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Aug. 4, 2011

COLUMBUS, Ohio –

The Ohio State men’s soccer team will appear at least three times on the Big Ten Network during the 2011 season, announced this week by the network. The Buckeyes’ home game vs. Michigan and road contests at Michigan State and Indiana will bring the program’s number of appearances on BTN to 17 since its inception in 2007.

BTN’s coverage of college soccer will open with back-to-back appearances by the Buckeyes, beginning with a live game at 4 p.m. Sept. 25 vs. the Wolverines in Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium followed by a road contest at Michigan State beginning at noon Oct. 2 in East Lansing, Mich. Ohio State and Indiana will face off in the regular-season finale Nov. 5 in Bloomington, Ind., with the game being shown at a to be determined time Nov. 6. This will mark the fourth time in five years the Buckeyes and Hoosiers have taken their regular-season battle to a national television audience.

In addition, BTN will broadcast one regular-season wildcard game to be determined, as well as the semifinals and final of the Big Ten Tournament scheduled for Nov. 11 and 13 in Ann Arbor, Mich.

Headquartered in Chicago, the Big Ten Network is the first internationally distributed television network dedicated to covering one of America’s premier collegiate conferences. With more than 350 live sports events, and virtually all of them in high definition, the Big Ten Network is the ultimate destination for Big Ten fans and alumni across the country. The network is on the air 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

The Buckeyes report for preseason camp Aug. 10 and host their first exhibition vs. Wright State at 7 p.m. Aug. 17. With eight returning starters, they then open the regular-season under the guidance of 15-year head coach John Bluem at the Penn State Classic Aug. 27 and 29 with American and Siena.

2011 MEN’S SOCCER SCHEDULE
Sunday, September 25 — 4 p.m. — Michigan at Ohio State (LIVE)
Sunday, October 2 — Noon — Ohio State at Michigan State (LIVE)
Sunday, October 9 — Noon — Penn State at Michigan State (LIVE)
Saturday, October 15 — 7 p.m. — Indiana at Michigan (Delay – Noon – Oct. 16)
Sunday, October 16 — 2 p.m. — Northwestern at Penn State (LIVE)
Tuesday, October 18 — 7:30 p.m. — Akron at Michigan (LIVE)
Sunday, October 23 — 2 p.m. — Wisconsin at Northwestern (LIVE)
Sunday, October 30 — Noon — Michigan at Michigan State (LIVE)
Saturday, November 5 — 1 p.m. — Ohio State at Indiana (Delay – TBD – Nov. 6)
TBA — Wildcard (LIVE)
Friday, November 11 — 1 p.m. — Big Ten Championship Semifinal #1 (LIVE) *
Friday, November 11 — 3:30 p.m. — Big Ten Championship Semifinal #2 (LIVE) *
Sunday, November 13 — Noon — Big Ten Championship Final (LIVE) *