No. 7 Ohio State vs. Purdue Game Notes

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Television: ABC (ESPN2 reverse mirror) will televise the game with Beth Mowins and Joey Galloway on the call and Lewis Johnson on the sidelines.
Radio: WBNS (FM 97.1 The Fan) is the fl agship station for the 73-station Ohio State radio network. The Urban Meyer pregame show airs 30 minutes prior to kickoff. Paul Keels will call the play-by-play with former Buckeye Jim Lachey in the booth and Marty Bannister on the sidelines. The game can also be heard live on Sirius channel 112 and XM channel 190.


  • Ohio State seeks to go 8-0 this week under first-year coach Urban Meyer when the Purdue Boilermakers visit Ohio Stadium.
  • Shades of pink will be prevalent inside the stadium as The Ohio State University and the Buckeyes will recognize Breast Cancer Awareness month on Saturday.
  • The Buckeyes are ranked No. 7 this week by the Associated Press.
  • Ohio State is leading the Big Ten Leaders Division with a 3-0 mark.
  • Urban Meyer, the 24th head coach in Ohio State football history, is 111-23 in his 11th season as a head coach.
  • Purdue is coached by Danny Hope. He is 19-24 in his fourth season at Purdue and 54-46 overall.
  • Only two Buckeyes are from Indiana: Joel Hale (Greenwood) and Rod Smith (Fort Wayne).
  • Ohio State and Purdue have split – three wins apiece – the last six meetings in this rivalry.
  • Ohio State is playing its 100th season in the Big Ten, having joined the league in 1912 and playing its first season of Big Ten football in 1913.
  • The Buckeyes are one of only 12 unbeaten Football Bowl Subdivision teams and one of only two at 7-0.GAME ON
    The 7-0 Ohio State Buckeyes, riding their longest winning streak in five years (the 2007 team opened 10-0), host the Purdue Boilermakers (3-3; 0-2) at noon Saturday in a Big Ten Conference Leaders Division contest from Ohio Stadium. ABC, with an ESPN2 reverse mirror, will televise the game.MOST RECENTLY
    Ohio State stayed unbeaten in the Urban Meyer coaching era with a 52-49 win over 2-4 Indiana last week in Bloomington. The Buckeyes led by 18 points, 52-34, late in the fourth quarter but aided by an onsides kick recovery, the Hoosiers scored twice in the final 1:40 in a desperate and dramatic attempt at their first win over the Buckeyes in 17 tries, dating to 1988. Corey Brown recovered IU’s second onsides attempt with 1:05 to play and the Buckeyes, who had a season-high 578 yards of total offense, were able to hold on for the win.

    Purdue, under the direction of fourth-year coach Danny Hope (19-24; 54-46 overall), gave up 467 rushing yards and 645 total yards to Wisconsin in a 38-14 loss at Ross-Ade Stadium. After Caleb TerBush scored on a 1-yard run to give Purdue an early 7-0 lead, Wisconsin scored 38 consecutive points until Akeem Hunt’s 81-yard touchdown run with 1:39 to play.

     Go Bucks!!!

     Jody Victor

No. 6 Seed Ohio State Opens Big Ten Tournament Wednesday Against No. 3 Seed Penn State

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State baseball team enters the Big Ten Tournament as the No. 6 seed against No. 3 seed Penn State at 3:35 p.m. Wednesday at Huntington Park in Columbus. If the Buckeyes win, they will take on No. 1 seed Purdue at 7:05 p.m. Thursday. If Ohio State loses, it will take on the loser of No. 4 seed Nebraska/No. 5 Michigan State at 12:05 p.m. Thursday.

All Big Ten Tournament games will be televised live on BTN.

This is the third time the Big Ten Tournament will be contested at Huntington Park, after initially being held there in 2009. That 2009 tournament, won by Indiana, represented the first time since 1994 the Big Ten tournament was played at a neutral park and hosted by neutral parties – the Columbus Sports Commission and the Columbus Clippers, in addition to the Big Ten Conference. The tournament remained in Columbus in 2010 at Bill Davis Stadium before returning to Huntington Park in 2011.

Single-game tickets are $10 each for adults and $7 each for youth and senior citizens. Single-game VIP tickets, which are seated behind home plate and grant access to the Tansky Club Area, are $15 each. All-Tournament passes to the event’s 11 games cost $100 each. Tickets are available at the Huntington Park box office,, and

Ohio State has been one of the most successful teams in Big Ten Tournament play. The Buckeyes have won eight tournament titles – 1991-94-95-97 and 2002-03-05-07 – to rank second to Minnesota’s nine. Ohio State also ranks second in Big Ten Tournament wins (50), winning percentage (.589; 50-35) and most tournaments (25). When Ohio State failed to qualify for the 2010 Big Ten Tournament, it snapped a Big Ten record streak of 13 consecutive tournaments for the Buckeyes.

Ohio State leads the all-time series with No. 1 Purdue, 138-59-1. Last tourney game: 2-1 OSU, 2006.
– Ohio State holds a 157-104 lead in the all-time series with No. 2 Indiana. Last tourney game: 13-3 IU, 2009.
– Ohio State leads the series with No. 3 Penn State, 56-34. Last tourney game: 10-3 OSU, 2007.
– Ohio State trails the all-time series with No. 4 Nebraska by a narrow 2-3 margin. Last tourney game: never met.
– Ohio State is 134-86-1 vs. No. 5 Michigan State. Last tourney game: 8-3 OSU, 2004.

Go Bucks!!!

Jody Victor


Three Sign Free Agent Contracts

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COLUMBUS, Ohio — Former Buckeyes Michael Brewster, J.B. Shugarts and Andrew Sweat recently signed free agent deals with NFL teams after going unselected in last weekend’s NFL Draft.

Brewster, a four-year starter, signed with his home-state Jacksonville Jaguars, which is about 2 hours away from his home in Orlando. Shugarts and Sweat also stayed close to Ohio State, both signing deals with the Cleveland Browns.

Brewster, who graduated in December 2011 with his degree in strategic communications, is one of the finest centers to ever suit up for the Scarlet and Gray. A 2010 All-American and first-team all-Big Ten Conference performer, Mike was a four-year starter for the Buckeyes. He was named (with Mike Adams) as the team’s 2011 Jim Parker Award winner as the team’s outstanding offensive lineman. He was also one of four team captains as voted on by the players. He capped his Buckeye career in the Gator Bowl by making his 49th consecutive start, the second-longest streak in school history (Luke Fickell started 50 consecutive games). Brewster was named a game captain a team-high eight times this past season, including in six of the last seven games. He was named to the Rimington and Outland Trophy watch lists at the beginning of his senior season. Brewster was a Freshman All-American in 2008 after playing in 12 games and starting the final 10 games of the season. He went on to start all 13 games in 2009, 2010 and 2011. Brewster was the only junior in 2010 to be named a finalist for the Rimington Trophy as the nation’s outstanding center. He played in a total of 51 games.

A native of Washington, Pa., and a graduate of Trinity High School, Andrew will soon graduate from Ohio State with his degree in finance. He is in Ohio State’s Fisher College of Business, one of the most prestigious schools at the university. This past year Sweat’s efforts earned him second-team all-Big Ten Conference honors. He was named the team’s Randy Gradishar Award winner as the outstanding linebacker on the squad. He ranked second among Buckeyes with 72 tackles on the season, numbers that included a career-high 10 tackles vs. Michigan State and a career-high seven solo tackles vs. Indiana. He also had an interception vs. Akron. He had nine tackles vs. both Miami and Indiana. Sweat, who played as a true freshman in nine games in 2008, has started for the Buckeyes in parts of three years (19 career starts and 38 games played). He is the team leader in career tackles with 129. Selected as a game captain by the OSU coaches seven times this season, his peers voted him one of four season captains at the end of the regular season.

Shugarts, a family resource management major, made an immediate impact on this team as a true freshman four seasons ago and he capped his Ohio State career as a three-year starter at right tackle. Despite battling through a number of injuries early in his career, Shugarts started his 35th game when the Buckeyes played Florida in the Gator Bowl. That start also represented his 44th game as a Buckeye. He started 12 times in 2011 and was chosen as a game captain for the season opener vs. Akron. J.B. was a four-year lettermen.

Go Bucks!!!

Jody Victor


Buford Powers No. 10 Buckeyes Past No. 5 Spartans 72-70

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EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) – Ohio State’s only senior ended Michigan State’s regular season on a sour note.

William Buford made a high-arcing jumper from the top of the key with 1 second left, lifting the 10th-ranked Buckeyes to a 72-70 win over the fifth-ranked Spartans on Sunday to forge a three-way tie for the Big Ten championship.

“I was fortunate to knock down the big shot of the night to give us another Big Ten title,” Buford said.

Draymond Green had a chance to put the Spartans ahead in his final home game with 32 seconds left, but missed a long fadeaway from the right wing. Just before the buzzer, Green had a heave that missed the mark.

Buford’s game-winning shot made a once-raucous arena nearly silent and gave a group of people elsewhere in the state a reason to shout with joy.

The Buckeyes (25-6, 13-5) earned a share of their third straight conference championship – and fifth in seven years. They also forced the Spartans (24-7, 13-5) to settle for just a piece of it and ended a quarter-century drought for No. 13 Michigan.

The Wolverines, who won their first Big Ten title since 1986, watched their rivals play from the school’s basketball facility in Ann Arbor after winning at Penn State earlier in the day.

“It was silent the whole time (Buford’s shot) was in the air,” said Michigan guard Trey Burke, who is from Columbus, Ohio. “Once it went in, everybody just flooded the hallway, jumping up and down.”

Michigan State will be the top-seeded team in the Big Ten tournament, which begins Thursday in Indianapolis. Michigan will be No. 2 and Ohio State No. 3.

Michigan State jumped out to a 15-point lead over Ohio State in the first half, but let the advantage slip away just as it did with a two-game lead in the Big Ten race with two games left in the regular season.

“No excuses,” Spartans coach Tom Izzo said, looking and sounding somber. “We just didn’t get it done.”

The Buckeyes seized an opportunity created when the Spartans had a seven-game winning streak snapped Tuesday night at Indiana.

“Luckily enough the Big Ten’s one of the toughest conferences in the country and it gave us a chance to get a hat and get a shirt,” Jared Sullinger said.

Buford scored just four points when Michigan State ended Ohio State’s 39-game home winning streak last month. He returned the favor with his game-winning shot and by scoring 19 of his 25 points in the second half, handing the Spartans their first loss at home this season.

“I just came in with a different mindset,” Buford said. “During that last play, I wasn’t going to miss.”

Sullinger had 14 points on 5-of-17 shooting and Deshaun Thomas scored nine of his 12 points in the second half for the Buckeyes, who rallied to beat a motivated team that desperately wanted to win an outright championship after starting the season unranked.

baseline and finishing 6 of 18 from the field with 19 points, 12 rebounds and a game-high four turnovers.

Brandon Wood scored 15 points and Derrick Nix had 11 off the bench, while Keith Appling was held to two of his 11 points after halftime for the Spartans, who lost standout freshman Branden Dawson in the first half with an injured left knee.

Dawson has a torn ACL and will miss the rest of the season.

Even with Michigan State’s students on spring break, there was big-game buzz in the Breslin Center and the fans had plenty to stand and cheer about when the Spartans went on a 12-0 run to take a 19-7 lead.

“It was looking pretty bleak,” Ohio State coach Thad Matta said.

Michigan State led 24-9 midway through the first half, then had a setback that will hurt heading into the Big Ten tournament this week and the NCAA tournament the following week.

Dawson injured his left knee with 10:16 left in the first half. The 6-foot-6, 220-pound forward, who ranks third on the team in scoring, second in rebounds and perhaps first in athletic ability, rubbed his left knee while his leg was propped up on a chair and later walked gingerly to the locker room.

After the game, Michigan State said Dawson has a torn ACL and will miss the rest of the season.

Sullinger missed his first five shots and was 2 of 10 in the first half, but stayed active and aggressive enough to make all four of his free throws and to score eight points to help Ohio State trail by just nine at halftime.

The Buckeyes scored the first six points of the second half and went ahead 52-51 with 9:53 left to take their first lead since scoring the game’s first two points.

For the rest of the game, each team took a turn with a small lead, exchanging shots and banging bodies in a test that should prepare both for the rest of the month. In the second half, there were nine lead changes and seven ties.

“This is about as high a level game as you can see,” Matta said. “I’m happy we were on this side of it.”

Michigan State’s team posed for pictures – without smiling – in front of a Big Ten championship banner during a postgame ceremony to honor its seniors. When it was Izzo’s turn to address the crowd, he vowed that the Spartans would bounce back at the Big Ten tournament.

Jody Victor

Boilermakers Battle Buckeyes in Lone Meeting Tonight

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No. 3 Ohio State Buckeyes (20-3, 8-2) vs. the Purdue Boilermakers (15-8, 5-5)
Date: Feb. 7, 2012
Value City Arena (18,809)
Game Time: 9 p.m. ET
Television: ESPN
Talent: Mike Tirico (play-by-play); Dan Dakich (expert analysis); Samantha Steele (Sideline)
Radio: OSU-IMG Sports Network (56 stations)
Satellite Radio: Sirius-91 , XM-91        
Local Radio: WBNS FM-97.1 AM-1460

The Buckeyes vs. The Ranked
Ohio State leads the nation in wins vs. opponents ranked among the Top 25 with five victories in seven tries this season. The Buckeyes own wins vs. No. 7 Florida, No. 3 Duke, No. 7 Indiana,  No. 20 Michigan and No. 19 Wisconsin. Losses have come to No. 13 Kansas and No. 13 Indiana, both on the road. The Buckeyes have five players, all starters, averaging in double figures in games vs. ranked opponents. Jared Sullinger leads with 17.5 ppg. He is joined by William Buford (15.0 ppg.), Deshaun Thomas (13.7 ppg.), Aaron Craft (10.9 ppg.) and Lenzelle Smith Jr. (10.3 ppg.). Sullinger (7.8 rebounds per game) and Smith Jr. (5.9 rpg.) lead the team on the glass. The Buckeyes outscore ranked foes by 7.4 points per game and own the edge on the boards by 3.0 rpg. Notre Dame also has five wins vs. Top 25 teams this season.

The Buckeyes in the Big Ten
The Buckeyes rank No. 2 in both scoring offense (76.5 ppg.) and scoring defense (55.4 ppg.) after a 20-3 overall start. Ohio State’s scoring margin of 21.0 ppg. leads the league while the .489 field goal shooting pct. rates in the No. 2 spot. Led by Jared Sullinger, Ohio State is among the Top 2 teams in rebounding offense (37.0 rpg., No. 2) and defense (29.6 rpg., No. 2). Overall, the Buckeyes are No. 2 in rebound margin (+7.5 rpg.). Behind Aaron Craft, Ohio State is No. 2 in assists (16.0 apg.), No. 1 in turnover margin (+6.0) and No. 2 in steals (8.0 spg.) on the year among Big Ten teams.

Ohio State vs. Purdue
Purdue is 83-76 all-time in games vs. Ohio State, but the Buckeyes own the edge in Columbus 51-28. When Ohio State is ranked nationally in the Associated Press Top 25 poll, the Buckeyes are 22-4 against the Boilermakers. Ohio State enters the game today ranked No. 3 nationally. Purdue is unranked. The last time Ohio State lost to an unranked Purdue squad was March 6, 1991, a 72-67 setback for the then-No. 2 Buckeyes. The teams have split the last eight overall meetings, 4-all. William Buford, Ohio State’s lone senior, averages 14.1 points a game in seven career meetings with the Boilermakers. He has scored 99 points and grabbed 33 rebounds (4.7 rpg.) in the series. He has scored on 55 percent from the field (36-66) and 58 percent from long range (12-21) while knocking down 15 of 17 foul shots (.882). Jared Sullinger averaged 21.0 points and 6.5 rebounds in two games vs. the Boilermakers last season. He made 16 of 26 shots from the field (.615) and 9 of 12 foul shots (.750). Purdue is 1-7 vs. Ohio State at Value City Arena. Ohio State is 67-18 vs. Big Ten foes at VCA.               

100 Years in Big Ten
Ohio State celebrates 100 years as a member of the Big Ten Conference in men’s basketball in 2012. The Buckeyes finished in the No. 6 spot in the 1913 conference standings, the first season of league play. Over the 99 previous seasons, Ohio State has earned 19 Big Ten regular-season titles with 23 NCAA tournament appearances, one national championship (1960) and nine trips to the Final Four. Eight former coaches and players are members of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame while nearly 50 student-athletes have been drafted by National Basketball Association teams, including 22 in the first round.

Go Bucks!!!

Jody Victor