PREVIEW: Buckeyes Host Minnesota in Matchup of Two High-Scoring Teams

Jan. 3, 2018

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#10/10 Ohio State vs. Minnesota

Date:

January 4, 2018

Time:

7 p.m. ET

Arena:

Value City Arena - Columbus, Ohio

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Listen:

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Game Notes:

Ohio State | Minnesota | Big Ten

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The Buckeyes will be in search of their seventh-straight victory when they host Minnesota on Thursday evening. The game, which tips at 7 p.m., will feature two of the highest scoring teams in the country.

NOTING OHIO STATE

  • Two of the highest scoring teams in the country will square-off on Thursday evening as Ohio State entertains Minnesota.
  • The Buckeyes have opened Big Ten play 2-0 and are 13-2 on the season.
  • Ohio State is third in the country and tops in the Big Ten in scoring at 89.7 ppg.
  • OSU is one of the best teams in the country in taking care of the ball as it leads the Big Ten and is 10th in the country in fewest turnovers per game.
  • The Buckeye starting five accounts for 87.5 percent of the team's scoring and combine to average 78.5 ppg which is tops in the country.
  • Kelsey Mitchell leads the country in scoring at 25.8 ppg and has also made the second-most three-pointers of any player in the country with 59.
  • Mitchell is second in the Big Ten on the all-time scoring list with 2,940 points. She trails Minnesota's Rachel Banham by just 150 points for the most all-time.
  • Mitchell is the NCAA DI all-time leader in career three-pointers made with 427 and just 14 away from becoming the all division leader.
  • Stephanie Mavunga is the only active player in the country with over 1,000 career points, 1,000 career rebounds and 250 career blocks.
  • Mavunga has eight double-doubles on the year and Linnae Harper has six. They are one of just two sets of teammates with at least six double-doubles on the year.
  • Mitchell, Mavunga and Harper are the highest scoring trio in the country at 56.3 ppg.
  • Linnae Harper is grabbing 9.2 rebounds per game which is tops in the country for players at 5-8 or shorter.
  • Sierra Calhoun has scored 13 or more points in each of the last six games.
  • The Buckeyes will be without Makayla Waterman as she suffered a high ankle sprain in the game on Dec. 17 at Cincinnati.

 

Series History vs. Minnesota

  • Ohio State and Minnesota are meeting for the 74th time on Thursday.
  • The Buckeyes hold a 56-17 lead in the all-time series after sweeping both meetings last season.
  • In games played in Columbus, the Buckeyes lead the series 26-3 but the Gophers have won the two of the last three most recent meetings.
  • OSU leads 21-11 in games played in Minneapolis and snapped its four-game losing skid in Williams Arena with last January's win.
  • Prior to last year, the previous two Ohio State wins come in the 2013 and 2015 Big Ten Tournaments.
  • The Buckeyes scored 117 points in a 117-64 win at Minnesota on Jan. 12, 1996. That is tied for the most points OSU has ever scored in a B1G game.

 

McGuff vs. Minnesota

  • Head coach Kevin McGuff is 4-3 all-time against the Gophers.
  • McGuff guided Xavier to a victory at the Junkanoo Jam in the Bahamas in 2009 and then dropped a 74-57 decision at Minnesota in his first season in Columbus.
  • In 2015, he split a pair of meetings, losing in Columbus but winning in the Big Ten Tournament.
  • Last season, he guided the Buckeyes to a regular sweep of the two meetings, the first time that happened since the 2010 season.

 

Last year vs. Minnesota

  • The Buckeyes swept the season series from Minnesota, winning both at home and at Williams Arena for the first time since the 2010 season.
  • In the first meeting, Ohio State used a pair of first half runs to gain separation and would roll to an 87-62 victory on Dec. 28, 2016 in the Big Ten opener for both teams.
  • Kelsey Mitchell made five three-point field goals to finish with a game-high 23 points to go along with six assists.
  • Linnae Harper scored 12 points and pulleddown a game-high 12 rebounds for her first double-double as a Buckeye.
  • Stephanie Mavunga was the third Buckeye in double-figures with 10 points and a season- high four blocks.
  • Kenisha Bell led the Gophers with 14 points and five assists. Carlie Wagner had a tough game, finishing with 12 points on 0-of-9 from long range.
  • In the second game at Williams Arena in Minneapolis, it took a hot shooting second half for Ohio State to pull away with an 88-76 win on Jan. 26, 2017.
  • Mitchell again led three Buckeyes in double-figures with 25 points. She made two three-pointers in a key 10-2 second quarter run and two more threes to give the Buckeyes an 11-point advantage with five and a half minutes to play.
  • Cooper had a great game, finishing with 18 points on 8-of-10 shooting and zero turnovers.
  • Mavunga scored 13 points and grabbed a game-high 16 rebounds. She also blocked three shots and had a couple of steals.
  • Wagner rebounded from her rough performance against in the first meeting by pouring in a game-high 34 points to lead the Gophers.

 

Hey! I Know You Guys

  • Minnesota head coach Marlene Stollings and associate head coach Nikita Lowry Dawkins both have Ohio State ties.
  • Stollings played two seasons for the Buckeyes in 1993-94 and 1994-95 before transferring and Dawkins was one of the best to ever don the Scarlet and Gray.
  • Dawkins helped lead the Buckeyes to three Big Ten Championships and four NCAA Tournament appearances from 1985-89.
  • Stollings is a Chillicothe, Ohio native. She averaged over five points per game and made 52 three-pointers in her two seasons.
  • During her playing career, Dawkins earned Kodak All-America First Team and Street & Smith All-America First Team honors, Chicago Tribune Player of the Year recognition, All-Big Ten First Team accolades.
  • She was inducted into the Ohio State Athletics Hall of Fame in 2000.
  • Dawkins would go on to win four gold medals, three as a player and one as a coach, with USA Basketball after she left Columbus.