No. 12/12 Ohio State vs. No. 2/2 Maryland
February 20, 2017
7 p.m. ET
Value City Arena – Columbus, Ohio
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Setting the Scene
- • The showdown is set as the top two teams in the Big Ten will square off on Monday evening as No. 12 Ohio State takes on No. 2 Maryland.
- Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. ET at Value City Arena.
- Ohio State comes in on a season-high nine game win streak and is 23-5 overall.
- The Buckeyes picked up an 87-69 road victory at Nebraska on Thursday in its most recent game.
- Maryland is a perfect 14-0 in conference play and has lost only once this season and that was a 7-point setback to No. 1 UConn back on Dec. 29.
- The game will be televised on ESPN2. Beth Mowins and Debbie Antonelli will call the action.
- The game can also be heard on ESPN 1460 AM in the Columbus area and on www.OhioStateBuckeyes.com.
What's at Stake
- Monday's matchup will go a long way in deciding the Big Ten regular season champion.
- An Ohio State win would put the Buckeyes in position for their first Big Ten regular season crown since 2009-10.
- A win would also position the Buckeyes for a chance at the No. 1 seed in the Big Ten Tournament.
- A Maryland win would give the Terrapins their third-straight outright Big Ten regular season title and the No. 1 seed in the Big Ten Tournament.
Noting The Buckeyes
- The Buckeyes enter the game at 23-5 overall and 13-1 in the conference.
- Ohio State is ranked 12th in both the AP poll and coaches poll.
- With its victory last Thursday over Nebraska, Ohio State secured nor worse than a two-seed 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.
- Kelsey Mitchell has scored 2,411 career points and is third all-time in OSU history and sixth all-time in Big Ten history in scoring.
- Mitchell has scored 20 or more points in each of the last eight games.
- Mitchell is also the school’s all-time three-point leader with 347 career three-pointers.
- Mitchell leads the Big Ten and is fifth in the country in scoring at 23.2 ppg.
- Asia Doss has dished-out 25 assists and has had just 8 turnovers in the last seven games.
- Sierra Calhoun has made eight of her last 10 three-pointers and has 13 threes in the last four games.
- The Buckeyes went three-straight games without scoring more than 75 points but in each of their last seven 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.
- Maryland is one of the hottest in the country right now, having won 14-straight games.
- The Terrapins are 26-1 overall and 14-0 in the conference.
- The lone loss was an 87-81 setback to UConn in College Park on Dec. 29.
- Maryland is the country's highest scoring team, averaging 90.0 ppg.
- The Terrpains also lead the Big Ten in a number of categories including scoring, rebounding, shooting percentage, assists, steals and turnover margin.
- Maryland is shooting over 50 percent from the floor as a team and is holding opponents to just 61.9 ppg.
- Big Ten Player of the Year candidate Brionna Jones is averaging 19.1 ppg and is grabbing 10.6 rebounds per contest. She is also a Big Ten leading 69.0 percent from the floor.
- Shatori Walker-Kimbrough is second on the team in scoring at 17.8 points per contest.
- Freshman point guard Destiny Slocum is scoring 11.2 ppg and is dishing-out nearly six assists per game.
Series History vs. Maryland
- The Buckeyes and Terrapins are meeting for the 10th time overall and the fourth time in a Big Ten regular season game.
- Maryland leads the all-time series 5-4.
- The Terrapins had won four-straight in the series before the Buckeyes won both games of the home-and-home series last season.
- The first three meetings in the series all came in NCAA Tournament games.
- Maryland won the first Big Ten game between the squads on Dec. 29, 2014 and then downed the Buckeyes in the Big Ten Tournament Championship game to claim their first title.
- Ohio State is the only team in the Big Ten that has beaten Maryland since the Terrapins joined the conference.
McGuff vs. Maryland
- Head coach Kevin McGuff is 2-5 all-time in matchups with Brenda Frese and Maryland.
- He dropped both ends of a home-and-home series with the Terrapins in 2004 and 2005 while at Xavier.
- The Buckeyes then fell at Maryland in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge in McGuff’s first season at Ohio State.
- In his second season, he dropped both meetings, including a 77-74 loss in the Big Ten Championship game.
- McGuff then led the Buckeyes to a pair of victories in the regular season last year for his only two wins over Maryland.
Last Year vs. Maryland
- The Buckeyes got the best of the Terrpains twice last season, handing them their only two losses in Big Ten play with an 80-71 in College Park and a 94-86 win in Columbus.
- In the first meeting in College Park on Jan. 2, 2016, the Buckeyes came out of the gate fast in the second half and took its first lead of the game at 44-42.
- Maryland briefly regained a two-point lead but a Kelsey Mitchell three-pointer put the Buckeyes in front for good late in the third quarter.
- Ohio State would extend the lead throughout the fourth quarter and led by as many as 11 down the stretch.
- Mitchell scored a game-high 28 points to go along with 4 assists, 4 rebounds and 4 steals.
- Alexa Hart was 10-of-12 from the floor and finished with a season-high 20 points.
- Shayla Cooper notched her fourth double-double of the year and the 11th of her career with 11 points and 10 rebounds before fouling-out early in the fourth quarter.
- The loss was the first ever for Maryland in B1G play and the first to a current Big Ten team since 2007.
- The Buckeyes won the battle in the paint for eighth-straight game, besting the taller Terrapins 34-14 inside.
- In the second meeting, the Buckeyes jumped out to a quick 7-0 lead and had control the whole game in a wire-to-wire 94-86 victory.
- Kelsey Mitchell scored a game-high 33 points.
- Ameryst Alston’s chipped in with 22 points and eight assists.
- Alexa Hart had 17 points, seven rebounds and three assists.
- Shayla Cooper notched her team-high seventh double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds. Cooper also tied a career-high with three steals.
- Asia Doss scored eight points and tied a season-high with three take-aways.
- The 94 points OSU scored were the most points Maryland had allowed on the season, topping the 83 points scored by Connecticut on Dec. 28.
- The 12 three-point field goals the Buckeyes made were the most Maryland had allowed in a game that season.
- Ohio State shot 52.2 percent (12-of-23) from beyond the arc.
- The Buckeyes forced 23 Maryland turnovers.
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