#7/9 Ohio State Buckeyes (25-3, 13-2 Big Ten) at Wisconsin Badgers (18-7, 8-6 Big Ten)
Thursday, Feb. 18, 2010, 7/8 p.m. ET
Kohl Center • Madison, Wis.
Radio/Internet: WOSU 820-AM/www.wosu.org (Marty Bannister, Toni Roesch)
Live Stats: www.UWBadgers.com
Series Record: OSU leads, 42-14
In Madison: OSU leads, 15-9
Last Meeting: 12/6/09, OSU, 70-55 In Columbus
Series in 2008-09: OSU, 2-0
Current Win Streak: OSU, 15
- Ohio State clinched its 13th and record-setting sixth-consecutive Big Ten championship outright with its win at Minnesota Sunday. 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.
- With 186 makes from beyond the arc, the Buckeyes need six more three-pointers to break the school record for makes in a season, which is 191 set in 2004-05.
- Ohio State leads the all-time series with the Badgers 42-14 and have won the last 15 overall. Wisconsin’s last win over the Buckeyes was Feb. 25, 2001 in Madison, 81-62. Jim Foster has never lost to Wisconsin, Northwestern or Michigan in his career at Ohio State.
- Ohio State is a perfect 18-0 at home this year, the best home mark in program history. The Buckeyes also went 17-0 at home back during the 2004-05 season and 14-0 in 2002-03 under Foster.
- Ohio State is 126-9 at home overall under Jim Foster and 99-5 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 47-2 in Big Ten games at Value City Arena and 84-13 in Big Ten play overall.
- Ohio State has won 24 straight games at home and 109 of 110 at home against unranked opponents.
- 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 40.9 percent. They also rank in the Top 10 in scoring (7th, 78.7), assists (9th, 17.4), assist-turnover ratio (7th, +1.16) and fewest fouls (4th, 13.3). The Buckeyes are shooting 46.0 percent on the season, good for 15th in the NCAA and tops in the Big Ten. They have shot 50 percent or better nine times, including three games of 60 percent or better.
- Ohio State is 21-0 this season when scoring 70 or more points.
- Jantel Lavender leads the Big Ten and is 11th nationally with 20.5 ppg. She is already fourth on the school’s all-time scoring list with 1,850 points. If Lavender continues at her career average of 19.7 ppg she will challenge Katie Smith’s school record of 2,578 points.
- Lavender also is second in the Big Ten with 10.3 rebounds per game and is first with a .508 field goal percentage.
- Lavender has scored in double figures in all 94 career games, the longest active streak in Division I.
- Lavender has 15 double-doubles this season, the fourth most in Division I, and 52 in her career, the most among active Big Ten players. The Buckeyes are 43-9 overall in her career when she records a double-double.
- 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. She is the only Big Ten player since the 1999-2000 season to average 20 and 10.
- Samantha Prahalis leads the Big Ten and is second nationally with 8.1 assists per game behind NCAA leader Courtney Vandersloot of Gonzaga (9.0). Prahalis has eight games with 10 or more and has dished out at least eight 17 times. Prahalis recorded a career-high 14 assists in the win over then-No. 15 California and had 12 in the win at Penn State. With 429 career assists, she is already seventh on Ohio State’s all-time list in only her sophomore season.
- Prahalis has made 39-straight free throws going into Thursday’s game at Wisconsin, including a 12-for-12 performance at Minnesota, one shy of the school record held by Katie Smith. Prahalis is shooting 82.5 percent from the line, including 88.9 percent in Big Ten games, which is second best in the league.
- Prahalis ranks third in the Big Ten with 18.1 ppg in Big Ten play. She had a 32-point performance in the win at Michigan State and 26 in the win at Penn State. Prahalis hit a career-high five three’s in the win at Penn State on six attempts.
- Prahalis notched her seventh double-double 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 50.0 percent from long range this season, the best in the Big Ten and fourth-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 Ohio State’s single-game list.
- Ohio State has made 108 more free throws (456) than opponents have attempted (348) this season. The Buckeyes are 23-2 this year and 65-4 since the start of the 2007-08 season when they make more than their opponents at the free throw 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 is 18-2 after a loss since the 2004-05 season and 26-6 overall under Jim Foster in regular-season games. Ohio State had its 12-game win streak snapped with its 63-61 loss at Purdue Feb. 25.
- 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 Top 25 in No. 9 West Virginia (22-3) and No. 17 Oklahoma State (18-6) in the preseason WNIT. Another note-worthy win came on Dec. 13 when Ohio State picked up a 79-77 win at Mississippi. The Lady Rebels are 15-10 overall and 6-6 in the SEC. They have picked up key SEC wins over No. 23 LSU, twice, and at No. 20 Georgia.
- The Buckeyes have been ranked in the Associated Press Top 25 for 111-consecutive weeks.
Ohio State’s Big Ten titles
Last Time vs. Wisconsin – OSU 70, UW 55
Jantel Lavender scored 16 of her 23 points in the second half, helping to turn a slow start into a 70-55 victory in the Big Ten opener for both teams Dec. 6 in Columbus. The result was a 50-point second half in which the Buckeyes doubled their field goal percentage to 48 percent. In addition, they prevented Wisconsin’s deliberate, patient offense from finding open shooters, and rattled the Badgers into 11 turnovers that resulted in 15 important points. The Buckeyes led 2-0 and then not again until Lavender scored with 9:38 left. Brittany Johnson scored 16 points and Tayler Hill and Samantha Prahalis each added 11 for the Buckeyes. Prahalis said the difference was definitely defense for the Buckeyes. Alyssa Karel and Teah Gant both had 10 points for the Badgers.
Last Time Out: OSU 64, Minnesota 59
Ohio State captured the outright Big Ten title with its win at Minnesota Sunday. The Buckeyes became the only Big Ten men’s or women’s basketball program to win six consecutive conference titles. Sunday’s win guaranteed Ohio State’s fourth outright Big Ten crown during that stretch and a No. 1 seed in the conference tournament. Tayler Hill scored 11 of her 13 points in the second half to supplement Samantha Prahalis’ game-high 19 points. Jantel Lavender also finished in double figures with 14. Sophomore Jackie Voigt led Minnesota with 15 points and Zoe Harper chipped in 10. The Buckeyes’ 8-0 run to snap a 45-45 tie was the decisive blow after the Gophers led for nearly 30 minutes. Ohio State shot just 35.3 percent from the floor and went 2-for-12 from the 3-point line, but a 26 of 30 showing from the free-throw line was enough to capture the victory it’s record-setting Big Ten title.
“Pack the Schott” This Sunday
Come help “Pack the Schott” Sunday, Feb. 21 as Ohio State takes on Big Ten rival Michigan State at 3 p.m. ET at Value City Arena. Tickets can be purchased at www.OhioStateBuckeyes..com. Fans are encouraged to wear pink to show their support for the fight against breast cancer, part of the WBCA Pink Zone initiative. The Spielman Fund will be on hand accepting donations. Chris Spielman and his children also will be on hand for a special check presentation during the game.
Other perks include:
- Pink construction hats distributed to fans
- Pink Ohio State T-shirts will be on sale
- Autographs with All-American and two-time Big Ten Player of the Year Jantel Lavender
- Postgame layups on the arena floor
- Special band presentation at halftime
- Matt the “Balloon Guy” on hand making pink ribbon balloons