#5/4 Ohio State (19-1, 7-0 Big Ten) at Michigan (10-7, 2-5 Big Ten)
Thursday, Jan. 21, 2010, 7 p.m. ET
Crisler Arena • Ann Arbor, Mich.
Radio/Internet: WOSU 820-AM/ www.wosu.org (Marty Bannister, Toni Roesch)
Live Stats: www.MGoBlue.com
Series Record: OSU leads, 46-6
Series in 2008-09: OSU, 2-0
Last Meeting: 1/3/10, OSU, 59-56 in Columbus
In Ann Arbor: OSU leads, 21-4
Current Win Streak: OSU, 13
- Ohio State has won 11-consecutive games since its only loss of the season, Dec. 3 at No. 11 Duke.
- Ohio State’s 19-1 start is the best since the 2006-07 season when the Buckeyes started a program-best 24-1.
- The Buckeyes are 46-6 all-time against the Wolverines and have won the last 13 meetings overall. Ohio State is 21-4 against UM in Ann Arbor and have not lost at Crisler Arena since Jan. 29, 1999.
- Ohio State head coaches Jim Foster (women’s basketball), Thad Matta (men’s basketball) and Jim Tressel (football) are a combined 27-3 against Michigan teams during their tenure at Ohio State. Foster is 10-0, Matta 9-2 and Tressel 8-1.
- With a record of 200-48 (.806) in his eighth season at Ohio State, head coach Jim Foster is just the second coach — men’s or women’s — to win at least 200 games at three different schools (C. Vivian Stringer is the other). Foster spent 13 seasons at St. Joseph’s (248-126) and 11 at Vanderbilt (256-99) before coaching at Ohio State.
- Coach Foster won his 700th career game on New Year’s Eve with an 86-60 win at Northwestern. Foster is the ninth-winningest active coach in Division I (by wins) and is 12th all-time with a record of 704-273 in his 32nd season.
- Foster earned his 100th Big Ten victory with the win over Indiana. Jan. 17 He is 100-23 in Big Ten regular season games at Ohio State.
- Ohio State is outscoring opponents by an average margin of +21.6 points. The Buckeyes have won 11 games this season by 20 points or more and have scored at least 90 five times.
- Ohio State is 24-1 in its last 25 regular season games and 29-2 overall dating to last season.
- Ohio State is 15-0 at home this season, 123-9 at home overall under Jim Foster and 96-5 since the start of the 2004-05 season.
- Since the start of Ohio State’s Big Ten championship run in 2004-05, the Buckeyes are 44-2 (.956) in Big Ten games at Value City Arena and 79-12 (.868) in Big Ten play overall.
- Ohio State has won 21 straight games at home and 106 of its last 107 at home against unranked opponents.
- Ohio State’s game with No. 19 Michigan State Jan. 9 marked the third ranked opponent Ohio State has played this season. Ohio State defeated then-No. 15 Cal, 83-71, in Columbus before dropping an 83-67 decision to No. 11 Duke Dec. 3 in Durham. The Buckeyes also defeated two other teams currently ranked in the AP Top 25 in No. 12/17 Oklahoma State (15-2) and No. 16/11 West Virginia (17-1) in the preseason WNIT.
- The Buckeyes lead the Big Ten and rank fifth nationally with 81.6 points per game, which includes a 99-point performance Dec. 22 in a win over Western Illinois in Columbus. Ohio State also leads the conference and is eighth in the NCAA with 18.1 assists per game. The Buckeyes are shooting 47.7 percent on the season, good for sixth in the NCAA and tops in the Big Ten. They have shot 50 percent or better seven times, including three games of 60 percent or better.
- Jantel Lavender leads the Big Ten and is 10th nationally with 21.4 ppg. She is already eighth on the school’s all-time scoring list with 1,703 points. If Lavender continues at her career average of 19.8 ppg she will challenge Katie Smith’s school record of 2,578 points.
- Lavender has 47 career double-doubles, the most among active Big Ten players. The Buckeyes are 40-7 overall in her career when she records a double-double. She has 10 this season, the fourth most in the NCAA, while Samantha Prahalis is second on the team with five.
- Lavender has scored in double figures in all 86 career games – the longest active streak in Division I. She also hit double figures in every game throughout high school as well.
- With 886 career rebounds, Lavender sits in fourth place on Ohio State’s all-time list. She is second in the Big Ten with 10.3 boards per game and is first with a .533 field goal percentage.
- Samantha Prahalis, the reigning Big Ten player of the week two weeks running, leads the Big Ten and is second nationally with 7.8 assists per game this season, behind NCAA leader Courtney Vandersloot of Gonzaga (9.0). Prahalis has five games with 10 or more and has dished out at least eight 11 different times. Prahalis recorded a career-high 14 assists in the win over No. 15 California. With 358 career assists, she is already seventh on Ohio State’s all-time list in only her sophomore season.
- Prahalis ranks third in the Big Ten with 19.3 ppg in Big Ten play. She has 79 points (26.3 ppg) in her last three games, including a 32-point performance in the win at Michigan State.
- Two-time Big Ten defensive player of the year Shavelle Little wrecked havoc in the win at Illinois Dec. 28 with a career-high eight steals off the bench. That is tied for the fourth-best performance on Ohio State’s all-time list and was the most since Kim Wilburn had eight in a win over Canisius Dec. 22, 2005.
- Ohio State has made 75 more free throws (325) than opponents have attempted (250) this season. The Buckeyes are 18-1 this season and 60-3 since the start of the 2007-08 season when they outshoot their opponents at the free throw line.
- The Buckeyes have been ranked in the Associated Press Top 25 for 107-consecutive weeks.
Foster Going for 11th-Consecutive 20-Win Season
With one more win, Ohio State will record its eighth-consecutive 20-win season. It would also mark the 24th of coach Jim Foster’s career, his 11th-consecutive overall and his eighth in Columbus, the most of any coach at Ohio State. Two years ago he tied Nancy Darsch, who had six 20-win seasons in 12 years as head coach from 1985-97. Foster has done it each year at Ohio State since his first season in 2002-03, including a 30-win season in 2004-05.
Prahalis Named Big Ten POW for the Second Straight Week
Samantha Prahalis earned her second consecutive Big Ten player of the Week honor and her third of the season after leading Ohio State to wins over Illinois and Indiana last week. The sophomore averaged 23.5 points, 5.0 assists, 4.0 steals and 2.0 rebounds per game as the Buckeyes improved to 19-1 overall and 7-0 in Big Ten play. On Thursday against Illinois, Prahalis scored 24 points on 64.3 percent shooting, also with five assists, five steals and two rebounds in the 72-61 win. Against the Hoosiers on Sunday, she scored 23 points, shooting .500 from the floor, also with a pair of boards, five helpers and three steals as Ohio State recorded an 81-64 victory.
Michigan enters Thursday’s game 10-7 and 2-5 in the Big Ten and looking to snap a two-game losing skid with back-to-back road losses at Wisconsin and Indiana. The Wolverines are led by junior guard Veronica Hicks who averages 12.8 ppg and is one of four starters averaging double figures in scoring. Freshman guard Dayeesha Hollins from Cincinnati is a candidate for Big Ten freshman of the year honors, averaging 12.6 ppg and 3.5 rebounds. One other UM starter hails from the Buckeye state in Carmen Reynolds, a 6-0 forward averaging 12.2 ppg. Kevin Borseth (Lake Superior State, 1976) is in his third season at Michigan with a record of 30-37 and is 536-247 in his 27th overall.
Last Time out: Buckeyes 81, IU 64
Samantha Prahalis scored 23 points and Jantel Lavender added 20 points and 13 rebounds to lead the fifth-ranked Buckeyes past Indiana. Sarah Schulze had 13 points and nine rebounds and Andrea Walker added 11 rebounds for the Buckeyes, who never trailed and won their 11th in a row. Jori Davis had 17 points, Jamie Braun 11 and Hope Elam 10 for the Hoosiers, who played on even terms for most of the game but could never quite catch up after falling being 8-0. The Buckeyes led 31-26 at the break, scored the first five points of the second half and the lead hovered around eight for most of the rest of the way before Ohio State finally pulled away.