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  • First round: Defeated Appalachian State, 87-61
  • Second round: Lost to Miami (Fla.), 75-62

    Scoonie Penn and Michael Redd are as good as any guard tandem in college basketball. Redd is very athletic, left-handed scorer, who is more of a slasher. Penn runs the show. He is more of a scoring point guard, while Mateen Cleaves is more pure point guard.

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    When Jim O'Brien put George Reese in the starting lineup, it gave the Buckeyes a big boost. Playing more minutes, he has really been an effective player for them. He plays in the Adrian Dantley mold; he's perhaps not as good a shooter as AD, but he can score inside. He has big shoulders and a good body.

    Ken Johnson set the Big Ten record for blocked shots this season and is a defensive force. Last year when the Buckeyes made a run into the Final Four, Johnson scored a little bit inside. He will need to do it again, or it will be their Achilles' heel. Scoring inside is not their forte. Penn, Redd and Reese generate the bulk of their points on the outside.

    The Buckeyes will have some problems because when the offense bogs down and they can't get out in transition, they will have trouble getting some inside baskets. I don't know if they can get back to the Final Four. They were hoping Slobodan Savovic could shoot the ball for them, but he has been hurt. They have enough inconsistencies that would force me to question their ability to get to Indianapolis. -- Quinn Buckner, ESPN

    No Name Position Height Weight Class Rebounds Assists Points
    4Brent DarbyG6-0200FR0.60.73.0
    10Doylan RobinsonG6-4210SO2.30.51.6
    12James Scoonie PennG5-10185SR4.44.215.4
    13Brian BrownG6-3190SO4.02.58.7
    21Slobodan Boban SavovicG6-5230SO1.31.02.2
    22Michael ReddG6-6215JR6.62.017.3
    24Devon SmithG6-0175SR0.10.20.0
    31Kwadjo SteeleF6-6210SR0.80.00.4
    32Ken JohnsonC6-11235SR6.10.37.9
    34Slobodan OcokoljicF6-8210FR2.20.52.2
    40George ReeseF6-7240SR5.71.012.9
    43Will DudleyF6-8230SO2.50.12.1

    Overall Record: 35-17 (.673)
    Final Four Appearances: 9 (1939, 1944, 1945, 1946, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1968, 1999)
    NCAA Tournament Championships: 1 (1960)

    1999--Fourth seed in South Region
    Defeated Murray State in first round, 72-58
    Defeated Detroit in second round, 75-44
    Defeated Auburn in regional semifinal, 72-64
    Defeated St. John's in regional final, 77-74

    1992--First seed in Southeast Region
    Defeated Mississippi Valley State in first round, 83-56
    Defeated Connecticut in second round, 78-55
    Defeated North Carolina in regional semifinals, 80-73
    Lost to Michigan in regional final, 75-71 (OT)

    1991--First seed in Midwest Region
    Defeated Towson in first round, 97-86
    Defeated Georgia Tech in second round, 65-61
    Lost to St. John's in regional semifinal, 91-74

    1990--Eighth seed in West Region
    Defeated Providence in first round, 84-83 (OT)
    Lost to UNLV in second round, 76-65

    1987--Ninth seed in Southeast Region
    Defeated Kentucky in first round, 91-77
    Lost to Georgetown in second round, 82-79

    1985--Fourth seed in Midwest Region
    Defeated Iowa State in first round, 75-64
    Lost to Louisiana Tech in second round, 79-67

    1983--Third seed in East Region
    Defeated Syracuse in second round, 79-74
    Lost to North Carolina in regional semifinals, 64-51

    1982--Eighth seed in East Region
    Lost to James Madison in first round, 55-48

    1980--Fourth seed in West Region
    Defeated Arizona State in second round, 89-75
    Lost to UCLA in regional semifinals, 72-68

    1971--Mideast Region
    Defeated Marquette in regional semifinals, 60-59
    Lost to Western Kentucky in regional final, 81-78 (OT)

    1968--Mideast Region
    Defeated East Tennessee State in regional semifinals, 79-72
    Defeated Kentucky in regional final, 82-81
    Lost to North Carolina in National Semifinals, 80-66
    Defeated Houston for National Third Place, 89-85

    1962--Mideast Region
    Defeated Western Kentucky in regional semifinals, 93-73
    Defeated Kentucky in regional final, 74-64
    Defeated Wake Forest in National Semifinals, 84-68
    Lost to Cincinnati in National Championship, 71-59

    1961--Mideast Region
    Defeated Louisville in regional semifinals, 56-55
    Defeated Kentucky in regional final, 84-74
    Defeated St. Joseph's in National Semifinals, 95-69
    Lost to Cincinnati in National Championship, 70-65 (OT)

    1960--Mideast Region
    Defeated Western Kentucky in regional semifinals, 98-79
    Defeated Georgia Tech in regional final, 86-69
    Defeated New York University in National Semifinals, 76-54
    Defeated California in National Championship, 75-55

    1950--Eastern Regionals
    Lost to CCNY in regional semifinals, 56-55
    Defeated Holy Cross for regional third place, 72-52

    1946--Eastern Regionals
    Defeated Harvard in regional semifinals, 46-38
    Lost to North Carolina in regional final, 60-57 (OT)

    1945--Eastern Regionals
    Defeated Kentucky in regional semifinals, 45-37
    Lost to New York University in regional final, 70-65 (OT)

    1944--Eastern Regionals
    Defeated Temple in regional semifinals, 57-47
    Lost to Dartmouth in regional final, 60-53

    1939--Eastern Regionals
    Defeated Wake Forest in regional semifinals, 64-52
    Defeated Villanova in regional final, 53-36
    Lost to Oregon in National Championship, 46-33

    Record by Region:
    In East: 7-7 (.500)
    In South/Southeast: 8-2 (.800)
    In Midwest: 3-2 (.600)
    In West: 2-2 (.500)
    In Mideast: 14-4 (.778)

    Record by Seed:
    As 1st seed: 5-2 (.714)
    As 3rd seed: 1-1 (.500)
    As 4th seed: 6-2 (.750)
    As 8th seed: 1-2 (.333)
    As 9th seed: 1-1 (.500)

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