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Athletes of the Week
Men’s basketball freshman center Kosta Koufos was tabbed Big Ten Player of the Week after leading Ohio State to a 2-1 record last week, including a win over No. 21 Syracuse at Madison Square Garden in New York. Koufos averaged 18.7 points, 9.3 rebounds and recorded six blocks for the Buckeyes.

The Canton, Ohio, native scored a career-high 24 points against the Orange. On Sunday, Koufos recorded his first career double-double with 22 points and 14 rebounds in a home win over VMI. He connected on 50 percent of his shots from the field for the week and hit 69 percent (9-of-13) against the Keydets. The seven-foot forward has scored in double figures in each of Ohio State’s five games to date. This is the first career weekly laurel for Koufos.

Men’s hockey sophomore goalie Joseph Palmer made 16 saves to post the second shutout of his career and his first since Oct. 13, 2006 at Western Michigan Saturday, backstopping the Buckeyes to a 3-0 win. Palmer allowed just three goals in the series split with WMU, with a 1.51 goals-against average. He stopped 35-of-38 shots in the series and he and the Buckeyes were a perfect 8-for-8 on the penalty kill (4-for-4 in each game).

Senior defenseman Lisa Chesson of the women’s hockey team had three points to lead Ohio State to a 4-1 victory over St. Cloud State Saturday at the OSU Ice Rink. The assistant captain from Plainfield, Ill., assisted on the game-winning goal and scored twice in the third period to seal the win. The three points were a season high for Chesson, who increased her season point total to eight (5g, 3a) to tie for fourth overall in the WCHA in defenseman scoring. Chesson also moved into the Top 10 in career scoring for Ohio State, tying for ninth with 71 points.

Athletics Good Stuff

Baseball
Head Coach: Bob Todd
Senior left-handed pitcher Dan DeLucia and junior catcher/first baseman Justin Miller have been named captains of the 2008 Ohio State baseball team. In addition, catcher Dan Burkhart and pitcher Drew Rucinski were selected by their freshmen peers as the team’s freshmen captains.
This will be the third-consecutive year in which DeLucia will be team captain. The fifth-year senior from Columbus has posted a 21-10 record with a 3.76 ERA in 47 games during his career at Ohio State. He won 10 games and was a first-team All-Big Ten selection in 2006 but had his season end prematurely last year due to an elbow injury.

Men’s Basketball (4-1; 0-0 Big Ten)
Head Coach: Thad Matta
Ohio State earned its third win of the year in the semifinals of the Dick Sporting Goods Preseason NIT Tip Off Nov. 21 when it defeated No. 21Syracuse, 79-65, in Madison Square Garden in New York, N.Y.
Freshman Kosta Koufos scored a career-high 24 points against the Orange.
In the championship game of the Dick Sporting Goods Preseason NIT Tip Off vs. No. 15/16 Texas A&M, the Buckeyes lost a 70-47 decision Nov. 23.
Senior Jamar Butler connected on his 153rd career 3-pointer against the Aggies to tie the school record and went on to surpass the OSU mark in the Buckeyes’ 90-57 win over VMI Nov. 25 in St. John Arena.
Up Next: vs. North Carolina, 9 p.m. Nov. 28 in Value City Arena; at Butler, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 1 in Indianapolis, Ind.

No. 19 Women’s Basketball (5-1; 0-0 Big Ten)
Head Coach: Jim Foster
Ohio State went 1-1 in the Klosterman Buckeye Classic Nov. 24-25, defeating Colgate, 88-26, but falling to No. 24 Auburn, 67-58, in St. John Arena.
Freshman Jantel Lavender paced the Buckeyes in the championship game with another double-figure performance. Lavender, who has scored in double figures in each game this year, put up 22 points and a season high 17 rebounds and was named to the all-tournament team.
In its match up against Colgate, Ohio State set a school record by limiting Colgate to just 18 percent (8-of-43) shooting for the game. The Scarlet and Gray also set Buckeye Classic records for both fewest points allowed (26) and fewest field goals allowed (8).
The 62-point margin of victory was the largest for the Buckeyes since Dec. 1, 2004 when OSU defeated Ohio University 107-37. The 26 points allowed also marked the fewest points allowed by the Buckeyes since the 1972-73 season.
Up Next: at Maryland, 7 p.m. Nov. 30 in College Park, Md.; vs. Ole Miss, 1 p.m. Dec. 2 in Value City Arena

No. 3 Football (11-1; 7-1 Big Ten)
Head Coach: Jim Tressel
National Awards Watch List
Todd Boeckman – semifinalist for the Davey O’Brien Award (top quarterback)
Malcolm Jenkins – semifinalist for the Jim Thorpe Award (top defensive back)
James Laurinaitis – finalist for Butkus Award (top linebacker), finalist for Bronko Nagurski Trophy (top defensive player), finalist for Rotary Lombardi Award (top lineman), finalist for Lott Trophy (Defensive IMPACT Player of the Year), Walter Camp 2007 Player of the Year Award
Ryan Pretorius – semifinalist for Lou Groza Award (top place kicker)
Brian Robiskie – semifinalist for the Biletnikoff Award (top wide receiver)
A.J. Trapasso – semifinalist for the Ray Guy Award (top punter)
Jim Tressel – semifinalist for Bryant College Head Coach of the Year

Men’s Hockey (3-10-1; 1-7-0 CCHA)
Head Coach: John Markell
The Buckeyes split their two-game series with Western Michigan in Kalamazoo, Mich., Nov. 23-24.
After dropping game one, 4-2, Ohio State rebounded with a 3-0 shutout over the Broncos. Sophomore goalie Joseph Palmer made 16 saves en route to the second blanking of his career.
Freshman forward Brad Gorham scored on his first career shot in game two to become the sixth Buckeye freshman to score a goal this year.
Up Next: at Michigan, 7:35 p.m. Nov. 30 in Ann Arbor, Mich.; at Michigan, 7:35 p.m. Dec. 1 in Ann Arbor, Mich.

Women’s Hockey (8-6-2; 5-5-2 WCHA)
Head Coach: Jackie Barto
Head Coach Jackie Barto earned her 200th career win thanks to the Buckeyes’ 4-1 win over St. Cloud State Nov. 24 in the OSU Ice Rink. Barto is now just one of seven active NCAA head coaches to have reached the 200-win milestone.
Senior defenseman Tessa Bonhomme tallied an assist in the series opener to claim the Ohio State record for defenseman scoring (103 points). Bonhomme surpassed former defensive partner Amber Bowman (2004-07) for the record and now ranks third all-time in overall scoring. The assist also was the 70th of her career.
Ohio State recorded the series split with the Huskies after falling 4-1 Nov. 23.
Up Next: at Minnesota Duluth, 3:37 p.m. Dec. 8 in Duluth, Minn.; at Minnesota Duluth, 3:07 p.m. Dec. 9 in Duluth, Minn.

Pistol
Head Coach: Jim Sweeney
The pistol team swept the Texas A&M Fall Invitational, winning both the open and women’s events. The Buckeyes won 6,267-5,702 in the open events and 2,692-2,458 in the women’s events. Ohio State won all five individual events with Seth Berglee taking first in open air (557), open standard (541) and open free (528) and Teresa Meyer winning women’s sport (567) and women’s air (366).

Softball
Head Coach: Linda Kalafatis
Linda Kalafatis has announced the signing of two high school seniors to National Letters of Intent to play for the Buckeyes. Southern California natives Alicia Herron (Cypress, Calif.) and Vanessa Spears (Brea, Calif.), who are teammates on the Fresno Force Gold travel ball team, will join the program in Sept. 2008.
Herron, a 6-foot shortstop, batted .463 last spring for Cypress High School and is a three-time all-conference selection. At 5-feet-8-inches, Spears plays outfield and first base for Brea Olinda High School and hit .459 last season with a school-record five triples.

No. 14 Men’s Soccer (13-3-5; 4-1-1 Big Ten)
Head Coach: John Bluem
The Buckeyes received the fifth seed and a first-round bye in the NCAA tournament. Ohio State will serve as hosts in the second round, taking on Louisville at 5 p.m. Nov. 28 in Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.
Ohio State was crowned Big Ten Champions Nov. 11 after beating No. 9 and top seed Indiana on a penalty shootout in East Lansing, Mich. It is the Buckeyes’ first conference championship since 2000 and the win extends the Buckeyes’ unbeaten streak to a program-record 11 games (8-0-3).
Ohio State’s 13 wins this season are a school record, surpassing the previous record of 12 wins set by teams in 1986, 2000 and 2004.
Up Next: 49th Annual Division I Men’s Soccer Championship
Second Round vs. Louisville 5 p.m. Nov. 28 Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium

No. 13 Men’s Swimming and Diving (4-0; 0-0 Big Ten)
Head Coach: Bill Wadley
The Buckeyes won 12 of 13 swimming events, while the divers, under head coach Vince Panzano, swept both the one- and three-meter events en route to a 147-82 win over Cleveland State Nov. 20 in the McCorkle Aquatics Pavilion.
Senior Matt Voelker and junior Matthias Sigrist continued excellence in their respective races. Voelker captured both the 50- and 100-yard freestyle events, recording season-best times of 20.74 and 45.63, respectively. Sigrist picked up his fourth-consecutive win in the 200 freestyle in a time of 1:40.72.
Sophomores Mark Neiman and Stefan Sigrist improved their season-best times for Ohio State. Neiman took first in the 1,000 freestyle (9:22.05), while Sigrist finished first in the 500 freestyle (4:29.33). Freshman Justin Farra won the 400 individual medley in a time of 3:59.83 for his first collegiate victory as a Buckeye.
Diver Sean Moore was another Buckeye to win his first collegiate events after the freshman took both the one- and three-meter boards with scores of 357.82 and 404.10, respectively.
The 200 medley relay of Dan Novak, Felipe Travesso, Andrew Bretscher and Joel Elber opened the meet with a win in a time of 1:31.09. Elber, M. Sigrist, Yannick van Heers and Voelker closed out the dual meet with a victory for the Buckeyes in the 200 freestyle relay (1:23.20).
Other individual top finishers for the Buckeyes were freshmen Quincy Lee in the 100 butterfly (50.41) and Itai Chammah in the 100 backstroke (50.66).
Up Next: OSU Invitational, TBA Nov. 30-Dec. 2 in McCorkle Aquatics Pavilion

Women’s Swimming and Diving (1-3; 0-0 Big Ten)
Head Coach: Jeanne Fleck
The Buckeyes fell to No.15 USC, 126-113, Nov. 16 at the McDonald’s Swim Stadium in Los Angeles.
Freshman Anita Beck and the 400 freestyle relay squad of senior Annie Rennebohm, Beck, freshman Maggie O’Brien and freshman Samantha Cheverton recorded first-place finishes for the Buckeyes. Beck finished with a season-best time of 2:03.69 in the 200-yard butterfly, while the relay team recorded a time of 3:30.02.
The divers were led by freshman Bianca Alvarez, who took first in both the one- and three-meter events with scores of 326.63 and 324.00, respectively. Junior Chelsea Davis took second in the one-meter (302.55), while freshman Kristen Asman placed second in the three-meter (289.95).
Up Next: OSU Invitational, TBA Nov. 30-Dec. 2 in McCorkle Aquatics Pavilion

Women’s Volleyball (13-16; 7-13 Big Ten)
Head Coach: Jim Stone
Middle blocker Danielle Meyer was one of four unanimous selections to the 2007 All-Big Ten team as announced by the conference office Monday. Meyer is a two-time American Volleyball Coaches Association third-team All-American and a three-time first-team All-Big Ten selection.
Meyer averaged 5.06 points, 4.10 kills 2.70 digs and 1.33 blocks per game to lead the Buckeyes while hitting .254. She was second on the team in aces with 21 (.20 per game) and had a .948 reception percentage. Meyer started all 29 matches this season and played in all 104 games.
The Buckeyes faced a tough final stretch, facing two Top 10 teams to conclude their season. Ohio State dropped decisions to No. 9 Wisconsin, No. 1 Penn State and Michigan to finish the 2007 campaign.
Ohio State lost, 3-0, against the Badgers Nov. 19 before dropping a 3-0 decision to the top-ranked Nittany Lions Nov. 21. Both matches were played in St. John Arena. The Scarlet and Gray then went on the road to face the Wolverines where they fell, 3-1.

No. 8 Wrestling (3-1; 0-0 Big Ten)
Head Coach: Tom Ryan
The 15th-ranked wrestling team put up 37 points and shut out Rutgers en route to winning its 2007-08 season home opener in St. John Arena Monday night in front of 657 fans. The Buckeyes improve to 4-1, while the Scarlet Knights fall to 0-1 in dual action.
Recording wins for Ohio State were:
133 Reece Humphrey (OSU) dec. Dan Hilt (RU), 8-2; 3-0
141 No. 3 J Jaggers (OSU) dec. No. 20 Steve Adamscik (RU), 5-2; 6-0
149 No. 4 Lance Palmer (OSU) pinned Spencer Kent (RU), fall 4:42; 12-0
157 Jason Johnstone (OSU) dec. Chris Norell (RU), 10-3; 15-0
165 Robel Campbell (OSU) dec. Matt Rigogliosa (RU), 6-5; 18-0
174 Alex Picazo (OSU) dec. Mike Whalen (RU), 6-1; 21-0
184 No. 4 Mike Pucillo (OSU) mdec. Keith Dobish (RU), 16-4; 25-0
197 John Weakley (OSU) dec. Lamar Brown (RU), 10-4; 28-0
HWT No. 4 J.D. Bergman (OSU) dec. DJ Russo (RU), 11-5; 31-0
125 Nikko Triggas (OSU) pinned Ryan Fisklin (RU), 6:18; 37-0
Up Next: at Las Vegas Invitational, All Day Nov. 30-Dec. 1 in Las Vegas

Ohio State Athletics Schedule
Nov. 28 Dec. 2

Wednesday, Nov. 28
Men’s soccer vs. Louisville, 5 p.m.
Columbus, Ohio
Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium

Men’s basketball vs. North Carolina, 9 p.m.
Columbus, Ohio
Value City Arena

Friday, Nov. 30
Men’s swimming at OSU Invitational, 11 a.m. and 6 p.m.
Columbus, Ohio
Bill and Mae McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion

Women’s basketball at Maryland, 7 p.m.
College Park, Md.

Men’s hockey at Michigan, 7:35 p.m.
Ann Arbor, Mich.

Saturday, Dec. 1
Women’s swimming at OSU Invitational, 10 a.m. and 5 p.m.
Columbus, Ohio
Bill and Mae McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion

Men’s swimming at OSU Invitational, 10 a.m. and 5 p.m.
Columbus, Ohio
Bill and Mae McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion

Men’s basketball at Butler, 7:30 p.m.
Indianapolis, Ind.

Men’s hockey at Michigan, 7:35 p.m.
Ann Arbor, Mich.

Sunday, Dec. 2
Women’s swimming at OSU Invitational, 9 a.m. and 3 p.m.
Columbus, Ohio
Bill and Mae McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion

Men’s swimming at OSU Invitational, 9 a.m. and 3 p.m.
Columbus, Ohio
Bill and Mae McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion

Women’s basketball vs. Ole Miss, 1 p.m.
Columbus, Ohio
Value City Arena

Men’s and Women’s gymnastics at Mixed Pairs Intersquad, 2 p.m.
Columbus, Ohio
St. John Arena