PREVIEW: No. 9/8 Ohio State at Big Ten Tournament
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No. 9/8 Ohio State at Big Ten Tournament


March 3-5, 2017




Bankers Life Fieldhouse – Indianapolis, Ind.




1460 AM

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Setting the Scene

  • • Ohio State enters the Big Ten Tournament as the No. 1 seed after claiming a share of its 15th Big Ten Championship.
  • The Buckeyes own an overall record of 25-5 and finished Big Ten play with a 15-1 mark.
  • OSU will open the tournament on Friday at Noon against the winner of the game between No. 8 seed Iowa and No. 9 seed Northwestern.
  • The game will be televised on the Big Ten Network. Jason Horowitz, Vera Jones and Christy Winters Scott.


Buckeyes In The Big Ten Tournament                          

  • Since 1995, when the Big Ten postseason tournament was reinstated, the Buckeyes are 34-17 and have lost their first game of the tournament only once (2008).
  • The Buckeyes have reached the tournament championship game eight times, winning four titles (2006, 2009, 2010, 2011).
  • Ohio State has a 21-7 record overall since the 2006 tournament.
  • Ohio State’s 2006 Big Ten Tournament title was the first in program history. The Buckeyes were the No. 1 seed that year, finishing with a 63-60 win over Purdue in the final.
  • In 2011, Ohio State won the tournament as a No. 5 seed, defeating No. 4 Iowa, No. 1 Michigan State and No. 2 Penn State.
  • This is seventh time the Buckeyes have entered the tournament as the No. 1 seed. OSU has won three of its four titles as the top seed.
  • Ohio State earned its first of six consecutive No. 1 seeds in the tournament in 2005, marking the first time in Big Ten history a team has captured six-straight No. 1 seeds.
  • Kelsey Mitchell has been named to the All-Tournament Team each of her first two seasons.
  • Mitchell is averaging 30.4 ppg, 5.8 rpg, 3.2 apg and is shooting almost 48 percent from the floor in her five Big Ten Tournament games.


Last Year In The Big Ten Tournament                          

  • The Buckeyes opened the 2016 Big Ten Tournament with a 73-58 victory over Rutgers in the quarterfinals.
  • The game was bitter sweet as on top of the victory, Kelsey Mitchell made eight three-pointers and finished with 43 points to break fellow Buckeye Jantel Lavender's single-game tournament record.
  • The bitter part was senior All-Big Ten guard Amerst Alston suffered a sprained right wrist early in the third quarter of the game.
  • Alston tried to give it a go in the semifinal game vs. No. 3-seed Michigan State but was ineffective in 10 minutes of action.
  • It may not have mattered anyway as the Spartans were rolling in the game en route to an 82-63 victory that was never close.
  • Mitchell went 10-of-10 from the free throw line against the Spartans and finished with a team-high 20 points.
  • Mitchell was named to the All-Tournament Team for the second-straight season.
  • Shayla Cooper went 7-of-11 from the floor against Michigan State and finished with 16 points.
  • The Buckeyes shot just 32.8 percent against MSU which was the second-lowest percentage of the season.
  • In the quarterfinal win over Rutgers, OSU trailed by five at halftime but out-scored Rutgers 47-27 in the second half.


Noting The Buckeyes

  • Ohio State won its 15th Big Ten Championship by finishing 15-1 in conference play.
  • The Buckeyes have won a season-high 11-straight games matching their longest streak from last season.
  • This is the 13th time Ohio State has won at least 25 games in a season.
  • The Buckeyes are the No. 1 seed in the Big Ten Tournament for the seventh time.
  • OSU is ranked 9th in the latest AP poll and 8th in the coaches poll.
  • The Buckeyes have made 10 or more three-pointers in a game eight times this season including in each of the last three games.
  • The win over No. 2 Maryland on Feb. 20 was the Buckeyes first over a No. 1 or No. 2 ranked team since March 7, 1993.
  • Kelsey Mitchell has scored 2,463 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 10 games.
  • Mitchell is also the school’s all-time three-point leader with 353 career three-pointers.
  • Mitchell leads the Big Ten and is fourth in the country in scoring at 23.4 ppg.
  • Sierra Calhoun has made 13 of her last 19 three-point attempts.
  • The Buckeyes have played the last four games without starting center Stephanie Mavunga who suffered a foot injury in practice on Feb. 9.
  • 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.
  • Shayla Cooper has averaged 15.0 ppg, 8.3 rpg, 3.5 apg and is shooting 50 percent in the four games since Mavunga went down.
  • After scoring a school-record 86.0 ppg last season, the Buckeyes are third in the country in scoring at 87.1 ppg.


Mitchell At the Big Ten Tournament

  • Kelsey Mitchell has certainly shined on the big stage at the Big Ten Tournament.
  • In her five tournament games over the last two seasons, Mitchell is averaging 30.4 ppg, 5.8 rpg, 3.2 apg and is shooting 47.6 percent from the floor and 44.0 percent from long range.
  • Mitchell is averaging 4.4 three-point makes per game and is shooting over 86 percent from the FT line.
  • Last year, Mitchell went 8-of-13 from long range and scored a Big Ten Tournament single-game record 43 points in the win over Rutgers.
  • She also scored 31 points in the 2015 championship game against Maryland.