PREVIEW: No. 12/12 Ohio State at Nebraska
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No. 12/12 Ohio State at Nebraska

Date:

February 16, 2017

Time:

8 p.m. ET

Arena:

Pinnacle Bank Arena – Lincoln, Neb.

Watch:

BTN2go ($)

Listen:

1460 AM

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Game Notes:

Ohio State | Nebraska | Big Ten


Setting the Scene

  • The Buckeyes will head out on the road this week looking to keep their eight-game win streak rolling when they play at Nebraska on Thursday evening.
  • Tipoff is set for 8 p.m. ET from Pinnacle Bank Arena.
  • Ohio State clinched a top-4 seed in the Big Ten Tournament with its last win, an 88-81 triumph over Iowa last Sunday at Value City Arena.
  • The Buckeyes are 22-5 on the season and in second place in the conference at 12-1.
  • The Cornhuskers, who haven't played in a week, are coming off an 82-56 setback to Wisconsin last Thursday. Nebraska is 5-19 on the season and 1-11 in conference play.
  • The game will be televised streamed online via BTN2Go.
  • 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 second place in the Big Ten with a 12-1 mark and are 22-5 overall.
  • Ohio State is ranked 12th in both the AP poll and coaches poll.
  • With its victory last Sunday over Iowa, Ohio State secured a top-4 seed and a double-bye in the upcoming Big Ten Tournament.
  • The Buckeyes took a blow as center Stephanie Mavunga suffered a foot injury in practice on Feb. 9 and will be out for the next couple of weeks.
  • At the time of her injury, Mavunga was atop the Big Ten and was seventh in the country in rebounding at 11.3 rebounds per game.
  • Mavunga has recorded a team-best 11 double-doubles this season.
  • Kelsey Mitchell has scored 2,384 career points and is third all-time in OSU history and seventh all-time in Big Ten history in scoring.
  • Mitchell has scored 20 or more points in each of the last seven games.
  • Mitchell is also the school’s all-time three-point leader with 342 career three-pointers and is fourth all-time in Big Ten history.
  • Mitchell has been named to the prestigious Naismith Top-30 list this season.
  • Mitchell leads the Big Ten and is fifth in the country in scoring at 23.2 ppg.
  • Asia Doss has dished-out 20 assists and has had just 6 turnovers in the last six games.
  • Sierra Calhoun has made 10 three-pointers in the last three games.
  • Ohio State has had seven games this year in which every player on the bench that was available for the game scored a point 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 six 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 87.2 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 1,227 rebounds.

 

Noting Nebraska

  • Nebraska enters the game on Thursday with a record of 5-19 overall and 1-11 in the conference.
  • The Huskers have lost seven-straight and are coming-off an 82-56 setback at Wisconsin one week ago.
  • The lone conference win for the Huskers was a 62-58 win over Rutgers on Jan. 10 in Lincoln.
  • Jessica Shepard, the 2016 Big Ten Freshman of the Year, is the only Husker averaging in double figures at 18.2 ppg. Shepard has led the team in scoring in 19 of the 24 games
  • Shepard is also leading the team in rebounding at 9.9 rpg.
  • Nicea Eliely and Hannah Whitish are both averaging 7.6 ppg.
  • Eliely leads the team in steals and blocks and is second in assists. Whitish has dished-out a team-high 62 assists and has made a team-best 40 three-pointers.
  • Amy Williams, a former Husker standout, is in her first season at her alma mater. She came to Lincoln after being named the Summit League Coach of the Year the last two years at South Dakota.

 

Series History vs. Nebraska

  • Thursday's game will be the 15th meeting all-time between Ohio State and Nebraska.
  • The series is tied at seven wins a piece.
  • Ohio State stopped Nebraska’s five-game win streak in the series with a 78-60 win in Lincoln in the regular season finale in 2015. Since that five-game streak, the Buckeyes have won the last three meetings.
  • The Buckeyes are 4-5 against the Huskers since they joined the conference in 2011.
  • Ohio State leads the series 5-3 in games played in Columbus will be looking to even the series up at 3-3 in Lincoln with a win on Thursday.
  • The 39 points OSU scored in the game on Feb. 14, 2013 were the fewest points scored by Ohio State in a Big Ten game.

 

McGuff vs. Nebraska

  • Head coach Kevin McGuff is 3-2 in his meetings with Nebraska.
  • He lost 61-58 in the opening round of the 2008 NCAA Tournament in College Park, Md., when he was coaching at Xavier.
  • He has since gone 3-1 as head coach of the Buckeyes.

 

Last Time vs. Nebraska

  • Kelsey Mitchell moved into third place on Ohio State’s all-time scoring list after pouring in 22 points in a 95-75 win over Nebraska on Jan. 29, 2017.
  • Stephanie Mavunga and Linnae Harper also reached double-digits, scoring 13 and 12 points respectively.
  • The Buckeyes led for nearly the entire game save for a few minutes in the first quarter. Though they shot just 31.8 percent from the field in that first frame they still led 19-10 after the first 10 minutes of play.
  • Offensively, the Buckeyes improved greatly after halftime, making just a tick over 60 percent of their field goals and scoring 55 points compared to 40 in the first half.
  • Shayla Cooper led the team with nine rebounds, the fifth time she’s done that this year.
  • Mitchell led all comers with seven assists
  • Ohio State dished out 23 assists against the Cornhuskers, the second-highest total of the season.
  • For Nebraska, Jessica Shepard led all players with 28 points and 13 rebounds.

 

Last Time in Lincoln

  • Four Buckeyes scored in double-figures led by 28 from Kelsey Mitchell as Ohio State finished the 2015 regular season with a 78-60 rout of No. 23 Nebraska.
  • Mitchell notched her second double-double of the year with 28 points and a season-high tying 10 rebounds.
  • Shayla Cooper stepped-up off the bench and scored 13 points to go along with a career-high 18 rebounds.
  • Asia Doss enjoyed the best game of her freshman season as she was 4-of-5 from long range and finished with a season-high 14 points.
  • Ameryst Alston chipped-in with 12 points and four rebounds.
  • Emily Cady led Nebraska with 21 points and 13 rebounds while Brandi Jeffrey had 10 points and 13 boards.
  • Ohio State blew the game open with a 15-0 run over the final four minutes of the first half and then limited Nebraska to just 27 percent shooting in the second half.
  • The crowd of 8,418 that showed-up for senior day kept pushing the Huskers in the second half but each time, the Buckeyes had an answer.
  • OSU had just nine turnovers in the game and scored 11 points off of 12 Nebraska turnovers.