Dec. 16, 2017
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Ohio State heads down I-71 to face in-state foe Cincinnati on Sunday. This will be the third meeting in the last three years between the teams and the Buckeyes have won the previous two meetings. Tip-off is set for 4 p.m. and the game can be seen on ESPN2.
NOTING OHIO STATE
- The Buckeyes will close out the first half of the season on Sunday by traveling to meet in-state foe Cincinnati.
- This will be a second homecoming for the Mitchell family as this will be the second game for the Buckeyes in Cincinnati in the last three seasons.
- The Buckeyes are second in the country in scoring at 91.8 ppg
- OSU has tied the school single-season record for 100-point games with four.
- The Buckeye starting five accounts for 86.5 percent of the team’s scoring and combine to average 79.3 ppg which is tops in the country.
- Kelsey Mitchell leads the country in scoring at 25.8 ppg and has also made the most three-pointers of any player in the country with 51. She is fourth in the country at 4.3 threes per game.
- Mitchell is the NCAA DI all-time leader in career three-pointers made with 419 and OSU’s all-time scoring leader with 2,862 points.
- Stephanie Mavunga is the only active player in the country with over 1,000 career points, 1,000 career rebounds and 250 career blocks.
- Mavunga is also one of only five players in the country to have 16 or more rebounds in a game three times. Her 26 vs. Stanford are the most by any player this season.
- Linnae Harper is grabbing 8.9 rebounds per game which is tops in the country for players at 5-8 or shorter.
- Harper has notched at least two steals in all 11 games so far.
- Mitchell, Mavunga and Harper are the highest scoring trio in the country and make up three of the Big Ten’s top 11 scorers.
- Asia Doss is third in the Big Ten with a 3.4 assist-to-turnover ratio.
- Sierra Calhoun has made 17 three-pointers and is averaging 16 points per game over the last five games.
- Calhoun is shooting 56 percent from the floor in the last three games.
Series History vs. Cincinnati
- Ohio State leads the all-time series with its in-state rival 18-4.
- The Buckeyes won the first eight games in the series from 1973 through 1980.
- Ohio State holds a 5-3 edge in games played in Cincinnati including a 105-76 win two years ago in the most recent meeting.
- The Buckeyes are 10-1 in meetings in Columbus with the only loss coming in 1981.
Kevin McGuff vs. Cincinnati
- Head coach Kevin McGuff is 7-5 in his games against Cincinnati.
- Nine of the 12 games came while he was the head coach at cross-town rival Xavier. He was 5-4 in those nine contests.
- McGuff is 2-1 as head coach of the Buckeyes against Cincinnati, losing in 2013 and winning the last two seasons.
Last Year vs. Cincinnati
- Ohio State held Cincinnati to just 10 points after halftime and just one point in the fourth quarter to turn a one-point halftime deficit into an 80-38 rout on Dec. 4 at Value City Arena.
- Ohio State struggled for the second-straight game in the opening half, shooting 4-of-17 (23.5 percent) and trailed 28-27 at the break. But in the second half, the Buckeyes turned the tables by shooting 65 percent and held UC to 3-of-37 (8.1 percent) shooting which included 0-of-19 in the fourth quarter.
- Kelsey Mitchell led all scorers with 23 points on 4-of-6 from long range.
- Alexa Hart notched her first double-double of the season with 10 points and a season-high 12 rebounds.
- Shanice Johnson led the Bearcats with her own double-double of 10 points and 17 rebounds.
- All nine Buckeyes that dressed for the game scored at least three points.
- Ohio State grabbed 54 rebounds in the game.
- The 38 points were tied for the fewest points the Buckeyes have given up under head coach Kevin McGuff, matching the 52-38 victory over Appalachian State on Dec. 20, 2013.
- Cincinnati led for 19:36 in the game while the Buckeyes were ahead for just 18:34.
Buckeyes vs. The State of Ohio
- The Buckeyes are 153-21 all-time against teams from Ohio.
- Cincinnati is the only team from the state on the Buckeyes’ schedule this season