January 30, 2019

Buckeyes Host Illini on Thursday


Ohio State vs. Illinois
Date:January 31, 2019
Time:7:00 p.m.
Venue: Value City Arena -- Columbus, Ohio
Watch:BTN2Go Online
Live Stats:Statbroadcast
Game Notes:Ohio State | Illinois | Big Ten

Noting Ohio State

  • Ohio State is coming off of a nice win on the road at Minnesota on Monday and will look to keep that momentum going at home on Thursday vs. Illinois.
  • The Buckeyes lead the all-time series with Illinois 50-20 and have won the last four meetings.
  • In the current four-game win streak, Ohio State has outscored Illinois by an average of 24 points per game.
  • The Buckeyes are in the midst of their fifth week of the season in which they will play three games in a seven-day span. They have gone 2-1 in two of the week and 1-2 in the other two.
  • Carly Santoro has notched three games of 20 or more points including a 25-point effort in the win over No. 17 Michigan State and a 23-point night vs. No. 11 Maryland. She also leads the team in three-pointers made with 28.
  • Santoro is shooting over 44 percent from long range in Big Ten games which is second in the conference.
  • Freshman guard Janai Crooms has scored 10 or more points in five of the last seven games and she is averaging nearly 13 points per game over that stretch.
  • Point guard Carmen Grande dished-out 12 assists in the Buckeyes’ comeback win at Penn State and notched six steals vs. No. 11 Maryland. Grande is third in the conference in steals during Big Ten play and is just 11 assists from 800 in her career.
  • Dorka Juhász has recorded six double-doubles this season. She also has seven games of 10 or more rebounds and leads the team in both scoring and rebounding. Juhasz has missed the last two games with a sprained ankle.
  • In Juhász’s absence, freshman Aaliyah Patty has stepped in and averaged 14.5 points in the last two games including a season-best 20-point effort in the win at Minnesota.


Series History vs. Illinois

  • The Buckeyes lead the all-time series with Illinois 50-20.
  • Ohio State has won 14 of the last 17 meetings in the series.
  • The Buckeyes dominated the series in the 80s, winning 15-straight from 1982-89.
  • Illinois enjoyed its best run of success against the Buckeyes in the late 90s and early 2000s, winning 9 of 10 contests.
  • The Buckeyes have won 25 of the 30 meetings between the teams in Columbus.
  • The series is much closer in Champaign as the Buckeyes lead just 19-14.


McGuff vs. Illinois

  • Head coach Kevin McGuff is 5-1 against the Illini.
  • He won in Columbus in his first season and then lost in Champaign in his second.
  • In 2016, he and the Buckeyes won both ends of the home-and-home battles.
  • Winning their lone meetings the last two years, Ohio State extended their winning streak to four games.


Last Year vs. Illinois

  • Ohio State defeated Illinois 88-69 on Feb. 13 in Champaign.
  • Kelsey Mitchell scored 28 points and Illinois native Linnae Harper added 20 points and 12 rebounds to lead Ohio State to an 88-69 victory Tuesday night at Illinois.
  • In addition to her 28 points, Mitchell dished-out five assists and had three steals. For Harper, this was her 11th double-double of the year.
  • Stephanie Mavunga was 5-of-8 from the floor for 14 points while Sierra Calhoun knocked-down three triples to finish with 11 points.
  • The Buckeyes forced 17 turnovers and scored 26 points as a result. Illinois was able to stay in the game as the Illini grabbed 21 offensive rebounds and had 21 second chance points.
  • The Buckeyes came out of the gate on a 13-4 run behind a pair of Mitchell threes. The Illini then responded with a late 17-3 run and the hosts led 21-16 at the end of one.
  • Ohio State continued the back-and-forth action as a 14-0 Buckeye run at the onset of the second quarter put the Buckeyes back in front 34-25 midway through the second.
  • The Illini wouldn’t go away and used an 8-2 run to cut the lead to 38-33 at halftime.
  • The Buckeyes applied the full court pressure in the third quarter and forced 10 Illini turnovers in the quarter. That helped the Buckeyes score 28 points and build a 66-48 lead headed to the fourth.
  • Illinois got as close as 11 early in the fourth quarter to force an OSU timeout but after that, the Buckeyes closed-out the game for a 19-point victory.