Jan. 27, 2005

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Date Jan. 29, 2005
Opponent Northwestern (9-9, 2-4)
Site Welsh-Ryan Arena (8,117)
Game Time 12:17 p.m.
TV ESPN Regional
Local TV WBNS 10 TV
TV Talent Dick Bremer, (P-by-P), Greg Kelser, 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 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 15 games this season and in 15 of 20 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 75.2 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 57 percent of his shots inside (120-209) while Stockman has made 37 percent of his outside 3-point attempts (52-142). The duo has led Ohio State in scoring in 15 of 20 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 16.8 fouls a game this year. The squad was whistled for an average of 19.6 fouls a contest in 2003-04.

Stockman Top Scorer for Buckeyes vs. Penn State Despite Long Range Struggles
Brandon Fuss-Cheatham more than doubled his average with 15 points to help Ohio State to a 68-62 win over Penn State Wednesday, handing the Nittany Lions their 27th-consecutive Big Ten road loss. Tony Stockman, scoreless in his last home game, led the Buckeyes with 17 points. Je’Kel Foster added 14 points, hitting 4-of-5 3-pointers. J.J. Sullinger chipped in with 10 points for Ohio State, which ended a four-game losing skid. Geary Claxton scored 18 points and Mike Walker had 12 for the Nittany Lions, who have lost six of seven. Aaron Johnson, leading the Big Ten in rebounding, had 13 rebounds but hit just one of his nine shots from the field and scored three points.

Penn State cut a 15-point Ohio State lead to four on Ben Luber’s 3-pointer with 8:06 left before the Buckeyes countered with a Fuss-Cheatham jumper and Foster’s fourth 3 of the game to make it 57-48. The Nittany Lions cut the lead to 60-54 on Danny Morrissey’s long 3-pointer, but Fuss-Cheatham’s shot behind the arc at the 3:04 pushed the lead back to nine points. It never fell below that until the final minute. Fuss-Cheatham, averaging 6.1 points a game, hit 6-of-11 shots from the field including 3-of-5 3-pointers.

Stockman scored 11 points in the first half as the Buckeyes built a 37-26 lead. Penn State missed its first seven shots from the field and trailed 11-1 before Johnson scored inside for the Nittany Lions’ first field goal, almost 51/2 minutes in.

Noting the Penn State Game

The win against Penn State Wednesday snaps Ohio State’sfour-game losing streak. Ohio State leads the all-time series withPenn State, 16-13. The Buckeyes also hold an 11-4 advantage inColumbus, including a 5-1 mark in Value City Arena. The Buckeyesare 87-21 all-time in Value City Arena and 11-1 at home thisseason. With nine 3-pointers against Penn State, the 2004-05Buckeyes moved into second place on Ohio State’s all-time season3-point field goals made list. The squad has converted on 180 treysthis season and needs 38 to move into the top spot with at least 10more games remaining on the schedule. With 28 attempts, theBuckeyes moved into third place on the season 3-point field goalattempts list. The 2004-05 squad has attempted 460 treys this yearand needs seven to move into second place. Four Buckeyes scored indouble-figures against Penn State. Ohio State has had four or moreplayers reach double digits in five games this season. In thosegames, the Buckeyes are 3-2. Ohio State had six players in doublefigures in the double-overtime loss at LSU (Jan. 15). Ohio Stateimproved to 13-2 when leading at halftime. The Buckeyes led PennState, 37-26, at the break. Ohio State committed nine turnoversWednesday vs. Penn State. The Buckeyes are 11-4 when they commitless than 15 turnovers. The Ohio State bench outscored Penn State’sbench 21-13, marking the 12th time this season the Buckeyes havedone so. All 21 points came from Je’Kel Foster (14) and MattSylvester (seven). Senior Brandon Fuss-Cheatham scored aseason-high 15 points against the Nittany Lions. His previousseason best was 14 at Clemson Dec. 1. He also set a career-highwith six field goals and tied a career-high with 11 field goalsattempted. Fuss-Cheatham’s career-high of 17 points came Jan. 24,2004 vs. Iowa. Junior J.J. Sullinger scored his 500th point as aBuckeye with a dunk with 14:56 to play in the first half. With 10points, Sullinger now has 509 points in an Ohio State uniform and782 for his career, which includes one season at Arkansas(2001-02). With one 3-pointer against Penn State, senior TonyStockman is tied for seventh place on Ohio State’s career 3-pointfield goals made list with 125 career treys. Stockman tied hiscareer-high with 18 attempted field goals.

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 1,404-981 with a 13-7 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).

Northwestern Evens Record with OT Win vs. Iowa
Senior walk-on Michael Jenkins found himself wide open in the corner, took the inbounds pass and let fly with a high-arching shot. Then, like everyone else in Welsh-Ryan Arena, he watched as the ball bounced on the rim once…twice…and then fell through in concert with the final buzzer, giving Northwestern a stunning 75-74 overtime victory over No. 23 Iowa Wednesday. The win was the Wildcats’ seventh at home against a ranked opponent under head coach Bill Carmody.

Vedran Vukusic, who was doubtful to start because of a sore shoulder, instead played 43 minutes and scored a career-high 32 points for Northwestern, including a staggering 13 in the final two minutes of regulation. Greg Brunner had a career-high 28 points on 11-of-17 shooting for Iowa.

Carmody in Fifth Year in Evanston
Northwestern’s Bill Carmody has been the head coach for the Wildcats for the last five years. His teams have an overall record of 62-73 under his direction in Evanston, Ill., while his overall collegiate record stands at 154-98 in nine seasons as a head coach, which includes four years at Princeton.

Stockman Top Scorer vs. Wildcats
Senior Tony Stockman has played just one game against Northwestern, Ohio State’s only meeting vs. the Wildcats a year ago. Stockman scored 22 points in that contest and is the only double digit scorer for Ohio State in games vs. Northwestern. Senior Brandon Fuss-Cheatham has five games of experience vs. NU to lead his teammates in that category. Junior Matt Sylvester averages a team-leading 5.5 rebounds a game in two career meetings against the Wildcats.

The Northwestern Series
Ohio State is 104-44 all-time in games vs. Northwestern, including a 42-30 record in Evanston. The Buckeyes have won 10-consecutive games in the series, with the last loss suffered during the 1998 Big Ten season, a 70-62 setback in Welsh-Ryan Arena. Ohio State has won the last four games at Northwestern in the series.

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 104-44 Penn State 16-13 Purdue 72-78 Wisconsin 80-59 Totals 668-642

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

Buckeyes 12-9 on This Date
Ohio State has won three of the last four games on this date and is 12-9 overall in Jan. 29 games.

1/29/09 W Hiram, 41-18 1/29/12 L @Indiana, 19-34 1/29/13 W Oberlin, 31-21 1/29/23 W @Northwestern, 20-18 1/29/27 W @Minnesota, 33-31 1/29/44 W @Michigan, 52-39 1/29/49 L @Michigan, 48-54 1/29/51 L Northwestern, 67-78 1/29/55 W Northwestern, 91-90(16) 1/29/62 W @Purdue, 94(1)-73 1/29/66 W Hardin-Simmons, 72-64 1/29/68 L Cornell, 64-76 1/29/72 L @Michigan, 78(6)-88 1/29/77 L @Minnesota, 67-77(13) 1/29/81 W Wisconsin, 71-67 1/29/83 L @Northwestern, 64-66 1/29/87 L Purdue, 73-75(4) 1/29/89 W @Louisville, 85(17)-79(24) 1/29/00 W Purdue, 68(8)-57 1/29/02 W Illinois, 78(25)-67(12) 1/29/03 L @Purdue, 65-70

Buckeyes Setting 3-point Records
Ohio State has set several 3-point shooting records to date this season in 20 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 460 3-pointers this season, making 180. The number of attempts is No. 3 in season attempts by a team. The 180 makes already ranks No. 2 all-time by an OSU squad. The Buckeyes are on pace to make 271 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 690 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. 2 rebounder in the Big Ten with an average of 8.4 rebounds a game. He is No. 3 in defensive rebounds (5.50) and No. 5 in offensive rebounds (2.90). Tony Stockman is No. 2 in 3-pointers made per game (2.60) and No. 7 in steals (1.70). Brandon Fuss-Cheatham is No. 4 in assist to turnover ratio (2.52) and No. 8 in assists (3.90). Dials is the No. 7 league scorer (15.8 ppg.) and field goal shooter by percentage (.574). J.J. Sullinger is the No. 8 league shooter (.572). Je’Kel Foster rates as the No. 2 3-point shooter by percentage (.462). As a team, the Buckeyes are No. 1 in 3-pointers made per game (9.0).

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 (79-138) in 20 games this season. He has scored in double figures in 10 of the 20 games. He trails Terence Dials (8.4 rpg.) for the team rebounding lead with 5.6 rpg. Sullinger’s 12 blocks is tied with Dials for the lead. Sullinger has upped his career scoring average to 9.9 points a game with 782 career points in 79 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 17 games this year and at least one steal in 13 outings. In two seasons in Columbus, Sullinger has scored 509 points with 248 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 78 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 497 minutes, he has averaged one turnover in 16.0 minutes played. He is playing 24.9 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 (364) as a Buckeye with five vs. Mercer (12/22). He reached 200 career assists (214) 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 20 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 (73-149) 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 13.8 points a game this season in 30.3 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 34 steals. His shooting percentage of .414 (103-249) 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 (1,385). Stockman’s average of 3.2 rebounds a game is the best season average of his career.

Freshman Jamar Butler has played the most minutes of the freshman class to date (320/16.0 per game). He has just 14 turnovers to go with 44 assists for an assist-to-turnover ratio of 3.1-1. Butler has gone to the line 12 times and has made 10 (.833). Butler has at least one assist in 18 games. He has played 10 or more minutes in every game this season. 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 20 games he has averaged 8.0 points a game in 23.1 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 28 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) which moved him to the No. 2 spot in the Big Ten with a .462 3-point shooting percentage. Foster has a steal in 16 games this year.

Junior Terence Dials is shooting 57 percent from the field (120-209). Dials has made 55 percent of his shots for his career (332-599). With a 15.8 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 15 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 12 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 has been the squad’s top rebounder for 11-consecutive games and in 17 on the year. He reached 800 career points with 22 against Iowa (1/5/05). He has 885 (10.1 ppg.) career points and 534 (6.1) 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 17 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. 111 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 111-64 (.634) 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 142 attempted treys this year. He also is the team leader with 34 steals. For his Ohio State career, Stockman has made 125 of 344 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.