Jan. 20, 2016
#7/7 Ohio State at Michigan
Date: January 21, 2016 | Time: 6:00 p.m. | Venue: Crisler Arena | Location: Ann Arbor, Mich.
Radio: 1460 AM
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Setting The Scene
- The Buckeyes head north to face their rivals for the only time this season on Thursday evening.
- Tip-off is set for 6 p.m. ET from Crisler Arena.
- The Buckeyes bounced-back from their first B1G loss of the season in a big way, downing Purdue last Sunday 90-70. Ohio State is ranked No. 7 in the latest AP poll and has a record of 13-4 overall and 5-1 in B1G play.
- Michigan has won three of its last four contests and stands at 11-6 overall and 3-3 in conference action. The Wolverines took care of Penn State in State College last Sunday, 91-87.
- The game will be televised on the Big Ten Network. Kevin Kugler and Vera Jones will have the call.
- The game can also be heard on ESPN 1460 AM in the Columbus area and on www.OhioStateBuckeyes.com.
Noting The Buckeyes
- The Buckeyes lead the conference and are third in the country in scoring at 86.4 ppg.
- Ohio State is ranked 7th in both the AP poll and coaches polls.
- The Buckeyes have scored 80 or more points in the last 10 games, marking the longest such streak in school history.
- Ohio State grabbed 50 rebounds against Indiana on Jan. 7, marking the first 50-rebound game for the team since Dec. 14, 2010.
- Alexa Hart is shooting 73.5 percent (61-of-83) from the floor over the last 10 games.
- Since the start of conference play, Hart leads the conference in shooting percentage at 70.6.
- Senior Ameryst Alston and sophomore Kelsey Mitchell were each named to the Mid-season Wooden Top 20 and the preseason Naismith Award Watch Lists.
- Mitchell is second in the country at 25.3 ppg and Alston is 48th at 18.8 ppg.
- When Mitchell and Alston each score 20 points in a game, the Buckeyes are 19-3, including 9-1 this season.
- Alston is 7th in school history with 1,880 career points. She is 32 points away from 6th.
- Alston is two assists away from becoming the eighth Buckeye with 400 career assists.
- In just over a season and a half, Mitchell is already 19th on OSU’s career scoring chart at 1,303 points.
- The Buckeyes have faced five top-10 teams already this season, including all four of last year’s Final Four teams.
- Michigan opened the season with seven-straight victories, including an 82-45 blowout of Pitt in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.
- The Wolverines then lost five of their next six before rebounding as of late, winning three of the last four.
- Two of UM’s three wins in B1G play have come against Iowa and at Minnesota.
- Michigan is one of three teams in the Big Ten averaging over 80 points per game at 80.8.
- A large chunk of that scoring comes from Katelynn Flaherty who is third in the conference in scoring at 22.1 points per game.
- Flaherty leads the conference in free throw percentage and is fourth in the conference in three-pointers per game at 2.8.
- Hallie Thome is the only other Wolverine averaging in double-figures at 12.3 points per game.
- Guard Siera Thompson has dished-out a team-high 80 assists and Jillian Dunston paces the squad at 6.5 rebounds per game.
Series History vs. Michigan
- Thursday’s game will be the 63rd meeting all-time between the two rivals.
- The Buckeyes own a 51-11 advantage in the series which dates back to 1978.
- Ohio State dominated the series early but as of late, the Wolverines have had the upper hand, winning five of the last nine meetings.
- The Buckeyes are 23-7 all-time in games played in Ann Arbor.
- The teams have split the home-and-home series each of the last two years.
- This will be the team’s only meeting of the regular season.
McGuff vs. Michigan
- Head coach Kevin McGuff is 4-4 in his previous eight games against Michigan.
- McGuff went 2-2 against the Wolverines while coaching at Xavier, winning once Ann Arbor in 2010.
- He then split the season series with Michigan each of the last two seasons to also stand at 2-2 against UM at Ohio State.
Last Year vs. Michigan
- The Wolverines held the upper hand for the better part of both games between Ohio State and Michigan last year but came away with only a split.
- Michigan claimed a physical back-and-forth battle in Ann Arbor last January, coming away with a 100-94 overtime victory.
- In the second meeting in Columbus a month later, the Wolverines led by 13 points with nine minutes to play before a furious Buckeye rally led to a 77-73 comeback victory.
- In the first game, the Wolverines got a game-high 36 points from Shannon Smith and 24 points on six three-pointers from Katelynn Flaherty.
- The other big stat in favor of Michigan was on the glass as the Wolverines led 45-31 and had 25 second-chance points.
- Ohio State had seven players score in double-figures led by 17 a piece from Cait Craft and Ameryst Alston. Shayla Cooper added 16 points, Amy Scullion had a season-high 11 points and Asia Doss and Alexa Hart each finished 10 points.
- One of the stories of the day was Michigan’s ability to limit the nation’s leading scorer and Kelsey Mitchell. Mitchell scored a season-low 13 points with all of them coming in the second half and overtime.
- In the game in Columbus, Mitchell was 11-of-15 from the foul line and dished-out a team-high six assists. She finished that game with 26 points as 19 of those came in the 2nd half.
- Alexa Hart and Shayla Cooper each recorded a double-double. Hart was a perfect 8-of-8 from the floor and finished with 16 points, 10 rebounds and six blocks. Cooper notched 10 points and a team-high 13 rebounds.
- Cait Craft was key in the win as she stepped-up and scored a pair of big buckets during the decisive run. She finished the game with 11 points.
- Michigan got a double-double from Nicole Elmblad as she tallied 14 points and a game-high 15 rebounds.
- Shannon Smith led the Wolverines with 18 points.