Feb. 22, 2003

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Attendance: 18,032

Ohio State is 71-78 all-time against Purdue, including wins inthe last seven of eight meetings and the last four in Columbus. TheBoilermakers are winless (0-4) in Value City Arena. The Buckeyesare 69-11 in games played in Value City Arena since the buildingopened at the start of the 1998-99 season. Ohio State is 127-200all-time against opponents ranked in the Associated Press Top 25.In the last five years, the Buckeyes have won 23 of 43 gamesagainst ranked foes. In Value City Arena, the squad is 13-3 againstranked teams since the facility opened. The Buckeyes are 11-3 whenleading at halftime and 13-0 when leading with five minutes left inthe second half. Ohio State head coach Jim O’Brien earned his 350thcareer win today. O’Brien has won 115 games in Columbus with theBuckeyes in six seasons. His career total wins also include 67victories at St. Bonaventure and 168 at Boston College. Enteringthe game today, Brent Darby and Sean Connolly led the Big Ten inaverage minutes per game. Darby averaged 37.9 minutes and recorded40 minutes against Purdue. Connolly averaged 36.1 and saw 37minutes of action today. The Buckeyes did not shoot a free throwuntil the 2:40 mark in the second half. Brent Darby made the firstfree throw with 44.2 ticks left on the clock. Darby remains fourthon Ohio State’s career 3-point field goals made list. Darby hasmade 142 three-pointers. Jamie Skelton (1991-94) is third on thelist with 144. With five 3-point field goals against Purdue,Connolly is tied for sixth on the list with former teammate BoboanSavovic (1999-02), who was in attendance. Connolly has recorded 125career 3-point field goals and needs one more to tie for sixth withMichael Redd (1998-00). Darby and Connolly are tied with 44 made3-pointers on the season after their efforts against Purdue. Thepair are two made treys away from cracking the single-season OhioState Top 10 list. Michael Redd made 46 3-pointers in 1998 and 1999to hold the 9th and 10 spots in the single season list. Darby’s 151made free throws, following a 5 of 6 effort against Purdue, moveshim into the No. 9 position all time in single-season foul shotsmade. Richard Schnittker holds the No. 8 position with 153 madefree throws in 1950. Darby’s 186 attempted foul shots this yearrates 10th in single season free throws attempted at Ohio State.Jerry Lucas is ninth with 187 attempted in 1959-60. Connolly movedto second place on OSU’s 3-point field goal percentage list,hitting five-of-seven today against Purdue. He is currently 125 for321 with a .389 percentage. Doug Etzler (1992-95) is first on thelist with a .446 percentage (107-240). With 16 points against theBoilermakers, Darby has tallied 1,215 career points and moved intothe No. 25 spot on Ohio State’s career scoring list. John Havlicek(1960-62) is 24th on the list with 1,223. Ohio State last won withless than 52 points in a 51-48 win against Wisconsin Feb. 2, 2000in Columbus. Jim O’Brien used the 11th different starting lineup ofthe season with Darby, Connolly, Emonte Jernigan, Velimir Radinovicand Zach Williams taking the floor for the opening tip. Ohio Statereturns to action at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 25 against the IowaHawkeyes in Value City Arena.