The No. 2 Ohio State Buckeyes continue to go through the B1G schedule, this weekend having an away doubleheader at No. 33 Minnesota and No. 50 Wisconsin.
The Buckeyes first travel to Minneapolis to face the Gophers Friday at 7 p.m. E.T.
The Buckeyes then end their weekend with a visit to Madison to face the Badgers Sunday at 1 p.m.
Ohio State will hope to get up to five wins against the Big Ten if things go their way this weekend.
BUCKEYES IN A NUTSHELL
In what was Beat Michigan week for Ohio State tennis, the Buckeyes dominated in matches against Michigan State and Michigan last weekend.
This puts the Buckeyes at 16-2 on the year. This includes being undefeated at home (10-0), and 9-2 against nationally ranked opponents.
The Buckeyes are also 6-2 away from home. Their two losses are away matches against No. 20 Georgia, and No. 4 UCLA.
The Buckeyes have an impressive resume, with wins against three top-10 teams, five other top-20 teams, and nine total ranked opponents.
With a Wake Forest loss last week, the Buckeyes almost took the No. 1 spot. They are one point away from Wake Forest, but remain at the No. 2 spot in the new rankings.
The Buckeyes are 65-20 in singles matches and 29-9 in doubles matches. They have a season point total of 79-24.
The Scarlet and Gray are 14-4 on the season on the doubles point, and 14-0 on the season when winning the doubles point.
The Buckeyes possess four ranked singles players, and two ranked doubles pairs.
Mikael Torpegaard is the No. 4 player in the country. He just earned his third Big Ten Athlete of the Week award this season, and 10th of his career.
Torpegaard recently dominated the Wolverines No. 1 guy, No. 5 Alex Knight, 6-2, 6-0. He went 4-0 last weekend in singles and doubles.
Kyle Seelig and JJ Wolf are at No. 42 and No. 43 respectively.
Seelig is 10-4 on the year, and got his first ranked win in dual match play against Benjamin Hannestad of Arizona State.
Wolf is 10-3 on the year between court 1 and 2 positions, and added a ranked win by defeating Michigan’s No. 27 Runhao Hua. Wolf has a knack for comebacks, as he has lost the first set in six of his last seven matches, but has won five of them with one going unfinished.
John McNally is No. 78 in the rankings. McNally is on a seven-match win streak, and has not lost since February 9.
Veteran Martin Joyce is continuing his success, currently on a six-match win streak. He has been first to get a singles win for the Buckeyes in his past four matches, and has not given up more than three games in a set during that run.
Ohio State has two ranked doubles teams in the updated rankings. Torpegaard and Joyce are currently No. 17 in the country, and are 7-2 on the year.
Matt Mendez and Hunter Tubert were given a spot in the rankings last week at No. 55. They lead the Buckeyes with ten doubles wins.
The Minnesota Gophers are currently No. 35 in the nation.
The Gophers are 10-4 overall, and have only lost one match in Minneapolis.
The Gopher’s best wins are 4-3 wins against No. 29 Texas and No. 49 Washington, and a 5-2 win against No. 50 Wisconsin.
Minnesota and Ohio State have both faced Notre Dame. The Buckeyes won 5-2, while the Gophers fell 4-1.
Minnesota has three players ranked in singles: No. 75 Stefan Milicevic, No. 93 Felix Corwin, and No. 104 Matic Spec. The three combined are 28-9 on the year in singles.
The Gophers have one ranked doubles team: No. 78 Spec/Corwin. The two are 7-4 at the No. 1 spot on the year. Josip Krstanovic/Justyn Levin lead in number of wins with eight.
The Gophers and Buckeyes will both be fighting to go 4-0 in the Big Ten in this match.
HISTORY VS. MINNESOTA
Minnesota holds a one-game advantage in the all-time series at 36-35.
The Buckeyes have won their last 19 matches against the Gophers.
Ty Tucker is 22-3 all-time vs. Minnesota
The Wisconsin Badgers joined the ranked teams this week, placed at No. 50.
The Badgers are 10-6 on the season, and 2-1 in conference play. They have not yet lost at home, going 9-0 on the season.
Wisconsin’s top wins include a sweep over the then No. 40 Iowa Hawkeyes and a 4-2 win over No. 41 Cornell
Wisconsin doesn’t have a ranked singles player, but they do have the No. 5 doubles team: Chema Carranza and Josef Dodridge. This will be the third time the Buckeyes have faced the No. 5 doubles team. Ohio State is 2-0 against them so far.
Wisconsin’s most successful single player by far in dual match play is Daniel Soyfer. He was on a 12-match winning streak before dropping his first of the year against Nebraska.
Wisconsin is hot as of late, coming off a four-match win streak, including two sweeps, and only dropping five points in the process.
HISTORY VS. WISCONSIN
The Badgers trail the Buckeyes in all-time head-to-head wins 46-31.
Ty Tucker has never lost to the Badgers, currently with 26 straight wins against them.
LAST YEAR VS. MINNESOTA/WISCONSIN
The Buckeyes faced both the Badgers and Gopher twice each during the month of April.
The Buckeyes first beat both during the regular season 6-1 to help clinch the Big Ten title for the 12th straight year.
Ohio State then swept both 4-0 during the B1G tournament on the way to winning their 12th straight tourney title.
During this run, Torpegaard went 3-0 in singles, Tubert and Wolf went 3-0 in doubles, Seelig went 3-1 in singles, and Joyce went 2-0 in both singles and doubles.