Jan. 10, 2015
Ohio State at Michigan
Date: Sunday, January 11, 2015 | Time: 2:00
p.m. ET | Venue: Crisler Arena | Location: Ann Arbor, Mich.
Radio: ESPN 1460AM
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Setting the Scene
Ohio State continues it road trip by heading to Ann Arbor for a Sunday afternoon clash with Michigan.
Tip-off is set for 2 p.m. from Crisler Arena.
The Buckeyes (11-5, 3-1 B1G) enter the game on a roll as they have won seven of their last eight games. They are coming off a 103-point effort in the win at Indiana last Thursday.
Michigan enters the game at 10-5 overall and 2-2 in the conference after an 81-68 loss at Rutgers last Wednesday.
The game will be streamed live for a fee on BTN Plus.
The game can also be heard on ESPN 1460 AM in the Columbus area and on www.OhioStateBuckeyes.com.
Last Time Out
Ohio State came out firing early and never looked back as it blew past Indiana Thursday night 103-49 in Assembly Hall.
The Buckeyes set the tone early with a 21-2 run right out of the locker room.
OSU hit six three-pointers in the first eight and half minutes and would lead 49-17 at halftime.
The 103 points were the most points Ohio State has scored in a B1G game since scoring 105 in a 105-68 victory over Northwestern on Feb. 9, 1996.
That was also the most points ever scored by a Buckeye team against Indiana.
Junior Ameryst Alston led five Buckeyes in double-figures with 27 points. She also added six assists and four rebounds.
Freshman Kelsey Mitchell did her thing again on Thursday, scoring 25 points, dishing-out a season-high eight assists and grabbing a season-high nine rebounds. She was 5-of-5 from three-point range and matched Alston with a team-high three steals.
Fellow freshman Alexa Hart finished with 18 points, three rebounds, two blocks and two assists.
Junior Cait Craft finished with 14 points.
Sophomore Shayla Cooper tied Mitchell with a team-high nine rebounds and added 10 points on 3-of-5 from the floor.
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 Buckeyes were also 10-of-16 from long range for a season-best 62.5 percent.
A Quick Look At Michigan
Michigan navigated the non-conference portion of the schedule at 8-3 and has started B1G play at 2-2.
Last time out, the Wolverines fell at Rutgers 81-68 on Wednesday.
The Wolverines are headed up by its inside-outside combo of Katelynn Flaherty and Cyesha Goree.
Flaherty is second on the team in scoring at 14.1 ppg thanks in large part to a team-high 37 three-pointers.
Goree is averaging a double-double inside with 14.3 points and 10.0 rebounds per game.
Shannon Smith (12.5 ppg) and Siera Thompson (11.3 ppg) have each started all 15 games and are the other two Wolverines averaging in double-figures.
Head coach Kim Barnes Arico is in her third season at Michigan and has a career record of 52-30. She is the first coach in school-history to record back-to-back 20-win seasons.
Series History vs. Michigan
Sunday's game will be the 61st meeting all-time between the two rivals.
The Buckeyes own a 50-10 advantage in the series which dates back to 1978.
Ohio State dominated the series early but as of late, the Wolverines have had the upper hand, winning four of the last seven meetings.
The Buckeyes are 23-6 all-time in Ann Arbor.
The teams split the home and home series last season with each team winning on the others home floor.
McGuff vs. Michigan
Head coach Kevin McGuff is an even 3-3 in his previous six games against Michigan.
McGuff went 2-2 against the Wolverines while coaching at Xavier, winning once Ann Arbor in 2010.
He then split the season series with Michigan last season, winning in Ann Arbor again.
Last Year vs. Michigan
The two teams split the two meetings last season with each team winning on the others home floor.
On Jan. 5, in Columbus, the Buckeyes dug themselves an early hole by shooting just 18 percent in the first half.
The Wolverines led by 12 at halftime and pushed the lead out to 21 in the second half before cruising to a 64-49 victory.
Ameryst Alston led the Buckeyes with 15 points while Martina Ellerbe chipped in with 10 points.
Siera Thompson hit a pair of three-pointers and led all scorers with 18 points for the Wolverines.
The Buckeyes exacted their revenge in Ann Arbor on Jan. 23, as they came away with a 61-50 victory.
Raven Ferguson led Ohio State with 16 points off the bench and Maleeka Kynard added 12, hitting two 3-pointers.
Ashley Adams, who was reinserted into the starting lineup for this game, finished with 11 points, nine rebounds and three blocks.
It was a game of runs as both teams traded punches all night until Ohio State started to take control midway through the second half.
A Cait Craft three-pointer with 8:12 to play sparked a 12-2 Ohio State run that gave the Buckeyes enough breathing room down the stretch to hold on for victory.
Shannon Smith led the Wolverines in the game with 17 points while Nicole Elmblad added a double-double with 11 points and 10 boards.
Buckeyes At A Glance
The Buckeyes are on a roll. Winners of seven of its last eight, Ohio State comes into the game at 11-5 overall and 3-1 in the conference.
Ohio State is coming off a record performance against Indiana, scoring 103 points in a 103-49 victory.
That was the most points an OSU team has scored against IU and it was the Buckeyes' first 100-point B1G game since 1996.
Freshman Kelsey Mitchell and junior guard Ameryst Alston make up the best scoring back court in the country.
Mitchell, the reigning B1G Freshman of the Week, leads the country in scoring at 25.7 ppg. Mitchell had a season-high eight assists at IU and has dished-out a team-high 65 assists She has already set the school-record for three-point field goals in a season with 56.
Alston is not far behind Mitchell at No. 2 in the B1G in scoring at 21.8 points per contest and has scored 20 or more points in six of the last seven games. She is 15th in the country in scoring.
Sophomore transfer Shayla Cooper became eligible on Dec. 22 and was just what the Buckeyes were looking for. She has averaged 11.0 points in her five games including a career-high 19-point performance in the win over Northwestern.
Freshman Alexa Hart is the team's best low-post threat as she is averaging 10.8 points and 7.7 rebounds per game. She is shooting a B1G-best 65.5 percent from the floor and has blocked 59 shots which is second in the B1G and is fourth nationally.
Freshman guard Asia Doss has started every game this season and is averaging 5.8 points and 5.2 rebounds per game. She is a quick guard who is disruptive on the defensive end and also rebounds well.
Center Lisa Blair has worked herself into a more substantial role this season. She notched the first double-double of her career with 11 points and 12 rebounds against Western Michigan and then scored 10 points, grabbed seven rebounds and had five blocks in the win over No. 16 Rutgers. Blair is averaging better than eight rebounds per game over the last four games.
The team was crippled by injuries in the month of October as three players -- Mykala Waterman, Chelsea Mitchell and Kianna Holland -- all suffered ACL injuries and will miss the season.
Redshirt-sophomore Kalpana Beach missed the last two seasons with knee injuries and has missed eight more games this season.