Dec. 4, 2001
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%^$Site Value City Arena (19,200)
%^$Game Time 7 p.m. (EST)
%^$TV ESPN Plus
%^$Local TV WBNS TV 10
%^$TV Talent Tom Hamilton (Play-by-Play), Bill Hosket (Color)
%^$Radio OSU Radio Network (64 stations)
%^$Local Radio WBNS FM-97.1 AM-1460
%^$Radio Talent Paul Keels (P-by-P), Ron Stokes (Color)
%^$Ohio State Buckeyes
%^$Probable Starters (4-0)
%^$G 4 – Brent Darby, 6-1, Jr.
%^$G 21 – Boban Savovic, 6-5, Sr.
%^$G 13 – Brian Brown, 6-4, Sr.
%^$C 43 – Will Dudley, 6-8, Sr.
%^$F 33 – Zach Williams, 6-7, So.
%^$Probable Starters (3-2)
%^$G Taj Hawkins, 6-1, Sr.
%^$C Herbert Lambert, 6-10, Jr.
%^$F Charles Price, 6-8, Sr.
%^$F Josh Mullins, 6-5, Jr.
%^$F Chris Sanders, 6-5, Jr.
%^$IUPUI Jaguars Travel to Columbus
%^$Ohio State plays host to the IUPUI Jaguars Sunday following a week of final exams. The Buckeyes defeated UNC-Wilmington last Sunday (80-54). Ohio State will be facing the Jaguars for the first time. The Buckeyes have a 4-1 record all-time vs. teams representing the Mid-Continent Conference. OSU is 2-0 vs. both Chicago State and Oakland and 0-1 against Valparaiso.%^$
%^$Buckeyes Finish Strong
%^$ Ohio State has outscored its opponents by an average of 4.5 points in the opening 20 minutes this season. The second half is a different story. In four games, the Buckeyes have managed a 22.2 point margin of victory behind strong play in the second half. The Buckeyes have outscored opponents 176-105 in the second half for a 17.7 advantage per game over the final 20 minutes.%^$
%^$Savovic Becomes Fourth Different Buckeye to Lead Team in Scoring
%^$ Four different Buckeyes have led Ohio State in the scoring department over the first four games of the season. Brian Brown scored 15 in the opener against Winthrop, Zach Williams led with 24 vs. Albany and Brent Darby tallied 22 in the win over N.C. State. Senior Boban Savovic lead all scorers with 19 in the most recent win over UNC-Wilmington.%^$
%^$Noting the Win Over UNC-Wilmington
The Buckeyes are 47-6 in Value City Arena since it opened forthe 1998-99 season.%^$
Boban Savovic kept the 3-point streak alive with his field goalat the 1:26 mark in the first half. Ohio State has made at leastone 3-point basket in 285-consecutive games.%^$
In the line of the night Savovic scored 19 points, recorded sixsteals, grabbed five offensive rebounds, dished out five assists,had one block and no turnovers.%^$
With six steals, Boban Savovic set a career high. He tied hisprevious high for steals with four in the first half. The last timehe had four steals in a game was against Michigan (1/18/01).%^$
The Buckeyes trailed by as many as eight in the first half, butthe OSU big men sparked a run by shooting 7-of-8 from the field and3-of-4 from the foul line to build a 31-24 halftime lead. OhioState was able to take the lead for good at 5:13 in the first halfwhen forward Zach Williams converted on a 3-point play.%^$
OSU continued to play well to open the second half. In theopening 8:57 the Buckeyes outscored the Seahawks 20-5.%^$
With his eight-point performance against UNC-Wilmington, BrianBrown now has 927 career points. Brown is on track to become the40th player in Ohio State history to reach 1,000 points.%^$
Freshman Terence Dials logged 14 minutes and set a career highfor points with six.%^$
The Buckeyes were able to hold four of the five UNC-Wilmingtonstarters under 10 points.%^$
The Ohio State defense held Brett Blizzard to seven points. Heentered the game averaging 24.8 points per game and fourth in thenation in scoring. However, with his first bucket at 9:56 in thefirst half, he topped the 1,000-point mark.%^$
Ohio State outrebounded the Seahawks, 35-21. For the season theBuckeyes have outrebounded their opponents 130-110.%^$
The Buckeyes have played 11 games on Dec. 2 in the history ofthe program. Ohio State has come out on top 10 times. OklahomaState handed the Buckeyes their only loss on this date in 1995 inthe Tournament of Champions in Charlotte, N.C.%^$
%^$Double Duty at the Foul Line
%^$Both Ohio State and its opponents are shooting an identical percentage from the free throw line this season (.672). The difference is the number of foul shots taken. Ohio State has doubled its opponents in free throws made and taken. Ohio State is 90-of-134 from the line while foes are 45-of-67.%^$
%^$Buckeye Defense Forcing Mistakes
%^$Ohio State opponents have turned the ball over 81 times in four games for an average of over 20 a contest. The Buckeyes have been called for 61 miscues for an average of just over 15 a game. Ohio State also leads in the steals department with a 31-20 advantage on the season.%^$
%^$Brown Leads Four in Double Digits
%^$Senior co-captain Brian Brown leads four Buckeyes in double-digit scoring with 15.8 points a game this season. Junior Brent Darby follows with 13.8 ppg., with sophomore co-captain Zach Williams adding 12.8 ppg. Senior Boban Savovic (11.8 ppg) upped his scoring average with 19 points vs. UNC-Wilmington. Williams is the team’s leading rebounder with 5.8 rpg.%^$
%^$Ohio State Tops Big Ten in Several Areas
%^$ Ohio State is among the top two Big Ten teams in several league statistical categories. The Buckeyes are No. 1 in scoring margin (+22.2), scoring defense (55.0), field goal percentage (.510), 3-point field goal pct. defense (.205) and rebounding defense (27.5). OSU is second in assists (17.0) and turnover margin (+5.0).%^$
%^$Ohio State Shooting Over .500 From Field
%^$The Buckeyes have made 100-of-196 shots from the field this season for a shooting percentage of .510. Ohio State shot 53 pct. (27-51) vs. Winthrop and 51 pct. (28-55) vs. Albany and UNC-Wilmington (26-51). Ohio State nearly reached the .500 mark vs. North Carolina State but fell just shy following a 19-of-39 shooting effort (.487) from the field.%^$
%^$Buckeyes Eclipse 900,000 in Attendance
%^$In the fourth season of play in Value City Arena, the Buckeye men’s basketball team has drawn an average of 17,610 per game for a total of 933,337.%^$
%^$Value City Arena Serves Buckeyes Well
%^$Ohio State has played 53 home games at Value City Arena since the facility opened for the 1998-99 season. Those fans have been instrumental in the Buckeyes’ 47-6 home record at Value City Arena.%^$
%^$Four Jaguars in Double Figures
%^$ IUPUI has a balanced scoring attack with four Jaguars averaging between 13.2 and 10.0 points a game after five contests this season. Junior Antoine Lewis is the scoring leader with 13.2 ppg. He is followed by senior guard Lance Williams (13.0 ppg.), senior forward Charles Price (11.6 ppg.) and junior guard Brian Buchanan (10.0 ppg.). Price is the leading rebounder with 6.6 boards a game.%^$
%^$IUPUI Visit Columbus with 3-2 Record
%^$ The Jaguars bring a 3-2 record to Columbus with wins over Cleveland State (82-65), Olivet Nazarene (96-71) and Indiana Tech (109-82). Losses were to Middle Tennessee State (76-72) and Indiana State (66-56).%^$
%^$Hunter in 8th Season at IUPUI
%^$Ron Hunter has his Jaguars off to a 3-2 start in his eighth season at the helm of the IUPUI program. His overall record is 104-97 .%^$
%^$Buckeyes Enter 103rd Season
%^$ Ohio State has a record of 81-22 (.786) in season-opening games over the 103 years of men’s basketball at OSU. The Buckeyes are 85-18 (.825) in home openers and 49-52 (.485) in road openers. Ohio State did not play a road game in 1900-01. This is the 90th season of Big Ten membership in men’s basketball for the Buckeyes. Ohio State is 49-40 (.551) in conference openers, 60-29 (.674) in league home openers and 33-56 (.371) in the first road game of the season in Big Ten play.%^$
%^$Foul Line Familiar, Comfortable for Connolly
%^$ Junior Sean Connolly has made 85 percent (105-124) of his foul shots in three seasons of college basketball. He was 60-of-70 (.857) as a freshman at Providence in 1998-99. As a Buckeye sophomore last year, he drilled 42-of-50 free throws (.840) and was a remarkable 27-of-28 (.964) in Big Ten games. He had a stretch of 25-consecutive made foul shots in the conference season a year ago. He is 3-of-4 from the line this season.%^$
%^$Senior Class Continues Successful Run
%^$ Ohio State seniors Brian Brown, Will Dudley and Boban Savovic have been a part of three of the more successful seasons in Ohio State history. As freshmen, the trio helped the squad reach the 1999 Final Four. As sophomores, they were a part of a Big Ten Championship team and another trip to the NCAA tournament. As juniors, they were instrumental in taking Ohio State to its third-consecutive NCAA tournament appearance and 20-win season. Combined, these seniors have been a part of 74 wins (27 defeats), three NCAA tournaments, three 20-win seasons, the 1999 Final Four and the 2000 Big Ten Co-Championship. Another senior, Tim Martin, did not play for OSU until the 2000-01 season. Martin, a transfer from Kent State, sat out the 1999-00 to satisfy NCAA transfer rules.%^$
%^$AP Poll Give Buckeyes Top 25 Consideration
%^$ The Dec. 3 Associated Press Poll has Ohio State rated as the No. 43 team in the country with a total of eight votes. The Buckeyes are 4-0 this season. Ohio State will play eight games this season against teams currently ranked or receiving votes in the most recent AP Poll. The Buckeyes face No. 5 Illinois once and No. 12 Iowa and No. 24 Michigan State, twice. OSU also has a pair of games vs. Indiana and one against Massachusetts. Both teams are receiving votes. Purdue (two games) and N.C. State (W 64-50) are receiving votes in the ESPN/USA Today Poll.%^$
%^$Buckeye Captains Selected
%^$ Brooklyn, N.Y., natives Brian Brown and Zach Williams will serve as the 2001-02 Ohio State captains. Brown is the 11th player to serve as captain twice. Williams is the third sophomore captain at Ohio State. No Buckeye has ever served as captain for three seasons.%^$
%^$A 4th-consecutive NCAA trip, 20-win season?
%^$ The Buckeyes have been to 21 NCAA Tournaments in the history of the program, including the past three. No Ohio State coach has ever led four-consecutive teams to the NCAA Tournament. The Buckeyes have made three-consecutive trips four times (1944-46, 1960-62, 1990-92 and 1999-01). Ohio State also has a streak of three-consecutive 20-win seasons. The only time the program enjoyed four-consecutive 20-win campaigns occurred from 1960-63 with 25, 27, 26 and 20 wins, respectively. Ohio State won the national championship in 1960 and won four of five-consecutive Big Ten titles during that span.%^$
%^$Brown Close to 1,000 Career Points
%^$ Ohio State senior guard Brian Brown should reach the 1,000-point mark in his Buckeye career before the Big Ten Conference season gets underway in January. Brown will become the 40th player in Ohio State history to reach 1,000 points. He has scored 927 points in 101 career games for an average of 9.2 points a contest.%^$
%^$Buckeyes return most of offense, rebounding from 2000-01
%^$ Ohio State will enjoy the majority of its scoring and rebounding from last season when it takes the floor for the 2001-02 campaign. Four starters return as does eight of its top nine offensive contributors. Ken Johnson is the only significant loss from a year ago. The Buckeyes return 80 percent of the offense (1,774-of-2,206 points). On the boards, 75.8 percent of the rebounds return (827-of-1,090) while over 91 percent of the steals (147-of-161) and 93 percent of the assists (440-of-473) are back. With the loss of Johnson, only 35-of-160 blocked shots (21 percent) return.%^$
%^$Buckeyes deep, experienced at guard positions
%^$ Senior Brian Brown has 101 games under his belt as a regular for the Buckeyes. He broke into the starting lineup as a freshman at the start of the 1999 NCAA Tournament. He has not missed a game since. He led the Buckeyes in scoring as a junior with 14.5 points a game. Senior Boban Savovic overcame two years of injury-plagued seasons to start all 31 contests as a junior. He averaged nearly nine points a game in 30.0 minutes of playing time. He added 107 assists and 34 steals. Junior Sean Connolly has played an average of 25.3 minutes a game in two seasons, including 30 starts as a freshman at Providence. He is a career 84 percent shooter from the foul line, including 27 made foul shots in 28 attempts during the Big Ten season last year. Brent Darby played nearly 27 minutes a game as a sophomore after putting in just 10 minutes a contest as a freshman. Darby averaged just under 10 points a game in Ohio State’s three-guard offense. He has demonstrated the ability to score points in bunches and could have more freedom this year with less responsibility at the point guard position.%^$
%^$Summer in Europe
%^$ Ohio State spent 16 days (Aug. 20-Sept. 4) traveling through Italy, Switzerland, France and The Netherlands in preparation for the 2001-02 season. The trip offered Ohio State’s big men an opportunity to play competitively while allowing the guards to experiment with lineups during the six-game schedule. Ohio State won all six contests with the guards leading the way. Senior Boban Savovic averaged 17.5 points (105 total) to lead all scorers. Senior Brian Brown and junior Brent Darby each scored 96 points for 16.0 averages. Sean Connolly scored 10.5 points a contest and was the only Buckeye to connected on at least one 3-pointer in each of the six games. Sophomore Zach Williams registered a pair of double-doubles and led the Buckeyes with 7.3 rebounds a game.%^$
%^$Buckeyes to Play in 2003 Maui Invitational
%^$ The Maui Invitational will draw attractive fields for the following three seasons. Chaminade, the NCAA Division II school from Honolulu, will serve as host as it has every year since 1984. The 2002 field includes: Arizona State, Gonzaga, Indiana, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Utah and Virginia. The 2003 participants are: California, Dayton, Florida State, Hawaii, Ohio State, San Diego State and Villanova. The 2004 field, which could be subject to change pending NCAA legislation regarding early season tournaments, is: Iowa, Louisville, North Carolina, Notre Dame, Tennessee, Texas and Stanford.%^$
%^$Ohio State Successful on This Date in History
%^$ The Buckeyes have played 11 games on Dec. 9 in the history of the program. Ohio State has come out on top nine times. Ohio Wesleyan downed the Buckeyes 34-23 in 1933 and Missouri topped the No. 15 Buckeyes 69-62 in 1972.%^$
%^$Ohio State Among National Leaders in Attendance
%^$ The Buckeyes have been among the Top 7 teams nationally in average home attendance in each of the last three years. Ohio State averaged 17,540 fans in 2000-01 to rank No. 4, its highest ranking in team history. The Buckeyes have been a draw on the road as well. Ohio State has been among the Top 10 in NCAA all-games attendance the last three seasons, including a No. 2 ranking in 1999.%^$