Jan. 30, 2018
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Ohio State snapped its three-game skid last Saturday and will look to keep that rolling this Wednesday by hosting Penn State. The game will start at 7 p.m. and will be streamed online on BTN2Go.
NOTING OHIO STATE
- Ohio State got back to its winning ways last Saturday and will look to continue that this Wednesday when it hosts Penn State.
- Penn State is one of just two Big Ten teams that lead the all-time series with Ohio State but as of late, the Buckeyes have held the upper hand.
- OSU has won five-straight in the series with Penn State and this year’s senior group has not lost the Nittany Lions in their careers.
- The two teams will also meeting later this year in the regular season finale in State College.
- Ohio State is third in the country and remains near the top in the RPI as the Buckeyes are currently sixth. The NCAA will select 16 hosts for the opening two rounds of the NCAA Tournament.
- The Buckeye starting five accounts for 89.1 percent of the team’s scoring and combine to average 77.1 ppg which is tops in the country.
- Kelsey Mitchell is now the Big Ten’s all-time leading scorer, either male or female, woth 3,098 career points. She passed Rachel Banham last Saturday and is currently in seventh place in NCAA history.
- Mitchell is just nine assists away from 500 in her career. She would be one of four players with 3,000 points and 500 assists.
- If Mitchell makes a three-pointer against Penn State, she will tie the NCAA record for consecutive games with a three-pointer at 80.
- Stephanie Mavunga is just 10 points away from 1,500 in her career and is just 23 blocks shy of 300.
- Mavunga is the only active player in the country with over 1,000 career points, 1,000 career rebounds and 250 career blocks.
- Harper is doing a little bit of everything for the Buckeyes She is one of just six players in the country to average 15 points, eight rebounds, two assists and two steals per game.
- Mitchell, Mavunga and Harper are the highest scoring trio in the country at 55.4 ppg.
Series History vs. Penn state
- Wednesday’s matchup will be the 63rd meeting all-time between Ohio State and Penn State.
- Penn State is the only Big Ten teams that Ohio State has a losing record against as the Nittany Lions lead the all-time series 36-26.
- After losing five-straight from 2012-14, the Buckeyes have won five-straight in the series, including an 87-72 win in the team’s only meeting last season.
- The Buckeyes’ best streak came from 2005 to 2011 when OSU won 13 of the 14 meetings.
- Ohio State trails in the all-time series in Columbus 13-11.
McGuff vs. Penn State
- Head coach Kevin McGuff is 6-3 all-time against Penn State.
- He is 5-2 against the Nittany Lions as head coach at Ohio State. He also split a home-and-home series with Penn State while coaching at Xavier.
- The McGuff led Musketeers dropped a 73-66 decision in overtime at Penn State in 2006 and then topped PSU 72-68 in Cincinnati in 2007.
- McGuff and the Buckeyes are currently riding a five-game win streak against Penn State.
Last Year vs. Penn State
- Ohio State took down Big Ten foe Penn State 87-72 on Feb. 1, 2017 in Value City Arena.
- Kelsey Mitchell led the team in points yet again with 23, but OSU as a whole shot well from the floor, making almost half of its shots (49.2 percent).
- Sierra Calhoun had a great night shooting the ball, scoring 17 points and making five of her six attempts from beyond the three point arc.
- Stephanie Mavunga added 11 points and 11 rebounds for her 10th double-double of the season.
- Though the game marked the second time in three games that Ohio State was outrebounded in a winning effort, the way its shots were falling made the bigger difference.
- OSU made 10 of its first 15 shots to take a 26-15 lead after the first quarter and went into halftime with a 15 point lead. Both teams scored 24 points in the third frame and 19 in the fourth, giving Ohio State a 15 point victory when the clock hit zeroes.
- Penn State’s Teniya Page led all scorers with 32 points tonight, a scoring performance fueled by a perfect 10-for-10 night at the free throw line.