March 29, 2018

PREVIEW: Buckeyes at Gophers, Badgers

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SETTING THE SCENE

  • 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.

 

MINNESOTA SNAPSHOT

  • 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

 

WISCONSIN SNAPSHOT

  • 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.