No. 10 Buckeyes Set for No. 3 Michigan Tuesday

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Feb. 4, 2013
No. 10 Ohio State (17-4, 7-2) at No. 3 Michigan Wolverines (20-2, 7-2)
Date: Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2013
Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Crisler Center (12,721))
Game Time: 9:05 p.m. ET
Television: ESPN
Talent: Mike Tirico (play-by-play)
Dan Dakich (expert analysis)
Samantha Ponder
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 Michigan Series
Overall, the Buckeyes are up 93-72 in the series following the Ohio State victory in Columbus Jan. 13 over the then-No. 2 ranked Wolverines (56-63). The Buckeyes have won eight of the last nine meetings in the series. The Buckeyes are 36-45 in Ann Arbor vs. the Wolverines and are 35-5 as a ranked team vs. Michigan. The Buckeyes were ranked No. 15 in the Associated Press poll earlier this season in the game at Ohio State. Ohio State has won 14 of the last 15 games as a ranked team in the series. When both teams are ranked, Ohio State is 7-3. Both teams have been ranked in the last four meetings and Ohio State has won three of those games. Deshaun Thomas leads Ohio State in the Michigan series with an average of 13.4 points a game. Lenzelle Smith Jr. is Ohio State’s top rebounder with 7.3 boards a game in the series.

A Look at the Wolverines
Michigan and Ohio State enter the matchup tied for the No. 2 spot with Michigan State at 7-2 in the Big Ten regular-season standings. The Wolverines are 20-2 overall following the loss at Indiana last Saturday. Michigan opened the season on a 16-game win streak before falling to the Buckeyes in Columbus Jan. 13, 56-53. Columbus native Trey Burke leads Michigan with 18.2 points per game. He is one of four Wolverines in double figures offensively. Tim Hardaway Jr. (15.6 ppg.), Nik Stauskas (12.5 ppg.) and Glenn Robinson III (11.7 ppg.) are the others. Reserve Mitch McGary leads the team in rebounding with six boards a game.


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Football Announces 2012 Captains

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – Five senior leaders have been chosen by their peers on the Ohio State University football team to be team captains in 2012. Coach Urban Meyer announced the captains at a team meeting Sunday night.

“Announcing who are team captains is one of the great honors I get to do as head coach,” Meyer said. “We had a number of guys get votes. This is a really good group of seniors who I am very proud to have leading this team.”

Representing four different states, they are:

  • Defensive lineman John Simon, from Youngstown, Ohio, and Cardinal Mooney High School;
  • Fullback Zach Boren, from Pickerington, Ohio, and Pickerington Central High School;
  • Linebacker Etienne Sabino, from North Miami Beach, Fla., and Dr. Krop High School;
  • Defensive linemen Garrett Goebel, from Villa Park, Ill., and Montini High School; and
  • Running back Jordan Hall, from Jeannette, Pa., and Jeannette High School.

The five have combined for 185 games played and 74 starts, with four having played in 39 career games apiece, respectively, and a fifth – Jordan Hall – a veteran of 29 games. Boren leads the group with 27 starts with Simon at 26 and Goebel (13), Sabino and Hall (five each) following.

Some thoughts from each:

Boren: “It is a dream come true and a huge honor to be named a captain at The Ohio State University. I am appreciative and thankful, and I look forward to being a leader on this team this season.”

Goebel: “I’m excited. It is an honor that your teammates think that highly of you to name you a captain. I’m going to put everything I have into this responsibility.”

Hall: “This is a dream come true. I was hoping to be named a captain but I was also a little surprised when it happened. I can’t thank my teammates enough for selecting me for this honor.”

Sabino: “I’m really excited. This is such an honor…to get voted by your teammates to be their captain. I am just really honored to be named a captain.”

Simon: “Being named captain means a lot. I appreciate the votes of the players. This is one of the biggest honors a player can receive and I’ll be proud to lead this team along with four other great guys. We’ll have a really good season if we all lead well.”

Simon becomes just the seventh two-time captain in school history and the first since James Laurinaitis was named captain in 2007 and again in 2008.

Ohio State is ranked 18th in the initial Associated Press Top 25 poll, marking the 24th consecutive season and the longest current streak in the country, to be ranked in the AP preseason poll. The team opens its 2012 season Sept. 1 vs. Miami (Ohio).

Go Bucks!!!

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Buckeyes ranked 18th in Associated Press poll

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COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Ohio State football team will open the 2012 season ranked 18th in the Associated Press poll released Saturday morning. The Buckeyes received a total of 474 points from the 60 national writers, just behind Nebraska’s 485 at No. 17.

Ohio State leads all FBS schools with 789 appearances all-time in the AP Top 25 poll. Michigan is second at 775 appearances. Ohio State has appeared in the AP preseason poll for 24 consecutive seasons, the longest streak in the country. Oklahoma is second with 13 straight appearances. It also marks the 45th consecutive season with at least one appearance in the poll, tying Alabama. 

A total of five Big Ten schools are ranked in the top 20. Michigan comes in at No. 8, followed by No. 12 Wisconsin and No. 13 Michigan State.

Ohio State kicks off the 2012 season at Noon, Sept. 1 against Miami (OH) at Ohio Stadium.

Go Bucks!!!

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Jody Victor®: No.2 Ohio State vs. South Carolina-Upstate

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No. 2 Ohio State Buckeyes (8-1) vs. South Carolina-Upstate (6-4)
Site:                      Value City Arena (19,049)
Game Time:       7:36 p.m. ET, December 14, 2011
Television:        Big Ten Network
Talent:             Tom Hart (play-by-play)
                       Jim Jackson (expert analysis)
Radio:              OSU-IMG Sports Network (56 stations)
Satellite Radio:  OSU-Sirius 92/XM 190
Local Radio:       WBNS FM-97.1 AM-1460
Radio Talent:     Paul Keels (play-by-play)
                        Ron Stokes (expert analysis)

Ross Returns to Ohio State Roster – LaQuinton Ross, a 6-foot-8-inch freshman forward from Jackson, Miss., has been added to the Ohio State roster for the remainder of his freshman season. Ross attended classes and worked out with the Buckeyes over the summer before leaving the team just prior to the start of official practice in October to work on meeting NCAA academic qualification requirements. He met those requirements and joined the team Dec. 11. He officially became eligible Dec. 9.

Matta Reaches 300, Going for 200 at OSU – Thad Matta has a career record of 300-89 over 12 years as a head coach, which includes a 198-58 record in eight seasons at Ohio State. Matta coached for one season at Butler and three at Xavier before taking over the Ohio State program for the 2004-05 season. In his time with the Buckeyes, Matta has four Big Ten regular season titles and three Big Ten tournament crowns. The Buckeyes have been to five NCAA tournaments with Matta at the helm. He has taken nine teams to NCAA tournament play and won the 2008 National Invitational Tournament with Ohio State.

The Third to 200 as a Buckeye – Two previous coaches have reached the 200-win plateau at Ohio State. Thad Matta is close to becoming the third. Fred Taylor recorded 297 career victories from 1959-1976 while also earning 158 Big Ten Conference regular-season victories. Harold G. Olsen tallied 259 all-time wins from 1923-46. He accumulated 154 Big Ten victories. Matta has 198 wins as a Buckeye over eight seasons with 85 wins in Big Ten regular-season play. His winning percentage of 77.3 overall and 70.8 in conference play are tops among the 13 head coaches in Ohio State history.

NCAA Stats Update – Ohio State rates among the Top 10 in several NCAA statistical categories after eight games. The Buckeyes are No. 1 in scoring margin (+29.3 ppg.), No. 1 in turnover margin (+8.8), tied for No. 1 with Northwestern  in assist/turnover ratio (+1.77), No. 3 in assists per game (19.3), No. 5 in rebound margin (+10.3), No. 8 in field goal percentage (.509), No. 9 in scoring defense allowing 53.3 points per game and No. 10 in fouls per game (14.6). Individually, Aaron Craft if No. 7 nationally in steals (2.9 spg.).

Buford Stands Tall vs. the Ranked – In wins vs. No. 7 Florida and No. 3 Duke along with the loss at No. 13 Kansas, senior William Bufford has led the Buckeyes in scoring (20.7 ppg.), minutes (39.7 mpg.) and free throw percentage (11-12, .917). Four players have averaged double figures with Jared Sullinger (18.5 ppg.), Deshaun Thomas (17.3 ppg.) and Aaron Craft (13.7 ppg.) all over single digits. Sullinger led the way on the boards with 7.0 rpg. Craft has delivered 21 assists and recorded six steals.  

Ohio State REMAINS RANKED No. 2 – Ohio State moved up to No. 2 in the Associated Press poll released Nov. 28 and remain there following the release of the Dec. 12 poll as well. The Buckeyes are 36-9 all-time as the second-ranked team in the AP poll and 34-30 when both teams are ranked in the Top 15 after the loss to No. 13 Kansas. In the most recent poll, four of the Buckeyes’ opponents are among the Top 15 and eight foes are among the Top 25. Northwestern also is receiving votes for AP Top 25 consideration as is Purdue in the USA Today/Coaches Poll.

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