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#6/6 Ohio State (15-1, 3-0 Big Ten) vs. Michigan (9-4, 1-2 Big Ten)
Sunday, Jan. 3, 2010, 2 p.m. ET
Value City Arena • Columbus, Ohio

Radio/Internet: WOSU 820-AM/ www.wosu.org (Marty Bannister, Toni Roesch)
Television: www.BigTenNetwork.com
Live Stats: www.OhioStateBuckeyes.com

Series Record: OSU leads, 45-6
Series in 2008-09: OSU, 2-0
Last Meeting: 1/29/09, OSU, 52-44
In Columbus: OSU leads 24-2
Current Win Streak: OSU, 12
Next Meeting: 1/21/10 in Ann Arbor

Foster Wins No. 700
Head coach Jim 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 in his 32nd season. Foster spent 13 at St. Joseph’s (248-126) and 11 at Vanderbilt (256-99) and  before coaching Ohio State where he has won 80.3 percent of his games with a record of 196-48 in his eighth season.

FASTBREAK POINTS

  • Ohio State head coaches Jim Foster (women’s basketball), Thad Matta (men’s basketball) and Jim Tressel (football) are a combined 27-2 against Michigan teams during their tenure at Ohio State. Foster is 10-0, Matta 9-1 and Tressel 8-1. All three teams swept their respective season series from Michigan in 2008-09.
  • Ohio State is 20-1 in its last 21 regular season games and 25-2 overall dating to last season.
  • Ohio State has won 18 straight games at home and 103 of its last 104 at home against unranked opponents.
  • The Buckeyes lead the Big Ten and rank fourth nationally with 84.6 points per game, which includes a 99-point performance Dec. 22 in a win over Western Illinois in Columbus. Ohio State also leads the conference and is tied for second in the NCAA with 19.2 assists per game. The Buckeyes are shooting 49.1 percent on the season, good for fourth 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.
  • Ohio State is outscoring opponents by an average margin of +24.8 points. The Buckeyes have won 11 games this season by 20 points or more and have scored at least 90 five times.
  • Jantel Lavender leads the Big Ten and is ninth nationally with 22.4 ppg. She is already eighth on the school’s all-time scoring list with 1,633 points. If Lavender continues at her career average of 19.9 ppg she will challenge Katie Smith’s school record of 2,578 points. With 836 career rebounds, she sits in fifth place on Ohio State’s all-time list.
  • Lavender has scored in double figures in all 82 career games – the longest active streak in Division I.
  • Lavender has 44 career double-doubles, the most among active Big Ten players. The Buckeyes are 37-7 overall in her career when she records a double-double. She has seven this season while teammate Samantha Prahalis is second on the team with five.
  • Samantha Prahalis leads the Big Ten and is second nationally with 8.5 assists per game this season, just behind NCAA leader Courtney Vandersloot of Gonzaga (9.3). Prahalis has five games with 10 or more and has dished out at least eight 11 different times. Prahalis recorded a career-high 14 assists in the win over No. 15 California. With 340 career assists, she is already ninth on Ohio State’s all-time list in only her sophomore season. She needs two more to pass Cheryl Perozek (1988-91, 341) for eighth place.
  • Shavelle Little wrecked havoc in the win at Illinois with a career-high eight steals off the bench. It was tied for the fourth-best performance on Ohio State’s all-time list and was the most since Kim Wilburn had eight in a win over Canisius Dec. 22, 2005.
  • With 236 career steals, Little needs two more to pass Lisa Cline (1986-89, 237) for fifth place on Ohio State’s all-time list.
  • Ohio State has made 65 more free throws (260) than opponents have attempted (195) this season. The Buckeyes are 15-1 this season and 57-3 since the start of the 2007-08 season when they outshoot their opponents at the free throw line.
  • Ohio State is 120-9 at home under Jim Foster and 93-5 since the start of the 2004-05 season.
  • The Buckeyes have been ranked in the Associated Press Top 25 for 104-consecutive weeks.
  • Ohio State owns the seventh-best winning percentage (.836) and has the ninth-most wins (138) in all of women’s basketball over the last five seasons.

Lavender Named Big Ten Player of the Week for third time in ’09
Jantel Lavender earned her third Big Ten player of the week honor of the season and the 12th of her career after leading the Buckeyes to a pair of wins last week, including a road victory against Illinois. The junior averaged 25.5 points and 8.0 rebounds per game while shooting 63.9 percent from the floor. On Monday, she tallied 31 points against the Illini, marking her third 30-point game this season and the seventh of her career. Earlier in the week, Lavender put up 20 points in just 23 minutes against Western Illinois, also contributing eight boards, three assists, a block and a steal.

Last Time out: Buckeyes Shut Down Northwestern, 86-60 as Foster wins No. 700
Ohio State coach Jim Foster earned his 700th career victory as the Buckeyes surged to an 86-60 win over Northwestern. Sarah Schulze and Samantha Prahalis each scored 16 points, helping Ohio State take over sole possession of the Big Ten lead with its seventh straight win. The Buckeyes used a 28-3 run in a 7:34 span starting late in the first half and opened a 53-20 lead with 17:16 to play and led by as many as 41 points later in the half. Jantel Lavender had 14 points and nine rebounds for Ohio State while Tayler Hill added 12 points. Dannielle Diamant scored a game-high 20 points for the Wildcats (11-3, 2-1), who had shared the Big Ten lead with the Buckeyes. Amy Jaeschke had 13 points. Ohio State shot 52.2 percent from the field and 50 percent (9 of 18) on 3-pointers. Northwestern shot just 37.9 percent (22 of 58) from the field but outrebounded the Buckeyes 37-35. The Buckeyes improved their all-time series record against Northwestern to 36-15 and have won the last 18 meetings. The last Northwestern victory was a 48-41 win Jan. 17, 1999 in Evanston. The Buckeyes have a 15-10 edge in games played in Evanston.

Scouting Michigan
Michigan enters Sunday’s game 9-4 and 1-2 in the Big Ten and looking to snap a two-game losing skid with back-to-back losses to Northwestern (63-59) and on the road at No. 24 Michigan State, 86-71. Two of its four losses have come against ranked teams, the other being No. 22 Kansas on the road back on Nov. 22. The Wolverines just finished a brutal yet successful December schedule where they played six of seven games on the road which included wins at Virginia Tech, at Iowa, at Boston College, at No. 8 Xavier and at Detroit. The Wolverines are led by junior guard Veronica Hicks who averages 14.2 ppg and is one of four starters averaging double figures in scoring. Freshman guard Dayeesha Hollins from Cincinnati is a candidate for Big Ten freshman of the year honors, averaging 13.1 ppg and 3.7 rebounds. One other UM starter hails from the Buckeye state in Carmen Reynolds, a 6-0 forward averaging 11.8 ppg. Kevin Borseth (Lake Superior State, 1976) is in his third season at Michigan with a record of 29-34 and is 535-244 in his 27th overall.
 
Last Time vs. Michigan – 2/15/09
Jantel Lavender scored 17 points and Brittany Johnson added 13 as No. 15 Ohio State held off Michigan 52-44 in Ann Arbor Jan. 29, 2009. Star Allen added 11 for the Buckeyes who overcame 20 turnovers to hold onto their conference lead. Courtney Boylan and Melinda Queen scored 10 points each for Michigan. The Wolverines only shot 27 percent in the first half, but took a 23-22 lead at halftime by forcing 12 turnovers by the Buckeyes. Michigan also went 8-for-11 from the free-throw line, while Ohio State made the only shot they took. The teams traded the lead for the first 10 minutes of the second half, with Ohio State’s turnovers preventing them from pulling away. The Buckeyes defense tightened up midway through the final period, though. They held Michigan without a point for nearly five minutes and built a 46-39 lead. Boylan scored the next five points, but Johnson answered with a 3-pointer to make it 49-44 and the Buckeyes sealed the game from the free-throw line. Ohio State held Michigan to 2-of-20 shooting from three.

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