May 17, 2017
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Setting The Scene
- Ohio State is headed to the NCAA Round of 16 for the 12th-straight season and will take on No. 14 Oklahoma on Thursday, May 18 at Noon in Athens, Ga.
- The winner of that match will play the winner of the match between TCU and Illinois on Saturday, May 20 at Noon.
- This is the third meeting this season between Ohio State and Oklahoma and the first overall in the NCAA Tournament. The Buckeyes have won the first two meetings this season.
BUCKEYES IN A NUTSHELL
- Current Ranking: 3rd
- Highest Ranking: 1st
- Won the Big Ten regular season title for the 12th-straight season and the 15th time overall
- Only seventh program in any sport to win 12 or more straight Big Ten titles
- This was the 11th outright regular season title in the last 12 years
- 31-3 on the season and finished a perfect 16-0 at home
- Ranked in the top-3 all season
- Only school in the country with two players in the top-10 of the singles rankings
- Only school in the country with two top-30 doubles teams
- Ohio State is the only program in the country with two doubles teams in the NCAA Doubles Championship.
- The Buckeyes are one of just four schools with three entrants in the NCAA Singles Championship.
- Have won 75-straight home matches against Big Ten opponents dating back to 2004
- All three losses came on the road, two were 4-3 decisions and were against the No. 1, No. 8 and No. 11 teams in the country.
- Has 15 wins over top-31 ranked teams this season
- Has nine wins over teams ranked in the top-20
- Have surrendered just 27 points in 34 matches this season
- Has lost just one Big Ten match in the last 12 years
- Only school in the Big Ten with three first team selections
OSU In the NCAA Tournament
- This is the 18th time the Buckeyes have been selected for the NCAA Tournament.
- They have an overall record of 46-17 with their best finish being a runner-up finish in 2009.
- All of Ohio State’s NCAA Tournament appearances have come under head coach Ty Tucker
- Ohio State was selected to host the first and second round matches for the 12th-straight season
- The Buckeyes have never lost an NCAA Tournament match in Columbus (24-0)
- Ohio State has advanced to the Sweet 16 for the 12th-straight season and the 14th time overall.
- Individually, Ohio State has won one singles and doubles national title. Blaz Rola won the singles championship in 2013 after teaming with Chase Buchanan to win the doubles title in 2012.
Ohio State vs. Oklahoma
- The Buckeyes and Sooners have had some exceptional matches in recent years. The most memorable one came in 2015, where a record crowd at the OSU Varsity Tennis Center gathered around court 6 in the third set at 3-3 to watch the then No. 1 Sooners barely top the then No. 8 Buckeyes.
- That snapped OSU’s NCAA all sport record 200 home match win streak and is still the only loss at home since 2003.
- Since that match, the Buckeyes have defeated the Sooners in each of the last three meetings.
- The Buckeyes swept Oklahoma this year at the ITA Indoors and at home on March 5.
- OSU leads the all-time series 6-2.
BUCkeyes Earn ita midwest regional awards
- The Buckeyes were well represented in the ITA Midwest Regional Awards
- Head coach Ty Tucker earned Midwest Region Coach of the Year for the sixth time in his career
- Assistant coach Justin Kronauge earned the Assistant Coach of the Year award which was the third such honor of his career
- Hugo Di Feo, who is a singles All-American this season, was named the Region’s Senior Player of the Year. He is the seventh Buckeye to earn the award
- Freshman JJ Wolf was named the Midwest Region Rookie of the Year, marking the third-straight season a Buckeye has earned the award (Torpegaard in 2015, Joyce in 2016)