Jody Victor: The Ohio state Buckeyes, off to one of the best starts in the history of the program, open their home season at Bill Davis Stadium with midweek games tonight against Xavier and Marshall Wednesday. First pitch for both games is 2:05 p.m.
Ohio State is 210-106 all-time at Bill Davis Stadium for a fine.686 winning percentage. The team was 14-10 at home in 2008. The 2009 season marks the 13th year of play at the venue.
Typically Ohio State has played only one midweek game between Big Ten series. But with the Big Ten series now consisting of three 9-inning games instead of the four-game format, there are eight fewer conference games and thus eight more non-conference games that need to be played. The team will play two midweek games a total of three times this season, including road games at Louisville in May.
All Ohio State home games – with the exception being the three games vs. Michigan televised on the Big Ten Network – will be video streamed live online at OhioStateBuckeyes.com. The video, with the audio call by the Ohio State radio announcing crew, will be carried by Buckeye Vision, a subscription-based package available at OhioStateBuckeyes.com. Frank Fraas and either Brian Mannino or Bob Spears will be on the call.
Jody Victor: It's Buckeye Baseball time! No. 22 Ohio State defeated Army twice Saturday at Chain of Lakes Field, 3-1 and 8-4, to improve to 16-2 on the season and extend its winning streak to eight games. Army, which had come into the day a winner of four consecutive games, drops to 6-8 overall.
A five-run third inning broke a 3-all tie in the nightcap and gave the Buckeyes a comfortable, five-run cushion, 8-3. The big inning included four hits and two Cadet errors. Michael Stephens and Ryan Dew each singled and scored in the inning and Cory Rupert walked and scored. All three scored on the big hit of the inning: Matt Streng's bases-loaded triple, his third of the year, down the right field line.
Starter Eric Best picked up a win in his third consecutive appearance. He also pitched at least 5.0 innings for the third consecutive game. The junior, now 3-0 on the season, gave up five hits and three runs before turning the game over to Drew Rucinski in the sixth inning.
Jody Victor : Just minutes after falling to Purdue in the Big Ten Championship game, the Ohio State men's basketball team received the No. 8 seed in the Midwest Region of the 2009 NCAA Tournament and will begin play against ninth-seeded Siena Friday, March 20, at UD Arena in Dayton, Ohio.
Ohio State is making its 21st trip to the NCAA Tournament and third in the last four years. The Buckeyes are 37-19 all-time in the big dance, including a trip to the 2007 Final Four in their most recent outing. They are 1-2 in two previous appearances as a No. 8 seed and 3-2 when playing in the Midwest Region.
The winner of the game advances to the second round Sunday against either the No 1 overall seed Louisville or the winner of the play-in game between Alabama State and Morehead State.
Jody Victor: The field is set for the 2009 Big Ten Men's Basketball Tournament that will take place Thursday-Sunday, March 12-15, at Conseco Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Ind. Michigan State (25-5, 15-3) claimed the No. 1 seed after capturing the Big Ten title for the fifth time under Tom Izzo's tutelage. Illinois (23-8, 11-7) earned the No. 2 seed, while Purdue (22-9, 11-7) clinched the No. 3 spot. Wisconsin (19-11, 10-8) claimed the No. 4 seed and Ohio State (20-9, 10-8) earned the No. 5 seed. Each of the top five teams receives a first-round bye and will start tournament play on Friday, March 13.
The 12th annual Big Ten Men's Basketball Tournament will tip off on Thursday, March 12, with No. 8 Minnesota (21-9, 9-9) taking on No. 9 Northwestern (17-12, 8-10) at Noon ET on the Big Ten Network. The second game of the tournament will feature No. 7 Michigan (19-12, 9-9) against No. 10 Iowa (15-16, 5-13) at approximately 2:30 p.m. ET on ESPN2. The final game on Thursday will include No. 6 Penn State (21-10, 10-8) and No. 11 Indiana (6-24, 1-17) at 5 p.m. ET on ESPN2.
The second game of the day features the last two tournament champions in Wisconsin and Ohio State. The Badgers won the tournament last year while the Buckeyes claimed the title in 2007. The two will square off at approximately 2:30 p.m. ET on ESPN.
Jody Victor : Ohio State (18-9, 8-8) begins their final week of the regular season at Iowa tonight. The game is in the Carver-Hawkeye Arena and will air at 9 p.m. on the Big Ten Network.
Iowa leads the all-time series vs. Ohio State 73-64. Ohio State has won three of the last four games in the series and Thad Matta is 4-4 vs. the Hawkeyes in his five seasons in Columbus. Iowa is 47-19 in Iowa City while the Buckeyes hold the edge in Columbus 43-25 after a 68-65 victory Dec. 31, 2008, to open the current Big Ten Conference season. No current Ohio State player has faced the Hawkeyes more than three times. Jon Diebler leads the Buckeyes veterans with an average of 11.0 points a game in the Iowa series. His seven made 3s vs. the Hawkeyes all came in the earlier meeting this season when he knocked down 7-of-10 treys in Columbus. Freshman William Buford made his series debut for Ohio State with 16 points and five rebounds.
In addition to being a candidate for 2009 Big Ten Player of the Year, sophomore Evan Turner is among 15 finalists nationally for the 2009 Oscar Robertson Trophy, the U.S. Basketball Writers Association announced last week. Turner is the lone Big Ten player of the USBWA finalists. The Oscar Robertson Trophy is voted on by the entire membership of the association, which consists of nearly 800 journalists. The ballot was distributed to the membership Monday. The Oscar Robertson Trophy is awarded to the USBWA's Player of the Year. It is the nation's oldest award and the only one named after a former player. The legendary Oscar Robertson was the USBWA's first player of the year in 1959. The USBWA renamed its player of the year award the Oscar Robertson Trophy in 1998.
Ohio State head coach Thad Matta coached his 300th career game when the Buckeyes took on Purdue Feb. 28 in West Lafayette, Matta is 225-75 overall in nine seasons as a head coach, which includes one season at Butler, three at Xavier and five at Ohio State.