February 16, 2018

PREVIEW: Buckeyes Host Purdue on Senior Day & Pink Day

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#16/17 Ohio State vs. Purdue

Date:

February 18, 2018

Time:

1:00 p.m. ET

Arena:

Value City Arena – Columbus, Ohio

TV:

ESPN2

Listen:

1460 AM

Online Coverage:

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Game Notes:

Ohio State | Purdue | Big Ten

Special Events:

Senior Day – Help us honor Asia, Alexa, Linnae, Steph and Kelsey
Play 4 Kay Game – Wear pink and honor current and former cancer fighters
National Girl & Women In Sports Day – Pre-game sport activities on the concourse.
Hoops Hours – Pre-game free drink upgrades and activities.
Post Game Lay-Ups – Youth 8th Grade And Under

 

The Buckeyes are back in the Schott to face Purdue and it’s both Senior Day and the team’s annual Pink Game, honoring for NC State coach Kay Yow. Tip is at 1 p.m. and the game will air live on ESPN2.

NOTING OHIO STATE

  • Ohio State returns to Value City Arena on Sunday for what should be a special day vs. Purdue.
  • The Buckeyes will not only be honoring its first seniors before and during the game as part of Senior Day but they will also be celebrating their annual Pink Game. Ohio State will recognize and honor current cancer fighters and survivors throughout the day.
  • Ohio State leads the all-time series with Purdue 45-29 and has won four of the last five meetings.
  • The Buckeyes and Boilermakers played two great games last season with each team coming out on top once.
  • Mavunga scored the Buckeyes’ final five points to help OSU pull out a slim 61-56 victory at Purdue last January.
  • Then in the March at the Big Ten Tournament, the Boilers got their revenge, winning 71-60. In that game, Kelsey Mitchell scored just nine points, marking only the second time in her career where she failed to score in double-figures.
  • Ohio State has won its last five games vs. Big Ten opponents and in those five wins, Ohio State has held its B1G opponents to less than 70 points, the first five-game stretch of that kind vs. conference foes under Kevin McGuff.
  • Kelsey Mitchell is the Big Ten’s all-time leading scorer, either male or female, with 3,216 career points and is currently fourth in NCAA history.
  • Mitchell has made a three-pointer in an NCAA record 84-straight games.
  • Mitchell is one of just two players with over 3,200 career points and 500 career assists.
  • Stephanie Mavunga recently scored her 1,500th career point and is just nine blocks shy of 300.
  • Mavunga has 13 double-doubles on the year and Linnae Harper has 11. They are the only major conference duo with 10 or more double-doubles this season.
  • Harper is one of only two players in the country to average 15 points, 8.5 rebounds, two assists and two steals per game.

 

Series History vs. Purdue

  • Sunday’s matchup will be the 75th meeting all-time between Ohio State and Purdue.
  • The Buckeyes hold a 45-29 edge in the series between the perennial B1G powers.
  • Ohio State has won 12 of 16 games since the start of the 2009 season.
  • Ohio State leads the all-time series 23-8 in games played in Columbus.

 

McGuff vs. Purdue

  • Head coach Kevin McGuff is 5-2 against Purdue.
  • He guided the Buckeyes to a split with the Boilermakers in his first season and has since won four of five against Purdue.

 

Buckeyes and Boilers Battled in 2017

  • Both meetings last season were low-scoring battles.
  • The Buckeyes set a school-record for points scored and were fourth in the country at 85.7 ppg but the two meetings with Purdue were their two lowest scoring games of the season.
  • The first game was a game was a grind out 61-56 victory while the second was a sluggish 71-60 defeat.
  • In both games, the Buckeyes shot below 35 percent and made just three 3-point FGs.
  • For the season, OSU averaged over 45 percent from the floor and nearly eight 3-pointers per game.

 

Last Year vs. Purdue

  • The first meeting last season was a 61-56 victory and the second with a 71-60 defeat in the Big Ten Tournament.
  • In one of its better defensive performances of the year, Ohio State made enough plays on both ends of the floor down the stretch to claim a gutty 61-57 victory on the road over

Purdue on Jan. 15, 2017.

  • Stephanie Mavunga scored eight of her 11 points in the final 5:32, including the sealing bucket with six seconds left. She also notched a double-double with 11 points and 12 rebounds.
  • Sierra Calhoun finished the game with eight points, a career-high nine rebounds and a pair of blocks. Her three-pointer with 3:54 to play broke a 54-54 tie and put the Buckeyes ahead for good.
  • Kelsey Mitchell led Ohio State with 14 points and was 7-of-8 from the foul line.
  • Freshman Tori McCoy tied a season-high with three blocks which paced the Buckeyes to a season-high tying eight for the game. McCoy also scored 12 points and grabbed four rebounds.
  • Ashley Morriessette led four Boilermakers in double figures with 13 points.
  • Ohio State overcame just a 32.3 percent shooting performance by turning in one of its best defensive games. The Buckeyes had been allowing 82.4 points per game in Big Ten play but held Purdue to just 56 points, 36.1 percent shooting and forced 18 turnovers.
  • The Boilermakers led 20-6 after one quarter and by as many as 16 points early in the second quarter before a 10-2 Buckeye run to end the half trimmed the Purdue lead to just 36-34 at the break. Ohio State then scored the first six points of the second half to take its first lead of the game.
  • The second meeting wasn’t much to write home about as Ohio State struggled shooting ball and Purdue took advantage for a 71-60 victory in the semifinals of the Big Ten Tournament.
  • Shayla Cooper notched a double-double with 18 points and 10 rebounds to go along with four assists. Linnae Harper added 12 points and seven rebounds.
  • Kelsey Mitchell was held under 10 points for just the second time in her career, finishing with nine points and two assists.
  • Freshman Tori McCoy blocked an OSU Big Ten Tournament record seven shots. Those were half of the Buckeyes’ Big Ten Tournament record 14 blocks in the game.
  • Ashley Morrissette had 24 points and seven assists to lead Purdue.