Feb. 4, 2015
Setting the Scene
Ohio State will be seeking its first five-game win-streak of the season on Thursday when it takes on No. 16/17 Iowa in Iowa City.
Tip-off is set for 8:00 p.m. ET from Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
Ohio State (15-7, 7-3) has won four-straight and is tied for third in the B1G, one game behind Iowa for second place.
The Hawkeyes (17-4, 8-2) had their six-game win-streak snapped last Sunday at Maryland with a 93-88 setback.
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.
Battle On The Perimeter
Thursday's game will feature the No. 2 and 3 ranked scoring teams in the B1G.
The majority of both team's scoring comes from the perimeter as they are No. 1 and 2 in three-shooting in the conference.
Iowa makes a B1G-best 8.3 three-pointers per game and shoots a conference leading 40.7 percent from behind the arc as a team.
The Buckeyes make 7.8 threes per game.
Buckeye freshman Kelsey Mitchell has made the most three-pointers in the country this year at 84. Iowa guard Melissa Dixon is right behind her at 83.
No other player in the country has made more than 66 three-pointers this season.
Quick Buckeye Did You Knows??
Kelsey Mitchell is just seven points away from passing Katie Smith (1992-93) for most points ever by an OSU freshman.
Alexa Hart is second in the B1G with 83 blocked shots. Her 83 blocks are also an OSU freshman record.
Ohio State is No. 7 in the country in scoring offense at 81.0 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 seventh nationally in blocked shots per game at 6.4.
Kelsey Mitchell (26.0 ppg) and Ameryst Alston (20.6 ppg) make up the top-scoring back court in the country.
Mitchell has made five or more three-pointers in a game seven times this season.
A Quick Look At Iowa
Iowa is one of the hottest teams in the B1G despite a 93-88 setback at Maryland last Sunday.
The Hawkeyes are 17-4 overall and 8-2 in the conference.
Iowa has made 27 three-pointers in the last two games and leads the B1G in both three-pointers per game (8.3) and three-pointer percentage (40.7).
Melissa Dixon leads the country in three-pointers made with 83 and tops the team in scoring at 16.2 points per game. She is making 48 percent of her shots from beyond the arc.
Ally Disterhoft is right behind Dixon in scoring at 15.7 ppg and is third on the squad with 52 assists.
All-B1G guard Samantha Logic is averaging 11.4 points per game and tops the B1G with 153 assists.
Series History vs. Iowa
Thursday's game will be the 62nd meeting all time between Ohio State and Iowa.
The Buckeyes hold a slim 31-30 edge in the series.
Each team has dominated on their home floor, leading 19-8 in their respective cities.
The teams have split the last 10 meetings 5-5 but Iowa has won four-straight in the series including all three meetings last season.
McGuff vs. Iowa
Head coach Kevin McGuff is 0-3 lifetime against the Hawkeyes, having dropped the three meetings last season.
Last Year vs. Iowa
Iowa won all three meetings against the Buckeyes last season including ending Ohio State's season in the Big Ten semifinals.
In the first meeting, Iowa claimed its first win at Value City Arena since the building opened in 1998 with an 81-74 on Jan. 19.
The Buckeyes trailed by as much as 17 points and made a furious comeback in the second half, cutting the lead to two several times, but were unable to get over the hump.
Ameryst Alston was 11-of-19 from the floor and led the Buckeyes with 24 points while Ally Disterhoft paced Iowa with 24 points and 10 rebounds.
The game in Iowa City on Feb. 28 was just as close as the lead changed hands 17 times but in the end, the Hawkeyes made enough plays down the stretch for a 65-61 victory.
Alston again led the Buckeyes as she was 7-of-10 shooting for 18 points.
Theairra Taylor scored 21 points to lead the Hawkeyes.
The B1G semifinal game was also close as Iowa pulled away late for a 77-73 victory.
The Buckeyes trailed the entire game. Down eight with 4:30 to play, Darryce Moore scored eight-straight points to even the score with under two minutes left.
A Taylor lay-in gave the Hawkeyes the lead for good with 1:32 to play and they would hold on down the stretch.
Taylor led all scorers with 21 points while Alston had 20 and Moore had 15 for the Buckeyes.
Last Time Out
It wasn't Ohio State's best shooting night but the Buckeyes picked-up defensively in the second half and pulled away from Michigan State for a 76-62 victory.
The Buckeyes shot just 38 percent but defensively, they held Michigan State to its second-worst shooting night of the year (29.4 percent) and turned around a one-point deficit early in the second half for its fourth-straight victory.
Freshman Kelsey Mitchell finished with a game-high 31 points and six three-point field goals.
Junior Ameryst Alston was 0-of-6 in the first half but canned six of her 10 attempts from the floor in the second 20 minutes to finish with 19 points. She also tied a season-high with six assists.
Freshman Asia Doss chipped-in with five assists as the Buckeyes assisted on 20 of their 26 field goals in the game.
Between Alston and Doss, the duo had 11 assists and just one turnover.
Inside, freshman Alexa Hart grabbed 13 rebounds to go along with eight points. She also blocked five shots, passing Jessica Davenport's OSU freshman record of 80 blocked shots in a season.
For Michigan State, Aeriel Powers had another double-double as she scored 25 points and grabbed 13 rebounds. She was 5-of-11 shooting and had 17 points in the first half but was limited to just 2-of-12 in the second half.