is a school record and the 34 tries at LSU is second. In all, the current roster of Buckeyes owns six of the Top 8 single game spots in attempted 3-pointers in school history.

More From Long Range
As a team, the Buckeyes have taken 478 3-pointers this season, making 184. The number of attempts is No. 3 in season attempts by a team. The 184 makes already ranks No. 2 all-time by an OSU squad. The Buckeyes are on pace to make 262 3-pointers this season, which would rank No. 1 all time at Ohio State and No. 2 in Big Ten history for a single season. Penn State owns the single season team record for made 3-pointers with 278 in 2000-01. The 1998-99 Ohio State team made 218 in 36 games. Ohio State is on pace for 682 attempts as well, which would also take over the No. 1 spot held by the 1998-99 squad’s 611. The Big Ten Record is 757 held by Penn State in 2000-01.

Harris, Sullinger Pace Buckeyes in Guardians Event
Ivan Harris led three players in double figures in the two games played in Kansas City in the Guardians Classic. Harris averaged 15.0 points followed by Tony Stockman (13.5 ppg.) and J.J. Sullinger (11.5 ppg.). Terence Dials grabbed 9.5 rebounds during the semifinals and finals. In the four games played in the Guardians Classic, Sullinger was the top scorer with 12.5 points a game. Dials was second with 12.3 ppg. followed by Stockman (11.5) and Harris (10.0). Dials averaged 7.3 rebounds in the four games.

Buckeyes in the Big Ten
Terence Dials is the No. 3 rebounder in the Big Ten with an average of 8.1 rebounds a game. He is No. 3 in defensive rebounds (5.38) and No. 5 in offensive rebounds (2.76). Tony Stockman is No. 3 in 3-pointers made per game (2.48) and No. 8 in steals (1.67). Brandon Fuss-Cheatham is No. 4 in assist to turnover ratio (2.55) and No. 8 in assists (3.76). Dials is the No. 7 league scorer (15.4 ppg.) and No. 6 in field goal shooting by percentage (.577). J.J. Sullinger is the No. 8 league shooter (.572). Je’Kel Foster rates as the No. 4 3-point shooter by percentage (.443).

Matta Era Underway
The 13th head coach in Ohio State history, Thad Matta took over the Ohio State men’s basketball program July 7. The new staff begins with a roster of 13 players for the 2004-05 campaign, nine of which are returning letterwinners from a 14-16 squad in 2003-04. That Buckeyes team finished ninth in the Big Ten with a 6-10 league mark and a first round exit in the Big Ten tournament.

Noting the Buckeyes
Junior J.J. Sullinger has connected on 57 percent of his shots from the field (83-145) in 21 games this season. He has scored in double figures in 11 of the 21 games. He trails Terence Dials (8.1 rpg.) for the team rebounding lead with 5.7 rpg. Sullinger’s 14 blocks leads the team. Sullinger has upped his career scoring average to 10.0 points a game with 797 career points in 80 career games. Against Chattanooga Nov. 27, Sullinger tied a career high with four made 3-pointers in five attempts. He is making 46 percent of his long range shots this season (15-33). Sullinger has at least one assist in 18 games this year and at least one steal in 14 outings. In two seasons in Columbus, Sullinger has scored 524 points with 256 rebounds. Sullinger has fouled out of a game just once this season after being disqualified eight times as a sophomore. With 11 rebounds vs. Minnesota (1/19), he recorded his third career game with 10 or more boards.

Senior Brandon Fuss-Cheatham owns the team lead with 79 assists, a single season high, against just 31 turnovers from the point guard position. His assist-to-turnover ratio of 2.5/1 is the best of his career and rates No. 4 in the Big Ten. In 512 minutes, he has averaged one turnover in 16.5 minutes played. He is playing 24.4 minutes a contest to date. He set a career high with four made 3-pointers at Clemson while scoring 14 points against the Tigers. His 15 points vs. Penn State (1/26) is a season high. He reached 300 career points (368) as a Buckeye with five vs. Mercer (12/22). He reached 200 career assists (215) with seven at LSU (1/15/05). He reached 100 career games played as a Buckeye at Indiana (1/22).

Sophomore Ivan Harris has started 21 games this year after making two all of his freshman season. He scored a career-high 20 points in the double overtime game at LSU (1/15/05), including 15 first-half points. He tallied 19 points in the semifinals of the Guardians Classic against Houston and then added 11 points in the overtime loss to Creighton, earning a spot on the all-tournament team alongside teammate J.J. Sullinger. Harris is connecting on 49 percent of his shots (74-151) from the field as a sophomore. He scored five 3-pointers in seven attempts against Chattanooga and then made 5 of 9 treys at Clemson. He made all five attempts in the second half from long range vs. Chattanooga and 4 of 7 in the final 20 minutes at Clemson. He has reached 10 or more points 11 times in his career. He connected on 5 of 8 shots and 4 of 5 3-pointers at Illinois (Jan. 5) and made 4 of 8 treys at LSU.

Senior Tony Stockman averages 13.6 points a game this season in 29.7 minutes a game. He tallied 13.6 points a game a year ago in 33.5 minutes a contest. Against Delaware (11/19) he scored 26 points, his career-high effort as a Buckeye. He also knocked down six 3-pointers against the Blue Hens. Stockman has connected on six or more 3-pointers three times as a Buckeye. He led Ohio State to a win over Texas Tech in Dallas (Dec. 16) with 23 points. Stockman leads Ohio State with 35 steals. His shooting percentage of .418 (107-256) is the best of his career. He had made at least one 3-pointer in 31-consecutive games as a Buckeye before an 0-3 outing vs. Minnesota (1/15/05). He was held scoreless in that contest for the first time since facing N.C. State his freshman season at Clemson, a span of 89 games. His one made 3-pointer vs. Portland State was the 250th of his career. His five made treys vs. Texas Tech gave him 100 as a Buckeye. He has 280 for his career and 125 at OSU. He played his 100th career game vs. New Hampshire (12/28/04) and reached 1,300 career points with 19 at Illinois Jan. 5 (1,395). Stockman’s average of 3.2 rebounds a game is the best season average of his career.

Freshman Jamar Butler made his first career start at Northwestern Jan. 31. He tied a career high with 10 points and added a pair of steals in OSU’s 65-52 victory over the Wildcats. He has played the most minutes of the freshman class to date (345/16.4 per game). He has just 15 turnovers to go with 45 assists for an assist-to-turnover ratio of 3.0-1. Butler has gone to the line 15 times and has made 13 (.867). Butler has at least one assist in 19 games. He has played 10 or more minutes in every game this season, including a career-high 25 minutes at Northwestern. He scored a career high 10 points in the win over St. Joseph’s (12/31/04) and was 4 for 4 from the field in that game.

Junior Je’Kel Foster has made the most of his court time off the bench this season. In 21 games, which includes his first career start at Northwestern (1/29), he has averaged 7.7 points a game in 23.2 minutes a contest. He scored a career-high 20 points, all after the first half, in the double-overtime loss at LSU (1/15/05). He made 6 of 7 3-pointers in that game, including one to send the game into the second extra session. Foster is second behind Stockman with 29 steals. He has made a 3-pointer in 17 games and as many as three in nine contests after a four makes in five attempts against Penn State (1/26). Foster has a steal in 17 games this year.

Junior Terence Dials is shooting 58 percent from the field (124-215). Dials has made 56 percent of his shots for his career (336-605). With a 15.4 points per game scoring average, he took the team scoring lead from Tony Stockman after a 24-point outing vs. New Hampshire (12/28/04). He has scored in double digits 15 times this year, in 13 of the last 16 games and in 40 career contests. His 17 points and 10 rebounds vs. Texas Tech (12/16) gave him his fourth career double-double. His fifth came vs. Mercer (12/22) with 29 points, a career high, and 13 rebounds. No. 6 came against New Hampshire with 24 points and a career-high tying 14 rebounds. He added No. 7 with a 20 point, 12 rebound effort vs. Wisconsin (1/19/05). He recorded his third-consecutive double-double with 24 points and 10 rebounds vs. St. Joseph’s (12/31/04) marking the first time since 1986 (Dennis Hopson) that an OSU player has recorded a double-double in three-consecutive games. Dials has scored 20 or more points in seven of the last 13 games, eight times on the year and in 10 career games. He has been the team’s leading scorer in 10 games this year. He was the squad’s top rebounder for 11-consecutive games before J.J. Sullinger grabbed a team high eight boards at Northwestern Jan. 29, and in 17 on the year. Dials reached 800 career points with 22 against Iowa (1/5/05). He has 893 (10.0 ppg.) career points and 537 (6.0) career rebounds. His 18 points and 13 rebounds vs. Indiana gave him his ninth career and sixth double double this season.

Junior Matt Sylvester scored a career-high 17 points, including 11-consecutive OSU points during a 17-2 second half run, vs. Minnesota (1/15/05). His seven points came in succession against St. Joseph’s (12/21/04) to help Ohio State hold a second-half advantage. He has at least one assist in 18 contests this year. His tip-in basket late vs. Texas Tech (12/16) broke a 71-all tie and helped the Buckeyes hold off the Red Raiders for a 77-71 win in Dallas. His six rebounds vs. Morehead State (12/19) are a season high.

Hoops Coaches 10-3 In First Games at OSU
The 13 all-time men’s basketball head coaches at Ohio State have a combined record of 10-3 in their first games as Buckeye head coaches. Thad Matta, coach No. 13 in Ohio State history, won his opener vs. Towson, 74-53, Nov. 15.

Buckeyes Win No. 112 this Decade
Ohio State’s record in the first decade of the 21st century is shaping up to be one of the best in the history of the program. Ohio State is 112-64 (.636) since the beginning of the 1999-2000 season. The winning percentage is the second highest since 1910-19. The Buckeyes were 188-69 (.732) from 1960-69.

Stockman Puts Name in Record Book
Tony Stockman made 73 3-point field goals as a junior, the third most by an OSU player in a single season. His 61 steals total for 2003-04 tied him for the No. 7 spot with Michael Redd (1998) for single season steals at OSU. Stockman also attempted 202 3-pointers a year ago, good for the No. 3 spot all-time for single season long range attempts. He leads Ohio State with 52 made 3-pointers and with 145 attempted treys this year. He also is the team leader with 35 steals. For his Ohio State career, Stockman has made 125 of 347 3-pointers. The 125 makes rates No. 7 all-time as does the attempts total.

Ohio State 87-21 at VCA
The Buckeyes began season No. 7 at Value City Arena Nov. 15 against Towson in the opening round of the Guardians Classic. The facility opened for the start of the 1998-99 season and since the Buckeyes have built a record of 87-21 in 108 home games. The Buckeyes have not had a home losing season in the VCA’s existence and have 11 or more wins in five of the six years to date, including 15 victories in 1999-2000 and 2001-02 and 14 wins in both 1998-99 and 2000-01. Ohio State is 11-1 at home in 2004-05 and 10-1 at VCA. The team played Chattanooga at St. John Arena earlier this year.

2007 NCAA Tournament Returns to Columbus
The NCAA tournament will return to Columbus for the opening rounds of the 2007 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament, the organization announced in July. Ohio State played host to the first and second rounds in 2004. Games were played at Nationwide Arena in downtown Columbus, which will again be the site of the event in 2007. Ohio State will act as the host institution for the event.

5th Ohio Mr. Basketball Joins Buckeyes
Jamar Butler is the 17th overall and fifth Ohio Mr. Basketball Award winner to play for Ohio State. Butler joins Tony Stockman (2000), Damon Stringer (1995), Greg Simpson (1991, 1992) and Jim Jackson (1988, 1989) as former Ohio Mr. Basketball award winners who went on to play for the Buckeyes.

Lewis to play for hometown Buckeyes
Ron Lewis, who played his first two seasons of college basketball at Bowling Green State University, transferred to his native Columbus to join Thad Matta at Ohio State. Lewis, a 2002 Brookhaven High School graduate, averaged 14.6 points and scored 877 points in his two seasons with the Falcons. He averaged 17.0 points and earned second team All-Mid American Conference honors as a sophomore before his transfer to Ohio State. Lewis started 55 of 60 career games at BGSU and was an 81 percent foul shooter (340-420) for his career. He will have two years of eligibility at Ohio State beginning with the 2005-06 campaign and becomes the first player to join the Buckeyes under Matta’s direction.

Majority of Buckeye Roster from Ohio
Nine of the 12 student athletes on the 2004-05 Buckeyes roster hail from their home state of Ohio. Seniors Matt Marinchick (Hudson) and Tony Stockman (Medina), juniors J.J. Sullinger (Columbus), Ron Lewis (Columbus), Terence Dials (Youngstown) and Matt Sylvester (Cincinnati), sophomore Ivan Harris (Springfield) and freshmen Jamar Butler (Lima) and Matt Terwilliger (Troy) all found their way home to play for Ohio State.

Six Buckeyes Spend Year in Residence
A total of six student-athletes on the 2004-05 roster have spent a year on the Ohio State campus without playing in games for the Buckeyes. Juniors 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 Matt Marinchick (2000-01) decided to redshirt his first year in Columbus to gain strength and experience. Finally, senior Tony Stockman and junior 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. Ron Lewis, a junior transfer from Bowling Green, is sitting out the 2004-05 season and will become eligible to play for the Buckeyes in 2005-06. He will have two years of eligibility.