#6 Ohio State (16-1, 4-0 Big Ten) at #19 Michigan State (11-4, 2-2 Big Ten)
Saturday, Jan. 9, 2010, 2:05 p.m. ET
Breslin Center • East Lansing, Mich.

Radio/Internet: WOSU 820-AM/ (Marty Bannister, Kristin Watt)
Television: CBS (Beth Mowins, Deb Antonelli)
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Series Record: OSU leads, 45-22
Series in 2008-09: Tied, 1-1
Last Meeting: 2/8/09, MSU, 52-46
In East Lansing: OSU leads, 17-10
Current Win Streak: MSU, 1
Next Meeting: 2/21/10 in Columbus


  • Ohio State leads the all-time series with Michigan State, 45-22. They lead 17-10 in games played in East Lansing, though the Spartans have won the last two at the Breslin Center. The two teams split last season, with MSU winning 52-46 in East Lansing and the Buckeyes 67-49 in Columbus.
  • Ohio State is 21-1 in its last 22 regular season games and 26-2 overall dating to last season.
  • Ohio State’s 16-1 start is the best since the 2006-07 season when the Buckeyes started a program-best 24-1.
  • Since the start of Ohio State’s Big Ten championship run in 2004-05, the Buckeyes have gone 76-12 in Big Ten play (86.3 percent).
  • No. 19 Michigan State will be the third ranked team opponent Ohio State has played so far 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 have defeated two other teams currently ranked in the AP Top 25 in No. 22 West Virginia (13-1) and No. 23 Oklahoma State (11-2).
  • The Buckeyes lead the Big Ten and rank seventh nationally with 83.1 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 sixth in the NCAA with 18.6 assists per game. The Buckeyes are shooting 48.6 percent on the season, good for third in the NCAA behind Baylor and UConn 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 eighth nationally with 22.1 ppg. She is already eighth on the school’s all-time scoring list with 1,651 points. If Lavender continues at her career average of 19.9 ppg she will challenge Katie Smith’s school record of 2,578 points.
  • Lavender has scored in double figures in all 83 career games – the longest active streak in Division I.
  • With 851 career rebounds, Lavender sits in fifth place on Ohio State’s all-time list. She is second in the Big Ten with 10.1 boards per game. Lavender also leads the Big Ten with a .545 clip from the field.
  • Lavender has 45 career double-doubles, the most among active Big Ten players. The Buckeyes are 38-7 overall in her career when she records a double-double. She has eight this season while teammate Samantha Prahalis is second on the team with five.
  • Samantha Prahalis leads the Big Ten and is second nationally with 8.2 assists per game this season, behind NCAA leader Courtney Vandersloot of Gonzaga (9.3). 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 343 career assists, she is already eighth on Ohio State’s all-time list in only her sophomore season.
  • 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.
  • With 237 career steals, Little needs one more to pass Lisa Cline (1986-89, 237) for fifth place on Ohio State’s all-time list.
  • Ohio State is outscoring opponents by an average margin of +23.5 points. The Buckeyes have won 11 games this season by 20 points or more and have scored at least 90 five times.
  • Ohio State has made 74 more free throws (273) than opponents have attempted (199) this season. The Buckeyes are 16-1 this season and 58-3 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 105-consecutive weeks.
  • The win over No. 15 California marked Ohio State’s first win over a ranked team since Jan. 29, 2007 at No. 10 Purdue.
  • Ohio State is 13-0 at home this season, 121-9 at home under Jim Foster and 94-5 since the start of the 2004-05 season.
  • Ohio State has won 19 straight games at home and 104 of its last 105 at home against unranked opponents.

Foster Wins No. 700
Head coach Jim 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 in his 32nd season. Foster spent 13 seasons at St. Joseph’s (248-126) and 11 at Vanderbilt (256-99) and  before coaching Ohio State where he has won 80.4 percent of his games with a record of 197-48 in his eighth season. Foster is 97-23 (.808) in Big Ten play at Ohio State.

Lavender Named Big Ten Player of the Week for third time in ’09
Jantel Lavender earned her third Big Ten player of the week honor of the season and the 12th of her career after leading the Buckeyes to a pair of wins last week, including a road victory against Illinois. The junior averaged 25.5 points and 8.0 rebounds per game while shooting 63.9 percent from the floor. On Monday, she tallied 31 points against the Illini, marking her third 30-point game this season and the seventh of her career. Earlier in the week, Lavender put up 20 points in just 23 minutes against Western Illinois, also contributing eight boards, three assists, a block and a steal.

Last Time Out: Buckeyes Edge Wolverines, 59-56
Jantel Lavender had 18 points and 15 rebounds and Samantha Prahalis hit a 10-foot jumper with 9 seconds left to lead No. 6 Ohio State past Michigan 59-56 Jan. 3. The Wolverines almost tied the game on Courtney Boylan’s 30-foot heave at the buzzer that hit the front edge of the rim. Michigan, which lost its third in a row, scored the first eight points and never trailed by more than four points. Veronica Hicks’ 3-pointer from the top of the key with 2:17 left cut Ohio State’s biggest lead of the game to 57-56. After Ohio State’s Maria Moeller missed from long range, Hollins drove the lane and appeared to have an easy layup before Lavender moved across the lane to force Hollins to change the arc of her shot. Lavender then got the rebound. The teams traded possessions before Prahalis fed Shavelle Little for a baseline drive. Little was pinned in on the baseline by Michigan defenders and kicked the ball out to a surprised Prahalis, who was unguarded just inside the free-throw line. Michigan hurried the ball down the court after a timeout, but the Buckeyes had fouls to give and used one to disrupt coach Kevin Borseth’s called play with 2 seconds left. With the Wolverines forced to inbound near their bench, the ball went to Boylan, who turned and tossed up a shot that just skipped off the front of the rim and bounded away as the buzzer sounded.

Scouting Michigan State
Michigan State is 2-2 to start Big Ten play, with losses to Wisconsin on the road and Indiana at home before winning its last two against Michigan at home and Indiana on the road. The Spartans have posted non-conference wins over Oklahoma State, North Carolina, Xavier and St. Bonaventure and lost to Notre Dame by one, 68-67, in the third game of the season. The Spartans are led by senior Allyssa DeHaan’s 12.8 points, 6.8 rebounds and 47 blocked shots, the sixth-most in Division I. Michigan State features a balanced scoring attack with six other players averaging six points or more, led by Lykendra Johnson’s 10.2 ppg and Kalisha Keane’s 9.4. Suzy Merchant is in her third season as the head coach in East Lansing with a record of 66-29 and 257-149 in her 15th season overall.
Last Time vs. Michigan State – 2/8/09 in East Lansing
Allyssa DeHaan scored 16 points and Lykendra Johnson had 14 points and 11 rebounds to help Michigan State beat No. 14 Ohio State 52-46 Feb. 8, 2009 in East Lansing. DeHaan was 6-for-8 from the field and had the only two 3-point baskets for the Spartans. Jantel Lavender had 19 points and eight rebounds for the Buckeyes, who shot just 31 percent from the field in the second half and never led in the game. The Buckeyes tied the game three times in the second half, but did not capitalize off 20 Michigan State turnovers. They were 1-of-14 from three. It was a totally different game from the teams’ first matchup on Jan. 4, when the Buckeyes grabbed a 35-10 lead and won 67-49 in Columbus. Michigan State took a 32-27 lead when DeHaan hit her team’s first 3-point basket with 17:25 left. But Ohio State began to turn up the defensive pressure on a team that had 12 turnovers in the first half. Despite giving the Buckeyes plenty of chances with their turnovers, the Spartans played just enough defense to pull off the upset. The Spartans were without starting point guard Brittney Thomas, who was sidelined for the season with a torn ACL.

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