November 29, 2017

No. 8 Buckeyes Head to No. 14 Duke for Big Ten/ACC Challenge


Nov. 29, 2017

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#8/8 Ohio State at #14/16 Duke


November 30, 2017


7:00 p.m. ET


Cameron Indoor Stadium – Columbus, Ohio




1460 AM

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Big Ten/ACC Challenge


Ohio State heads to No. 14 Duke this Thursday as part of the Big Ten/ACC Challenge. The game is set to tip at 7 p.m. and will be televised on ESPN2.


  • Ohio State is riding a six-game win streak after winning the Play4Kay Showcase last weekend.
  • OSU is looking to reverse its trend in recent Big Ten/ACC Challenge games as the Buckeyes are just 2-8 in the first 10 years of the challenge.
  • The Buckeyes are second in the country in scoring at 94.0 and have topped the century mark in two of the last three games.
  • OSU has made 131 free throws through the first eight games which was tops in the country. The Buckeyes are averaging more than 16 made free throws per contest.
  • Kelsey Mitchell leads the country in scoring at 27.8 ppg and has also made the most three-pointers of any player in the country with 36.
  • Mitchell passed Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis of UConn last Friday night to become the NCAA DI all-time career three-point leader. She has made 404 in her career.
  • Stephanie Mavunga and Linnae Harper are the only pair of teammates to each have at least four double-doubles this season. Mavunga has notched five and Harper four.
  • Mavunga is grabbing an average of five offensive rebounds per game which is sixth-most in the country. Her 99 total rebounds on the season through eight games are second-most in the country.
  • Harper is averaging a double-double so far this and has notched at least three steals in each of the last six games.
  • Asia Doss is second in the Big Ten with a 3.8 assist-to-turnover ratio. She dished-out a career-high eight assists last Friday vs. FGCU.
  • Head coach Kevin McGuff notched his 100th win as Buckeye head coach on Nov. 23.
  • OSU is averaging 10.6 three-point field goal makes per game which is 11th in the country.


Series History vs. Duke

  • Thursday’s game will be just the second all-time meeting between the two programs as the first also came as part of the challenge.
  • The then No. 3 Buckeyes went to No. 11 Duke on Dec. 3, 2009 and the Blue Devils came away with an 83-67 victory.
  • The win came despite 20 points and 18 rebounds from OSU All-American Jantel Lavender. Former Buckeye assistant coach Joy Cheek scored four points and had an assist for Duke in the win.


Buckeyes at Cameron Indoor

  • Four Buckeyes have played a game before at the iconic Cameron Indoor Stadium.
  • Sierra Calhoun, of course, began her collegiate career at Duke, playing and starting the first 13 games of the 2014-15 season. In her eight games at Cameron that season, she averaged 12.8 points, 3.9 rebounds, 1.9 assists per game and made a total of 14 threes.
  • Stephanie Mavunga played twice at Cameron in her two years at North Carolina. She scored two points, grabbed five rebounds and had three blocks in a win as a freshman. She then scored 11 points and had nine rebounds and three blocks in a loss as a sophomore.
  • Linnae Harper played against Calhoun and the Blue Devils in Cameron as a sophomore on Dec. 21, 2014. Duke won the game and Harper had two points and five boards while Calhoun had 13 points and 7 rebounds.
  • Head coach Kevin McGuff coached one game in Cameron as Xavier head coach in 2010. He lost the game 46-45.


Buckeyes In the Big Ten/Acc Challenge

  • Ohio State is 2-8 in the history of the Big Ten/ ACC Challenge, with the first three games coming against Top 10 competition.
  • In 2007 the Buckeyes lost at No. 3 Maryland before losing a close one at home in 2008 to No. 2 North Carolina.
  • Four years ago the Buckeyes led on the road at No. 10 Duke early in the second half before the Blue Devils pulled away for the victory.
  • In 2010 Ohio State picked up its first win, a 74-46 win over Virginia at St. John Arena, before defeating Florida State, 78-75, in overtime in 2012 when Tayler Hill poured in 31 points.
  • Last season, the Buckeyes dropped an overtime heart-breaker to Miami 94-89 at Value City Arena.


Last Year In The ACC/Big Ten Challenge

  • Keyona Hayes scored 23 points, Jessica Thomas added 16 and No. 18 Miami outlasted No. 9 Ohio State 94-89 in overtime on Dec. 1 at Value City Arena.
  • Sierra Calhoun hit a 3-pointer at the regulation buzzer to tie it at 84. Then, Hayes’ 3-pointer with 2:30 left in overtime put Miami ahead to stay in the game that featured 13 lead changes.
  • Kelsey Mitchell led all scorers with 29 points on 5-for-11 3-point shooting, and Shayla Cooper added 17 points and 11 rebounds.
  • Laura Cornelius added 11 points, and Erykah Davenport had 10 points and 10 rebounds for the Hurricanes.
  • Ohio State came from behind to lead 22-17 after the first period on the strength of a 10-0 run to finish it. But the Buckeyes went cold, and Miami surged ahead on an 11-0 run and led at the half 41-30. Ohio State hit just 2 of 12 shots from the floor in the second quarter, and was just 1 for 13 from 3-point range in the first half.
  • The Buckeyes had their lowest scoring quarter of the young season in the second quarter with just eight points.
  • Ohio State also had its best and worst shooting quarters of the season back-to-back as it shot just 16.7 percent in the second and 78.6 percent in the third.
  • The Buckeyes were 21-of-28 (75 percent) shooting after halftime.