November 11, 2017

PREVIEW: No. 5 Buckeyes Take on No. 9 Louisville at Nationwide Arena

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Nov. 11, 2017

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#5/8 Ohio State vs. #9/10 Louisville

Date:

November 12, 2017

Time:

4 p.m. ET

Arena:

Nationwide Arena – Columbus, Ohio

Watch:

ESPNU

Listen:

1460 AM

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Game Notes:

Ohio State | Louisville | Big Ten

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Countdown to Columbus Doubleheader
One ticket good for UConn vs. Stanford at 1:30 p.m. and Ohio State vs. Louisville at 4 p.m.

 

Ohio State looks for its second win over a top-10 team on the opening weekend when it plays No. 9 Louisville as part of the Countdown to Columbus on Sunday at Nationwide Arena. The game will tip off at 4 p.m. and will be televised on ESPNU.

NOTING OHIO STATE

  • The Buckeyes opened the year with an impressive 85-64 victory over No. 10 Stanford at St. John Arena on Friday night.
  • The Buckeyes shot just 34.5 percent in the game but grabbed 64 rebounds, including 28 on the offensive end which led to 31 points.
  • Stephanie Mavunga grabbed 26 of those rebounds which set a new single-game OSU record.
  • Kelsey Mitchell scored 30 points and moved past OSU legend Katie Smith in second place on the all-time OSU scoring list.
  • Mavunga and Linnae Harper each had double-doubles in the win over Stanford.
  • The Buckeyes were picked to win the Big Ten this season by both the media and the conference’s head coaches.
  • Mitchell averaged 22.6 ppg last season and made 115 three-pointers. She was named the Big Ten’s Player of the Year and earned her third All-American honor.
  • Last year, in her first as a Buckeye, Mavunga became just the third player in school history to average a double-double for an entire season, scoring 11.4 points and grabbed 10.8 rebounds per game.
  • Mavunga and Mitchell were both named to the preseason All-Big Ten Team.
  • The Buckeyes are ranked No. 5 in the AP poll, marking just the third time OSU will start the season ranked in the top-5.
  • Sunday’s game is the 34th game in which a top-10 Ohio State team will face another top-10 team. The Buckeyes are 14-19 in the previous 33 games including the win over Stanford Friday night.
  • This is just the second time in school history the Buckeyes have opened the year against back-to-back top-10 teams. They also played No. 2 South Carolina and No. 1 UConn in the opening two games in 2015.

 

NOTING LOUISVILLE

  • The Cardinals opened the year with an 80-40 victory on Friday night at home over Sout East Missouri State.
  • Jazmine Jones led four Cardinals in double-figures with 12 points. All-American candidate Asia Durr had eight points and three assists in just 20 minutes.
  • Durr was named the ACC Preseason Player of the Year after knocking down a school-record 119 three-pointers a year ago.
  • Myisha Hines-Allen averaged 13.9 points and 9.3 rebounds per game last season and was an All-ACC honoree.
  • Head coach Jeff Walz is the all-time winningest coach in program history with a 263-93 record in 10 seasons.

 

Series History vs. Louisville

  • This will be the second meeting between Ohio State and Louisville and both will have occurred in Columbus.
  • The only other meeting came on Dec. 14, 2001 on the opening night of the Women’s Sports Foundation Classic.
  • The Cardinals took advantage of 24 OSU turnovers and pulled-out a 67-66 victory despite the Buckeyes shooting nearly 54 percent for the game.

 

McGuff vs. Louisville

  • Kevin McGuff is 2-6 all-time vs. Louisville with all eight meetings coming in his time at Xavier.
  • McGuff and Louisville head coach Jeff Walz are good friends and this will be the fifth meeting between the two.
  • Walz and the Cardinals hold a 3-1 edge in the previous four games.