2017 Ripon High School graduate Ben Vander Plas scored a team-high 17 points to lead the No. 13-ranked Ohio Bobcats to a 62-58 win over defending national champion and No. 4-ranked Virginia tonight (Saturday) in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.
After making his decision in the fall of 2016 to attend Ohio University, Ben Vander Plas told the Commonwealth that it would be “a very cool e…
Vander Plas scored 10-straights points for Ohio to turn a 39-40 deficit into a 49-42 lead that the Bobcats didn't relinquish.
Ohio will play No. 5-ranked Creighton Monday. Tip off is set for 5:10 p.m. and TNT will have coverage.
Here are some tweets from tonight about Ben Vander Plas and his dad, Dean, who was a longtime coach of the Ripon High School boys' basketball team.
Tony Bennett on Ben Vander Plas: "He did what his old man would do when I played with him: make key plays. He's just skilled and sound and he knows how to play the game.Again, happy for him. Hurting for our guys."— Jason Arkley (@JasonRRArkley) March 21, 2021
Ohio's Ben Vander Plas, whose father played with #UVA's Tony Bennett in college: "I got to talk to him for a little bit after the game. He asked where my dad was sitting. I pointed up there. Yeah, that was a pretty cool moment with Coach Bennett."— Mike Barber (@RTD_MikeBarber) March 21, 2021
Ohio coach Jeff Boals: "Ben Vander Plas mad some huge plays in the second half. Jason Preston made some great, great plays, made some free throws down the stretch."— Zach Osterman (@ZachOsterman) March 21, 2021
"That game, even with the limited fans, it's a dream come true to be out there. It was a special moment out there."Ben Vander Plas, who put up 10 of his 17 points in the fourth quarter, speaks on the impact of winning this game for @OhioMBasketball.#MarchMadness pic.twitter.com/b6w31msJxk— Lukas Weese (@Weesesports) March 21, 2021
One MAC coach told me this week that Ohio forward Ben Vander Plas was a "Virginia-type player." Said he was going to be the key for the Bobcats if they were to beat Virginia -- he's got 17 points, five boards and three assists. Has scored Ohio's last 10 points.— Jeff Borzello (@jeffborzello) March 21, 2021
.@OhioBobcatClub How much do we need to donate for a Ben Vander Plas statue outside the Convo?— Steve Uhlmann (@SteveUhlmann) March 21, 2021
Think @OhioBobcats Ben Vander Plas’ dad is having fun? 👀 🤓— Kevin Porath (@KevinPorath) March 21, 2021
Ben Vander Plas trying to push aside “Birthplace of the Republican Party” as what Ripon is most known for. He’s buried a couple deeeep three’s as Ohio is up on Virginia.— Travis Wilson (@travisWSN) March 21, 2021
Ben Vander Plas called cash before it even went in 💰No. 13 Ohio hanging around vs. No. 4 Virginia pic.twitter.com/DMCdc1u7tP— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) March 21, 2021
Ohio has Steph Curry on their team pic.twitter.com/AhI4CQ6N8r— Barstool Sports (@barstoolsports) March 21, 2021
Sam Hauser on former AAU teammate Ben Vander Plas: "Man, he's good. He's so sound, so fundamentally sound. He's a good player. He is kind of like a glue guy to that team. Without him, I don't know what they'd be like."— Jason Arkley (@JasonRRArkley) March 21, 2021
Jason Preston is a wizard and Ben Vander Plas is a sniper. This Ohio team is legit. Will face Creighton with a Sweet 16 berth on the line— Brian Rauf (@brauf33) March 21, 2021
Probably the first time in his life that Dean Vander Plas has cheered against Tony Bennett! #MarchMadness— John Roby (@JRobes_1) March 21, 2021
Dean and Bennett Vsnder Plas getting lots of TV time and well deserved. Bennett Vander Plass has improved dramatically since high school.— Mark Miller (@WisBBYearbook) March 21, 2021
Yes March Dadness is so much fun!!! https://t.co/Wk0fbE11l1— Dean Vander Plas (@coachdvp) March 21, 2021
Our final dispatch from Assembly Hall: Ben Vander Plas, a kid named after Tony Bennett's family, helped take down Tony Bennett and UVA in #Ohio's victory over the 4-seeded Cavaliers.https://t.co/vuZZoyCD8H— Ross Dellenger (@RossDellenger) March 21, 2021
Ben Vander Plas has been a jack-of-all-trades for Ohio. He added to his repertoire against UVA, becoming a fist-pumping, clutch-shot making, figurehead propelling the Cats on a night when everyone learned his storyhttps://t.co/0dJd6P9nNa— Jason Arkley (@JasonRRArkley) March 21, 2021
The @marchmadness world knows about @benvanderplas & @OhioMBasketball now! Here's our full interview from Indy where we talk about being in the zone, coming back from down 7, his family, his family friend, the win, the reaction, and clashing with Creighton in the 2nd Round. pic.twitter.com/thMD331ceS— Russ Eisenstein (@RussEisenstein) March 21, 2021