January 5, 2018

Buckeyes Head North For Top-20 Showdown with Michigan


Jan. 5, 2018

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#10/10 Ohio State at #22/20 Michigan


January 7, 2018


Noon ET


Crisler Arena – Ann Arbor, Mich.




1460 AM

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Ohio State | Michigan | Big Ten


Ohio State has won seven-straight and will look to keep rolling as it heads north to take on Michigan this Sunday. The game will tip at Noon and will be nationally televised on ESPN2.


  • Ohio State heads north to take on No. 22 Michigan in an early conference season showdown.
  • The Buckeyes won the only meeting with their rivals last year which came exactly one year ago to the day, Jan. 7, 2017.
  • Ohio State is third in the country and tops in the Big Ten in scoring at 89.7 ppg.
  • OSU is coming off a solid 91-75 win over Minnesota last Thursday. The Buckeyes held the nation’s ninth best scoring team to just 39 points through three quarters while building as much as a 42-point lead.
  • The lone Michigan native on the roster, Asia Doss, has scored in double-figures in all four of her career games in her home state and is averaging 12.5 points and 3.0 assists against both Michigan and Michigan State.
  • The Buckeye starting five accounts for 87.5 percent of the team’s scoring and combine to average 78.6 ppg which is tops in the country.
  • Kelsey Mitchell is second in the country in scoring at 25.5 ppg and has also made the second-most three-pointers of any player in the country with 62.
  • Mitchell is second in the Big Ten on the all-time scoring list with 2,961 points. She trails Minnesota’s Rachel Banham by just 132 points for the most all-time.
  • Mitchell is the NCAA DI all-time leader in career three-pointers made with 430 and just 11 away from becoming the all division leader.
  • Stephanie Mavunga is the only active player in the country with over 1,000 career points, 1,000 career rebounds and 250 career blocks.
  • Mitchell, Mavunga and Harper are the highest scoring trio in the country at 56.3 ppg.
  • Linnae Harper is grabbing 9.0 rebounds per game which is tops in the country for players at 5-8 or shorter.
  • Sierra Calhoun has grabbed a season-high tying eight rebounds and dished a career-high tying four assists in each of the last two games.


Series History vs. Michigan

  • Sunday’s game will be the 65th meeting all-time between the two rivals.
  • The Buckeyes own a 53-11 advantage in the series which dates back to 1978.
  • Ohio State dominated the series early but as of late, the teams have been fairly even.
  • The Buckeyes are 24-7 in games played in Ann Arbor.
  • The Buckeyes have scored 90 or more points just six times against Michigan but three of those occurrences have come in the last four meetings.
  • Ohio State has won three-straight in the series since an overtime loss in Ann Arbor in 2015.


McGuff vs. Michigan

  • Head coach Kevin McGuff is 5-4 in his previous nine 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 in 2014 and 2015 and then led the Buckeyes to a win last year in Columbus.


Last Year vs. Michigan

  • Kelsey Mitchell scored 26 points, Stephanie Mavunga helped control the inside and No. 11 Ohio State survived a record-breaking day by Michigan’s Katelynn Flaherty for a 96-87 victory on Jan. 7, 2017 in Columbus.
  • Mavunga had 12 points, nine rebounds and a season-high tying four blocks.
  • Tori McCoy added 14 points and eight rebounds off the bench.
  • Mitchell led the Buckeyes with 26 points and three assists.
  • Shayla Cooper scored 13 points and pulleddown six rebounds. Guards Kiara Lewis and Linnae Harper were also in double-doubles as Lewis had 11 points and Harper added 10 points and seven rebounds.
  • The Ohio State reserves outscored their Wolverine counterparts 40-12.
  • The Buckeyes had a 47-34 rebounding advantage, including 20-12 on the offensive end for 19 second-chance points.
  • Flaherty had a career-high 38 points, hitting a school record eight 3-pointers, helping the Wolverines to a season-best 13 3s on 25 attempts.
  • Ohio State made five straight baskets in a 10-2 third-quarter run to open a 65-54 lead. The Buckeyes took a 69-59 lead into the fourth and then made 8 of 16 shots and 10 of 12 free throws to hold off the Wolverines.


Shootouts with the Wolves

  • The scoring has come fast and often for the Buckeyes in their recent meetings with Michigan.
  • Ohio State has scored 90 or more points in three of the last four meetings, including twice in Ann Arbor.
  • The first game in a 100-94 overtime loss at Michigan in 2015. Seven Buckeyes scored in double-figures that game.
  • OSU then won nip-and-tuck games in each of the last two contests, scoring 97 and 96 points, respectively.
  • The lone game in that stretch that was sub-90, the Buckeyes were ice cold for the first three quarters of it and trailed by 13 points with 9:10 to play. But they would rally to shoot almost 63 percent the rest of the way for a 77-73 comeback victory.