Feb. 18, 2007

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Ohio State took a 43-31 lead at the half. The Buckeyes are 24-1record this season when leading at the break. With a lead of 76-54at the 5:00 mark of the second half, the Buckeyes improved to 24-0this season when holding a lead with five minutes to play. OhioState has won its last 11 games, including 10-consecutive Big Tencontests. The Buckeyes last won 10 straight conference games in the1962 season when the Buckeyes won 12 in a row. The Buckeyes startedthe season with an 11-0 record in 2005-06. Ohio State improved to72-52 overall in the series with Minnesota. The Buckeyes are 28-34in Minneapolis. The win gives Ohio State its sixth road victory inBig Ten play for the first time since the 1992 Big Ten season. With85 points, Ohio State is 24-2 in the series with Minnesota whenscoring 80 or more points and 15-2 when scoring between 80-89points. The 18-point road victory is the largest margin of victoryin Minneapolis since a 94-63 victory in 1992. Ohio State has wonthe last two games against the Gophers. With the win, Ohio State isnow 20-2 against Minnesota when the Buckeyes are ranked. FreshmanDaequan Cook, who made his first career start for the Buckeyes,knocked down 1 of 2 3-point attempts to claim the freshman recordfor 3-pointers made (47). Cook’s long range shooting percentage of.465 (47-101) is second among OSU freshmen all-time. With 10assists against Minnesota, Mike Conley Jr. moved into the No. 3spot in single season assists with 173. He moved past Mark Baker(165, 1992) and trails Kelvin Ransey (177) in 1980 and No. 1 CurtisWilson (188) in 1988. Conley also recorded five steals vs. theGophers to up his season total to 65, setting the OSU freshmanrecord. All-time, Conley is No. 7 in season steals behind ScooniePenn (2000) and Jay Burson (1988) at No. 5 with 66. Freshman GregOden led Ohio State with 19 points and nine rebounds. He also addedtwo blocks, a steal and one asssist. Oden has swatted 71 shots onthe year, good for the No. 2 spot among OSU freshmen. Herb Williamsblocked 79 as a freshman in 1978. Oden is now No. 10 on OhioState’s single season blocked shots list. Williams holds down theNos. 7 (81), 8 (79) and 9 (78). In career blocks, Oden is No. 9.Terence Dials is No. 8 with 103 (2002-06). As a team, Ohio Statehas made 219 of 584 3-point attempts on the year in 27 games. Thosetotals rate No. 3 and No. 4, respectively, for made and attemptedtreys in Ohio State history. As a ranked team, Ohio State improvedto 318-94 when ranked in the Associated Press Top 25 and 219-54when among the Top 10. The Buckeyes have been ranked in the Top 25the last 52 games (43-9) and among the Top 10 the last 34 games(29-5).