BTN.com staff, June 19, 2012
As easy as one, two, three. The Ohio State men's basketball team claimed a share of its third consecutive Big Ten championship this spring to highlight the school's 2011-12 academic season. The Buckeyes didn't stop at the regular-season crown, though, earning a No. 2 seed in the NCAA tourney and advancing to its first Final Four since Greg Oden and Mike Conley Jr. led the way in 2006-07. Ohio State lost to eventual runner-up Kansas in the national semis, but it was another memorable season for Thad Matta and the Buckeyes.
Catch Ohio State Day on BTN all day Tuesday. View our programming schedule for the list of shows, games and features to be shown on Ohio State Day. Future Ohio State Days include: July 10 and August 1.
Other Ohio State highlights from the 2011-12 athletic year:
- Men's tennis won its seventh straight Big Ten regular-season crown and advanced to the national quarterfinals, where it lost to UCLA; Ty Tucker won Big Ten Coach of the Year.
- Men's tennis stars Chase Buchanan and Blaz Rola won the NCAA doubles championship.
- Football hired former Florida coach Urban Meyer as its new head coach; it also beat then-No. 11 Wisconsin on a late bomb to clinch a prime time thriller.
- Men's soccer players Chris Hegngi (Offensive Player of the Year) and David Tiemstra (Defensive Player of the Year) captured Big Ten individual honors.
- Women's basketball player Samantha Prahalis took home Big Ten Player of the Year, the eighth consecutive season a Buckeye has won the award.
- Field hockey star Jenn Sciulli claimed Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year.
- Freshman wrestler Logan Stieber was named Big Ten Freshman of the Year and claimed the NCAA title in the 133-pound bracket; women's golfer Kendall Prince won Freshman of the Year accolades as Ohio State advanced to the NCAA Championships; and men's golfer Grant Weaver was named Big Ten Freshman of the Year.
- Women's diver Bianca Alvarez took home Big Ten Diver of the Year accolades.
- Women's track and field All-American Christina Manning won the NCAA title in the 100-meter hurdles.
Shows/games featured on BTN during Ohio State Day:
Big Ten Icons: Jesse Owens
Big Ten Icons: Archie Griffin
Big Ten Icons: Woody Hayes
The Big Ten's Greatest Games: 2010 Rose Bowl – Ohio State vs. Oregon
BTN Football Game of the Week: Wisconsin at Ohio State
Big Ten Basketball Replay: 2010 Big Ten Men's Basketball Tournament – Ohio State vs. Michigan
Big Ten Basketball Replay: Ohio State at Michigan State – 3/4/12
Big Ten Basketball Replay: 2011 Big Ten Women's Basketball Tournament – Penn State vs. Ohio State
Big Ten Football Replay: Iowa at Ohio State – 2009
2009 Big Ten Men's Soccer Championship: Ohio State vs. Penn State