January 12, 2018

PREVIEW: No. 10 Buckeyes Look for 5-0 Start in B1G Play as they Head to Bloomington

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#10/10 Ohio State at Indiana

Date:

January 13, 2018

Time:

Noon ET

Arena:

Assembly Hall – Bloomington, Ind.

TV:

Big Ten Network

Online:

BTN2Go

Listen:

1460 AM

Online Coverage:

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Game Notes:

Ohio State | Indiana | Big Ten

 

Ohio State is looking to start 5-0 in Big Ten play for the first time in eight seasons when it travels to Bloomington to take on Indiana this Saturday. The game will be televised on BTN at Noon. The Buckeyes won the first meeting between the two teams this season 85-70 in Columbus on Dec. 31.

NOTING OHIO STATE

  • The Buckeyes have won eight-straight will look for a ninth when they head to Bloomington to take on Indiana this Saturday.
  • Ohio State has dominated the series as of late, winning 11-straight against the Hoosiers which includes an 85-70 win early this season in Columbus.
  • The Buckeyes are looking to start Big Ten play 5-0 for just the ninth time in school history. The last time they did that was in 2009-10.
  • Ohio State is third in the country and tops in the Big Ten in scoring at 89.1 ppg.
  • The Buckeye starting five accounts for 87.9 percent of the team’s scoring and combine to average 78.4 ppg which is tops in the country.
  • Kelsey Mitchell is second in the country in scoring at 26.2 ppg and is just two points away from becoming the 13th player in NCAA history to score 3,000 career points.
  • Mitchell is second in the Big Ten on the all-time scoring list with 2,998 points. She trails Minnesota’s Rachel Banham by just 95 points for the most all-time.
  • Mitchell is the NCAA DI all-time leader in career three-pointers made with 434 and just 7 away from becoming the all division leader.
  • Stephanie Mavunga is averaging a double-double in the two games against Indiana in her career. She scored 14 points in both games while grabbing 17 and 16 rebounds.
  • Mavunga is the only active player in the country with over 1,000 career points, 1,000 career rebounds and 250 career blocks.
  • Mitchell, Mavunga and Harper are the highest scoring trio in the country at 56.3 ppg.
  • Linnae Harper is grabbing 8.9 rebounds per game which is tops in the country for players at 5-8 or shorter.
  • Sierra Calhoun has averaged 16.0 points and has made an average of 3.0 three-pointers per game during the Buckeyes’ eight-game winning streak. She has also had an average plus/minus in those games of +19.8 per game.

Series History vs. Indiana

  • The Buckeyes lead the all-time series with Indiana 55-21.
  • The Hoosiers enjoyed its longest win-streak in the series of five games from 2000-03 but since then, it’s been dominated by the Buckeyes.
  • Ohio State has won 22 of the last 24 meetings including 11 straight which is the longest win-streak by either team in the series.
  • The series is near even in Bloomington as the Buckeyes hold a slim 18-16 edge and have won the last five meetings.
  • Ohio State won the first meeting this season 85-70 on Dec. 31, 2017 in Columbus. That win improved the Buckeyes to 31-4 all-time against the Hoosiers in Columbus.

 

McGuff vs. Indiana

  • Head coach Kevin McGuff is 7-0 all-time against Indiana with four of the seven wins coming at Assembly Hall.
  • He has guided the Buckeyes to three wins in Bloomington and he also led his Xavier squad in the 2008-09 season to a win in Bloomington in the first round of the preseason WNIT.

 

Last time vs. Indiana

  • Ohio State cruised to an 85-70 victory over Indiana on the final day of 2017 at Value City Arena.
  • Kelsey Mitchell led the team with 22 points, moving her into second place in Big Ten history for points scored.
  • Stephanie Mavunga tallied 14 points and 16 rebounds to go along with a season-high five blocks.
  • Linnae Harper also notched a double-double, scoring 19 points and pulling down 10 rebounds.
  • The Buckeyes never trailed in the game and opened the game with an 11-0 run to take control. Mitchell and Harper combined for eight of the opening 11 points.
  • Indiana finally got on the board nearly four minutes into the game, but Ohio State kept the pressure on in the opening frame and closed the quarter with a 32-13 lead.
  • OSU took its foot off the gas in the second, only scoring 14 points, but the Hoosiers could not take advantage and only managed to put up 13 points.
  • In the third quarter the Buckeyes got back in the groove of scoring, and took its largest lead of 28 with 3:02 left in the period.
  • The Hoosiers attempted a rally in the final quarter, outscoring the Buckeyes 21-12.
  • Tyra Buss led the way for IU with 24 points.

 

Last Trip to Assembly Hall

  • The Buckeyes wasted little time in jumping out to a lead and then road its inside-outside combo of Kelsey Mitchell and Stephanie Mavunga to a 92-82 wire-to-wire victory on Dec. 31, 2016.
  • The win was the 10th straight for the Buckeyes over the Hoosiers.
  • Mitchell scored a season-high tying 31 points to go along with a season-high six rebounds and five assists.
  • Playing in her home state for the first time, Mavunga notched a double-double with 14 points and a career-high 17 rebounds.
  • Linnae Harper also tied her season-high with 15 points on 6-of-10 shooting.
  • Shayla Cooper made a pair of early three-pointers to get the Buckeyes off to a good start and finished with 13 points.
  • Amanda Cahill led the Hoosiers with 28 points and nine rebounds.
  • The Buckeyes took advantage of a slow start by Indiana and raced out to a 20-6 lead behind a pair of threes from Cooper.
  • OSU led 29-14 at the end of one and after a back and forth second quarter, the Buckeyes took a 48-29 lead into halftime.