Jan. 9, 2001

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Opponent: Penn State
Site: Value City Arena (19,200)
Game Time: 8 p.m. (EST)
Local TV: WBNS 10 TV
TV Talent: Tom Hamilton (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 (10-4, 1-1)

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.

Penn State Nittany Lions
Probable Starters (9-3, 0-2)

G 33-Titus Ivory, 6-4, Sr.
G 3-Jon Crispin, 6-2, So.
G 5-Joe Crispin, 6-0, Sr.
F 35-Tyler Smith, 6-8, Jr.
F 23-Gyasi Cline-Heard, 6-8, Sr.

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.

A first for Parkhill
Bruce Parkhill, in his first season as the Ohio State associate head coach, has not looked forward to facing the Penn State Nittany Lions on the basketball court. Parkhill, who led Penn State to a 181-169 record as the Nittany Lions head coach (1984-95), will be opposite the PSU bench for the first time since moving to Columbus.

Illinois heats up in second half to down Buckeyes in Champaign
Frank Williams scored 21 points as Illinois broke out of a lingering shooting slump to beat Ohio State 83-68. Williams scored 16 points in the second half, taking control of the Illini offense after Ohio State tied it at 37 with 15:55 remaining. Illinois also got 13 points from forward Brian Cook, including a pair of key 3-pointers in the second half, and 12 from Cory Bradford. The Illini, who came in shooting 44 percent and ranked last in the Big Ten in 3-point shooting, made 55 percent of their shots and were 9-of-19 from 3-point range. Ken Johnson and Brian Brown each scored 15 points to lead Ohio State. Brent Darby added 14 for the Buckeyes.

Noting the game at Illinois

Ken Johnson started his 106th career game. Johnson stands fivestarts behind fifth-place Kelvin Ransey (111, 1977-80). Johnson isone of eight players in Ohio State history to eclipse 100 starts inhis Buckeye career. Ken Johnson was not whistled for a foul againstthe Illini while playing 38 minutes. It was the first time in his110-game career he did not commit a foul. He has not fouled outthis season. He has a streak of 18 games without being disqualifiedand has just one game with five fouls in his last 29 contests. Thelast time Johnson fouled out of a contest came last year at PennState (3/1/00) in a 79-73 Ohio State win. Ohio State extended itsstreak of consecutive games with at least one 3-point goal madewhen Brent Darby canned a shot from behind the arc early in thefirst half. Ohio State has connected on at least one 3-point goalin 264-consecutive games. Ohio State lost for the first time thisseason when out-rebounding its opponent. The Buckeyes out-reboundedIllinois 37-31, led by the 11 rebounds recorded by Ken Johnson.Ohio State sophomore Sean Connolly and junior Brian Brown have eachconnected on at least one 3-point field goal attempt in 13 of 14games this season. Johnson recorded his sixth career double-doublewith a 15-point, 11-rebound effort against the Illini. He also heldIllinois leading scorer Marcus Griffin to just 10 points in thecontest. Johnson turned in a career-best effort from the free throwline. He connected on 9-of-10 charity shots, including all eight inthe second half. His nine made and 10 attempted free throws arecareer highs. Sophomore point guard Brent Darby had his best weekas a Buckeye vs. Northwestern and Illinois. For the week, heaveraged 17.5 points, 4.0 rebounds and 3.0 assists while connectingon 46 percent of his shots from the field (13-28) and on 5-of-113-point attempts (.455) and all four free throws. Darby also playeda career high 38 minutes vs. the Illini. Johnson also had qualityoutings during the opening week of the Big Ten season. He averaged14.5 points, 8.5 rebounds and 4.0 blocks while hitting 10-of-15shots from the field (.667) and 90 percent of his foul shots (9-10)in 58 minutes over two games. He also committed just two personalfouls, none vs. Illinois. Ohio State will play at home the nextthree games beginning with an 8 p.m. meeting with Penn StateWednesday and a 12:15 p.m. contest vs. Minnesota Saturday.Michigan, who did not play at Value City Arena last year, comes toColumbus Jan. 18 to battle the Buckeyes on ESPN (7 p.m.).

Visitors struggle to win at VCA
Ohio State has lost just four home games in the 3-year history of Value City Arena. The Buckeyes have a combined record of 38-4 all time at the VCA following the win over Northwestern. In the four home losses, no team has won by more than three points. The Buckeyes have lost by an average of 2.3 points in the four games. Iowa owns two of the wins over OSU at VCA. The Hawkeyes won 71-68 Jan. 12, 1999 and 67-64 Feb. 9, 2000. Notre Dame gave OSU a 59-57 defeat to start the season last year Nov. 16, 1999.

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 303-259 (.539) in 19 seasons as a head coach. He has a record of 68-42 (.618), including a record of 60-20 (.750) 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) and will now host Penn State (Jan. 10), 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 4.36 blocks a game (61).

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.

Buckeyes lead the Big Ten in defense
Ohio State rates No. 1 in field goal percentage defense (.376), No. 2 in blocked shots (5.21) and No. 3 in scoring defense (57.9 ppg.) and rebounding defense, allowing foes just 30.6 rebounds a game. The Ohio State offense is No. 2 in scoring margin (+17.3), turnover margin (+3.43) and 3-point field goal percentage (.397). Ohio State is No. 3 in field goal percentage (.474, 372-785).

Buckeyes in the Big Ten
Sophomore Brent Darby leads OSU in scoring against Big Ten competition with 17.5 points a game. His scoring average ranks No. 9 among league players vs. conference competition. Darby’s 2.50 3-pointers made per game rates No. 5. Senior Ken Johnson’s .667 shooting percentage and 8.5 rebounds per game ranks No. 6 against league foes while his 4.0 blocks per game rates No. 2 behind Brian Cook of Illinois (4.5). Junior Boban Savovic and Johnson are rated No. 5 in offensive rebounds with an average of 3.0 per game. Savovic also is No. 8 in 3-point shooting percentage (3-6, .500).

Johnson No. 1 on OSU career swat chart
Ken Johnson has 61 blocks on the season for a career total of 380, 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 4.36 blocks a game this season.

Johnson moving up career starts list
Ken Johnson has started 106 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.

Penn State falls to 0-2 with tough home loss to Iowa
Luke Recker scored 20 points, including two free throws that sealed Iowa’s 86-85 victory over Penn State Saturday. Recker hit two free throws with 1.3 seconds left to put the Hawkeyes up 86-82. Joe Crispin’s half-court shot at the buzzer went in, but it wasn’t enough for Penn State (9-3, 0-2). Crispin scored 12 of his 35 points in the final 3:32 and Tyler Smith scored on a Crispin assist with 1:11 left to tie the game at 82. Recker hit the go-ahead basket, an 18-foot jumper, with 54 seconds left, putting the Hawkeyes up 84-82. Crispin missed a 3-point try on the following possession. B.J. Vossekuil’s put-back try spun around the rim before coming out and the ball went out of bounds to Iowa with 1.3 seconds left. Iowa never trailed after Brody Boyd hit two 3-pointers in a 16-2 run that gave the Hawkeyes a 69-64 lead with 8:17 left. Dean Oliver scored 18 points for the Hawkeyes.

Leading the Nittany Lions
Penn State senior guard Joe Crispin leads the Nittany Lions in scoring with a 22.8 points per game average. He also is second in assists with 43 and is the team’s leading 3-point shooter. He has made 46 of 105 long range attempts for a shooting percentage of 43.8. He averages nearly nine 3-point attempts a game. From the foul line, he has connected on 84 percent of his attempts (62-74). Senior guard Titus Ivory is second in scoring with 15.7 ppg. He is followed by senior forward Gyasi Cline-Heard’s 13.8 ppg. Cline-Heard also is the team’s leading rebounder with 9.6 rpg.

Dunn in 6th year with Nittany Lions
Penn State head coach Jerry Dunn is in his sixth season as the director of the Penn State men’s basketball efforts. Dunn, a 1980 graduate of George Mason, took over for Bruce Parkhill, current Ohio State associate head coach, in 1995. Dunn has a record of 91-70 during his tenure in State College, Pa., including a 9-3 mark this year.

The Penn State series
Ohio State and Penn State have met 22 times with each team winning 11 times. The Buckeyes are 8-3 in games played in Columbus while Penn State owns a 6-3 edge in State College. The Nittany Lions are 2-0 in neutral contests, including a 71-66 win over the Buckeyes in the quarter finals of the Big Ten Tournament last spring in Chicago.

The Buckeyes vs. Penn State
Brian Brown has averaged 7.6 points in five career meetings with Penn State. Ken Johnson leads OSU returning players with 5.6 rebounds a contest. Johnson has connected on 55 percent of his shots from the field (21-38) with an average of 7.3 ppg. in seven career meetings.

Leading the Buckeyes
Junior Brian Brown leads the Buckeyes offensively with a scoring average of 14.0 points per game. He leads the team in minutes played (31.9 mpg.). Junior Boban Savovic leads in 3-point shooting (21-47, .447) just ahead of sophomore Sean Connolly (23-52, .442). Sophomore Brent Darby is the team’s leading free throw shooter (18-23, .783). Ken Johnson is the team’s leading rebounder with 6.7 a game. He is the most accurate Buckeye from the field as well hitting 56 percent of his shots (59-105). Brown leads in assists with 61 and steals, 26.

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 380 blocks in his career after swatting a pair vs. Illinois. 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- 380 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 264
Ohio State has connected on at least one 3-point field goal attempt over the last 264 games. Brent Darby extended the streak in the first half against Illinois (1/3/01). 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 256-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 11-11
Purdue 67-77
Wisconsin 78-53
Totals 626-607

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.