Dec. 21, 2004

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Date Dec. 22, 2004
Opponent Mercer (5-1)
Site Value City Arena (19,200)
Game Time 8 p.m.
Local TV WBNS 10 TV (Ch. 10)
TV Talent Mike Gleason, P-by-P, 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)

Dials Named Big Ten Player of the Week
Terence Dials was named the Big Ten Player of the Week (12/20/04) after averaging 18.5 points and 8.5 rebounds in wins over Texas Tech (12/16) and Morehead State (12/19). Dials, a junior center from Youngstown, Ohio, recorded a double-double in Dallas against the Red Raiders with 17 points and 10 rebounds in a 77-71 victory. He followed that effort with 20 points and seven boards Sunday in a 74-48 victory over Morehead State. Dials shot 61 percent from the field (14-23) while adding three blocks and three steals in helping the Buckeyes improve to 8-2 on the year.

Ohio State Improves Across the Board
After 10 games in 2004-05, Ohio State has made significant improvements compared with the first 10 games of the 2003-04 campaign. The Buckeyes have eight players this year with 10 or more assists compared with five a year ago. In both years, the Buckeyes had 347 total rebounds after 10 games. The current squad has fouled fewer times as well (193-165) and has had just one disqualification on the year. The Buckeyes had six DQs a year ago at this time. Below is a comparison of the statistics after the first 10 games of each of the last two years.

Category 2004-05 2003-04 Record 8-2 6-4 Points Per Gm. 75.7 66.3 Opp. PPG. 59.8 68.1 Field Goal% .495 .452 Opp. FG% .385 .428 3FG% .428 .338 Opp. 3FG% .302 .428 Rebounds 34.7 34.7 Assists 159 116 Turnovers 112 150 Steals 86 66 Fouls 165 193 Gms. FO 1 6

Buckeye Start Best Since 2001-02 The 8-2 start to the 2004-05 season is the best since Ohio State began the 2001-02 campaign 15-2. Ohio State plays its next three games at home against non-conference opponents Mercer, New Hampshire and St. Joseph’s before traveling to Champaign, Ill., to face the No. 1-ranked Illini in the Big Ten Conference opener Jan. 5.

Ohio State Looks for Win 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 1,399-976 after the 8-2 start to the 2004-05 season.

Eagles Fall for Win No. 8 for OSU
J.J. Sullinger scored six of his 14 points during a 13-0 first-half run and Ohio State never trailed in a 74-48 win over Morehead State. The Buckeyes ran their record over Ohio Valley Conference teams to 16-0. Terence Dials scored 20 points with Tony Stockman matching Sullinger’s 14 points for Ohio State, which led by as many as 28 points in the second half. The Buckeyes shut down Morehead State inside, limiting the Eagles to 30 percent shooting from the field. Josh Reed and Chad McKnight – both Ohio natives – scored 17 and 15 points, respectively, for Morehead State. Reed hit 5-of-6 3-pointers and McKnight made all seven of his free throws. The Eagles, second in the nation at 80.5 percent in free throw shooting, made their last nine foul shots after Cory Burns missed their first two. The win was the third in a row for Ohio State, which never trailed after Ivan Harris opened the game by scoring the Buckeyes’ first five points. They led by as many as 23 points in the opening half, after holding the Eagles scoreless for almost 4 minutes early in the game to build a 20-4 lead. Sullinger started the 13-0 burst with a 3-pointer from the top of the circle, then hit another from well outside the arc on the right wing. After Dials hit two free throws, Stockman looped in a short jumper and then hit a 3-pointer.

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).

Mercer Travels to Columbus with 5-1 Rcd.
The Mercer Bears have won four-consecutive games heading into its matchup with Ohio State. The Bears are 5-1 overall with wins over Albany State, Georgia Southern, Stetson, Jacksonville and Fort Valley State. The wins over Stetson and Jacksonville were on the road. The lone loss of the season to date was at Maryland, a 93-67 setback.

Slonaker Guides Bears for 8th Season
Mark Slonaker has an overall record of 95-123 in eight seasons in Macon, Ga., home of the Mercer Bears. Slonaker is off to a 5-1 start this season. In 2002-03 Slonaker orchestrated one of the biggest one-season turnarounds in NCAA history after taking the Bears from 6-23 in 2001-02 to 23-6 in 2002-03. Mercer won the Atlantic Sun regular season title that year.

Dec. 22 a Popular Date for OSU Games
Thirty three Ohio State men’s basketball games have been scheduled on Dec. 22 since 1931 with the Buckeyes winning 23. The pre-Christmas holiday date has been good to OSU in recent years with the Buckeyes winning their last five games. From 1967 to 1990, Ohio State posted 11-consecutive wins for its longest streak of any kind on this date.

12/22/31 Yale W, 33-20 12/22/36 at Nebraska L, 23-32 12/22/38 at Washington L, 41-43 12/22/41 at Creighton L, 34-60 12/22/48 at California W, 68-64 12/22/51 at Utah L, 48-61 12/22/54 at California L, 50(11)-54 12/22/55 Washington W, 94-73 12/22/56 Tulane L, 71(11)-75 12/22/58 Utah W, 92-69 12/22/59 at BYU W, 91(3)-79 12/22/60 Detroit W, 84(1)-73(8) 12/22/62 at Detroit W, 101(3)-66 12/22/64 at Brigham Young L, 71-112 12/22/67 at Butler W, 71-69 12/22/68 Butler W, 74(17)-71 12/22/69 at Tulane W, 87-74 12/22/73 vs Dartmouth W, 85-80 12/22/75 Evansville W, 79-78 12/22/81 Florida W, 61-58 12/22/83 Kansas W, 79-74 12/22/84 Missouri W, 88-77 12/22/87 Md-Baltimore Co. W, 77-68 12/22/88 Kent State W, 92(12)-67 12/22/90 vs Georgetown W, 71(7)-60(12) 12/22/92 North Carolina L, 64-84(5) 12/22/93 vs Kentucky L, 88-100(5) 12/22/94 Bowling Green L, 50-59 12/22/95 San Diego State W, 72-56 12/22/97 Chattanooga W, 63-54 12/22/98 NC State W, 81-64 12/22/99 Toledo W, 64(16)-61 12/22/01 Eastern Illinois W, 72-59

The Mercer Series
Ohio State is meeting Mercer for the first time in men’s basketball. Ohio State is 6-0 all time vs. the Atlantic Sun Conference with wins over Central Florida, Florida Atlantic, Jacksonville and Stetson (3-0). Other teams in the league include Belmont, Campbell, Gardner Webb, Georgia State, Lipscomb and Troy.

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 is the second most on record while the 25 attempts is tied for eighth all-time. The Buckeyes connected on 11 of 27 3-pointers at home against Morehead State (12/19/04), marking the third time this season the team combined for 10 or more made treys in a game. The 27 attempts vs. the Eagles ranks No. 4 all time for tries in a single game. The team’s .428 shooting percentage (92-215) from long range is second by a percentage point (.429) behind Iowa in the Big Ten. The 9.20 made 3-pointers a game is tied with Illinois for the league lead. Three of Ohio State’s players rate among the Top 10 Big Ten players in 3-point shooting percentage. Je’Kel Foster is No. 7 (.452/19-42), Ivan Harris is No. 8 (.429/15-35) and Tony Stockman is No. 9 (.423/30-71). Stockman is No. 2 in 3-pointers made per game with an average of 3.2 per contest.

Noting the Morehead State Game

Ohio State is 3-0 all-time against Morehead State. The Buckeyesmoved to 16-0 against the Ohio Valley Conference.
The Buckeyes are 82-20 all-time when playing in Value CityArena.
Ohio State has led at halftime in all 10 contests this season, byan average of 12.5 points.
Morehead State’s 48 points were the fewest by an Ohio Stateopponent this season. The Buckeyes allowed 49 points to DelawareNov. 19.
Ohio State nailed 11 3-point baskets, the third time this seasonthey have reached double-figures in made 3-pointers.
The Buckeyes’ 27 3-pointers attempted ranks fourth all-time in OhioState single-game history. It is the third time this season OhioState has attempted 25 or more 3-pointers in a game.
Freshman guard Jamar Butler tied a career-high with four assistswhile not committing a turnover.
The Buckeyes are 7-1 this season when scoring 70 or morepoints.
Sixty-five field goals attempted set a season-high for Ohio Stateand 16 shots made by Morehead State tied a season-low for OSUopponents.
Ohio State out-rebounded Morehead State 46-33. OSU is 5-0 whenout-rebounding its opponents.
The Buckeyes held Morehead State to a .296 shooting percentage fromthe field, the lowest this season for an Ohio State opponent. OhioState has yet to allow a team to shoot over 50 percent in a gamethis season.
Ohio State grabbed a season-high 15 offensive rebounds.
The Buckeyes went on a 21-5 run from 14:29 to 7:57 to push theirlead to 28-7.
Dials’ three blocked shots is the most this season in a game by aBuckeye and tied for his career high. He previously blocked threeshots twice in his career, the last time against Eastern Michiganon Dec. 23, 2003.

Buckeyes Fare Well from Field
As a team, Ohio State is scoring on just under 50 percent of its shots taken from the field this year. The top four scorers all are making better than 48 percent of their shots after 10 games. J.J. Sullinger leads the starters, making 66 percent of his shots (44-67). He is followed by Terence Dials (.582/53-91), Ivan Harris (.493/37-75) and Tony Stockman (.484/59-122).

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 2.47/1 assist to turnover ratio (37/15) rates fifth among all Big Ten players. Fuss-Cheatham averages 3.7 assists a game and just 1.5 turnovers a contest. As a team, the Buckeyes have a +4.8 turnover margin over opponents (11.2-16.0), good for the No. 1 spot in the league. The team’s assist to turnover ratio (+1.42) is second among league schools. The Buckeyes are No. 1 in field goal percentage defense (.385) and 3-pointers made (9.2 pg.), No. 2 in 3-point field goal percentage defense (.302) and in 3-point field goal shooting (.428). Overall, Ohio State is No. 3 in shooting percentage (.495), and No. 3 in scoring defense (59.8 ppg.) and third in scoring margin (+15.9 ppg.). J.J. Sullinger is second in field goal percentage (.657). Terence Dials is No. 3 in rebounding (7.3 rpg.) and Tony Stockman and Je’Kel Foster are tied for fourth with 1.90 steals a game.

Newcomers, Buckeyes Value the Ball
The four first-year Buckeyes on the 2004-05 roster have just 14 turnovers and as a team Ohio State has 112 on the year in 10 games and 2,025-combined minutes played by the team. Freshmen Jamar Butler (175 minutes), Matt Terwilliger (65) and Jermyl Jackson-Wilson (20) have played a combined 260 minutes with seven total turnovers. Je’Kel Foster, a junior college transfer, has played 220 minutes with seven miscues. The newcomers average just one turnover for every 34.3 minutes played. Senior Brandon Fuss-Cheatham leads the Buckeyes with 37 assists with 15 turnovers on the year.

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 66 percent of his shots from the field (44-67) in 10 games this season. He has scored in double figures in six of the 10 games. He trails Terence Dials (7.3 rpg.) for the team rebounding lead with 4.9 rpg. after a 10-rebound effort vs. Portland State (12/11). Sullinger’s five blocks also trail Dials (7) for the team lead. Sullinger has upped his career scoring average to 10.0 points a game with 692 career points in 69 career games. Against Chattanooga Nov. 27, Sullinger tied a career high with four made 3-pointers in five attempts. He is making 75 percent of his long range shots this season (9-12). Sullinger has at least one assist in nine games this year while recording at least one steal in nine of 10 contests.

Senior Brandon Fuss-Cheatham owns the team lead with 37 assists against just 15 turnovers from the point guard position. His assist to turnover ratio of 2.5/1 is the best of his career and rates No. 5 in the Big Ten. In 233 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 needs two points to reach 300 as a Buckeye.

Sophomore Ivan Harris has started 10 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 49 percent of his shots (37-75) 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 six times in his career.

Senior Tony Stockman averages 15.4 points a game this season in 28.8 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 19 steals. His shooting percentage of .484 (59-122) is the best of his career. He has made at least one 3-pointer in each of the last 24 games as a Buckeye. His one made 3-pointer vs. Portland State was his 250th of his career. His five made treys vs. Texas Tech gave him 100 as a Buckeye. He has 258 for his career and 103 at OSU.

Freshman Jamar Butler has played the most minutes of the freshman class to date (175/17.5 per game). He has just four turnovers to go with 24 assists. Butler has gone to the line eight times and has yet to miss a charity toss. Butler has at least one assist in nine games. He has scored in nine of 10 games this year. He has connected on one 3-pointer in three of the last four games.

Junior Je’Kel Foster has made the most of his court time off the bench this season. In 10 games he has averaged 7.3 points a game in 22.0 minutes a contest. He is tied for the team lead (Stockman) with 19 steals. His 16 assists are fourth on the squad. Foster has made a 3-pointer in nine games and as many as three in four contests. Foster has a steal in every game this year.

Junior Terence Dials is shooting 58 percent from the field (53-91), helping the team to a 50 percent shooting percentage on the year. Dials has made 55 percent of his shots for his career (265-481). With a 13.5 points per game scoring average, he is No. 2 this season behind Stockman (15.4 ppg.). Dials has made 33 of his last 54 shots from the field (.611). He has scored in double digits seven times this year and in 32 career games. His 17 points and 10 rebounds vs. Texas Tech (12/16) gave him his fourth career double-double. He has scored 10 or more points in five consecutive games.

Junior Matt Sylvester has made 58 percent of his 3-point attempts this year in 10 games (7-12). He has made five of his last eight long range shots and has at least one assist in nine of 10 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.

Veteran Buckeyes Improve Shooting
Ohio State has eight returning players from a year ago, six of those have made significant improvement in their shooting percentages this year. J.J. Sullinger has improved the most from a year ago, increasing his shooting percentage by about 20 percent.

Player 04-05 03-04 Career Terence Dials .582 .505 .551 B. Fuss-Cheatham .466 .390 .349 Ivan Harris .493 .458 .475 Tony Stockman .484 .381 .381 J.J. Sullinger .657 .444 .460 Matt Sylvester .471 .370 .416

Buckeyes Stay Home
Ohio State closes out the non-conference portion of the 2004-05 schedule with LSU. Ohio State played host to Morehead State (12/19), before home contests vs. Mercer (12/22), New Hampshire (12/28) and St. Joseph’s (12/31) to close out 2004.

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. 106 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 106-59 (.642) 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 27 made 3-pointers and with 61 attempted treys this year. He also is the team leader with 18 steals.

Ohio State 82-20 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 82-20 in 102 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 6-0 in 2004-05.

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

The Schedule
Ohio State opened the season Nov. 15 at home in the first of two rounds in the Guardians Classic. The Buckeyes advanced in the event to Kansas City against Houston (Nov. 23) and Creighton Nov. 24. Other non-conference highlights included the game at St. John Arena against Chattanooga, a road game at Clemson Dec. 1 in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge, and additional road games at Texas Tech in Dallas Dec. 16 and at Louisiana State Jan. 15. The Texas Tech game concludes a home-and-home with the Red Raiders. The contests vs. St. Joseph’s and LSU begin home-and-home series with each school. St. Joseph’s, which spent time ranked No. 1 a year ago, will visit Value City Arena Dec. 31. Thad Matta, Ohio State’s first-year head coach, is familiar with the Hawks, having knocked off No. 1 St. Joseph’s 87-67 in the quarterfinals of the Atlantic 10 Tournament last March in Dayton.

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 14 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.

7 Buckeyes Spend Year in Residence
A total of seven student-athletes on the 2004-05 roster have spent a year on the Ohio State campus without playing in games for the Buckeyes. Junior Ricardo Billings sat out 2002-03 to satisfy academic requirements for eligibility last season. 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.