PREVIEW: No. 11/13 Ohio State at Northwestern
Jan. 2, 2017

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No. 11/13 Ohio State at Northwestern

Date:

January 3, 2017

Time:

9:00 p.m. ET

Arena:

Welsh-Ryan Arena – Evanston, Ill.

Watch:

Big Ten Network

Listen:

1460 AM

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Game Notes:

Ohio State | Northwestern | Big Ten


Setting the Scene

  • • The Buckeyes are looking for their second-straight road victory when they invade Evanston, Ill., on Tuesday for a clash with Northwestern.
  • Tipoff is set for 9 p.m. ET from Welsh-Ryan Arena.
  • Both teams are 2-0 in the Big Ten.
  • Ohio State is coming off a solid 92-82 road victory at Indiana last Saturday. Kelsey Mitchell had 31 points and Stephanie Mavunga posted a double-double with 14 points and a career-high 17 rebounds.
  • Northwestern comes in at 13-2 overall after defeating Purdue 76-60 last Saturday. The Wildcats are 10-0 at home this season.
  • This will be the teams' only meeting this season.
  • The game will be televised on the Big Ten Network. Lisa Byington and Vera Jones 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 12-4 on the season and 2-0 in the Big Ten.
  • OSU is No. 11 in the latest AP poll and No. 13 in the Coaches Poll last week.
  • After finishing third in the country last season at 86.0 ppg, the Buckeyes are fifth in the country in scoring at 88.5 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 755 rebounds.
  • Stephanie Mavunga has recorded a team-best seven double-doubles in her 11 games this season.
  • 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 2,130 points.
  • Mitchell is also the school's all-time three-point leader with 305 career three-pointers and is just the fifth player in Big Ten history to surpass 300 career three-point field goals.
  • Mitchell is second in the country in scoring at 23.0 ppg.
  • 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 334-140 (.705) and 79-41 (.658) with the Buckeyes.

 

Noting NORTHWESTERN

  • Northwestern is 13-2 on the season and has opened Big Ten play with a pair of victories.
  • The Wildcats picked-up a solid victory at Nebraska last week and then topped Purdue at home on New Year's Eve.
  • NU's only two losses came at cross-town rival DePaul and at Gonzaga as the Wildcats are 10-0 at home this season.
  • Nia Coffey has been one of the best players in the conference so far this season as she is averaging at double-double with 20.6 ppg and 11.6 rebounds per game.
  • Christen Inman is averaging over 13 points per game.
  • Point guard Ashley Deary leads the conference in assists with 96 while scoring 11.6 points per contest.
  • The Wildcats lead the conference with 99 blocks on the season and they have also committed the fewest turnovers in the league at just 13.3 per game.

 

Series History vs. Northwestern

  • The Buckeyes and Wildcats are meeting for the 62nd time with Ohio State holding a 43-18 edge in the series.
  • The Bucks have dominated the series as of late, winning 25 of the last 28 meetings dating back to 2000.
  • The Wildcats swept the season series in 2011 and then picked up a win in Evanston last season.
  • Ohio State is 18-11 all-time in games played at Northwestern.

 

McGuff vs. Northwestern

  • Head coach Kevin McGuff is 4-1 all-time against Northwestern
  • McGuff and the Buckeyes won twice against the Wildcats in his first season and then bested the Cats in the lone meeting in his second year. Last year, the teams split the two meetings.

 

Last Year vs. Northwestern

  • The Buckeyes and Wildcats split the season series last year in two closely contested games.
  • In the first meeting in Evanston on Jan. 14, Northwestern ran out to a 23-point lead and would hold on down the stretch for an 86-82 victory.
  • The 23-point deficit was the second-largest deficit of the season.
  • The loss snapped the Buckeyes’ season-long eight-game win streak.
  • Alexa Hart notched her fourth double-double of the season and the 17th of her career with 14 points and a season-high 14 rebounds
  • Kelsey Mitchell scored a game-high 28 points on six three-point field goals.
  • In the second meeting on Jan. 28, Ohio State fell behind again, this time by as many as nine points late in the third quarter before rallying for a hard-fought 76-73 victory.
  • The Buckeyes shot 64.3 percent in the deciding fourth quarter.
  • The 12 lead changes in the game were the most in a game for Ohio State this season.
  • Alexa Hart continued her hot shooting, going 6-of-7 from the floor for 14 points and 11 rebounds. That was her fifth double-double of the season and the 18th of her career.
  • Cait Craft was a perfect 5-of-5 from the floor and 3-of-3 from long range to finish with 14 points.
  • Kelsey Mitchell scored a game-high 27 points with 26 of them coming in the second half.
  • Asia Doss tied a season-high with five assists.
  • Shayla Cooper pulled-down 11 rebounds, marking her eighth game of the season with 10 or more rebounds.