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No. 1 Ohio State (27-4, 15-3 Big Ten) vs.
No. 8 Indiana (14-15, 7-11 Big Ten)
No. 9 Illinois (15-13, 7-11 Big Ten)
Friday, March 5, 2010, 6 p.m. ET
Conseco Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, Ind.
Radio/Internet: WOSU 820-AM/www.wosu.org (Marty Bannister, Kristin Watt)
Television: Big Ten Network (Tracy Warren, Vera Jones, Leah Secondo)
Live Stats: www.BigTen.org
Overall Tournament Record: 23-13
Tournament Championships: 2 – 2006, 2009
Finals Appearances: 5 – 1995, 2003, ’06, ’07, ’09
Jim Foster BTT record: 12-5
Setting The Stage
Tenth-ranked Ohio State heads to the Big Ten tournament as the No. 1 seed for a record sixth-consecutive season. The Buckeyes will face the winner of No. 8 Indiana and No. 9 Illinois, who play in the third game of Thursday’s opening session. Ohio State’s quarterfinal matchup against the winner will be at 6 p.m. ET Friday in Conseco Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. The Big Ten Network will carry the first nine games of the tournament live. ESPN2 will carry the championship game at 4:30 p.m. ET Sunday. All Ohio State games can be heard on WOSU 820AM (www.wosu.org) in Columbus.
Buckeye Big Ten Tourney TIDBITS
- The Buckeyes are the defending tournament champions after defeating Purdue, 67-66, in the 2009 championship game.
- Since 1995, when the Big Ten postseason tournament was reinstated, the Buckeyes are 23-13 and have lost their first game of the tournament only once.
- Ohio State earned its first of six-consecutive No. 1 seeds in the tournament in 2005. It marks the first time in Big Ten history a team has captured six-straight No. 1 seeds.
- The Buckeyes have reached the tournament championship game in four out of eight years under Jim Foster.
- Ohio State’s 2006 Big Ten Tournament title was the first in program history. The Buckeyes were the No. 2 seed that year, finishing with a 63-60 win over Purdue in the final.
- Head Coach Jim Foster is 12-5 all-time at the Big Ten tournament.
- Jantel Lavender set a Big Ten tournament record with 41 rebounds in three wins last season when she averaged 22.7 points, 13.7 rebounds and shot .644 percent (29-45) from the field. She has recorded a double-double in all four career Big Ten tournament games.
- The Buckeyes could potentially face Illinois in the quarterfinal round for the third year in a row.
- Ohio State has advanced to the tournament championship game five times, winning two (2006, 2009). They have met Purdue in the championship in three of the past four years and in four of the last seven.
Lavender Wins Third Big Ten Player of the Year Honor, Prahalis First Team All-Big Ten
Jantel Lavender was named the 2010 Big Ten Player of the Year for the third-consecutive year Monday by both the coaches and the media. She joins former Buckeye Jessica Davenport as the only three-time recipient of the award. Also honored was sophomore Samantha Prahalis, who, along with Lavender, were unanimous selections for first team All-Big Ten honors on both sides. Junior Brittany Johnson, one of the top three-point shooters in the country, was an honorable mention selection from the media while Shavelle Little earned her third-consecutive all-defensive team honor.
- Ohio State clinched its 13th and record-setting sixth-consecutive Big Ten championship outright with its win at Minnesota. No team – men’s or women’s – has ever won six straight Big Ten regular season titles.
- Ohio State clinched a share of the title Feb. 11 with its win over Purdue, becoming the earliest team to clinch the regular season title, both in terms of calendar days and in terms of games remaining. Previously, the earliest was Purdue clinching on Feb. 12 in 1999. In addition, no team has ever clinched with four or more games remaining on the schedule.
- A total of 11,827 fans showed up for the Feb. 21 overtime thriller with Michigan State. It marked the second-largest crowd at Value City Arena for a women’s game and the seventh-largest in program history.
- Sophomore Samantha Prahalis had her Ohio State-record streak of consecutive free throws snapped at 48 Feb. 21 vs. Michigan State. It was the second-longest streak in Big Ten history and the fifth-best in NCAA history.
- The Buckeyes have connected on a school record 205 three-pointers this season, breaking the old mark of 191 set during the 2004-05 season.
- The Buckeyes hit a Big Ten-record 17 three-pointers in the win at Penn State Feb. 7, breaking the old mark of 14. They shot 65 percent from long range (17-of-26) and hit 9-of-13 in the second half.
- The Buckeyes rank second in the NCAA in 3-point shooting at 40.6 percent. They also rank in the top 10 in scoring (9th, 78.5), assists (10th, 17.3), assist-turnover ratio (8th, +1.15) and fewest fouls (2nd, 12.9). The Buckeyes are shooting 46.1 percent overall, good for 13th and tops in the Big Ten. They have shot 50 percent or better 10 times, including three games of 60 percent or better.
- Ohio State is 23-0 this season when scoring 70 or more and 4-4 when scoring fewer than 70.
- Jantel Lavender leads the Big Ten and is 10th nationally with 20.9 ppg. She is already third on the school’s all-time scoring list with 1,923 points, needing 77 more to hit 2,000. If Lavender continues at her career average of 19.8 ppg she will break Katie Smith’s school record of 2,578 points.
- Lavender also is third in the Big Ten with 10.4 rebounds per game and leads the conference with a .518 field goal percentage.
- Lavender is one of only three players in Division I to average at least 20.0 points, 10.0 rebounds and shoot 50.0 percent.
- Lavender has scored in double figures in all 97 career games, the longest active streak in Division I.
- Lavender has 18 double-doubles this season, the third most in Division I, and 55 in her career, the most among active Big Ten players. The Buckeyes are 45-10 overall in her career when she records a double-double.
- Prahalis leads the Big Ten and is second nationally with 8.1 assists per game behind NCAA leader Courtney Vandersloot of Gonzaga (9.4). Prahalis has nine games with 10 or more and has dished out at least eight 18 times. Prahalis recorded a career-high 14 assists in the win over then-No. 15 California and again in the regular-season finale against Northwestern Feb. 25. She had 12 dimes in the win at Penn State. With 454 career assists, she is already sixth on Ohio State’s all-time list in only her sophomore season.
- Prahalis is seven assists away from setting an Ohio State single-season record for assists. She has 251 going into Friday’s quarterfinal game. Jamie Lewis holds the current record of 257 set during the 2000-01 season.
- Prahalis ranks third in the Big Ten with 18.2 ppg in Big Ten play. She had a 32-point performance in the win at Michigan State, 26 in the win at Penn State and 25 on the road at Wisconsin. Prahalis hit a career-high five three’s in the win at Penn State on six attempts.
- Prahalis notched her eighth double-double of the season Feb. 25 with 14 points and 14 assists in the victory over Northwestern. She had her seventh of the season with 26 points and 12 assists in the victory at Penn State. She also had 23 points and 10 assists in the win over Minnesota Jan. 28, marking the first game in her Ohio State career in which she committed zero turnovers.
- Prahalis is just the second Division I player since 1999-2000 to average at least 16.0 points and 8.0 assists per game. La’Terrica Dobin (16.0, 8.1) from Northwestern State was the only other player to do it in 2003-04.
- Brittany Johnson is shooting 48.1 percent from long range this season, the best in the Big Ten and fifth-best in the NCAA. She hit 4-of-5 in the loss at Purdue, finishing with 16 points, five rebounds, two assists and a steal and had 18 points and four more 3FG’s in the win over Iowa at home. In November, Johnson scored a career-high 23 points in the WNIT championship game against Oklahoma State. She hit seven 3FG’s, second-best on OSU’s single-game list.
- Johnson is on pace to set the Ohio State single-season record for best 3FG percentage in a season with her .481 clip. The current record is .462 set by Marscilla Packer in 2005-06.
- Ohio State has made 118 more free throws (496) than opponents have attempted (378) this season. The Buckeyes are 24-3 this year and 66-5 over the last three years when they make more than their opponents at the line.
- Ohio State hit a season-high 28-of-34 free throws in the win over Iowa Feb. 4, marking the most FT’s made in a game since the Buckeyes made an identical 28-of-34 in a win at Michigan on Feb. 25, 2007.
- Ohio State finished 19-1 at home this year, setting a program record with 19 home wins in a season.
- Ohio State is 127-10 at home overall under Jim Foster and 100-6 since the start of the 2004-05 season.
- Since the start of Ohio State’s Big Ten championship run in 2004-05, the Buckeyes are 48-3 in Big Ten games at Value City Arena and 85-14 in Big Ten play overall.
- Ohio State has won 110 of 112 at home against unranked opponents.
- Ohio State has played five games against teams currently ranked in the Associated Press Top 25 this season. Ohio State defeated No. 7 West Virginia and No. 20 Oklahoma State, lost to No. 9 Duke and went 1-1 against No. 25 Michigan State. Ohio State also knocked off notable opponents California and Mississippi on the road.
- The Buckeyes have been ranked in the Associated Press Top 25 for 113-consecutive weeks.
Last Time Out: OSU 78, NU 47
The Buckeyes made up for lost time by shooting 62 percent from the field and outscoring the Wildcats 48-22 after halftime en route to a 78-47 victory over the Wildcats Feb. 25. Samantha Prahalis had 14 assists on a variety of behind-the-back and over-the-head passes and Jantel Lavender scored 26 points and had 12 rebounds for the Buckeyes. The 14 assists tied Prahalis’ career best, set earlier this season against California. With the Buckeyes hanging on to a 30-25 lead at the break, Prahalis helped pick up the pace as they scored in transition, beat the Wildcats back on fastbreaks and stole passes in open court to set up easy baskets. Ohio State made shots inside and out while piling up 17 of the first 20 points, with Prahalis scoring the final five. She also had four assists during the surge that put the Buckeyes in front 47-28. Lavender, who was 12-of-17 from the field, was the recipient of several of the Buckeyes’ 25 assists.
Ohio State’s Big Ten titles
Seniors Nearing Win Record
Seniors Shavelle Little, Andrea Walker, Maria Moeller and Cherise Daniel have 106 wins going into the Big Ten Tournament, three shy from tying the program record of 109 set by the class of 2008 (Packer, Riley, Jamen).
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