COLUMBUS, Ohio – No. 24 Ohio State is heading to Champaign, Ill. for the 2018 Big Ten Championships Saturday at the State Farm Center. The Buckeyes will be competing against No. 23 Minnesota, Maryland, No. 7 Michigan, Iowa and Illinois in the evening session at 7 p.m. CT/8 p.m. ET live on the Big Ten Network.
Ohio State’s rotation order will be bye, floor exercise, vault, bye, uneven bars and balance beam.
LAST TIME OUT
The Scarlet & Gray bounced back to score a 195.150 for a third-place finish at the Michigan State-hosted B1G Five Meet, upsetting No. 11 Nebraska and earning spot in Saturday’s Big Ten Championships evening session. Alexis Mattern tallied a career-high 9.925 in the anchor spot to claim the vault title as the Buckeyes finished with the second-highest mark of the season on a 49.125.
BUCKEYE TRIO EARNS ALL-BIG TEN HONORS
Alexis Mattern, Jamie Stone and Olivia Aepli picked up All-Big Ten honors on Mar. 19. Mattern received first team All-Big Ten recognition for the second consecutive season while Stone and Aepli garnered second team laurels. It was the second award for Stone and first for Aepli.
196 OR BETTER
The Buckeyes have scored higher than a 196.000 four times this season. Ohio State’s top score of the season happened in its home opener on Jan. 27 against Minnesota and Illinois State with a 196.775. The team bested Penn State (196.200), Bowling Green and Central Michigan (196.125) and came in second to N.C. State (196.525).
THRIVING AT HOME
Ohio State proved that there’s no place like home this season in St. John Arena. The Buckeyes went 5-1 in front of the best fans in the land during four home meets. As a team, the squad has tied three program records and set the sixth-highest score behind a 196.775.
Ohio State is ranked No. 24 with a team RQS of 196.085. Based on the RQS, Ohio State sits in the top-25 in three events, with its best coming on floor exercise. The Buckeyes are No. 18 in the nation on floor at 49.255 while checking in at No. 23 on uneven bars (49.155) and No. 24 on vault (49.050).
Heading into Saturday, the Buckeyes average a 195.591 and are the fourth-best team in the Big Ten behind No. 7 Michigan, No. 14 Nebraska and No. 23 Minnesota. The squad ranks third on floor and vault. Individually, Olivia Aepli and Alexis Mattern have a 9.850 RQS on vault, which is tied for ninth in the conference. Jamie Stone has a 9.870 RQS on floor to rank ninth while Mattern is tied for tenth (9.865).
SHOW UP, SHOW OUT
The Buckeyes truly shined when they stepped into St. John Arena for their home opener on Jan. 27. The squad won three events in stellar fashion as Ohio State’s 49.325 on uneven bars tied the top score in program history, recorded on Feb. 25, 2012 against Penn State. The team score of 196.775 is the sixth-highest total in OSU history.
Participating teams for the NCAA Regionals will be determined via the NCAA.com Selection Show on Monday, Mar. 26 at 4 p.m. ET.