Jan. 7, 2005

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Date Jan. 8, 2005
Opponent No. 14 Iowa (12-2, 0-1)
Site Value City Arena (19,200)
Game Time 12:07 p.m.
Local TV WBNS 10 TV (Ch. 10)
TV Talent Jim Barbar, Play-by-Play, Bill Hosket, 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 (Color)

Buckeyes Open 93rd Season in Big Ten Conference
This is the 93rd season of Big Ten membership in men’s basketball for the Buckeyes. Ohio State is 51-42 (.548) in conference openers, 62-30 (.674) in league home openers and 35-58 (.376) in the first road game of the season in Big Ten play. Ohio State has opened Big Ten play on the road 41 times and has a 17-24 record in those games.

Ohio State vs. Ranked Foes
Overall, Ohio State is 129-210 all-time against ranked opponents and 54-106 against Top 10 teams after facing No. 12 Illinois earlier this week. 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 is up next for the Buckeyes at noon Saturday at Value City Arena. The last time Ohio State faced back-to-back ranked Big Ten teams was against No. 17 Wisconsin (L 69-57/ Jan. 29, 2004) and at No. 21 Purdue (W 65-59/Jan. 31, 2003) a year ago. Ohio State opened the Big Ten season against consecutive ranked teams in 2003 at No. 25 Michigan State (L 66-55/Jan. 9) and vs. No. 15 Indiana (W 81-69/Jan. 11).

Stockman, Harris Pace Buckeyes vs. Illini
Tony Stockman scored a team-high 19 points while sophomore Ivan Harris added 14 in Ohio State’s 84-65 loss at No. 1 Illinois. Stockman added four assists and shot 7 of 14 from the field. Harris made 4 of 5 3-pointers, all in the first half, for Ohio State. The Buckeyes trailed by six at the half, 46-40, the first time this season Ohio State was behind after the first 20 minutes. The Buckeyes shot 56 percent from the field in the first half on 16 of 28 shooting from the field but was able to connected on just 8 of 21 shots in the second half. Illinois used a late run to secure the victory. Four Illini players scored in double figures, led by center James Augustine’s 21 points. He also grabbed 10 rebounds.

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).

Buckeye Start Best Since 2001-02
The 11-3 start to the 2004-05 season is the best since Ohio State began the 2001-02 campaign 15-2. Ohio State plays its next game vs. No. 14 Iowa at noon Saturday vs. Iowa.

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 1,402-977 after the 11-3 start to the 2004-05 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).

Iowa Among Top 20 Heading to Columbus
Iowa opened the season 12-1 heading into its Big Ten Conference opener at home vs. Michigan earlier this week, a 65-63 loss at home to the Wolverines. The Hawkeyes advanced to the title game of the Maui Classic before suffering its only loss to North Carolina (106-92). After that defeat, Iowa won its next nine games before the loss to Michigan. The Buckeyes and Hawkeyes have one common non-conference opponent, Texas Tech. Ohio State downed the Red Raiders in Dallas 77-71. Iowa handled TTU in Chicago 83-53. Pierre Pierce is the squad’s leading scorer with 16.9 points a game. He is followed by Jeff Horner (14.6 ppg.), Adam Haluska (13.7) and Greg Brunner (12.9). Brunner also is the team’s top rebounder with 7.6 rpg.

Alford in Sixth Year in Iowa City
Steve Alford guides his sixth team as head coach of the Hawkeyes. His career record is 257-150 in 14 seasons as a head coach, which includes stints at Southwest Missouri State and Manchester College. He is 101-73 at Iowa. As the coach of SMSU, Alford coached current Ohio State director of operations, Brandon Miller, who later transferred to Butler, where he played for Thad Matta for one season.

Ohio State 8-17 in Jan. 8 Games
Ohio State is 8-17 all-time in games played on Jan. 8. The Buckeyes have won their last two opportunities on this date. Ohio State is 4-2 in the last six Jan. 8 games since 1981.

1/8/00 L Yale, 6-22 1/8/10 W Wittenberg, 61-14 1/8/16 L Northwestern, 23-26 1/8/17 L Illinois, 14-38 1/8/21 L Indiana, 21-29 1/8/23 L Illinois, 31-36 1/8/24 L @Purdue, 23-24 1/8/27 L @Purdue, 27-35 1/8/32 L Purdue, 33-38 1/8/34 L Indiana, 22-38 1/8/38 L @Northwestern, 34-35 1/8/40 L @Purdue, 32-49 1/8/44 W Pittsburgh, 59-38 1/8/49 W Northwestern, 68-56 1/8/51 L @Minnesota, 64-77 1/8/55 L @Michigan (ot), 81-88 1/8/66 L Michigan, 78-83 1/8/72 W @Purdue, 78(10)-70 1/8/77 L Purdue, 65-82 1/8/81 W @Iowa, 58-56(11) 1/8/83 W Indiana, 70-67(1) 1/8/87 L @Michigan, 92-107 1/8/94 L @Wisconsin, 55-69(15) 1/8/95 W George Mason, 121-96 1/8/97 W Penn State, 70-62

Stockman Leads OSU vs. Iowa
Senior Tony Stockman has played just one game against the Hawkeyes. He tallied 16 points, scoring on 6 of 17 shots from the floor and 4 of 11 3-pointers. Senior Brandon Fuss-Cheatham has the most experience vs. the Hawkeyes with eight games under his belt. He scored a career-high 17 points against the Hawkeyes on the road last season.

The Iowa Series
Iowa and Ohio State have met 136 times since the series began in 1915. Iowa leads the all-time series 71-65 with Ohio State leading 40-26 in Columbus. The Hawkeyes are 44-22 in Iowa City. The Buckeyes have played 31 games against ranked Iowa teams and have a 14-17 record in those meetings. The Buckeyes have won the last three games against ranked Iowa teams, including the last time the Hawkeyes played at Value City Arena as a ranked team in 2002, a 72-62 Ohio State win over the No. 9 Hawkeyes. Iowa has won eight of the last nine games in Columbus and four of five contests in Value City Arena since the facility opened for the 1998-99 season. Ohio State has won four if its last five games in Iowa City.

Ohio State vs. the Big Ten
Ohio State is playing its 93rd season of Big Ten men’s basketball. The Buckeyes joined the league in 1913 and have won or shared 17 Big Ten titles, its most recent coming during the 2002 campaign.

Ohio State vs. The Big Ten Illinois 59-100 Indiana 69-97 Iowa 65-71 Michigan 82-70 Michigan State 46-57 Minnesota 74-51 Northwestern 104-44 Penn State 15-13 Purdue 72-78 Wisconsin 80-58 Totals 666-629

Matta Coaching 1st Big Ten Home Game
First-year Buckeye head coach Thad Matta is coaching in his first Big Ten Conference home game against Iowa. He has not coached against Iowa previously but has competed against Wisconsin (2-0), Purdue (1-1), Illinois (0-1) and Indiana (0-1) during his years at Butler, Xavier and Ohio State.

Buckeyes Setting 3-point Records
Ohio State set the school record with 17 made and 35 attempted 3-point field goals against Chattanooga Nov. 27. In the next game against Clemson (Dec. 1), the Buckeyes knocked down 15 of 25 3-pointers. The 15 made vs. the Tigers is the second most on record while the 25 attempts is tied for ninth all-time. The Buckeyes connected on 11 of 27 3-pointers at home against Morehead State (12/19/04) and then hit 10 of 29 threes vs. New Hampshire (12/28/04) marking the third and fourth times this season the team combined for 10 or more made treys in a game. The 27 attempts vs. the Eagles ranks No. 5 all time for tries in a single game while the 29 attempted vs. UNH is the third most in history. The 9.0 made 3-pointers a game leads the league. Two of Ohio State’s players rate among the Top 12 Big Ten players in 3-point shooting percentage. Je’Kel Foster is No. 11 (.429/27-63) and Ivan Harris is No. 4 (.480/24-50). Tony Stockman is third in 3-pointers made per game with an average of 2.71 per contest.

Noting the Illinois Game

Ohio State shot 56 percent from the field in the first half(16-28) but trailed at the half (46-40) for the first time thisseason. Sophomore Ivan Harris connected on 4 of 5 3-pointers,marking the 3rd time this season he has made four or more treys ina game. Senior Terence Dials has led Ohio State in rebounding ineach of the last six games and in 12 of 14 games in 2004-05. OhioState fell to 6-9 all-time against teams ranked No. 1 in theAssociated Press Poll. The loss to top-ranked Illini also broke afour-game winning streak against No. 1 teams by Ohio State. SeniorTony Stockman made a pair of 3-pointers to give him 111 for hisOhio State career, good for the No. 9 spot all-time at OSU. ChrisJent (1989-90) is No. 8 with 112. Senior Brandon Fuss-Cheathamhanded out four assists … he has dished out four or more helpersin nine games this season.

Buckeyes Fare Well from Field
As a team, Ohio State is scoring on 49 percent of its shots taken from the field this year. The Top 5 scorers are making better than 44 percent of their shots after 14 games. J.J. Sullinger leads the starters, making 62 percent of his shots (58-94). He is followed by Terence Dials (.601/83-138), Ivan Harris (.514/56-109) and Je’Kel Foster (.444/36-81). Tony Stockman (.444/76-171) is second on the scoring list (14.3 ppg.).

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
Brandon Fuss-Cheatham’s 2.6/1 assist to turnover ratio (54/21) rates third among all Big Ten players. Fuss-Cheatham averages 3.9 assists a game and just 1.5 turnovers a contest. As a team, the Buckeyes have a +3.14 turnover margin over opponents (12.4-15.5), good for the No. 3 spot in the league. The team’s assist to turnover ratio (+1.35) is second among league schools behind Illinois. The Buckeyes are No. 1 in field goal percentage defense (.400) and 3-pointers made (9.0 pg.), No. 2 in 3-point field goal percentage defense (.315) and No. 2 in 3-point field goal shooting (.414). Overall, Ohio State is No. 4 in shooting percentage (.493) and scoring margin (+13.9 ppg.). J.J. Sullinger is fifth in field goal percentage (.617). Terence Dials is No. 2 in rebounding (8.3 rpg.) and No. 6 in FG pct. (.601). Tony Stockman is seventh with 1.7 steals a game.

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 62 percent of his shots from the field (58-94) in 14 games this season. He has scored in double figures in eight of the 14 games. He trails Terence Dials (8.3 rpg.) for the team rebounding lead with 5.1 rpg. Sullinger’s seven blocks also trail Dials (8) for the team lead. Sullinger has upped his career scoring average to 10.0 points a game with 78 career points in 73 career games. Against Chattanooga Nov. 27, Sullinger tied a career high with four made 3-pointers in five attempts. He is making 55 percent of his long range shots this season (11-20). Sullinger has at least one assist in 12 games this year and at least one steal in 11 outings. In two seasons in Columbus, Sullinger has scored 455 points with 208 rebounds. He has 296 career rebounds.

Senior Brandon Fuss-Cheatham owns the team lead with 54 assists against just 21 turnovers from the point guard position. His assist to turnover ratio of 2.6/1 is the best of his career and rates No. 6 in the Big Ten. In 326 minutes, he has averaged one turnover in 15.5 minutes played. He is playing 23.3 minutes a contest to date. He set a career high with four made 3-pointers at Clemson while scoring a season-high 14 points against the Tigers. He reached 300 career points (317) as a Buckeye with five vs. Mercer (12/22). He needs 10 assists to reach 200 for his career. He will reach 100 career games played as a Buckeye with five more appearances.

Sophomore Ivan Harris has started 14 games this year after making two all of his freshman season. He scored a career high 19 points in the semifinals of the Guardians Classic against Houston and then added 11 points in the overtime loss to Creighton, earning him a spot on the all-tournament team alongside teammate J.J. Sullinger. Harris is connecting on 51 percent of his shots (56-109) 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 nine times in his career. Connected on 5 of 8 shots and 4 of 5 3-pointers at Illinois (Jan. 5).

Senior Tony Stockman averages 14.3 points a game this season in 29.4 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 24 steals. His shooting percentage of .444 (76-171) is the best of his career. He has made at least one 3-pointer in each of the last 28 games as a Buckeye. 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 266 for his career and 111 at OSU. He played his 100th career game vs. New Hampshire (12/28/04). Reached 1,300 career points with 19 at Illinois Jan. 5 (1,308). Stockman’s average of 3.9 rebounds a game is best season average of his career. He has 19 assists in the last four games.

Freshman Jamar Butler has played the most minutes of the freshman class to date (244/17.4 per game). He has just eight turnovers to go with 35 assists for a assist-to-turnover ratio of 4.4-1. Butler has gone to the line 12 times and has made 10 (.833). Butler has at least one assist in 13 games. In the last five games, he has 15 assists and just four turnovers. 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 14 games he has averaged 7.2 points a game in 21.6 minutes a contest. He is second behind Stockman with 21 steals. Foster has made a 3-pointer in 12 games and as many as three in six contests. Foster has a steal in 11 of 14 games this year.

Junior Terence Dials is shooting 60 percent from the field (83-138), helping the team to a 49 percent shooting percentage on the year. Dials has made 56 percent of his shots for his career (295-528). With a 15.6 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 10 times this year and in 35 career games. 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 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 five of the last seven games. He has been the team’s leading scorer in six games this year. He has been the squad’s top rebounder for six-consecutive games and in 12 on the year.

Junior Matt Sylvester has made 50 percent of his 3-point attempts this year in 14 games (11-22). 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 12 of 14 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. 109 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 109-60 (.645) 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 36 made 3-pointers and with 92 attempted treys this year. He also is the team leader with 24 steals.

Ohio State 85-20 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 85-20 in 105 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 9-0 in 2004-05 and 8-0 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.

Clemson, LSU Last to Face OSU
Entering the 2004-05 season, the Buckeyes had played every team from both the Atlantic Coast and Southeastern conferences except for one member school from each league. With both Clemson (ACC) and Louisiana State (SEC) on the schedule this year, Ohio State will finish the year with at least one meeting against every member of the ACC and SEC.

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.

Attendance in Top 20 for 6th-consecutive Year
Attendance at Ohio State men’s basketball games remained in the Top 20 nationally in 2003-04 and has ranked among the national leaders in all six seasons at Value City Arena. Attendance averaged 14,521 in 15 home games a year ago to rank No. 18 nationally. A total of 1,631,437 have crossed the turnstiles at VCA for an average of 16,819 over 97 total home games since the facility opened for the 1998-99 season. The average is 3,543 more than the capacity (13,276) at St. John Arena, the former home of the Buckeyes (1956-1998).

NCAA Attendance in VCA Era Division I Home Attendance Leaders Year Gms. Total Avg. NCAA Rk 1999 15 258,348 17,223 7 2000 17 317,936 18,702 5 2001 17 298,172 17,540 4 2002 17 282,250 16,603 5 2003 16 256,914 16,057 10 2004 15 217,817 14,521 18 Totals 97 1,631,437 16,819

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.