Nov. 1, 2016
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 6 seed Ohio State men’s soccer team travels to No. 3 seed Wisconsin for a quarterfinal match of the 2016 Big Ten Tournament at 1 p.m. ET Sunday at McClimon Soccer Complex in Madison, Wis. The winner of the quarterfinal match will advance to the B1G Tournament semifinals Nov. 11 at Grand Park in Westfield, Ind.
FOLLOW THE ACTION
The contest Sunday vs. the Badgers will be streamed on BTN Plus ($). Links to live stats will be available on the Ohio State men’s soccer schedule page on OhioStateBuckeyes.com. Fans can also follow the action on Twitter: @OhioState_MSOC.
OHIO STATE OF LATE
The Buckeyes are 1-3-1 in their last five matches. Last time out, Ohio State fell short at No. 24 Wisconsin, 2-1, Oct. 30 in Madison. The Badgers collected two first half goals to take a 2-0 lead into halftime. The Buckeyes continued to battle and found a late second-half goal by Yaw Amankwa in the 86th minute. The Scarlet and Gray outshot Wisconsin, 12-4, in the final 45 minutes.
SETTING THE STAGE
BIG TEN TOURNAMENT FORMAT
After winning its second Big Ten title in three years, Maryland earned the No. 1 seed and will take on the winner of the play-in game between No. 8 seed Michigan and No. 9 seed Rutgers. Indiana earned the No. 2 seed of the tournament and will play No. 7 seed Northwestern in Bloomington, while No. 4 seed Michigan State hosts No. 5 seed Penn State in East Lansing, Mich.
The first round and quarterfinals of the tournament will take place on Saturday, Nov. 5 and Sunday, Nov. 6, respectively. The semifinals and championship match are scheduled for Friday, Nov. 11 and Sunday, Nov. 13. The first round of the tournament will take place at Maryland. Quarterfinals will be hosted by the top four seeds, and the semifinals and championship match will be played at Grand Park in Westfield, Ind.
BTN will broadcast Maryland’s quarterfinal matchup with either Michigan or Rutgers at 4 p.m. ET on Sunday. The semifinals will be broadcast live on BTN at noon and 2:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 11. The championship game will be carried live at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 13. All the games can also be streamed via the web, smartphones, tablets and connected devices on BTN2Go, BTN’s digital extension.
BUCKEYES IN THE BIG TEN TOURNAMENT
Ohio State has three previous tournament titles to its credit, taking home the trophy in 2000, 2007 and 2009. In 25 appearances, the Buckeyes are 18-20-2 for the fourth -best winning percentage in the league (.450). Last year, Ohio State earned the No. 1 seed of the conference tournament and advanced to championship match before falling to Maryland, 2-0, in Columbus.
A LOOK AT WISCONSIN
The Badgers are 10-3-3 overall and 4-2-2 in conference action. Wisconsin has not lost a match at McClimon Soccer Complex this season with an 8-0-1 mark. Christopher Mueller leads the Badgers with 22 points (6g, 10a), while goalkeeper Philipp Schilling is 10-3-3 with five shutouts this fall.
Ohio State leads the all-time series 17-13-3 vs. Wisconsin. The Buckeyes are 2-2-1 in their last five meetings vs. Wisconsin. This is the first meeting between Ohio State and Wisconsin in the Big Ten Tournament since the 2010 campaign when the Badgers advanced following a 5-4 decision in penalty kicks in University Park, Pa. The Buckeyes are 1-2-1 all-time vs. Wisconsin in the Big Ten Tournament.