Feb. 4, 2005

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Date Feb. 5, 2005
Opponent Michigan (12-10, 3-5)
Site Value City Arena (19,200)
Game Time 12:15 p.m.
TV ESPN Regional
Local TV WBNS 10 TV
TV Talent Jim Barbar, (P-by-P), Bill Hosket, Expert Analysis
Radio OSU Radio Network (59 stations)
Local Radio WBNS FM-97.1 AM-1460
Radio Talent Paul Keels (P-by-P), Ron Stokes (Expert Analysis)

Ohio State Evens League Record, Looks to Extend Big Ten Win Streak
Ohio State opened the 2005 Big Ten Conference season with a 1-3 record but has reached the .500 mark with three-consecutive conference victories. Ohio State has not been even at the midway point of the Big Ten Conference season since starting 7-1 in the 2002 league season. It was during that campaign Ohio State last won four-consecutive regular season conference games during a 6-0 run to start league play. The Buckeyes last won four-in-a-row vs. Big Ten teams during Ohio State’s run to the 2002 Big Ten Tournament title. The Buckeyes clinched a share of the regular-season crown at Michigan in the final regular-season game and then defeated the Wolverines again in the conference tournament opener followed by victories over Illinois and then Iowa for the league postseason tournament crown.

Dials Closing on 1,000 Career Points, Stockman on 1,500
Ohio State junior center Terence Dials passed the 900 career point plateau with 11 points against Purdue Feb. 2. He has 904 points for his career with at least nine games remaining in the 2004-05 season. He is on pace to reach 1,000 during the road game at Iowa Feb. 19. He would become the 42nd player in Ohio State history to score 1,000 career points in an OSU uniform. The last player to reach 1,000 points was Brent Darby during the 2002-03 campaign. He finished his career with 1,368 career points, good for the No. 20 spot in OSU career scoring history. Tony Stockman has scored 1,406 career points during two seasons at Clemson (716) and Ohio State (690). He is in pace to reach 1,500 points at Iowa as well.

Buckeyes Excel on Home Court
Ohio State is 12-1 in Columbus this season and 11-1 at Value City Arena. The other victory was against Chattanooga at St. John Arena, the former home of the Buckeyes, earlier this year. Ohio State’s only home loss was in overtime (60-56) to Minnesota. Ohio State as won 11 or more games at Value City Arena in six of the seven seasons since the facility opened for the 1998-99 campaign.

Ohio State Rated 12th Best Program in College Basketball by Street & Smith’s
In a special edition of Street & Smith’s out this week, the magazine rates Ohio State as the 12th best NCAA college basketball program of all-time. Several categories were used to rate programs across the country. The Buckeyes’ NCAA tournament appearances (22), Final Four appearances (9), NCAA tournament wins (37), conference championships (17, 10 outright) and NBA first round draft picks (14) were all factored in, among other criteria. Ohio State was second only to Indiana (rated No. 6) among the eight Big Ten teams among the Top 100 programs. None of the listed league schools was rated lower than No. 55 by the magazine.

TD Doing a Double Take
Ohio State opponents have watched junior Terence Dials score in double figures in 14 of the last 17 games this season and in 16 of 22 games on the year. The 6-foot-9-inch center from Youngstown, Ohio, also has eight games with 10 or more rebounds on the year. In his career, Dials has 10 career games with 10 or more points and rebounds, with seven of the double-doubles recorded this season. Dials is the first player since Shaun Stonerook (eight in 1996-97) to record seven double-doubles in the same season. Dials also is the first since Stonerook to post eight or more career double-doubles. Stonerook had 11 career double doubles.

Buckeyes Stay in the Game, Avoid DQs
Four Ohio State players have fouled out of the 22 games to date this season and none more than once. A year ago, a total of 22 players were disqualified with five fouls in a game. J.J. Sullinger was DQ’d eight times as a sophomore while Terence Dials found himself on the bench four times. Both have reached the maximum of five fouls in a game just once this year to date. As a team, Ohio State averages 16.5 fouls a game this year. The squad was whistled for an average of 19.6 fouls a contest in 2003-04.

Buckeyes’ Balanced Effort Downs Purdue
Ohio State ruined Matt Painter’s unscheduled debut as Purdue’s head coach. With Gene Keady back home fighting the flu, Painter took over and was tagged with a 75-65 loss Wednesday. Je’Kel Foster’s 15 points led five players in double figures for the Buckeyes, winners of three in a row. Carl Landry scored 23 points, David Teague 14 and Brandon McKnight 12 for Purdue, which hasn’t won in Columbus in seven years. The Boilermakers outrebounded Ohio State 43-28 but had 20 turnovers and were outscored 21-5 at the line. J.J. Sullinger scored 13 points – hitting all eight of his free throws – while Matt Sylvester had 12 points, Tony Stockman had 11 and Terence Dials also had 11 points to go with 11 rebounds for the Buckeyes. Ohio State led 33-30 after a give-and-take first half in which there were four ties and 13 lead changes. The Buckeyes scored the final four points of the half – taking the lead for good on Stockman’s 3-pointer – and then reeled off 11 of the first 13 points of the second half to go up 44-32. Four players each hit a 3 during the 15-2 run. The Boilermakers drew as close as 44-37 but managed just one field goal over the next 5 minutes to fall behind 56-39. They never got closer than nine points again.

Noting the Purdue Game

Ohio State and Purdue faced each other for the 151st timeWednesday. With the win, the Buckeyes improved to 73-78 all-timeagainst the Boilermakers. The Buckeyes also improved to 5-0 againstPurdue at Value City Arena. The lead changed hands 13 times in thefirst half. The game also was tied four times. With the winWednesday, Ohio State improved its home record to 11-1 at ValueCity Arena and 12-1 in Columbus. The Buckeyes notched their 15thwin of the season, which surpassed the win total of the 2003-04season, when Ohio State finished 14-16. First-year Buckeyes JamarButler and Je’Kel Foster made their first home start and theirsecond consecutive appearance in the OSU starting lineup. Seniorguard Tony Stockman netted two 3-point field goals in the firsthalf to give him 127 career treys, which passed former BuckeyeMichael Redd for sixth place on the all-time 3-point list. TheBuckeyes took a 33-30 halftime lead into the break. With the win,Ohio State improved to 15-2 when leading at the half. The Buckeyesalso improved its mark to 14-2 when leading with 5:00 minutesremaining. The 75-65 win Wednesday improved Ohio State to 13-3 whenscoring 70 points or more. From 5:44 to 2:19 in the first half, theBuckeyes went 6-6 from the field and hit three shots from beyondthe arc. The Buckeyes bench outscored the Boilermakers 17-7 in thefirst half, 15 of which came from Matt Sylvester and Tony Stockman.Ohio State finished the game outscoring the Purdue bench 28-7. OhioState opened the second half with a 11-2 run in the first 4:21 ofthe second half. The Buckeyes tied their lowest turnover tally ofthe season with seven. Ohio State committed seven miscues in thesecond game of the season vs. Robert Morris on Nov. 16. Ohio Stateforced the Boilermakers into 19 turnovers, which marked the highestturnover total of a Big Ten opponent against the Buckeyes thisyear. Ohio State scored 17 points off the Purdue miscues. Je’KelFoster finished the game with 15 points, improving Ohio State’srecord to 6-1 when he scores in double figures. Foster recordedfour assists, setting a personal best at Ohio State. Ohio Staterecorded 10 3-point field goals, marking the sixth time this seasonthe Buckeyes notched 10-plus 3-point field goals. Ohio State hadfive players in double-figures. The game Wednesday served as thesixth time this season the squad has had four or more players inthe double-digits. In those games, the Buckeyes sport a record of4-2. Ohio State had six players reach double-digits in thedouble-overtime loss at LSU on Jan. 15. Junior Matt Sylvesterscored 12 points to collect his second-consecutive game indouble-figures. Sylvester’s double-digit performance marked thesecond time he has scored in double-figures in back-to-back gamesin his Ohio State career. Junior Terence Dials closed the game with11 points and 11 rebounds to notch his seventh double-double of theseason and 10th of his career. The 11 boards count as the eighthtime this season Dials has reached double-digits in rebounds.Junior J.J. Sullinger went 8-8 from the free throw line Wednesday.In the last two games, Sullinger is 15-16 from the line. He alsotied a season-best total of three steals. For the first time in his25-year career Purdue head coach Gene Keady was not on the benchfor the Boilermakers because of illness. Before missing the gameagainst Ohio State, Keady had coached in 772 consecutive games.Purdue junior Carl Landry led the Boilermakers with 23 points,which marked the 18th time this season he has scored in doublefigures.

Stockman, Dials Lead Team With 10 Career Games with 20 or More Points
Tony Stockman’s 22 points in the win against No. 14 Iowa (1/8/05) gave him 10 games with 20 or more points as a Buckeye. He is tied with Terence Dials, who scored 20 points vs. Minnesota (1/19/05) for his 10th career 20-point game. Dials has scored 20 or more points in eight games this season to lead the team. The last player to score 20 or more points in seven or more games was Stockman a year ago. Brent Darby led the squad in 2002-03 with 12 games with 20 or more points, including a pair of games with 30 or more. Michael Redd reached 20 or more in 48 career games, including 22 contests in 1997-98, his freshman season. He scored 20 or more 17 times in 1998-99 and in nine games as a junior in 1999-00. Scoonie Penn reached 20 or more 19 times in his two-year career (1999-2000).

Ohio State vs. Ranked Foes
Overall, Ohio State is 130-210 all-time against ranked opponents and 54-106 against Top 10 teams after facing No. 1 Illinois (1/5/05). The Buckeyes fell to 6-9 vs. No. 1 teams following the loss to the Illini, breaking a four-game win streak vs. top-ranked teams. No. 14 Iowa fell in Columbus at Value City Arena Jan. 8 (81-69).

Dials Earns Back-to-Back Big Ten Player of the Week Accolades
Ohio State junior Terence Dials led the Buckeyes past Mercer 102-77 by netting a career-high 29 points to go with 13 rebounds to earn his second-consecutive Big Ten Player of the Week accolade Dec. 27. He made 12 field goals, a career best, on 15 attempts (.800) from the field, while also hitting 5-of-7 free throws. Dials posted his second double-double in three games and fifth of his career, while also reaching double figures for the eighth time this season. He is now tied for the team lead in scoring (14.9 ppg.) while ranking 10th in the Big Ten Conference. Dials also ranks third in the league with a career-high 7.8 rebounds per game. The Youngstown native becomes the first conference player to earn back-to-back weekly honors since Wisconsin’s Kirk Penney, who was named player of the week on Dec. 24, 2001 and Dec. 31, 2001. He is the first Buckeye to earn consecutive honors since Scoonie Penn in 1999 (2/15, 2/22).

Ohio State Wins No. 1,400 in Program History
In 106 years of basketball since 1898, the men’s basketball program at Ohio State has an overall record of 1,406-981 with a 15-7 record this season.

Ohio State to Retire Havlicek’s No. 5 Feb. 27 vs. Wisconsin
John Havlicek, who lettered from 1960-62 for the Ohio State men’s basketball team and later starred for the NBA’s Boston Celtics, will be back on campus Feb. 27, 2005 to celebrate the retirement of his No. 5 jersey. Havlicek helped the Buckeyes to three-consecutive trips to the NCAA Final Four and three national championship games during his career. The Buckeyes won the 1960 NCAA title and were runners-up in 1961 and 1962. As a Buckeye, Havlicek scored 1,223 points (14.6 ppg.) and grabbed 720 rebounds (8.6 rpg). He ranks 25th all-time in career scoring at Ohio State and is one of just 41 players all-time to score more than 1,000 points. The Buckeyes were 78-6 during his career. He was a two-time All-Big Ten selection and a first-team All-American as a senior in 1962. A member of the Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Mass., Havlicek made nearly 51 percent of his shots from the field and 73 percent of his free throws. As a senior, he averaged 17.0 points and almost 10 rebounds a game. Havlicek is the fourth Ohio State men’s basketball player to have his number retired. He joins No. 11 Jerry Lucas (Feb. 23, 2000), No. 35 Gary Bradds (Jan. 27, 2001) and No. 22 Jim Jackson (Feb. 10, 2001).

Buckeyes 3-1 vs. Michigan in VCA
Ohio State is 3-1 all-time against Michigan at Value City Arena since the facility opened for the 1998-99 season. The Buckeyes are 37-15 (.712) all-time vs. Big Ten opponents at VCA. Ohio State is undefeated in VCA games vs. Purdue (5-0) and Northwestern (6-0). Ohio State is 5-1 vs. Minnesota and Penn State, and 3-1 vs. both Michigan and Illinois. The Buckeyes own 3-2 records vs. both Wisconsin and Indiana, are 2-3 vs. Michigan State and 2-4 against Iowa. Northwestern and Michigan State do not travel to Columbus this year. Ohio State is 12-1 at home, 3-1 vs. the Big Ten this year and has just one losing season vs. Big Ten opponents to date, a 3-5 record a year ago.

Michigan Looks to Rebound After Home Loss to Minnesota
Michigan is on a five-game losing streak, all in Big Ten Conference play, after winning its first three league contests. The Wolverines fell to Minnesota 71-54 Wednesday in Ann Arbor. Michigan is led by Dion Harris on the offensive end with an average of 12.8 points a game. Graham Brown is the squad’s top rebounder at 6.2 caroms a contest.

Amaker Guides Fourth UM Squad
Tommy Amaker has an overall collegiate record of 131-107 in eight seasons as a collegiate head coach, which began at Seton Hall prior to his taking over the Michigan job four seasons ago. As the Wolverine mentor, Amaker has an overall record of 63-52.

Stockman Top Scorer vs. Michigan
Tony Stockman has played just one game against Michigan in his career, a 22-point effort a year ago in a 75-64 loss to the Wolverines in Ann Arbor. Junior Terence Dials and senior Brandon Fuss-Cheatham have the most experience in games vs. UM with four each. Dials averages 11.0 points and 4.0 rebounds vs. Michigan. Ron Lewis, who is sitting out this season at Ohio State following a transfer from Bowling Green, has two games of experience vs. Michigan. He averaged 13.5 points and 3.0 rebounds in those two games.

The Michigan Series
Ohio State leads the overall series against the Wolverines 82-70 and is 47-26 against Michigan in Columbus. The Buckeyes are looking to break a three-game losing streak to Michigan, which followed a string of seven-consecutive victories over UM. The 152 games in the series have been decided by an average of just one point with Ohio State owning the edge, scoring an average of 62.2 points vs. the 61.2 averaged in the series by Michigan. The Buckeyes own a 62.5-58.5 scoring advantage all-time in games played in Columbus. When Ohio State wins at home, it’s by an average score of 69.4-57.5, an 11.9 points margin of victory.

Ohio State vs. The Big Ten Illinois 59-100 Indiana 69-98 Iowa 66-71 Michigan 82-70 Michigan State 46-57 Minnesota 74-52 Northwestern 105-44 Penn State 16-13 Purdue 73-78 Wisconsin 80-59 Totals 670-642

Matta Coaching 1st game vs. Michigan
First-year Buckeye head coach Thad Matta is coaching in his first Big Ten Conference season and is 4-4 to date. He has competed against Wisconsin (2-1), Purdue (2-1), Illinois (0-1), Indiana (0-2), Iowa (1-0), Minnesota (0-1), Penn State (1-0) and Northwestern (1-0) during his years at Butler, Xavier and Ohio State.

Recent Feb. 5 Home Games Go Well for Buckeyes
Ohio State has won five of the last six games, all in Columbus, on this date and is 15-7 all-time in Feb. 5 games. The lone loss in the recent streak was at Purdue (94-77) in 1997.

2/5/10 W Ohio Wesleyan, 34-29 2/5/17 L @Illinois, 21-34 2/5/27 L @Iowa, 25-39 2/5/38 W @Iowa, 51-43 2/5/40 W Mexico YMCA, 56-33 2/5/44 W Purdue, 54-37 2/5/49 W Minnesota, 48-39(5) 2/5/51 L @Wisconsin, 51-56 2/5/55 W Indiana, 90-87 2/5/62 W Iowa, 89(1)-63 2/5/66 L @Illinois, 77-78 2/5/68 W @Indiana, 78-77 2/5/72 W Wisconsin, 79(9)-69 2/5/73 W Indiana, 70-69(5) 2/5/77 L @Michigan, 72-93(7) 2/5/81 L @Illinois, 63-82(18) 2/5/83 W Wisconsin, 82-69 2/5/87 W Michigan, 95-87 2/5/92 W Wisconsin, 86(8)-72 2/5/94 W Wisconsin, 73-57(16) 2/5/97 L @Purdue, 77-94 2/5/03 W Minnesota, 73-68

Buckeyes Setting 3-point Records
Ohio State has set several 3-point shooting records to date this season in 22 games played. The 2004-05 squad owns the top three spots in single game 3-pointers made after a school record 18 makes from long range at LSU (1/15/05). The effort at LSU also is a Big Ten record for made 3s in a single game. The 17 makes at St. John Arena earlier this year (11/27/04) is second ahead of the 15 made at Clemson (12/1/04). The current squad also tied the No. 6 spot with 12 made vs. Iowa (1/8/05) and the No. 8 position with 11 made vs. Morehead State (12/19/04). The 35 attempted vs. Chattanooga is a school record and the 34 tries at LSU is second. In all, the current roster of Buckeyes owns six of the Top 8 single game spots in attempted 3-pointers in school history.

More From Long Range
As a team, the Buckeyes have taken 502 3-pointers this season, making 194. The number of attempts is No. 2 in season attempts by a team. The 194 makes also ranks No. 2 all-time by an OSU squad. The Buckeyes are on pace to make 274 3-pointers this season, which would rank No. 2 all time at Ohio State and No. 2 in Big Ten history for a single season. Penn State owns the single season team record for made 3-pointers with 278 in 2000-01. The 1998-99 Ohio State team made 218 in 36 games. Ohio State is on pace for 707 attempts as well, which would also take over the No. 1 spot held by the 1998-99 squad’s 611. The Big Ten Record is 757 held by Penn State in 2000-01.

Harris, Sullinger Pace Buckeyes in Guardians Event
Ivan Harris led three players in double figures in the two games played in Kansas City in the Guardians Classic. Harris averaged 15.0 points followed by Tony Stockman (13.5 ppg.) and J.J. Sullinger (11.5 ppg.). Terence Dials grabbed 9.5 rebounds during the semifinals and finals. In the four games played in the Guardians Classic, Sullinger was the top scorer with 12.5 points a game. Dials was second with 12.3 ppg. followed by Stockman (11.5) and Harris (10.0). Dials averaged 7.3 rebounds in the four games.

Buckeyes in the Big Ten
Terence Dials is the No. 2 rebounder in the Big Ten with an average of 8.3 rebounds a game. He is No. 3 in defensive rebounds (5.50) and No. 5 in offensive rebounds (2.77). Tony Stockman is No. 3 in 3-pointers made per game (2.45) and No. 8 in steals (1.64). Brandon Fuss-Cheatham is No. 4 in assist to turnover ratio (2.65) and No. 8 in assists (3.73). Dials is No. 7 in scoring (15.2 ppg.) and in field goal shooting by percentage (.574). Je’Kel Foster rates as the No. 4 3-point shooter by percentage (.448).

Matta Era Underway
The 13th head coach in Ohio State history, Thad Matta took over the Ohio State men’s basketball program July 7. The new staff begins with a roster of 13 players for the 2004-05 campaign, nine of which are returning letterwinners from a 14-16 squad in 2003-04. That Buckeyes team finished ninth in the Big Ten with a 6-10 league mark and a first round exit in the Big Ten tournament.

Noting the Buckeyes
Junior J.J. Sullinger has connected on 56 percent of his shots from the field (85-153) in 22 games this season. He has scored in double figures in 12 of the 22 games. The Buckeyes are 10-2 when Sullinger scores 10 or more points this season. He trails Terence Dials (8.3 rpg.) for the team rebounding lead with 5.5 rpg. Sullinger’s 15 blocks leads the team. Sullinger has upped his career scoring average to 10.0 points a game with 810 career points in 81 career games. Against Chattanooga Nov. 27, Sullinger tied a career high with four made 3-pointers in five attempts. Sullinger has at least one assist in 19 games this year and at least one steal in 15 outings. In two seasons in Columbus, Sullinger has scored 537 points with 258 rebounds. Sullinger has fouled out of a game just once this season after being disqualified eight times as a sophomore. With 11 rebounds vs. Minnesota (1/19), he recorded his third career game with 10 or more boards.

Senior Brandon Fuss-Cheatham owns the team lead with 82 assists, a single season high, against just 31 turnovers from the point guard position. His assist-to-turnover ratio of 2.7/1 is the best of his career and rates No. 3 in the Big Ten. In 528 minutes, he has averaged one turnover in 17.0 minutes played. He is playing 24.0 minutes a contest to date. He set a career high with four made 3-pointers at Clemson while scoring 14 points against the Tigers. His 15 points vs. Penn State (1/26) is a season high. He reached 300 career points (371) as a Buckeye with five vs. Mercer (12/22). He reached 200 career assists (218) with seven at LSU (1/15/05). He reached 100 career games played as a Buckeye at Indiana (1/22).

Sophomore Ivan Harris has started 22 games this year after making two all of his freshman season. He scored a career-high 20 points in the double overtime game at LSU (1/15/05), including 15 first-half points. He tallied 19 points in the semifinals of the Guardians Classic against Houston and then added 11 points in the overtime loss to Creighton, earning a spot on the all-tournament team alongside teammate J.J. Sullinger. Harris is connecting on 49 percent of his shots (75-154) from the field as a sophomore. He scored five 3-pointers in seven attempts against Chattanooga and then made 5 of 9 treys at Clemson. He made all five attempts in the second half from long range vs. Chattanooga and 4 of 7 in the final 20 minutes at Clemson. He has reached 10 or more points 11 times in his career. He connected on 5 of 8 shots and 4 of 5 3-pointers at Illinois (Jan. 5) and made 4 of 8 treys at LSU.

Senior Tony Stockman averages 13.5 points a game this season in 29.5 minutes a game. He tallied 13.6 points a game a year ago in 33.5 minutes a contest. Against Delaware (11/19) he scored 26 points, his career-high effort as a Buckeye. He also knocked down six 3-pointers against the Blue Hens. Stockman has connected on six or more 3-pointers three times as a Buckeye. He led Ohio State to a win over Texas Tech in Dallas (Dec. 16) with 23 points. Stockman leads Ohio State with 36 steals. His shooting percentage of .416 (109-262) is the best of his career. He had made at least one 3-pointer in 31-consecutive games as a Buckeye before an 0-3 outing vs. Minnesota (1/15/05). He was held scoreless in that contest for the first time since facing N.C. State his freshman season at Clemson, a span of 89 games. His one made 3-pointer vs. Portland State was the 250th of his career. His five made treys vs. Texas Tech gave him 100 as a Buckeye. He has 282 for his career and 127 at OSU. He played his 100th career game vs. New Hampshire (12/28/04) and reached 1,300 career points with 19 at Illinois Jan. 5 (1,406). Stockman’s average of 3.2 rebounds a game is the best season average of his career.

Freshman Jamar Butler made his first career start at Northwestern Jan. 31 and his first home start vs. Purdue (2/2). He tied a career high with 10 points and added a pair of steals in OSU’s 65-52 victory over the Wildcats. Butler has played the most minutes of the freshman class to date (369/16.8 per game). He has just 16 turnovers to go with 46 assists for an assist-to-turnover ratio of 2.9-1. Butler has gone to the line 17 times and has made 14 (.824). Butler has at least one assist in 20 games. He has played 10 or more minutes in every game this season, including a career-high 25 minutes at Northwestern. He scored a career high 10 points in the win over St. Joseph’s (12/31/04) and was 4 for 4 from the field in that game.

Junior Je’Kel Foster has made the most of his court time off the bench this season. In 22 games, which includes his first career start at Northwestern (1/29), he has averaged 8.0 points a game in 23.5 minutes a contest. He scored a career-high 20 points, all after the first half, in the double-overtime loss at LSU (1/15/05). He made 6 of 7 3-pointers in that game, including one to send the game into the second extra session. Foster is second behind Stockman with 31 steals. He has made a 3-pointer in 18 games and as many as three in 10 contests after four makes in eight attempts against Purdue (2/2). Foster has a steal in 18 games this year.

Junior Terence Dials is shooting 57 percent from the field (128-223). Dials has made 56 percent of his shots for his career (340-613). With a 15.2 points per game scoring average, he took the team scoring lead from Tony Stockman after a 24-point outing vs. New Hampshire (12/28/04). He has scored in double digits 16 times this year, in 14 of the last 17 games and in 41 career contests. His 17 points and 10 rebounds vs. Texas Tech (12/16) gave him his fourth career double-double. His fifth came vs. Mercer (12/22) with 29 points, a career high, and 13 rebounds. No. 6 came against New Hampshire with 24 points and a career-high tying 14 rebounds. He added No. 7 with a 20 point, 12 rebound effort vs. Wisconsin (1/19/05). He recorded his third-consecutive double-double with 24 points and 10 rebounds vs. St. Joseph’s (12/31/04) marking the first time since 1986 (Dennis Hopson) that an OSU player has recorded a double-double in three-consecutive games. Dials has scored 20 or more points in seven of the last 14 games, eight times on the year and in 10 career games. He has been the team’s leading scorer in 10 games this year. He was the squad’s top rebounder for 11-consecutive games before J.J. Sullinger grabbed a team high eight boards at Northwestern Jan. 29, and in 17 on the year. Dials reached 800 career points with 22 against Iowa (1/5/05). He has 904 (10.0 ppg.) career points and 548 (6.1) career rebounds. His 18 points and 13 rebounds vs. Indiana gave him his ninth career and sixth double double this season. His 10th career and seventh double-double came against Purdue Feb. 2 with 11 points and 11 rebounds.

Junior Matt Sylvester scored a career-high 17 points, including 11-consecutive OSU points during a 17-2 second half run, vs. Minnesota (1/15/05). His seven points came in succession against St. Joseph’s (12/21/04) to help Ohio State hold a second-half advantage. He has at least one assist in 19 contests this year. His tip-in basket late vs. Texas Tech (12/16) broke a 71-all tie and helped the Buckeyes hold off the Red Raiders for a 77-71 win in Dallas. His six rebounds vs. Morehead State (12/19) are a season high.

Hoops Coaches 10-3 In First Games at OSU
The 13 all-time men’s basketball head coaches at Ohio State have a combined record of 10-3 in their first games as Buckeye head coaches. Thad Matta, coach No. 13 in Ohio State history, won his opener vs. Towson, 74-53, Nov. 15.

Buckeyes Win No. 113 this Decade
Ohio State’s record in the first decade of the 21st century is shaping up to be one of the best in the history of the program. Ohio State is 113-64 (.638) since the beginning of the 1999-2000 season. The winning percentage is the second highest since 1910-19. The Buckeyes were 188-69 (.732) from 1960-69.

Stockman Puts Name in Record Book
Tony Stockman made 73 3-point field goals as a junior, the third most by an OSU player in a single season. His 61 steals total for 2003-04 tied him for the No. 7 spot with Michael Redd (1998) for single season steals at OSU. Stockman also attempted 202 3-pointers a year ago, good for the No. 3 spot all-time for single season long range attempts. He leads Ohio State with 54 made 3-pointers and with 150 attempted treys this year. He also is the team leader with 36 steals.

Ohio State 88-21 at VCA
The Buckeyes began season No. 7 at Value City Arena Nov. 15 against Towson in the opening round of the Guardians Classic. The facility opened for the start of the 1998-99 season and since the Buckeyes have built a record of 88-21 in 109 home games. The Buckeyes have not had a home losing season in the VCA’s existence and have 11 or more wins in five of the six years to date, including 15 victories in 1999-2000 and 2001-02 and 14 wins in both 1998-99 and 2000-01. Ohio State is 12-1 at home in 2004-05 and 11-1 at VCA. The team played Chattanooga at St. John Arena earlier this year.

2007 NCAA Tournament Returns to Columbus
The NCAA tournament will return to Columbus for the opening rounds of the 2007 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament, the organization announced in July. Ohio State played host to the first and second rounds in 2004. Games were played at Nationwide Arena in downtown Columbus, which will again be the site of the event in 2007. Ohio State will act as the host institution for the event.

Lewis to play for hometown Buckeyes
Ron Lewis, who played his first two seasons of college basketball at Bowling Green State University, transferred to his native Columbus to join Thad Matta at Ohio State. Lewis, a 2002 Brookhaven High School graduate, averaged 14.6 points and scored 877 points in his two seasons with the Falcons. He averaged 17.0 points and earned second team All-Mid American Conference honors as a sophomore before his transfer to Ohio State. Lewis started 55 of 60 career games at BGSU and was an 81 percent foul shooter (340-420) for his career. He will have two years of eligibility at Ohio State beginning with the 2005-06 campaign and becomes the first player to join the Buckeyes under Matta’s direction.

Six Buckeyes Spend Year in Residence
A total of six student-athletes on the 2004-05 roster have spent a year on the Ohio State campus without playing in games for the Buckeyes. Juniors 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 Matt Marinchick (2000-01) decided to redshirt his first year in Columbus to gain strength and experience. Finally, senior Tony Stockman and junior 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. Ron Lewis, a junior transfer from Bowling Green, is sitting out the 2004-05 season and will become eligible to play for the Buckeyes in 2005-06. He will have two years of eligibility.