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Ohio State takes 10-game unbeaten streak into rematch of 2006 title game

OPENING KICK
Who:
No. 1 seed/9th-ranked Indiana vs. No. 2 seed/18th-ranked Ohio State
What: 2007 Big Ten Championship Game
When: 2 p.m. Sunday
Where: Old College Field, East Lansing, Mich.
Television: Big Ten Network and CSTV Dean Linke (play-by-play), Richard Broad (color analyst) and Chris Doran (sideline)
Internet Radio: www.OhioStateSports.net Josh Ellis and Gabe Norris
Internet GameTracker: www.MSUSpartans.com
Postgame Coverage: www.BigTen.org and www.OhioStateBuckeyes.com

SO WE MEET AGAIN
Ohio State and Indiana met last year in the Big Ten championship game in Columbus at OSU’s Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium, with the Hoosiers winning 1-0. Like this season, IU was the No. 1 seed and Ohio State was the No. 2 seed.

BUCKEYES VS. HOOSIERS THE SERIES
Indiana leads the all-time series with Ohio State 43-2-2. The Buckeyes’ two wins in the series both came in Columbus in 1955 and then in the 2000 Big Ten Championship semifinals. The two ties have come in Ohio State’s last two trips to Bloomington 2-2 in 2005 (OSU came back from a two-goal deficit) and 0-0 earlier this season. 13 of the last 17 meetings have been decided by one goal or less.

Ohio State and Indiana have met five times previously in the Big Ten Championship. Those results are listed below:
1992 at Bloomington IU 1-0 (semifinals)
1997 at Bloomington IU 1-0 (championship game)
2000 at Columbus OSU 1-0 (semifinals)
2005 at Evanston IU 3-0 (semifinals)
2006 at Columbus IU 1-0 (championship game)

FROM THE REGULAR SEASON: 0-0 TIE IN BLOOMINGTON
Ohio State and Indiana met earlier this season in Bloomington Oct. 21 and played to a 0-0 tie in two overtimes. It marked the first time the Buckeyes had ever shut out the Hoosiers in Bloomington in 21 all-time meetings there.

BUCKEYES BACK IN THE CHAMPIONSHIP GAME
With the win Friday over Northwestern, Ohio State has advanced to the Big Ten championship game for the fourth time since the event was first played in 1991. Previously in the title game, the Buckeyes lost to Indiana 1-0 in 1997, beat Penn State 3-2 in overtime in 2000 and lost to Indiana 1-0 in 2006.

WHO DOES No. 2 WORK FOR…
Ohio State is the No. 2 seed in the Big Ten Championship for the fourth-consecutive season. The Buckeyes are 6-5 all-time as the No. 2 seed. Overall, Ohio State is 13-15 all-time in the Big Ten Championship.

LUCKY No. 13
The win Friday over Northwestern was Ohio State’s school-record 13th of the season, surpassing the previous record of 12 wins set by teams in 1986, 2000 and 2004.

THE STREAK IS AT 10
Ohio State owns a school-record 10-game unbeaten streak (8-0-2). The previous best unbeaten streak in program history was seven games. During the current 10-game unbeaten streak, the Buckeyes have scored 11 goals and allowed only three.

BLUEM NOTCHES WIN No. 200
The win Friday over Northwestern was career victory No. 200 for head coach John Bluem, who is in his 11th season at Ohio State and is the program’s all-time winningest coach (114-80-27). In 16 seasons as a head coach, which includes six seasons at Fresno State, Bluem is now 200-107-38.

THESE SENIORS ARE SPECIAL
Ohio State’s seven-member senior class owns 47 wins over the last four years, which stands as the most by one class in program history. The 2007 seniors also own the record for winning percentage by a class at .633 (47-25-11).

THOU SHALL NOT PASS
Senior goalkeeper Casey Latchem owns 11 shutouts this season, which have tied the Ohio State single-season record, and his 23 shutouts are just shy of the OSU career record of 23.5. His current goals against average this season is 0.73, which is the second-best single-season GAA in program history (0.70 is the record) and his current career GAA is now 0.88, which stands as the best in Ohio State history. Latchem has allowed only three goals in his last 10 games.

XAVIER RACKING UP POINTS IN BALC
– Xavier Balc’s goal Friday was his fourth game-winner of the season and 10th of his career.
– Balc now owns 21 career goals and a school-record 33 career assists at Ohio State. His 75 career points rank third in Ohio State history (Justin Cook ranks second with 83 from 2000-04).
– The Buckeyes are 11-0-1 this season when Balc has at least one point. Ohio State is 29-3-2 during the last three seasons when Balc has at least one point.
– Balc has either scored or assisted on 18 of Ohio State’s 30 goals this season, including 10 of the last 12.

SURE SHOTS HAVE QUIETED A BIT
Ohio State led the Big Ten in shots during the regular season with 301 (16.7 per game), but the Buckeyes have been out-shot each of the last three games. Michigan State led in shots 13-8 in the regular-season finale Nov. 4. Michigan out-shot Ohio State 14-8 in the quarterfinals Thursday and Northwestern held a 17-13 shot advantage in the semifinals Friday.

The Buckeyes also led the Big Ten in corner kicks in the regular season with 125 (6.9 per game), but both opponents in the Big Ten Championship had more corner kicks than Ohio State. Michigan led in that stat 6-2 Thursday and Northwestern led 5-2 Friday.

OHIO STATE’S RECORD THIS SEASON WHEN…
– The Buckeyes are 4-2-1 against ranked opponents.
– The Buckeyes are 11-0-2 when they score first.
– The Buckeyes are 5-0-1 when they lead at halftime.
– The Buckeyes are 10-2-2 when they out-shoot their opponent.

WIN OVER NORTHWESTERN ERASED BAD MEMORY
With their win Friday over Northwestern in the semifinals, the Buckeyes got redemption for a 4-0 loss to the Wildcats in Columbus Sept. 23, which marked the worst home loss for Ohio State since Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium opened in 1999.

AND THE HONORS GO TO…
Six Buckeyes were honored Thursday night at the Big Ten banquet. Xavier Balc was named the Big Ten Player of the Year, becoming the second Buckeye to earn that honor (Justin Cook in 2004). Balc and defender Eric Brunner were both unanimous first-team All-Big Ten choices, while midfielder Roger Espinoza was also a first-team pick. Midfielder Danny Irizarry was a second-team selection, midfielder Matt Gold was named to the all-freshman team and midfielder Geoff Marsh earned the Sportsmanship Award.

UP NEXT
Following the game Sunday, Big Ten teams must wait until next Monday, Nov. 19, for the NCAA tournament selection show.

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Contact: Tim Stried, stried.3@osu.edu