#10 Ohio State Buckeyes (28-4) vs. Wisconsin Badgers (21-9)
Saturday, March 6, 2010, 7:30 p.m. ET
Conseco Fieldhouse • Indianapolis, Ind.
Radio/Internet: WOSU 820-AM/www.wosu.org (Marty Bannister, Kristin Watt)
Television: Big Ten Network (Tracy Warren, Vera Jones, Leah Secondo)
Live Stats: www.BigTen.org
- Ohio State (28-4) is looking to advance to its sixth Big Ten tournament championship game and its fourth in the past five years.
- Ohio State defeated No. 9 Illinois Friday while Wisconsin defeated No. 5 Purdue in the quarterfinals.
- OSU is 24-14 all-time in the Big Ten tournament.
- OSU is 10-2 in its last 12 Big Ten tournament games.
- With eight assists in the win over Illinois, Samantha Prahalis set an Ohio State single-season record with 259 assists, breaking the old record of 257 by Jamie Lewis in 2000-01. Prahalis now has at least eight assists in 19 games this season.
- Jantel Lavender finished with 19 points against Illinois and has now scored in double figures in all 98 career games, the longest active streak in Division I.
- Lavender now has 1,942 points, good for third on Ohio State’s all-time scoring list in only her junior season.
- Ohio State is 43-14 all-time against the Badgers and has won the last 16 meetings overall.
- The Buckeyes won both meetings this season, 70-55 in Columbus and an 83-78 win in Madison.
- Saturday will be the fourth meeting between Ohio State and Wisconsin at the Big Ten Tournament. The Buckeyes are 3-0 against the Badgers in the tournament, having last won in the 2005 quarterfinal round, 70-46.
- Seniors Shavelle Little, Andrea Walker, Maria Moeller and Cherise Daniel have 107 career wins, two shy from tying the program record of 109 set by the class of 2008.
- The Buckeyes are the defending tournament champions after defeating Purdue, 67-66, in the 2009 championship game.
- The Buckeyes have lost their first game of the tournament only once (2008).
- Ohio State earned its first of six-consecutive No. 1 seeds in the tournament in 2005. It marks the first time in Big Ten history a team has captured six-straight No. 1 seeds.
- Head Coach Jim Foster is 12-5 all-time at the Big Ten tournament.
- The Buckeyes have reached the tournament championship game in four out of seven years under Foster.
- OSU is 22-2 this season when leading at the half.
- The Buckeyes have connected on a school-record 211 three-pointers this season.
- Jantel Lavender was named the 2010 Big Ten Player of the Year for the third-consecutive year by both the coaches and the media. She joins former Buckeye Jessica Davenport as the only three-time recipient of the award. Also honored was sophomore Samantha Prahalis, who, along with Lavender, were unanimous selections for first team All-Big Ten honors on both sides. Junior Brittany Johnson was an honorable mention choice by the media while Shavelle Little earned her third-consecutive all-defensive team honor.
- Ohio State clinched its 13th and record-setting sixth-consecutive Big Ten championship outright with its win at Minnesota. No team – men’s or women’s – has ever won six straight Big Ten regular season titles.
- Ohio State clinched a share of the title Feb. 11 with its win over Purdue, becoming the earliest team to clinch the regular season title, both in terms of calendar days and in terms of games remaining. Previously, the earliest was Purdue clinching on Feb. 12 in 1999. In addition, no team has ever clinched with four or more games remaining on the schedule.
- Jantel Lavender is one of only three players in Division I to average at least 20.0 points, 10.0 rebounds and shoot 50.0 percent.
- Jantel Lavender has 18 double-doubles this season, the third most in Division I, and 55 in her career, the most among active Big Ten players. The Buckeyes are 45-10 overall in her career when she records a double-double.
- Samantha Prahalis leads the Big Ten and is second nationally with 8.1 assists behind NCAA leader Courtney Vandersloot of Gonzaga (9.4). Prahalis has nine games with 10 or more and has dished out at least eight 19 times.
- Samantha Prahalis is just the second Division I player since 1999-2000 to average at least 16.0 points and 8.0 assists per game. La’Terrica Dobin (16.0, 8.1) from NW State was the only other player to do it in 2003-04.
- Brittany Johnson is shooting 47.9 percent from long range this season, the best in the Big Ten and fifth-best in the NCAA.
- Brittany Johnson is on pace to set the Ohio State single-season record for best 3FG percentage in a season with her .479 clip. The current record is .462 set by Marscilla Packer in 2005-06.
- Ohio State has made 124 more free throws (508) than opponents have attempted (384) this season. The Buckeyes are 25-3 this year and 67-5 over the last three years when they make more than their opponents at the line.
- Ohio State has played five games against teams currently ranked in the Associated Press Top 25 this season. Ohio State defeated No. 7 West Virginia and No. 20 Oklahoma State, lost to No. 9 Duke and went 1-1 against No. 25 Michigan State. Ohio State also knocked off notable opponents California and Mississippi on the road.