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COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State has owned the series with Illinois recently and will look to continue that on Sunday when the two teams meet in Columbus. The Buckeyes are coming off a tough loss at Michigan State on Thursday and are looking to rebound. The Illini are in the same boat as they fell at Purdue on Thursday evening. Ohio State will host its lone postgame clinic after the game and fans can signup for the clinic online. Tickets are available through OhioStateBuckeyes.com.
- This is the 72nd meeting all-time between the two teams. The Buckeyes lead the series 51-20 and have a 26-5 record here in Columbus. OSU has won seven of the last eight meetings including each of the last five.
- OSU won last year’s game 78-70 in Columbus and has scored 78 or more points in six of the last seven games vs. the Illini. The lone exception was a 66-55 setback on Valentine’s Day in 2015 in Champaign.
- The Buckeyes are 10-7 overall and right in the middle of the mix of the Big Ten race at 3-3.
- Illinois claimed its first Big Ten win last Sunday with a 74-71 triumph over Minnesota. The Illini is also 10-7 overall but just 1-5 in the conference. Petra Holesinska (14.8) and Kennedi Myles (10.1) both average in double figures.
- Freshman guard Kierstan Bell, who has been Big Ten Freshman of the Week the last two weeks, has dished out three or more assists in each of the last three games including a career-high six vs. Michigan State on Thursday.
- Dorka Juhasz grabbed a game-high 10 rebounds vs. the Spartans and leads the team at 8.0 rpg as well as 12.8 ppg.
- Freshman Jacy Sheldon was 3-of-3 from long range against MSU and has made 20 threes on the year. She has scored 10+ points in a game nine times this season.
- Rebeka Mikulasikova and Dorka Juhasz are two of seven players 6-4 or taller in the country that have made 14 or more three-pointers this season.