Buckeyes Earn No. 2 Seed in Big Ten Tournament
Nov. 5, 2011
COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Ohio State men's soccer team finishes the regular season tied for second in the Big Ten conference and received the No. 2 seed in the upcoming league tournament. The Buckeyes, who finished the Big Ten slate 4-2-0, will face seventh-seeded Penn State at 3:45 p.m. Wednesday at U-M Soccer Stadium in Ann Arbor, Mich.
"First off, congratulations to Northwestern for winning its first Big Ten title in program history," John Bluem, Ohio State head coach said. "We are prepared to enter the tournament as the No. 2 seed and put together the best run we can. Every game is one more chance to take the field this season and we are certainly going to do everything we can to keep that going through a tough conference tournament."
After winning the Big Ten Championship on Saturday, Northwestern earned the No. 1 seed and an automatic spot in the semifinals of the tournament. Three opening-round matches will be played Wednesday, followed by semifinal games on Friday and the championship match Sunday. The tournament winner will earn the Big Ten's automatic berth to the NCAA Championship.
The Wildcats went undefeated in six conference games this season, posting a 4-0-2 mark. The title marks Northwestern's first Big Ten Championship.
Ohio State, which owned the head-to-head tiebreaker over Wisconsin, earned the No. 2 seed in the tournament after ending the season with a 4-2 conference record. Wisconsin earned the No. 3 seed in the tournament after finishing 4-2 in conference play. The Badgers will face No. 6 Michigan at approximately 6:30 p.m. in the final game.
Indiana earned the No. 4 seed in the tournament and will face No. 5 seed Michigan State in the tournament's opening game at 1 p.m. Wednesday. The two teams faced off on Oct. 23, which ended in a 2-2 tie.
The top-seeded Wildcats will face the winner of the matchup between Indiana and Michigan State at 1 p.m. Friday. The second semifinal will pit the winner of the Ohio State-Penn State and Wisconsin-Michigan games at approximately 3:30 p.m. The tournament championship game will be held at Noon Sunday with the semifinals and final will be televised live on BTN.
Ticket information is available from the Big Ten Tournament Central page.