Chris Holtmann Becomes First Coach in 95 Years to Win His First Seven Big Ten Games

By Kevin Harrish on January 18, 2018 at 12:33 am
Chris Holtmann has the best start in Big Ten Play since 1923.

We already knew Chris Holtmann was off to a hot start in Columbus, but with Wednesday night's win over Northwestern, the first-year Ohio State coach joined rare company, becoming the first Big Ten coach in 95 years to win his first seven conference games.

Holtmann becomes just the third coach in Big Ten history to reach the mark, joining Wisconsin’s Walter Meanwell and Iowa's Sam Barry.

Holtmann's 7-0 start is the best since Barry started 11-0 in 1923 before losing to Indiana to close the season. With a favorable slate ahead, it's very possible Holtmann can pass that mark. The Buckeyes will likely be favored in their next five games, four of which are at home.

It's unlikely, however, that Holtmann will top Meanwell's start. The former Wisconsin coach won his first 12 Big Ten games his first year before rattling off 11 more the next season for a near untouchable 23-0 start in conference play.

Ohio State returns to action on Saturday when they take on Minnesota in Madison Square Garden at noon.

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