Jan. 23, 2015
Ohio State at Purdue
Date: Sunday, January 25, 2015 | Time: 2:00
p.m. ET | Venue: Mackey Arena | Location: West Lafayette, Ind.
Radio: ESPN 1460AM
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Setting the Scene
Ohio State will take its show on the road as its starts a two-game road trip on Sunday in West Lafayette, Ind., against the Purdue Boilermakers.
Tip-off is set for 2 p.m. from Mackey Arena.
Ohio State (12-7, 4-3) comes into the game off a 69-60 victory last Sunday at home over Penn State.
Purdue (10-9, 3-5) snapped a four-game losing streak with a 90-88 overtime victory at No. 21 Minnesota last Thursday.
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.
Quick Buckeye Did You Knows??
Kelsey Mitchell is one of just four players in the country averaging more than 20 points and four assists per game.
Ohio State is No. 8 in the country in scoring offense at 81.1 ppg. The school record for points per game in a season is 83.2 set by the 1992-93 team.
The Buckeyes lead the conference and are eighth nationally in blocked shots per game at 6.5.
Kelsey Mitchell (25.3 ppg) and Ameryst Alston (21.2 ppg) make up the top-scoring back court in the country.
Mitchell has made five or more three-pointers in a game six times this season.
Alexa Hart leads the B1G with 71 blocked shots.
A Quick Look At Purdue
After losing four-straight, Purdue picked-up one of its best wins of the season last Thursday with a 90-88 overtime victory at No. 21 Minnesota.
The win was the 10th of the season for the Boilermakers and improves them to 3-5 in the conference.
Purdue won its B1G opener over Illinois but had dropped five of six before beating Minnesota.
Transfer Whitney Bays and Ashley Morrissette are the two Boilers averaging in double figures as Bays tops the team at 15.5 ppg. Morrissette is averaging 11.8 ppg and has made a team-high 33 three-pointers.
Bays is also the team's top rebounder at 10.4 per contest. She has 12 double-doubles this year which is one shy of matching the Purdue single-season record.
Head coach Sharon Versyp, a Purdue graduate, is in her ninth season at the helm of her alma mater. She has a record of 193-97 at Purdue and has registered over 300 career victories as a head coach.
Series History vs. Purdue
Sunday's matchup will be the 70th meeting all-time between Ohio State and Purdue.
The Buckeyes hold a 41-28 edge in the series.
The two teams split two meetings last season with each winning on its home floor.
Ohio State has a slim 16-15 edge in games played in West Lafayette.
McGuff vs. Purdue
Head coach Kevin McGuff is 1-1 against Purdue.
He guided the Buckeyes to a split with the Boilermakers in his first season last year.
Last Year vs. Purdue
The Buckeyes and Boilermakers split the season series last year with each team holding serve at home.
Ohio State claimed an 89-78 upset of them No. 17/19 Purdue in Columbus on Jan. 2, 2014.
Offensively, the Buckeyes had five players post double-digit points led by Martina Ellerbe and Ameryst Alston with 19 points each followed by Cait Craft with 15 points and Darryce Moore with 14 points, respectively.
Ashley Adams also helped out off the bench with 10 points vs. the Boilermakers.
The Scarlet and Gray controlled the boards throughout the entire contest, outrebounding the Boilermakers, 38-29, while collecting a 25-16 lead in points off turnovers.
Ohio State held onto a double-digit lead for the final nine minutes of competition after Purdue secured a 39-37 lead at half.
Purdue got its revenge in West Lafayette with a resounding 74-58 victory on Feb. 7, 2014.
Ameryst Alston once again led the Buckeyes offensively with 26 points while playing all 40 minutes. Raven Ferguson scored 13 off the bench.
The Buckeyes shot 35 percent from the field, including 4 of 17 from 3-point range.
The difference in the game was Ohio State's 16 turnovers that led to 26 Boilermaker points.
After a 10-1 run helped Purdue build a halftime lead, the Boilermakers opened up a 41-28 lead to start the second half.
Ohio State would get as close as seven but the Buckeyes were never able to sustain any offensive momentum.
Last Time Out
Ohio State got 21 points from freshman Kelsey Mitchell and a double-double from fellow freshman Alexa Hart to outlast Penn State 69-60 last Sunday at Value City Arena.
One game after hitting a school-record nine three-pointers, Mitchell connected on five more from long range to finish with a game-high 21 points.
Hart grabbed 15 rebounds on the afternoon, including nine on the offensive end. She scored 11 points for her fifth double-double and also swatted three shots.
Junior Ameryst Alston was the third Buckeye in double-figures with 18 points.
Penn State (3-15, 0-7 B1G) also had three players in double-figures led by Sierra Moore with 16 points. Candice Agee recorded a double-double with 11 points and a career-high tying 11 rebounds.
The Buckeyes shot under 40 percent for the second-straight game (35.8 percent) but they won the rebounding battle and made the most of PSU's 17 turnovers, converting them into 17 points.
A Cait Craft three-pointer from the corner sent the Buckeyes to the locker room with a 36-30 edge. Ohio State then shoved the lead out to 16 points early in the second half on a pair of three-pointers from Mitchell and one from Asia Doss.
PSU cut the lead to six at one point but Alston scored six-straight Buckeye points to quell the Nittany Lions' momentum.