Jan. 29, 2016
COLUMBUS, Ohio – No. 3 Ohio State travels to Ann Arbor, Mich., on Saturday for a dual meet with No. 9 Michigan.
Events at Cliff Keen Arena are scheduled to begin at 2 p.m. ET.
BUCKEYES-WOLVERINES ON BTN
BTN will air the dual meet on tape delay Sunday, Jan. 31 at 10 a.m. ET with Bernie Guenther and John Roethlisberger on the call. Live coverage of the meet is available on BTN2Go.com and the BTN2Go app.
SCOUTING THE WOLVERINES
No. 9 Michigan is 1-5 (1-4 B1G) this season after dropping a 444.400-427.850 decision to top-ranked Oklahoma last Saturday. The Maize and Blue posted a season-high team score in defeat.
Michigan is ranked No. 2 in the nation as a team on vault with an average score of 74.200. The Wolverines also rank in the Top 10 on rings (No. 7), floor exercise (No. 9) and pommel horse (No. 10).
Anthony Stefanelli and Emyre Cole have been standouts for the Wolverines on vault, ranking sixth and seventh so far this season.
SERIES HISTORY VS. MICHIGAN
Ohio State leads the all-time series with Michigan 103-97. The Buckeyes are 1-0 against the Wolverines this year after finishing second ahead of fifth-place UM at the Windy City Invitational.
Ohio State has not beaten Michigan in a head-to-head matchup since 2007.
LAST TIME OUT
Ohio State used a season-high team score of 435.550 to finish second overall in a tri meet with Stanford and California this past Sunday in Berkeley, Calif.
Competing without All-American Sean Melton, the Buckeyes nevertheless improved their team score from their season opener at the Windy City Invitational by nearly 10 points. Stanford won the meet with a score of 445.550, the second-highest total in the nation this season, followed by the Buckeyes and Golden Bears (425.300).
OSU earned its highest team scores of the season on all six events, clearing the 71-point mark on each apparatus. Ohio State posted the highest team score of the day on rings, a 73.800 score that is fourth-best in the nation so far this season. The Scarlet and Gray placed five athletes in the Top 10 of the event, led by individual champ Alec Yoder. Yoder was also a runner-up on pommel horse for the Buckeyes.
BUCKEYES IN THE RANKINGS
Ohio State enters the week ranked No. 3 in the College Gymnastics Association (CGA) National Rankings.
The Buckeyes are one of six Big Ten schools ranked within the Top 10 as Illinois (No. 4), Minnesota (No. 5), Iowa (No. 6), Nebraska (No. 8) and Michigan (No. 9) also received votes.
OSU owns the No. 3 average all-around score in the nation so far this season, along with a No. 3 ranking on rings, parallel bars and high bar. The Buckeyes also rank in the Top 10 on the remaining three events: pommel horse (No. 6), vault (No. 7) and floor (No. 10).
NCAA & B1G CHAMPIONSHIP TICKETS ON SALE NOW!
All-session and single-session tickets for the 2016 Big Ten Men’s Gymnastics Championships and 2016 NCAA National Collegiate Men’s Gymnastics Championships are now on sale.
The Ohio State University and the Greater Columbus Sports Commission will serve as hosts for both events at St. John Arena. The Big Ten championships are scheduled for April 1-2, followed by the NCAA championships April 15-16.
All-session adult tickets for the Big Ten championships are $15, while youth admission in $10. Single-session adult tickets are $10, $7 for youth. All-session adult tickets for the NCAA championships are $20, while youth and student admission is $12. Single-session adult tickets are $12 each, with youth and student prices set at $8.
Tickets for both events are available for purchase online at OhioStateBuckeyes.com and by phone at 1-800-GoBucks. Tickets for the NCAA championships can also be purchased online at NCAA.com/tickets. In-person purchase is available during business hours at the Ohio State Athletics Ticket Office, located at the Jerome Schottenstein Center, and day-of only at St. John Arena.
The Buckeyes have a week off prior to hosting defending Big Ten champion Penn State in their home opener at St. John Arena Feb. 13.