Scouting the Buckeyes
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The No. 56 Indiana men's tennis team (10-8, 4-1 Big Ten) is riding a six-match winning streak into its Big Ten showdown at No. 33 Ohio State (11-6, 3-1 Big Ten) on Saturday, April 9. The contest is slated to begin at noon, and will be held at the Stickney Tennis Center in Columbus, Ohio.
Scouting Ohio State:
Ohio State (11-6, 3-1 Big Ten) enters Saturday's match winners of seven of its last eight outings. The Buckeyes had won seven-straight until they dropped a 5-2 home decision to No. 2 Illinois on April 3.
OSU has a pair of singles players ranked by the Intercollegiate Tennis Assocation. Sophomore Devin Mullings is 52nd in the nation, while sophomore Joey Atas rests one spot behind him in 53rd. The Ohio State doubles tandem of juniors Scott Green and Ross Wilson are ranked No. 1 in the country by the ITA.
The Buckeyes and the Hoosiers share five common opponents in Butler, Illinois, Kentucky, Purdue and Vanderbilt. IU is 2-3 against the group with a pair of wins over Butler and Purdue, while OSU is 4-1 versus the quartet with just its lone loss at Illinois a week ago.
OSU head coach Ty Tucker is in his sixth year at the helm of the men's tennis program. He has posted an overall mark of 119-38 and a ledger of 52-14 in Big Ten play.
Last Year's Meeting:
Then-sixteenth-ranked Ohio State beat No. 73 Indiana, 6-1, on April 3 in Columbus, Ohio in the last meeting between the two squads a year ago.
The Hoosiers captured the doubles point as the duos of Ryan McCarthy and Neil Kenner, along with Dmytro Ishtuganov and Jakub Praibis notched victories.
The Buckeyes claimed all six singles matches en route to the conference win.
Indiana leads the all-time series 39-26 against Ohio State, but the Buckeyes have won the last four meetings. Prior to those four, IU had captured the previous five.
The 65-match series has been full of streaks: The Cream and Crimson have held winning ledgers of 15, six, five and four matches, while the Buckeyes have garnered streaks of eight, five and four contests.
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