Dec. 30, 2016
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Setting the Scene
• Ohio State will put a cap on 2016 with a New Year’s Eve contest against Indiana in Bloomington.
- Tipoff is set for 3 p.m. from Assembly Hall.
- After finishing non-conference play with a record of 10-4, the Buckeyes opened Big Ten play with a solid 87-62 win over Minnesota on Wednesday night.
- Indiana enters the game having won seven in a row following an 89-70 victory at Penn State on Wednesday evening.
- This will be the teams’ only meeting this season.
- The game will be televised nationally on CBS. Dave Ryan and Debbie Antonelli 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 opened Big Ten play with a win over Minnesota and comes into Saturday’s contest at 11-4 on the year.
- OSU dropped to No. 14 in the AP poll this week and remain No. 13 in the Coaches Poll.
- The Buckeyes are looking for their first road win of the season.
- After finishing third in the country last season at 86.0 ppg, the Buckeyes are sixth in the country in scoring at 88.3 ppg.
- Ohio State leads the country in free throws attempted and is second in free throws made.
- The Buckeyes have grabbed 50 or more rebounds in eight games this season — the most since the 1981-82 season — and leads the country with 707 rebounds.
- Stephanie Mavunga has recorded a team-best six double-doubles in her 10 games this season.
- Mavunga scored her 1,000th collegiate point in the game against No. 1 UConn on Dec. 19.
- Junior Kelsey Mitchell became the fastest player in NCAA history to 2,000 career points as she reached the mark in just 79 games.
- Mitchell is in 5th place on the OSU career-scoring chart with 2,099 points.
- Mitchell is also the school’s all-time three-point leader with 303 career three-pointers and is just the fifth player in Big Ten history to surpass 300 career three-point field goals.
- Freshman Tori McCoy was named the Big Ten and National Freshman of the Week on Dec. 13 after tying the OSU single-game record by going 10-for-10 from the floor vs. Southern and missing just one shot in her first double-double of the season vs. Canisius.
- Transfer Linnae Harper recorded her first double-double as a Buckeye vs. Minnesota with 12 points and 12 rebounds.
- Kevin McGuff is in his fourth season with the Buckeyes and his 15th overall as a head coach. He has a career record of 333-140 (.704) and 78-41 (.655) with the Buckeyes.
- Indiana comes into the game on a seven game win streak and has a record of 11-3 overall.
- IU opened Big Ten play on Wednesday night with an 89-70 victory at Penn State.
- Indiana returned all five starters from last year’s team that advanced to the NCAA Tournament.
- The Hoosiers have a pair of solid victories this season over SEC teams, knocking off Vanderbilt 94-61 in the second game of the season and then racing past Florida 102-88 on Dec. 20.
- IU is averaging over 83 points per game and allowing just 64.8 points.
- All-Big Ten guard Tyra Buss is tied for fourth in the conference at 20.2 points per game. She also leads the team with 37 steals.
- Amanda Cahill is averaging 14.4 points and a team-high 8.8 rebounds per game. Cahill is shooting 51.7 percent from the floor and over 43 percent from beyond the arc.
Series History vs. Indiana
- The Buckeyes lead the all-time series with Indiana 53-21.
- The Hoosiers enjoyed its longest win-streak in the series of five games from 2000-03 but since then, it’s been dominated by the Buckeyes.
- Ohio State has won 20 of the last 22 meetings including each of the last nine.
- This series is near even in Bloomington as the Buckeyes hold a slim 17-16 edge.
- Last year, the Buckeyes won 97-70 in Columbus in the lone meeting of the season.
McGuff vs. Indiana
- Head coach Kevin McGuff is 5-0 all-time against Indiana with three of the five wins coming at Assembly Hall.
- He has guided the Buckeyes to a pair of wins in Bloomington and he also led his Xavier squad in the 2008-09 season to a win in Bloomington in the first round of the preseason WNIT.
Last Time In Assembly hall
- The Buckeyes stormed into Bloomington on Jan. 8, 2015, and rolled past the Hoosiers 103-49.
- The 54-point margin of victory was the most-ever for a Buckeye team over a B1G opponent.
- Ohio State shot 63.1 percent from the floor, which was its best shooting performance of the year. It held IU to just 28 percent shooting and forced 18 turnovers.
- The 103 points were the most points for an OSU team in Assembly Hall, breaking the old mark of 81 set on Jan. 17, 1993.
- Ameryst Alston led five Buckeyes in double-figures with 27 points. She also added six assists and four rebounds.
- Kelsey Mitchell scored 25 points on 10-of-14 from the floor and 5-of-5 from long range to go along with 9 rebounds and 8 assists.
- The game also marked the first time the Buckeyes scored 100 points in a B1G game since scoring 105 in a 105-68 victory over Northwestern on Feb. 9, 1996.
- Indiana came into the game leading the B1G and was 7th in the country in three-point percentage defense at 23.6 percent. The Buckeyes were 10-of-16 from long range for a season-best 62.5 percent.
- IU’s leading scorer Tyra Buss (13.3 ppg) was 0-10 from the floor and finished with just three points and four turnovers.
- Indiana’s 28.1 percent from the floor was its worst shooting performance of the season.
Last Year vs. Indiana
- Shayla Cooper scored a career-high 23 points to go along with eight rebounds in Ohio State’s 97-70 victory over Indiana on Jan. 7, 2016 in Columbus. Cooper was 10-of-16 from the floor
- Alexa Hart scored 18 points and grabbed a season-high 13 rebounds for her third double-double of the year and the 16th of her career
- Ameryst Alston scored 14 points and moved into seventh on the OSU career scoring charts with 1,822 points.
- Kelsey Mitchell scored a game-high tying 23 points, marking the 12th time she has hit the 20-point mark on the year.
- Asia Doss tied a season-high with five assists
- Makayla Waterman grabbed a season-high seven rebounds in 14 minutes of action
- This was the ninth-straight game on the year the Buckeyes won the battle in the paint, besting the Hoosiers inside 56-34
- Indiana came into the game leading the conference at the free throw line, making a conference-best 16.4 FT per game but was just 8-of-13 from the stripe
- Ohio State committed a season-low six turnovers
- The Buckeyes won the rebounding battle 50-36 and grabbed a season-high 23 offensive rebounds
- All nine Buckeyes that played in the game scored at least two points, marking a season-high.