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Date Feb. 7, 2004
Opponent Michigan State
Site Value City Arena (19,200)
Game Time Noon (EST)
Local TV None
TV Talent Dave Barnett (Play-by-Play), Tim McCormick (Analyst), Steve Lavin (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 (11-10, 3-5)

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 State Spartans
Probable Starters (11-8, 6-2)

G 3 – Shannon Brown, 6-3, Fr.
G 5 – Chris Hill, 6-3, Jr.
G 23 – Kelvin Torbert, 6-4, Jr.
C 40 – Paul Davis, 6-11, Sr.
F 15 – Alan Anderson, 6-6, Jr.

The Buckeyes vs. Michigan State
Michigan State has a 10-game edge in the all-time series against Ohio State. The Spartans have won 56 total games (19 in Columbus, 37 in East Lansing). The Buckeyes have 46 series victories (32 in Columbus, 13 at MSU and one on neutral ground). The neutral contest was played a year ago at the Big Ten tournament in Chicago, a 55-54 Buckeye victory. The game today will be the only regular-season meeting between the two schools this season. The Spartans have won their last two games in Columbus. Stockman Helps Hold off Wildcats
Tony Stockman played his best game as a Buckeye, scoring 22 points with five assists and six steals to lead Ohio State to a 72-64 victory over Northwestern Wednesday. Ohio State has won the last 10 games with Northwestern. The Wildcats haven’t won in Columbus since 1977 – a string of 25-consecutive losses. Stockman made 8-of-12 shots from the field including 6-of-10 3-pointers to lead the Buckeyes to their best shooting night of the season. They hit 57.4 percent, making 27-of-47 from the field and 8-of-17 behind the arc. The 22 points was Stockman’s high at Ohio State. Terence Dials and Velimir Radinovic each added 14 points and eight rebounds, with Brandon Fuss-Cheatham scoring 11 points. Vedran Vukusic scored 24 points – hitting 6-of-8 3-pointers – to lead Northwestern. Jitim Young added 13 points and Mohamed Hachad had 11.

Radinovic Reclaims Top Spot
Senior Velimir Radinovic is No. 1 in the Big Ten in field goal shooting percentage, knocking down 65.1 percent of his shots (71-109). He has made 56 percent of his shots for his career (227-406) in 102 games. Radinovic took the lead after connecting on 4-of-5 shots at Purdue last week and then again vs. Northwestern Wednesday.

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 6-1 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 87 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 6-1 .857 Totals 87-20 .813

O’Brien 19-6 With Week to Prepare
Ohio State has a record of 19-6 (.760) under Jim O’Brien when there is a week or more between games over the last seven seasons. The Buckeyes had a streak of 11-consecutive wins snapped with a loss to Georgia Tech earlier this year (73-53, Dec. 3). Ohio State is 2-1 this season with a week off between contests heading into the game at Wisconsin Feb. 14. O’Brien is 7-3 against Big Ten teams when there is a week to prepare and 7-1 since his first season at Ohio State in 1997-98. The last loss to a league opponent following an extended break was an 80-77 loss at Illinois in the Big Ten opener Jan. 6, 2000.

Overall Big Ten Yr. Rcd. Rcd. 1997-98 1-2 0-2 1998-99 3-2 2-0 1999-2000 4-1 1-1 2000-01 3-0 1-0 2001-02 3-0 0-0 2002-03 3-0 2-0 2003-04 2-1 1-0 Totals 19-6 7-3

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, which opened for the start of the 1998-99 season, O’Brien’s second campaign in Columbus. The Buckeyes connected on 57 percent (27-47) of their shots in the most recent win (72-64) over Northwestern Wednesday. 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, Sullinger Pace Buckeyes, Dials, Radinovic in Big Ten Play
Junior Tony Stockman leads Ohio State with an average of 13.1 points a game, increasing his season scoring average following the 22 points scored against Northwestern Wednesday. He has connected on 85 percent of his foul shots (34-40). With a total of 43 steals, Stockman is among Big Ten leaders (3rd) with an average of 2.15 thefts a game. Sophomore J.J. Sullinger averages 10.2 points a game, second on the team. Sophomore Terence Dials leads the Buckeyes against conference foes with 11.6 points per game. He has made 57 percent of his shots (32-62) in league play. Stockman is the second-leading scorer in league games with 11.3 ppg. Senior Velimir Radinovic averages 10.6 points per game against Big Ten competition and is the leading rebounder with 6.8 a contest. The Buckeyes outrebound Big Ten opponents 35.6-30.6 per game.

Buckeyes Winning Board Battles
Ohio State leads the Big Ten in rebounding and rebound margin in league games to date. The Buckeyes average 35.6 rebounds and own a +5.0 rebound margin to top the conference charts in those categories vs. Big Ten opponents. Against league opponents, Ohio State has three of the Top 20 players in rebounding. Velimir Radinovic is No. 8 (6.8 rpg.), Terence Dials is No. 11 (6.0 rpg.) and J.J. Sullinger is No. 19 (4.9 rpg.). Radinovic is the No. 5 offensive rebounder vs. Big Ten foes (2.50) and Dials is No. 9 (2.25).

T. Dials Playing Well Inside at Both Ends
Sophomore center/forward Terence Dials, who missed the majority of 2002-03 with a back injury, is the team’s leading rebounder and fourth leading scorer. He is averaging 9.5 points and 6.9 rebounds, including a career-high 14-rebound effort in Ohio State’s 77-71 win over Central Michigan at the Maui Invitational. He scored a career-high 19 points in the recent meeting with Indiana. He and Velimir Radinovic also lead the Buckeyes with 15 blocked shots.

Noting the Northwestern Game
* Ohio State opened the game connecting on its first four field goal attempts to claim a 9-5 lead at the 17:21 mark. The Buckeyes forced turnovers on three of Northwestern’s first four possessions with two of the three NU turnovers counting as steals by Ohio State guard Tony Stockman.

* Ohio State went on a 9-0 run to claim a 27-22 lead at the 3:47 mark of the first half en route to a 31-28 advantage at intermission. With the win Wednesday, Ohio State upped its record this season to 10-1 when leading at the half.

* The Buckeyes opened the second half on an 8-0 run to claim a 39-28 advantage at the 17:45 mark and extended the run to 17-5 to claim a 48-33 lead with 12:07 on the clock.

* Four Buckeyes scored double figures in the win over Northwestern, marking the third time this season at least four players have scored in double figures. Junior guard Tony Stockman led the way with 22, while senior center Velimir Radinovic and sophomore forward Terence Dials each had 14 points. Junior guard Brandon Fuss-Cheatham was the final Buckeye in double digits with 11 points.

* Ohio State committed just 12 turnovers in the win … OSU improved to 7-2 when totaling less than 15 turnovers in a game.

* The Buckeyes finished the game with a 57.4 percent shooting clip from the floor to improve their record to 7-0 on the season when shooting 50 percent or better from the field and to 37-1 all time in Value City Arena when shooting 50+ percent.

* The Buckeyes assured the 72-64 win over Northwestern with a 6-for-6 effort from the free throw line in the last two minutes of play. Radinovic, Dials and Fuss-Cheatham each connected on a pair of foul shots in the waning moments.

* With the 72-64 win, Ohio State now holds a 104-44 advantage in the all-time series against Northwestern and 62-14 lead in the series played in Columbus. Ohio State has never lost to NU in Value City Arena and extended its win streak against the Wildcats to 25 at home, dating back to 1978. Overall, OSU now has won the last 10 meetings vs. Northwestern.

* The two teams combined to commit 19 turnovers (Northwestern 9, Ohio State 10) in the first half of the game Wednesday night, but were responsible for just five combined in the second half (Northwestern 3, Ohio State 2).

* The Buckeyes posted 72 points in the win, upping their record to 6-1 on the season when scoring 70 points. Under head coach Jim O’Brien, the Buckeyes are 87-20 when reaching the 70-point plateau.

* In its sixth season in Value City Arena, Ohio State now is 76-17 after the win over Northwestern, including a 7-4 mark at the VCA this season.

* The win Wednesday gives Ohio State a 7-4 record as the home team this season, snapping two-game losing streak at VCA.

Ohio State Player Notes
* Through the first 28 minutes of the game, the Ohio State front court was 8-for-8 from the floor as both senior center Velimir Radinovic and sophomore forward Terence Dials went 4-4 from the field. Radinovic accounted for the first miss by the pair at 10:59 in the second half. Dials missed his first attempt at the 8:55 point of the second half. Radinovic finished the game 4-of-5 from the field for 14 points, while Dials completed his night 6-of-10 for 14 points.

* Radinovic and Dials helped the Buckeyes claim a decided 36-18 advantage in points in the paint for the game. The tandem accounted for eight rebounds apiece and 16 of Ohio State’s 30 in the game.

* Junior guard Tony Stockman connected on 6-of-10 attempts from 3-point range, accounting for his highest output from behind the arc as a Buckeye. Stockman has hit four 3-pointers on two occasions in his first season at Ohio State, coming against Virginia Tech (4-of-9 on Dec. 6) and Samford (4-of-6 on Dec. 13). Stockman’s career-high in 3-point makes is eight against North Carolina Feb. 27, 2002.

* Stockman’s 22 points on the night served as his fourth this season with 20 points or more. Stockman’s season-high is 23 points against Villanova (Nov. 26). The game is his 16th this season with double figures in points.

* Stockman had three steals in the first eight minutes of play en route to a game-high and career-best six swipes as he recorded his eighth game with at least three steals.

Noting the Buckeyes
Redshirt sophomore Terence Dials has been known for his scoring touch around the basket. In 59 career games, he has made 170-of-311 shots from the floor for a shooting percentage of .547. He has improved his foul shooting this year as well, hitting on 70 percent (61-87) of his shots. He has grabbed five or more rebounds in 17 of 21 games this year. His 19 points vs. Indiana pushed him over the 400 mark (455) 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 114 career assists, which includes 50 this year, a season best total.

Senior captain Velimir Radinovic reached 600 career points (656) for his Buckeye career with 10 points vs. Minnesota. He’s averaged 6.4 points in 102 games at Ohio State. From the field, Radinovic has been much improved. As a senior, he is connecting on 65 percent of his shots (71-109). For his career, he has connected on 227-406 shots (.559).

Junior Tony Stockman is closing on 1,000 career points (978). 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 34-40 shots (.850) this year. He’s made 79 percent of his free throw attempts for his career (115-146). With five field goals vs. UMBC, Stockman reached 300 for his career. Of his 332 made shots for his career, 199 have come from 3-point range (60 percent).

With 10 points against Dartmouth, sophomore J.J. Sullinger reached 400 career points, which includes 273 scored as a Razorback. He was Ohio State’s top scorer vs. Wisconsin with 14 points … also contributed 10 points in road win at Purdue.

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).

The Bucks in the Big Ten
Terence Dials rates as the No. 6 rebounder in the Big Ten with 6.9 a game. Velimir Radinovic is No. 1 in the conference in field goal percentage (.651) and is No. 6 in offensive rebounds (2.62). Terence Dials is No. 7 in offensive rebounds (2.48) Tony Stockman is No. 4 in 3-pointers made per game (2.20) and No. 3 in steals (2.15).

Spartans 6-2 in League Following Home Wins vs. Indiana, Iowa
Michigan State started the season 5-6 in nonconference action before putting together a 6-2 record in Big Ten games. The Spartans fell at Kansas, at home to Duke, Oklahoma, Kentucky and at UCLA and Syracuse before the Big Ten season began. Wins were against Bucknell, Penn, DePaul, South Florida and Coppin State. Losses in the Big Ten this season have come against Wisconsin on the road and at Purdue in overtime.

Davis Tops MSU Scorers, Rebounders
Sophomore center Paul Davis leads the Spartans in scoring and rebounding this season. He scored a career-high 32 points in a home win over Indiana Jan. 31 to up his scoring average to 16.6 points per game. He also contributes 6.5 rebounds a game. Guards Chris Hill and Kelvin Torbert are next on the scoring chart with 13.8 and 10.8 points per game, respectively.

Izzo in 9th Season in East Lansing
Tom Izzo has a record of 200-86 in nine seasons on the Michigan State sidelines. Izzo took over the head coaching position after serving as an assistant for the Spartans under former head coach Jud Heathcote.

Trio Leads Buckeyes vs. Spartans
Matt Sylvester, a sophomore forward, and senior Shun Jenkins are the leading scorer and rebounder, respectively, for Ohio State against Michigan State. Sylvester averages 7.3 points a game in three career meetings vs. the Spartans. Sylvester is out 4-6 weeks with an arch injury in his left foot. Senior Velimir Radinovic averages 4.3 points a game in the MSU series. He has played in six games. Jenkins is the leading rebounder against Michigan State with an average of 5.3 boards a contest in three games vs. the Spartans.

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 65-70 Michigan 82-69 Michigan State 46-56 Minnesota 72-51 Northwestern 104-44 Penn State 14-13 Purdue 72-78 Wisconsin 80-57 Totals 663-632

On This Date, OSU 11-9
Ohio State is 11-9 in games played on Feb. 7. The Buckeyes last won on this date in 2001, a 69-68 win over at No. 14 Iowa.

2/7/00 W Circleville, 14-13 2/7/14 W @Notre Dame, 22-20 2/7/19 W @Indiana, 22-21 2/7/22 L Denison, 31-34 2/7/27 L @Illinois, 30-43 2/7/32 L @Navy, 32-35 2/7/38 W @Chicago, 36-34 2/7/48 L @Minnesota, 55-68 2/7/49 W Indiana, 72-59 2/7/53 W Michigan State, 73-62 2/7/55 L @Minnesota, 56-82(11) 2/7/59 W Wisconsin, 78-72 2/7/70 L Purdue, 85-88 2/7/76 L Michigan St. (ot), 82-83 2/7/80 W Michigan, 66(13)-63 2/7/81 W Michigan State, 73-61 2/7/85 W @Northwestern, 63-60 2/7/96 L @Michigan State, 41-55 2/7/98 L Purdue, 75-107(10) 2/7/01 W @Iowa, 69-68(14)

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 76-17 (.817) 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.