No. 1 Buckeyes Top Indiana, 5-2, in B1G Opener

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 1 Ohio State men’s tennis team (15-0, 1-0 Big Ten) netted a 5-2 victory over No. 58 Indiana (7-6, 0-1 Big Ten) Monday afternoon in Bloomington, Ind. The victory over the Hoosiers extended the Buckeyes’ regular-season conference win streak to 83-consecutive matches, which dates back to the 2005 campaign.

Senior Peter Kobelt (New Albany, Ohio) claimed match point for the second time in three days, defeating Sam Monette 6-2, 6-7 (4-7), 6-3 at No. 1 singles to improve to 9-1 in the dual season.

In doubles action, the No. 2 duo of Kobelt and Kevin Metka (Worthington, Ohio) were first off court, defeating Daniel Bednarczyk and Sam Monette 8-7(7-3) on No. 1, saving a match point when serving down, 6-7. Redshirt junior Hunter Callahan (Lower Gwynedd, Pennsylvania) and freshman Herkko Pollanen (Helsinki, Finland) then fell to Sven Lalic and Dimitrije Tasic on court No. 2, 8-3. The doubles point came down to court No. 3, where redshirt sophomore Chris Diaz (Columbus, Ohio) and redshirt freshman Ralf Steinbach (Halle, Germany) fell to Stefan Lugonjic and Chris Essick, in a close 8-7 (7-5) finish.

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No. 24 Ohio State Hosts Penn State Wednesday at VCA

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No. 24 Ohio State (16-4; 2-4) vs. Penn State (10-10, 1-6)

Site Value City Arena (18,809)
Game Time 7:01 p.m. ET
Television Big Ten Network
Talent Kevin Kugler (play-by-play) Stephen Bardo (expert analysis)
Radio OSU-IMG Sports Network (56 stations)
Satellite Radio Sirius 91 /XM 91
Local Radio WBNS FM-97.1 AM-1460 Radio
Talent Paul Keels (play-by-play) Ron Stokes (expert analysis)

The Penn State Series
Ohio State leads the all-time series with Penn State 29-12. The Buckeyes are 15-3 in Columbus vs. the Nittany Lions. Thad Matta’s Buckeyes are 17-0 vs. Penn State since 2004-05, his first at Ohio State. Penn State is 0-9 at Value City Arena and overall, Ohio State is on an 18-game win streak in the series. When ranked in the Associated Press Top 25 Poll, Ohio State is 16-2 vs. the Nittany Lions. Junior Sam Thompson (11.0 ppg.) and senior Aaron Craft (10.2 ppg.) average double figures offensively in the Penn State series. Thompson and classmate Amir Williams each average a team high 4.0 rebounds. Thompson has made 8 of 10 field goals in the series.

A Look at the Nittany Lions
Penn State enters the game vs. the Buckeyes with a 10-10 overall record. The Nittany Lions are 1-6 in Big Ten Conference play and 2-4 on the road. Penn State is led by guards D.J. Newbill (17.2 ppg.) and Tim Frazier (16.5 ppg.). Ross Travis also adds 10.2 ppg. Travis leads the squad in rebounds with 7.3 a contest.

Ohio State vs. The Big Ten
Ohio State is in its 102nd season as a member of the Big Ten Conference. The Buckeyes own an overall record of 758-677 against current league members. Thad Matta, in 14 seasons as a head coach, owns an overall record of 136-56 vs. league members, including a mark of 133-54 while coaching the Buckeyes.

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Ohio State Upset by Nebraska, 68-62

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OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – Nebraska capitalized on the Buckeyes’ cold shooting late in Monday night’s game for a 68-62 upset that sent them to their fourth straight loss.

“It’s like there’s this black cloud over us,” point guard Aaron Craft said. “We have to find a way to get it off.”

Ohio State overcame a 14-point first-half deficit and led 46-45 after LaQuinton Ross scored with 5:56 to play. But the Buckeyes missed six of their next seven shots and committed four turnovers the rest of the way.

The Buckeyes (15-4, 2-4 Big Ten) have lost four straight for the first time since 2007-08.

“When something doesn’t go well, we’re not able to answer the call,” Ohio State coach Thad Matta said. “We don’t have the mental toughness to make the next play. We’re clinging on the mistakes. We’ve got to play forward.”
Ohio State got back into the game by outscoring the Huskers 18-2 over halftime, tying it and taking a 38-36 lead on layups by Craft.

“We’re not the same team that won 15 in a row,” Craft said. “We have to go back and find that.”

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No. 20 Iowa 84, No. 3 Ohio State 74

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POSTGAME NOTES
No. 20 Iowa 84 (14-3, 3-1), No. 3 Ohio State 74 (15-2, 2-2)
Jan. 12, 2014
Value City Arena – Columbus, Ohio
Attendance: 18,809 (sellout)

GAME/SERIES
•The Hawkeyes lead the all-time series with the Buckeyes 74-71. Ohio State owns a 46-26 record in games played in Columbus.
•As a ranked team, the Buckeyes are 23-11 against Iowa. The Buckeyes are 5-3 when both teams are ranked.
•All-time, OSU is 59-18 in Value City Arena sellouts, 48-14 against Big Ten opponents. The Buckeyes are 22-11 all-time in sellouts vs. AP ranked teams at the arena.
•The Buckeyes own an overall record of 757-675 against current Big Ten members.
•Trailing by nine in the second half, Iowa went on a 40-21 run during the final 12:29 of play.

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Ohio State Falls to Michigan State in OT, 72-68

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EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) – Ohio State gave itself a shot to stay undefeated, rallying from a 17-point deficit with 7-plus minutes left at Michigan State.

Aaron Craft had a lot to do with that.

Keith Appling, though, made a tiebreaking 3-pointer with 29 seconds left in overtime and finished with 20 points, seven assists and six rebounds to help the fifth-ranked Spartans beat the third-ranked Buckeyes 72-68 on Tuesday night.

“I’m proud we came back, but we weren’t as sharp as we needed to be in this caliber of a game,” Ohio State coach Thad Matta said. “You can’t come on the road and have 21 turnovers.”

The Spartans (14-1, 3-0 Big Ten) led 55-38 and the Buckeyes forced overtime with a 20-3 run to close regulation. Michigan State did just enough in the extra period to earn its second win over a top three team.

“I should be happier than I am,” Michigan State coach Tom Izzo said. “But I’m a big picture guy and you shouldn’t have those kinds of letdowns.”

Ohio State (15-1, 2-1) entered the day as one of six unbeaten teams in Division I, getting off to its best start since the 2010-11 season when it began 24-0.

The Buckeyes almost ended the night still undefeated after a remarkable comeback.

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Jody Victor