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#7/6 Ohio State at Iowa

Date: February 11, 2016 | Time: 8:30 p.m. | Venue: Carver-Hawkeye Arena | Location: Iowa City, Iowa

TV: BTN

Radio: 1460 AM

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Setting The Scene

  • The Buckeyes head to Iowa City this week looking to snap a five-game losing skid in the Hawkeye State.
  • Tip-off is set for 8:30 p.m. ET from Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
  • The Buckeyes are on a roll having won 15 of their last 16 games. OSU is fresh off a win over No. 5 Maryland last Monday and hold a record of 19-4 overall and 11-1 in the conference.
  • Iowa enters the game at 15-9 overall and 5-7 in B1G play after losing two-straight at Indiana and at home to Michigan State.
  • The game will be televised on the Big Ten Network. Mike Wolf and Brenda VanLengen 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 are in sole possession of first place in the Big Ten with an 11-1 record.
  • OSU is second in the conference and are fourth in the country in scoring at 85.7 ppg.
  • The 85.7 ppg puts the Buckeyes on pace to break the school's single-season scoring record of 83.2 ppg which was set by the program's only Final Four team of 1992-93.
  • Ohio State is ranked 7th in the AP poll 6th in the coaches polls.
  • The Buckeyes have made 79 three-point field goals in the last eight games (9.9 per game).
  • The Buckeyes have won 12-straight home games.
  • Alexa Hart is third in the country in shooting percentage at 65.7 percent.
  • Since the start of conference play, Hart leads the conference in shooting percentage at 69.4.
  • Senior Ameryst Alston and sophomore Kelsey Mitchell were each named to the Mid-season Wooden Top 20 and the preseason Naismith Award Watch Lists.
  • Mitchell was also named to the Ann Meyers Drysdale Midseason watch list.
  • Mitchell is fourth in the country at 25.1 ppg and Alston is 48th at 18.6 ppg.
  • When Mitchell and Alston each score 20 points in a game, the Buckeyes are 21-3, including 11-1 this season.
  • Alston is 6th in school history with 1,988 career points. She is just 12 points away from away from 2,000 in her career.
  • In just over a season and a half, Mitchell is already 19th on OSU's career scoring chart at 1,450 points.
  • Shayla Cooper tops the Buckeyes with 7 double-doubles this year.
  • The Buckeyes have scored over 90 points 10 times this season and are 10-0 in those games.
  • The Buckeyes have faced six top-10 teams already this season, including all four of last year's Final Four teams.

Iowa Snapshot                          

  • Iowa got off to a great start this season winning 12 of its first 14 games. The only two losses were a 4-point overtime loss to George Washington and a 3-point setback at rival Iowa State.
  • But since then, the Hawkeyes have been able to win just three of their last 10 contests and come into the game at 15-9 overall and 5-7 in the conference.
  • Ally Disterhoft leads the team in scoring (16.8 ppg) and rebounding (5.6 rpg) and has attempted twice as many free throws (140) as anyone else on the team.
  • Chase Coley is the only other Hawkeye averaging in double-figures at 11.0 ppg.
  • Iowa is in the middle of the pack in the Big Ten in scoring at 73.6 points per game but a large part of its recent struggles have been turnovers.
  • The Hawkeyes are last in the B1G in turnover margin at -2.1 and are turning the ball over more than 16 times per game.

Series History vs. Iowa

  • Thursday's game will be the 65th meeting all time between Ohio State and Iowa.
  • The Buckeyes hold a slim 33-31 edge in the series.
  • Each team has dominated on their home floor, with the Buckeyes leading 20-8 in Columbus and Iowa leading 20-8 in Iowa City.
  • Ohio State snapped Iowa's five-game win streak in the series with a win last year in the regular season and then topped the Hawkeyes for a second-straight time with an overtime win in the B1G Tournament.
  • The Buckeyes last win in Iowa City came on Jan. 6, 2008.

McGuff vs. Iowa

  • Head coach Kevin McGuff is 2-4 lifetime against the Hawkeyes.
  • The teams played three times in each of the last two seasons. McGuff dropped all three meetings the first year and went 2-1 in his second year.

Last Year against Iowa

  • For the second-straight season, Iowa and Ohio State played three times, twice during the regular season and once in the B1G Tournament.
  • After losing all three meetings in 2013-14, the Buckeyes won two of the three contests last year.
  • The first meeting came in Iowa City on Feb. 5. The Hawkeyes ran out to a 20-point lead in the first half and after seeing the Buckeyes pull to within one late in the second half, Iowa was able to hold on for a 73-65 victory.
  • The Buckeyes committed 21 turnovers in the game which led to easy baskets for the Hawkeyes.
  • Kelsey Mitchell led four Buckeyes in double-figures with 15 points.
  • Iowa's also had four in double-figures paced by Ally Disterhoft's game-high 21 points.
  • The Buckeyes turned the tables in the second meeting, scoring 55 second half points en route to a 100-82 upset of the No. 11 Hawkeyes on Feb. 21 in Columbus.
  • Three different Buckeyes posted double-doubles in the win led by Ameryst Alston's 29 points and career-high 11 assists. Alexa Hart chipped-in with 17 points and 10 boards while Shayla Cooper came off the bench for 14 points and 12 rebounds.
  • The third meeting, which came in the semifinals of the Big Ten Tournament was the best of them all.
  • A back-and-forth battle throughout saw a 37-37 tie at halftime and after a lay-in by Iowa's Bethany Doolittle with three seconds left in regulation, the teams headed to overtime tied 81-81.
  • Kelsey Mitchell made a pair of three-pointers in the final 1:24 of the overtime period, including a clutch bomb with 14 seconds remaining to help seal a 91-85 victory.
  • Mitchell finished with 29 points while Hart had a career-high 24 points and eight rebounds. Cooper added 11 points and 11 boards.
  • Iowa had five players in double-figures led by 22 from sharp-shooter Melissa Dixon.