January 15, 2018

Buckeyes Host Rivals from Up North


Jan. 15, 2018

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#10/10 Ohio State vs. #23/20 Michigan


January 16, 2018


7:00 p.m. ET


Value City Arena – Columbus, Ohio


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The Buckeyes host Michigan on Tuesday evening at Value City Arena and will be looking for their fifth-straight win over their rivals from up north. Big Ten Network will have the call of the game which starts at 7 p.m.


  • Ohio State has started Big Ten play 5-0 for the first time since the 2009-10 season and will look to push that to 6-0 when it hosts rival Michigan on Tuesday.
  • The Buckeyes have won four-straight in the series with the Wolverines and seven of the last nine.
  • Each of the last five games between Ohio State and Michigan has been decided by nine points or fewer and two have needed overtime to determine a winner.
  • Ohio State is third in the country and tops in the Big Ten in scoring at 88.4 ppg.
  • The Buckeye starting five accounts for 88.5 percent of the team’s scoring and combine to average 78.2 ppg which is tops in the country.
  • Kelsey Mitchell is one of just 13 players in NCAA history with 3,000 career points. She needs just 80 more points to become the Big Ten’s all-time leading scorer.
  • Mitchell is second in the country in scoring at 25.6 ppg and is fourth in the country with 69 three-point field goals.
  • Mitchell is the NCAA DI all-time leader in career three-pointers made with 437 and just 4 away from becoming the all division leader.
  • Stephanie Mavunga is one of just three players in the country with five games of 16 or more rebounds.
  • 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 56.2 ppg.
  • Linnae Harper is grabbing 8.8 rebounds per game which is tops in the country for players at 5-8 or shorter.
  • Harper is doing a little bit of everything for the Buckeyes She is one of just four players in the country to average 15 points, eight rebounds, two assists and two steals per game.


Series History vs. Michigan

  • This will be the 66th meeting all-time between the two rivals.
  • The Buckeyes own a commanding 54-11 advantage in the series which dates back to 1978.
  • The Buckeyes are 25-7 in games played in Ann Arbor and hold a 28-4 edge in games played in Columbus.
  • The Buckeyes have scored 90 or more points just six times against Michigan but three of those occurrences have come in the last five meetings.
  • Ohio State has won four-straight in the series since an overtime loss in Ann Arbor in 2015.
  • The Buckeyes won the first meeting this season in Ann Arbor 78-71 in overtime on Jan. 7.


McGuff vs. Michigan

  • Head coach Kevin McGuff is 6-4 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 In Columbus

  • 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.


First Meeting this season

  • Kelsey Mitchell scored a season-high 37 points and the Buckeye defense stepped-up down the stretch to secure a key 78-71 overtime victory at No. 22 Michigan on Jan. 7, 2018.
  • Mitchell scored 27 of her 37 points after halftime, including nine of the 14 points in the extra session.
  • Sierra Calhoun hit a season-high tying four three pointers, which including a clutch shot from the corner in overtime, and finished with 17 points and seven rebounds.
  • Linnae Harper led the Buckeyes with eight rebounds to go along with 12 points.
  • Playing in her home state for perhaps the final time, senior Asia Doss scored six points and dished-out three assists.
  • The Buckeyes limited one of the better three-point shooting teams in the league to just 4-of-15 for the game. Hallie Thome had 27 points and Katelynn Flaherty scored 22 but no other UM player finished in double-figures.
  • The Buckeyes led 24-18 after the first but were limited to just six points in the second quarter, the fewest of any quarter so far this season and had a slim 30-29 lead at the break.
  • Neither team was able to take more than a four-point lead at any point in the third quarter.
  • The teams went back and fourth the entire fourth quarter. Flaherty hit a three from the wing to give UM a 64-62 lead with exactly a minute to go. Mitchell again answered with a coast-to-coast layup to tie the game with 12 seconds left.
  • The extra session belonged to the Buckeyes as Mitchell and Calhoun each hit three-pointers to open the period and the Buckeyes never looked back.


They’ve been close lately

  • As any good rivalry should be, they last five games between Ohio State and Michigan have all come down to the wire.
  • Each of the last five games have been decided by nine points of fewer and two of them have gone to overtime.
  • UM won 100-94 in overtime at home in 2015 which is its last win in the series.
  • The Buckeyes then erased a 13-point deficit in the final nine minutes to secure a 77-73 win at home later that season.
  • In 2016 in Ann Arbor, the Buckeyes broke away late for a slim 97-93 win.
  • Last year, OSU withstood a then school-record nine three-pointers and 38 points from Katelynn Flaherty and held on 96-87.
  • The first game this year featured 19 lead changes and need overtime to determine a winner.