Jan. 5, 2018
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Ohio State has won seven-straight and will look to keep rolling as it heads north to take on Michigan this Sunday. The game will tip at Noon and will be nationally televised on ESPN2.
NOTING OHIO STATE
- Ohio State heads north to take on No. 22 Michigan in an early conference season showdown.
- The Buckeyes won the only meeting with their rivals last year which came exactly one year ago to the day, Jan. 7, 2017.
- Ohio State is third in the country and tops in the Big Ten in scoring at 89.7 ppg.
- OSU is coming off a solid 91-75 win over Minnesota last Thursday. The Buckeyes held the nation’s ninth best scoring team to just 39 points through three quarters while building as much as a 42-point lead.
- The lone Michigan native on the roster, Asia Doss, has scored in double-figures in all four of her career games in her home state and is averaging 12.5 points and 3.0 assists against both Michigan and Michigan State.
- The Buckeye starting five accounts for 87.5 percent of the team’s scoring and combine to average 78.6 ppg which is tops in the country.
- Kelsey Mitchell is second in the country in scoring at 25.5 ppg and has also made the second-most three-pointers of any player in the country with 62.
- Mitchell is second in the Big Ten on the all-time scoring list with 2,961 points. She trails Minnesota’s Rachel Banham by just 132 points for the most all-time.
- Mitchell is the NCAA DI all-time leader in career three-pointers made with 430 and just 11 away from becoming the all division leader.
- Stephanie Mavunga is the only active player in the country with over 1,000 career points, 1,000 career rebounds and 250 career blocks.
- Mitchell, Mavunga and Harper are the highest scoring trio in the country at 56.3 ppg.
- Linnae Harper is grabbing 9.0 rebounds per game which is tops in the country for players at 5-8 or shorter.
- Sierra Calhoun has grabbed a season-high tying eight rebounds and dished a career-high tying four assists in each of the last two games.
Series History vs. Michigan
- Sunday’s game will be the 65th meeting all-time between the two rivals.
- The Buckeyes own a 53-11 advantage in the series which dates back to 1978.
- Ohio State dominated the series early but as of late, the teams have been fairly even.
- The Buckeyes are 24-7 in games played in Ann Arbor.
- The Buckeyes have scored 90 or more points just six times against Michigan but three of those occurrences have come in the last four meetings.
- Ohio State has won three-straight in the series since an overtime loss in Ann Arbor in 2015.
McGuff vs. Michigan
- Head coach Kevin McGuff is 5-4 in his previous nine games against Michigan.
- McGuff went 2-2 against the Wolverines while coaching at Xavier, winning once Ann Arbor in 2010.
- He then split the season series with Michigan in 2014 and 2015 and then led the Buckeyes to a win last year in Columbus.
Last Year vs. Michigan
- Kelsey Mitchell scored 26 points, Stephanie Mavunga helped control the inside and No. 11 Ohio State survived a record-breaking day by Michigan’s Katelynn Flaherty for a 96-87 victory on Jan. 7, 2017 in Columbus.
- Mavunga had 12 points, nine rebounds and a season-high tying four blocks.
- Tori McCoy added 14 points and eight rebounds off the bench.
- Mitchell led the Buckeyes with 26 points and three assists.
- Shayla Cooper scored 13 points and pulleddown six rebounds. Guards Kiara Lewis and Linnae Harper were also in double-doubles as Lewis had 11 points and Harper added 10 points and seven rebounds.
- The Ohio State reserves outscored their Wolverine counterparts 40-12.
- The Buckeyes had a 47-34 rebounding advantage, including 20-12 on the offensive end for 19 second-chance points.
- Flaherty had a career-high 38 points, hitting a school record eight 3-pointers, helping the Wolverines to a season-best 13 3s on 25 attempts.
- Ohio State made five straight baskets in a 10-2 third-quarter run to open a 65-54 lead. The Buckeyes took a 69-59 lead into the fourth and then made 8 of 16 shots and 10 of 12 free throws to hold off the Wolverines.
Shootouts with the Wolves
- The scoring has come fast and often for the Buckeyes in their recent meetings with Michigan.
- Ohio State has scored 90 or more points in three of the last four meetings, including twice in Ann Arbor.
- The first game in a 100-94 overtime loss at Michigan in 2015. Seven Buckeyes scored in double-figures that game.
- OSU then won nip-and-tuck games in each of the last two contests, scoring 97 and 96 points, respectively.
- The lone game in that stretch that was sub-90, the Buckeyes were ice cold for the first three quarters of it and trailed by 13 points with 9:10 to play. But they would rally to shoot almost 63 percent the rest of the way for a 77-73 comeback victory.