PREVIEW: No. 15/14 Ohio State vs. Nebraska
Jan. 28, 2017

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No. 15/14 Ohio State vs. Nebraska

Date:

January 29, 2017

Time:

Noon

Arena:

Value City Arena – Columbus, Ohio

Watch:

BTN

Listen:

1460 AM

Online Coverage:

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Game Notes:

Ohio State | Nebraska | Big Ten

Special Features:

Girl Scout Day  |  Special Olympics Day

Pregame:

Women in Sports Day Meet & Greet

Halftime:

Varsity O Recognition

Postgame:

Meet & Greet with Alexa Hart and Sierra Calhoun
Postgame Clinic


Setting the Scene

  • • Ohio State is eying its fifth-straight win this Sunday when it hosts the Cornhuskers of Nebraska.
  • Tipoff is set for Noon from Value City Arena.
  • Ohio State is coming off a solid 88-76 win on the road at Minnesota last Thursday to remain in second place in the conference at 8-1.
  • The Buckeyes went into a brief offensive slump with three-straight games at 75 points or less but has since rebounded with back-to-back 88-point performances.
  • The Huskers are come limping into Columbus having lost four-straight by an average of almost 27 points per game.
  • The game will be televised on the Big Ten Network. Lisa Byington and Vera Jones will call the action.
  • The game can also be heard on ESPN 1460 AM in the Columbus area and on www.OhioStateBuckeyes.com.

 

Noting The Buckeyes

  • The Buckeyes have won four-straight and are 18-5 on the season and 8-1 in Big Ten play.
  • Ohio State is ranked 15th in the latest AP poll and 14th in the coaches poll.
  • The Buckeyes are looking to tie their longest win-streak of the season with a fifth-straight win on Sunday.
  • After scoring a school-record 86.0 ppg last season, the Buckeyes are fifth in the country in scoring at 86.4 ppg.
  • 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 1,067 rebounds.
  • 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.
  • Stephanie Mavunga leads the Big Ten and is fifth in the country in rebounding at 11.6 rebounds per game.
  • Mavunga has recorded a team-best nine double-doubles this season.
  • Shayla Cooper scored a combined 12 points and 11 turnovers in the four games prior to Minnesota on Jan. 26. Against the Gophers, Cooper scored 18 points on 8-of-10 shooting and had zero turnovers.
  • 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 2,287 career points and has moved into the top-10 in Big Ten history.
  • Mitchell has scored 22 or more points in each of the last three games.
  • Mitchell is also the school’s all-time three-point leader with 328 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 fifth in the country in scoring at 22.8 ppg.

 

Noting Nebraska

  • Nebraska enters the game on Sunday with a record of 5-16 overall and 1-8 in the conference.
  • The Huskers have lost four-straight and are coming-off an 88-45 setback at Purdue on Thursday evening.
  • The lone conference win for the Huskers was a 62-58 win over Rutgers on Jan. 10 in Lincoln.
  • Jessica Shepard, the 2016 Big Ten Freshman of the Year, is the only Husker averaging in double figures at 18.1 ppg. Shepard has led the team in scoring in 17 of the 21 games
  • Shepard is also leading the team in rebounding at 10.1 rpg.
  • Nicea Eliely is second on the team in scoring at 7.6 ppg and leads the team in both assists and steals.
  • Amy Williams, a former Husker standout, is in her first season at her alma mater. She came to Lincoln after being named the Summit League Coach of the Year the last two years at South Dakota.

 

Series History vs. Nebraska

  • Sunday’s game will be the 14th meeting all-time between Ohio State and Nebraska.
  • The Huskers hold a slim 7-6 lead in the series and are one of just two teams in the Big Ten to lead the all-time series with the Buckeyes.
  • Ohio State stopped Nebraska’s five-game win streak in the series with a 78-60 win in Lincoln in the regular season finale in 2015.
  • The Buckeyes are 3-5 against the Huskers since they joined the conference in 2011.
  • Ohio State leads the series 4-3 in games played in Columbus.
  • The 39 points OSU scored in the game on Feb. 14, 2013 were the fewest points scored by Ohio State in a Big Ten game.

 

McGuff vs. Nebraska

  • Head coach Kevin McGuff is and even 2-2 in his meetings with Nebraska.
  • He lost 61-58 in the opening round of the 2008 NCAA Tournament in College Park, Md., when he was coaching at Xavier.
  • He has since gone 2-1 as head coach of the Buckeyes, losing in his first season and winning the lone meetings each of the last two seasons.

 

Last Year vs. Nebraska

  • The Buckeyes were on fire early from beyond the arc and never cooled as they rolled to a 96-70 victory over Nebraska on Feb. 18, 2016 in Columbus.
  • Five Buckeyes scored in double-figures led by Alexa Hart with 18 points.
  • Shayla Cooper scored 16 points and grabbed 10 rebounds for her team-leading eighth double-double of the year.
  • Hart was 8-of-10 from floor and finished with 18 points, nine rebounds and three blocks.
  • Asia Doss scored 13 points on 6-of-9 shooting. Doss also swiped a game-high four steals.
  • Cait Craft dished-out a game-high six assists.
  • Kelsey Mitchell had 16 points on 5-of-11 from long range.
  • Chelsea Mitchell scored a season-high eight points and connected on both of her three-point attempts.
  • Ohio State shot 52.4 percent from the floor.
  • Ohio State made 13 three-point field goals and shot 54.2 percent from behind the arc.
  • The Buckeyes won the battle on the boards 43-38.
  • Ohio State held the nation’s leader in three-point field goals Natalie Romeo to just 1-of-6 from behind the arc.