Feb. 12, 2018
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After a brief jump out of conference, the Buckeyes get right back into Big Ten action as they head to Illinois for a clash with the Illini on Tuesday. Game time is set for 8 p.m. ET and fans can watch the game online on BTN2Go.
NOTING OHIO STATE
- Ohio State heads to the State Farm Center on Tuesday following a quick turn around for a matchup with Illinois.
- After a brief jump out of conference, the Buckeyes get back to Big Ten play where they have won their last four games over conference foes.
- In those four wins, Ohio State has held its B1G opponents to less than 70 points, the first four-game stretch of that kind vs. conference foes under Kevin McGuff.
- For a nine-year stretch from 2004-2012, Ohio State dominated the series with Illinois, but as of late, it’s been much closer. OSU has won just five of the last eight matchups including going 2-2 in the last four trips to Champaign.
- Since losing to the Illini on Valentine’s Day in 2015, the Buckeyes have won the last three meetings by an averaging of nearly 26 points per game.
- McGuff has won at least 20 games in 14 of his 16 seasons as head coach.
- Kelsey Mitchell is the Big Ten’s all-time leading scorer, either male or female, with 3,188 career points and is currently fourth in NCAA history.
- Mitchell has made a three-pointer in an NCAA record 83-straight games.
- Mitchell is one of just four players with over 3,000 career points and 500 career assists.
- Stephanie Mavunga recently scored her 1,500th career point and is just 11 blocks shy of 300.
- Mavunga has 13 double-doubles on the year and Linnae Harper has 10. They are the only major conference duo with 10 or more double-doubles this season.
- Harper is one of only two players in the country to average 15 points, 8.5 rebounds, two assists and two steals per game.
- Mitchell, Mavunga and Harper are the highest scoring trio in the country at 55.6 ppg.
- The Buckeye starting five accounts for 88.6 percent of the team’s scoring and combine to average 75.7 ppg which is tops in the country.
Series History vs. Illinois
- The Buckeyes lead the all-time series with Illinois 49-20.
- Ohio State has won 13 of the last 16 meetings in the series.
- The Buckeyes dominated the series in the 80s, winning 15-straight from 1982-89.
- Illinois enjoyed its best run of success against the Buckeyes in the late 90s and early 2000s, winning 9 of 10 contests.
- The Buckeyes have won 25 of the 30 meetings between the teams in Columbus.
- The series is much closer in Champaign as the Buckeyes lead just 18-14.
McGuff vs. Illinois
- Head coach Kevin McGuff is 4-1 against the Illini.
- He won in Columbus in his first season and then lost in Champaign in his second.
- In 2016, he and the Buckeyes won both ends of the home-and-home battles and then won the lone meeting last year.
Last Year vs. Illinois
- Ohio State defeated Illinois 88-64 on Jan. 22 at Value City Arena.
- Fueled by a season high 15 three-pointers, Ohio State improved to 49-20 all-time against Illinois.
- Kelsey Mitchell led the way with 22 points on 6-of-12 shooting from beyond the arc.
- Sierra Calhoun notched 11 points while Kiara Lewis and Asia Doss both added 10.
- Stephanie Mavunga and Linnae Harper both hauled in a team-leading nine rebounds.
- The Fighting Illini started the game off with six straight points, but the Buckeyes charged right back with 13 unanswered points of their own to take a lead they would not relinquish.
- OSU led by 35 at one point, thanks in large part to outscoring their Big Ten foe 29-10 in the third quarter.
- On the defensive end Ohio State held Illinois to 36.9 percent shooting.
- The game was truly a team effort; all 12 players who saw action scored at least two points and all but two brought down a rebound.