Jan. 26, 2018
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Ohio State will return home after a two-game road trip to host the Spartans of Michigan State on Saturday at Noon at Value City Arena. The game will be televised on ESPNU.
NOTING OHIO STATE
- Ohio State concludes a stretch of three games in five days when it hosts the Spartans of Michigan State on Saturday, Jan. 27.
- The Buckeyes come into the game with MSU looking to snap a three-game losing streak on the season as well as a three-game losing skid to the Spartans.
- The last Ohio State win in the series with an 85-80 victory on New Year’s Eve 2015 which also happened to be the last meeting at Value City Arena.
- Ohio State is third in the country and tops in the Big Ten in scoring at 86.9 ppg.
- The Buckeye starting five accounts for 88.8percent of the team’s scoring and combine to average 77.2 ppg which is tops in the country.
- Kelsey Mitchell is one of just 13 players in NCAA history with 3,000 career points. She needs just 18 more points to become the Big Ten’s all-time leading scorer. Rachel Banham from Minnesota scored 3,093 points in her career to currently lead all Big Ten scorers.
- Mitchell is second in the country in scoring at 24.9 ppg and has made 77 three-point field goals.
- Mitchell has made the most three-pointers by any female in NCAA history with 445.
- Stephanie Mavunga is one of just three players in the country with five games of 16 or more rebounds.
- Mavunga is the only active player in the country with over 1,000 career points, 1,000 career rebounds and 250 career blocks.
- Mitchell, Mavunga and Harper are the highest scoring trio in the country at 55.4 ppg.
- Linnae Harper is grabbing 9.0 rebounds per game which is tops in the country for players at 5-8 or shorter.
- Harper is doing a little bit of everything for the Buckeyes She is one of just two players in the country to average 15 points, nine rebounds, two assists and two steals per game.
Series History vs. Michigan state
- Saturday’s game will be the 82nd meeting all-time between Michigan State and Ohio State.
- The Buckeyes lead the all-time series with the Spartans 53-28.
- Michigan State has won the last three meetings in the series and five of the last seven since 2014.
- The Buckeyes have a 20-13 lead in games in East Lansing and a 22-11 edge in games played in Columbus.
- MSU blitzed the Buckeyes in the lone meeting last year, leading wire-to-wire in a 94-75 victory.
McGuff vs. Michigan State
- Head coach Kevin McGuff is 3-6 lifetime against the Spartans.
- He split a home-and-home series with Michigan State in 2008 and 2009 when he coached at Xavier. Each team held serve on its home floor.
- He dropped both meetings with the Spartans in his first go around with the Buckeyes in 2014 and then won two-straight before dropping the last three meetings.
Last Year vs. Michigan State
- Michigan State senior Tori Jankoska scored a school-record 42 points and the Spartans would shoot their way to a 94-75 victory over Ohio State on Jan. 10, 2017 in the Breslin Center.
- It was simply Jankoska’s night as she was 8-of-19 from long range, 14-of-25 from the floor and had seven assists. She also set the MSU career scoring mark in the game.
- It was also not the Buckeyes night as they shot a season-low 31.1 percent from the floor and were out-rebounded 52-40.
- Kelsey Mitchell led four Buckeyes in double-figures with 13 points.
- Michigan native Asia Doss, as well as Alexa Hart and Kiara Lewis all added 11 points.
- Stephanie Mavunga grabbed a game-high 15 rebounds to go along with nine points and three blocks.
- The Spartans raced out to an early 11-point lead in the first quarter as they shot 55.6 percent from the floor and 6-of-7 from deep.
- Jankoska then sparked a 9-0 run in the final 1:11 of the half to give MSU a 54-41 lead at the break. Jankoska had 31 points in the opening half.
- The Buckeyes clawed back at the end of the third quarter and the start of the fourth, cutting the lead to nine but all night, the Spartans had an answer to every Buckeye run.