Buckeyes Going for 13th Straight B1G Title at Indiana, Purdue
SETTING THE SCENE
The No. 3 Ohio State Buckeyes have their last two matches of the regular season this weekend.
Both are away conference matches in Indiana.
The Buckeyes will first travel to Bloomington to take on the Indiana Hoosiers tomorrow at 3 p.m.
The Buckeyes will then conclude their regular season Sunday at Noon in West Lafayette against the Purdue Boilermakers.
If the Buckeyes win at least one match this weekend, they will become the sixth Big Ten program of all time in any sport to win 13 straight Big Ten titles.
BUCKEYES IN A NUTSHELL
The Ohio State Buckeyes are currently 24-2 on the season.
The Buckeyes are undefeated in the Big Ten conference at 9-0, and undefeated at home at 15-0.
The Buckeyes have an impressive resume of wins, with victories against four top-10 teams, six other top-25 teams, and 13 total nationally ranked opponents.
Both of Ohio State’s losses were away matches, where they hold a 9-2 record. These losses were to No. 2 UCLA and No. 19 Georgia.
The Buckeyes have a total point record of 118-29. This comes from a singles record of 98-25, and a doubles point record of 20-4.
The Buckeyes are 20-0 on the year when taking the doubles point.
The Buckeyes are on a 12-game win streak, and have only dropped 11 total points during this run.
This includes last weekend’s sweeps over No. 6 Illinois and Northwestern which propelled the Buckeyes over all other Big Ten teams as sole leader of the conference.
After the match against Northwestern, seniors Mikael Torpegaard, Matt Mendez and Riley Reist were honored for their contributions to the Buckeyes throughout their careers.
The Buckeyes can clinch a share of the title with a win this weekend against Indiana, and claim the outright title by winning both matches this weekend.
If the Buckeyes win the Big Ten title, it will be the 13th straight season which they have done so.
This will be the sixth B1G program in any sport to win 13 straight conference titles.
The Buckeyes are currently ranked No. 3 as a team. They have five ranked singles players and two ranked doubles players.
Mikael Torpegaard leads the way for the Scarlet and Gray with a 23-5 record on the season at mainly the No. 1 spot. He is ranked No. 4 in the nation.
Torpegaard won his 4th Big Ten Athlete of the Week award this past week, which also makes it the 11th of his career.
Torpegaard is currently on a five-match streak of wins. This includes a win over No. 15 Aleks Vukic to clinch a Buckeye sweep vs. No. 6 Illinois.
JJ Wolf jumped up to No. 36 in the rankings. He is also on a five-match win streak, and 15-4 in dual match play this season.
John McNally also earned his 15th dual match win and 5th straight last week, and is 15-2 on the season. As a freshman, he is ranked No. 104 in the nation, and has won 12 of his last 13 matches.
Martin Joyce is currently ranked No. 99 in the nation. He leads the Buckeyes with 25 wins on the season, as well as a 12-match win streak. He hasn’t lost a match since February.
Kyle Seelig is currently ranked No. 82 in the country. He holds the second most singles victories on the Buckeye’s squad with 24.
Tim Seibert rounds out the Buckeye’s singles lineup. As a freshman, he has gone 10-3 for the Buckeyes at the 3 and 4 positions, and has won his last five straight.
The Buckeyes also have two ranked doubles pairs, both of which Torpegaard is a member. Him and Joyce are No. 28 and 8-3 on the year.
Torpegaard and McNally are 8-0 on the year, giving them the No. 78 spot.
Matt Mendez and Hunter Tubert lead doubles teams in wins with 21 on the season. They are 15-2 in dual match play and have won their last seven.
Joyce and Wolf round out the doubles lineup, going 4-2 at the No. 1 spot.
Head coach Ty Tucker now has 18 straight seasons with at least 20 wins.
The Indiana Hoosiers are No. 46 in the nation, and 13-10 in dual match play.
The Hoosiers are 5-3 in the conference. They lost to Michigan, Illinois and Northwestern, all teams which the Buckeyes have previously defeated.
The Hoosiers most successful weekend was their two wins against ranked teams: fellow B1G schools No. 31 Minnesota and No. 46 Wisconsin. This was two weekends ago, and they have not lost since, currently on a four-match win streak.
The Hoosiers top singles player is their one ranked player: No. 121 Raheel Manji.
Zac Brodney has the most dual match singles wins with 15. He is 21-9 on the year, and won Big Ten Athlete of the Week last week, going 4-0 in singles and doubles to help Indiana get their two ranked wins on the year.
Brodney and Manji are also the two top doubles players for the team, going 11-4 and 13-5 in doubles respectively.
HISTORY VS. INDIANA
The Buckeyes are 48-41 all-time vs. Indiana.
Ty Tucker is 18-2 against the Hoosiers.
Both losses were in his first coaching season in 2000.
Ohio State has not dropped a point to Indiana since the 2014 season. They have swept Indiana in the past three faceoffs.
Last year, the No. 2 Buckeyes swept the No. 45 Hoosiers 7-0 on Friday, April 7.
The Purdue Boilermakers are 10-14 on the year, and 2-7 in conference play.
The Boilermakers have much more success at home, where they are 8-5, compared to matches where they travel, going 2-9.
Purdue has one ranked win against No. 46 Wisconsin. They have earned seven points combined in their five other matches against nationally ranked teams, all losses.
Last weekend, Purdue split their two matches of the weekend, beating Nebraska 5-2 before losing to Iowa in a close bout 4-3.
HISTORY VS. PURDUE
The Buckeyes lead the Boilermakers in the all-time record 72-19.
The last time Ohio State fell to Purdue was in 1999, John Daly’s final season as head coach.
Ty Tucker has since never lost to Purdue, going a perfect 19-0 against them.
A 5-2 Ohio State victory in Columbus in 2003 was the start of the Buckeyes’ historic run of 200 straight home victories.
Last season, the Scarlet and Gray dispatched of the Boilermakers 6-1 on Sunday, April 9.