December 26, 2018

Buckeyes Open Big Ten Play at Purdue

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Ohio State at Purdue
Date:December 28, 2018
Time:4 p.m.
Venue: Mackey Arena, West Lafayette, Ind.
Watch:BTN
Listen:TuneIn
Live Stats:Statbroadcast
Game Notes:Ohio State | Purdue | Big Ten

Noting Ohio State

  • The Buckeyes are the two-time defending Big Ten champs and will open their defense on Friday at Purdue.
  • Ohio State has won 16 Big Ten titles since 1982 which is the most of any team in the conference.
  • The Buckeyes finished non-conference play 4-5 overall and had a pair of games canceled due to the wildfires in northern California.
  • Ohio State holds a 46-29 lead in the all-time series with Purdue and has won four of the last five meetings. The Buckeyes have also won the last two times it has played in Mackey Arena.
  • Dorka Juhász has recorded four double-doubles this season. She was 10-of-14 shooting, including 3-of-3 from long range vs. Virginia Tech to finish with a season-high 27 points.
  • Point guard Carmen Grande notched her 700th career assist on Nov. 9 vs. Detroit Mercy. She currently has the most assists of any active player in the country, male or female with 741.
  • Grande is averaging 4.9 assists per which is tied for fourth in the conference.
  • Guard Carly Santoro is just 37 points shy of 1,000 for her career.
  • Adreana Miller notched the 1,000th point of her career on Dec. 2 vs. Cincinnati.
  • Ohio State is one of just three teams in the country (Florida St. and Grand Canyon) that have to replace all five starters from last year.
  • Ohio State’s 12 player roster boasts eight new faces including five graduate transfers and three true freshmen.
  • Head coach Kevin McGuff and his staff signed a top-5 class for 2019.

 

Series History vs. Purdue

  • Friday’s matchup will be the 76th meeting all-time between Ohio State and Purdue.
  • The Buckeyes hold a 46-29 edge in the series between the perennial B1G powers.
  • Ohio State has won 13 of 17 games since the start of the 2009 season.
  • Ohio State leads the all-time series 18-15 in games played in West Lafayette.

 

McGuff vs. Purdue

  • Head coach Kevin McGuff is 6-2 against Purdue.
  • He guided the Buckeyes to a split with the Boilermakers in his first season and has since won five of six against Purdue.

 

Last Year vs. Purdue

  • On a busy day at Value City Arena where Ohio State honored its five seniors as well as cancer survivors and fighters in its annual Pink Game, the Buckeyes shot 53 percent in the second half to pullout a 73-60 victory over visiting Purdue on Feb. 18.
  • Senior Kelsey Mitchell made four threes, pulled down a season-high eight rebounds and scored a game-high 26 points.
  • Stephanie Mavunga notched her 14th double-double of the year with 17 points and 12 rebounds.
  • Sierra Calhoun finished with nine points and seven boards and Linnae Harper chipped-in win with eight points, five rebounds and a couple of assists.
  • Three Boilermakers scored in double-figures led by Karissa McLaughlin with 17 points.
  • Ohio State used the emotional boost from the senior day festivities and led 13-2 early. But Purdue hung around and trailed by just three, 33-30, at halftime.
  • The Boilermakers scored the first four points in the third quarter to take its first lead of the game at 34-33 but it was short lived. OSU scored just 15 seconds later and reeled-off 10-straight to regain control and led the rest of the way.
  • Ohio State shot over 53 percent in the second half and held Purdue to just 34.8 percent from the floor. OSU also out-rebounded the Boilers 45-43, marking the first time it won the battle on the boards in the last five games.