PREVIEW: No. 16/13 Ohio State vs. Illinois
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No. 16/13 Ohio State vs. Illinois

Date:

January 22, 2017

Time:

5 p.m. ET

Arena:

Value City Arena – Columbus, Ohio

Watch:

BTN2Go (online $)

Listen:

1460 AM

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Game Notes:

Ohio State | Illinois | Big Ten

Promotions:

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Halftime Show:

Frisbee Dogs

Postgame:

Meet & Greet with Kianna Holland and Chelsea Mitchell


Setting the Scene
• The Buckeyes will look to make it three-straight wins when it hosts Illinois on Sunday evening.

  • Tipoff is set for 5 p.m. from Value City Arena.
  • This is the only regular season meeting between the two teams.
  • Ohio State is coming off a 70-61 victory over visiting Wisconsin on Thursday evening.
  • The Illini enters the game at 8-11 overall and 3-3 in the conference after falling at Minnesota Wednesday night 78-50.
  • The Buckeyes lead the country in free throws attempted and free throws made while the Illini are second to last in the conference in both categories but are tops in the B1G in free throw percentage.
  • The game will be streamed online on BTN Plus.
  • 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 16-5 on the season and has started Big Ten play 6-1.
  • OSU held both Purdue and Wisconsin to almost 20 points below the Buckeyes' conference play average.
  • The 16-point comeback victory at Purdue on Jan. 15 was the largest margin erased in a victory since also erasing a 16-point deficit in the Big Ten Tournament title game on March 7, 2010.
  • The Buckeyes set a school-record last season by averaging 86.0 ppg. This season, they are second in the conference at 86.3 ppg.
  • Ohio State won for the first time since Jan. 23, 2014 when scoring 61 points or fewer in its 61-56 win at Purdue on Jan. 15.
  • Stephanie Mavunga leads the Big Ten in rebounding at 11.5 rebounds per game.
  • Mavunga has recorded a team-best eight double-doubles this season.
  • OSU scored 87 or more points in the first four Big Ten games this season which game them a school-record streak of eight straight games dating back to last season.
  • 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 977 rebounds.
  • Kelsey 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 2,240 career points and is fourth all-time in OSU history.
  • Mitchell is also the school’s all-time three-point leader with 318 career three-pointers and is just the fifth player in Big Ten history to surpass 300 career three-point field goals.
  • Mitchell leads the Big Ten and is sixth in the country in scoring at 22.8 ppg.
  • Freshman Tori McCoy has made a real impact off the bench in her first season. She is averaging 7.9 points per game and is shooting a team-best 62.6 percent from the floor.

 

Noting Illinois

  • The Illini enter the game at 8-11 overall and 3-3 in the conference.
  • In their last game, the Illini fell at Minnesota 78-50 on Wednesday night in Minneapolis. Alex Wittinger had 25 points, eight rebounds and two blocks.
  • Illinois opened Big Ten play with a solid win over Iowa and also own wins over Rutgers and Nebraska.
  • The Illini have yet to win a road game this season, dropping all seven contest.
  • Wittinger leads the team in a number of categories including points per game (15.3), rebounds per game (8.5) and blocked shots (47). She is also shooting a team-best 51 percent and has the second-most steals with 27.
  • Point guard Brandi Beasley is the only other member of the Illini averaging in double-figures at 11.6 ppg and she tops the team with 79 assists.
  • Petra Holesinska is averaging 9.9 points per game and has made a team-high 29 three-pointers.
  • The Illini is shooting just 39 percent from the floor as a team but lead the conference from the free throw line, shooting over 76 percent.

 

Series History vs. Illinois

  • The Buckeyes lead the all-time series with Illinois 48-20.
  • Ohio State has won 12 of the last 15 meetings in the series.
  • The Buckeyes dominated the series in the 80s, winning 15-straight from 1982-89.
  • Illinois enjoyed its best run of success against the Buckeyes in the late 90s and early 2000s, winning 9 of 10 contests.
  • The Buckeyes have won 24 of the 29 meetings between the teams in Columbus.

 

McGuff vs. Illinois

  • Head coach Kevin McGuff is 3-1 against the Illini.
  • He won in Columbus in his first season and then lost in Champaign in his second.
  • Last year, McGuff and the Buckeyes won both ends of the home and home series with the Illini.

 

Last Year vs. Illinois

  • Both meetings last season between Illinois and Ohio State ended in Buckeye victories but they came in two very different fashions.
  • In the first meeting in Champaign, Alexa Hart and Ameryst Alston had big nights to lead the No. 7 Buckeyes to a hard-fought 80-70 road victory.
  • Ohio State used an 11-0 run late in the second quarter to build a 9-point halftime lead. Despite the Illini taking a brief lead in the 3rd quarter, the Buckeyes were able to make enough plays down the stretch for the victory.
  • Kelsey Mitchell scored 22 points in the win.
  • Cait Craft went 3-of-6 from three-point range for nine points.
  • Hart recorded her second-straight double-double and sixth of the year with 18 points and 14 rebounds.
  • Hart swatted a career-high tying eight shots.
  • Alston scored a game-high 24 points and dished-out four assists while going a career-best 12-of-12 from the FT line
  • Ohio State recorded a season-high 11 blocks.
  • The second game in Columbus was over early as the Buckeyes rolled to a 117-76 romp.
  • Alston tied her career-high with 39 points in her final game at Value City Arena.
  • Mitchell was 8-of-9 from long range and finished with 35 points in just 24 minutes.
  • Alston and Mitchell combined to score 74 points, matching Illinois’ total and setting a school-record for most points by two Buckeyes in a game.
  • The 117 points were tied for the second-most points scored in a game in school-history and were also tied for the most against a Big Ten team.
  • The Buckeyes shot a season-best 61.8 from the floor including 55.2 percent from long range.
  • OSU scored 30 or more points in each of the first three quarters.