January 25, 1999

Buckeyes win fourth game over ranked opponent
Ohio State got its revenge. In the Buckeyes’ 1997-98 season, the lowest point might have come at Minnesota. Ohio State didn’t forget, and its revenge came Saturday with an 89-60 victory over the 17th-ranked Golden Gophers. The Buckeyes (15-5, 5-2 in the Big Ten) won for the fourth time in five tries against a ranked opponent during a grueling three-week span. They have won the four by an average of 20 points, including routs of then-No. 13 Indiana (73-56) and No. 16 Purdue (72-43).

Quincy Lewis, the conference’s leading scorer, was the only player for Minnesota (12-4, 3-3 Big Ten) in double figures. He hit his average with 23 points. It was Minnesota’s second-worst loss ever in 117 meetings with Ohio State, surpassed only by a 94-63 Buckeye win in 1992. It was also the most points Ohio State had scored in a conference game in more than six years. No team had shot better than 44.6 percent against Minnesota all season.

But Ohio State – leading the Big Ten in shooting – hit 33-of-61 from the field for 54.1 percent to the Gophers’ 38 percent. The Buckeyes’ starting five was 8-for-17 from 3-point range. Penn hit 9-of-13 shots from the field and also had four assists and four rebounds. In addition to Redd’s 19 points, Singleton was 7-for-8 from the field for 16 points and Ken Johnson had 10 points, eight rebounds and four blocked shots. As in their 72-43 victory over Purdue four days earlier -which they led 42-22 at halftime – the Buckeyes dominated the opening 20 minutes and never trailed in building a 43-32 lead at the break. Redd scored five points in the opening 26 seconds and the Buckeyes hit nine of their first 10 shots from the field to build a 21-5 lead by the 15:44 mark. Redd had 10 points in the early surge.

No. 15/17 Ohio State
Probable Starters (15-5, 5-2)
G 12-Scoonie Penn, 5-10, Jr.
G 22-Michael Redd, 6-6, So.
C 32-Ken Johnson, 6-11, Jr.
F 23-Jason Singleton, 6-6, Sr.
F 33-Jon Sanderson, 6-7, So.

No. 8/8 Michigan State
Probable Starters (16-4, 5-1)
G 12-Mateen Cleaves, 6-2, Jr.
G 14-Charlie Bell, 6-3, So.
C 34-Andre Hutson, 6-8, So.
F 44-Jason Klein, 6-7, Sr.
F 13-Antonio Smith, 6-8, Sr.

No. 15 ranking highest since 1992
The No. 15 ranking for Ohio State in the Associate Press poll this week is the highest since the Buckeyes ended the 1991-92 season No. 3. The Buckeyes went from unranked (No. 28) in the AP Top 25 poll to its current position for a jump of 13 spots following 29-point wins over both Purdue (73-42) and Minnesota (89-60) last week.

Ohio State above .500 in games where both teams are ranked
Ohio State owns a 41-32 (.562) record when it has been ranked and is facing a ranked opponent. The Buckeyes lost to No. 12 Iowa earlier this season while holding down the No. 21 spot in the Associated Press Poll. The last win for OSU in a game when both teams were ranked was March 27, 1992 when No. 3 Ohio State defeated No. 18 North Carolina 80-73. The last time the Buckeyes faced Michigan State when both squads were ranked in the AP Top 25 was Jan. 13, 1993 when No. 23 Michigan State defeated No. 21 OSU, 77-60. The Spartans are 3-2 all-time when ranked and pitted against a ranked Buckeye squad.

Redd earns third Big Ten honor
Redd earned his third Big Ten Player of the Week honor by averaging 24.5 points and 4.5 assists and helping the Buckeyes to wins over two Top 20 opponents (No. 16 Purdue/No. 17 Minnesota) last week. In the win over the Boilermakers, Redd scored 30 points, which included a 14-for-21 outing (67 percent) from the field. Against Minnesota, Redd scored 19 points, grabbed six rebounds and dished out four assists. He shot 57 percent on the week (21-37).

Redd reaches OSU milestone
Sophomore Michael Redd (1,043) became just the third sophomore in Ohio State history to reach 1,000 points after his 30-point effort against Purdue. Herb Williams (1978-81) and Jim Jackson (1990-92) are the only other Buckeyes to reach 1,000 points at OSU as sophomores. Only five players have scored 1,000 points in their first two seasons at OSU. In addition to Williams and Jackson, Jerry Lucas (1960-62), Dave Sorenson (1968-70) and Brad Sellers (1985-86) each reached 1,000 points in their second year at Ohio State. Lucas and Sorenson were juniors who were not eligible as freshman and Sellers was a senior. He transferred from Wisconsin.

Redd second quickest to 1,000
Buckeye legend Jerry Lucas (1960-62) reached 1,000 points during a 30-point effort against Northwestern Jan. 14, 1961 in his 38th game as a Buckeye. Michael Redd is just the second Buckeye to reach 1,000 points in less than 50 games. He has played in 49 games at Ohio State and has scored 1,043 points.

Two-year OSU 1,000+ scorers

Career 2-Yr. Gms to Player Pts. Total 1,000 Jerry Lucas 1,990 1,381 38 Michael Redd 1,043 1,043 49 Dave Sorenson 1,622 1,041 52 Herb Williams 2,011 1,069 54 Brad Sellers 1,122 1,122 58 Jim Jackson 1,785 1,067 59 Buckeyes face six ranked foes in seven game stretch
After facing then-No. 19 Wisconsin (Jan. 2. W 78-74 OT), then-No. 13 Indiana (W 73-56, Jan. 9) and No. 12 Iowa (L 71-68, Jan. 12), Ohio State downed No. 16 Purdue (W 72-43, Jan. 19) and No. 17 Minnesota (W 89-60, Jan. 23) and will meet No. 11 Michigan State (Jan. 29) for a stretch of six ranked opponents in seven games. The only non-ranked opponent was Michigan (L 84-74, Jan. 16) on the road. Michigan has defeated four ranked teams this season.

OSU earns back-to-back wins over ranked teams twice in 1998-99
With a win over then-No. 19 Wisconsin and the 73-56 victory over then-No. 13 Indiana the Buckeyes earned victories over back-to-back ranked foes for the first time since the 1992 campaign when No. 8 Ohio State downed No. 12 Michigan State on the road 78-65 Feb. 29 1992. Ohio State then moved to No. 5 and beat No. 18 Michigan 77-66 in Columbus March 3, 1992. Again this season, the Buckeyes matched the back-to-back feat over the ranked by downing No. 16 Purdue 72-43 and No. 17 Minnesota, 89-60.

Ohio State 4-1 vs. the ranked, looking to improve vs. No. 11 Spartans
Ohio State will be facing its sixth ranked team when the Buckeyes travel to No. 11 Michigan State Tuesday. The Buckeyes have not won more than four games against ranked opponents since the 1991-92 season when the Buckeyes went 5-3 vs. ranked teams. The last time the Buckeyes faced Michigan State when it was ranked among the Top 25 was Feb. 4, 1998 when the No. 16 Spartans prevailed 84-58 in Columbus. The last time Ohio State beat a ranked Michigan State squad was Feb. 29, 1992 when the No. 8 ranked Buckeyes won 78-65 over the No. 12 Spartans in East Lansing.

Ohio State seeks 6th win in Big Ten for 1st time in five years
With a 5-2 record in Big Ten play, the Buckeyes will be seeking its sixth win in the conference for just the first time in the last five years. Ohio State has not won six league games since a 6-12 campaign in 1994.

Buckeyes earn first ranking since 1992-93 season
Ohio State’s No. 21 ranking in the Associate Press Poll was the first Top 25 appearance for the Buckeyes since a No. 24 spot in the AP Poll Jan. 24, 1993. Ohio State also is No. 23 in the ESPN/USA Today poll this week.

Buckeyes playing in most difficult seven games in OSU history
The six ranked opponents in seven games rates as one of the most difficult stretches for a Buckeye squad in history. The Buckeyes played six ranked teams during an eight-game segment of the schedule last season from Jan. 14 to Feb. 11, 1998. In that stretch Ohio State faced six Big Ten teams ranked from Nos. 10-21. In the current series of contests, Big Ten foes will be in the Nos. 12-20 range. No other Buckeye team as faced such a difficult stretch of games.

Buckeye starters scoring high from the field
The five players who have started each game for Ohio State this season are knocking down 52 percent of their shots this season (441-852). Senior Jason Singleton leads the way with a .714 shooting percentage (80-112). Ken Johnson (.548) and Jon Sanderson (.543) are the other starters averaging .500 or more. Michael Redd (.475) and Scoonie Penn (.456) round out the starting five.

Ohio State makes quickest turnaround in school history
Ohio State equalled its win total from last season with the win over Florida Atlantic (99-70, 12/17/98). The win over the Owls marked the quickest an OSU team equalled the previous season’s win total in school history (minimum eight victories). OSU finished the 1997-98 campaign with an 8-22 mark and reached that total Dec. 17. The previous record for quickest turnaround from one season to the next was during the 1915-16 to 1916-17 seasons. OSU was 9-13 in 1915-16. The Buckeyes won their ninth game the following year Jan. 13, 1917 against Oberlin (38-14). OSU finished 15-11 that season.

Michigan State at Indiana
Mateen Cleaves collected 16 points and 13 assists as No. 10 Michigan State ripped off the decisive run midway through the second half to post a 73-59 18th-ranked Indiana. Looking more like the team to beat in the Big Ten with every game, Michigan State (15-4, 5-1 Big Ten) held Indiana scoreless for nearly eight minutes during the pivotal 16-1 burst. The Spartans won for the 12th time in 13 games and earned their fifth consecutive victory in conference play. They snapped a six-game losing streak at Assembly Hall, winning at Indiana for the first time since 1990. A.J. Guyton scored 23 points for Indiana, but leading scorer Luke Recker had just one point — a foul shot with 7:35 to play. Recker had scored 20 or more points in his previous five games, including a season-high 28 against Northwestern Jan. 13. Cleaves turned in his second consecutive double-double, having collected 15 points and 10 assists in Thursday’s 80-65 home win over Iowa. That effort allowed the reigning Big Ten Player of the Year to become the 27th player in Michigan State history to reach the 1,000-point plateau and move past Magic Johnson into fourth place on the school’s all-time assists list.

Michigan State record on five-game winning streak
Michigan State has three players averaging double figures led by junior Morris Peterson with 14.7 ppg. Classmate Mateen Cleaves is averaging 11.8 points and 7.1 assists while senior Jason Klein is contributing 11.0 points a contest. Senior forward Antonio Smith is the leading rebounder with 8.2 a contest. The Spartans have won their last five games after a Big Ten opening lose at Wisconsin, 66-51. Overall, MSU has won 12 of its last 13 games. The Spartans started the season 4-3 with wins losses to No. 7 Temple, No. 4 Duke and No. 1 Connecticut. Michigan State is 3-4 against ranked teams this season.

OSU, Michigan State series
Michigan State leads the all-time series between the two schools 49-43. The teams first met in 1910. The Buckeyes won 10 of the first 12 meetings but the Spartans have won the last nine contests. The last Buckeye win was during the 1992 Big Ten season when the Ohio State swept MSU with a 62-49 win in Columbus and a 78-65 win on the road.

OSU vs. the Big Ten
Ohio State played its 1,200th game against the current alignment of Big Ten teams against Indiana (Jan. 9). The Buckeyes earned their 600th win over current Big Ten opponents with a 70-62 win over Penn State in the earliest Big Ten game ever played Nov. 20 in Columbus. The Buckeyes won in their 1,200th game vs. Big Ten teams against Indiana 73-56 Jan. 9 in Columbus.

Illinois 54-93 Indiana 64-92 Iowa 58-66 Michigan 75-67 Michigan State 43-49 Minnesota 67-50 Northwestern 94-44 Penn State 9-9 Purdue 65-77 Wisconsin 75-53 Totals 604-600 Tom Izzo at Michigan State
Tom Izzo has earned a variety of coach-of-the-year honors while compiling a 71-40 record in four seasons at Michigan State. Izzo was the associate head coach of the MSU program under legendary head coach Jud Heathcote from 1990-1995. Heathcote handed over the reigns to Izzo following the 1994-95 season. Since then, Izzo has led the MSU program into the national spotlight, tying for the Big Ten regular season title last year.

OSU three-point field goal streak extended to 204
Ohio State has connected on at least one three-point field goal attempt over the last 204 games. Sophomore Michael Redd extended the streak with a three early in the first half (19:34) against Minnesota. Five different player have extended the streak this season. Sophomore Scoonie Penn has extended the streak nine times followed by Redd (6), freshman Brian Brown (2), Sanderson (2) and freshman Boban Savovic (1). The last time an OSU team missed all attempts from three-point range was Feb. 2, 1992 when the Buckeyes went 0 for 5 in a 68-58 OSU win over Michigan. Buckeye opponents have a streak of 196-consecutive games with at least one three-pointer made. Michigan went 0-10 from long range March 3, 1992 in an OSU 75-66 victory, marking the last time an opponent was held without a three-pointer.

Buckeyes lead league in scoring
Ohio State leads the Big Ten in scoring (76.9 ppg.) and field goal percentage (.489) this season after 20 games. As a team, OSU rates among the Top 5 in 10 categories. The Buckeyes are second in scoring margin (+13.4) and turnover margin (3.80), third in blocked shots (4.20) and steals (8.80), fourth in rebounds (36.7), offensive rebounds (14.00) and rebound margin (4.2) and fifth in field goal percentage defense (.401).

Penn among Top 10 in six Big Ten categories
Individually, junior Scoonie Penn ranks among the Big Ten’s Top 10 in six categories. He is third in assists (4.60), fifth in assist/turnover ratio (+1.56), sixth in steals (1.95) and 3-pointers made (2.25), eighth in scoring (15.6) and field goal percentage (.456). Sophomore Michael Redd is fourth in scoring (19.3), fifth in field goal percentage (.475) and 14th in rebounds (5.5). Junior Ken Johnson is third in the league in blocks (2.75) and seventh in rebounds (6.2). Senior Jason Singleton is seventh in steals (1.85).

Buckeye bits…
OSU is 14-1 when leading at the half…59 times members of the Buckeyes have scored in double figures this season, Michael Redd has been in double digits in 19 games, Scoonie Penn 16 times…Ten different Buckeyes have scored in double figures this season…Redd has scored in double figures in 48 of 50 career games…He has six career double-doubles after his 28-point, 12 rebound effort against UAB (12/21) in the first round of the Puerto Rico Holiday Classic.

Opponents shooting 40.1 percent
Buckeye opponents went over the 40 percent shooting mark for the first time after Iowa knocked down 53 percent of its shots last Tuesday in a Hawkeye 71-68 victory. Ohio State has held 11 of 20 opponents under 40 percent shooting this season. Foes are shooting just 40.1 percent overall from the field (446-1,112). Ohio State has been held under 40 percent just twice. Penn State allowed the Buckeyes to connect on 26 of 66 attempts for 39.4 percent and Miami held OSU to 36.2 percent (25-69). OSU is shooting 48.6 percent on the season (545-1,122).

Aggressive defense helps OSU
Not only is the Ohio State defense holding opponents to 40 percent shooting from the field, it has been blocking shots and helping itself with steals as well. Ohio State has blocked twice as many shots as its opponents (84-41) and has a 176-102 advantage in steals. Ken Johnson is the leading shot blocker with 53 while six Buckeyes have 10 or more steals. Scoonie Penn leads with 39 followed by Jason Singleton (37), Michael Redd (28), Brian Brown (22), Jon Sanderson (12) and Boban Savovic (11).

Penn, Redd reach 1,000 career points
Two Buckeyes reached 1,000 career points this season. Sophomore Michael Redd went over the 900 mark with 19 vs. Mississippi then went over 1,000 with a 30-point outing against Purdue. Redd has 385 points this season after his record-setting freshman campaign (658 pts.). Another Buckeye, junior Scoonie Penn, reached 1,000 points as well for his career with a 21 point effort against Iowa (1/12/99). He tallied 737 during two seasons at Boston College. He has scored 289 at Ohio State.

Noting the win over Minnesota

Ohio State is now 67-50 all-time against Minnesota. With thewin the Buckeyes broke a five-game losing streak to the GoldenGophers and a two-game home losing streak to Minnesota. Ohio Stateis now 15-5 on the season and 5-2 in the Big Ten. The Buckeyes arenow 4-1 against Associated Press-ranked teams this year. The lasttime OSU defeated that many AP-ranked teams was in the 1991-92,when the Bucks knocked off five ranked teams. Ohio State has nowwon back-to-back games at home by more than 20 points. The lasttime the Buckeyes did that was during the 1990-91 season when theBuckeyes knocked off Northwestern 102-62, Wisconsin 92-60, andIllinois 89-55. Scoonie Penn tied a season high with 24 points. Healso scored 24 points against Toledo (12/5/98). His career high is27 points, set Jan. 14, 1996, while at Boston College against SetonHall. Penn also tied a career high by drilling five three-pointers.Penn set that mark twice while he was at Boston College. TheBuckeye defense was once again stellar, as they held the Gophers to37.5 percent shooting, including 26.3 percent shooting from behindthe three-point arc. Ohio State has held opponents to 40 percentshooting this year. Ohio State is now 14-1 when leading at the halfand 10-3 when out-rebounding their opponents. The Buckeyes jumpedout to a 7-0 lead and did not trail in the game. Ohio State is now11-1 at home this year. The 11 home wins are OSU’s most since going15-1 at home during the 1991-92 campaign. Ken Johnson added fourmore blocked shots to his career total, which now stands at 113.Johnson, in sixth place all-time at Ohio State, stands just 18blocks behind fifth-place Lawrence Funderburke (131). Ohio Statehas connected on at least one three-point field goal attempt overthe last 204 games. Michael Redd extended the streak with a trey atthe 19:34 mark of the first half. Neshaun Coleman has hit 21consecutive free throws, dating back to last season. Coleman hithis final 17 free throws last year and has drilled all four of hisfree throw attempts this year.

Three Buckeyes make Puerto Rico All-Tournament team
Sophomore Michael Redd was selected as the Puerto Rico Holiday Classic MVP while teammates Jason Singleton and Scoonie Penn joined him on the all-tournament team. Redd averaged 23.3 points, 8.0 rebounds, scoring 70 points in the three-day event. He connected on 53 percent of his shots from the field as well. Singleton, a senior forward, scored on 74 percent of his shots from the field (14-19) while averaging 12.7 points and 6.7 rebounds. Penn, who led all scorers with 20 points in the championship game, averaged 16.7 points, while adding 15 assists and six steals. Penn also knocked down 80 percent of his free throws (16-20).

Noting the Buckeyes…

Neshaun Coleman…Has played double-digit minutes inseven games this season in a backup role…High of 11 points andthree three-pointers against Oakland (11/13/98)…has eight assistsand six steals and just one turnover in 11.3 minutes a game thisseason…has connected on his last 21 free throws, 17 to finish theseason last year and all four attempts this season…his one assistagainst Miami gave him 200 for his career.

Scoonie Penn…Eclipsed the 1,000 career-point mark with 21 vs. Iowa (1/12/99)…has 16 double-digit scoring outings this season, including 10 of his last 11 contests…scored a season-high 24 at Toledo and matched that against Minnesota (2/23)…has two or more threes in 14 games…leads team in minutes played with 673 (33.7)…Big Ten Player of the Week (11/16)…has started all 76 games in which he has appeared…has at least one assist in all but one game in his career (Miami, 1/2/97)…voted to the all-tournament team in Puerto Rico.

Brian Brown…Knocked down clutch 3-pointer in overtime to put OSU up for good in win over Wisconsin (1/2/99)…it was his first 3-pointer in six games…has scored in every game…failed to record an assist for the first time in his career against Miami (12/27)…has played 14 or more minutes in every game, averages 18.9 minutes a contest…adds depth to the guard spots.

Boban Savovic…Led team with a career-high seven rebounds at Michigan (1/16/99) while adding 12 points…tied career-high with three 3-pointers in overtime win over Wisconsin (1/2/99)…had career high 16 points against UT Martin…hit 6 of 8 shots vs. the Skyhawks, including 3 of 5 3-pointers…also added three assists vs. UTM…connected on 5 of 6 FTs vs. Army…scored 10 points in that game with three assists in 22 minutes…hit all four FTs in win over Indiana (1/9/99)…also added four rebounds, two assists and a steal vs. the Hoosiers.

Michael Redd…Has been Big Ten co-player of the week three times this season (12/21/98, 1/4/99, 1/23/99))…is the second fastest Buckeye to reach 1,000 points…reached 1,000 with 30 against Purdue (1/19/99) in his 49th career game…leads team with 19.3 ppg…Puerto Rico Holiday Classic MVP…also has 40 assists and 28 steals…set a career high with six steals against Miami (12/27/98)…second on team in rebounding with 5.5 rpg…second on team in minutes played with 30.9 mpg…has started all 50 OSU games in career…leads team with 144 FGs this season…had career high six 3-pointers made vs. Oakland (11/13) and Florida Atlantic (12/17)…43 of 110 rebounds this season are on offensive end…has at least two rebounds in every game as a Buckeye (50 gms)…Redd has made 10 or more field goals in a single game 13 times as a Buckeye, nine times as a freshman and four times this year, including a career high 14 against Purdue (1/19).

Jason Singleton…Having a productive senior year…shooting 71.4 percent from the field (80-112)… had 8 of 9 outing against Indiana (1/9/99) and 7 of 8 vs. Minnesota (1/23/99) …connected on 73.7 percent of his shots in Puerto Rico (14-19) to earn a spot on the all-tournament team…hit 7 of 8 FTs to seal win over Alabama (11/15/98)…has played in 103 games at OSU…leads team with 2,532 career minutes…has connected on at least 60 percent of his shots from the field in 15 of 20 games this season…went over the 100 career steals mark with four against Minnesota (1/23/99).

Devon Smith…Has appeared in seven games…played 10 minutes in win over Army (11/22/98).

Kwadjo Steele…Had career high four points against Florida-Atlantic…knocked down first career 3-pointer against UT Martin…has seen action in nine games…scored two points in opener against Oakland…grabbed three boards in win over Army.

Ken Johnson…Needs 18 blocks to tie and 19 to take over the No. 5 spot all time at Ohio State…Enters game with Michigan State with 113 career rejections…Lawrence Funderburke (1992-94) is No. 5 with 131…set career-high in rebounds in back-to-back games with 11 against Miami (12/27/98) and 12 at Wisconsin (1/2/99)…added 11 rebounds in win over Indiana to give him 11 or more in three-consecutive games…tied career high with 15 points at Vanderbilt (11/28/98)…set career high with seven blocks against both Robert Morris and Vanderbilt…hit 7 of 8 shots from the field vs. Vanderbilt…leads team with 55 blocks…has at least one block in 39 games as a Buckeye and 18 of 20 this year.

Jon Sanderson…Connected on 7 of 7 shots against Florida Atlantic (12/17)…had season-high 18 points vs. Army…connected on 6 of 13 (.462) from three-point range…one of four Buckeyes in double figures against UT Martin (10 pts.)…has started 48 of 50 career games as a Buckeye…is shooting 54.3 percent from the floor this year (51-94). George Reese…Top player off the bench…in the game when it counts…made all six FT attempts against Vanderbilt…buried a pair of free throws late in game with Wisconsin to tie score at 66 in regulation…capable of giving team a boost both on the offensive and defensive end of the floor…has two double figure scoring games and six games with nine points.

Will Dudley…Has appeared in 15 of 18 games this season…shooting 67 percent from the field (14-21)…connected on all five shots against Army for career best 11 points…Will be out 4-6 weeks following surgery on his right foot (1/21/99).

Shamar Herron…Had season high five points in win over Army…has played in seven games this season with high of 13 minutes against Army…had seven rebounds vs. the Cadets…24 of his 55 career rebounds have been on the offensive end of the floor…sidelined with strained right ankle suffered during practice (1/17/99).

Buckeyes Celebrating 100 Years
Ohio State celebrates 100 years of men’s basketball during the 1998-99 season. The Buckeyes first fielded a team in 1898, posting a record of 12-4. Since then, OSU has compiled a record of 1,264-902 (.584). Since joining the Big Ten, Ohio State has won or tied for 15 conference titles, winning 10 outright. OSU has an overall record in Big Ten games of 610-599 in 87 years of membership.

Along the way, the Buckeyes have produced 14 All-Americans, three Associated Press players of the year, 13 NBA first round draft picks, eight members of the National Basketball Hall of Fame, two U.S. Olympians and countless others national, international, conference and local award winners and team members.

Michael Redd scores first Buckeye basket in Value City Arena
The clock showed 18 minutes, 20 seconds remaining in the first half when Buckeye sophomore Michael Redd squared and launched a left-handed three-pointer from the right wing. The attempt found the target, giving Ohio State a 3-0 lead, marking the first official basket made at Value City Arena. For Redd, it was just the start of a 29-point effort in leading the Buckeyes to an 89-61 victory. Redd made the first shot in each of the exhibition openers as well.

Redd preseason all-Big Ten selection
Both the Big Ten coaches and media selected the same five players to their preseason all-Big Ten Teams at the annual media day festivities in Chicago (Oct. 25). Ohio State sophomore Michael Redd earned a selection along with Louis Bullock (Michigan), Mateen Cleaves (Michigan State), Evan Eschmeyer (Northwestern) and A.J. Guyton (Indiana). Cleaves was tabbed as the preseason Big Ten Player of the Year.

Recruiting class among Top 15
After the conclusion of the early 1998-99 recruiting season, the Ohio State class of Brent Darby, a 6-0, 185-pound guard, Slobodan Ocokoljic (o-SOAK-o-litch) a 6-8, 210-pound forward and Aleksandar Radojevic (Ra-DOY-yo-vitch), a 7-3, 245-pound center, is ranked with the Top 15 classes nationally. Hoopscoop has OSU tied at No. 15 with Kansas. Basketball Times rates the class No. 14 and Van Coleman of Future Stars rates the class No. 11.