Jan. 11, 2001

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Opponent: Minnesota
Site: Value City Arena (19,200)
Game Time: 12:15 p.m. (EST)
TV: ESPN Regional
Local TV: WBNS 10 TV
TV Talent: Dick Bremer (P-by-P)
Bill Hosket (Color)
Radio: OSU Radio Network (63 stations)
Local Radio: WBNS FM-97.1 AM-1460
Radio Talent: Paul Keels (P-by-P)
Ron Stokes (Color)

Ohio State Buckeyes
Probable Starters (10-5, 1-2)

G 4-Brent Darby, 6-1, So.
G 21-Boban Savovic, 6-5, Jr.
G 13-Brian Brown, 6-4, Jr.
C 32-Ken Johnson, 6-11, Sr.
F 33-Zach Williams, 6-7, Fr.

Minnesota Golden Gophers
Probable Starters (13-2, 1-1)

G 23-Terrance Simmons, 6-3, Sr.
G 34-Shane Schilling, 6-6, So.
F 41-Michael Bauer, 6-8, Fr.
F 45-Dusty Rychart, 6-7, Jr.
F 1-John-Blair Bickerstaff, 6-6, Sr.

Penn State only second Big Ten team to win at Value City Arena
Joe Crispin scored 20 points and Titus Ivory added 18 as Penn State beat Ohio State 78-75. Crispin shot 7-of-18 from the field with four 3-pointers. Ivory made 5-of-9 3-point shots and Penn State made 13-of-26 3-point attempts as a team. The Nittany Lions had five players make a 3-point shot and leads the Big Ten averaging over eight 3-point shots made a game. Ohio State pulled to within 76-75 off a layup by Brian Brown with six seconds left. After being fouled Tyler Smith made two free throws to put Penn State up 78-75. Gyasi Cline-Heard blocked Brown’s 3-point shot that would have tied the game at the buzzer. Penn State was forced to shoot from the perimeter after Ken Johnson set the tone inside forcing Penn State players to alter their shots. Johnson had 14 points in the first half by powering his way inside for short jump shots or settling for hook shots when defenders managed to stay in front of him. Johnson finished with a career-high 24 points and 10 rebounds. His two-handed dunk put the Buckeyes up 25-16 with 10 minutes left in the first half. Brown had 15 points and Zach Williams had 12 for the Buckeyes. Penn State had four players in double-figures. Cline-Heard finished with 13 points. Jon Crispin made both of his 3-point shots including one that tied the game at 32 with four minutes left in the first half.

Buckeyes look to avoid 3-game skid
Ohio State will be looking to avoid its first three-game losing streak since the end of the 1998 Big Ten season. The Buckeyes have not lost three-consecutive games in any of the last three seasons. The last three-game losing streak came at the end of a 17-game skid in losses to Penn State (2/16/98), Indiana (2/19/98) and Northwestern (2/21/98).

Three OSU basketball numbers set to be retired, Bradds, Jackson and Smith to return for ceremonies
Gary Bradds (1962-64), Jim Jackson (1990-92) and Katie Smith (1993-96) will be honored by having their OSU jersey numbers retired during the 2001 Big Ten Conference men’s and women’s basketball seasons. Bradds’ No. 35 will be retired during ceremonies at halftime of the Ohio State men’s game against No. 3 Michigan State Saturday Jan. 27. Jackson’s No. 22 will be honored at the half of the OSU men’s game against No. 17 Wisconsin Saturday Feb. 10 and Smith’s No. 30 will be officially removed from future rosters Sunday Jan. 21 at the women’s game against Michigan. Ohio State great Jerry Lucas’ No. 11 is the only other basketball player to have a number retired. Smith is the first women’s basketball player to have a number retired. Three Buckeye football players have been honored beginning with Archie Griffin’s No. 45 in 1999. Vic Janowicz (No. 31) and Howard Cassady (No. 40) had their numbers retired during the 2000 football season.

Noting the game vs. Penn State

Ohio State is now 38-5 all-time and 9-2 this season at ValueCity Arena. Penn State is just the second Big Ten team to win inVCA, joining Iowa, who has posted two straight wins at VCA. In thefive home losses at VCA, OSU has not lost by more than threepoints. Penn State leads the series 12-11 over Ohio State. OSUholds an 8-4 advantage in games played in Columbus. The win is PennState’s first in Columbus since the 1998 season, an 89-85 win inthe final game at St. John Arena. Ohio State extended its streak ofconsecutive games with at least one 3-point goal made when BrianBrown drilled a shot from behind the arc early in the first half.Ohio State has connected on at least one 3-point goal in265-consecutive games. Ken Johnson scored a career-high 24 points.His previous high was 17, set vs. Toledo (12/22/99). Johnson’s20-point game is OSU’s third 20-point individual performance of theseason, joining Brian Brown (23, Florida State) and Brent Darby(21, Northwestern). Johnson also grabbed 10 rebounds, marking hissecond consecutive double-double – the first time he has posted twostraight double-doubles. Johnson recorded 15 points and 11 reboundsin the game at Illinois. In three Big Ten contests, Johnson isaveraging 17 ppg. and 9 rpg. Johnson attempted 13 shots in thecontest, marking a career high for shots in a game. His previousbest was 12, set earlier this season vs. Denver (12/7). Johnsonalso connected on a career-best nine shots, topping his previousbest of seven, last vs. Northwestern last week. Johnson started his107th career game. Johnson stands four starts behind fifth-placeKelvin Ransey (111, 1977-80) and is one of eight players in OhioState history to eclipse 100 starts in his Buckeye career. Johnsonswatted one shot in the game, giving him 381 in his career. Thatleaves him 47 behind former Penn State star Calvin Booth, whorejected 428 from 1995-99. Zach Williams scored 10 points in thegame, his first double-figure contest since a 19-point performanceagainst Robert Morris (12/20). Ohio State is 10-2 whenoutrebounding its opponent. The Buckeyes outrebounded Penn State36-22, but have now dropped back-to-back games when outreboundingtheir opponent. The Buckeyes are now 7-1 when shooting 50 percentor better after shooting 57.4 percent vs. Penn State. The Buckeyeshave shot 50 percent or better in six of the last nine contests.With his 15-point performance, Brian Brown topped his seasonaverage of 14 ppg. Brown hit one 3-pointer in the contest and hashit at least one 3-point goal in 14 of 15 contests this season.Penn State, which led the Big Ten in free-throw percentage at 74.9percent, struggled throughout much of the game, finishing 11-of-21for 52.4 percent. The Nittany Lions had nearly identical shootingpercentages from the free throw line (52.4), field (52.9) andthree-point range (50.0).

Visitors struggle to win at VCA
Ohio State has lost just five home games in the 3-year history of Value City Arena. The Buckeyes have a combined record of 38-5 all time at the VCA following the loss to Penn State. In the five home losses, no team has won by more than three points. The Buckeyes have lost by an average of 2.4 points in the five games.

O’Brien reaches career win No. 300
Jim O’Brien earned career win No. 300 as a collegiate head coach with the 93-62 win over Morehead St. (12/16/00). O’Brien is 303-260 in 19 seasons as a head coach. He has a record of 68-43, including a record of 60-21 over the last three seasons with the Buckeyes. O’Brien spent 11 seasons at his alma mater, Boston College. His teams compiled a record of 168-166 record with six postseason appearances, including three trips to the NCAA Tournament in his last four years. O’Brien started his career at St. Bonaventure, where in four seasons, his teams posted a record of 67-51 (.568). His 100th career win came against Maine Dec. 6, 1988 (87-59) with No. 200 coming against Hartford Dec. 23, 1995 (106-67). O’Brien won both those games at Boston College.

Homestand longest since 1910
Ohio State ended a nine-game homestand vs. Northwestern and is in a span of 12 home games in 13 outings. The homestand began vs. Eastern Kentucky (W 90-44, 12/2/00). The Buckeyes then hosted Denver (W 83-46, 12/7/00), Massachusetts (W 54-51, 12/10/00), St. John’s (W 71-58, 12/13/00), Morehead State (W 93-62, 12/16/00), Robert Morris (W 99-46, 12/20/00), No. 9 Kansas (L 69-68, 12/23/00), Coppin State (W 80-42, 12/30/00) and Northwestern (1/3/01). OSU then traveled to Illinois (L 83-68, 1/6/01) before returning home to host Penn State (L 78-75, 1/10/01), Minnesota (Jan. 13) and Michigan (Jan. 18). The last time Ohio State hosted nine-consecutive games was at the start of the 1910 season when OSU played at home for the first 10 games of the season in an 11-1 campaign. The Buckeyes were 9-1 in that homestand. The Buckeyes finished 8-1 in the most recent home streak.

Ohio State to host NCAA Tournament 1st, 2nd rounds in 2004
The Ohio State Department of Athletics, along with Nationwide Arena and the Greater Columbus Convention & Visitors Bureau, has been selected to host the 2004 National Collegiate Athletic Association Men’s Basketball First and Second Rounds, the NCAA announced Dec. 7. Ohio State will serve as the host institution for the 2004 Midwest Region early round contests. The games will be played at Nationwide Arena March 19 and 21, 2004.

Johnson, No. 1 in Big Ten
Ohio State senior Ken Johnson holds the No. 1 spot in the Big Ten with an average of 4.13 blocks a game (62).

Robinson out indefinitely
Doylan Robinson (Akron, Ohio/Buchtel), a junior guard, will be out indefinitely recovering from injuries sustained as a passenger in a traffic accident Sunday, Dec. 3, 2000. Robinson suffered several lacerations to his face and right hand. He is expected to recover fully. Robinson has played in five games to date for the Buckeyes. He is averaging 2.0 points and 1.8 rebounds in 8.4 minutes a game.

Johnson paces Buckeyes in the Big Ten
Senior Ken Johnson leads OSU in scoring against Big Ten competition with 17.7 points a game. He ranks No. 2 in blocks (3.0) and rebounding with 9.0 rpg., No. 5 in field goal shooting pct. (.679). His scoring average ranks No. 8 among league players vs. conference competition.

Johnson No. 1 on OSU career swat chart
Ken Johnson has 62 blocks on the season for a career total of 381, which places him first all-time at Ohio State in career rejections. Johnson passed Herb Williams (1978-81) at the Great Alaska Shootout in November. Johnson averaged 1.9 bpg. (58/30 gms.) as a freshman, 2.8 bpg. (100/36 gms.) as a sophomore and 5.37 bpg. (161/30 gms.) in 1999-00. He has an average of 4.13 blocks a game this season.

Johnson moving up career starts list
Ken Johnson has started 107 career games as a Buckeye since the 1997-98 season. He is one of only eight Buckeyes to reach 100 or more career starts. Currently No. 6 all-time, Johnson will next overtake Kelvin Ransey (1977-80) at No. 5 with 111 starts.

Minnesota wins outduels Badgers
The Minnesota Golden Gophers handed No. 12 Wisconsin their first Big Ten loss of the season with a 54-49 upset at Williams Arena last Saturday. The Gophers beat a ranked team for the first time since Feb. 9, 2000 when they upended ninth ranked Indiana at Williams Arena. After Wisconsin led 24-23 at the half, Minnesota took the lead with 16:08 left in the game and never looked back. The Gophers extended their lead to 11 with three minutes remaining and held off a late Badger comeback to their first Big Ten win of the season. The Gophers were able to overcome a 10-minute scoring drought at the end of the first half that extended into the beginning of the second frame. A 3-pointer by Minnesota at the 17:45 mark got the Gopher guns going again. The Golden Gophers also withstood a poor night at the free throw line as they hit just 10-of-20 attempts. However, senior John- Blair Bickerstaff hit four consecutive free throw in the last 1:18 to ice the game. Schilling led the Gophers with 12 points including a 3-of-3 performance from the 3-point arc. Michael Bauer chipped in 11 points and eight rebounds. Bickerstaff and Dusty Rychart added nine a piece.

Four Gophers in double figures
Junior forward Dusty Rychart leads the Golden Gophers in scoring with an average of 15.6 points a game. He is followed by senior forward John Blair Bickerstaff (11.9 ppg.), senior guard Terrance Simmons (11.7 ppg.) and sophomore forward Michael Bauer (11.0 ppg.). Rychart is the leading rebounder with 7.4 rebounds a contest.

Monson in second season
Golden Gopher head coach Dan Monson is in his second season at Minnesota. He has a record of 25-18 at the helm of the Gophers. He has led Minnesota to a 13-2 record this season following an upset of No. 12 Minnesota last week. In four seasons as a collegiate head coach, including two at Gonzaga, Monson has a career record of 77-35.

The Minnesota series
The Buckeyes lead the all-time series with Minnesota 69-50. Ohio State is 43-17 in Columbus while the Golden Gophers own the edge in Minneapolis 33-26. The Buckeyes have won the last three meetings after suffering through a five-game losing streak to Minnesota. Ohio State clinched a share of the Big Ten Championship last season at Minnesota with an 82-72 victory.

The Buckeyes vs. Minnesota
Senior Ken Johnson, in four career games vs. the Golden Gophers, has scored an average of 8.8 points a contest while grabbing 4.8 rebounds. He has connected on 10-of-21 shots from the field (.476) vs. Minnesota.

Leading the Buckeyes
Junior Brian Brown leads the Buckeyes offensively with a scoring average of 14.1 points per game. He leads the team in minutes played (31.9 mpg.). Sophomore Sean Connolly leads in 3-point shooting (23-52, .442) just ahead of junior Boban Savovic (22-50, .440). Sophomore Brent Darby is the team’s leading free throw shooter (20-26, .769). Ken Johnson is the team’s leading rebounder with 6.9 a game. He is the most accurate Buckeye from the field as well hitting 58 percent of his shots (68-118). Brown leads in assists with 62 and steals, 27.

OSU opponents fare well in polls
Seven 2000-01 Buckeye opponents are rated among the Top 25 in the Associated Press and ESPN/USA Today polls. Another three are receiving votes. Michigan State (3/3), Kansas (5/5), Illinois (7/8), Syracuse (11/10), Alabama (16/14), Wisconsin (17/17), and Iowa (RV/24) are rated in the Top 25. Iowa (AP), Purdue and Minnesota all are receiving votes in at least one of the polls.

Johnson closing on 400 career blocks, 2nd on Big Ten list
Buckeye senior Ken Johnson has 381 blocks in his career after swatting one against Penn State. Johnson is second in Big Ten history in career blocks. Calvin Booth of Penn State (1995-99) is the next target at No. 1 with 428 career blocks.

Big Ten Career Blocked Shots leaders 1. Calvin Booth, PSU 1995-99 428 2. Ken Johnson, OSU 1998- 381 3. Acie Earl, IOWA 1989-93 365 4. Joe Barry Carroll, PUR 1977-80 349 5. Herb Williams, OSU 1977-81 328

Big Ten Season Blocked Shot leaders 1. Ken Johnson, OSU 1999-00 161 2. Calvin Booth, PSU 1997-98 140 3. Jim Pitts, NU 1965-66 123 4. Acie Earl, Iowa 1991-92 121 5. Acie Earl, Iowa 1990-91 106 6. Joe Barry Carroll, PUR 1977-78 105 7. Calvin Booth, PSU 1995-96 101 8. Ken Johnson, OSU 1998-99 100 9. Dean Garrett, IND 1987-88 99 10.Roy Tarpley, MICH 1985-86 97 Brad Sellers, OSU 1985-86 97

Johnson led nation in blocks, average fifth in NCAA
Ohio State center Ken Johnson led the Big Ten and the nation in blocks in 1999-00. Johnson sent back 5.37 shots per game with 161 blocks on the year. Johnson has the fifth highest block per game average in NCAA history. His total of 161 is the seventh most in a single season in NCAA history.

NCAA Single Season Blocks Avg. 1. #Adonal Foyle, Colgate 1997 6.43 2. #Keith Closs, C. Conn. St. 1996 6.36 3. #David Robinson, Navy 1986 5.91 4. Adonal Foyle, Colgate 1996 5.69 5. #Ken Johnson, OSU 2000 5.37 # Led nation in blocks.

Big Ten coaches, media select Johnson preseason First Team All-Big Ten
The Big Ten men’s basketball coaches and league media chose Ken Johnson (Sr., Detroit, Mich./Henry Ford) as a preseason First Team All-Big Ten selection. The announcement was made Oct. 30 at the annual Big Ten Men’s Basketball media day. Johnson joins Cory Bradford (Illinois), Charlie Bell (Michigan State), Kirk Haston (Indiana) and LaVell Blanchard (Michigan) on the squad selected by the coaches. The media selected the same squad with the exception of Haston. Joe Crispin of Penn State filled that spot. Johnson, who averaged nearly eight points, over six rebounds and 5.4 blocks a game last year as a junior, is the only senior on Ohio State’s squad this season.

A change in lineup
Ohio State used its second starting lineup of the season with sophomore Sean Connolly starting in place of sophomore Brent Darby against Eastern Kentucky. Darby had a slight knee sprain but did play vs. the Colonels. According to STATS Inc., Ohio State was among just six schools to use just one or two different starting lineups in 1999-00. Hawaii used the same starters all season. Ohio State, Southern Illinois, St. John’s, Vermont and Wofford used just two lineups in 1999-00.

2-year home record rates high at OSU
Ohio State has compiled a 38-4 (.905) record over three seasons in Value City Arena. The Buckeyes were 14-1 in the inaugural season in VCA (1998-99) and notched a 15-2 record at home in 1999-00. In back-to-back seasons in which the Buckeyes have won at least 25 combined home games, the OSU record from 1999-00 of 29-3 stands fourth all-time for home record in consecutive seasons. The 1962-63 teams posted a 25-0 record during a span of 50 home games in which the Buckeyes were undefeated from 1960-64.

Ohio State home record in back-to-back seasons Seasons 2-yr. home Rec. Win Pct. 1962-63 25-0 1.000 1991-92 30-1 .968 1990-91 27-2 .931 1999-00 29-3 .906 1985-86 26-5 .839 1982-83 25-5 .833 1986-87 26-7 .788 1985-86 26-5 .781

OSU 3-pt FG streak extended to 265
Ohio State has connected on at least one 3-point field goal attempt over the last 264 games. Brian Brown extended the streak in the first half against Penn State (1/10/01). The last time an OSU team missed all attempts from 3-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 257-consecutive games with at least one 3-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 3-pointer.

OSU vs. the Big Ten
The Buckeyes opened the Big Ten season Jan. 3 at home against Northwestern. The Buckeyes have more victories over the Wildcats (98) than any other league school. Ohio State has 78 wins each over Michigan and Wisconsin. Illinois has the most wins over the Buckeyes with 95. This is the 89th season of Big Ten play for Ohio State in men’s basketball.

Big Ten Series Records
Illinois 56-95
Indiana 66-92
Iowa 59-67
Michigan 78-67
Michigan State 44-51
Minnesota 69-50
Northwestern 98-44
Penn State 11-12
Purdue 67-77
Wisconsin 78-53
Totals 626-608

Johnson on watch list for Naismith Award
Ken Johnson, a senior on the Ohio State men’s basketball team, is among 30 preseason candidates for the 2000-01 Naismith College Basketball Player of the Year Award. The Naismith Awards program, now in its 33rd year, honors the outstanding college basketball players in the United States. The program was founded by the Atlanta Tipoff Club, an organization dedicated to recognizing the achievements of student-athletes in basketball. Charlie Bell (Michigan State), Cory Bradford (Illinois) and Mike Kelley (Wisconsin) also represent the Big Ten on the list.

Johnson helps Olympic team prepare for Gold in Sydney
Ken Johnson was selected as one of 12 collegiate players who gathered to practice against the 2000 U.S. Olympic Men’s Basketball team last summer in Maui, Hawaii. Johnson was the only true center on the 2000 USA Basketball Men’s Select team and its tallest player at 6-feet 11-inches. The Select team scrimmaged the Olympic team each day during the week-long camp. The camp ended with a nationally-televised (NBC) contest Sept. 2 at the University of Hawaii Stan Sheriff Center.

Three student-athletes added for 2001-02 season
Jim O’Brien signed one of the best recruiting classes of his coaching tenure Nov. 8, the first day of the fall men’s basketball signing period.

Matt Sylvester (Loveland, Ohio/Moeller), Terence Dials (Youngstown, Ohio/Boardman) and Brandon Fuss-Cheatham (Beaver Falls, Pa./Blackhawk) all signed NCAA National Letters of Intent to play for Ohio State.

Sylvester, a 6-foot-7-inch, 200-pound wing forward, is considered to be among the top two players in Ohio. He is ranked by Prep Spotlight Magazine as one of the Top 60 players in the country. Sylvester played for the powerful Cincinnati AAU program. As a junior, he averaged 22.0 points and 8.0 rebounds. As a sophomore, Sylvester helped guide Carl Kremer’s Moeller squad to a Division I State Championship.

Dials, the second recruit from Ohio to sign with the Buckeyes, is a 6-foot-9-inch, 240-pound power forward/center. He gives the Buckeyes an athletic big man. As a junior, Dials averaged 18 points, 12 rebounds and 4.0 blocks.

Fuss-Cheatham (6-1, 190) is the No. 1-ranked point guard in the Midwest by Vince Baldwin of and the No. 6 nationally-ranked point guard. He also is considered a Top 30 all-around player in the high school class of 2001. He averaged 21.3 points, 4.5 assists, 4.0 steals and 3.1 rebounds as a junior. He shot 59 percent from the field (279-476) and 77 percent (123-160) from the free-throw line. He has been Blackhawk’s starting point guard since his freshman season. The Cougars are 85-11 during that time. Over the last two seasons, Blackhawk is 62-4 with two conference championships and a state title.