March 3, 2018

Ohio State vs. Minnesota in Big Ten Tournament Semifinals


March 3, 2018

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March 3, 2018


6:00 p.m. ET 


Bankers Life Fieldhouse – Indianapolis, Ind.


Big Ten Network 


1460 AM

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Ohio State | Big Ten | Minnesota


Ohio State has advanced to the semifinals of the Big Ten Tournament for the fifth-straight season and will take on No. 4 seed Minnesota on Saturday evening. The game, which will feature the two highest scoring offenses in the conference, will be televised on the Big Ten Network at 6 p.m.


  • Ohio State opened the Big Ten Tournament with a 82-57 win over No. 9 seed Rutgers in the quarterfinals on Friday.
  • The Buckeyes have advanced to the semifinals of the Big Ten Tournament for the fifth-straight year and the 16th time overall.
  • Ohio State defeated Minnesota 91-75 in Columbus on Jan. 4. That was the third Big Ten game of the year for both teams.
  • The Buckeyes have now won nine-straight games over Big Ten foes since its three-game losing skid in mid-Janaury.
  • Ohio State has held its last nine Big Ten opponents to under 70 points which is the longest such stretch under head coach Kevin McGuff.
  • The Buckeye class of Asia Doss, Alexa Hart, Kelsey Mitchell and Makayla Waterman recorded its 100th vs. Purdue on Feb. 18.
  • Stephanie Mavunga has averaged over 18 points per game over the last eight games and leads the team with 15 double-doubles on the year.
  • Kelsey Mitchell is the Big Ten’s all-time leading scorer, either male or female, with 3,308 career points and is currently third in NCAA history.
  • Mitchell has made a three-pointer in an NCAA record 88-straight games.
  • Linnae Harper has 12 double-doubles on the year. Her and Mavunga are the only major conference duo with 12 or more double-doubles this season.


Buckeyes In The Big Ten Tournament                          

  • Since 1995, when the Big Ten postseason tournament was reinstated, the Buckeyes are 36-18 and have lost their first game of the tournament only once (2008).
  • The Buckeyes have reached the tournament championship game eight times, winning four titles (2006, 2009, 2010, 2011).
  • Ohio State has a 23-8 record overall since the 2006 tournament.
  • Ohio State’s 2006 Big Ten Tournament title was the first in program history. The Buckeyes were the No. 1 seed that year, finishing with a 63-60 win over Purdue in the final.
  • In 2011, Ohio State won the tournament as a No. 5 seed, defeating No. 4 Iowa, No. 1 Michigan State and No. 2 Penn State.
  • This is eighth time the Buckeyes have entered the tournament as the No. 1 seed. OSU has won three of its four titles as the top seed.
  • Ohio State earned its first of six consecutive No. 1 seeds in the tournament in 2005, marking the first time in Big Ten history a team has captured six-straight No. 1 seeds.
  • Kelsey Mitchell has been named to the All-Tournament Team in two of her three seasons.


Noting the Quarterfinal win over Rutgers                           

  • Asia Doss (ankle injury) missed the first game of her career. She had played in all 134 games of her career prior to Friday.
  • This was Alexa Hart’s first start of the season and the first since Jan. 19, 2017 vs. Wisconsin.
  • Hart scored 10 points which is just her fifth game this season with 10 or more points
  • Kelsey Mitchell extended her NCAA record streak to 88 consecutive games of at least one three-point field goal.
  • Mitchell reached 20 points for the 25th time this season and 105th time of her career.
  • Ohio State has held its last nine Big Ten opponents under 70 points, the longest such stretch under head coach Kevin McGuff.
  • Ohio State closed the second quarter on a 15-2 scoring run. The Buckeyes held Rutgers without a point for the final five minutes of the quarter and forced the Scarlet Knights into 1-of-12 shooting during that span.
  • Stephanie Mavunga scored 18 points and grabbed six rebounds for Ohio State. Ohio State scored the first six points of the second half, all from Mavunga.
  • Leading 41-26 at the half, Ohio State outscored Rutgers 28-7 in the third quarter to increase their lead to 36 at 69-33. After leading Rutgers 25-19 at the end of the first quarter, Ohio State outscored Rutgers 44-14 in the second and third quarters combined.
  • Ohio State shot 20-of-23 (87 percent) from the free-throw line.