Feb. 4, 2005

COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Ohio State men’s basketball team will play before a sellout crowd of 19,200 when it takes the floor against Michigan at 12:15 p.m. Saturday, Richelle Simonson, Ohio State’s associate athletics director for ticketing and events, said Friday.

The Buckeyes will be playing before a packed house for the first time this season under rookie head coach Thad Matta, who has guided Ohio State to 15-7 overall and 4-4 Big Ten Conference records this year. Ohio State is 21-6 overall in sold out games at Value City Arena since the facility opened for the 1998-99 season.

The game Saturday will be the first sellout for an Ohio State vs. Michigan game in the seven-year history of the facility. The Buckeyes are 3-1 vs. the Wolverines in Value City Arena. Ohio State is 12-1 at home this year and 11-1 at Value City Arena. The Buckeyes played one game earlier this season at St. John Arena against Chattanooga.

Overall, Ohio State is 88-21 in seven seasons at VCA. The last sellout was a season ago against Texas Tech (Jan. 4, 2004).