February 2, 2018

PREVIEW: Buckeyes Head to Wisconsin For Showdown with Badgers on BTN

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Feb. 2, 2018

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#18/17 Ohio State at Wisconsin

Date:

February 3, 2018

Time:

1:00 p.m. ET

Arena:

Kohl Center – Madison, Wisc.

TV:

Big Ten Network

Listen:

1460 AM

Online Coverage:

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Game Notes:

Ohio State | Wisconsin | Big Ten

 

The Buckeyes hit the road for their only matchup of the regular season with the Badgers. Tip-off is scheduled for 1 p.m. ET and can be seen live on the Big Ten Network.

NOTING OHIO STATE

  • Ohio State has won two-straight and will look for a third this Saturday when it travels to Wisconsin.
  • The Buckeyes have dominated the series as of late with the Badgers, winning three-straight and 25 of the last 27 meetings.
  • Both losses during that stretch however came in Madison in 2013 and 2014.
  • Ohio State found itself out of the top 16 in the NCAA’s second of three Top 16 reveals which came out on Feb. 1.
  • One factor in the Buckeyes favor if they can win games down the stretch is OSU is ranked sixth in the RPI.
  • Kelsey Mitchell is the Big Ten’s all-time leading scorer, either male or female, with 3,125 career points and is currently fourth in NCAA history.
  • Mitchell is currently tied with UT Martin’s Heather Butler for the most consecutive games in NCAA DI history with a three-point field goal at 80.
  • Mitchell is just four assists away from 500 in her career. She would be one of four players with 3,000 points and 500 assists.
  • Stephanie Mavunga recently scored her 1,500th career point and is just 19 blocks shy of 300.
  • Mavunga is the only active player in the country with over 1,000 career points, 1,000 career rebounds and 250 career blocks.
  • Mavunga has 11 double-doubles on the year and Linnae Harper has nine. They are the only major conference duo with nine or more double-doubles this season.
  • Harper is doing a little bit of everything for the Buckeyes She is one of just two players in the country to average 15 points, nine rebounds, two assists and two steals per game.
  • Mitchell, Mavunga and Harper are the highest scoring trio in the country at 56.0 ppg.
  • The Buckeye starting five accounts for 88.6 percent of the team’s scoring and combine to average 76.9 ppg which is tops in the country.

 

Series History vs. Wisconsin

  • The Buckeyes have a 52-16 edge in the all-time series with Wisconsin.
  • After the Badgers won two of three meetings in 2013 and 2014, the Buckeyes have each of the last four meetings, including both ends of the home-and-home series last year.
  • Dating back to the 2001-02 season, Ohio State has won 20 of the last 22 meetings.
  • Ohio State holds a 19-11 edge in games played in Madison.

 

McGuff vs. Wisconsin

  • Head coach Kevin McGuff holds a record of 5-1 against Wisconsin.
  • McGuff led Washington to a 60-55 victory in Madison on Nov. 21, 2012 and then split a pair of trips to the cheese state in each of his first two years at Ohio State.
  • He has since won the last three meetings.

 

Last Year in The Kohl Center

  • Ohio State jumped out to an early lead and never looked back en route to a 96-68 victory at Wisconsin on Feb. 4, 2017.
  • Kelsey Mitchell was 11-of-13 from the floor on the day, including 6-of-8 from long range, to finish with 32 points. The 32 points, which was one off her season-high, came in just 25 minutes of action.
  • Stephanie Mavunga also did her thing, recording a double-double with 13 points and 11 rebounds.
  • Tori McCoy also finished in double-figures with 11 points and eight rebounds.
  • Fellow freshman Kiara Lewis scored just three points but tied a season-high with six assists.
  • The Buckeyes shot 47 percent for the game and notched 20 assists.
  • Cayla McMorris and Suzanne Gilreath led the Badgers with 14 points apiece.
  • Behind Mitchell, the Buckeyes came out firing and would take as much as a 14-point lead in the opening quarter and led 25-11 at the end of one.
  • The OSU pressure continued in the second quarter as Ohio State built a 49-29 lead through two quarters. The Buckeyes turned 10 Badger turnovers in the first half into 20 points. Mitchell made eight field goals in the first half compared to just seven total for the Badgers as a team.
  • Wisconsin scored the first two points of the second half but the Buckeyes responded with a 5-1 run and the margin never got below 20 the rest of the way.