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Basketball Buckeyes handle Wooster 88-63 to begin Chris Holtmann era

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State men’s basketball team topped Wooster, 88-63, in an exhibition Sunday afternoon at Value City Arena. The contest was the Buckeyes’ first under the direction of first-year head coach Chris Holtmann. The 45-year-old came from Butler University to replace long-time OSU coach Thad Matta this past summer.

Chris Holtmann

Keita Bates-Diop

Kaleb Wesson

Kam Williams

Keita Bates-Diop led five Buckeyes in double figures with 17 points to go along with a game-high nine boards while Kaleb Wesson added 16 points and seven rebounds. Kam Williams added 11 points while Micah Potter and Jae’Sean Tate each added 10 apiece. Danyon Hempy and Simon Texidor paced the Fighting Scots with 17 points each.

The Buckeyes got off to a quick start of 12-0 less than four minutes into the game. But Wooster cut into the lead and got it to 16-12 at the 10:36 mark. OSU then closed the first half with an 11-3 run to end the first half up 39-22.

The Scots, who play in the Division III North Coast Athletic Conference, cut the lead to 15 at 48-33 in the second half at the 15:48 mark. However, the more talented Buckeyes blew the game open with a 19-3 run to open up a 67-36 advantage and that was the game.

Ohio State opens the regular season against Robert Morris at 7 p.m. Friday at Value City Arena.



It’s time for College Basketball! Buckeyes Men take on Wooster Fighting Scots Sunday at Value City Arena; Chris Holtmann era begins

Ohio State Buckeyes vs. Wooster Fighting Scots


Date: Nov. 5, 2017
Site: Value City Arena (19,049)
Game Time: 4:05 p.m.
Television: BTN Plus/
Talent: Dylan Tyrer (Play-By-Play)
Sean Lowe (Expert Analysis)
Carolina Rice (Sideline)
Radio: OSU-IMG Sports Network (63 stations)
Satellite Radio: None
Local Radio: WBNS-FM 97.1, AM-1460
Radio Talent: Paul Keels (Play-By-Play)
Ron Stokes (Expert Analysis)


Holtmann Era Begins in Columbus
June 9, 2017 marked the first day of the Chris Holtmann era at Ohio State. After six seasons as a head coach, including the last three at Butler, Holtmann becomes the 14th head coach in Ohio State men’s basketball history. In his young career to date, Holtmann already has earned coach of the year honors in both the Big South Conference (2013), where he spent three seasons coaching Gardner-Webb (2001-13), and in the Big East (2017) in the final of three seasons with the Bulldogs. His first game in Columbus will be the 200th of his head coaching career (114-85).

Season Openers, Holtmann Era
Date Opponent Score
11/10/17 Towson State W, 74-53
At Butler
2016 Northern Colorado W, 89-52
2015 The Citadel W, 144-71
2014 Maine W, 99-57
At Gardner-Webb
2012 @North Carolina L, 76-59
2011 @Clemson L, 65-44
2010 @Charlotte W, 78-70



*Ohio State and Wooster first played Feb. 9, 1905 in Columbus, a 37-19 victory for the Buckeyes. The all-time series is led by Ohio State, 8-4. The last meeting took place Dec. 16, 1939, a 64-35 Buckeyes’ win. Wooster is 2-7 in Columbus. Ohio State assistant coach Ryan Pedon is Wooster graduate (2000/Communications).

*New at home games this year, the Buckeyes will join the students in signing Carmen Ohio following each game. Players and coaches will line up in front of the student section (behind team benches).

*Ohio State will appear on four major television networks in 2017-18. This season marks the first year in which FOX will televise Big Ten Conference games. The Buckeyes, who have traditionally appeared on CBS, the Big Ten Network and the ESPN family of networks, will appear on FOX and/or FS1 four times this season. The first appearance will be at Wisconsin Dec. 2 (5 p.m./FOX).

*With the new television deal in place this season with FOX, Ohio State will play Big Ten Conference games on each day of the week at least once this season. Traditionally, league games were played Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays on ESPN networks, Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays on the Big Ten Network and Sundays on CBS. During the course of the regular season Ohio State will play two games on Monday, three each on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, six on Thursday and seven each on Saturday and Sunday.

Buckeyes In Midst of Best Decade in History
With 210 wins in the last eight seasons (2010-17), Ohio State already has more victories this decade than in any other in the program’s history. Ohio State won 189 games from 1980-1989 and 188 contests from 1960-69. The winning percentage of .732 (210-77) in the last eight years ties the best previous winning percentage in a decade set during from 1960-69 (188-69/.732).

Ohio Mr. Basketball at Ohio State
Freshman Kaleb Wesson, a 6-9 rookie from nearby Westerville, Ohio, was named Mr. Basketball in the state of Ohio following his senior year at Westerville South High School. Wesson is the 12th Ohio Mr. Basketball to sign with the Buckeyes out of high school and the 13th to play for Ohio State. Tony Stockman earned the honor in 2000 but elected to start his career at Clemson. He later transferred to Ohio State and played in Columbus in 2004 and 2005.
Year Mr. Basketball
2017 Kaleb Wesson
2013 Marc Loving
2010 Jared Sullinger
2009 Jared Sullinger
2008 William Buford
2007 Jon Diebler
2004 Jamar Butler
2000 Tony Stockman (Clemson/Ohio State)
1995 Damon Stringer
1992 Greg Simpson
1991 Greg Simpson
1989 Jimmy Jackson
1988 Jimmy Jackson


*Mike Conley Jr. was elected into the Ohio State Athletics Hall of Fame in 2017 and was officially recognized during Hall of Fame Weekend on the Ohio State campus the weekend of Oct. 7. Conley is the 39th men’s basketball student-athlete to be elected to the Athletics Hall of Fame. Conley, now in his 11th season with the Memphis Grizzlies, was the No. 4 overall pick in the 2007 NBA Draft after leading the Buckeyes to the NCAA National Championship game in 2007.

*Evan Turner, who was Ohio State’s 38th Hall of Fame inductee a season ago, was recognized Sept. 9 during Ohio State’s matchup with Oklahoma on the gridiron for his donation of $500,000 to the men’s basketball program. The donation will be used for graphics and to name the hallway outside the men’s basketball practice facility. Turner was the National Player of the Year in college basketball in 2010 and was the No. 2 pick in the NBA Draft that year (Philadelphia).



On Coach To Cure MC Weekend in College Football, Ohio State contributing $10,000


OSU Buckeyes players with Jacob Jarvis in 2014 ( photo by Terry Gilliam, courtesy OSU Athletic Communications)

Ohio State Contributing to Coach To Cure MD Weekend

Football program will raise $10,000 in name of Jacob Jarvis for a fourth consecutive year

COLUMBUS, Ohio This is the weekend in college football when every coach is on the same team. For the 10th consecutive year, college coaches nationwide will join in support of the Coach To Cure MD program to raise awareness and funds for Duchenne muscular dystrophy. Football fans at the games will be asked to donate to research projects supported by Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy.


Ohio State’s football coaches and support personnel will wear Coach To Cure MD patches on their shirts and pullovers Saturday at High Point Solutions Stadium when the Buckeyes take on the Rutgers Scarlet Knights.


In addition, the football program will continue its tradition of raising funds in the name of Jacob Jarvis, the local 17-year-old high school junior who has been an inspiration to the team since first meeting coach Urban Meyer back in the summer of 2013.


Football fans can help support the fight to end Duchenne by either going online to or by texting the word CURE to 50555 to make a $10 donation in honor of this year’s anniversary.

Jacob, as well as his little brother, Noah Studebaker, has Duchenne muscular dystrophy, the genetic disorder that results in muscle degeneration and unfortunately has no cure as of now.


The diagnosis hasn’t affected the profound impact that Jacob has had on the Buckeyes. He gives the team spirit. He gives them hope. And he gives them confidence to succeed … every time they see him. At games. In the Woody Hayes Athletic Center. Or at practice, which he regularly attends with his step-father, Chad Studebaker, and/or his mother, Traci Studebaker, and brother Noah.


“When he comes into a room, it gives you a little perspective on your life,” Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett has said. “He brightens up everybody each and every time he comes around us. He’s a Buckeye and just a kid that loves Ohio State and the people around Ohio State.”


Current Denver Bronco Jeff Heuerman is extremely close to Jacob.


“I think part of him was put here to change our lives … to change this football team and this coaching staff,” Heuerman said in 2014 just before the Buckeyes defeated Oregon to win the first College Football Playoff national championship.


“I’m thankful for the time I’ve had with him.”


“I love him,” Meyer has said. “I feel good when I see him. He’s like seeing my son. And he’s part of the team now.”


Simply stated, the Urban Meyer era at Ohio State wouldn’t be the Urban Meyer era without Jacob Jarvis in it. He’s truly a special young person who has impacted a tremendous amount of student-athletes, coaches and representatives of this program. That’s why for the past three years the program has raised more than $10,000 each year to give to Duchenne muscular dystrophy in the name of Jacob Jarvis.


The program will do it again this week.








Ohio State Women’s Volleyball suffers loss at Michigan


Sept. 29, 2017




Ohio State win streak snapped at four matches


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ANN ARBOR, Mich. – The Ohio State women’s volleyball team suffered its first Big Ten loss of the season with a 3-1 setback (25-15, 25-20, 22-25, 25-22) at No. 23 Michigan (11-4, 1-2 B1G) Friday night. The Buckeyes move to 9-5 overall and 2-1 in conference play.

With 43 assists on the night, Taylor Hughes passed Amanda Peterson (’09-12) to claim the eighth spot among the program’s all-time assists leaders with 2,765 career helpers.

Luisa Schirmer had a double-double (17 kills, 11 digs) and Madison Smeathers notched 12 kills. Lauren Witte and Ashley Wenz finished with nine and eight kills, respectively. Hannah Gruensfelder picked up 24 digs while Hughes tallied 12.

SET 1: After tying the score at five to start the match, the Wolverines grabbed a lead they wouldn’t relinquish en route to a 25-15 triumph. Smeathers and Schirmer buried four kills apiece but the Buckeyes struggled offensively behind a .073 hitting percentage.

SET 2: Ohio State started the second set down 9-4. The Scarlet & Gray battled back to lock the score at 17 but it wasn’t enough as Michigan pulled away for a 25-20 decision.

SET 3: The Buckeyes turned things around in the third. OSU totaled 18 kills and attacked .326. Smeathers killed five of her eight errorless attempts for a .625 clip. After the two teams traded points, the Buckeyes went ahead 19-15. Although the Wolverines pulled within one on multiple occasions, OSU fought to take a 25-22 win.

SET 4: Ohio State jumped out to a 17-11 lead to force a Michigan timeout. Back on the floor, the Wolverines tied the score twice before overpowering the Buckeyes for a 25-22 tally. U-M closed the set on a 14-5 run.

OSU has a quick turnaround as it heads to No. 16 Michigan State on Saturday (Sept. 30). First serve is set for 8 p.m. ET.




Ohio State women’s tennis seniors Sanford, Sneed on West Coast for ITA All-Americans Championships


WTEN: Buckeyes in California for ITA All-Americans

Seniors Sanford and Sneed to participate in national tournament


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COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State women’s tennis seniors Anna Sanford and Olivia Sneed are in California for the 2017 Riviera/ITA Women’s All-American Championships. The tournament includes prequalifying Saturday-Sunday, qualifying Tuesday-Wednesday and main draw action Thursday-Sunday (Oct. 5-8). Prequalifying matches will be held on the Pepperdine campus, with qualifying and main draw matches at the Riviera Tennis Club in Pacific Palisades, Calif.


Sneed begins play for the Buckeyes in the 64-player singles prequalifying draw at 3:15 p.m. ET Saturday where she will take on Sarah Dvorak of Texas Tech. Three wins in prequalifying are needed to advance to the qualifying draw.


Sanford is in qualifying singles and will pair with Sneed in the qualifying doubles draw.


Sneed and Sanford This Season

Sanford, ranked 33rd, started her year in California, participating in the Oracle ITA Masters. In both singles and mixed doubles, she won her first round singles match before falling in round two.


Sneed opened her campaign at the Debbie Southern Fall Classic at Furman, winning the Flight 2 title with three victories. She paired with freshman Mary Beth Hurley to finish third in their doubles flight.


Buckeyes at the 2016 All-Americans

Anna Sanford competed in singles qualifying and the doubles main draw at the ITA All-Americans last year. She and Miho Kowase, the No. 4 seed in doubles, fell in their first round match, 8-6, but posted a consolation win. In singles, Sanford dropped a three set match in the first round of qualifying but rebounded to win a consolation match in three sets.


Francesca Di Lorenzo won the All-American title a season ago, the first Buckeye to win the tournament. It was the second of three third ITA national titles for the Buckeye, as she went on to defend her National Indoor title later that fall.


Looking Ahead

The annual ITA Midwest Regional begins Oct. 12 and will be hosted by Michigan in An Arbor.


Later this fall, the Buckeye squad is also set to compete at the Tennessee Fall Invite Oct. 27-29, the ASU Thunderbird Nov. 3-5 and the Lakewood Ranch Dick Vitale Intercollegiate Clay Court Classic that same weekend.




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