July 5, 2018

Buckeye Winter Sports Look Back


A team rises back to national prominence on the court, a historical year on the ice and a legend’s farewell tour ends with another NCAA title. It was one heck of a winter for Buckeye Nation. Let’s look back at the 2017-18 winter in Buckeye athletics…

Men’s basketball went 25-9 and returned to the NCAA Tournament where they downed South Dakota State in the opening round.

Keita Bates-Diop was named Big Ten Player of the Year and was drafted in the NBA by the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Chris Holtmann was tabbed Big Ten Coach of the Year in his first season at the helm of the program.

Women’s basketball was the Big Ten regular season and tournament champion. The regular season title was their 16th in program history while it marked their sixth tournament championship and first since 2011.

Kelsey Mitchell was named Big Ten Player of the Year for the third time in her career.

She was taken second overall in the WNBA draft by the Indiana Fever.

Men’s hockey advanced to the Frozen Four for the first time since 1998.

Steve Rohlik garnered Big Ten Coach of the Year honors.

Not only did women’s hockey set a program record for wins in a season (24) but they advanced to their first NCAA Tournament and first Frozen Four.


Nadine Muzerall was named WCHA Coach of the Year

Wrestling won its fifth Big Ten title in program history and finished as NCAA runner-up.

Kyle Snyder closed out his incredible collegiate career with his third NCAA title.

Pistol captured their fourth Open national championship in the last five seasons.

Synchronized swimming captured their 31st NCAA championship in program history and second consecutive title.