Dec. 13, 2001
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Site Freedom Hall (18,865)
Game Time 2 p.m. (EST)
TV ESPN Plus
Local TV WBNS TV 10
TV Talent Mike Gleason (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 (6-0)
G 4 – Brent Darby, 6-1, Jr.
G 21 – Boban Savovic, 6-5, Sr.
G 13 – Brian Brown, 6-4, Sr.
C 14 – Velimir Radinovic, 7-0, So.
F 33 – Zach Williams, 6-7, So.
Probable Starters (5-1)
G 33 – Erik Brown, 6-5, Jr.
G 22 – Reece Gaines, 6-6, Jr.
G 22 – Carlos Hurt, 6-1, Fr.
F 24 – Luke Whitehead, 6-7, So.
or F 34 – Larry O’Bannon, 6-4, Fr.
F 2 – Ellis Myles, 6-8, So.
Ohio State Travels to Louisville
The Buckeyes will take to the road for the first time this season Saturday at Louisville. The Cardinals are coached by former Kentucky and Boston Celtics coach Rick Pitino. Ohio State has a 4-2 overall record against Louisville, including wins in the last two meetings. The teams have not met since 1991 when an unranked Buckeye squad upset the No. 10-rated Cardinals 91-88 in Columbus. The No. 17 Buckeyes beat No. 24 Louisville the last time the squads met in Louisville (85-79). The series dates back to Dec. 19, 1953 when the host Cardinals downed the Buckeyes 85-76. The closest contest took place at the NCAA Midwest Regionals in Louisville March 17, 1961 when the No. 1-ranked Buckeyes edged the Cardinals 56-55. The only other win for the U of L can in 1979 when the Cardinals recorded an upset of the No. 2-rated Buckeyes 75-65 in Louisville.
Pitino in First Year at Louisville
Rick Pitino is in his 16th year as a collegiate coach and his first at Louisville. His career record is 357-125 after a 5-1 start with the Cardinals. The former University of Kentucky coach has taken 10 collegiate teams to postseason play, which includes four Final Four appearances. He won the NCAA title in 1996 at Kentucky and went to six-consecutive NCAA tournaments.
Centers of Attention
The three primary players who saw action at the center spot against Santa Clara combined to score 22 points while grabbing 20 rebounds. The trio, senior Will Dudley, sophomore Velimir Radinovic and freshman Terence Dials, combined to shoot 9-of-13 from the field. Eight of their rebounds were on the offensive end, helping the Buckeyes to a 24-4 edge in second-chance points in the 88-41 win over the Broncos.
Buckeyes Finish Strong
Ohio State has outscored its opponents by an average of 8.8 points in the opening 20 minutes this season. The second half is a different story. In six games, the Buckeyes have managed a 24.8-point margin of victory behind strong play in the second half. The Buckeyes have outscored opponents 259-163 in the second half for a 16.0 advantage per game over the final 20 minutes.
Success Usually Follows Hot Buckeye Starts
Since the NCAA tournament began in 1939, Ohio State has started a season with a 5-0 or better record 12 times. In 10 of those seasons the Buckeyes have advanced to postseason play, nine times to the NCAA tournament. Ohio State began the season 5-0 in 1985-86 and eventually won the National Invitation Tournament. The only teams to start 5-0 and not advance to the postseason were the 1995-96 Buckeyes and the 1962-63 squad. The 1996 team finished the season with a 10-17 record. The 1963 team was 20-4 and did not qualify for the NCAA tournament because only the conference champion (Illinois) was allowed to play in the event at the time. Since 1903, the Buckeyes have started 5-0 or better 22 times.
NCAA Tournament Era 5-0 Starts
Yr. Postseason Rcd. Start 1959-60 NCAA Champions 25-3 6-0 1960-61 NCAA Runners Up 27-1 27-0 1961-62 NCAA Runners UP 26-2 22-0 1962-63 – 20-4 7-0 1967-68 NCAA Final Four 21-8 5-0 1979-80 NCAA 2nd Rd. 21-8 5-0 1985-86 NIT Champions 19-14 5-0 1986-87 NCAA 2nd Rd. 20-13 6-0 1990-91 NCAA 3rd Rd. 27-4 17-0 1991-92 NCAA 4th Round 26-6 6-0 1995-96 – 10-17 5-0 1998-99 NCAA Final Four 27-9 6-0 2001-02 — 6-0 6-0
O’Brien 30-2 in VCA vs. Non-Conference Foes
In four seasons at Value City Arena, Jim O’Brien and the Buckeyes have a combined record of 30-2 (.938) against non-conference opponents. Ohio State was 7-0 in 1998-99, 8-1 in 1999-00 and 9-1 in 2000-01 in non-Big Ten home games. The Buckeyes are 6-0 at home this year. Losses have come to Notre Dame (59-54) in the 1999 Preseason NIT (11/16) and to Kansas (69-68) Dec. 23, 2000. O’Brien is 37-4 in non-conference home games in five seasons at Ohio State, which includes a 7-2 record his first season at St. John Arena.
Brown Claims Top 10 Spot in Assists
Brian Brown passed former teammate Scoonie Penn on the Ohio State career assists list with five against IUPUI. Brown is now 10th all-time with 292. Carter Scott (1978-81) is ninth with 326.
Brown Tops Balanced Effort vs. Santa Clara
Four different Buckeyes have led Ohio State in the scoring department over the first six games of the season. Brian Brown scored 15 in the most recent win over Santa Clara and 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 win over UNC-Wilmington and then tallied a career-high 25 in the victory over IUPUI.
Noting the Win Over Santa Clara
The Buckeyes are 49-6 in Value City Arena since it opened forthe 1998-99 season. The Buckeyes were on fire from outside againstSanta Clara. Ohio State set a record for 3-pointers taken in a gamewith 30. The previous record was 28 against Oakland (Nov. 13,1998). OSU also tied the record for 3-pointers made in a game with13. The previous record for that was also set in the game versusOakland. For the fourth-consecutive game Boban Savovic kept the3-point streak alive with his field goal at the 17:41 mark in thefirst half. He has hit the first 3-point basket for the Buckeyes infive of the six games. Ohio State has made at least one 3-pointbasket in 287-consecutive games. Sophomore center Velimir Radinovicset a career high for rebounds with eight. He eclipsed his old markof four in the first half alone. He set the high last seasonagainst Eastern Kentucky (12/02/00). Freshman center Terence Dialshad a career night. He set a career high for points with seven. Healso set a career high for rebounds with nine. For the season he is9-of-12 from the field. Brandon Fuss-Cheatham hit his first career3-point field goals at 8:05 in the first half. With seven minutesof playing time Ryan Heflin set a career high for points withseven. His previous high was five against Coppin State (Dec. 30,2000). He also tied his career high for rebounds with two. With hisfour point performance, Matt Marinchick set a career high. Hisprevious high of two came earlier this season againstUNC-Wilmington. The Buckeyes recorded 47 points in the first halfand allowed Santa Clara 17 points. It is the most points Ohio Statehas scored in the first half since the Eastern Kentucky match-uplast season when the Buckeyes had 51 (Dec. 3, 2000). The 17 pointsis the fewest allowed in the first half since the game versusCoppin State Dec. 30, 2000, when the Eagles scored 13. The lasttime Ohio State made eight 3-point field goals in the first halfsince the match-up with Florida State (Nov. 23, 2000) at the GreatAlaska Shootout. The last time the Buckeyes made eight 3-pointfield goals at home was against Oakland (Nov. 13, 1998). That wasthe first game played in Value City Arena. The Buckeyes handed theBroncos the worst loss in the 80-year history of their program. The47-point margin is the largest surrendered since Santa Clara fellat Purdue last season, 98-52 (Dec. 18, 2000). Brian Brown has 949points in his career. He is on pace to become the 40th Ohio Stateplayer to reach 1,000 points. The Buckeyes have made 166-of-323shots from the field this season for a shooting percentage of .514.Ohio State shot .500 percent (34-68) in the win over Santa Clara.The Buckeyes have shot .500 or better in five of the six games thisseason. All 13 Buckeyes that dressed saw action and 12 scored. OhioState opponents have turned the ball over 108 times in six gamesfor an average of 18 a contest. The last time Ohio State startedthe season 6-0 (1998-99), the Buckeyes went to the Final Four.
Buckeye Defense Forcing Mistakes
Ohio State opponents have turned the ball over 108 times in six games for an average of over 18 a contest. The Buckeyes have been called for 89 miscues for an average of just over 14.8 a game. Ohio State also leads in the steals department with a 42-32 advantage on the season.
Brown Retakes Team Lead in Scoring
Senior Brian Brown has retaken the team lead in scoring following a 15-point effort vs. Santa Clara. He tops four Buckeyes in double digits in a well-balanced offensive attack. Brown is averaging 14.2 points per game followed by Boban Savovic with 14.0. Brent Darby (75 pts., 12.5 ppg.) is just ahead of sophomore Zach Williams’ 68 points and 11.3 scoring average.
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 assists (18.7), assist/turnover ratio (+1.26), scoring margin (+24.8), scoring defense (55.0), field goal percentage (.514), 3-point field goal pct. (.412), 3-point field goal pct. defense (.250), scoring defense (55.2) and rebounding defense (27.7). OSU is second in rebound margin (8.2) and turnover margin (+3.17).
Ohio State Shooting Over .500 From Field
The Buckeyes have made 166-of-323 shots from the field this season for a shooting percentage of .514. Ohio State shot 50 pct. (34-68) in the win over Santa Clara. The Buckeyes have tied or eclipsed the .500 mark in five of the six games this season.
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 17,479 per game for a total of 961,382.
AP Poll Give Buckeyes Top 25 Consideration
The Dec. 10 Associated Press Poll has Ohio State rated as the No. 38 team in the country with a total of 27 votes. The Buckeyes are 5-0 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. 10 Illinois once and No. 15 Iowa and No. 23 Michigan State, twice. OSU also has a pair of games vs. No. 21 Indiana. N.C. State (W 64-50) is receiving votes.
Value City Arena Serves Buckeyes Well
Ohio State has played 55 home games at Value City Arena since the facility opened for the 1998-99 season. Those fans have been instrumental in the Buckeyes’ 49-6 (.891) home record at Value City Arena.
Madison Guard Leads Cardinals
Louisville guard Reece Gaines, a 6-6 junior from Madison, Wis., leads the Cardinals in scoring with 19.5 points a game. He also leads the team in assists with 25 and is tied for second with 10 steals. He is shooting 50 percent from the field (37-74) and has made 19-of-43 (.442) attempts from behind the 3-point line. From the foul line, Gaines has made 24-of-27 (.889) attempts.
Cardinals off to 5-1 Start
Louisville defeated Coppin State 75-49 Wednesday to up its season record to 5-1. The Cardinals own wins over South Alabama, Tennessee State, Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Murray State and Coppin State. The lone loss was to Oregon, 90-63.
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 (106-125) 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 4-of-5 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 76 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 season to satisfy NCAA transfer rules.
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 949 points in 103 career games for an average of 9.2 points a contest.
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 18 games on Dec. 15 in the history of the program. Ohio State has come out on top 14 times. The Buckeyes last played on this date in 1994. Ohio State needed overtime to down Tennessee-Chattanooga, 84-83.
Ohio State Among Attendance Leaders
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.