January 12, 1999
COLUMBUS, Ohio –
Iowa head coach Tom Davis
“Right from the start, both teams were so emotional. I don’t know how either could have worked any harder. I don’t think you’ll see a quicker team – frontcourt or backcourt [than Ohio State].”
“Value City Arena is extremely loud and it will give Ohio State a strong homecourt advantage.”
“Kent has gotten better defensively and in rebounding. He is a good ballhandler, a terrific passer and at the same time has improved his shooting.”
“I didn’t notice Redd was under the weather. And when someone mentioned that to me before the game, I said that we were in trouble because he is a fine player in any situation.”
Ohio State head coach Jim O’Brien
“It is disappointing not to have won this game. We put ourselves in a position to win. It was a great college basketball game. If we play like this every game and get this kind of effort, we will do fine in our conference. This was the highest ranked team in the conference.”
“You need to make plays down the stretch. Iowa did that and deserves a lot of credit. McCausland put them in a position to win. We got a little bit careless.”
“Scoonie was terrific tonight. He attacked their pressure.”
“Michael was a little bit under the weather and still gave a great effort.”
“On the last plays, we tried to get the ball to Michael and the next pass was to Jason. Neither pass was there. Give Iowa credit for great defense.”
* Ohio State is now 58-66 against Iowa after the 71-68 loss. The loss is Ohio State’s first at Value City Arena.
* Ohio State entered the game ranked No. 21 in the Associated Press poll. It is Ohio State’s highest ranking since January 1993, when the Buckeyes were ranked No. 21. In addition, Ohio State is also ranked No. 23 in this week’s ESPN/USA Today poll.
* The contest marked the first time Ohio State played an Associated Press-ranked team while being ranked itself since Jan. 24, 1993, when the No. 24 Buckeyes lost at No. 2 Indiana, 96-69. That was also the last time Ohio State was ranked in the AP Poll.
* Ohio State has connected on at least one three-point goal in 201 straight games. Scoonie Penn extended the streak with a trey at the 11:59 mark in the first half. Penn has extended the streak eight times this season.
* After his 12-point performance, Michael Redd has scored in double figures in 46 of his 47 career games, including all 17 this year. Redd is now just 14 points away from reaching the 1,000-point plateau.
* Ohio State set a season high in free throw percentage, drilling nine of their ten attempts (90%). The Buckeyes’ previous best was 71 percent (22 of 31) on Nov. 28 at Vanderbilt.
* Scoonie Penn tied a season high with eight assists. He previously recorded eight assists in games against Oakland (11/13/98) and North Carolina State (12/22/98). Penn also recorded four steals, which is his second best output on the season. Penn drilled all three of Ohio State’s three-point goals.
* With 10:05 in the second half, Scoonie Penn made a jumper to put Ohio State ahead 55-52 and scored his 1,000th career point (his 18th point of the game). Penn scored 21 in the game. He has scored 737 points at Boston College and 266 at Ohio State.
* Ken Johnson added two more blocks to his career total. He now has 44 on the season and 102 in his career, which places him seventh on the OSU career blocked shot chart. He trails sixth-place Perry Carter by three blocks.
* After out-rebounding Iowa 32-28, Ohio State has now out-rebounded their opponents in all four Big Ten games.