Dec. 30, 2004
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Date Dec. 31, 2004
Opponent St. Joseph’s (3-5)
Site Value City Arena (19,200)
Game Time 6 p.m.
TV ESPN Plus
Local TV WBNS 10 TV (Ch. 10)
TV Talent Tom Hamilton, 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 Look to Dials in Win vs. New Hampshire
Terence Dials continued on a tear with 24 points and 14 rebounds to lead Ohio State to a 77-59 win over New Hampshire. The victory was the fifth in a row for Ohio State. Dials, who has won the last two Big Ten player of the week awards, has averaged 23 points and 10.6 rebounds during the Buckeyes’ winning streak. He has hit 43 of 67 shots from the field (64.2 percent) since Ohio State last lost on Dec. 1 to Clemson in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge. The 14 rebounds tied Dials’ career high. Dials went 8-for-13 from the field and 8-for-12 at the foul line as Ohio State maintained a double-digit lead for most of the second half. Tony Stockman added 11 points and J.J. Sullinger had 10 for the Buckeyes. Ben Sturgill, an Ohio native, led the Wildcats with 16 points. Jermaine Anderson chipped in with 10 points.
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. 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 10-2 start to the 2004-05 season is the best since Ohio State began the 2001-02 campaign 15-2. Ohio State plays its next game at home against non-conference opponent 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 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 1,401-976 after the 10-2 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).
St. Joseph’s Starts 3-5
The Hawks have opened the 2004-05 season with a 3-5 record following losses at Old Dominion and at home vs. Bucknell (12/28). The Hawks opened the season with a 91-51 loss at Kansas followed by a 76-61 win over Davidson at home. Drexel then handled SJU in Philadelphia 57-49 before consecutive wins over Fairfield and California-Davis in the Northwestern Mutual Shootout in San Francisco. The host Dons then defeated St. Joe’s 80-54 in the championship game.
A Decade for Martelli at SJU
Phil Martelli is in his 10th season as the head coach at St. Joseph’s University. Martelli has an overall record of 182-104 at the helm of the Hawks’ program. SJU has won at least 20 games the last four seasons, which includes a 30-2 campaign a year ago in which the Hawks were ranked No. 1 for the majority of the season.
Happy New Year, Ohio State Plays Dec. 31 Game After 39-Year Hiatus
Not since the 1965 season has Ohio State played a game on New Year’s Eve. The Buckeyes last played a Dec. 31 game against West Texas, a 78-53 OSU victory during the 1965-66 season. Ohio State has an overall record of 13-4 record on this date, including victories in seven of the last eight opportunities. The loss in that stretch was a double-overtime affair at St. Louis in which the Buckeyes fell 91-89 in 1963.
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The St. Joseph’s Series
Ohio State is 3-0 in the all-time series with St. Joe’s, with all three victories coming in tournament settings. The first game was in the 1961 Final Four in Kansas City, a 95-69 OSU victory. The teams did not meat again until March 7, 1979, a first round NIT victory for the Buckeyes in Columbus (80-66). The most recent meeting was a 64-61 Ohio State victory Dec. 19, 1983 in the Cable Car Classic in Santa Clara, Calif.
Matta Owns 3-1 Record vs. SJU
First-year Buckeye head coach Thad Matta is no stranger to Phil Martelli and the St. Joseph’s program. Matta is 3-1 all-time against Martelli and the Hawks, including an 87-67 victory March 11 of this year in the second round of the Atlantic 10 Conference tournament. The Hawks were ranked No. 1 at the time and were undefeated.
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 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 team’s .412 shooting percentage (110-267) from long range is third behind Iowa and Michigan State in the Big Ten. The 9.17 made 3-pointers a game leads the league. Two of Ohio State’s players rate among the Top 9 Big Ten players in 3-point shooting percentage. Je’Kel Foster is No. 6 (.455/25-55), Ivan Harris is No. 9 (.425/17-40). Tony Stockman is tied for the league lead in 3-pointers made per game with an average of 2.92 per contest.
Noting the New Hampshire Game
The game was the first meeting between Ohio State and theWildcats. The Buckeyes lead the series 1-0. Ohio State is 5-2all-time against schools from the America East Conference. TheBuckeyes have led at halftime in all 12 contests this season. Therewere 10 lead changes and the score was tied five times in the firsthalf. Ohio State never trailed in the second half. Ohio State is84-20 when playing in Value City Arena and 8-0 at home this season.The Buckeyes are 10-1 when scoring 70 or more points. New Hampshireshot 24-of-53 from the field for a .453 percentage compared to theBuckeyes’ .414 (29-of-70) percentage. It’s the first game thisseason the Buckeyes’ opponent has shot a better percentage from thefield. Ohio State’s 70 field goal attempts is the most this seasonfor the Buckeyes, topping their previous season-high total of 69against Mercer. The Buckeyes’ 12 steals tied their season-high, setseveral times this season. New Hampshire’s 3-for-4 performance fromthe charity stripe marked opponent season-lows for makes andattempts. The Wildcats collected 29 rebounds in the game, tying theseason-low for OSU opponents. Junior Terence Dials recorded histhird double-double of the season and sixth of his career againstNew Hampshire with 24 points and 14 rebounds. Dials also had 29rebounds and 13 boards in his last outing, Dec. 22 against Mercer.The last time a Buckeye had back-to-back double-doubles was duringthe 2003-04 season when Velimir Radinovic tallied 16 points and 10rebounds against Iowa (2/18/04) and 23 points and 10 caroms atIndiana (2/21/04). Notably, Ohio State dropped a 78-67 contest tothe Hawkeyes and beat the Hoosiers, 59-56, in those games. Dials’24 points marked the fifth time this season he has surpassed the20-point total and sixth 20-point game of his career. Dials matchedhis career-high with 14 rebounds against New Hampshire and his 10offensive rebounds is a career-high. Ohio State’s 20 offensiverebounds is a season high, topping its previous season-high of 15vs. Morehead State. Junior guard Je’Kel Foster has connected on atleast one 3-point field goal in 11-of-12 games this season. He hasmade at least three 3-contests in five games this season. Seniorguard Tony Stockman, who was playing in his 100th collegiate game,went 3-of-10 from behind the 3-point arc against the Wildcats. Withhis three makes, Stockman moved into ninth place with 108 careertreys on Ohio State’s career 3-point field goals list. Chris Jent(1989-92) is eighth on the list with 112 career treys.
Buckeyes Fare Well from Field
As a team, Ohio State is scoring on 50 percent of its shots taken from the field this year. Four of the top five scorers are making better than 47 percent of their shots after 12 games. J.J. Sullinger leads the starters, making 64 percent of his shots (54-84). He is followed by Terence Dials (.613/73-119), Ivan Harris (.511/47-92) and Je’Kel Foster (.471/33-70). Tony Stockman (.447/67-150) is second on the scoring list (14.6 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 2.53/1 assist to turnover ratio (38/15) rates fifth among all Big Ten players. Fuss-Cheatham averages 3.8 assists a game and just 1.4 turnovers a contest. As a team, the Buckeyes have a +4.25 turnover margin over opponents (12.0-16.2), good for the No. 1 spot in the league. The team’s assist to turnover ratio (+1.41) is second among league schools. The Buckeyes are No. 1 in field goal percentage defense (.391) and 3-pointers made (9.2 pg.), No. 2 in 3-point field goal percentage defense (.307) and No. 3 in 3-point field goal shooting (.412). Overall, Ohio State is No. 3 in shooting percentage (.495) and No. 3 in scoring defense (61.2 ppg.) and in scoring margin (+16.8 ppg.). J.J. Sullinger is third in field goal percentage (.643). Terence Dials is No. 2 in rebounding (8.3 rpg.) and No. 4 in FG pct. (.613). Tony Stockman is third with 2.0 steals a game.
Newcomers, Buckeyes Value the Ball
The four first-year Buckeyes on the 2004-05 roster have just 20 turnovers. Freshmen Jamar Butler (209 minutes), Matt Terwilliger (68) and Jermyl Jackson-Wilson (24) have played a combined 301 minutes with 12 total turnovers. Je’Kel Foster, a junior college transfer, has played 261 minutes with eight miscues. The newcomers average just one turnover for every 28.1 minutes played. Senior Brandon Fuss-Cheatham leads the Buckeyes with 45 assists with 17 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 64 percent of his shots from the field (54-84) in 12 games this season. He has scored in double figures in eight of the 12 games. He trails Terence Dials (8.3 rpg.) for the team rebounding lead with 5.2 rpg. Sullinger’s six blocks also trail Dials (7) for the team lead. Sullinger has upped his career scoring average to 10.1 points a game with 718 career points in 71 career games. Against Chattanooga Nov. 27, Sullinger tied a career high with four made 3-pointers in five attempts. He is making 63 percent of his long range shots this season (10-16). Sullinger has at least one assist and one steal in 11 games this year. He has eight assists in the last two games. In two seasons in Columbus, Sullinger has scored 445 points with 199 rebounds.
Senior Brandon Fuss-Cheatham owns the team lead with 45 assists against just 17 turnovers from the point guard position. His assist to turnover ratio of 2.6/1 is the best of his career and rates No. 4 in the Big Ten. In 281 minutes, he has averaged one turnover in 16.5 minutes played. He is playing 23.4 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 (308) as a Buckeye with five vs. Mercer (12/22).
Sophomore Ivan Harris has started 12 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 (47-92) 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 seven times in his career. His nine points vs. New Hamphire (12/28) gave him 205 fro his career. He has 96 rebounds as a Buckeye.
Senior Tony Stockman averages 14.6 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 24 steals. His shooting percentage of .447 (67-150) is the best of his career. He has made at least one 3-pointer in each of the last 26 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 263 for his career and 108 at OSU. He played his 100th career game vs. New Hampshire (12/28/04). He is working on 3,000 career minutes (2,941). He needs 16 points to reach 1,300 for his career.
Freshman Jamar Butler has played the most minutes of the freshman class to date (209/17.4 per game). He has just seven turnovers to go with 32 assists. Butler has gone to the line eight times and has yet to miss a charity toss. Butler has at least one assist in 11 games. In the last three games, he has 12 assists and just 3 turnovers.
Junior Je’Kel Foster has made the most of his court time off the bench this season. In 12 games he has averaged 7.8 points a game in 21.8 minutes a contest. He is second behind Stockman with 21 steals. Foster has made a 3-pointer in 11 games and as many as three in six contests. Foster has a steal in 11 of 12 games this year.
Junior Terence Dials is shooting 61 percent from the field (73-119), helping the team to a 50 percent shooting percentage on the year. Dials has made 56 percent of his shots for his career (285-509). With a 15.7 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). Dials is the first player other than Stockman to lead the team in scoring in the last 41 games. Stockman had led since the second game of the 2003-04 season. Dials has made 27 of his last 38 shots from the field (.711). He has scored in double digits nine times this year and in 34 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 most recently against New Hampshire with 24 points and a career-high tying 14 rebounds. He has scored 20 or more points in four of the last five games with a streak of seven in a row with 10 or more.
Junior Matt Sylvester has made 53 percent of his 3-point attempts this year in 12 games (9-17). He has made seven of his last 13 long range shots and has at least one assist in 11 of 12 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 seven 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 .613 .505 .560 B. Fuss-Cheatham .441 .390 .347 Ivan Harris .511 .458 .486 Tony Stockman .447 .381 .379 J.J. Sullinger .643 .444 .464 Matt Sylvester .458 .370 .416
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. 108 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 108-59 (.647) 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 35 made 3-pointers and with 88 attempted treys this year. He also is the team leader with 24 steals.
Ohio State 84-20 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 84-20 in 104 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 8-0 in 2004-05 and 7-0 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
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.
6 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.