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No. 14/14 Ohio State at Wisconsin


February 4, 2017


2 p.m. ET


Kohl Center – Madison, Wisc.




1460 AM

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Setting the Scene

  • • Ohio State will look for the season sweep of Wisconsin when the two teams meet up this Saturday in Madison.
  • Tipoff is set for 2 p.m. ET from the Kohl Center.
  • Ohio State is riding a season-high six game win streak and is fresh off an 87-72 win over visiting Penn State last Wednesday.
  • The Buckeyes who have scored 87 or more points in their last four games.
  • The Badgers are still in search of their first Big Ten victory as they enter the game at 5-17 overall and 0-9 in the conference. Wisconsin fell 63-43 last Wednesday evening at Northwestern.
  • The game will be televised on the Big Ten Network. The dynamic duo of Lisa Byinton and Christy Winters Scott will call the action.
  • The game can also be heard on ESPN 1460 AM in the Columbus area and on


Noting The Buckeyes

  • The Buckeyes have now won 20 games in a season for the 27th time in program history and enter Saturday's contest with a 20-5 mark overall and a 10-1 mark in the conference.
  • Ohio State is ranked 14th in both the AP poll and coaches poll.
  • Ohio State has had six games this year in which every player on the bench that dressed for the game scored at least two points including two games in which all 12 players scored.
  • The Buckeyes went three-straight games without scoring more than 75 points but in each of their last four games, the Buckeyes have scored 87 or more.
  • After scoring a school-record 86.0 ppg last season, the Buckeyes are fourth in the country in scoring at 86.8 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 1,149 rebounds.
  • OSU scored 87 or more points in the first four Big Ten games this season which gave them a school-record streak of eight straight games dating back to last season.
  • Stephanie Mavunga leads the Big Ten and is seventh in the country in rebounding at 11.3 rebounds per game.
  • Mavunga has recorded a team-best 10 double-doubles this season.
  • Kelsey Mitchell has scored 2,332 career points and has moved into third all-time in OSU history and seventh all-time in Big Ten history in scoring.
  • Mitchell has scored 22 or more points in each of the last five games.
  • Mitchell is also the school’s all-time three-point leader with 335 career three-pointers and is fourth all-time in Big Ten history.
  • Mitchell leads the Big Ten and is sixth in the country in scoring at 22.8 ppg.


Noting Wisconsin

  • The Badgers come in with a record of 5-17 overall and an 0-9 mark in conference play.
  • UW's last win came on Dec. 15 when it claimed a solid 54-53 road victory at Green Bay.
  • Three of the Badgers five wins have come away from the Kohl Center.
  • The Badgers have been outscored by over 21 points per game in their nine Big Ten losses.
  • The 70-61 loss to Ohio State last month was the smallest margin of defeat for Wisconsin in Big Ten play.
  • Wisconsin is shooting just 37 percent as a team and is second to last in the conference in turnover margin at -4.5.
  • Cayla McMorris and Avyanna Young are the only two Badgers averaging in double-figures. McMorris tops the team at 12.9 points per contest. Young scores 10.1 points per game and tops the team at 6.4 rebounds a game.
  • Guard Kendra Van Leeuwen is one of two players who has started all 22 games so far this season and she leads the team with 82 assists.
  • Head coach Jonathan Tsipis is in his first season with the Badgers. He spent the last four years at George Washington where he was the 2015 Atlantic 10 Coach of the Year.


Series History vs. Wisconsin

  • The Buckeyes have a 51-16 edge in the all-time series with Wisconsin.
  • This is the first time in the last four years that the teams have meet twice in the same year.
  • The Buckeyes won the single meeting each of the last two seasons after the Badgers won two of three meetings in 2013 and 2014.
  • Prior to that, the Buckeyes had won 20 in-a-row dating back to the 2001-02 season.
  • Ohio State holds an 18-11 edge in games played in Madison and a 25-5 lead in games in Columbus.


McGuff vs. Wisconsin

  • Head coach Kevin McGuff holds a record of 4-1 against Wisconsin.
  • McGuff has won the last two games against the Badgers in Columbus. His previous two wins all came in Madison.
  • He led Washington to a 60-55 victory in Madison on Nov. 21, 2012 and then split a pair of trips to the cheese state in each of his first two years at Ohio State.


Last time vs. Wisconsin

  • Ohio State thwarted a late-game run by Wisconsin to come away victorious, 70-61 on Jan. 19 at Value City Arena.
  • Kelsey Mitchell carried the offensive load for the Scarlet and Gray with 24 points on 8-of-17 shooting, including three trifectas.
  • Sierra Calhoun was the only other Buckeye to score in double figures as she had 10 points in 19 minutes of playing time.
  • Holding a one-point advantage at halftime, Ohio State came out of the locker room firing on all cylinders to begin the second half. After allowing Wisconsin its only lead of the game (30-29), the Buckeyes rattled off a 13-3 run to expand their lead back to 11. Ohio State pushed its lead to as much as 21 (62-41) with 7:35 to play in the game.
  • The Badgers then utilized an 18-3 run over the next six minutes of the final stanza to cut the Buckeyes lead to six (65-59) with a little over a minute left in the contest.
  • The Buckeyes only allowed the Badgers to connect on 34 percent (18-of-53) of their shots, and they duped Wisconsin into committing 19 turnovers.
  • Stephanie Mavunga narrowly missed her ninth double-double of the season scoring 8 points and collecting 10 rebounds.


Last Time in The Kohl Center

  • 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 on Jan. 29, 2015 in the Kohl Center.
  • Ohio State had four players in double-figures led by then 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 any 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.