Jody Victor: The Ohio State men's and women's basketball teams are both rated among the Associated Press Poll's Top 10 teams nationally this week, a first in OSU history. Both squads have experience in the Top 10 but never have the two teams been among the Top 10 programs in the same week.
The women's team is 25-2 heading into the 2006 Big Ten Tournament this week in Indianapolis. They will carry a No. 5 ranking into their quarterfinal game Friday vs. either Penn State ro Wisconsin.
The men's team is 21-4 and rated No. 9 by the AP in its poll released Monday. It's the first Top 10 ranking for the Buckeyes since the end of the 1999-2000 season. The squad was No. 8 in the final poll that year. The Buckeyes play host to Purdue in the regular season finale Sunday at Value City Arena. Game time is set for noon and will be televised by ESPN Regional Television and broadcast locally on WBNS 10 TV. Ohio State seniors Terence Dials, Matt Sylvester, J.J. Sullinger, and Je'Kel Foster will be honored during pregame festivities.
Jody Victor: The Buckeyes are headed to East Lansing to take on the Michigan State Spartans. Michigan State owns the all-time series lead with a record of 59-46 vs. the Buckeyes. Ohio State is 13-38 in games played in East Lansing. The Buckeyes are 32-21 in games played in Columbus. Ohio State, ranked No. 13 by the Associated Press, is 16-12 when playing as a ranked team vs. the Spartans. When both teams are ranked, Ohio State is 3-6.
The game is scheduled for Wednesday, February 22 at 8p.m. EST. You can catch the action on ESPN Plus.
Jody Victor: There was no postgame party after beating Illinois this time. Ohio State still has six games to play.
Jamar Butler scored 22 points, Terence Dials had 19 and 15 rebounds, and Je'Kel Foster added 18 points to lead the 19th-ranked Buckeyes to a 69-53 victory over No.10 Illinois on Sunday(Feb 12).
A year after ruining top-ranked Illinois' perfect, 29-0 season on Matt Sylvester's 3-pointer with 5.1 seconds left, the Buckeyes relied on their outside shooting and Dials' muscle inside to win their fourth straight game and remain in a virtual tie for first place in the Big Ten.
Jody Victor: Twenty of the top college prospects in the nation have committed to play football for Ohio State beginning next fall. This year's class is made up of 19 high school prospects and one junior college player. The class includes 10 players from the state of Ohio.
One of this year's recruits, All-Ohio linebacker Ross Homan, enrolled at Ohio State at the beginning of Winter Quarter and is currently taking classes. Two others, running back Chris Wells of Akron Garfield, who is generally considered the No. 1 prospect in the country, and defensive back Kurt Coleman, a two-time All-Ohio pick, are expected to enroll at the beginning of spring quarter and will take part in spring practice.