PREVIEW: #7/7 Ohio State at Rutgers

 

Jan. 23, 2016

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#7/7 Ohio State at Rutgers

Date: January 24, 2016 | Time: 3:00 p.m. | Venue: Rutgers Athletic Center | Location: Piscataway, N.J.

TV: ESPN 2

Radio: 1460 AM

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Setting The Scene

  • The Buckeyes head to snowy New Jersey for the first time in B1G play to take on Rutgers on Sunday afternoon.
  • Tip-off is set for 3 p.m. ET from the Rutgers Athletic Center.
  • The Buckeyes have won two-straight and are coming off a nice win at rival Michigan on Thursday night 97-93.
  • Rutgers is 12-7 overall and 3-4 in the conference after losing three of its last four games. The Scarlet Knights are 3-0 however in conference home games.
  • The game will be televised on the ESPN 2. Pam Ward 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 87.0 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 11 games, marking the longest such streak in school history.
  • Ohio State has made 34 three-point field goals in the last three games.
  • 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 70.2 percent (66-of-94) from the floor over the last 11 games.
  • Since the start of conference play, Hart leads the conference in shooting percentage at 66.1.
  • 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 25.4 ppg and Alston is 50th at 18.6 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 1,895 career points. She is 17 points away from 6th.
  • In just over a season and a half, Mitchell is already 19th on OSU's career scoring chart at 1,330 points.
  • The Buckeyes have faced five top-10 teams already this season, including all four of last year’s Final Four teams.

Rutgers Snapshot                          

  • The Scarlet Knights come into the game having lost three of their last four contests and hold a 12-7 record overall and 3-4 in B1G play.
  • Rutgers opened conference play by splitting the first six games and then dropped a 59-48 decision at Michigan State last Tuesday night.
  • The Scarlet Knights get after teams defensively as they lead the conference in scoring defense (55.7 ppg) and are second in defensive field goal percentage at (36.0).
  • A key piece to Rutgers’ defensive success is in the middle with center Rachel Hollivay. Hollivay leads the B1G and is 6th in the country at 3.0 blocks per game.
  • Offensively, Tyler Scaife scores 17.8 ppg and Kahleah Copper is not far behind her at 16.5 ppg. Scaife is also second in the conference and is 14th in the country in free throw percentage, making 51 of her 58 attempts (87.9 percent).

Series History vs. Rutgers

  • Sunday will be the 11th meeting all-time between Ohio State and Rutgers. The Buckeyes hold a 6-4 lead in the series.
  • The two teams met just two weeks ago in Columbus with the Buckeyes coming away with a 90-78 victory.
  • This will be the first B1G meeting between the two teams in New Jersey.
  • The teams have met twice in the NCAA Tournament. Rutgers won the battle in 2005 and the Buckeyes came out on top in 1993 en route to their lone Final Four appearance.
  • Ohio State is 5-1 all-time against Rutgers in games played in Columbus and 1-2 in games at Rutgers.

McGuff vs. Rutgers

  • Head coach Kevin McGuff’s is 2-0 all-time against Rutgers and legendary head coach C. Vivian Stringer.
  • The Buckeyes downed Rutgers in Columbus last year as well two weeks ago.

Two Different Styles

  • Ohio State and Rutgers have very opposite designs on how to win ball games.
  • The Buckeyes are leading the Big Ten and are second in the country in scoring at 87.0 ppg but are last in the B1G in scoring defense.
  • Rutgers is limiting its opponents to a B1G low 55.7 ppg but are last in the conference in scoring offense at just 61.7 ppg.

Don't Come In Here

  • Ohio State and Rutgers are 1 and 2 in the conference in blocked shots.
  • Behind Alexa Hart, the Buckeyes lead the conference at 5.1 blocks per game.
  • Behind Rachel Hollivay, Rutgers is second in the B1G at 5.1 blocks per game as well.

Last Meeting vs. Rutgers

  • Ohio State led wire-to-wire for just the third time this season as it jumped out and early and held on for a 90-78 victory over visiting Rutgers last Sunday.
  • Kelsey Mitchell scored a game-high 31 points, marking her third game this season with 30 or more points and the 10th of her career
  • Mitchell dished-out a season-high six assists
  • Mitchell and Ameryst Alston each scored 20 or more points for the ninth time this season
  • Alston tied a career-high with five steals
  • The 4-0 start in the B1G is the best for the Buckeyes since starting 8-0 in the 2009-10 season
  • The Buckeyes have won both B1G meetings with Rutgers
  • Rutgers came into the game allowing a B1G leading 52.7 ppg but allowed a season-high 90 points to the Buckeyes. The Scarlet Knights’ previous season-high for points allowed with 77 to Seton Hall on Nov. 16
  • Ohio State forced 18 turnovers which was the most for Rutgers in its last eight games
  • The Buckeyes have won the battle in the paint in each of the last 10 games, topping Rutgers 36-30 inside on Sunday
  • Ohio State scored 90 points for the seventh time this season and is now a perfect 7-0 in those games
  • Ohio State shot 84.6 percent (11-of-13) in the third quarter, marking its best shooting percentage for a quarter this season. The Buckeyes made their final nine shots of the quarter.
  • The Buckeyes shot over 50 percent (51.7%) for the eighth time this season, improving to 7-1 on the year
  • Ohio State had a season-high 24 fast break points compared to just eight for Rutgers