Jan. 18, 2005

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Date Jan. 19, 2005
Opponent Minnesota (12-4, 2-1)
Site Value City Arena (19,200)
Game Time 8 p.m.
Local TV WBNS 10 TV
TV Talent Tom Hamilton, (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)

Buckeyes Face Minnesota in 50th Game vs. Big Ten Foe at VCA
Ohio State is 5-0 all-time against Minnesota at Value City Arena since the facility opened for the 1998-99 season. The Buckeyes are 35-14 (.714) all-time vs. Big Ten opponents at VCA after the win over Iowa earlier his year. Ohio State also is undefeated in VCA games vs. Purdue (4-0) and Northwestern (6-0). Ohio State is 4-1 vs. 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 undefeated at home this year (10-0) and has just one losing season vs. Big Ten opponents to date, a 3-5 record a year ago.

LSU Tops Buckeyes in Double Overtime Thriller in Baton Rouge
Brandon Bass scored 29 points for LSU, including 12 during a pair of overtime periods, as the Tigers beat Ohio State 113-101 last Saturday in two overtimes. The combined 214 points tied for the second most combined points in an Ohio State game all-time. The record is 217 points in a 121-96 Ohio State win over George Mason Jan. 8, 1995. Indiana and the Buckeyes combined for 214 points Feb. 2, 1959 in a 122-92 Hoosiers victory at St. John Arena in Columbus.

Bass’ free throws initiated an 8-0 run to open the second overtime period as the Tigers finished with their highest scoring total since the 1994-95 season. Ohio State scored 102 points in a win over Mercer earlier this season. The victory was also LSU’s first in a double-overtime contest since the 1986-87 season. Ohio State last played in double overtime during the 1991 Big Ten season, a 97-95 victory over Indiana in Columbus.

Bass, who also had 10 rebounds, was one of five LSU players in double figures. Ohio State had six players in double digits offensively. Ivan Harris and Je’Kel Foster led Ohio State with 20 points each, career highs for both. Foster shot 6-of-7 on 3-point attempts, including one that tied the score at 93 with three seconds left in the first OT. Terence Dials and Tony Stockman each had 17 points, J.J. Sullinger scored 13 and Brandon Fuss-Cheatham scored 10. Ohio State shot 55.7 percent from the field, while LSU made 52.1 percent. The Buckeyes made a school record 18 of 34 3-point attempts. The 34 attempts is the second most in OSU history.

Noting the LSU Game

Ohio State scored more than 100 points for the second time thisseason and for the first time in a loss. Ohio State last played ina double overtime game in 1991, a 97-95 win over Indiana at St.John Arena. Ohio State played its second overtime game of theseason. The Buckeyes are 35-50 all-time in overtime games,including a 15-22 record on the road. Ohio State set a schoolrecord for made 3-pointers in a game with 18 makes vs. the Tigers.The previous record was 17, established earlier this year vs.Chattanooga (11/27/04). The 18 made 3-pointers also is a Big Tenrecord for made 3s in a game. Ohio State tied the conference recordearlier this season with 17 makes vs. Chattanooga. Indiana made 17in a game vs. Illinois Jan. 26, 2002. With the 18 made 3-pointers,the 2004-05 Buckeyes now own the Top 3 spots all time for treysmade in a single game: 18 vs. LSU, 17 vs. Chattanooga (11/27/04)and 15 at Clemson (12/1/05). The 34 attempted 3-pointers rankssecond all-time behind the 35 attempted vs. Chattanooga. JuniorJe’Kel Foster scored a career high 20 points, all coming in thesecond half. He made a career best six 3-pointers on sevenattempts. The six makes is tied for the 4th most in a game at OhioState. Sophomore Ivan Harris scored a career high 20 points. Sixplayers, including all five starters, scored in double figures forthe Buckeyes. Ohio State is 6-4 all-time in double overtime games.Ohio State is 63-1 all-time when scoring 100 or more points. TheBuckeyes are 15-1 when scoring 100 or more on the road. Opponentsare 19-0 when scoring 100 or more vs. the Buckeyes and 14-0 ontheir home courts. The last opponent to score 100 or more againstOhio State was Purdue Feb. 7, 1998. The Boilermakers won that game107-75 in Columbus. Kentucky is the last non-Big Ten team to score100 or more vs. the Buckeyes. The Wildcats won 100-88 at the MauiInvitational Dec. 22, 1994. LSU is the last team from the SEC toface Ohio State. The Buckeyes are 27-25 all-time vs. team from theSEC.

Stockman Leads 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 leads Terence Dials, who scored 22 points vs. the Hawkeyes and now has nine 20-point career games. Dials has scored 20 or more points in seven 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).

Stockman Scoring Well on Road, Dials Leads Team at Home
Senior Tony Stockman averages 16.7 points in games away from Columbus this season. He is shooting 46 percent from the field in road or neutral games (43-93) and has made 21 of 50 3-pointers and all 10 foul shots attempted. Terence Dials averages 19 points at home, where the Buckeyes have been undefeated at 10-0. He has made 64 percent from the field (.642) and 73 percent of his foul shots (.725).

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 last Saturday (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 1,403-979 after the 12-5 start to the 2004-05 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).

Minnesota Visits Columbus with 12-4 Record
Minnesota fell to 2-1 in the Big Ten following a loss at Iowa last Saturday. The Gophers dropped to 12-4 on the year. Minnesota had won 10-consecutive games prior to the Iowa game. Minnesota fell behind by 16 points early vs. the Hawkeyes but pulled to within six at the half. Iowa built its lead back to 15 to start the second half after the Gophers were held without a field goal for more than seven minutes. Jeff Hagen recorded a double-double for Minnesota with 15 points and a career high 12 rebounds to pace the Gophers.

Monson Guides 6th Squad at Minnesota
Minnesota head coach Dan Monson is in his sixth season in Minneapolis after a successful coaching stint at Gonzaga. In eight seasons as a collegiate head coach, Monson is 143-96 with a 91-79 record at Minnesota.

Stockman Leading Scorer vs. Golden Gophers Senior Tony Stockman averages 17.0 points a game against Minnesota to lead the Buckeyes vs. the Golden Gophers. Junior J.J. Sullinger is close behind with 14.0 points a game. Both have faced UM twice in their OSU careers. Stockman has played all but two minutes in those games. Junior Terence Dials averages 7.3 rebounds a game to lead in that category vs. Minnesota. He has faced the Golden Gophers three times in his career.

The Minnesota Series Ohio State leads the all-time series with the Golden Gophers with 74 wins in 125 meetings. The Buckeyes are 46-17 in Columbus and 28-34 in Minneapolis. The Buckeyes have won the last three games in the overall series and have been victorious in the last five meetings in Columbus. Minnesota has never won at Value City Arena (0-5). The Golden Gophers last won in Columbus during the 1997 Big Ten season, a 73-67 victory at St. John Arena on Jan. 18.

Ohio State vs. The Big Ten Illinois 59-100 Indiana 69-97 Iowa 66-71 Michigan 82-70 Michigan State 46-57 Minnesota 74-51 Northwestern 104-44 Penn State 15-13 Purdue 72-78 Wisconsin 80-59 Totals 667-640

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

Buckeyes on 7-Game Win Streak in Jan. 19 Games
Ohio State is 14-8 all-time in games played on Jan. 19, including a streak of seven-consecutive victories. Ohio State last lost on this date in 1980 with the most recent win coming in 2002 vs. Indiana.

1/19/07 L Oberlin, 15-19 1/19/15 W @Ohio Wesleyan, 38-17 1/19/23 L @Chicago, 30-32 1/19/28 W Northwestern, 43-38 1/19/42 W Northwestern, 51-41 1/19/46 L @Indiana, 39-44 1/19/53 L @Wisconsin, 51-64 1/19/57 W Michigan State, 70(17)-51 1/19/59 L @Michigan State, 77-92(8) 1/19/63 L @Iowa, 74(5)-81 1/19/70 W West Virginia, 84-70 1/19/74 W Minnesota, 81-77 1/19/76 W Illinois, 64-63 1/19/78 L @Indiana, 63-77 1/19/80 L @Michigan (ot), 74(2)-75 1/19/85 W Indiana, 86-84(11) 1/19/89 W Iowa, 102(16)-91(7) 1/19/91 W Illinois, 89(4)-55 1/19/92 W Iowa, 85(4)-81 1/19/94 W Penn State, 79-57 1/19/99 W Purdue, 72-43(16) 1/19/02 W Indiana, 73-67(25)

Buckeyes Setting 3-point Records
Ohio State has set several 3-point shooting records to date this season in 17 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 five of the Top 10 single game spots in both made and attempted 3-pointers in school history.

More From Long Range
As a team, the Buckeyes have taken 389 3-pointers this season, making 163. The number of attempts is among the Top 10 in season attempts by a team in the No. 9 spot. The 163 makes already ranks No. 4 all-time by an OSU squad. The 2000-01 team made 169 in 31 games. The Buckeyes are on pace to make 288 3-pointers this season, which would rank No. 1 all time in both Ohio State and 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 686 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.

Buckeyes Fare Well from Field
As a team, Ohio State is scoring on 49 percent of its shots taken from the field this year. Four of the Top 5 scorers are making better than 48 percent of their shots after 17 games. J.J. Sullinger leads the starters, making 60 percent of his shots (69-116). Terence Dials is next, making 58.9 percent of his shots (103-175). He is followed by Ivan Harris (.504/68-135) and Je’Kel Foster (.485/48-99).

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
Je’Kel Foster took over the No. 1 spot in Big Ten Conference 3-point shooting percentage after his 6 of 7 shooting performance from long range at LSU (1/15/05). Foster improved his percentage to .481 (38-79) with that effort. Ivan Harris also is among the Top 5 from long range at No. 4 with 30 makes in 64 attempts (.462) from 3-point range. Tony Stockman is No. 13 (49-123/.398) and has taken the most shots from 3-point land while making the second most among league players. His 2.88 made 3-pointers a game is second. Brandon Fuss-Cheatham rates No. 4 among conference point guards with an assist to turnover ratio of 2.58-1. He leads the Buckeyes with 67 assists with just 26 miscues. Terence Dials is No. 3 in rebounding (7.9 rpg.), No. 4 in defensive rebounds (5.06) and No. 5 in offensive rebounds (2.88). He also is No. 7 among league scorers with 16.1 ppg. J.J. Sullinger is No. 5 in shooting percentage (.595) just ahead of No. 8 Dials (.589). As a team, Ohio State is No. 1 in 3-point shooting percentage (.419) and 3-pointers made (9.59 pg.). The Buckeyes are No. 2 in assist-to-turnover ratio (+1.22) and 3-point field goal percentage defense (.322).

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 60 percent of his shots from the field (69-116) in 17 games this season. He has scored in double figures in nine of the 17 games. He trails Terence Dials (7.9 rpg.) for the team rebounding lead with 5.2 rpg. Sullinger’s 10 blocks is tied with Dials for the team lead. Sullinger has upped his career scoring average to 10.0 points a game with 759 career points in 76 career games. Against Chattanooga Nov. 27, Sullinger tied a career high with four made 3-pointers in five attempts. He is making 46 percent of his long range shots this season (13-28). Sullinger has at least one assist in 15 games this year and at least one steal in 12 outings. In two seasons in Columbus, Sullinger has scored 486 points with 225 rebounds. Sullinger has not fouled out of a game this season after being disqualified eight times as a sophomore.

Senior Brandon Fuss-Cheatham owns the team lead with 67 assists against just 26 turnovers from the point guard position. His assist to turnover ratio of 2.6/1 is the best of his career and rates No. 4 in the Big Ten. In 413 minutes, he has averaged one turnover in 15.9 minutes played. He is playing 24.3 minutes a contest to date. He set a career high with four made 3-pointers at Clemson while scoring a season-high 14 points against the Tigers. He reached 300 career points (343) as a Buckeye with five vs. Mercer (12/22). He reached 200 career assists (203) with seven at LSU (1/15/05). He will reach 100 career games played as a Buckeye with two more appearances.

Sophomore Ivan Harris has started 17 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 50 percent of his shots (68-135) 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 10 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 14.4 points a game this season in 29.9 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 29 steals. His shooting percentage of .433 (91-210) is the best of his career. He has made at least one 3-pointer in each of his last 31 games as a Buckeye. 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 277 for his career and 122 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 (1,354). Stockman’s average of 3.5 rebounds a game is best season average of his career.

Freshman Jamar Butler has played the most minutes of the freshman class to date (280/16.5 per game). He has just 12 turnovers to go with 40 assists for an assist-to-turnover ratio of 3.3-1. Butler has gone to the line 12 times and has made 10 (.833). Butler has at least one assist in 16 games. In the last eight games, he has 20 assists and just eight turnovers. 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 17 games he has averaged 8.0 points a game in 22.6 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 25 steals. He has made a 3-pointer in 15 games and as many as three in eight contests. Foster has a steal in 14 games this year. In the last three games, he has made 11 of 16 3-point attempts (.688) and 12 of 18 overall attempts (.667) from the field.

Junior Terence Dials is shooting 59 percent from the field (103-175), helping the team to a 49 percent shooting percentage on the year. Dials has made 56 percent of his shots for his career (315-565). With a 16.1 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 13 times this year, in 11 of the last 12 games and in 38 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 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 six of the last 10 games, seven times on the year and in nine career games. He has been the team’s leading scorer in eight games this year. He has been the squad’s top rebounder for nine-consecutive games and in 15 on the year. He reached 800 career points with 22 against Iowa (1/5/05). He has 842 career points and 501 career rebounds.

Junior Matt Sylvester has made 44 percent of his 3-point attempts this year in 17 games (14-32). He scored a career-high 14 points at Wisconsin. 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 15 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. 110 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 110-62 (.640) 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.

Buckeyes Open 93rd Season in Big Ten Conference
This is the 93rd season of Big Ten membership in men’s basketball for the Buckeyes. Ohio State is 51-42 (.548) in conference openers, 63-30 (.677) in league home openers and 35-58 (.376) in the first road game of the season in Big Ten play.

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 49 made 3-pointers and with 123 attempted treys this year. He also is the team leader with 29 steals. For his Ohio State career, Stockman has made 122 of 325 3-pointers. The 122 attempts rates No. 8 all-time as does the attempts total.

Ohio State 86-20 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 86-20 in 106 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 10-0 at home in 2004-05 and 9-0 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.

5th Ohio Mr. Basketball Joins Buckeyes
Jamar Butler is the 17th overall and fifth Ohio Mr. Basketball Award winner to play for Ohio State. Butler joins Tony Stockman (2000), Damon Stringer (1995), Greg Simpson (1991, 1992) and Jim Jackson (1988, 1989) as former Ohio Mr. Basketball award winners who went on to play for the Buckeyes.

Attendance in Top 20 for 6th-consecutive Year
Attendance at Ohio State men’s basketball games remained in the Top 20 nationally in 2003-04 and has ranked among the national leaders in all six seasons at Value City Arena. Attendance averaged 14,521 in 15 home games a year ago to rank No. 18 nationally. A total of 1,631,437 have crossed the turnstiles at VCA for an average of 16,819 over 97 total home games since the facility opened for the 1998-99 season. The average is 3,543 more than the capacity (13,276) at St. John Arena, the former home of the Buckeyes (1956-1998).

NCAA Attendance in VCA Era Division I Home Attendance Leaders Year Gms. Total Avg. NCAA Rk 1999 15 258,348 17,223 7 2000 17 317,936 18,702 5 2001 17 298,172 17,540 4 2002 17 282,250 16,603 5 2003 16 256,914 16,057 10 2004 15 217,817 14,521 18 Totals 97 1,631,437 16,819

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.

Majority of Buckeye Roster from Ohio
Nine of the 12 student athletes on the 2004-05 Buckeyes roster hail from their home state of Ohio. Seniors Matt Marinchick (Hudson) and Tony Stockman (Medina), juniors J.J. Sullinger (Columbus), Ron Lewis (Columbus), Terence Dials (Youngstown) and Matt Sylvester (Cincinnati), sophomore Ivan Harris (Springfield) and freshmen Jamar Butler (Lima) and Matt Terwilliger (Troy) all found their way home to play for Ohio State.

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.