PREVIEW: #9/9 Ohio State at Big Ten Tournament


March 2, 2016


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#9/9 Ohio State at Big Ten Tournament

Date: March 4-6, 2016 | Time: 6:30 p.m. | Venue: Bankers Life Fieldhouse | Location: Indianapolis, Ind.


Radio: 1460 AM

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Setting The Scene

  • Ohio State enters the Big Ten Tournament as the No. 2-seed and will be in search of its first tournament title since 2011.
  • The Buckeyes own an overall record of 23-6 and finished Big Ten play with a 15-3 mark.
  • OSU will open the tournament on Friday evening at 6:30 p.m. against the winner of the game between No. 7 seed Nebraska and No. 10 seed Rutgers.
  • The game will be televised on the Big Ten Network. Lisa Byington and Christy Winters Scott will have the call.
  • The game can also be heard on ESPN 1460 AM in the Columbus area and on

Buckeyes In The Big Ten Tournament                          

  • Since 1995, when the Big Ten postseason tournament was reinstated, the Buckeyes are 33-16 and have lost their first game of the tournament only once (2008).
  • The Buckeyes have reached the tournament championship game in seven out of the past 13 years, winning four times (2006, 2009, 2010, 2011).
  • Ohio State has a 20-6 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 just the second time the Buckeyes have earned the No. 2-seed. The only other time was in 2014 when the Buckeyes defeated No. 7 Michigan in the quarterfinals before falling to No. 6 Nebraska in the semifinals.
  • 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.
  • Ameryst Alston has played in seven Big Ten Tournament games and has a scoring average of 17.3 points per game. She was 5-of-6 from long range and scored 33 points in the win over No. 1 seed Penn State in the 2014 tournament.
  • Cait Craft has made at least one three-pointer in all six of the B1G Tournament games she has played.

Noting Last Year's B1G Tournament

  • Advanced to the B1G Championship Game for the eighth time.
  • Led the tournament in scoring at 82.7 ppg over the three games.
  • Only team to have multiple players named to the All-Tournament Team (Kelsey Mitchell and Alexa Hart).
  • Mitchell led the tournament in scoring at 29.7 ppg (89 points), including a 31-point effort in the championship game against Maryland. She also totaled 12 assists and 12 three-pointers.
  • Hart averaged 18.0 points and 9.7 rebounds while swatting 11 shots in the three games.
  • Hart had a career-high 24 points in the overtime win over Iowa in the semis.
  • Hart recorded a pair of double-doubles, including a 13-point, 11-rebound performance against Maryland in the championship game.
  • Hart shot over 62.5 percent from the floor in the three games.
  • Shayla Cooper recorded two double-doubles in the three games, averaging 11.3 points and 8.3 rebounds.
  • Cooper had 11 points, 11 rebounds and season-highs of four assists and three steals in the game against Iowa.
  • Ameryst Alston averaged better than five assists over the three games and also nabbed a team-high six steals, including a career-high five in the win over Iowa.
  • Cait Craft made a three-pointer in all three games and extended her streak to 6-straight B1G Tournament games with at least one three-pointer.

McGuff in Conference Tournaments

  • Head coach Kevin McGuff has an overall record of 21-9 in conference tournaments, going 15-5 in nine years at Xavier and 2-2 in his brief time at Washington.
  • His record at Xavier included four Atlantic-10 Tournament titles in 2007, 2008, 2010 and 2011.
  • He has only lost his first game in a conference tournament just twice in 12 years. 

Noting The Buckeyes

  • Ohio State is tied for first in the country in scoring at 88.0 ppg.
  • The 88.0 ppg puts the Buckeyes on pace to shatter 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 fifth in the country in shooting percentage at 48.5.
  • The Buckeyes finished the regular season with a 14-1 record at home, winning its last 14-straight games.
  • Alexa Hart is second in the country in shooting percentage at 65.5 percent.
  • Hart shot a conference-best 68.0 percent in Big Ten play.
  • Senior Ameryst Alston and sophomore Kelsey Mitchell were each named to the Late-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 25.3 ppg and Alston is 36th at 19.5 ppg. They combine for 44.8 ppg which is the 2nd-highest total in the country.
  • Alston is fourth in school-history with 2,126 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 22-4, including 12-2 this season.
  • In just over a season and a half, Mitchell is already 13th on OSU’s career scoring chart at 1,607 points.
  • Shayla Cooper has a team-high 9 double-doubles this year and has made 13 of her last 20 three-point attempts.
  • The Buckeyes have scored over 90 points 14 times this season and are 13-1 in those games.