2013 Big Ten Tournament Next for No. 2 Seed Buckeyes

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2-Ohio State Buckeyes (23-7) vs. 7-Purdue (15-16) or 10-Nebraska (14-17)
Date: March 15, 2013
Site: United Center (22,000)
Game Time: 6:30 p.m. ET
Television: Big Ten Network
Talent: Gus Johnson (play-by-play)
Shon Morris (expert analysis)
Stephanie White (sideline)
Radio: OSU-IMG Sports Network (56 stations)
Satellite Radio: Sirius TBA/XM TBA
Local Radio: WBNS FM-97.1 AM-1460
Radio Talent: Paul Keels (play-by-play)
Ron Stokes (expert analysis)

OSU Big Ten Tournament History
The No. 2-seed Buckeyes are 19-9 all-time in Big Ten Tournament play since the event began in 1998. Ohio State was the No. 3 seed in 2012 and has won 15 of its last 19 league tournament games, including eight of the last nine. By seed, Ohio State is 11-2 as No. 1, 2-1 as No. 3, 2-2 as No. 5, 1-1 as No. 6, 3-1 as No. 8, 0-1 as No. 9 and 0-1 as No. 11. Ohio State has entered the tournament as the No. 1 seed five times (2000, 2006, 2007, 2010, 2011). Thad Matta is 16-5 in league tournament play with three titles (2007, 2010, 2011) and five title game appearances (2006, 2009).

Buckeyes in the Big Ten Tournament
Aaron Craft: In six career league tournament games, Craft has averaged 9.8 points with a total of 23 assists, nine steals and five blocks … shooting 55 percent overall (23-42) while averaging 34 minutes a game. Deshaun Thomas: Averages 11 points and 4.2 rebounds in six BTT games … shooting 55 percent from the field (28-51) in just under 24 minutes per game. Lenzelle Smith Jr.: Has played in three BTT games, all starts … averages 8.0 points and 4.0 rebounds … owns six assists, a pair of steals and a block … shooting 86 percent from the foul line (6-7) in just over 28 minutes a game. Sam Thompson: Played briefly in all three BTT games a year ago as a freshman (26 minutes) … did not score. Amir Williams: Played briefly in all three BTT games a year ago as a freshman (8 total minutes) … did not score. Shannon Scott: Played 19 minutes as a rookie in the BTT, scored four points. Evan Ravenel: Made 3 of 7 field goals in three BTT games last year (6 pts.) … also grabbed seven rebounds in 26 total minutes. LaQuinton Ross: Played briefly in two BTT games a year ago, scoring two points in four total minutes.


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Buckeyes Begin Big Ten Season vs. Nebraska

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Jan. 2, 2013
No. 8 Ohio State Buckeyes (10-2, 0-0) vs. the Nebraska Cornhuskers (9-4, 0-0)
Site: Value City Arena (19,049)
Game Time: 6:30 p.m.
Television: Big Ten Network
Talent: Kevin Kugler (play-by-play)
Dan Bonner (expert analysis)
Radio: OSU-IMG Sports Network (56 stations)
Satellite Radio: Sirius 128 /XM 190
Local Radio: WBNS FM-97.1 AM-1460
Radio Talent: Paul Keels (play-by-play)
Ron Stokes (expert analysis)

101 Years in Big Ten
Ohio State celebrates 101 years as a member of the Big Ten Conference in men’s basketball in 2013. The Buckeyes finished in the No. 6 spot in the 1913 conference standings, the first season of league play. Over the 100 previous seasons, Ohio State has earned 20 Big Ten regular-season titles with 24 NCAA tournament appearances, one national championship (1960) and 10 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 23 in the first round.

The Nebraska Series
The Big Ten opener vs. Nebraska marks the second season Ohio State and the Corn Huskers have met in Big Ten play. Overall, the Buckeyes are 6-2 in the series. Ohio State has won the last five meetings, including both last year in Nebraska’s inaugural Big Ten season. The Buckeyes are 4-0 in Columbus vs. the Huskers. Ohio State won 71-40 at Value City Arena last year on Jan. 3, 2012. Ohio State is 3-0 as a ranked team in the series. The Buckeyes were ranked No. 6 in the Associated Press poll in both games last year. Deshaun Thomas leads Ohio State in the Nebraska series with an average of 15 points a game. He also is Ohio State’s top rebounder with 5.0 boards a game in the series. In two games last year, Thomas connected on 12 of 18 shots from the field (.667) vs. the Huskers. Evan Ravenel averaged six points and 3.5 rebounds. He made 5 of 7 shots vs. the Huskers (.714).


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Ohio State Hosts Nebraska In Primetime

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#12 Ohio State (5-0, 1-0) vs. #21/20 Nebraska (4-1, 1-0)
Saturday, Oct. 6, 2012 – 8 p.m. ET
Ohio Stadium (102,329)
Columbus, Ohio

Television: ABC will televise the game with Brad Nessler and Todd Blackledge in the booth and Holly Rowe 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 113, XM 191 and Dial Global Sports (formerly Westwood One).


  • The game will be the first time Ohio State and Nebraska will meet as ranked teams.
  • Both teams are coming off comeback wins over last year’s Big Ten championship game teams.
  • Nebraska came back from 21 points down in the second half to defeat Ohio State, 34-27, last year in Lincoln, Neb.
  • Carlos Hyde had two touchdowns, including a career-long 63-yarder, and 104 yards rushing last year against Nebraska.
  • Ohio State is 4-0 at Ohio Stadium this year.
  • Ohio State defeated Nebraska, 34-7, to open the 1956 season before an Ohio Stadium record crowd of 82,153.
  • Ohio State is playing its 100th season in the Big Ten Conference, having joined the league in 1912 and playing its first season of Big Ten football in 1913.
  • Nebraska is in its second season of Big Ten play.
  • Nebraska is the first ranked opponent in Ohio Stadium since No. 21 Penn State was here on Nov. 19 of last year.
  • Both Ohio State and Nebraska are playing their 123rd season of intercollegiate football.GAME ON
    Unbeaten and 12th ranked Ohio State, 5-0 and coming off its biggest win under Coach Urban Meyer, hosts No. 21/20 and 4-1 Nebraska in a huge, Leaders vs. Legends matchup in the Big Ten Conference. ABC will carry the 8 p.m. game to a national television audience.

    The game will be the 11th night game in Ohio Stadium history. Ohio State is 7-3 all-time in home night games, including a 33-29 win over Wisconsin last year in a game where 31 fourth quarter points were scored.

    Ohio Stadium night games:
    1. Sept. 14, 1985 – 10-7 win over Pitt
    2. Sept. 11, 1993 – 21-12 win over Washington
    3. Aug. 28, 1997 – 24-10 win over Wyoming
    4. Sept. 11, 1999 – 42-20 win over UCLA
    5. Oct. 6, 2001 – 38-20 win over Northwestern
    6. Aug. 30, 2003 – 28-9 win over Washington
    7. Sept. 10, 2005 – 25-22 loss to Texas
    8. Oct. 25, 2008 – 13-6 loss to Penn State
    9. Sept. 12, 2009 – 18-15 loss to USC
    10. Oct. 29, 2011 – 33-27 win over Wisconsin

    Members of the 1972 Ohio State team will be recognized during the Nebraska game. The 1972 Buckeyes went 9-2 overall and 7-1 in the Big Ten Conference to earn a share of the championship. It would be the first of a Big Ten-record six consecutive Big Ten titles (outright and shared). Captains were Richard Galbos and George Hasenohrl. LB Randy Gradishar and OT John Hicks were named all Americans while OG Charles Bonica and DT Hasenohrl joined them as all-Big Ten selections. This was the first year freshmen are eligible to play, signaling the start of the Archie Griffin era at Ohio State.

    Ohio Stadium, celebrating its 90th season and where the Buckeyes won their 400th game two weeks ago (400-109-20) over UAB, will play host to the 91st Homecoming game in school history this week with the Cornhuskers in town. Ohio State is officially 65-19-5 in Homecoming games.

  • Go Bucks!!!
  • Jody Victor

Buckeyes’ Season Ends With 6-2 Loss to Michigan State in Second Game of the Day

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 6 seed Ohio State baseball team topped No. 4 seed Nebraska, 6-2, in the first game of the day but fell to No. 5 seed Michigan State, 6-2, in an elimination game Friday afternoon at Huntington Park. The second game Friday was the Buckeyes’ third game in 24 hours as Ohio State concluded its season with a 33-27 overall record.

“It was very difficult coming back from the 7:05 p.m. game last night to play the two games starting at 12:05 p.m. today, but I’m really proud of how our guys responded,” Ohio State head coach Greg Beals said. “We played Purdue last night and Nebraska in the first game today and those are two tough ballgames to come back from. The team battled all day and I am proud of how we competed in this tournament but the bottom line is that our program needs to continue to grow from here.”

Game 1 vs. Nebraska

The Buckeyes took the lead with two in the bottom of the second against Nebraska starter Dexter Spitsnogle. Josh Dezse blooped a double down the right field line with one down, moved to third on a single to center by Patrick Porter and scored on a sacrifice fly to center by David Corna. After Kirby Pellant singled and Greg Solomon was hit by a pitch to load the bases, Tim Wetzel walked to score Porter for the 2-0 Ohio State lead.

Ohio State added to its lead in the bottom of the fourth against reliever Dylan Vogt when Pellant tripled into right-center to lead off the inning and Greg Solomon followed with an RBI single to left to push the lead to 3-0.

Nebraska threatened in the top of the fifth against Ohio State starter Brian King when a pair of errors put runners at the corners with one out but King induced a 6-4-3 double play by Chad Christensen to end the threat and preserve the 3-0 advantage.

The Cornhuskers were able to get on the board with a pair in the top of the sixth. Josh Scheffert walked to lead off the inning and scored on an RBI double to right-center by Richard Stock. Kash Kalkowski then chopped a single up the middle to plate Stock to cut the Ohio State lead to 3-2.

The Buckeyes then responded with a run in the bottom of the seventh when Wetzel singled up the middle to lead off the inning, moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Ryan Cypret and came around to score on a two-base error by Scheffert at third base on a ground ball by Brad Hallberg.

Ohio State added two more against Nebraska reliever Travis Huber in the bottom of the eighth. Corna singled through the left side to lead off the inning and Pellant followed with his second triple of the day to right-center to score Corna. Solomon then capped the scoring at 6-2 with a sacrifice fly to center to plate Pellant.

The Ohio State bullpen took over for King in the seventh as Greg Greve tossed 1.2 scoreless innings and Andrew Armstrong recorded the final out of the eighth before Dezse pitches a scoreless ninth to end it.

Pellant finished the game 3-for-3 with two triples, two runs scored an RBI and a career-high seven total bases. King picked up the win to move to 5-5 on the season, allowing two earned runs on six hits while striking out four over 6.0 innings pitched.

Game 2 vs. Michigan State

After two scoreless innings, the Buckeyes threatened against Michigan State starter David Garner with runners at the corners and two out in the top of the third after Aaron Gretz singled with one down and Cypret reached on an infield single. However, the Spartans were able to sniff out a first and third play as Cypret got in a rundown between first and second and Gretz was caught off third base to end the inning.

Ohio State starter Trace Dempsey loaded the bases with nobody out in the bottom of the frame but the freshman right-hander induced a 6-4-3 double play by John Martinez to keep the game scoreless.

The Spartans threatened again in the bottom of the fourth, putting the first two on base on a walk and a single but Joel Fisher was unable to get a sacrifice bunt down and struck out and Anthony Checky and Ryan Jones followed with fly outs to end the rally.

Ohio State took the lead in the top of the fifth when Corna reached on an infield single to lead off the inning, moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Pellant and scored on a single through the left side by Gretz. After Wetzel flew out, Cypret reached on an error and Hallberg walked to load the bases with two down before Mike Carroll lined a single into right to score Gretz but Cypret was thrown out from right field by Jimmy Pickens as the Buckeyes took the 2-0 advantage.

The Spartans answered right back to tie it with two in the bottom of the frame. Justin Scanlon was hit by a pitch to lead off the inning and a Jordan Keur single but runners on first and second with nobody out. Scanlon then moved to third and, after a foul out by Martinez, Ryan Krill singled to center to make it a one-run game before Brett McKinney came on to relieve Dempsey. Pickens then doubled down the right-field line to score Keur and tie the game at 2-2.

Michigan State then took the lead with three in the bottom of the sixth. An Anthony Cheky walk and a single when Jones hustled on the throw put runners on second and third with nobody out for the Spartans before Keur drove in Cheky with an RBI fielder’s choice. McKinney was then relieved by Armstrong before Torsten Boss plated Jones with a sacrifice fly to left. After a single and a walk loaded the bases, Pickens was hit by a pitch to push the Spartan lead to 5-2.

After Garner recorded the first out of the seventh inning, Michigan State reliever Bryce Jenney came on to induce an inning-ending double play by Cypret before tossing a scoreless eighth.

Michigan State tacked on another run on a Krill single in the bottom of the eighth and Jenney came back out for the ninth, allowed a pair of baserunners but was able to get Cypret to foul out to end it.

Gretz went 3-for-3 with a walk, an RBI and a run scored while Dempsey pitched well in his second career start, allowing two earned runs while striking out a pair over 4.2 innings.

– Josh Dezse reached base safely in 53 of 58 games played this season.
– Kirby Pellant recorded his team-high third triple of the season in the fourth inning against Nebraska.
– Pellant tied his career high with three hits against Nebraska. He also recorded a career-best seven total bases.
– Gretz tallied a career-high three hits against Michigan State.
– Andrew Armstrong finished his career tied for second on the Ohio State all-time list with 92 appearances.
– Kirby Pellant finished the season with 31 stolen bases, good for fifth on the OSU single-season list.
– The Buckeyes won multiple games in the Big Ten tournament for the first time since 2007.

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, www.columbussports.org, www.bigten.org and   www.ticketmaster.com.

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