May 7, 2018

Diving Into OSU’s 13-Year Run of Dominance


COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State men’s tennis program recently wrapped-up its 13th-straight Big Ten regular season title and have been selected to host the opening rounds of the NCAA Tournament for the 13-straight year. Both feats are staggering on their own but digging a little deeper shows just how dominant the Buckeyes have been during this run.

Considering first the run of 13-consecutive titles. There have now been just six programs in ANY SPORT in Big Ten history to win 13 or more titles in a row and the Buckeyes currently have the longest active streak.

When one looks at the 13-year run as a whole, the numbers get even more astonishing:

  • Ohio State is 136-1 in Big Ten regular season matches since 2006.
  • Taking into account non-conference matches vs. Big Ten teams during the ITA Indoor National Championships as well as the Big Ten and NCAA Tournaments, Ohio State is 177-5 against all Big Ten opponents.
    • All five of the losses have come to rival Illinois meaning that NO TEAM other than the Illini has beaten Ohio State over the last 13 years.
  • Included in the run since 2006 is 11 Big Ten Tournament titles. The lone two losses came in the championship matches of the 2012 and 2015 tournaments and both events were played in the state of Illinois. The 2012 tournament was at Northwestern and the 2015 tournament was on Illinois’ campus.
  • In the last 13 years, Ohio State is 231-1 at home
  • Since its last loss at home to a Big Ten team (5-2 to Illinois on April 2, 2003), the Buckeyes are 259-1
    • Since Ty Tucker took over at the start of the 2000 season, Ohio State is 306-6 at home. That is a .981 winning percentage.
  • Ohio State is hosting the NCAA Tournament First and Second rounds in Columbus for the 13th-consecutive season. The Buckeyes are a perfect 24-0 in the previous 12 years in NCAA Tournament matches at home
    • Over the last seven years, the Buckeyes have swept 13 of their last 14 opponents 4-0. The Buckeyes will open the NCAA Tournament this Friday when it hosts ETSU at 1 p.m. The winner of that match will take on the winner of the Kentucky/Virginia Tech match on Saturday at Noon.