#4/6 Ohio State (20-2, 8-1 Big Ten) vs. Minnesota (11-8, 4-4 Big Ten)
Thursday, Jan. 28, 2010, 7:30 p.m. ET
Value City Arena • Columbus, Ohio
Radio/Internet: WOSU 820-AM/ www.wosu.org (Marty Bannister, Kristin Watt)
Television: Big Ten Network (Mark Neely, Mary Murphy)
Live Stats: www.OhioStateBuckeyes.com
Series Record: OSU leads, 47-10
Series in 2008-09: Tied, 1-1
Last Meeting: 2/19/09, OSU, 73-62 in Minneapolis
Next Meeting: 2/14/10 in Minneapolis
In Columbus: OSU leads, 23-1
Current Win Streak: OSU, 1
- Ohio State had its 12-game win streak snapped with a 63-61 loss at Purdue Monday night.
- History is on the side of the Buckeyes after a loss. Ohio State is 16-2 after a loss since the 2004-05 season and 24-6 overall under Jim Foster in regular-season games.
- Ohio State (8-1) holds a one-game lead on Penn State (7-2) in the Big Ten with nine games still on the docket. The Buckeyes and the Nittany Lions face each other just once this season when OSU travels to State College Feb. 7. Wisconsin and Purdue are tied for third at 5-4 with Minnesota in fifth at 4-4.
- The Buckeyes are 47-10 all-time against the Golden Gophers and have won six of the last eight overall. Minnesota handed Ohio State its only home Big Ten loss last season with a 59-56 win at Value City Arena — Minnesota’s first-ever win in Columbus. The Buckeyes are 23-1 all-time against the Gophers in Columbus.
- Ohio State is 15-0 at home this season, 123-9 at home overall under Jim Foster and 96-5 since the start of the 2004-05 season. The best home record in program history is 17-0, set back during the 2004-05 season.
- Since the start of Ohio State’s Big Ten championship run in 2004-05, the Buckeyes are 44-2 (.956) in Big Ten games at Value City Arena and 79-12 (.868) in Big Ten play overall.
- Ohio State has won 21 straight games at home and 106 of 107 at home against unranked opponents.
- With a record of 201-49 (.804) in his eighth season at Ohio State, head coach Jim Foster is just the second coach — men’s or women’s — to win at least 200 games at three different schools (C. Vivian Stringer is the other). Foster spent 13 seasons at St. Joseph’s (248-126) and 11 at Vanderbilt (256-99) before coaching at Ohio State.
- Coach Foster won his 700th career game on New Year’s Eve with an 86-60 win at Northwestern. Foster is the ninth-winningest active coach in Division I (by wins) and is 12th all-time with a record of 705-274 in his 32nd season.
- Foster earned his 100th Big Ten victory with the win over Indiana. Jan. 17 He is 101-24 (.808) in Big Ten regular season games at Ohio State.
- Ohio State is 25-2 in its last 27 regular season games and 30-3 overall dating to last season.
- Ohio State’s game with No. 19 Michigan State Jan. 9 marked the third ranked opponent Ohio State has played this season. Ohio State defeated then-No. 15 Cal, 83-71, in Columbus before dropping an 83-67 decision to No. 11 Duke Dec. 3 in Durham. The Buckeyes also defeated two other teams currently ranked in the AP Top 25 in No. 15 Oklahoma State (16-3) and No. 16 West Virginia (18-2) in the preseason WNIT. Another note-worthy win came on Dec. 13 when Ohio State picked up a 79-77 win at Ole Miss. The Lady Rebels are receiving votes in both polls with a 14-5 overall record and a 5-1 mark in the SEC and have picked up wins over No. 12 LSU and No. 9 Georgia.
- The Buckeyes lead the Big Ten and rank eighth nationally with 79.5 points per game, which includes a 99-point performance Dec. 22 in a win over Western Illinois. Ohio State also leads the conference and is ninth in the NCAA with 17.7 assists per game. The Buckeyes are shooting 46.7 percent on the season, good for eighth in the NCAA and tops in the Big Ten. They have shot 50 percent or better seven times, including three games of 60 percent or better.
- Jantel Lavender leads the Big Ten and is 12th nationally with 21.1 ppg. She is already eighth on the school’s all-time scoring list with 1,740 points. If Lavender continues at her career average of 19.8 ppg she will challenge Katie Smith’s school record of 2,578 points. She also leads the Big Ten with 10.3 boards per game and is first with a .521 field goal percentage.
- Lavender needs seven points to pass Nikita Lowry (1,746) for seventh place, 11 to pass Lisa Cline (1,750) for sixth and 14 to pass Kim Jordan (1,753) for fifth.
- Lavender is just the third player in program history to record at least 1,700 points, 900 rebounds and 100 blocked shots in a career. Tracey Hall (1985-88) and Jessica Davenport (2004-07) were the first two.
- Lavender has 12 double-doubles this season, the third most in Division I, and 49 in her career, the most among active Big Ten players. The Buckeyes are 41-8 overall in her career when she records a double-double.
- Lavender has scored in double figures in all 88 career games – the longest active streak in Division I.
- Samantha Prahalis leads the Big Ten and is second nationally with 7.7 assists per game this season, behind NCAA leader Courtney Vandersloot of Gonzaga (9.0). Prahalis has five games with 10 or more and has dished out at least eight 12 different times. Prahalis recorded a career-high 14 assists in the win over No. 15 California. With 373 career assists, she is already seventh on Ohio State’s all-time list in only her sophomore season.
- Prahalis ranks third in the Big Ten with 17.7 ppg in Big Ten play. She has 92 points (20.6 ppg) in her last five games, including a 32-point performance in the win at Michigan State.
- Ohio State has made 80 more free throws (351) than opponents have attempted (271) this season. The Buckeyes are 19-2 this season and 61-4 since the start of the 2007-08 season when they outshoot their opponents at the free throw line.
- The Buckeyes have been ranked in the Associated Press Top 25 for 108-consecutive weeks.
Foster Earns 11th-Consecutive 20-Win Season
With the win at Michigan Jan. 21, Ohio State recorded its eighth-consecutive 20-win season. It also marked the 24th of Coach Jim Foster’s career, his 11th-consecutive overall and his eighth in Columbus, the most of any coach at Ohio State. Foster has done it each year at Ohio State since his first season in 2002-03, including a 30-win season in 2004-05.
The Gophers, winners in four of their last six, are 11-8 overall and 4-4 in the Big Ten after a 66-57 loss at home to Michigan State last Sunday. Minnesota features a stingy defense that leads the Big Ten in steals at 10.2 per game while also leading the league in rebounding margin (+5.6) and offensive rebounds (15.3) in conference play. Senior Brittany McCoy is one of the more solid defenders in the Big Ten, ranking third in the conference in steals (2.5) and second with 4.6 assists per game. Sophomore Kiara Buford leads the Gophers with 14.2 ppg in Big Ten games. Pam Borton is in her eighth season as head coach with a record of 163-81 and 222-130 in her 12th season overall. The Gophers finished 20-12 last season and advanced to the second round of the NCAA tournament.
Last Time vs. Minnesota – 2/19/2009
Samantha Prahalis scored 17 points to lead 20th-ranked Ohio State in a 73-62 victory at Minnesota Jan. 19, 2009 in Minneapolis, keeping the Buckeyes in first place in the Big Ten race and avenging an previous loss at home to the Gophers. Jantel Lavender and Star Allen had 14 points apiece for the Buckeyes, who remained tied with Michigan State atop the conference. Emily Fox led Minnesota with 18 points, but the Gophers missed their chance to sweep Ohio State for the first time in the program’s history and saw their hopes of winning their first Big Ten title effectively end. Ohio State trailed, 30-26, at the half, but took advantage of numerous Minnesota turnovers and jumped out to a game-high 14-point lead midway through the period. Ohio State shot 65 percent in the second half after shooting just 34 in the opening 20 minutes. Brittany Johnson knocked down four 3-point field goals to contribute a dozen points. Allen led the Buckeyes with nine rebounds.