|Ohio State vs. #23 Michigan State
|Date:||January 14, 2019
|Venue: ||Value City Arena -- Columbus, Ohio
|Game Notes:||Ohio State | Michigan State | Big Ten
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Noting Ohio State
- Ohio State picked up its first Big Ten win last Thursday over No. 25 Indiana and will look for a second win over a ranked team when it hosts No. 23 Michigan State on Monday evening.
- The Buckeyes lead the all-time series with Michigan State 54-28 but the Spartans have won three of the last four meetings. Ohio State won last year’s meeting in Columbus 78-62.
- The Buckeyes have been playing well defensively over the last two games. They held No. 4 Maryland under 40 percent shooting for just the third time and No. 25 Indiana to its lowest shooting percentage of the season.
- OSU is third in the conference in opponent shooting percentage through four Big Ten games at .386.
- 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.
- Freshman guard Janai Crooms has put together back-to-back solid games, scoring a then season-high 10 points at No. 4 Maryland and then besting that with 12 points, including eight in the decisive fourth quarter against No. 25 Indiana.
- 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.
- Point guard Carmen Grande scored 19 points and had five steals to help key the Buckeyes comeback and ultimately a victory over No. 25 Indiana. She also has the most assists of any active player in the country, male or female with 755.
- Guard Carly Santoro is just nine points shy of 1,000 for her career.
Series History vs. Michigan State
- Monday’s game will be the 83rd meeting all-time between Michigan State and Ohio State.
- The Buckeyes lead the all-time series with the Spartans 54-28.
- Michigan State has won the last three of the last four meetings in the series and five of the last seven since 2014.
- The Buckeyes have a 20-13 lead in games in East Lansing and a 23-11 edge in games played in Columbus.
- The Buckeyes cruised to a stress free 78-62 victory in the lone meeting last season.
McGuff vs. Michigan State
- Head coach Kevin McGuff is 4-6 lifetime against the Spartans.
- He split a home-and-home series with Michigan State in 2008 and 2009 when he coached at Xavier. Each team held serve on its home floor.
- He dropped both meetings with the Spartans in his first go around with the Buckeyes in 2014
- McGuff then won two straight, lost three in a row, but came out on top in the last meeting.
Last Year vs. Michigan State
- The Buckeyes were 12-of-14 shooting (85.7 percent) in the final quarter which took a two-point game and turned it into a stress-free 78-62 victory over the Spartans.
- The win snapped not a three-game losing streak on the season but a three-game skid against Michigan State.
- Kelsey Mitchell entered the game just 18 points shy of Rachel Banham’s all-time Big Ten scoring record of 3,093 points. Once she picked-up her fourth foul with 2:03 left in the third quarter, Mitchell had 15 points and it looked as if the record might hold for another game.
- But she hit back-to-back threes in a 17-second spurt to not only eclipse the mark but help the Buckeyes shove the lead out to 20 points with just over two minutes remaining.
- Mitchell finished with a game-high 23 points and also had four rebounds, three assists and two steals.
- Linnae Harper was 10-of-14 from the floor and finished with 22 points, 10 rebounds five assists and a season-high tying five steals.
- Stephanie Mavunga nearly matched her as she was 8-of-10 shooting for 20 points, nine rebounds and three blocks.
- OSU led by just one point at the end of one and used an Asia Doss three-pointer that beat the halftime buzzer to take a 32-29 lead into the break.
- Mitchell scored five-straight points to give the Buckeyes a 50-42 lead, which was their largest lead of the game to that point, and force an MSU timeout midway through the third quarter. But the Spartans rebounded and cut the deficit to just three heading to the fourth quarter.
- MSU would get to as close as two points early in the fourth and that’s when head coach Kevin McGuff reinserted Mitchell with her four fouls back into the lineup and the rest was history.