January 9, 2019

Buckeyes Host Big Ten Leading Indiana on Thursday

Ohio State vs. #25 Indiana
Date:January 10, 2019
Time:6 p.m.
Venue: Value City Arena -- Columbus, Ohio
Live Stats:Statbroadcast
Game Notes:Ohio State | Indiana | Big Ten

Noting Ohio State

  • Ohio State returns home to host one of the hottest teams in the Big Ten as Indiana has started conference play 3-0 and is 14-1 overall.
  • Ohio State has won 12-consecutive game against Indiana and 23 of the last 25.
  • The 12-game streak is the longest winning streak for the Buckeyes over any current Big Ten school.
  • The Buckeyes have also dominated the series at home, winning 31 of 35 meetings and hasn’t lost to the Hoosiers in Columbus since 2002.
  • Over the first seven games of the season, the Buckeyes made just 26 three-pointers and shot 21 percent from long range. In the last five games, they have 39 threes (nearly 8 per game) and has shot almost 40 percent.
  • The Buckeyes had their second-best shooting performance of the season at Maryland (46.4 percent) which came into the game allowing its opponents to shoot 32.3 percent which was ninth in the country.
  • Dorka Juhász has recorded five double-doubles this season. She was 8-of-12 shooting and finished with team highs of 18 points and 10 rebounds at Maryland on Jan. 5. She has also made six of her last 10 three-point attempts
  • Point guard Carmen Grande notched her 700th career assist on Nov. 9 vs. Detroit Mercy. She currently has the most assists of any active player in the country, male or female with 752.
  • Guard Carly Santoro is just 12 points shy of 1,000 for her career.
  • Freshman guard Janai Crooms has started the last two games and vs. Maryland, she notched season-highs of 10 points, four assists, three blocks in 31 minutes.
  • Head coach Kevin McGuff and his staff signed a top-5 class for 2019.


Series History vs. Indiana

  • After playing twice last season, Thursday’s game will be the lone meeting this season between the two squads.
  • The Buckeyes lead the all-time series with Indiana 56-21.
  • 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 23 of the last 25 meetings including 12 straight which is the longest win-streak by either team in the series.
  • The Buckeyes have dominated the series in Columbus, winning 31 of the 35 meetings.
  • The last loss at home to the Hoosiers came back in 2002.
  • OSU’s home win streak against IU is at 12.


McGuff vs. Indiana

  • Head coach Kevin McGuff is 8-0 all-time against Indiana with five of the eight wins coming at Assembly Hall.
  • He has guided the Buckeyes to four 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 Year vs. Indiana

  • The Buckeyes won a pair of meetings last year with Indiana, taking down the Hoosiers 85-70 on New Year’s Eve in Columbus and then 77-62 on Jan. 13 in Bloomington.
  • In the game in Columbus, Kelsey Mitchell led the team with 22 points which moved 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.
  • The game in Bloomington was a little more eventful.
  • Indiana native Stephanie Mavunga notched 20 points and grabbed 16 rebounds for her third double-double in three career games against Indiana.
  • The Buckeyes took control from the start and Indiana only really threatened to get back in the game on two occasions but both times, Linnae Harper had the answer. She finished the game with 19 points, seven rebounds, five assists and three steals.
  • Indiana’s main focus on defense was stopping Kelsey Mitchell as an IU defender shadowed her all game. Mitchell didn’t score until the second quarter and finished with 15 points but did dish-out a team-high six assists. Her first bucket in the second quarter gave her 3,000 points for her career.
  • OSU held Indiana leading scorer Tyra Buss in check most of the game as she notched just 10 points and had four turnovers.