The Ohio State University men's tennis team gets the No. 1 seed 3 in this year's NCAA Tournament, and will host first and second round games this weekend. The Buckeyes open against East Tennessee State in the first round on Saturday at 1:00 p.m.
while Louisville and Texas Tech will play their other first-round game at 10:00. Ohio State hosts opening round games for the 16th time in the last 17 seasons. The Buckeyes have made it through the opening weekend of the NCAA Tournament 18 times in their previous 22 appearances and have won at least one game in every year but one.
Last year, Ohio State won its first two opening weekend games and then also beat USC in Super Regional Weekend in Columbus. The Buckeyes eventually reached the semifinals after beating rival Michigan. Ohio State is 29-2 on the season and its 17th straight Big Ten regular season title and its 15th Big Ten Tournament title.
The Buckeyes have 12 wins over ranked opponents and have beaten rivals Michigan and Illinois a total of seven times this season. Five Buckeyes are currently ranked in the Top 40 singles rankings, the most of any school in the country.
A total of six Buckeyes earned All-Big Ten honors and Ty Tucker was named Big Ten Coach of the Year for the 15th time. The winners of Saturday's first round matches meet at noon on Sunday. All matches will take place outdoors at the Auer Tennis Complex.
About the Ohio State University
The Ohio State University was founded in 1870 during the presidency of Ulysses S. Grant and is currently the largest university in the United States of America. She is considered by the US magazine News & World Report as the best public university in Ohio, among the top 60 in the United States of America and among the top 20 best public.
It is also named as one of the most innovative universities in the nation and in the world. In a 2007 report released by the National Science Foundation, Ohio State research expenditures for 2006 were $652 million, ranking it 7th among public universities, also ranking 3rd among all American universities for research sponsored by private industry.
Research expenditures in the state of Ohio were $720 million in 2007. The university has an extensive student life program, with over 1,000 student organizations; intercollegiate sports programs, fraternities and sororities, and three student governments.
Ohio State has over 475,000 living alumni worldwide who include Nobel Prize winners, Pulitzer Prize winners, Olympic Games gold medalists, ambassadors, as well as members of the Forbes 400 list of the richest people in the world.
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