Jan. 18, 2001
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Ohio State is now 40-5 all-time and 11-2 this season at Value City Arena. Michigan is now 0-2 in VCA.
Ohio State leads the all-time series 79-67 over Michigan. OSU has won four straight meetings with the Wolverines by an average of 15.25 points per game.
Boban Savovic scored a career high 17 points, topping his previous best of 16, set vs. Tennessee-Martin during his freshman season (12/14/98). He also tied a career high with four steals, matching his previous best, set vs. Michigan at the 1999 Big Ten Tournament (3/5/99).
Savovic has played some of his best basketball against Michigan, averaging 9.25 points per contest. That includes a zero-point performance during his freshman season.
Ohio State extended its streak of consecutive games with at least one 3-point goal made when Brian Brown hit a 3-pointer early in the first half. Ohio State has connected on at least one 3-point goal in 267-consecutive games.
Ken Johnson started his 109th career game. He stands two starts behind fifth-place Kelvin Ransey (111, 1977-80) and is one of eight players in Ohio State history to eclipse 100 starts in his Buckeye career.
Johnson blocked six shots in the game, giving him 389 in his career. That leaves him 39 behind former Penn State star Calvin Booth, who rejected 428 from 1995-99.
In seven career games, Johnson has 26 career blocks against Michigan – his most against any Big Ten foe.
Johnson, second in field goal percentage (.697) during Big Ten play, continued his torrid shooting with a 7-of-11 performance. Johnson entered the contest trailing only Michigan’s Josh Moore, who came in 9-of-9 from the field, but went 0-for-2 in tonight’s contest.
With 70 blocked shots this season, Johnson stands ninth on the OSU single-season chart – just eight behind eighth-place Herb Williams (78). Johnson holds the top two spots on the chart with 161 last season and 100 in 1998-99.
Sean Connolly drilled all six of his free throw attempts. He has not missed a free throw since the St. John’s game, going 14-of-14.
OSU hit 53.8 percent (7-of-13) from 3-point range, marking the second straight game the Buckeyes have topped the 50-percent mark from long range. OSU shot 53.3 percent (8-of-15) from 3-point range vs. Minnesota.