Ohio State (18-9, 9-6) vs. Wisconsin (15-12, 10-5)
Sunday, Feb. 27, 2011 – Noon ET
Value City Arena
TV: Big Ten Network (Tom Hart, Stephanie White)
Radio: The Fan 1460 AM (Marty Bannister, Kristin Watt)
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Setting the Stage
Ohio State (18-9, 9-6 Big Ten) plays host to Wisconsin (15-12, 10-5 Big Ten) at Noon Sunday at Value City Arena. The game will be televised on the Big Ten Network with Tom Hart and Stephanie White on the call.
Ohio State seniors Alison Jackson, Sarah Schulze, Brittany Johnson and Jantel Lavender will be playing in their final game at Value City Arena. This senior class has combined to win 100 games, three Big Ten regular season titles and two Big Ten tournament championships.
The Badgers enter the game 15-12 and 10-5 in the Big Ten after picking up a 65-57 win over Indiana Wednesday night.
With its 54-53 road win at No. 10 Michigan State Thursday, Ohio State has now won five in a row, including three on the road and two against ranked teams, to help bolster its NCAA tournament resume.
Both Ohio State and Wisconsin are fighting to earn one of the top 5 spots in the conference standings to earn a bye in the upcoming Big Ten tournament in Indianapolis next week.
• Ohio State has won its last 10 games on senior day (regular season home finales). Its last loss came back during the 1999-2000 season.
• Ohio State currently has an RPI ranking of No. 15 according to Realtimerpi.com and boasts the fifth-toughest schedule in the country.
• Ohio State is 5-2 against ranked teams this season, defeating No. 9 Michigan State, No. 11 Oklahoma, No. 18 Iowa, No. 23 Penn State and at No. 10 Michigan State, while falling to No. 1 UConn and No. 21 Iowa on the road.
• With the win over No. 9 Michigan State Jan. 16, Ohio State picked up its first win over a top 10 opponent since Dec. 20, 2006 when No. 8 OSU defeated No. 3 Oklahoma in Norman, 74-67.
• The win at No. 10/8 Michigan State Feb. 24 marked the first time since the 2004-05 season that Ohio State recorded two wins over top 10 teams. That year, Ohio State defeated No. 6 Michigan State (68-54) and No. 7 Rutgers (52-50).
• Ohio State has won the last 17 meetings with Wisconsin and the last eight in Columbus. The Badgers have not won at Value City Arena since Jan. 16, 2000. The 17 straight wins is the longest streak in the series history.
• The Buckeyes are averaging 78.4 points per game over their current five-game win streak while giving up 67.4 (+11.0). Ohio State’s last two wins have come down to the final possession.
• Ohio State ranks second in the Big Ten with 73.7 points per game this year and first with 71.9 in Big Ten play. The Buckeyes scored 90 points for the second time this season in a 90-67 win over Purdue Feb. 10.
• Jantel Lavender (2,657 points) became Ohio State’s all-time leading scorer Feb. 13 at Minnesota, breaking Katie Smith’s previous mark of 2,578 points.
• Lavender is the second-leading active scorer in the NCAA (2,657) behind UConn’s Maya Moore (2,816).
• Lavender holds the NCAA record with 10 or more points in 129 consecutive games — every game of Lavender’s career.
• Samantha Prahalis leads the Big Ten and is fourth in the nation with 6.8 assists per game.
• Prahalis has recorded 49 assists over the last six games, an average of 8.2 per game.
• Prahalis became Ohio State’s all-time assists leader (now with 655) with 11 in the win over No. 23 Penn State Feb. 17. She broke the old record of 643 held by Jamie Lewis. Prahalis did it in 93 career games, compared to Lewis’ 643 in 117 games.
• Prahalis recorded her first career triple-double with 13 points, 10 assists and 10 rebounds against Northwestern.
• Prahalis is the only Buckeye to record at least 1,000 points and 650 assists.
• Brittany Johnson went over 900 career points with 17 in the win over Purdue Feb. 10 and now has 952.
• Johnson hit five second-half 3FGs in the win at Purdue, including the game winner with 0.7 seconds remaining, and is now fifth on Ohio State’s all-time list with 195 makes.
Series Record: OSU leads 44-14
Series in 2009-10: OSU, 3-0
Last Meeting: 3/6/10, OSU, 82-73 at BTT
In Columbus: OSU leads 20-5
In Madison: OSU leads 16-9
Scouting the Badgers
Wisconsin enters the game 15-12 and 10-5 in the Big Ten after picking up a 65-57 win over Indiana Wednesday night. They are currently tied with Penn State for second in the conference standings heading into Sunday.
UW is led offensively by Alyssa Karel’s 15.0 ppg and Lin Zastrow’s 13.9 ppg. The Badgers suffered a huge blow when they lost senior Tara Steinbauer to a season-ending injury a couple weeks ago. She had been averaging 10.5 ppg and 5.5 rebounds. In Wednesday’s win over Indiana, Zastrow recorded 21 points and six rebounds while Karel chipped in with 12 points and eight boards.
Lisa Stone is in her eighth season in Madison with a record of 126-116 and 502-234 overall.
Last Time Out
Jantel Lavender scored 24 points in a 54-53 win at No. 10/8 Michigan State Thursday, giving Ohio State it’s fifth win over a ranked opponent this season. Lavender’s free throw with 1:50 remaining was the game’s final point. Michigan State’s last chance came after a shot clock violation with 10.5 seconds remaining, but Jasmine Thomas missed from about 18 feet under heavy pressure from Ohio State’s Amber Stokes. Michigan State had its 20-game winning streak at the Breslin Center snapped in the process. Michigan State’s Kalisha Keane tied it at 53 when she scored inside while being fouled, but she missed the free throw. After Lavender put the Buckeyes ahead, the teams traded empty possessions before the Spartans got the ball back under their own basket with one more chance. After a timeout, Thomas tried to push the ball up the court quickly, but the 5-foot-10 Stokes was relentless, slowing her down and limiting her options.
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