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Ohio Men's Basketball Recognized for 2011-12 Success

Governor Kasich speaks with Bobcat Nick Kellogg and his father, Clark.

Governor's Mansion Photo Gallery

Board of Trustees Photo Gallery

June 22, 2012

ATHENS, Ohio - After having one of the most successful seasons in school history, the Ohio Men’s Basketball has continued to receive recognition for its accomplishments from various groups and organizations over the past few months.

In 2012, Ohio became the first state ever to have four Division 1 Men’s Basketball teams advance to the Sweet Sixteen as the Bobcats were joined by Cincinnati, Ohio State and Xavier  Moreover, men’s and women’s teams from Ashland, Mount Union, Wittenberg and Wooster competed deep into March Madness as well. 

Ohio Governor John Kasich took time out of his busy schedule to recognize each school’s team members, coaching staff and leadership. Governor Kasich spoke about how proud he was to celebrate the successes of Ohio student-athletes.

"I want you all to know how special it is to accomplish what you have," Governor Kasich told the group. "We have some schools in this state that have a history of going a long way in the tournament. And the success of the smaller division schools was special as well. You helped spark the state and 11 million Ohioans are proud of you."

A few weeks later, the Bobcats were honored here on campus at a Student Senate Meeting. Ohio Senator Troy Balderson presented a senate proclamation to representatives of the team in recognition of their Sweet 16 appearance.  This occurred after the Bobcats received applause and accolades at an Ohio University Board of Trustees meeting.

Ohio State Representative Debbie Phillips also recognized the accomplishments of the team and presented a proclamation during a May House session in Columbus.

This past season, Ohio won multiple games in the NCAA Tournament for only the second time in school history (1964). Ohio has now won a postseason game in three straight years, the longest streak in program history.

The Bobcats also set a new standard for success with 29 wins on the season, surpassing the previous single-season mark of 25 set by the 1993-94 team.