COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State made a late push in the final two weeks of the regular season and has earned a berth into the 2021 Big Ten Tournament. The Buckeyes are the No. 7 seed and will open the tournament next Sunday, Oct. 31 at No. 2 seed Purdue.
In the regular season meeting between the two teams on Oct. 14 in Columbus, the teams played scoreless for 90 minutes before Purdue surprised everyone with a goal just 34 seconds into overtime. After that match, the Buckeyes (9-7-2, 4-4-2) had just seven total points in conference play and were on the outside looking in. But the team rallied for seven points in the final three matches – a win over Michigan, a draw at Wisconsin and then Sunday’s 2-1 win at Northwestern. That push was enough to earn the Buckeyes a spot in the tournament.
Ohio State has won three Big Ten Tournament titles under head coach Lori Walker-Hock, the most recent of which coming in 2012. Last year, the Buckeyes hosted one of the Big Ten Regional Weekends which fed into the semifinals for the Big Ten Tournament. OSU beat Maryland in the first round and then fell 1-0 to Rutgers.
The Ohio State-Purdue matchup was the one quarterfinal selected to be televised on BTN. The match will start at 3 p.m. from West Lafayette.