Feb. 28, 2018
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Ohio State heads to Indianapolis this weekend for the Big Ten Tournament. The Buckeyes are the No. 1 seed and will begin play at Noon on Friday against the winner of the 8/9 games between Rutgers and Purdue.
NOTING OHIO STATE
- Ohio State closed the regular season with a 24-6 overall record and won its Big Ten leading 16th conference championship.
- The Buckeyes have won eight-straight games over Big Ten foes since its three-game losing skid in mid-Janaury.
- Ohio State heads to Indianapolis as the No. 1 seed and will be seeking its fifth Big Ten Tournament title.
- Ohio State has held its last eight Big Ten opponents to under 70 points which is the longest such stretch under head coach Kevin McGuff.
- The Buckeye class of Asia Doss, Alexa Hart, Kelsey Mitchell and Makayla Waterman recorded its 100th vs. Purdue on Feb. 18.
- Stephanie Mavunga has averaged over 18 points per game over the last eight games and leads the team with 15 double-doubles on the year.
- Kelsey Mitchell is the Big Ten’s all-time leading scorer, either male or female, with 3,286 career points and is currently third in NCAA history.
- Mitchell has made a three-pointer in an NCAA record 87-straight games.
- Linnae Harper has 12 double-doubles on the year. Her and Mavunga are the only major conference duo with 12 or more double-doubles this season.
Buckeyes In The Big Ten Tournament
- Since 1995, when the Big Ten postseason tournament was reinstated, the Buckeyes are 35-18 and have lost their first game of the tournament only once (2008).
- The Buckeyes have reached the tournament championship game eight times, winning four titles (2006, 2009, 2010, 2011).
- Ohio State has a 22-8 record overall since the 2006 tournament.
- Ohio State’s 2006 Big Ten Tournament title was the first in program history. The Buckeyes were the No. 1 seed that year, finishing with a 63-60 win over Purdue in the final.
- In 2011, Ohio State won the tournament as a No. 5 seed, defeating No. 4 Iowa, No. 1 Michigan State and No. 2 Penn State.
- This is eighth time the Buckeyes have entered the tournament as the No. 1 seed. OSU has won three of its four titles as the top seed.
- Ohio State earned its first of six consecutive No. 1 seeds in the tournament in 2005, marking the first time in Big Ten history a team has captured six-straight No. 1 seeds.
- Kelsey Mitchell has been named to the All-Tournament Team in two of her three seasons.
- Mitchell is averaging 26.9 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 3.1 apg and is shooting almost 44 percent from the floor in her seven Big Ten Tournament games.
Noting Last Year’s Big Ten Tournament
- Ohio State tied its own Big Ten Tournament record with 99 points vs. Northwestern in the 99-68 quarterfinal victory.
- The 13 three-pointers against NW were the most three-pointers the Buckeyes have made in a Big Ten Tournament game
- Ohio State’s 31-point win was its largest margin of victory in the Big Ten Tournament.
- Kelsey Mitchell scored a game-high 27 points on 6-of-9 shooting from beyond the arc.
- Makayla Waterman tied her career-high with three blocks and was a career-best 6-of-8 from the free throw line. She finished with eight points and seven rebounds marking the most in both categories since the start of Big Ten play.
- Linnae Harper did not miss a shot, going 5-of-5 overall and 1-of-1 from long range for 11 points.
- OSU fell in the semifinals 71-60 to Purdue.
- Mitchell finished with nine points, just the second game of her career with fewer than 10 points.
- Shayla Cooper led the team with 18 points, 10 rebounds and four assists for her third double-double of the season.
- The Buckeyes shot a season-low 13 percent from beyond the arc.
- Conversely, Purdue notched season-highs of 72.7 percent from long range and 91.3 percent from the foul line.
- Ohio State forced 20 turnovers and blocked an OSU Big Ten Tournament Record 14 shots.