Feb. 14, 2003

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Opponent Michigan
Site Crisler Arena (13,751)
Game Time 3 p.m. (EST)
Local TV None
TV Talent Dave Barnett (P-by-P), Tim McCormick (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 (12-10, 5-6)

G 4 – Brent Darby, 6-1, Sr.
G 3 – Sean Connolly, 6-5, Sr.
G 40 – Matt Sylvester, 6-7, So.
C 14 – Velimir Radinovic, 7-0, Jr.
F 33 – Zach Williams, 6-7, Jr.

Michigan Wolverines
Probable Starters (14-9, 7-3)

G 4 – Daniel Horton, 6-3, Fr.
G 2 – Lester Abram, 6-6, Fr.
C 25 – Graham Brown, 6-9, Fr.
F 21 – Bernard Robinson, Jr., 6-6, Jr.
F 30 – LaVell Blanchard, 6-7, Sr.

Darby Leads Ohio State Against Michigan
Senior Brent Darby, a Detroit, Mich., native playing in his last game as a Buckeye in the State of Michigan, leads Ohio State in games against the Wolverines. In six career meetings, Darby has averaged 11.0 points while shooting nearly 50 percent from the field (21-43/.488). Darby has done well at the foul line connecting on 19 of 20 foul shots (.950) against Michigan.

O’Brien Nearing Win No. 350
Ohio State head coach Jim O’Brien has won 114 games in Columbus with the Buckeyes in six seasons. His career total of 349 wins includes 67 victories at St. Bonaventure and 168 victories at Boston College. With at least six games remaining this season, O’Brien has averaged 19.0 wins a season at Ohio State, which includes an 8-22 record his first season in Columbus and a school-record four-consecutive 20-win seasons heading into the 2002-03 campaign.

Connolly Reaches 1,000 Career Points with 13 at Penn State
Ohio State senior Sean Connolly needed 10 points to reach 1,000 for his collegiate career entering the game at Penn State. His third 3-pointer of the game at the 10:13 mark of the second half put him over the 1,000-point plateau. He finished with 13 points against the Nittany Lions. Connolly scored 330 points as a freshman at Providence College before making the move to Ohio State. In three seasons as a Buckeye he has scored 673 points to give him a career total of 1,003 heading into the game at Michigan.

Dials Will Not Return in 2002-03, Fuss-Cheatham Also Out
Ohio State sophomore center Terence Dials will not return to the Ohio State lineup in 2002-03, Jim O’Brien, Ohio State head coach announced Feb. 11. Dials, who has not played since Dec. 18 at Pittsburgh, was diagnosed with a stress fracture in his lumbar spine (level 2) in late December. He played in six games before the injury and will be eligible for a medical redshirt, giving him three remaining years of eligibility beginning in 2003-04. Sophomore guard Brandon Fuss-Cheatham also will not play the rest of the season to rest his injured left knee. He could play again if an emergency situation arises.

Buckeyes 14 Games Up on UM in Series
Ohio State has won 82 games in the all-time series against Michigan, including seven of the last eight. The Buckeyes won all three contests a year ago, including an 84-75 victory in Ann Arbor to clinch a share of the Big Ten regular season title and a 75-68 triumph six days later in Ohio State’s first game of the Big Ten Tournament in Indianapolis. Michigan has won 68 games in the series. The Buckeyes are 47-26 against the Wolverines in Columbus and 33-41 in Ann Arbor. The teams have met three times on neutral courts with the Buckeyes winning two of those games. The Wolverines won the earlier meeting this season 61-50 Jan. 15 in Columbus.

Wolverines Drop 3 of 4 in League Play
Michigan, has lost three of the its last four games in Big Ten Conference play after a 13-game win streak followed an 0-6 record to start the season in non-conference action. The Wolverines play host to Ohio State after dropping a 63-49 decision at Indiana Wednesday. Prior to a 70-62 win over Iowa in Ann Arbor Feb. 8, Michigan fell twice on the road to Illinois (67-60) and Minnesota (87-80).

Blanchard Tops Four Wolverines Offensively
Michigan senior forward LaVell Blanchard is the top scorer and rebounder for Michigan. He averages 16.0 points and 7.1 rebounds a contest. Freshman guard Daniel Horton is the next in line offensively at 15.7 points a game. He is followed by junior forward Bernard Robinson, Jr. (12.4 ppg.). Robinson, Jr., also averages 6.2 rebounds per game.

Amaker in Second Season at UM
Tommy Amaker is in his second season with the Wolverines. He compiled an 11-18 record in his inaugural campaign in Ann Arbor and is 25-27 to date. In six seasons as a head coach, Amaker is 93-82 overall, which includes four years at Seton Hall.

C. Bass Sees More Time off Bench
Freshman forward Charles Bass played just three minutes in four games before a career-high 20 minute game at Illinois. He followed that effort with a seven-minute outing at Penn State. In the last two games, Bass has given the Buckeyes quality minutes in the paint. He has 10 rebounds, six points and a pair of blocks in his last two games.

Radinovic Misses Gopher/Illinois Games
Junior center Velimir Radinovic missed games against Minnesota Feb. 5 and Illinois Feb. 9 with an injury to the little finger on his left hand. Radinovic watched the Ohio State win over the Golden Gophers from a hospital room, where he spent two nights as a precaution while receiving intravenous antibiotics. The injury occurred Feb. 4 during practice when an interior pass caused a compound dislocation near the tip of the left little finger. Because the small bone at the tip of the finger broke the skin and was exposed, Radinovic needed the extended hospital stay to avoid infection. Plagued by fouls, he played just seven minutes in a starting role at Penn State earlier this week.

Darby Among Big Ten Leaders
Senior Brent Darby is second in scoring among Big Ten players with 18.4 points per game behind Illinois’ Brian Cook (20.7). Darby also is No. 7 in assists (4.27 apg.) and No. 2 in steals (1.68 spg.). In 3-point shooting statistics, Darby rates No. 9 in 3-pointers made per game (1.86).

Radinovic, Jenkins Among Leaders in Big Ten Conference Games
Junior center Velimir Radinovic has connected on 55 percent of his shots from the field in conference games (30-55) to rank No. 5 in the Big Ten. Junior Shun Jenkins is the No. 2 rebounder in league games with an average of 7.7 a game. He also is the No. 4-rated offensive rebounder in conference games with an average of 2.73 in 11 league games.

Darby Moves Up Scoring Chart
Senior guard Brent Darby became the 41st player at Ohio State to score 1,000 career points during his 28-point effort against Indiana (1/11). Darby has 1,187 career points and is No. 26 all-time on the Ohio State scoring chart. Luke Witte (1,211/1971-73) is next on the all-time scoring list at No. 25. Sean Connolly has scored 1,003 career points, which includes 330 while a freshman at Providence. At least one player has reached 1,000 points in each of the last five years at Ohio State. Michael Redd (5th/1,879) and Jason Singleton (40th/1,022) reached 1,000 in 1999 followed by Scoonie Penn (35th/1,076) in 2000, Ken Johnson (37th/1,055) in 2001 and Brian Brown (19th/1,384) in 2002.

Darby, Connolly Among Best 3-Point Shooters in Buckeye History
Sean Connolly has made 118 of 309 (.382) career 3-pointers in three seasons as a Buckeye. He is tied at No. 3 all-time in 3-point shooting percentage among players with more than 200 career attempts. He is No. 7 in 3-pointers made and attempts as well. Senior Brent Darby is No. 7 in 3-point shooting percentage (.370) and is No. 4 in made (139) and No. 5 in attempted (376) 3-pointers.

Darby, Connolly Get Little Pine Time
Senior guards Brent Darby and Sean Connolly have little experience watching game action this season. Darby averages a team-high 37.8 minutes a game. Connolly plays 36.4 minutes a contest. Darby has played 40 or more minutes in 11 games, including seven of the last 12 contests. Connolly has not come out of five games and has played 39 in two others. He played a season-low 18 minutes against Minnesota Feb. 5.

Three Buckeyes Playing More than 34 Minutes Per Game
Jim O’Brien has not had three players log more than 34 minutes per game until this season. Seniors Sean Connolly (36.4) and Brent Darby (37.8) along with junior Zach Williams (34.1) all have trouble finding time to rest this season. The Buckeyes have used 10 different starting lineups because of injuries but Darby, Connolly and Williams remain the anchors of the Buckeye lineup. No Buckeye in O’Brien’s six years has averaged as many minutes as Connolly or Darby since Michael Redd played 37.9 minutes a game as a freshman in 1997-98. Three other players averaged 30 or more minutes that season, but not more than 34 a contest.

Darby Leading Ohio State to Team Foul Shooting Mark of 72 percent
Brent Darby has been to the foul line 10 or more times in eight games this season. In those games, he has made 81 of 99 free throws (.812). He leads Ohio State in free throws made (142) and attempted (175). As a team, Ohio State has connected on 397 of 549 free throws for a .723 accuracy rating.

Buckeye Success at Foul Line Best Since 1990-91 Season
Ohio State has not shot a better percentage from the free throw line since the 1991-92 season when the Buckeyes connected on 506-702 foul shots for a .721 shooting percentage. Ohio State has made 397-549 (.723) free throws this year. The last time the Buckeyes finished the season above .700 at the foul line was in 1999-00 when the Buckeyes knocked down 443-629 free throws (.704). Ohio State is on pace to make over 500 foul shots for the second-consecutive season. The last time an Ohio State team made 500 or more foul shots in back-to-back seasons came in 1990-91 (551-778/.708) and 1991-92 (506-702/.721).

Ohio State vs. the Big Ten Conference
Ohio State has a winning record against the Big Ten Conference overall and has a winning mark all-time against five league members. This is the 91st season Ohio State has been affiliated with the Big Ten Conference. The Buckeyes have won or shared 17 league titles, including the 2001-02 co-championship.

Ohio State vs. The Big Ten Illinois 59-96 Indiana 68-95 Iowa 64-68 Michigan 82-68 Michigan State 45-55 Minnesota 72-51 Northwestern 102-44 Penn State 14-12 Purdue 70-78 Wisconsin 79-56 Totals 655-623

This Date In History
Ohio State is 14-7 in games played on Feb. 15. Ohio State won 13-consecutive games from 1936-92 but have lost the last three contests on this date. Six of the last seven games on this date have been played on the road.

OSU on Feb. 15 2/15/07 L @Western Reserve 22-31 2/15/13 L Wisconsin 22-27 2/15/16 W @Ohio Wesleyan 30-26 2/15/19 L Indiana 31-37 2/15/30 L Purdue (ot) 25-27 2/15/36 W Indiana 43-34 2/15/37 W Northwestern 33-30 2/15/41 W Purdue 57-38 2/15/47 W @Michigan State 58-46 2/15/47 W Iowa 77-69 2/15/58 W Michigan 85-76 2/15/60 W @Illinois 109(4)-81(20) 2/15/64 W Wisconsin 92-74 2/15/69 W Minnesota 58(16)-41 2/15/75 W Wisconsin 76-70 2/15/79 W @Minnesota 74(17)-68 2/15/90 W @Wisconsin 68-58 2/15/92 W @Wisconsin 67(8)-63 2/15/94 L @Illinois 68-80 2/15/96 L Purdue 55-63(11) 2/15/00 L @Michigan State 72(7)-83(5)

Darby, Jenkins Lead Ohio State vs. Nittany Lions
Brent Darby scored 27 points and Sean Connolly had 13 as Ohio State beat Penn State 76-67. The Buckeyes went on a 9-2 run to finish the first half and a 13-7 run to start the second to take their biggest lead, 52-38, with 14:19 left. Penn State cut the lead to eight points with 10:41 left on an Aaron Johnson foul shot, but Ohio State then went on a 12-7 run to take a 70-57 lead with 6:01 left in the game. After Jan Jagla’s layup with 7:27 left, Penn State went more than 5 minutes without scoring until Brandon Watkins hit a layup with 1:39 left. Ohio State’s Zach Williams finished with 12 points and Shun Jenkins had 17 rebounds as they filled in for Velimir Radinovic, who was in foul trouble all game. Radinovic only played 7 minutes, but Ohio State still outrebounded Penn State 48-29. DeForrest Riley led the Nittany Lions with 14 points, Watkins had 13 and Sharif Chambliss finished with 12. Darby was 11-for-11 from the free throw line, hitting all of Ohio State’s free throws, and finished with 7 assists. Connolly reached 1,000 career points in the win.

Noting the Win at Penn State

Senior Sean Connolly reached 1,000 career points with 13against PSU. Shun Jenkins grabbed a career high 17 rebounds, themost since Shaun Stonerook recorded 19 in a 102-72 win over GeorgeMason in 1996. Jenkins’ 17 rebound total is the most since GeorgeReese grabbed 15 rebounds in a 75-44 win over Detroit in the 1999NCAA Tournament. With one steal, senior Brent Darby reached 100 forhis career. Ohio State improved to 14-12 all-time against PennState, including a 5-6 record in State College, Pa. Darby playedthe entire 40 minutes against PSU. He has played 40 or more minutesin 11 games this season, including three of the last four outings.He also has scored 20 or more points in 8 games and has reacheddouble figures offensively in 16-consecutive games. The win gaveOhio State head coach Jim O’Brien career win No. 349. He has 114 insix seasons at Ohio State. Ohio State outrebounded the NittanyLions by 19 (48-29). The margin is the second largest margin of theseason behind the 48-20 advantage against Tennessee State Dec. 28.

Four Foes Among Top 25 Teams in Associated Press Poll
Ohio State has played 10 teams and 11 games against teams currently ranked or receiving votes in the Associated Press or ESPN/USA Today Top 25 polls. No. 2/2 Louisville, No. 7/7 Pittsburgh, No. 8/8 Duke, and No. 14/13 Illinois all have faced the Buckeyes this season. Purdue (RV/25), Alabama, Wisconsin, Michigan State, Indiana and Minnesota are all receiving votes in one or both polls.

Key Buckeyes Miss 36 Games to Date With Various Injuries
Brandon Fuss-Cheatham (8 games), a sophomore point guard, Shun Jenkins (8), a junior forward, Terence Dials (16), a sophomore center, senior guard Sean Connolly (2) and junior center Velimir Radinovic (2) have missed game action recovering from injuries. Fuss-Cheatham, who started both exhibition contests and then missed the first four regular-season games and two contests in Big Ten play, went down with an injury to his left knee in an exhibition game against the Harlem Globetrotters. The injury, a partially torn lateral meniscus, required arthroscopic surgery Nov. 25. Jenkins suffered a broken little finger on his left hand against the Globetrotters. He had surgery Nov. 27 and missed the first eight games of the season. He had the pins removed Dec. 19 and played for the first time as a Buckeye against Tennessee State. Dials has missed the last 14 games with a stress fracture in his lumbar spine (level 2). He is out indefinitely. He last played against Pittsburgh Dec. 18. Connolly did not play at Michigan State or at Illinois while recovering from a left ankle sprains sustained Jan. 4 against Louisville and Feb. 1 vs. Northwestern. Radinovic suffered a compound dislocation to his left little finger Feb. 4 and missed the Minnesota game Feb. 5 and the Illinois game Feb. 9.

Connolly, Darby Reach 100 Career Games Played
Sean Connolly reached 100 games played against Seton Hall. Connolly played a total of 30 games at Providence and has appeared in 83 at Ohio State. Brent Darby has played in 112 games as a Buckeye with 70 career starts.

Three Card Monte, LaMonta, Emonte
When Jim O’Brien looks down his bench this season, he’ll have a full compliment of Monte’s with assistant coach LaMonta (la-MON-tay) Stone, Monte (MON-tee) Mathis and junior guard Emonte (e-MON-tee) Jernigan. O’Brien also will have a trio of players, who use the same pronunciation but different spellings of the first name (SHAWN). Seniors Sean Connolly and Shaun Smith along with junior Shun Jenkins all pronounce their names the same.

O’Brien Selected for NCAA Committee
Jim O’Brien will serve as one of four NCAA Division I men’s basketball coaches on the NCAA Basketball Issues Committee. O’Brien will serve for one year. Coaches and administrators on this committee will meet to discuss NCAA Division I men’s basketball issues.

Winning Percentage Soars for O’Brien in Last Four Seasons
Jim O’Brien has won 70 percent of the games he’s coached at Ohio State after an 8-22 record in his first season with the Buckeyes. O’Brien is 106-45 (.702) in the 151 games following the 1997-98 campaign, his first in Columbus. The Buckeyes have won 20 or more games and advanced to the NCAA tournament in each of the last four seasons, while finishing in the Top 3 in the Big Ten regular season race all four years, winning a pair of Big Ten regular season titles (2000 and 2002) and a claiming one Big Ten tournament crown (2002).

Buckeyes Fare Well vs. the Ranked at Value City Arena
No. 15 Indiana (W, 81-69) was the 15th opponent to visit Value City Arena with an AP national ranking since the facility opened in 1998. Ohio State has won 12 of 15 previous games against ranked foes at home under head coach Jim O’Brien at Value City Arena. The Buckeyes were 4-1 in 1998-99, 1-0 in 1999-00, 3-1 in 2000-01 and 3-0 in 2001-02 against ranked teams at home. No. 9 Kansas (2000), No. 12 Iowa (1999) and No. 24 Louisville (2003) are the only ranked teams to claim victory at VCA.

Fans Boost Buckeye Record in Sellouts
Value City Arena has been sold out for 25 games in the last five years since the building opened in 1998. The Buckeyes have won 21 of those games for a winning percentage of .840 when the VCA is sold out. Iowa, Kansas, Indiana and Michigan State are the only teams to overcome the home crowd and the Buckeyes in sold out games at VCA. Jim O’Brien led Ohio State to a 1-0 record in 1998-99, a 11-1 mark in 1999-00, a 3-2 effort in 2000-01 and a 5-1 record in 2001-02 in sold out games at VCA. Ohio State is 1-0 this season.

Buckeyes Play 104th Hoops Season, 91st in Big Ten Conference
Ohio State has a record of 82-22 (.788) in season-opening games over the 104 years of men’s basketball at OSU. The Buckeyes are 86-18 (.827) in home openers and 49-54 (.476) in road/neutral openers. Ohio State did not play a road game in 1900-01. This is the 91st season of Big Ten membership in men’s basketball for the Buckeyes. Ohio State is 50-41 (.549) in conference openers, 62-29 (.681) in league home openers and 34-57 (.374) in the first road game of the season in Big Ten play.

Value City Arena Serves Buckeyes Well
The Buckeyes are in the fifth season at Value City Arena. Ohio State is 68-11 (.861) in games played on the home floor since the building opened for the start of the 1998-99 campaign.

Ohio State Wins 10 Home Games for 5th Season in a Row
With the 73-68 win over Minnesota Feb. 5, Ohio State extended its steak to five years in which the Buckeyes have won at least 10 home games in a season. Ohio State is 10-3 this season with three remaining home contests against Iowa, Purdue and Michigan State. Ohio State started the streak with a 14-1 home record in 1998-99. The Buckeyes were 15-2 in 1999-00, 14-3 in 2000-01 and 15-2 in 2001-02. The last time Ohio State put together five-consecutive seasons with 10 or more home wins was from 1985-1994, a stretch of 10 seasons with 10 or more victories in St. John Arena.

Ohio State vs. Ranked Opponents
The Buckeyes are 126-200 all-time against opponents ranked in the Associated Press Top 25. In the last five years, Ohio State has won 22 of 42 (.524) games against ranked foes.

Salley Added to Buckeye Roster
Nate Salley, a freshman safety on the Ohio State football team, joined the men’s basketball team Jan. 7. Salley took three days off after helping the football team win the national title before donning basketball practice gear and working out with Jim O’Brien’s squad. Salley, a 6-foot-3-inch, 195-pound guard, averaged more than 19 points a game as a senior at St. Thomas Aquinas in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. He wore the No. 21 on the football field and will do same as a member of the basketball team. On the gridiron, he played in all 14 games, primarily on special teams, recording six total tackles and three solos.