Jan. 9, 2017
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Setting the Scene
- • Ohio State will looking to remain perfect in Big Ten play when it heads to East Lansing, Mich., to take on Michigan State.
- Tipoff is set for 8 p.m. ET from the Breslin Center.
- The Buckeyes will be looking for their first win in East Lansing since 2012.
- The game will feature the two top scorers in the Big Ten in Kelsey Mitchell (23.7) and Tori Jankoska (21.6).
- Ohio State has started Big Ten play a perfect 4-0 with a pair of wins at home and on the road. The Buckeyes are coming-off a 96-87 win over rival Michigan last Saturday.
- The Spartans are 2-1 in conference play and are coming-off their best offensive performance of the season in a 93-73 victory over Nebraska last Saturday evening.
- The game will be televised on the Big Ten Network. Brandon Gaudin and Christy Winters Scott will call the action.
- The game can also be heard on ESPN 1460 AM in the Columbus area and on www.OhioStateBuckeyes.com.
Noting The Buckeyes
- The Buckeyes are 14-4 on the season and have started Big Ten play a perfect 4-0.
- OSU was No. 11 in last week’s AP poll and No. 13 in the Coaches Poll.
- The Buckeyes set a school-record last season by averaging 86.0 ppg. This season, they are fourth in the country at 89.2 ppg.
- OSU has scored 87 or more points in each of its last eight Big Ten games dating back to last season which is an OSU record.
- Ohio State is second in the country in free throws attempted and free throws made.
- The Buckeyes have grabbed 50 or more rebounds in nine games this season — the most since the 1981-82 season — and are second in the country with 856 rebounds.
- Stephanie Mavunga has recorded a team-best seven double-doubles this season.
- Junior Kelsey Mitchell was named the B1G Player of the Week on Jan. 9. She averaged 29.5 points, 5.0 assists and 4.0 rebounds in wins over Northwestern and Michigan.
- Mitchell became the fastest player in NCAA history to 2,000 career points as she reached the mark in just 79 games.
- Mitchell has scored 2,189 career points and recently passed former teammate Ameryst Alston for fourth all-time in school history.
- Mitchell is also the school’s all-time three-point leader with 313 career three-pointers and is just the fifth player in Big Ten history to surpass 300 career three-point field goals.
- Mitchell is third in the country in scoring at 23.7 ppg.
- Freshman Tori McCoy has made a real impact off the bench in her first season. She is averaging over eight points per game and is shooting a team-best 64 percent from the floor.
- Transfer Linnae Harper has recorded a pair of double-doubles on the season. She is averaging 10.9 points and 7.6 rebounds per game.
Noting Michigan State
- The Spartans navigated the non-conference portion of the schedule at 10-3 and have opened Big Ten play at 2-1.
- MSU downed both Illinois and Nebraska and fell at Purdue on Jan. 4.
- MSU scored a season-high 93 points in the last game which was a 93-73 win over Nebraska.
- The Spartans are averaging over 70 points per game and allowing just 60 points per contest.
- MSU is second in the Big Ten in field goal defense as opponents are shooting just 36 percent.
- Tori Jankoska is second in the conference in scoring at 21.6 ppg. She is also second behind Kelsey Mitchell in three-pointers made with 49.
- Jankoska is the only Spartan averaging in double-figures and also leads the team in rebounding at 7.8 per game.
- Taya Reimer is second on the team in scoring at 9.7 points per contest.
Series History vs. Michigan State
- Tuesday’s game will be the 81st meeting all-time between Michigan State and Ohio State.
- The Buckeyes lead the all-time series with the Spartans 53-27.
- Ohio State dominated the series early but since the 2007 season, the teams have been relatively even with OSU holding a slight 9-8 advantage.
- The Buckeyes have a 20-12 lead in games in East Lansing and a 22-11 edge in games played in Columbus.
- As of late, the Spartans have had the upper hand, winning four of the last six games.
- MSU won two of the three meetings last year, including a 19-point win in the Big Ten Tournament.
McGuff vs. Michigan State
- Head coach Kevin McGuff is 3-5 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 two-straight.
Last Year vs. Michigan State
- The Buckeyes and Spartans met three times last season with MSU winning the season series 2-1.
- Each team held serve on their respective home courts and then the Spartans ran away with a 19-point win in the Big Ten Tournament semifinals.
- In the meeting in Columbus on Dec. 31, 2015, the Buckeyes got out of the gate well and took as much as an 11-point lead in the second quarter. But the Spartans came back and behind a 22-14 effort in the 3rd quarter, the visitors led for most of the 4th quarter.
- The Buckeyes took the lead with an Asia Doss put-back with 36 seconds left and four Kelsey Mitchell free throws salted the game away.
- The Spartans committed 30 fouls (5 players fouled out) in the game and the Buckeyes were able to make 27 of 34 attempts from the line.
- Another big stat was three-point shooting. The Spartans were 8-of-19 from behind the arc while the Buckeyes were a season-low 2-of-20.
- Kelsey Mitchell scored 25 points and Ameryst Alston added 23 to pace the Buckeyes.
- Mitchell was 13-of-13 from the free throw line.
- Asia Doss scored in double-figures for the third time in a four-game span, finishing with 10 points.
- The second meeting was an epic battle, ultimately won by MSU 107-105 in triple overtime.
- The game featured 16 ties and 22 lead changes.
- Spartan Jasmine Hines scored a career-high 36 points and grabbed 11 rebounds on her Senior Day.
- Kelsey Mitchell scored a school-record 48 points. Mitchell also had eight rebounds, five assists and two steals
- Ameryst Alston scored 19 points and dished-out a team-high seven assists
- Asia Doss finished with 14 points.
- Makayla Waterman grabbed a season-high tying nine rebounds
- Ohio State committed a season-high 25 turnovers.
- After the first two meetings, the third game was a letdown. Ameryst Alston wasn’t 100% after suffering a wrist injury in the quarterfinal game and the Spartans took advantage.
- MSU raced out to an early lead and the Buckeyes were never able to get in sync.
- Ohio State scored a season-low 20 points in the first half which included a season-low eight points in the second quarter.
- OSU shot a season-worst 32.8 percent from the floor in the loss to Michigan State.