No. 5 Ohio State (19-9, 10-6) vs. No. 4 Iowa (22-7, 10-6)
Friday, March 4, 2011 – 8:30 p.m. ET
Conseco Fieldhouse – Indianapolis, Ind.
TV: Big Ten Network (Eric Collins, Mary Murphy, Lisa Byington)
Radio: The Fan 1460 AM (Marty Bannister, Kristin Watt)
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The Series with Iowa
Series Record: OSU leads 29-26
In Columbus: OSU leads 18-7
In Iowa City: Iowa leads 16-19
Neutral Site: OSU leads 3-2
Last Meeting at OSU: 1/24/11, OSU, 81-67
Last Meeting at UI: 1/8/11, Iowa, 89-76
Last Meeting at BTT: 3/7/10, OSU, 66-64
Setting the Stage
Ohio State heads to the Big Ten tournament as the No. 5 seed, earning a first-round bye for the ninth consecutive year. The Buckeyes will face No. 4 seed Iowa in the final quarterfinal game Friday around 8:30 p.m. ET at Conseco Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.
The Big Ten Network will carry the first nine games of the tournament live. ESPN2 will carry the championship game at 3:30 p.m. ET Sunday. All Ohio State games can be heard on AM 1460 The Fan in Columbus and for free online at OhioStateBuckeyes.com.
Ohio State enters the tournament riding a six-game win streak, including two wins over top 25 opponents and three coming on the road. After starting the Big Ten season 4-6, Ohio State regrouped and finished the regular season with a flurry to finish 10-6 and tie for third place overall in the standings.
Iowa, meanwhile, enters the tournament ranked 24th in the Associated Press poll and on a five-game win streak after ending the regular season with a 93-79 win at Indiana Feb. 27.
Buckeye Big ten Tourney TIDBITS
• The Buckeyes are the two-time defending tournament champions after defeating Purdue, 67-66, in the 2009 championship game and Iowa, 66-64, in last year’s title game.
• Since 1995, when the Big Ten postseason tournament was reinstated, the Buckeyes are 26-13 and have lost their first game of the tournament only once.
• The Buckeyes have reached the tournament championship game in five out of nine years under Jim Foster.
• Head coach Jim Foster is 15-5 all-time at the Big Ten tournament with titles in 2006, 2009 and 2010. Foster is 7-1 all-time in the quarterfinal round, 5-3 in the semifinals and 3-1 in title games. Ohio State has an 11-2 mark overall since the 2006 tournament.
• Ohio State’s 2006 Big Ten Tournament title was the first in program history. The Buckeyes were the No. 2 seed that year, finishing with a 63-60 win over Purdue in the final.
• Ohio State earned its first of six consecutive No. 1 seeds in the tournament in 2005, marking the first time in Big Ten history a team has captured six-straight No. 1 seeds.
• Over the last two Big Ten tournaments, Jantel Lavender has averaged 24.8 ppg and 11.0 rebounds while shooting 57 percent from the field with five 20-point games in winning tournament most outstanding player each year.
• Lavender set a tournament record with 35 points in the championship game against Iowa in 2010.
• Lavender set a Big Ten tournament record with 41 rebounds in three wins in 2009 when she averaged 22.7 points, 13.7 rebounds and shot .644 percent (29-45) from the field.
• Lavender has recorded a double-double in five of her seven career Big Ten tournament games.
• Ohio State has advanced to the tournament championship game six times, winning three (2006, 2009, 2010). They have met Purdue in the championship in three of the past five years and in four of the last eight.
More Fastbreak Points
• 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).
• The Buckeyes are averaging 78.7 points per game over their current six-game win streak while giving up 64.0 (+14.7).
• Ohio State ranks second in the Big Ten with 73.9 points per game this year and first with 72.4 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 (2,677 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 (2,677) behind UConn’s Maya Moore (2,859).
• Lavender holds the NCAA record with 10 or more points in 130 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 56 assists over the last seven games, an average of 8.0 per game.
• Prahalis became Ohio State’s all-time assists leader (now with 662) 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 961.
• 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 198 makes.
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