Buckeyes Embark On Tough Stretch By Hosting Michigan State On Monday

Feb. 1, 2015

Ohio State vs. Michigan State

Date: Monday, February 2, 2015  |  Time: 6:30 p.m. ET  |  Venue: Value City Arena  |  Location: Columbus, Ohio


Radio: ESPN 1460AM 

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Setting the Scene

  • Ohio State is embarking on a stretch of four games in eight days and it starts on Monday night against Michigan State.
  • Tip-off is set for 6:30 p.m. ET from Value City Arena.
  • Ohio State (14-7, 6-3) comes in on a three-game win-streak and is currently tied for third in the B1G standings at 6-3.
  • After opening conference play with five-straight losses, Michigan State (11-10, 3-7) has won three of its last five, including back-to-back wins over Wisconsin and Indiana.
  • The game will televised on the Big Ten Network. Frank Hanrahan and Buckeye great 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.

    Quick Buckeye Did You Knows??

  • Alexa Hart is second in the B1G with 78 blocked shots. She is two blocks away from the OSU freshman record of 80 held by Jessica Davenport (2003-04).
  • Ohio State is No. 8 in the country in scoring offense at 81.2 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 ninth nationally in blocked shots per game at 6.4.
  • Kelsey Mitchell (25.8 ppg) and Ameryst Alston (20.7ppg) 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.

    A Quick Look At Michigan State

  • The Spartans are winners of their last two games and come in with a record of 11-10 overall and 3-7 in the conference.
  • The B1G season started a little rocky with five-straight losses but since then, Sparty has won three of five with wins over Illinois, Wisconsin and Indiana.
  • The trio of Aerial Powers, Tori Jankoska and Becca Mills has paced MSU this season.
  • Powers has really come on as of late and is now second in the league in scoring at 21.8 ppg and is the league's leading rebounder at 12.0 rpg. She also leads the country with 17 double-doubles.
  • Jankoska is coming-off a career-high 28-point, 11-rebound performance against Indiana last Wednesday. She is scoring 17.1 ppg and lead the team with 44 three-pointers.
  • Mills is pulling down over seven rebounds per game while averaging 10.4 points per contest.
  • Head coach Suzy Merchant is in her eighth season at Michigan State. She has guided the Spartans to a top-3 finish in the B1G each of her first seven seasons.

    Series History vs. Michigan State

  • Despite losing both games last season, the Buckeyes lead the all-time series with the Spartans 51-25.
  • Ohio State dominated the series early but since the 2007 season, the teams have been even with OSU holding a slight 7-6 advantage.
  • The Buckeyes have a 20-11 edge in games played in both Columbus and East Lansing.
  • The teams played three times in 2011 with the Buckeyes winning all three games over ranked MSU teams.
  • They played just once in 2012 and 2013, both Buckeye victories, and then the Spartans swept the two games a year ago.

    McGuff vs. Michigan State

  • Head coach Kevin McGuff is 1-3 lifetime against the Spartans.
  • He split a home-and-home series with Michigan State in 2008 and 2009 when he coached at Xavier. Each team held serve on its home floor.
  • He dropped both meetings with the Spartans in his first go around with the Buckeyes last season.

    Last Year vs. Michigan State

  • Michigan State won both meetings last season, beating the Buckeyes twice in less than a month.
  • In the game in Columbus on Jan. 26, Ohio State raced out to an early 20-13 lead but a 13-0 Spartan run gave them the lead and they would never give it back.
  • OSU struggled to find any offensive rhythm after the hot start and would fall 82-68.
  • Raven Ferguson led the Buckeyes with 20 points while Ameryst Alston chipped-in with 16 points.
  • Tori Jankoska made five three-pointers and paced the Spartans with 25 points.
  • In the second meeting in East Lansing on Feb. 15, the Spartans took control early and went on to a 70-49 victory.
  • Ohio State trailed 25-19 after a layup by Darryce Moore with 7:04 left in the first. But MSU closed the first half on a 17-2 run, taking a 42-21 lead into the break and led by double digits the rest of the way.
  • Annalise Pickrel had 17 points, 11 rebounds and six assists for the Spartans.
  • Ameryst Alston scored 25 points and Cait Craft added 11 to lead Ohio State.

    Last Time Out

  • Ohio State jumped out to an early 15-2 lead and answered every one of Wisconsin's threats in an 85-73 wire-to-wire victory Thursday night in the Kohl Center.
  • Ohio State had four players in double-figures led by freshman Kelsey Mitchell's 23 points. Mitchell also tied for the team lead with four assists.
  • Her back court running mate Ameryst Alston hit three three-pointers and finished with 19 points and four assists.
  • In the front court, Shayla Cooper had 17 points and six rebounds while Alexa Hart notched her sixth double-double of the season with 12 points and 11 rebounds.
  • Asia Doss and Cait Craft each played significant roles in the win as well. Doss had seven points, four rebounds and a team-high four steals. Craft had seven points, five rebounds and four assists but it was her mirroring of Nicole Bauman down the stretch in the second half that really helped seal the victory.
  • The Badgers were paced by a career-high 31 points from Bauman who hit eight three-pointers. But she didn't hit an over the final 7:45.
  • After the 15-2 run to start the game, the Buckeyes managed foul trouble the rest of the first half and would lead 46-33 at the break.
  • Wisconsin made a couple of runs in the second half behind Bauman's shooting but the Buckeyes answered each time.