PREVIEW: #5/5 Ohio State vs. Nebraska

 

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#5/5 Ohio State vs. Nebraska

Date: February 18, 2016 | Time: 6:00 p.m. | Venue: Value City Arena | Location: Columbus, Ohio

TV: BTN

Radio: 1460 AM


 

 

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Setting The Scene

  • The Buckeyes have won a season-high nine-straight games and will Nebraska Thursday in the team's only meeting of the regular season.
  • Tip-off is set for 6:00 p.m. ET from the Value City Arena.
  • The Buckeyes have risen back into the top-5 in the rankings are 21-4 overall and 13-1 in the conference.
  • Nebraska comes into play Thursday night sixth in the Big Ten with a 17-8 overall record and an 8-6 mark in conference action.
  • The game will be televised on the Big Ten Network. Lisa Byington and Stephanie White 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 a 13-1 record. 
  • Ohio State is on a season-high nine-game win streak which is the longest streak since the 2012 season.
  • OSU leads the conference and is third in the country in scoring at 85.8 ppg.
  • The 85.8 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 5th in both polls for the second time this season.
  • The Buckeyes have won 12-straight home games.
  • Ohio State has dished-out a combined 39 assists in the last two games.
  • Alexa Hart is third in the country in shooting percentage at 64.6 percent.
  • Since the start of conference play, Hart leads the conference in shooting percentage at 67.2.
  • Senior Ameryst Alston and sophomore Kelsey Mitchell were each named to the Mid-season Wooden Top 20 as well as Naismith Award Semifinalists.
  • Mitchell was also named to the Ann Meyers Drysdale Midseason watch list and the Nancy Lieberman Award Top 10.
  • Mitchell is fourth in the country at 24.6 ppg and Alston is 43rd at 18.8 ppg.
  • Alston is now fourth in school-history with 2,032 career points. She is just the sixth Buckeye to reach the 2,000 point milestone.
  • When Mitchell and Alston each score 20 points in a game, the Buckeyes are 21-3, including 11-1 this season.
  • In just over a season and a half, Mitchell is already 19th on OSU's career scoring chart at 1,487 points.
  • Shayla Cooper has a team-high tying 7 double-doubles this year and has made 11 of her last 16 three-point attempts.
  • The Buckeyes have scored over 90 points 11 times this season and are 11-0 in those games.
  • The Buckeyes have faced six top-10 teams already this season, including all four of last year's Final Four teams.

Nebraska Snapshot                          

  • After winning six-straight games in a three week span in January, the Huskers have cooled a bit as of late, having lost three of five.
  • Nebraska comes into the game with a record of 17-8 overall and its 8-6 conference mark is good enough for sixth place.
  • The Huskers are one of the better three-point shooting teams in the conference despite making just 5.7 per game. NU is efficient from deep, making over 37 percent of its attempts.
  • Freshman Jessica Shepard likely has the inside track for Rookie of the Year in the conference. She is connecting on 53 percent of her shots and is fifth in the conference in scoring at 20.6 per game. She also pulls down nearly nine rebounds per contest as well.
  • Guard Natalie Romeo is third in the country and tops in the conference at 3.44 three-point field goals per game. She is averaging 16.0 points per game and has made 86 three-pointers.
  • Point guard Rachel Theriot has dished-out 179 assists which is also tops in the conference and third in the country. She is the third Husker averaging in double-figures at 10.7 ppg.

Series History vs. Nebraska

  • Thursday's game will be just the 13th meeting all-time between Ohio State and Nebraska.
  • The Huskers hold a 7-5 lead in the series.
  • Ohio State stopped Nebraska's five-game win streak in the series with a 78-60 win in Lincoln in the regular season finale last March.
  • The Buckeyes are 2-5 against the Huskers since they joined the conference in 2011.
  • The series is squared 3-3 in games played in Columbus.
  • 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 1-2 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 then split a pair of games as head coach of the Buckeyes, losing in his first season and winning in Lincoln last season.

Last Year against Nebraska

  • Four Buckeyes scored in double-figures led by 28 from freshman Kelsey Mitchell as Ohio State finished the regular season with a 78-60 rout of No. 23 Nebraska in Lincoln.
  • Kelsey 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.
  • Freshman Asia Doss enjoyed the best game of her season as she was 4-of-5 from long range and finished with a season-high 14 points.
  • Junior 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.