December 1, 2018

Ohio State Hosts In-State Rival Cincinnati on Sunday

Ohio State vs. Cincinnati
Date:December 2, 2018
Time:2:00 p.m. ET
Venue: Value City Arena, Columbus, Ohio
Live Stats:Statbroadcast
Game Notes:Ohio State | Cincinnati | Big Ten
Special Events:Share The Schott - Season Ticket Holders can request 2 free tickets online to give to friends and family
Hoops Hour - From 1-2 p.m., a variety of kid/family activities (e.g. Prize Wheel, Corn Hole, Inflatables, Balloon Artist) on the east concourse. There will also a variety of drink specials available.

Noting Ohio State

  • Ohio State and Cincinnati are meeting for the 24th time overall and the for the fourth season in a row. The Buckeyes hold a 19-4 edge in the series.
  • The Buckeyes shook off the rust of an 18-day lay-off and picked up a big win over North Carolina on Thursday night, leveling the Buckeyes record at 2-2.
  • The win also snapped a six-game losing skid in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.
  • The 14-point deficit the Buckeyes overcame against North Carolina was the largest margin overcome in a win since erasing a 16-point hole at Purdue on Jan. 15, 2017.
  • Dorka Juhász has recorded a double-double in three of her first four collegiate games. She had a big 18-point, 16-rebound double-double vs. North Carolina.
  • Point guard Carmen Grande notched her 700th career assist on Nov. 9 vs. Detroit Mercy. She currently has the most assists of any active player in the country, male or female.
  • Grande scored 23 points, grabbed eight rebounds and had six assists in the win over UNC.
  • Grad transfer Carly Santoro has stepped up and assumed some of the scoring responsibility early on as she has led the team twice in scoring including a 20-point effort at UConn.
  • Ohio State is one of just three teams in the country (Florida St. and Grand Canyon) that have to replace all five starters from last year.
  • Ohio State’s 12 player roster boasts eight new faces including five graduate transfers and three true freshmen.
  • A total of six Buckeyes have already received their undergraduate degrees and are working in various masters programs this year. That is the highest number of graduates on one roster in the country.


Noting Cincinnati

  • Cincinnati enters the contest at 5-3 overall after having it’s three-game win streak snapped last Wednesday at Ball State.
  • Antoinette Miller led the Bearcats in that game with 16 points, six assists, five rebounds and three steals.
  • For the season, Nikira Goings leads the team in scoring at 12.3 ppg. Miller is second at 10.1 ppg and tops the team with 41 assists and 24 steals.
  • Florence Sifa is the third Bearcat averaging in double figures as she’s right at 10.0 ppg.
  • Ohio State will be just the second Power 5 conference school UC has played this season. The Bearcats fell 65-48 at Pitt on Nov. 16.


Series History vs. Cincinnati

  • Ohio State leads the all-time series with its in-state rival 19-4.
  • The Buckeyes won the first eight games in the series from 1973 through 1980.
  • Ohio State holds a 6-3 edge in games played in Cincinnati and a 10-1 advantage in meetings in Columbus with the only loss coming in 1981.


Kevin McGuff vs. Cincinnati

  • Head coach Kevin McGuff is 8-5 in his games against Cincinnati.
  • Nine of the 13 games came while he was the head coach at cross-town rival Xavier. He was 5-4 in those nine contests.
  • McGuff is 3-1 as head coach of the Buckeyes against Cincinnati, losing in 2013 and winning the last three seasons.


Last Year vs. Cincinnati

  • A 31-point third quarter broke open a one-point game and gave the Buckeyes enough of a cushion to hold off Cincinnati 87-76 on Dec. 17, 2018 at St. Ursula Academy.
  • Cincinnati native Kelsey Mitchell scored a game-high 31 points and dished-out a career-high nine assists to go along with a season-high seven rebounds.
  • Linnae Harper notched a double-double with 14 points and a game-high 13 rebounds
  • Sierra Calhoun scored 20 points and grabbed a season-high eight rebounds.
  • Stephanie Mavunga battled foul trouble most of the day but still finished with nine points and six rebounds.
  • UC fed off the sellout crowd’s emotion in the opening half as they scored point for point with the Buckeyes. Doss hit a three from the corner to give the Buckeyes a two point lead after the first quarter and the margin was just 38-37 Buckeyes at halftime.
  • The Buckeyes scored 31 points in the third quarter, paced by 14 from Calhoun and 12 from Mitchell to open up a 69-56 lead after three. OSU built as much as a 20-point lead early in the fourth and was never really threatened the rest of the afternoon.

Buckeyes vs. The State of Ohio

  • The Buckeyes are 154-21 all-time against teams from Ohio.
  • Cincinnati is the only team from the state on the Buckeyes’ schedule