Jan. 18, 2017
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Setting the Scene
- • Ohio State returns home to open a stretch of four of the next five games at Value City Arena when it hosts Wisconsin on Thursday evening.
- Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. from Value City Arena.
- The Buckeyes rebounded from their first Big Ten setback with a gutty 61-56 win on the road at Purdue last Sunday.
- The Buckeyes also welcome back Wisconsin assistant coach Myia McCurdy when spent the previous three seasons in Columbus as the OSU’s video coordinator.
- Wisconsin is looking for its first Big Ten win as it has dropped all five contests, including a 76-46 setback on Monday night at Penn State.
- The game will be streamed online on BTN Plus.
- 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 15-5 on the season and 5-1 in Big Ten play.
- OSU is coming off a stretch of four out of five on the road and is starting a stretch of four out of five at home.
- The 16-point comeback victory at Purdue on Jan. 15 was the largest margin erased in a victory since also erasing a 16-point deficit in the Big Ten Tournament title game on March 7, 2010.
- The Buckeyes set a school-record last season by averaging 86.0 ppg. This season, they are second in the conference at 87.1 ppg.
- Ohio State won for the first time since Jan. 23, 2014 when scoring 61 points of fewer in its 61-56 win at Purdue on Jan. 15.
- OSU scored 87 or more points in the first four Big Ten games this season which game them a school-record streak of eight straight games dating back to last season.
- Ohio State leads the country in free throws attempted and is second in free throws made.
- The Buckeyes have grabbed 50 or more rebounds in nine games this season — the most since the 1981-82 season — and are second in the country with 942 rebounds.
- Stephanie Mavunga has recorded a team-best eight double-doubles this season.
- 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 2,216 career points and recently passed former teammate Ameryst Alston for fourth all-time in school history.
- Mitchell is also the school’s all-time three-point leader with 315 career three-pointers and is just the fifth player in Big Ten history to surpass 300 career three-point field goals.
- Mitchell leads the Big Ten and is sixth in the country in scoring at 22.7 ppg.
- Freshman Tori McCoy has made a real impact off the bench in her first season. She is averaging 8.2 points per game and is shooting a team-best 62.3 percent from the floor.
- The Badgers come in with a record of 5-12 overall and an 0-5 mark in conference play.
- UW’s last win came on Dec. 15 when it claimed a solid 54-53 road victory at Green Bay.
- Three of the Badgers five wins have come away from the Kohl Center.
- Wisconsin is shooting just 37 percent as a team and is last in the conference in turnover margin at -4.1.
- Cayla McMorris and Avyanna Young are the only two Badgers averaging in double-figures. McMorris tops the team at 13.8 points per contest. Young scores 11.2 points per game and tops the team at 7.5 rebounds a game.
- Guard Kendra Van Leeuwen is one of two players who has started all 17 games so far this season and she leads the team with 67 assists.
- Head coach Jonathan Tsipis is in his first season with the Badgers. He spent the last four years at George Washington where he was the 2015 Atlantic 10 Coach of the Year.
Series History vs. Wisconsin
- The Buckeyes have a 50-16 edge in the all-time series with Wisconsin.
- This year will be the first time in the last four years that the teams will meet twice in the same year.
- The Buckeyes won the single meeting each of the last two seasons after the Badgers won two of three meetings in 2013 and 2014.
- Prior to that, the Buckeyes had won 20 in-a-row dating back to the 2001-02 season.
- Ohio State holds an 18-11 edge in games played in Madison and a 24-5 lead in games in Columbus.
McGuff vs. Wisconsin
- Head coach Kevin McGuff holds a record of 3-1 against Wisconsin.
- McGuff won his only meeting with the Badgers outside of the state of Wisconsin last year. His previous three wins all came in Madison.
- He 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.
Last Year vs. Wisconsin
- The Buckeyes used a solid team effort and couple of big runs to blow past Wisconsin 87-61, on Feb. 4, 2016 in Columbus.
- Ohio State closed the first quarter and on 11-0 run and opened the second quarter on an 11-2 spurt to put the game out of reach. The Buckeyes were never threated the rest of the way.
- Ameryst Alston led all scorers with a game-high 21 points.
- Kelsey Mitchell recorded her 200th career three-point field goal in the game. She made three on the night and finished with 16 points.
- Alexa Hart continued her hot shooting, making all six of her FG attempts and finished with 12 points and seven rebounds.
- Shayla Cooper scored 16 points and grabbed 10 rebounds for her sixth double-double of the year and the 13th of her career.
- Asia Doss scored 11 points, marking her fifth game of season of 10 or more points.
- Makayla Waterman notched six points and six rebounds off the bench.
- The Buckeyes forced 17 Wisconsin turnovers and committed just eight on their end.
- OSU held Wisconsin to just seven points in the third quarter.
- Ohio State opened the game making just four of its first 18 shots from the floor. After that point, OSU shot 56 percent from the field.
Last Time in The Kohl Center
- Ohio State jumped out to an early 15-2 lead and answered every one of Wisconsin’s threats in an 85-73 wire-to-wire victory on Jan. 29, 2015 in the Kohl Center.
- Ohio State had four players in double-figures led by then freshman Kelsey Mitchell’s 23 points. Mitchell also tied for the team lead with four assists.
- Her back court running mate Ameryst Alston hit three three-pointers and finished with 19 points and four assists.
- In the front court, Shayla Cooper had 17 points and six rebounds while Alexa Hart notched her sixth double-double of the season with 12 points and 11 rebounds.
- Asia Doss and Cait Craft each played significant roles in the win as well. Doss had seven points, four rebounds and a team-high four steals. Craft had seven points, five rebounds and four assists but it was her mirroring of Nicole Bauman down the stretch in the second half that really helped seal the victory.
- The Badgers were paced by a career-high 31 points from Bauman who hit eight three-pointers. But she didn’t hit any over the final 7:45.
- After the 15-2 run to start the game, the Buckeyes managed foul trouble the rest of the first half and would lead 46-33 at the break.
- Wisconsin made a couple of runs in the second half behind Bauman’s shooting but the Buckeyes answered each time.