Dec. 3, 2016
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Setting the Scene
- The Buckeyes will look to bounce-back on Sunday when they host in-state rival Cincinnati.
- The game will tipoff at 2 p.m. at Value City Arena.
- Ohio State has dropped its last two games, falling to No. 5 Baylor last Sunday in the championship game of the Gulf Coast Showcase and to No. 16 Miami on Thursday in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.
- OSU is now 5-3 on the season with a win over No. 11 Syracuse and its three losses coming at the hands of top-20 teams.
- Cincinnati comes into the game with a 6-1 record after defeating Arkansas Pine Bluff and Tennessee Tech earlier this week.
- This will be the Bearcats’ first game against a Power 5 conference team and its third game against a team from Ohio.
- 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
- Ohio State is 5-3 on the season after losing each of its last two games.
- OSU is ranked No. 9 in the AP poll and No. 10 in the Coaches Poll.
- Junior Kelsey Mitchell is just 46 points away from 2,000 in her career. She would be the seventh Buckeye to reach that mark.
- If Mitchell averages 9.2 points over the next five games, she would become the fastest player to reach 2,000 points in NCAA history.
- Mitchell is also the school’s all-time three-point leader 278 career three-pointers. There are just four players in Big Ten history with 300 or more career three-pointers.
- Freshman guard Kiara Lewis has made an impact early in her first season. She is averaging 7.8 points per game and has scored 10 or more in four of the first eight games.
- Stephanie Mavunga has notched a double-double in three of the six games in which she has played and has been the team’s leading rebounder in four of those games.
- The Buckeyes led the Big Ten and were third in the country last season in scoring at 86.0 ppg and is averaging 86.4 points per game this season.
- The Buckeyes were 273rd in the country last year with a -3.5 rebounding margin. So far this year, OSU has a +7.5 margin and is second in the conference in rebounds per game at 45.9.
- Kevin McGuff is in his fourth season with the Buckeyes and his 15th overall as a head coach. He has a career record of 327-139 (.702) and 72-40 (.643) with the Buckeyes.
- Before the end of the season, Ohio State has the potential to have four 1,000-point scorers on its roster. In addition to Mitchell, Mavunga is just 28 points away from the mark while Alexa Hart and Shayla Cooper are also within range.
- The Bearcats have started the year 5-1 with its lone loss coming at home to Indiana State.
- Cincinnati downed Arkansas-Pine Bluff 72-42 last Tuesday and Tennessee Tech 60-38 on Friday.
- Sunday’s game will be the Bearcats’ first game this season against a Power 5 opponent but it will be its third against a team from Ohio. Cincinnati has already beaten MAC foes Bowling Green and Miami.
- Shanice Johnson is nearly averaging a double-double with 15.9 points and 9.7 rebounds per game.
- Ana Owens leads the team with 15 three-pointers and is averaging 14.3 points per contest.
- Jamelle Elliott is in her ninth season with the Bearcats and enters Sunday’s game with an 85-136 record.
Series History vs. Cincinnati
- Ohio State leads the all-time series with its in-state rival 17-4.
- Buckeyes won the first eight games in the series from 1973 through 1980.
- The teams last had a home and home series in 2012 and 2013 with each team winning on its home floor.
- Ohio State holds an 8-1 edge in games played in Columbus.
- The Buckeyes are 5-3 all-time in games played in Cincinnati after winning last season 105-76.
Kevin McGuff vs. Cincinnati
- Head coach Kevin McGuff is 6-5 in his games against Cincinnati.
- Nine of the 11 games came while he was the head coach at cross-town rival Xavier. He was 5-4 in those nine contests.
- McGuff is 1-1 as head coach of the Buckeyes against Cincinnati, losing in 2013 and winning last season.
Last Year vs. Cincinnati
- Six different Buckeyes finished with 10 or more points as the Buckeyes ran past a pesky Cincinnati team in the second half for a 105-76 victory on Dec. 6 in Cincinnati.
- Shayla Cooper was 9-of-11 from the floor and scored a season-high 18 points to lead the Buckeyes who shot over 57 percent in the second half.
- Ameryst Alston posted a season-high nine assists in the win. She leads the team this season with 31 assists.
- Makayla Waterman posted a season-high 11 points and tied her season-high with six rebounds.
- Sophomore Alexa Hart recorded a season-high five blocks in the game and has now blocked a shot in 28-straight games.
- This was the second game this season the Buckeyes have topped the century mark.
- The Buckeyes had a season-high six players score 10 or more points.
- This was the fourth time in the last five games that the Buckeyes have shot better than 50 percent from the floor.
- Ohio State tied a season-high with 10 blocks in the game.
Buckeyes vs. The State of Ohio
- The Buckeyes are 152-21 all-time against teams from Ohio.
- The Buckeyes have already beaten Cleveland State earlier this season.