Feb. 24, 2004

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Date Feb. 25, 2004
Opponent Minnesota
Site Williams Arena (14,625)
Game Time 8 p.m. (EST)
Local TV WBNS 10-TV
TV Talent Mike Gleason (P-by-P), Bill Hosket (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 (12-13, 4-8)

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.

Minnesota Golden Gophers
Probable Starters (10-15, 2-11)

G 31 – Adam Boone, 6-3, Jr.
G 22 – Ben Johnson, 6-3, Sr.
C 42 – Jeff Hagen, 7-0, Jr.
F 41 – Michael Bauer, 6-8, Sr.
F 32 – Kris Humphries, 6-9, Fr.

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 304 points as a Buckeye for a career total of 1,020 (12.7 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 (210) mark.

The Buckeyes vs. Minnesota
The Buckeyes own a 73-51 advantage over Minnesota in the all-time series. Ohio State is 46-17 in Columbus and 27-34 in Minneapolis. The Buckeyes have won seven of the last eight meetings, including two of the last three in Minneapolis. Minnesota has averaged about a three-point margin of victory in the 61 all-time games played in Minneapolis. In Ohio State’s 27 wins, the Buckeyes average 66.4 points (+8.5 ppg) while the Golden Gophers score 57.9 points on average. In Minnesota’s 34 home wins, the Golden Gophers average 11.9-point victories (69.5-57.6). Ohio State is 46-15 against Minnesota all-time when scoring at least 70 points (.754).

Radinovic, T. Dials Deliver in Win at IU
J.J. Sullinger hit a short jumper from the baseline with 17 seconds to play to lift Ohio State to a 59-56 win over Indiana, dealing the Hoosiers their fourth-consecutive loss at home and Ohio State’s third win in the last five tries in Bloomington. A.J. Moye had a chance to put the Hoosiers ahead, but his 3-pointer from the top of the key was off the mark, and Terence Dials corralled the rebound and hit one free throw. Bracey Wright then missed a desperation heave from halfcourt at the buzzer for the Hoosiers. Velimir Radinovic scored 19 of his career-high 23 points in the second half, as the Hoosiers were dominated inside. Radinovic added 10 rebounds and Dials had 16 points and 10 rebounds for the Buckeyes. Indiana was outrebounded 34-29 and shot just 33 percent for the game. Dials and Radinovic overpowered George Leach and A.J. Moye down low, creating second chances for themselves and their teammates. Marshall Strickland led Indiana with 13 points and George Leach scored all 11 of his points in the second half. Indiana appeared on its way to a win after Wright, who scored just nine points on 1-of-12 shooting, hit two free throws for a 53-50 lead with just under three minutes to play. Radinovic hit two jumpers and Dials added another before Sullinger’s big shot. Ohio State shot 63 percent in the second half. Moye scored 10 and had eight rebounds for Indiana

Radinovic Atop Big Ten in FG Percentage
Senior Velimir Radinovic is No. 1 in the Big Ten in field goal shooting percentage, knocking down 67.4 percent of his shots (95-141). He has made 57 percent of his shots for his career (251-438) in 106 games. He has made 53-of-78 (.679) shots in Big Ten play this season.

Radinovic Could Set Record for Single Season Field Goal Percentage at OSU
Jerry Lucas holds the record for single season field goal percentage at Ohio State, scoring on 64 percent of his shots (283-444) in 1960. Radinovic is 30 field goals made shy of the minimum used for the Top 10 list in that category in the Ohio State record book. Radinovic averages 3.8 field goals made to date. He would need to average about six field goals over the five scheduled games for the Buckeyes to qualify for a spot in the Top 10 list. His current percentage of .674 (95-141) would set the record. Radinovic is averaging 4.4 field goals per game against Big Ten competition but has scored 17 field goals in the last two games.

O’Brien 4th All-Time in OSU Career Wins
Jim O’Brien has won 131 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 18.7 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 20.5 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 12.7 points a game. He has connected on 85 percent of his foul shots (35-41). With a total of 49 steals, Stockman is among Big Ten leaders (4th) with an average of 2.04 thefts a game. Senior Velimir Radinovic is the team’s second leading scorer with an average of 10.6 ppg. Radinovic is the leading scorer for OSU against Big Ten foes with an average of 12.1 ppg. Terence Dials is next with 11.8. Dials is the overall team leader in rebounding with an average of 6.6 boards a contest. Radinovic tops the Buckeyes in league games with 7.3 rebounds a game.

Noting the Indiana Game
* Senior Velimir Radinovic and sophomore Terence Dials combined to score 39 points and grab 20 rebounds. Each recorded a double-double in the game. Radinovic scored a career-high 23 points and corralled 10 rebounds while Dials posted 16 points and 10 boards. The last time a pair of Buckeyes recorded double-doubles in the same game was in a 65-52 win over Northwestern Feb. 1, 2003. Radinovic (12/10) and Zach Williams (11/10) did the trick in that contest.

* Ohio State is 69-96 all time vs. Indiana, including a 22-58 record in Bloomington. Since Assembly Hall opened in 1972, the Buckeyes are 5-26, including three wins in the last five trips to Bloomington. Ohio State head coach Jim O’Brien is 3-3 when playing at Assembly Hall.

* Radinovic scored 19 points in the second half against the Hoosiers to aid his 23-point career-high scoring effort. His 10 rebounds gave him back-to-back double-doubles for the first time in his career. He scored 16 points and grabbed 10 rebounds against Iowa last Wednesday.

* For the week, Radinovic, the Big Ten’s leader in field goal shooting percentage, connected on 17-of-22 shots from the field (.773) and on all five fouls shots. He also grabbed 20 rebounds, including 11 on the offensive end. He averaged 19.5 points and 10 rebounds in a loss to Iowa and the road victory over the Hoosiers.

* The double-double recorded by Radinovic was his third of the season and fifth of his career. Dials has three this season and four in his career.

* Radinovic passed the 700 mark in career scoring with his 23 points against the Hoosiers. He has scored 716 career points for an average of 6.8 a game in 105 career appearances. He is averaging 10.6 points a game this season.

* Radinovic increased his shooting percentage to 67.4 percent on the year by hitting on 17 of 22 shots (.773) last week, including a 10-of-14 shooting (.772) effort at IU. Radinovic has made 95-of-141 shots this season. He made 95-of-185 (.514) as a junior and for his career is shooting 251-of-438 (.573).

* Ohio State led 23-21 at the half to increase its record to 11-1 on the year when taking a lead into the locker room at the break. The Buckeyes owned a 48-47 lead with 5:00 to play in the game. Ohio State is 10-0 with the lead at the five-minute mark.

* The Buckeyes connected on 25-of-50 shots (.500) vs. the Hoosiers. Ohio State is 8-0 on the year when shooting 50 percent or better and 11-2 when shooting a better percentage than its opponent. IU shot 18-of-54 (.333).

* Ohio State has used 10-different starting lineups this season. Shaun Smith made his third career start in the game vs. the Hoosiers and freshman Ivan Harris made his second start of his career.

Noting the Buckeyes
Redshirt sophomore Terence Dials has been known for his scoring touch around the basket. In 63 career games, he has made 190-of-350 shots from the floor for a shooting percentage of .543. He has improved his foul shooting this year as well, hitting on 71 percent (70-99) of his shots. He has grabbed five or more rebounds in 17 of 25 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 (504).

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 121 career assists, which includes 57 this year, a season best total. He is one point shy of the 200 mark for his career (199/2.6 ppg.)

Senior captain Velimir Radinovic reached 700 career points (716) for his Buckeye career. He’s averaged 6.8 points in 106 games at Ohio State. From the field, Radinovic has been much improved. As a senior, he is connecting on 67 percent of his shots (95-141). For his career, he has connected on 251-438 shots (.573). He could reach 500 career rebounds with 50 more this season.

Junior Tony Stockman scored his 1,000 career point (1,020) 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 347 made shots for his career, 210 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 517 career points, including 244 at Ohio State. His career scoring average is 9.6 points per game in 54 career appearances. He is averaging 9.8 points in 25 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 6.6 a game. Velimir Radinovic is No. 1 in the conference in field goal percentage (.674) and is No. 3 in offensive rebounds (2.92). Dials is No. 7 in offensive rebounds (2.48). Tony Stockman is No. 3 in 3-pointers made per game (2.29) and No. 4 in steals (2.04).

Purdue Too Much for Gophers
Purdue defeated Minnesota 65-47 Saturday to hand the Golden Gophers their 15th overall and 11th loss in Big Ten play. Purdue placed four in double figures while Minnesota’s Ben Johnson led all scorers with 16 in the game. Minnesota was 8-4 in non-conference play with losses to Utah, Virginia, Nebraska and Texas Tech. Minnesota opened the Big Ten season 0-8 but is 2-2 in the last four league outings.

Humphries Tops Scoring, Rebounding Charts for Gophers
Freshman forward Kris Humphries is the leading scorer in the Big Ten with 22.2 points per game. He also is the league’s top rebounder with 10.1 boards a game. Guard Ben Johnson (11.8 ppg.) also contributes double digits offensively for the Gophers.

Monson In 5th Season at Minnesota
Dan Monson is in his fifth season as the head coach of the Golden Gophers. He has an overall record of 77-72 in Minnesota and a mark of 129-89 in seven seasons as a collegiate head coach. He spent two seasons at Gonzaga before taking over in Minneapolis.

Radinovic Top Regular Performer vs. Gophers
No Ohio State player has played more than two games against Minnesota. Senior Velimir Radinovic averaged 9.5 points in his two battles vs. the Golden Gophers. Sophomore Terence Dials averages 8.0 ppg. and 6.5 rebounds in two contests. First-year players J.J. Sullinger and Tony Stockman each scored 13 points in the earlier meeting with Minnesota. Sullinger also had eight rebounds in the 73-62 victory. Junior Shun Jenkins scored six points and grabbed eight rebounds in his lone appearance vs. Minnesota last year.

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 664-635

On This Date, OSU 12-12
Ohio State is 12-12 in games played on Feb. 21. The Buckeyes last won on this date in 1998, a 61-56 win at Wisconsin.

2/25/18 W Northwestern, 30-24 2/25/21 L Denison, 32-36 2/25/22 L @Northwestern, 18-20 2/25/28 W Minnesota, 46-37 2/25/29 W Iowa, 42-23 2/25/33 L @Iowa, 29-37 2/25/39 W @Wisconsin, 46-38 2/25/42 L Wisconsin, 39-44 2/25/44 L DePaul, 49-61 2/25/52 L @Indiana, 80-95 2/25/56 W Illinois, 87-84(2) 2/25/57 L Illinois, 72-79 2/25/61 W Wisconsin, 97(1)-74 2/25/63 W @Northwestern, 50(5)-45 2/25/67 L Northwestern, 82-95 2/25/69 L @Northwestern, 83(14)-86 2/25/74 W @Northwestern, (ot)72-69 2/25/78 W Northwestern, 103-76 2/25/82 W Indiana, 68-65 2/25/84 L Michigan, 59-62 2/25/87 L @Illinois, 70-93(14) 2/25/95 W Minnesota, 73-65(22) 2/25/98 W @Wisconsin, 61-56 2/25/03 L Iowa, 64-71

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.