PREVIEW: No. 11/13 Ohio State at Michigan State
Jan. 9, 2017

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No. 11/13 Ohio State at Michigan State

Date:

January 10, 2017

Time:

8:00 p.m. ET

Arena:

Breslin Center – East Lansing, Mich.

Watch:

Big Ten Network

Listen:

1460 AM

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Game Notes:

Ohio State | Michigan State | Big Ten


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.