April 28, 2022

Ohio State, Michigan Meet to Open Big Ten Tournament

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Ohio State vs. Michigan • The Basics
Date:April 30, 2022
Time:1 p.m.
Venue: Ohio Stadium; Columbus, Ohio
Watch:B1G+
Game Notes:Ohio State / Michigan
All-Time Series:Ohio State leads, 10-2
Last Meeting:Ohio State won, 14-12, in Columbus (April 24, 2022)
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COLUMBUS, Ohio It’s tournament time, Big Ten style. And on Saturday at Ohio Stadium, it will include another chapter in the Ohio State/Michigan rivalry. The third-seeded Buckeyes and sixth-seeded Wolverines square off at 1 p.m. with a date in the Big Ten Tournament semifinals on the line.

The game will be streamed on B1G+. Live stats are also available on the schedule page of OhioStateBuckeyes.com and Twitter updates at @OhioStateMLAX.

The Basics
Michigan at No. 11 Ohio State
// Saturday, April 30 // 1 p.m. // Columbus, Ohio; Ohio Stadium
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Briefly on the Buckeyes

  • Ranked 11th in this week’s USILA Coaches Poll, Ohio State finished the regular season with a 9-4 record and 3-2 mark in Big Ten play.
  • On the offensive end of the field, the Buckeyes have been led by the trio of Jack Myers (31-40-71), Jackson Reid (36-15-51) and Colby Smith (36-5-41), who all ranks among the Big Ten leaders in points per game.
  • As a team, Ohio State possesses the nation’s No. 14 scoring offense at 14.15 goals per game and is fourth in shooting percentage (.337).
  • The faceoff unit is manned by the combination of fifth-year senior Justin Inacio (.591) and Drew Blanchard (.582). As a team, the Buckeyes ranks seventh nationally in face-off win percentage, thanks also to the wing play of Trent DiCicco (44 ground balls) and Connor Cmiel (28 ground balls), among others.
  • The starting close defensive unit for the much of the season has been Jacob Snyder, Tyler Gallagher and Bobby Van Buren.
  • Behind that unit manning the goal is senior Skylar Wahlund, who has made 33 saves in the last two games.

More on The Matchup

  • Saturday will be the 13th meeting between Ohio State and Michigan and the second in a span of six days.
  • Ohio State leads 10-2 and defeated the Wolverines 14-12 last Sunday night to close the regular season.
  • It will also be the second consecutive year that Ohio State and Michigan and meeting in the Big Ten Tournament quarterfinals.
  • The last time Ohio State played the same opponent in back-to-back weeks was almost exactly 10 years ago when it face Fairfield on April 28 to conclude the regular season and on May 2 in the semifinal round of the ECAC Tournament.
  • In 2004, Ohio State played North Carolina in back-to-back weeks, with the second meeting coming in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.

The Winner Moves On

  • The winner of Saturday’s game earns to a trip to College Park, Md. and a semifinal game vs. second-seeded Rutgers next Thursday, May 5.
  • Fifth-seeded Penn State faces fourth-seeded Johns Hopkins in the other quarterfinal with the winner meeting No. 1 seed Maryland, also next Thursday.
  • Both semifinal games and the championship game of the Big Ten Tournament will air live on BTN.

Big Ten Tournament History

  • This will be Ohio State’s fifth appearance in the Big Ten Tournament.
  • The Buckeyes own a 2-4 all-time Big Ten Tournament record.
  • They made championship game appearances in 2015 and 2017.

Top 20 Nationally

  • As evidenced by looking at the national statistical rankings, the Buckeyes do a lot of things well.
  • They rank in the top five in three categories: shot percentage (fourth, .337), face-off win percentage (.596) and man-up offense (third, .600).
  • Ohio State has a top-20 unit in scoring offense (14th, 14.15 goals/game), man-down defense (14th, .711) and ground balls per game (13th, 34.15).

The Magic Number(s)

  • Ohio State’s offense has scored 14 or more goals seven times this year and the Buckeyes are 7-0 in those games.
  • The Buckeyes are also 9-0 when picking up more ground balls than their opponents.
  • In its nine wins, Ohio State averages 38.2 ground balls; in its four losses, it picks up 25.0 on average.

Other Numbers to Know

  • 14.1: Ohio State set a record for average goals per game in the regular season. It scored 184 in 13 games (14.15 per game); the previous high was 14.0 in 2008 (182 goals in 13 games).
  • 40: Jack Myers’ 40 assists this season currently ranks fourth in single-season history. The No. 3 spot belongs to Cliff Murray (41 in 1966), followed by Terry Gilmore, who has the No. 1 and No. 2 spots (49 in 1978 and 42 in 1979).
  • 71: Myers also had 71 points, which is ninth-highest in single-season program history. He’s the first player with a 70-point season since Jesse King in 2015 (42-35-77).
  • .516: Skylar Wahlund has 33 saves in the last two games and a save percentage of .516. For the season, he’s stopping shots at a .503 percentage.
  • 3,705: Sunday’s attendance of 3,705 was a Buckeye lacrosse non-Spring Game record. For the season, the Buckeyes’ average Ohio Stadium attendance has been 2,047.
  • 120: Jackson Reid’s 120 career goals rank fifth-highest all-time. In six career games against Michigan, Reid has 17 goals, five assists and 22 points (2.83 goals and 3.67 points per game).