PREVIEW: #7/7 Ohio State vs. Michigan

 

Jan. 20, 2016

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#7/7 Ohio State at Michigan

Date: January 21, 2016 | Time: 6:00 p.m. | Venue: Crisler Arena | Location: Ann Arbor, Mich.

TV: BTN

Radio: 1460 AM

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Setting The Scene

  • The Buckeyes head north to face their rivals for the only time this season on Thursday evening.
  • Tip-off is set for 6 p.m. ET from Crisler Arena.
  • The Buckeyes bounced-back from their first B1G loss of the season in a big way, downing Purdue last Sunday 90-70. Ohio State is ranked No. 7 in the latest AP poll and has a record of 13-4 overall and 5-1 in B1G play.
  • Michigan has won three of its last four contests and stands at 11-6 overall and 3-3 in conference action. The Wolverines took care of Penn State in State College last Sunday, 91-87.
  • The game will be televised on the Big Ten Network. Kevin Kugler and Vera Jones 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 third in the country in scoring at 86.4 ppg.
  • Ohio State is ranked 7th in both the AP poll and  coaches polls.
  • The Buckeyes have scored 80 or more points in the last 10 games, marking the longest such streak in school history.
  • 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 73.5 percent (61-of-83) from the floor over the last 10 games.
  • Since the start of conference play, Hart leads the conference in shooting percentage at 70.6.
  • Senior Ameryst Alston and sophomore Kelsey Mitchell were each named to the Mid-season Wooden Top 20 and the preseason Naismith Award Watch Lists.
  • Mitchell is second in the country at 25.3 ppg and Alston is 48th at 18.8 ppg.
  • When Mitchell and Alston each score 20 points in a game, the Buckeyes are 19-3, including 9-1 this season.
  • Alston is 7th in school history with 1,880 career points. She is 32 points away from 6th.
  • Alston is two assists away from becoming the eighth Buckeye with 400 career assists.
  • In just over a season and a half, Mitchell is already 19th on OSU's career scoring chart at 1,303 points.
  • The Buckeyes have faced five top-10 teams already this season, including all four of last year’s Final Four teams.

Michigan Snapshot

  • Michigan opened the season with seven-straight victories, including an 82-45 blowout of Pitt in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.
  • The Wolverines then lost five of their next six before rebounding as of late, winning three of the last four.
  • Two of UM's three wins in B1G play have come against Iowa and at Minnesota.
  • Michigan is one of three teams in the Big Ten averaging over 80 points per game at 80.8.
  • A large chunk of that scoring comes from Katelynn Flaherty who is third in the conference in scoring at 22.1 points per game.
  • Flaherty leads the conference in free throw percentage and is fourth in the conference in three-pointers per game at 2.8.
  • Hallie Thome is the only other Wolverine averaging in double-figures at 12.3 points per game.
  • Guard Siera Thompson has dished-out a team-high 80 assists and Jillian Dunston paces the squad at 6.5 rebounds per game.

Series History vs. Michigan

  • Thursday's game will be the 63rd meeting all-time between the two rivals.
  • The Buckeyes own a 51-11 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 five of the last nine meetings.
  • The Buckeyes are 23-7 all-time in games played in Ann Arbor.
  • The teams have split the home-and-home series each of the last two years.
  • This will be the team's only meeting of the regular season.

McGuff vs. Michigan

  • Head coach Kevin McGuff is 4-4 in his previous eight 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 each of the last two seasons to also stand at 2-2 against UM at Ohio State.

Last Year vs. Michigan

  • The Wolverines held the upper hand for the better part of both games between Ohio State and Michigan last year but came away with only a split.
  • Michigan claimed a physical back-and-forth battle in Ann Arbor last January, coming away with a 100-94 overtime victory.
  • In the second meeting in Columbus a month later, the Wolverines led by 13 points with nine minutes to play before a furious Buckeye rally led to a 77-73 comeback victory.
  • In the first game, the Wolverines got a game-high 36 points from Shannon Smith and 24 points on six three-pointers from Katelynn Flaherty.
  • The other big stat in favor of Michigan was on the glass as the Wolverines led 45-31 and had 25 second-chance points.
  • Ohio State had seven players score in double-figures led by 17 a piece from Cait Craft and Ameryst Alston. Shayla Cooper added 16 points, Amy Scullion had a season-high 11 points and Asia Doss and Alexa Hart each finished 10 points.
  • One of the stories of the day was Michigan’s ability to limit the nation’s leading scorer and Kelsey Mitchell. Mitchell scored a season-low 13 points with all of them coming in the second half and overtime.
  • In the game in Columbus, Mitchell was 11-of-15 from the foul line and dished-out a team-high six assists. She finished that game with 26 points as 19 of those came in the 2nd half.
  • Alexa Hart and Shayla Cooper each recorded a double-double. Hart was a perfect 8-of-8 from the floor and finished with 16 points, 10 rebounds and six blocks. Cooper notched 10 points and a team-high 13 rebounds.
  • Cait Craft was key in the win as she stepped-up and scored a pair of big buckets during the decisive run. She finished the game with 11 points.
  • Michigan got a double-double from Nicole Elmblad as she tallied 14 points and a game-high 15 rebounds.
  • Shannon Smith led the Wolverines with 18 points.