PREVIEW: #5/5 Ohio State vs. Purdue

 

Jan. 16, 2016


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#5/5 Ohio State vs. Purdue

Date: January 17, 2016 | Time: 2:00 p.m. | Venue: Value City Arena | Location: Columbus, Ohio

TV: BTN

Radio: 1460 AM

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Setting The Scene

  • Ohio State will be looking to get back on track this Sunday when it hosts league-leading Purdue.
  • Tip-off is set for 2 p.m. ET from Value City Arena.
  • The Buckeyes dropped their first conference game of the year last Thursday when it fell 86-82 at Northwestern. OSU enters the game with a 12-4 mark overall and 4-1 in the conference.
  • Purdue has won nine-straight games and comes in 14-2 overall and 5-0 in the B1G. The Boilermakers had just 11 wins and 3 conference wins all of last season.
  • The game will be televised on the Big Ten Network. Kevin Lee and Buckeye legend Katie Smith will have the call.
  • The game can also be heard on ESPN 1460 AM in the Columbus area and on www.OhioStateBuckeyes.com.

Noting The Buckeyes

  • The Buckeyes lead the conference and are second in the country in scoring at 86.2 ppg.
  • Ohio State is ranked 5th in both poll.
  • Ohio State grabbed 50 rebounds against Indiana on Jan. 7, marking the first 50-rebound game for the team since Dec. 14, 2010.
  • Alexa Hart is shooting 73.1 percent (57-of-78) from the floor over the last 10 games.
  • Senior Ameryst Alston and sophomore Kelsey Mitchell were each named to the midseason Wooden Top 20 and the preseason Naismith Award Watch Lists.
  • Mitchell is second in the country at 25.2 ppg and Alston is 52nd at 18.4 ppg.
  • When Mitchell and Alston each score 20 points in a game, the Buckeyes are 18-3, including 8-1 this season.
  • Alston is 7th in school history with 1,855 career points. She is 57 points away from 6th.
  • In just over a season and a half, Mitchell is already 19th on OSU's career scoring chart at 1,276 points.
  • The Buckeyes have faced five top-10 teams already this season, including all four of last year’s Final Four teams.

Purdue Snapshot

  • Purdue has gotten off to a great start this season and enter the game with a 14-2 record overall and a perfect 5-0 mark in the conference.
  • Purdue’s only losses came in overtime to Stanford and to Boston College in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.
  • The Boilermakers are taking exceptional care of the ball, committing only 13.2 turnovers per game good for second in the Big Ten and 21st in the nation.
  • April Wilson leads three Boilermakers in double-figures at 14.9 points per game. She has also dished-out a team-high 97 assists and has a team-leading 36 steals.
  • Ashley Morrissette has made 30 three-point field goals and is averaging 12.2 ppg.
  • Bridgett Perry is right behind Morrissette at 11.8 ppg and she leads the team in rebounding at 6.2 rpg.
  • As a team, the Boilermakers shoot over 75 percent from the free throw line.
  • Purdue has won with depth this year as nine players average at least 13.5 minutes points per game.

Series History vs. Purdue

  • Sunday’s matchup will be the 72nd meeting all-time between Ohio State and Purdue.
  • The Buckeyes hold a 43-28 edge in the series.
  • Ohio State won both meetings last year, knocking off Purdue in overtime in West Lafayette and then rolling past the Boilers in Columbus a month later.
  • The Buckeyes have won seven of the last 10 games in the series since 2010.
  • Ohio State has 22-8 lead in games played in Columbus.

McGuff vs. Purdue

  • Head coach Kevin McGuff is 3-1 against Purdue.
  • He guided the Buckeyes to a split with the Boilermakers in his first season and then won both meetings with Purdue last year.
  • The Buckeyes have averaged 79.5 ppg against Purdue under McGuff.

 Last Year vs. Purdue

  • The two meetings with Purdue last season with two drastically different contests.
  • The Buckeyes pulled-out a hard-fought 79-71 overtime victory in West Lafayette on Jan. 25 and then cruised to a 92-60 victory three weeks later in Columbus.
  • In the first meeting, Kelsey Mitchell scored 31 of her Mackey Arena record 37 points after halftime to lead to the Buckeyes.
  • At one point, the Buckeyes were in a 12-pioint hole and Mitchell scored 13 of the next 20 for Ohio State to give the Buckeyes a 59-58 lead with under five minutes to play.
  • Ohio State led by three with under a minute to go but an Ashley Morrissette three-pointer from the corner with 47 seconds left in regulation evened the score at 64-64.
  • In overtime, the Buckeyes scored the first six points and was never really threated in the extra frame.
  • Shayla Cooper also had a solid game for the Buckeyes, finishing with 15 points and eight rebounds. Ameryst Alston added 13 points while Alexa Hart had eight points and a team-high 12 rebounds.
  • Whitany Bays led the Boilermakers with 22 points and a game-high 19 rebounds.
  • In the second meeting, Ohio State shook off a sluggish start to go on a 19-2 run and never slowed down en route to the runaway victory.
  • All eight Buckeyes inked their names in the scorebook as guard Ameryst Alston led the way with 26 points. She also grabbed seven rebounds and dished-out a season-high eight assists.
  • Kelsey Mitchell was 4-of-8 from beyond the arc and finished with 17 points. Like Alston, she dished-out a season-high eight assists and also added eight rebounds.
  • The Buckeyes dominated in paint as well, as Alexa Hart scored 19 points and grabbed six rebounds while Lisa Blair came off the bench to score six points, grab eight boards and swat a career-high six shots.
  • Ohio State had good ball movement on offense most of the night which led to 23 assists, one-off it’s season-high. Purdue had just four assists in the game which was a season-low.
  • The Boilermakers were again led by Whitney Bays’ 24 points and six rebounds.