Feb. 19, 2004

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Date Feb. 21, 2004
Opponent Indiana
Site Assembly Hall (17,456)
Game Time 8 p.m. (EST)
Local TV WBNS 10-TV
TV Talent Craig Coshun (Play-by-Play), John Laskowski (Analyst)
Radio OSU Radio Network (59 stations)
Local Radio WBNS FM-97.1 AM-1460
Radio Talent Paul Keels (P-by-P), Ron Stokes (Color)

Ohio State Buckeyes
Probable Starters (11-13, 3-8)

G 2 – Brandon Fuss-Cheatham, 6-1, Jr.
G 0 – J.J. Sullinger, 6-5, So.
G 10 – Tony Stockman, 6-1, Jr.
C 14 – Velimir Radinovic, 7-0, Sr.
F 34 – Terence Dials, 6-9, So.

Indiana Hoosiers
Probable Starters (12-11, 6-6)

G 4 – Bracey Wright, 6-3, So.
G 12 – Donald Perry, 6-2, Jr.
G 22 – Marshall Strickland, 6-2, So.
C 5 – George Leach, 6-11, Sr.
F 2 – A.J. Moye, 6-3, Sr.

Stockman Eclipses 1,000 Career Points
Junior guard Tony Stockman scored 16 points against Iowa Wednesday to reach 1,000 for his career. A transfer from Clemson, Stockman scored 716 during his two years with the Tigers. He has 299 points as a Buckeye for a career total of 1,015 (13.0 ppg.). He reached 200 career assists with two at Wisconsin. Against Michigan State Feb. 7, Stockman knocked down five 3-pointers to push his career total over the 200 (209) mark.

The Buckeyes vs. Indiana
Indiana is 96-68 all time in games played against Ohio State, which includes a 58-21 record in Bloomington. In 79 games played in Bloomington, the Hoosiers have averaged a margin of victory of 7.3 points per game. The Buckeyes are looking to break a two-game losing streak at Assembly Hall after consecutive wins in 1999 and 2000.

Iowa Guard Play Topples Buckeyes
Brody Boyd scored a career-high 25 points to lead Iowa over Ohio State 78-67 Wednesday. Boyd hit 8-of-12 shots from the field including 6-of-9 3-pointers. Pierre Pierce added 19 points, Jeff Horner had 12 points and seven assists and Glen Worley chipped in with 12 points and 10 rebounds. Velimir Radinovic and Tony Stockman each had 16 points, Terence Dials added 14 and Ivan Harris came off the bench for 11 for the Buckeyes. The Hawkeyes, who hit 56 percent of their shots from the field, have won eight of their last nine games in Columbus. Boyd’s 3-pointer put the Hawkeyes ahead by 18 points in the early moments of the second half, but the lead sank to seven points at 58-51 on Harris’ baseline jumper with 9:53 left. After the teams traded misses, Boyd popped in a 3-pointer from the top of the key at the 8:08 mark and the lead never fell below eight points again. The Hawkeyes shot 62 percent in the opening half while taking a 44-36 lead. They led by as many as 10 points after hitting 9 of their first 11 shots from the field.

Radinovic Atop Big Ten in FG Percentage
Senior Velimir Radinovic is No. 1 in the Big Ten in field goal shooting percentage, knocking down 66.9 percent of his shots (85-127). He has made 57 percent of his shots for his career (241-424) in 105 games. He has made 43-of-64 (.672) shots in Big Ten play this season.

O’Brien 4th All-Time in OSU Career Wins
Jim O’Brien has won 130 career games at Ohio State in his seven seasons in Columbus. That total is the fourth-most in Ohio State history. Fred Taylor is the career leader with 297 career wins from 1959-1976 (18 yrs.). Harold G. Olsen is No. 2 (260, 1923-46/24) and Eldon Miller is No. 3 with 174 wins from 1977-86 in 10 seasons.

O’Brien 2nd All-Time in Average Wins Per Season at Ohio State
Jim O’Brien has averaged 18.6 wins per year in his seven years at Ohio State, the second-highest average all-time behind the 19.7 wins a year reached by Gary Williams in his three seasons in Columbus from 1987-89. Williams was 59-41 and made the NCAA Tournament once and the National Invitation Tournament twice. O’Brien has taken four teams to the NCAA Tournament and one to the NIT and has one Final Four (1999) to his credit. Following the 8-22 1997-98 season, his first at Ohio State, O’Brien has averaged 20.3 victories a season in Columbus.

O’Brien Win Percentage Soars When 70 Points Reached
In Jim O’Brien’s seven seasons in Columbus the Buckeyes have won 81 percent of their games when scoring 70 or more points. Ohio State is 6-2 this season when the 70-point mark is reached. The Buckeyes were 4-7 when scoring 70 points in O’Brien’s first year in 1997-98. Since that season, Ohio State has been successful 86 percent of the time when scoring 70 or more points.

Rcd. when Win Year Scoring 70+ Pct. 1997-98 4-7 .364 1998-99 21-5 .808 1999-2000 15-2 .882 2000-01 12-1 .923 2001-02 19-3 .864 2002-03 10-1 .909 2003-04 6-2 .750 Totals 87-21 .806

Buckeyes’ 37-1 When Shooting 50 percent or Better at Value City Arena
Ohio State has a record of 37-1 (.974) in six seasons under Jim O’Brien at Value City Arena when shooting 50 percent or better. The Buckeyes connected on 57 percent (27-47) of their shots in the most recent win (72-64) over Northwestern Feb. 4. The lone home loss when shooting better than 50 percent at VCA was to Penn State Jan. 10, 2001, a 78-75 setback. The Nittany Lions connected on 53 percent (27-51) of their shots while the Buckeyes knocked down 57 percent (31-54). Ohio State has shot 50 percent or better in nearly half of all games played at Value City Arena (.487).

Overall Shooting 50+% Yr. VCA Rcd. Hm. Rcd. 1998-99 14-1 7-0 1999-2000 15-2 4-0 2000-01 14-3 7-1 2001-02 15-2 9-0 2002-03 11-5 5-0 2003-04 7-4 5-0 Totals 76-17 (.817) 37-1 (.974)

Stockman Paces Buckeyes
Junior Tony Stockman leads Ohio State with an average of 13.0 points a game. He has connected on 85 percent of his foul shots (35-41). With a total of 47 steals, Stockman is among Big Ten leaders (4th) with an average of 2.04 thefts a game. Sophomore J.J. Sullinger averages 10.0 ppg. Stockman also is the leading scorer for OSU against Big Ten foes with an average of 11.6 ppg. Terence Dials is next with 11.5. Senior Velimir Radinovic is third with 11.1 ppg. Dials is the overall team leader in rebounding with an average of 6.5 boards a contest. Radinovic tops the Buckeyes in league games with 7.0 rebounds a game.

Noting the Iowa Game
* Ohio State trails in the all-time series with Iowa 71-65. However, the Buckeyes still lead the series in Columbus with a mark of 40-26. Additionally, Ohio State is 663-635 in conference games in the 91st season of Big Ten basketball.

* In its sixth season in Value City Arena, Ohio State now is 76-19 after the loss to the Hawkeyes, including a 6-6 mark at VCA this season.

* With the loss, Ohio State falls to 12-13 all-time when playing on Feb. 18, including three consecutive losses to Iowa.

Ohio State Player Notes
* With his 3-point field goal at the 12:26 mark in the first half, junior guard Tony Stockman recorded his 1,000th career point. Stockman previously tallied 716 points in two years at Clemson and scored an additional 299 points as a Buckeye. He finished the game with a total of 16 points, giving him 1,015 for his career.

* After a 7-of-8 night from the field, senior center Velimir Radinovic continues to stay atop the Big Ten in field goal shooting percentage. After the Iowa game, Radinovic is (85-of-127) on the year for a .669 shooting percentage. In Big Ten contests this season, he is 43-of-64.

* In the first half alone, sophomore forward Terence Dials tallied a team-high five assists, setting a career high. His previous career high for assists was three, which he recorded several times, the last against Michigan State (2/7/04).

* Freshman Ivan Harris came off the bench to score 11 points and record a career-high seven rebounds.

* Senior Shaun Smith handed out four assists and played 17 minutes, both career highs.

Noting the Buckeyes
Redshirt sophomore Terence Dials has been known for his scoring touch around the basket. In 62 career games, he has made 183-of-336 shots from the floor for a shooting percentage of .545. He has improved his foul shooting this year as well, hitting on 72 percent (68-95) of his shots. He has grabbed five or more rebounds in 17 of 24 games this year. His 19 points vs. Indiana pushed him over the 400 mark (488) for his career.

Junior Brandon Fuss-Cheatham’s playing time is up to 23 minutes a game this year. He has set career highs in scoring three times this season with 11 and 13 points, respectively, vs. Samford and Furman and then a 17-point effort at Iowa. He has 119 career assists, which includes 55 this year, a season best total.

Senior captain Velimir Radinovic is closing on 700 career points (693) for his Buckeye career. He’s averaged 6.6 points in 105 games at Ohio State. From the field, Radinovic has been much improved. As a senior, he is connecting on 67 percent of his shots (85-127). For his career, he has connected on 241-424 shots (.568).

Junior Tony Stockman scored his 1,000 career point (1,015) with 16 vs. Iowa Feb. 18. He eclipsed the 900-point mark with 10 at Illinois. He came to Ohio State with 716 points after two years at Clemson. Stockman has proven to be a dependable scorer at the foul line, hitting 35-41 shots (.854) this year. He’s made 79 percent of his free throw attempts for his career (116-147). With five field goals vs. UMBC, Stockman reached 300 for his career. Of his 345 made shots for his career, 209 have come from 3-point range (61 percent).

With 14 points at Wisconsin, sophomore J.J. Sullinger reached 500 career points, which includes 273 scored as a Razorback. He has scored 510 career points, including 237 at Ohio State. His career scoring average is 9.6 points per game in 53 career appearances. He is averaging 9.9 points in 24 contests at Ohio State.

Nick Dials has made the most of his minutes this season. The New Haven, Ohio, native has 30 assists and 22 steals. Of his 21 field goals, 13 have been from 3-point range. He has connected on 88 percent of his foul shots this year (22-25). He is currently recovering from a stress fracture in his right wrist.

The Bucks in the Big Ten
Terence Dials rates as the No. 6 rebounder in the Big Ten with 6.5 a game. Velimir Radinovic is No. 1 in the conference in field goal percentage (.669) and is No. 6 in offensive rebounds (2.79). Dials is No. 7 in offensive rebounds (2.38). Tony Stockman is No. 3 in 3-pointers made per game (2.35) and No. 4 in steals (2.04). Stockman averages 2.20 steals a game vs. league foes to rank third in that category.

Hoosiers Drop Matchup with Minnesota
Indiana fell at home to Minnesota 73-71 Wednesday in Bloomington. The Hoosiers made 2-of-16 3-pointers while Minnestoa made 6-of-12 long range shots. Minnesota freshman Kris Humphris scored 36 points and grabbed 12 rebounds. George Leach scored 26 for the Hoosiers.

Indiana Leans on Wright for Offense
Sophomore guard Bracey Wright is one of two players in double figures offensively for Indiana this season. He has scored 456 points for an average of 19.8 a contest. Marshall Strickland, a sophomore guard, averages 11.1 ppg. for the Hoosiers. Wright leads the team with an average of 5.8 rebounds a game.

Davis in 4th Season at IU
Mike Davis leads his fourth edition of Indiana basketball this year. His record at IU is 79-49 during his tenure. He was an assistant at Indiana before taking over the Hoosier program.

Jenkins Leads Ohio State vs. IU
Senior Shun Jenkins averages 13.5 points and 5.0 rebounds a game against the Hoosiers. He notched a career high with 22 points vs. IU in Columbus last year. He connected on 9-of-15 shots from the floor in Ohio State’s 81-69 win over Indiana last year in Columbus.

Ohio State vs. the Big Ten Conference
Ohio State is playing its 91st season of Big Ten basketball in 2004. The Buckeyes own 17 regular season titles and one postseason tournament championship (2002). Ohio State’s last regular season title came in 2002, as well. The Buckeyes last won an outright title in 1992.

Ohio State vs. the Big Ten Illinois 59-98 Indiana 68-96 Iowa 65-71 Michigan 82-69 Michigan State 46-57 Minnesota 72-51 Northwestern 104-44 Penn State 14-13 Purdue 72-78 Wisconsin 80-58 Totals 663-635

On This Date, OSU 9-14
Ohio State is 9-14 in games played on Feb. 21. The Buckeyes last won on this date in 1987, an 88-73 win against Minnesota.

2/21/03 W Kenyon, 37-10 2/21/14 W Chicago, 25-23 2/21/19 L @Michigan, 20-38 2/21/20 W Denison, 30-29 2/21/21 L Wisconsin, 25-42 2/21/30 L @Bluffton, 27-28 2/21/31 L Minnesota, 21-22 2/21/38 L @Purdue, 36-49 2/21/42 L @Illinois, 31-44 2/21/48 W @Michigan State, 72-50 2/21/49 L @Indiana, 45-65 2/21/53 L @Indiana, 67-81(2) 2/21/55 W Michigan, 72-68 2/21/59 L @Iowa, 79-91 2/21/66 W @Minnesota, 102-98 2/21/70 L Iowa, 89-97(11) 2/21/76 L Iowa, 66-69 2/21/80 W Northwestern, 68(11)-59 2/21/81 L @Wisconsin, 63-77 2/21/85 W Purdue, 86-68 2/21/87 W Minnesota, 88-73 2/21/96 L @Minnesota, 57-60 2/21/98 L @Northwestern, 62-70

The Buckeyes at the VCA
Nov. 5, 2003 marked the five-year anniversary of the opening of Value City Arena. The 2003-04 campaign is the sixth season of basketball in the facility. Ohio State has a record of 76-18 (.809) at the VCA and has ranked among the Top 10 nationally in attendance each year. When all 19,200 seats are occupied, the Buckeyes have responded with a 21-6 record over the last six seasons. The nation’s best teams have also had their troubles with the Buckeyes at Value City Arena. Eighteen teams ranked in the Associated Press Top 25 have battled the Buckeyes at VCA. Ohio State has turned away 13 of those squads.

The Postseason Streak
Ohio State will be looking to qualify for postseason play for the sixth-consecutive season under head coach Jim O’Brien in 2003-04. The Buckeyes made four trips to the NCAA tournament from 1999-2002 before accepting a bid to play in the 2003 National Invitation Tournament a year ago. The current streak is the second longest in school history behind a 12-year stretch (1982-1993) in which Ohio State played in seven NCAA tournaments and made five NIT appearances.

O’Brien is tied with Eldon Miller for the most-consecutive postseason appearances while coaching the Buckeyes. Miller took three teams to NCAA tournament play and two to the NIT from 1982-86.

7 Buckeyes Spend Year in Residence
A total of seven student-athletes on the 2003-04 roster have spent a year on the Ohio State campus without playing in games for the Buckeyes. Sophomore Ricardo Billings sat out 2002-03 to satisfy academic requirements for eligibility this season. Sophomores Terence Dials (2002-03) and Matt Sylvester (2001-02) each sat out a season with back injuries but received medical redshirt seasons to retain four years of eligibility. Senior Shaun Smith (1999-00) did not play basketball his first season in Columbus before walking on with freshman eligibility for the 2000-01 campaign. Junior Matt Marinchick (2000-01) decided to redshirt his first year in Columbus to gain strength and experience. Finally, junior Tony Stockman and sophomore J.J. Sullinger both sat out the 2002-03 season to satisfy NCAA transfer rules after leaving Clemson and Arkansas, respectively, following the 2001-02 season.