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Date Feb. 29, 2004
Opponent Michigan
Site Crysler Arena (13,751)
Game Time Noon (EST)
Local TV WBNS 10-TV
TV Talent Jim Spanarkel (P-by-P), Ian Eagle (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 (13-13, 5-8)

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.

Michigan Wolverines
Probable Starters (15-9, 6-7)

G 4 – Daniel Horton, 6-3, So.
G 2 – Lester Abram, 6-6, So.
C 44 – Courtney Sims, 6-11, Fr.
F 25 – Graham Brown, 6-9, So.
F 21 – Bernard Robinson, Jr., 6-6, Sr.

OSU Guards Deal Gophers 70-59 Loss
Tony Stockman had 21 points and four steals to lead Ohio State past Minnesota 70-59. J.J. Sullinger added 15 points and Brandon Fuss-Cheatham scored 12 for the Buckeyes, who fell behind early before bouncing back against the cold-shooting Gophers. Minnesota connected on just 29.2 percent of its shots in the pivotal second half and shot 35.7 percent for the game. The Gophers went 3-for-25 from 3-point range and committed 14 turnovers. Minnesota freshman Kris Humphries, the Big Ten’s leading scorer and rebounder, was just 1-for-10 from the field in the first half. He finished with 17 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Gophers. Minnesota led by as much as 12 midway through the first half, but the Buckeyes came back to cut the lead to 30-29 at halftime on Stockman’s steal and basket in the final 10 seconds. Ohio State took its first lead on its first possession of the second half when Fuss-Cheatham converted on a driving layup and the Buckeyes cruised from there. Radinovic Earns 1st Career Big Ten Player of the Week Award
Radinovic connected on an incredible 77.3 percent of his shots and averaged a double-double with 19.5 points and 10 rebounds during a 1-1 week to earn Big Ten Player of the Week honors for the first time in his career. The Buckeye senior opened the week by hitting 7-of-8 attempts from the field for 16 points while adding 10 boards, including six off the offensive glass, in a loss to Iowa. He followed that performance with another double-dip, as he tallied a career-best 23 points on 10-of-14 from the field and corralled another 10 caroms as OSU earned a narrow victory on the road at Indiana. His 23-point effort surpassed his previous career high of 20 points established at Purdue last season and also pushed him past 700 points for his career, as he now has 716 points while wearing a Buckeye uniform. The 7-0 center produced back-to-back double-doubles for the first time in his career as he now has three on the season and five in his time in Columbus. Radinovic’s impressive shooting performance continued to build on his Big Ten leading field goal percentage, as he tops the conference by shooting 67.4 percent from the field.

Stockman Eclipses 1,000 Career Points
Junior guard Tony Stockman scored 16 points against Iowa (2/18/04) to reach 1,000 for his career. A transfer from Clemson, Stockman scored 716 during his two years with the Tigers. He has 325 points as a Buckeye for a career total of 1,041 (12.4 ppg.). He reached 200 career assists with two at Wisconsin (2/14/04). Against Michigan State Feb. 7, Stockman knocked down five 3-pointers to push his career total over the 200 (212) mark. He also needs three rebounds to reach 200 for his career.

The Buckeyes vs. Michigan
The Buckeyes own an 82-69 advantage over Michigan in the all-time series. Ohio State is 33-42 in Ann Arbor and 47-26 in Columbus. The Buckeyes have won seven of the last nine meetings, but have dropped the last two contests to the Wolverines. The Buckeyes last won (84-75) in Ann Arbor March 2, 2002 in a game that clinched a share of the 2002 Big Ten regular season co-championship. When the Wolverines and Buckeyes get together the outcome has been decided by just over one point a game all-time. In the 151 games played in the series, Ohio State averages 62 points while Michigan trails by one point at 61 ppg. The games played in Ann Arbor also have been close with the Buckeyes trailing by an average score of 63.0-60.9, a +2.1 points advantage for the Wolverines. The Buckeyes have not faced a ranked Michigan team since Feb. 11, 1998. The Buckeyes were last ranked vs. Michigan March 8, 2002, a 75-68 win for the No. 21 Buckeyes at the Big Ten tournament.

Radinovic Atop Big Ten in FG Percentage
Senior Velimir Radinovic is No. 1 in the Big Ten in field goal shooting percentage, knocking down 65.3 percent of his shots (96-147). He has made 57 percent of his shots for his career (252-444) in 107 games. He has made 54-of-84 (.643) shots in Big Ten play this season.

O’Brien 4th All-Time in OSU Career Wins
Jim O’Brien has won 132 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 18.9 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) appearance to his credit. Following the 8-22 1997-98 season, his first at Ohio State, O’Brien has averaged 20.7 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 7-2 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 7-2 .857 Totals 88-21 .807

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 84 percent of his foul shots (38-45). With a total of 53 steals, Stockman is among Big Ten leaders (3rd) with an average of 2.12 thefts a game. Senior Velimir Radinovic is the team’s second leading scorer with an average of 10.4 ppg. Stockman leads Ohio State vs. Big Ten competition with 11.8 ppg. Radinovic is a close second at 11.6 ppg. Sophomore Terence Dials is third with 11.4 ppg.

Noting the Minnesota Game
* Junior Tony Stockman led the guard attack for Ohio State with 21 points. The guard trio of Stockman, J.J. Sullinger and Brandon Fuss-Cheatham combined to score 48 of Ohio State’s 70 points. The three also had eight steals and made 12-of-15 foul shots.

* The Buckeyes own a 74-51 advantage over Minnesota in the all-time series. Ohio State is 28-34 in Minneapolis. The Buckeyes have won eight of the last nine meetings, including three of the last four in Minneapolis.

* Minnesota started the game on a 10-0 run but was outscored the rest of the game 70-49. Ohio State trailed by 12 (22-10) with 9:19 to play in the first half but cut the deficit to just one (30-29) with a 19-8 run. The Buckeyes took the lead for good at the 15:07 mark of the second half on a pair of Sullinger foul shots.

* Ohio State won for just the second time when trailing at the half (2-11) … the Buckeyes are 11-0 on the season when leading with 5:00 minutes remaining in the game.

* After wins at Indiana and Minnesota, the Buckeyes have posted victories in back-to-back Big Ten road wins for the first time since victories at Northwestern (69-57, 2/24/01) and Penn State (93-87, 3/3/01). The Buckeyes travel to Michigan Sunday.

Noting the Buckeyes
Redshirt sophomore Terence Dials has been known for his scoring touch around the basket. In 64 career games, he has made 192-of-359 shots from the floor for a shooting percentage of .535. He has improved his foul shooting this year as well, hitting on 71 percent (72-101) of his shots. He has grabbed five or more rebounds in 18 of 26 games this year. His 19 points vs. Indiana in January pushed him over the 400 mark and his 16 points Feb. 21 eclipsed the 500-point plateau for his career (510).

Junior Brandon Fuss-Cheatham’s playing time is up to 24 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 122 career assists, which includes 58 this year, a season best total. He reached 200 career points with 12 at Minnesota (211/2.7 ppg.)

Senior captain Velimir Radinovic reached 700 career points (722) for his Buckeye career. He’s averaged 6.7 points in 107 games at Ohio State. From the field, Radinovic has been much improved. As a senior, he is connecting on 65 percent of his shots (96-147). For his career, he has connected on 252-444 shots (.568). He could reach 500 career rebounds with 44 more this season. In the last three games, he has gone 9-for-9 from the foul line and has gone 22-of-27 in the last six contests.

Junior Tony Stockman scored his 1,000 career point (1,041) 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 38-45 shots (.844) this year. He’s made 79 percent of his free throw attempts for his career (119-151). With five field goals vs. UMBC, Stockman reached 300 for his career. Of his 355 made shots for his career, 212 have come from 3-point range (59 percent). With 57 made 3-pointers this year, Stockman is now No. 8 in the Ohio State record book in single season made 3-point attempts. Boban Savovic (2002) and Jamie Skelton (1994) are tied for the No. 6 spot with 60 made treys. Stockman also is tied for the No. 3 spot in made 3-pointers in a game with six vs. Northwestern. Sean Connolly was the last to make six in a game (Radford, 12/23/02). Stockman needs three rebounds to reach 200 for his career (197/2.3 rpg.). His 53 steals this year are a career high for a single season. He had 84 steals in two years at Clemson. With two more this year, Stockman will move in the single-season Top 10 list at Ohio State. Jim Jackson (1991) is 10th with 55 steals. Stockman’s six steals vs. Northwestern is tied for third for steals in a game at Ohio State. Several Buckeyes have recorded six steals in a game. The last to do it was Brent Darby against Iowa Jan. 25, 2003.

With 14 points at Wisconsin, sophomore J.J. Sullinger reached 500 career points, which includes 273 scored as a Razorback. He has scored 532 career points, including 259 at Ohio State. His career scoring average is 9.7 points per game in 55 career appearances. He is averaging 10.0 points in 26 contests at Ohio State. Sullinger has made 8-of-10 foul shots in the last two games but has struggled for most of the year at the line (52-103/.505).

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 6.7 a game. Velimir Radinovic is No. 1 in the conference in field goal percentage (.653) and is No. 3 in offensive rebounds (2.92). Dials is No. 7 in offensive rebounds (2.58). Tony Stockman is No. 4 in 3-pointers made per game (2.28) and No. 3 in steals (2.12).

Spartans Rally to Down Wolverines
Michigan led 34-26 at the half and by as many as 12 points in the final 20 minutes but could not hold on in a home loss (72-69) to Michigan State last Tuesday. The Wolverines were led by freshman center Courtney Sims with 19 points. Senior Bernard Robinson, Jr., added 15 points, six assists and four steals in the loss. Michigan is 15-9 overall and 6-7 in Big Ten play. The Wolverines were 9-2 in non-conference play with losses at Vanderbilt and at home vs. Boston University. Key wins came against N.C. State (68-61) and UCLA (70-66).

Trio Bunched at Top of Michigan Scoring Chart
Sophomore Lester Abram and senior Bernard Robinson, Jr., each lead the Wolverines with 12.8 points per game. Sophomore Daniel Horton is a close third with 11.4 ppg. Robinson, Jr., is the team’s leading rebounder 5.9 rpg. He also is the top assist man for Michigan with 91.

Amaker in 3rd year in Ann Arbor
Tommy Amaker is coaching his seventh collegiate season and third at Michigan. The Duke graduate came to Michigan from Seton Hall. Overall, Amaker’s career record is 111-95. His total at Michigan is 43-40.

Jenkins Top Performer vs. Wolverines
Senior Shun Jenkins averages 9.0 points and 7.5 rebounds in his two career games vs. Michigan. He is followed by senior Velimir Radinovic with 6.2 points and 3.2 rebounds in six career meetings against Michigan. Ohio State plays Michigan just once in the regular season this year and next. The game next year will be 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 69-96 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 665-635

On This Date, OSU 3-4
Ohio State is 3-4 in games played on Feb. 29. The Buckeyes lost the first four games played on the extra leap year day dating back to 1908. Ohio State has won its last three, last playing in 1992, a 78-65 win at Michigan State.

2/29/08 L @Oberlin, 24-26 2/29/32 L Northwestern, 19-26 2/29/36 L Illinois, 29-30 2/29/60 L @Indiana, 83(2)-99(20) 2/29/64 W Indiana, 73-69 2/29/72 W Illinois, 103(14)-70 2/29/92 W @Michigan St., 78(8)-65(12)

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 76-19 (.800) 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.