Feb. 25, 2005

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Date Feb. 27, 2005
Opponent Wisconsin (17-7, 8-5)
Site Value City Arena (19,200)
Game Time 2 p.m.
Local TV WBNS Ch. 10
TV Talent Tom Hamilton, (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 (Expert Analysis)

Ohio State Retires Havlicek’s No. 5
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 Sunday 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 at OSU. 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).

Dials Closing on 1,000 Career Points, Stockman on 1,500
Ohio State junior center Terence Dials passed the 900 career point plateau with 11 points against Purdue Feb. 2. He has 990 points for his career with at least four games remaining in the 2004-05 season. He is on pace to reach 1,000 at home against Wisconsin Sunday. He would become the 42nd player in Ohio State history to score 1,000 career points in an OSU uniform. The last player to reach 1,000 points was Brent Darby during the 2002-03 campaign. He finished his career with 1,368 career points, good for the No. 20 spot in OSU career scoring history. Tony Stockman has scored 1,450 career points during two seasons at Clemson (716) and Ohio State (734). He is on pace to reach 1,500 points in the first round of the 2005 Big Ten Tournament.

Matta Among Best 1st-Year OSU Coaches
The victory over Indiana (Feb. 15) gave the Buckeyes 18 on the season, the first for rookie head coach Thad Matta. Gary Williams, who coached at Ohio State from 1987-89, owns the record with 20 wins for a first-year coach at Ohio State. Matta, the 13th head coach in Ohio State history, is in sole possession of second place for wins by a first-year coach at OSU. The win over the Hoosiers broke a three-way tie with Matta, George M. Trautman (1920-22) and Randy Ayers (1990-1997), each with 17 wins in their first season at Ohio State.

Yr. 1 Big Coach Yrs. Rcd. Ten Gary Williams 1987-89 20-13 9-9 Thad Matta 2005- 18-9 7-6 Randy Ayers 1990-97 17-13 10-8 G.M. Trautman 1920-22 17-10 3-9 Fred R. Taylor 1959-76 11-11 7-7 Thomas Kibler 1909-10 11-1 NA Jim O’Brien 1998-2004 8-22 1-15 Eldon Miller 1977-86 8-18 4-14 W.H.H. Dye 1947-50 7-13 5-7 L. W. St. John 1912-19 7-5 NA Floyd S. Stahl 1951-58 6-16 3-11 D.C. Huddleson 1903-04 5-2 NA Harold G. Olsen 1923-46 4-11 1-11

Season Finale vs. Illinois Set for CBS
No. 1 Illinois and Ohio State will square off in the regular-season finale for both teams at 2 p.m. March 6 on CBS. Ohio State is 14-1 at home this season and 13-1 in Value City Arena. Ohio State is 3-1 at VCA vs. the Illini, including a pair of victories over ranked Illini squads. The Buckeyes are 8-0 against ranked Big Ten teams at VCA when the facility is sold out. In all games, the Buckeyes are 13-3 against ranked Big Ten teams at VCA, including a 2-1 record vs. Illinois.

Ohio State 90-21 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 then the Buckeyes have built a record of 90-21 in 111 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 14-1 at home in 2004-05 and 13-1 at VCA. The team played Chattanooga at St. John Arena earlier this year.

Ohio State Tops 2004 Big Ten Win Total
Ohio State’s home win over Indiana Feb. 15 gave Ohio State seven wins in Big Ten Conference play. Ohio State finished the 2004 Big Ten season with a 6-10 record after a 7-9 finish in 2003. Ohio State has three Big Ten regular-season games remaining in 2005.

Buckeyes Drive Toward 20th 20-Win Season
Ohio State last had a 20-win season in 2001-02 with a 24-8 mark. The Buckeyes recorded 17 and 14 wins the following two seasons, respectively, and are 18-9 to date this year. The Buckeyes have had 19 seasons with 20 or more wins in the history of the program. Thad Matta could become just the second head coach in Ohio State history to record a 20-win campaign in his first season on the job. Current Maryland head coach Gary Williams was 20-13 in his first year at Ohio State in 1987.

Ohio State Rated 12th Best Program in College Basketball by Street & Smith’s
In a recent special edition of Street & Smith’s, 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) all were 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 19 of the last 21 games this season and in 21 of 27 games on the year. The 6-foot-9-inch center from Youngstown, Ohio, also has eight games with 10 or more rebounds on the year. In his career, Dials has 10 career games with 10 or more points and rebounds, with seven of the double-doubles recorded this season. Dials is the first player since Shaun Stonerook (eight in 1996-97) to record seven 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.

Buckeyes Stay in the Game, Avoid DQs
Five Ohio State players have fouled out of the 27 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 16.4 fouls a game this year. The squad was whistled for an average of 19.6 fouls a contest in 2003-04.

Buckeyes Just Short of Win at Minnesota
Vincent Grier had 14 points and 10 rebounds and J’son Stamper came up with two big plays down the stretch to lift Minnesota to a 52-50 win over Ohio State. Stamper tipped in a loose ball with 34.9 seconds left for a 51-50 lead, then chased down two rebounds on Ohio State’s final two possessions to preserve the victory. Terence Dials had 17 points and eight rebounds to lead Ohio State. Stamper corralled the rebound after a frantic scramble under the Buckeyes’ basket and Aaron Robinson made one free throw to cap the scoring for the Gophers. The Buckeyes had one more chance to tie or win the game with nine seconds to play. J.J. Sullinger’s jumper in the lane was off the mark, and Stamper snatched the board again as time ran out. Stamper finished with four points and six rebounds, and Jeff Hagen added 12 points and six rebounds for the Gophers. Sullinger finished with eight points and nine rebounds for Ohio State, which lost for just the second time in the last eight games. The Gophers led by as many as 12 in the second half and had a 47-40 lead on a layup by Stamper with 6:34 to play. Minnesota went the next 5:59 without a field goal to let the Buckeyes back in the game.

Noting the Minnesota Game

Minnesota trails the all-time series with Ohio State 74-53after a pair of victories this season. The Gophers are 35-28 inMinneapolis vs. the Buckeyes. Minnesota swept a two-game seasonseries vs. OSU for the first time since 1997. The Golden Gopherswon the only meetings between the teams in 2002 and 1998. TonyStockman connected on his only 3-point attempt to give him ateam-leading 60 made treys this year. That total is tied for theNo. 7 spot all-time for single season 3-pointers made. He alsoholds down the No. 3 spot with 73 made as a junior. Ohio Statetrailed 24-19 at the half and are now 0-6 when trailing after thefirst 20 minutes. The Buckeyes have made a school record 2303-pointers on the season. After a 5 of 16 effort vs. Minnesota,Ohio State has attempted 608 treys on the year, three off theschool record of 611 attempted in 1998-99. With 19 points againstthe Golden Gophers, junior Terence Dials is 10 points away fromscoring his 1,000th career point. Dials has scored in doublefigures in 21 games for Ohio State this season.

Buckeyes Excel on Home Court
Ohio State is 14-1 in Columbus this season and 13-1 at Value City Arena. The other victory was against Chattanooga at St. John Arena, the former home of the Buckeyes, earlier this season. Ohio State’s only home loss was in overtime (60-56) to Minnesota Jan. 19. Ohio State has won 11 or more games at Value City Arena in six of the seven seasons since the facility opened for the 1998-99 campaign.

Dials Leads Team With 11 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 trails Terence Dials, who scored 22 points at Michigan State (2/9/05) for his 11th career 20-point game. Dials has scored 20 or more points in nine games this season to lead the team.

Ohio State vs. Ranked Foes
Overall, Ohio State is 130-211 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) and the Buckeyes fell to No. 13 Michigan State (Feb. 9).

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 1,409-983 with a 18-9 record this season.

Wisconsin Visits VCA with 17-7 Record
Wisconsin travels to Columbus with three losses in the last five games following a loss at Michigan State last Thursday. The Badgers lost at Minnesota and Illinois while handling Iowa and Michigan at home prior to the MSU contest. Wisconsin was 9-2 in non-conference play and is 8-5 in Big Ten games. The Badgers are 4-6 in road games and 13-1 in Madison. Alando Tucker is the squad’s leading scorer with 14.7 points a game. Center Mike Wilkinson is a close second with 14.2 points a contest. He also is the team’s leading rebounder with an average of 7.3 a contest.

Buckeyes 3-2 vs. Wisconsin in VCA
Ohio State is 3-2 all-time against Wisconsin at Value City Arena since the facility opened for the 1998-99 season. The Buckeyes are 39-15 (.722) all-time vs. Big Ten opponents at VCA. Ohio State is undefeated in VCA games vs. Purdue (5-0) and Northwestern (6-0). Ohio State is 5-1 vs. Minnesota and Penn State, 4-1 vs. Michigan, 4-2 vs. Indiana and 3-1 vs. Illinois. The Buckeyes own a 3-2 record vs. both Wisconsin and are 2-3 vs. Michigan State and 2-4 against Iowa. Northwestern and Michigan State do not travel to Columbus this year. Ohio State is 14-1 at home, 5-1 vs. the Big Ten this year and has just one losing season vs. Big Ten opponents at home to date, a 3-5 record a year ago.

Ryan In Year Four with Badgers
Bo Ryan is 75-35 in four years on the Wisconsin sidelines and 468-138 overall. Ryan spent 15 years at Wisconsin-Platteville, two at Wisconsin-Milwaukee before taking over the UW program.

Sullinger Top OSU Scorer vs. Badgers
J.J. Sullinger averages 12.0 points a game in three career meetings against Wisconsin. Terence Dials also has faced the Badgers three times and averages 9.7 points and 8.0 rebounds. Senior Brandon Fuss-Cheatham has the most game experience with five career meetings vs. UW.

The Wisconsin Series
Ohio State leads the overall series against Wisconsin with an 80-59 record all-time. The Badgers have an 11-game advantage in Madison with a 40-29 record at home. The Buckeyes are 50-19 in Columbus vs. Wisconsin. Ohio State is 5-5 all-time when Wisconsin enters the game ranked in the Associated Press Poll. Ohio State is 1-1 vs ranked Wisconsin teams in Value City Arena.

Ohio State vs. The Big Ten Illinois 59-100 Indiana 70-98 Iowa 66-71 Michigan 83-70 Michigan State 46-58 Minnesota 74-53 Northwestern 105-44 Penn State 17-13 Purdue 73-78 Wisconsin 80-59 Totals 673-644

Matta Coaching 4th Game vs. Wisconsin
First-year Buckeye head coach Thad Matta is coaching in his first Big Ten Conference season and is 7-6 to date. He has competed against Wisconsin (2-1), Purdue (2-1), Illinois (0-1), Indiana (1-2), Iowa (1-0), Minnesota (0-2), Penn State (2-0), Northwestern (1-0), Michigan (1-0) and Michigan State (0-1) during his years at Butler, Xavier and Ohio State.

Buckeyes 12-10 on This Date
The Buckeyes are 12-10 all-time on this date with the last game played on this date being a win over Illinois in 2000. Ohio State has played Wisconsin just once before on this date, in 1960, the year Ohio State won the NCAA title with John Havlicek, who is having his No. 5 jersey retired during a halftime ceremony vs. the Badgers this year.

2/27/04 L @Oberlin, 16-38 2/27/14 W @Purdue, 32-22 2/27/15 L Northwestern, 21-25 2/27/22 W @Indiana, 20-18 2/27/23 L @Purdue, 20-53 2/27/24 W Purdue, 39-26 2/27/26 W Northwestern, 34-22 2/27/28 L Michigan, 39-45 2/27/32 W Chicago, 40-31 2/27/33 W @Purdue, 29-17 2/27/37 L Michigan, 24-38 2/27/39 W @Michigan, 42-28 2/27/43 L @Iowa, 41-43 2/27/50 W @Michigan, 69(3)-58 2/27/54 L Indiana, 68-84(3) 2/27/60 W Wisconsin, 93(2)-68 2/27/65 W Northwestern, 100-87 2/27/67 L @Michigan State, 63-74 2/27/82 W Illinois, 63-53 2/27/88 L Michigan State (ot), 77-78 2/27/99 L @Penn State (ot), 85(10)-98 2/27/00 W Illinois, 64(6)-51

Buckeyes Establish 3-point Records
Ohio State has set several 3-point shooting records to date this season in 27 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. 7 spot with 12 made vs. Iowa (1/8/05) and the No. 9 position with 11 made vs. Penn State (2/12/05) and 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 eight of the Top 10 single game spots in attempted 3-pointers in school history.

More From Long Range
As a team, the Buckeyes have taken 608 3-pointers this season, making 230. The number of attempts is No. 2 in season attempts by an OSU team. The 225 makes rates No. 1 all-time by an OSU squad. The 1998-99 Ohio State team made 218 in 36 games. The record was set with an 11 of 27 effort at Penn State Feb. 12 from long range. The Buckeyes are on pace to make 264 3-pointers this season, which would rank 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. Ohio State is on pace for 698 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.

Buckeyes in the Big Ten
Terence Dials is the No. 3 rebounder in the Big Ten with an average of 8.0 rebounds a game. He is No. 4 in defensive rebounds (5.19) and in offensive rebounds (2.78). Tony Stockman is No. 5 in 3-pointers made per game (2.22) and No. 9 in steals (1.52). Brandon Fuss-Cheatham is No. 2 in assist to turnover ratio (2.65) and No. 10 in assists (3.33). Dials is No. 7 in scoring (15.6 ppg.) and No. 6 in field goal shooting by percentage (.568). Je’Kel Foster rates as the No. 3 3-point shooter by percentage (.433).

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 are working with a roster of 11 players for the 2004-05 campaign, seven 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 55 percent of his shots from the field (102-185) in 27 games this season. He has scored in double figures in 13 games. The Buckeyes are 11-2 when Sullinger scores 10 or more points this season. He trails Terence Dials (8.0 rpg.) for the team rebounding lead with 5.4 rpg. Sullinger’s 16 blocks leads the team. He has upped his career scoring average to 9.9 points a game with 852 career points in 86 career games. Against Chattanooga Nov. 27, Sullinger tied a career high with four made 3-pointers in five attempts. Sullinger has at least one assist in 23 games this year and at least one steal in 19 outings. In two seasons in Columbus, Sullinger has scored 578 points with 284 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. In the first 13 games of the season, Sullinger connected on 23 of 43 foul shots (.534) but has upped his shooting percentage from the line to .658 after going 27 of 33 from the stripe in the last 14 games (.818).

Senior Brandon Fuss-Cheatham owns the team lead with 90 assists, a single-season high, against just 34 turnovers from the point guard position. His assist-to-turnover ratio of 2.65/1 is the best of his career and rates No. 2 in the Big Ten. In 611 minutes, he has averaged one turnover in 18.0 minutes played. He is playing 22.6 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 (382) as a Buckeye with five vs. Mercer (12/22). He reached 200 career assists (226) 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 27 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 47 percent of his shots (84-177) 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 12 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. Against Penn State Feb. 12, he grabbed a career high eight rebounds, including a career best seven on the defensive end.

Senior Tony Stockman averages 12.6 points a game this season in 28.0 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 41 steals. His shooting percentage of .413 (126-305) is the best of his career. He 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 288 for his career and 133 at OSU. He played his 100th career game vs. New Hampshire (12/28/04) and reached 1,400 career points with 11 vs. Purdue Feb. 2 (1,450). With three steals in the Michigan game, Stockman reached 100 thefts at Ohio State. He recorded 61 as a junior and has 41 this season.

Freshman Jamar Butler made his first career start at Northwestern Jan. 31 and has been in the starting lineup since. He scored a career high with 13 points in the home win over Indiana Feb. 15. He reached double digits with 10 points and added a pair of steals in OSU’s 65-52 victory at Northwestern in his first collegiate start. Butler has played the most minutes of the freshman class to date (501/18.6 per game). He has just 23 turnovers to go with 62 assists for an assist-to-turnover ratio of 2.7-1. Butler has gone to the line 26 times and has made 23 (.885). Butler has at least one assist in 25 games, including a career-high six helpers at Penn State Feb. 12. He has played 10 or more minutes in every game this season, including a career-high 30 minutes against Minnesota (2/19). Butler is the top Big Ten freshman foul shooter and is third rookie in steals (19/.70) and assists (2.3 apg.) and second in total assists (62).

Junior Je’Kel Foster has made the most of his court time off the bench and in the last seven games as a starter this season. In 27 games, he has averaged 7.8 points a game in 24.9 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 40 steals. He has made a 3-pointer in 22 games and as many as three in 12 contests after three makes in six attempts against Penn State (2/12). Foster has a steal in 22 games this year. He has scored 10 or more points nine times. Ohio State is 8-1 in those games.

Junior Terence Dials is shooting 57 percent from the field (163-287). Dials has made 55 percent of his shots for his career (375-667). With a 15.5 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 21 times this year, in 19 of the last 22 games and in 46 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 eight of the last 17 games, nine times on the year and in 11 career games. He has been the team’s leading scorer in 13 games this year. He was the squad’s top rebounder for 11-consecutive games before J.J. Sullinger grabbed a team high eight boards at Northwestern Jan. 29, and in 20 on the year. Dials reached 900 career points with 11 vs. Purdue (2/2/05). He has 990 (10.4 ppg.) career points and 582 (6.1) career rebounds. His 18 points and 13 rebounds vs. Indiana (1/22) gave him his ninth career and sixth double double this season. His 10th career and seventh double-double came against Purdue Feb. 2 with 11 points and 11 rebounds.

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 22 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 seven rebounds vs. Indiana (2/15) are a season high. Against Penn State Feb. 12, Sylvester scored a team and game-high 15 points in a 66-56 Ohio State road victory.

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. 116 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 116-66 (.637) 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.

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.

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).

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 60 made 3-pointers and with 172 attempted treys this year. He also is the team leader with 41 steals.

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.

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.

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.