Jan. 6, 2017
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Setting the Scene
- Ohio State returns home Saturday to entertain their rivals from up north in the teams’ only regular season meeting this season.
- Tipoff is set for Noon p.m. ET from Value City Arena.
- Both teams are undefeated in Big Ten play.
- The Buckeyes are coming off a pair of road conference victories at Indiana and at Northwestern and hold a record of 13-4 overall.
- Michigan took care of Rutgers and Wisconsin in its first two B1G contests and enters with an overall mark of 13-3.
- The game will be televised on the Big Ten Network. Lisa Byington and Washington Mystics head coach Mike Thibault will call the action.
- The game can also be heard on ESPN 1460 AM in the Columbus area and on www.OhioStateBuckeyes.com.
Noting The Buckeyes
- The Buckeyes are 13-4 on the season and have started Big Ten play at 3-0.
- OSU is No. 11 in the latest AP poll and No. 13 in the latest Coaches Poll.
- After finishing third in the country last season at 86.0 ppg, the Buckeyes are fifth in the country in scoring at 88.6 ppg.
- OSU has scored 87 or more points in each of its last seven Big Ten games dating back to last season which is an OSU record.
- The Buckeyes have five players currently averaging in double-figures.
- Ohio State is second in the country in free throws attempted and free throws made.
- The Buckeyes have grabbed 50 or more rebounds in nine games this season — the most since the 1981-82 season — and is second in the country with 809 rebounds.
- Stephanie Mavunga has recorded a team-best seven double-doubles this season.
- Junior Kelsey Mitchell became the fastest player in NCAA history to 2,000 career points as she reached the mark in just 79 games.
- Mitchell has scored 2,163 career points and is three points away from passing Ameryst Alston for fourth all-time.
- Mitchell is also the school’s all-time three-point leader with 310 career three-pointers and is just the fifth player in Big Ten history to surpass 300 career three-point field goals.
- Mitchell is fourth in the country in scoring at 23.6 ppg.
- Freshman Tori McCoy was named the Big Ten and National Freshman of the Week on Dec. 13 after tying the OSU single-game record by going 10-for-10 from the floor vs. Southern and missing just one shot in her first double-double of the season vs. Canisius.
- Transfer Linnae Harper has recorded a pair of double-doubles on the season. She is averaging 11 points and 7.7 rebounds per game.
- Kevin McGuff is in his fourth season with the Buckeyes and his 15th overall as a head coach. He has a career record of 335-140 (.705) and 80-41 (.661) with the Buckeyes.
- The Wolverines come into the game riding a five-game win streak and are 13-3 on the season.
- UM won its first two Big Ten games, knocking-off Rutgers at home and then picking up a road victory at Wisconsin on New Year’s Day.
- Michigan is tops in the conference and seventh nationally in three-point percentage, shooting over 40 percent as a team.
- The Wolves are also averaging a conference best 53.4 points per game to their opponents.
- Katelynn Flaherty leads three Wolverines in double figure scoring at 17.9 ppg.
- Sophomore Hallie Thome is averaging 14.6 ppg and is in the top-10 nationally making 64.7 percent of her shots.
- Kysre Gondrezick is shooting over 46 percent from long range and is averaging 13.4 ppg.
Series History vs. Michigan
- Saturday’s game will be the 64th meeting all-time between the two rivals.
- The Buckeyes own a 52-11 advantage in the series which dates back to 1978.
- Ohio State dominated the series early but as of late, the teams have split the last 10 meetings.
- The Buckeyes are 27-4 all-time in games played in Columbus against UM.
- The teams split the home-and-home series in 2014 and 2015. OSU won the lone meeting last year and this will be the lone meeting this 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
- Ohio State got a career-high 25 points from Shayla Cooper and 27 points from Kelsey Mitchell and was able to withstand a late rally by Michigan for a 97-93 victory in Ann Arbor on Jan. 21, 2016.
- Ameryst Alston dished-out four assists to go along with 15 points. She eclipsed the 400 mark during the game, becoming just the seventh Buckeye to reach the 400-assist plateau.
- Shayla Cooper scored a career-high 25 points and grabbed 13 rebounds for her team-leading 5th double-double of the year and 12th of her career.
- Asia Doss, a Detroit native, enjoys playing in her home state. She recorded one of her four double-digit scoring games with 10 points in last year’s contest and this year, she scored a career-high 15 points to go along with three steals and three assists
- Alexa Hart blocked four shots in the game, giving her a block in each of the last eight games and a block in all but one game this season
- This was the ninth game this season in which Ohio State has scored 90 or more points
- The Buckeyes scored 80 points for a school-record 11th-straight game.
- The Buckeyes scored 31 points in the first quarter, marking their second-straight quarter of 30 or more points (4th Q vs. Purdue) and their seventh of the season.
- Ohio State shot 54.5 percent (12-of-22) from beyond the arc marking its second-straight game shooting better than 50 percent from long range
- The Buckeyes shot over 50 percent from the floor (37-of-66) for the 10th time on the season.
- Ohio State committed a season-low eight fouls in the game.
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