Jody Victor: About four hours after Ohio State came from behind in Game 3 to sweep Iowa and improve to 18-6 in the Big Ten, the team became the 2009 Big Ten champion when Penn State upset league-leading Minnesota, 10-8. The title was the 15th for Ohio State and the seventh for coach Bob Todd.
Coach Bob Todd has 994 wins in his 26-year career and is seeking to become the 40th D1 coach to reach 1,000. Enshrined in the ABCA Hall of Fame in January and the Ohio State sports Hall of Fame last fall, Todd is second all-time with 402 Big Ten wins. His teams have won at least 30 games in 24 consecutive seasons and one win will give him his 12th 40-win season.
Big Ten Conference champion Ohio State makes its Big Ten record 13th consecutive appearance in the league's post-season tournament Thursday at 7:05 p.m. against a team to be determined. The Buckeyes will play the lowest seeded winner from the opening round games Wednesday:
Game 1, 12:05 p.m. – No. 4 Illinois vs. No. 5 Michigan State; &
Game 2, 3:35 p.m. – No. 3 Indiana vs. No. 6 Purdue
The Big Ten Network will broadcast all 10 or 11 games of the 2009 tournament. This is the first time since 1994 the Big Ten Tournament is being played at a neutral park – Huntington Park in downtown Columbus – and hosted by neutral parties – the Columbus Sports Commission and the Columbus Clippers, in addition to the Big Ten Conference.