February 7, 2018

PREVIEW: Buckeyes Host Rutgers on Thursday Night

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#13/13 Ohio State vs. Rutgers

Date:

February 8, 2018

Time:

7:00 p.m.

Arena:

Value City Arena – Columbus, Ohio

Online:

BTN2Go

Listen:

1460 AM

Online Coverage:

Live Stats | Twitter Updates

Game Notes:

Ohio State | Rutgers | Big Ten

Special Promotions:

Soles 4 Souls Night – Bring in new or gentle worn shoes to donate to Soles 4 Souls
Zero Waste Event – Join the Department of Athletics as they strive for zero waste during Thursday night’s game

 

Ohio State has won three-straight and will be looking for its 20th win of the season Thursday night when the Buckeyes host the Rutgers Scarlet Knights. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. and can be seen on BTN2Go.

NOTING OHIO STATE

  • Ohio State hosts Rutgers Thursday in a key conference showdown that will have implications on Big Ten Tournament seeding.
  • A win Thursday would give Ohio State and head coach Kevin McGuff a 20-win season for the fourth-straight year.
  • McGuff has won at least 20 games in 13 of his 15 seasons as head coach.
  • Ohio State leads the all-time series with Rutgers 9-4 and have won the last five meetings with the Scarlet Knights.
  • Each of the last five wins have come since Rutgers joined the Big Ten.
  • The Buckeyes weren’t in the latest NCAA Top-16 reveal but are ranked No. 13 in the AP poll, are fifth in the RPI and have played the nation’s fifth-toughest schedule.
  • Kelsey Mitchell is the Big Ten’s all-time leading scorer, either male or female, with 3,141 career points and is currently fourth in NCAA history.
  • Mitchell has made a three-pointer in an NCAA record 81-straight games.
  • Mitchell is just two 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 has 12 double-doubles on the year and Linnae Harper has 10. They are the only major conference duo with 10 or more double-doubles this season.
  • Harper is the only player in the country to average 15 points, nine rebounds, two assists and two steals per game.
  • Harper has had a double-double in each of the last four games and her and Mavunga have each doubled-up in the last two.
  • Mitchell, Mavunga and Harper are the highest scoring trio in the country at 55.8 ppg.
  • The Buckeye starting five accounts for 88.7 percent of the team’s scoring and combine to average 76.3 ppg which is tops in the country.

 

Series History vs. Rutgers

  • Thursday’s will be the 14th meeting all-time between Ohio State and Rutgers. The Buckeyes hold a 9-4 lead in the series.
  • After splitting the first eight meetings in the series, the Buckeyes have won the last five games between the two teams.
  • All five of those recent victories have come since Rutgers joined the Big Ten Conference.
  • The 45 points scored by Rutgers in last year’s game was the fewest scored by the Scarlet Knights in the series.
  • The teams have met twice in the NCAA Tournament. Rutgers won the battle in 2005 and the Buckeyes came out on top in 1993 en route to their lone Final Four appearance.
  • Ohio State is 5-1 all-time against Rutgers in games played in Columbus and 3-2 in games at Rutgers.

 

McGuff vs. Rutgers

  • Head coach Kevin McGuff is 5-0 all-time against Rutgers and legendary head coach C. Vivian Stringer.
  • All five wins have come while he’s been the head coach at Ohio State.

 

Last Year vs. Rutgers

  • The Buckeyes defeated Rutgers 73-45 on Feb. 26, 2017 in Piscataway.
  • With the win, the Buckeyes earned a share of their 15th Big Ten Championship.
  • Kelsey Mitchell led three Buckeyes in double- figures with 21 points and five assists.
  • Senior Shayla Cooper was 3-of-6 from long range and finished with 12 points while Sierra Calhoun chipped-in with 10 points.
  • Asia Doss hit both of her three-point attempt for nine points and Alexa Hart only had two points but grabbed a game-high 10 rebounds.
  • The Scarlet Knights were led by Shrita Parker with 16 points.
  • Coming off the fast-paced up and down game against Maryland the previous game, this game seemed like a grind. OSU shot just 40 percent from the floor but held Rutgers to 32 percent and forced the Scarlet Knights into 21 turnovers.
  • Rutgers opened the scoring with a three-pointer but the Buckeyes would score the next 15 points to take command of the game. OSU led 18-6 after the fi rst quarter and had forced nine turnovers. The Buckeyes out-scored Rutgers 19-11 in the second and led 37-18 at the break.
  • Rutgers scored 19 points in the third quarter but Ohio State was able to close out the game with a 20-9 run in the fourth quarter for the final score of 73-45.

 

Mitchell Sets Record vs. Rutgers

  • In the team’s meeting in the Big Ten Tournament in 2016, a 73-58 Buckeye win, Kelsey Mitchell got hot and set a tournament scoring record.
  • Mitchell scored a tournament single-game record 43 points, topping fellow Buckeye Jantel Lavender’s old mark of 37 points.
  • Mitchell was 8-of-13 from long range and also pulled-down six rebounds.
  • The Buckeyes needed that performance as they lost fellow Big Ten first-teamer Ameryst Alston to a wrist injury early in the third quarter.