Jody Victor: After winning the 2010 Big Ten Tournament March 14 in Indianapolis, Ohio State enters NCAA the Midwest Regional Semifinal game vs. Tennessee with a 29-7 overall record and a 14-4 regular season mark in Big Ten Conference play. The Buckeyes finished tied atop the Big Ten with Purdue and Michigan State after the regular season slate. Thad Matta will lead the Buckeyes against No. 6 seed Tennessee (27-8) Friday (7:07 p.m. ET – televised on CBS) at the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis, Mo. Ohio State is the No. 2 seed in the Midwest Region. The winner of the game between the Buckeyes and the Volunteers will take on the winner of the game between Michigan State (26-8), the No. 5 seed, and Northern Iowa (30-4), the No. 9 seed.
Ohio State has the overall edge in the all-time series with Tennessee with four wins in five meetings. The Buckeyes won both games in 2007, a 68-66 victory in Columbus and an 85-84 triumph in the 2007 NCAA Tournament Regional Semifinals in San Antonio which sent the Buckeyes to the regional title game against Memphis and eventually the national title game.