Feb. 9, 2015
Ohio State vs. Michigan
February 10, 2015 | Time: 7:00 p.m. ET | Venue: Value
City Arena | Location: Columbus,
Video | Live
Stats | Game
Setting the Scene
The Buckeyes will be playing their fourth game in eight days when it hosts Michigan Tuesday night.
Tip-off is set for 7:00 p.m. ET from Value City Arena.
Ohio State (16-8, 8-4) is in fourth place in the B1G after knocking-off Indiana last Sunday 78-70. The Buckeyes have won five of their last six games.
Michigan (14-9, 6-6) enters the contest losers of three of its last four, including a 57-50 setback at home on Sunday to Rutgers
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.
Quick Buckeye Did You Knows??
Kelsey Mitchell is the first player in the country to score 600 points as she is at 611 points. She passed Katie Smith, who had 578 points in 1992-93, for most points ever by an OSU freshman.
Alexa Hart is second in the B1G with 89 blocked shots. Her 89 blocks are also an OSU freshman record.
Mitchell and Alexa Hart are the highest scoring freshman combo in the country.
Ohio State is No. 7 in the country in scoring offense at 80.2 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 eighth nationally in blocked shots per game at 6.5.
Kelsey Mitchell (25.5 ppg) and Ameryst Alston (20.3 ppg) make up the top-scoring back court in the country.
Mitchell and Alston are the only two set of teammates on the Nancy Lieberman Award Watch List.
Mitchell has made five or more three-pointers in a game eight times this season.
A Quick Look At Michigan
Michigan navigated the non-conference portion of the schedule at 8-3 and started B1G play at 4-2 but has since dropped four of its last six contests.
Just like the last times OSU and Michigan met, the Wolverines come into the game off a loss to Rutgers as they fell to the Scarlet Knights last Sunday in Ann Arbor.
The Wolverines have three players averaging better than 14 points per game.
Cyesha Goree is a double-double machine as she is averaging 14.7 points and 10.2 rebounds per game. She is fifth in the conference in rebounding.
Katelynn Flaherty is second on the team in scoring at 14.3 ppg thanks in large part to a team-high 56 three-pointers.
Shannon Smith (14.2 ppg) and Siera Thompson (11.6 ppg) have each started all 23 games and are the other two Wolverines averaging in double-figures. Smith has dished-out a team-high 103 assists while Thompson has made 54 three-pointers.
Head coach Kim Barnes Arico is in her third season at Michigan and has a career record of 56-34. She is the first coach in school-history to record back-to-back 20-win seasons.
Series History vs. Michigan
Tuesday's game will be the 62nd meeting all-time between the two rivals.
The Buckeyes own a 50-11 advantage in the series which dates back to 1978.
Ohio State dominated the series early but as of late, the Wolverines have had the upper hand, winning five of the last eight meetings.
The Buckeyes are 26-4 all-time in games played in Columbus.
After splitting the home and home series last season, Michigan took the first game this year with a 100-94 overtime win in Ann Arbor.
McGuff vs. Michigan
Head coach Kevin McGuff is 3-4 in his previous seven games against Michigan.
McGuff went 2-2 against the Wolverines while coaching at Xavier, winning once Ann Arbor in 2010.
He then split the season series with Michigan last season, and then dropped the game earlier this year.
Last Time vs. Michigan
Michigan came out on the better end of physical back-and-forth battle and claimed a 100-94 overtime victory in Ann Arbor on Jan. 11, 2015.
The Wolverines got a game-high 36 points from Shannon Smith and 24 points on six three-pointers from Katelynn Flaherty.
The other big stat in favor of Michigan was on the glass as the Wolverines led 45-31 and had 25 second-chance points.
Ohio State had seven players score in double-figures led by 17 a piece from juniors Cait Craft and Ameryst Alston. Shayla Cooper added 16 points, Amy Scullion had a season-high 11 points and freshmen Asia Doss and Alexa Hart each finished 10 points.
One of the stories of the day was Michigan's ability to limit the nation's leading scorer and Kelsey Mitchell. Mitchell scored a season-low 13 points with all of them coming in the second half and overtime.
After falling behind early, the Buckeyes stormed back at the end of the first half and scored the first six points of the second half to take its first lead of the day. A push and shove second half gave way to a 76-70 lead for the Buckeyes with four minutes left in regulation.
Michigan made a run to retake a 79-78 but a lay-in and two free throws from Mitchell put Ohio State in front 82-79 with one minute left. Flaherty answered with a deep three-pointer to tie the score on the next possession and the teams failed to score in the final 50 seconds.
The Wolverines then got a lay-in from Smith and another three-pointer by Flaherty in the first minute and a half of overtime to set the tone.
The Buckeyes had their chances as UM missed four-straight free throws but grabbed the rebound each time. That allowed Michigan to score seven-straight points in the extra frame and put the game away.
Last Time Out
Four Buckeyes scored in double-figures as Ohio State outlasted Indiana 78-70 Sunday afternoon at Value City Arena.
In front of a season-high 7,639 fans on Pink Day in Columbus, Ohio State (16-8, 8-4) turned a one-point halftime edge into a double-digit lead seven minutes into the second half and held that advantage the rest of the way.
Freshman Kelsey Mitchell and Ameryst Alston each scored a game-high 24 points. Mitchell made six three-pointers to retake the lead nationally with 91 on the year. Alston tied a season-high with six assists and also pulled-down eight rebounds.
Freshman Alexa Hart was 8-of-10 from floor and finished with 18 points and eight rebounds while Cait Craft scored in double-figures for the first time in nearly a month as she finished with 10 points and three assists.
Indiana had five players in double-figures led by Karlee McBride with 15 points. Alexa Gassion notched a double-double with 14 points and 11 boards.
The first half was a back-and-forth tussle as the Hoosiers kept pace with seven three-pointers in the opening 20 minutes. The Buckeyes did most of their damage in the first half inside the arc as they were 11-of-15 on two-point field goals and just 3-of-14 from deep. That shooting allowed the Hoosier to stay close as it was a 35-34 OSU lead at the break.
In the second half, the Ohio State defense pressed forward and limited IU's perimeter threat. Mitchell's second three-pointer of the half gave the Buckeyes a 50-39 lead with just over 13 minutes to play. Indiana countered with an 8-2 run to knife into the lead but Alston scored five of the next nine Buckeye points to push the lead back to 59-47 with six minutes to go.
Unlike in the game at Iowa when the Buckeyes made just one field goal over the final five minutes of the game, OSU was a perfect 5-of-5 from the floor and 6-of-8 from the line in the last four minutes on Sunday.