March 4, 2015
Setting the Scene
The Buckeyes finished the regular season at 21-9 and 13-5 in the conference. That earned them the No. 3-seed in this week's B1G Tournament.
Ohio State will play at 9:30 p.m. ET on Friday against either No. 14-seed Purdue, No. 11-seed Wisconsin or No. 6-seed Minnesota.
The Buckeyes come into the tournament on a four-game winning-streak after downing No. 23 Nebraska 78-60 last Sunday in Lincoln.
The first 12 games of the B1G Tournament will be aired live on the Big Ten Network with the championship game being aired on ESPN.
Ohio State's games can also be heard on ESPN 1460 AM in the Columbus area and on www.OhioStateBuckeyes.com. Marty Bannister and Kristin Watt will be on the call.
Ohio State In The B1G Tournament
Since 1995, when the Big Ten postseason tournament was reinstated, the Buckeyes are 31-15 and have lost their first game of the tournament only once (2008).
This is just the second time the Buckeyes have earned the No. 3-seed. The only other time was in 2004 when the Buckeyes defeated No. 6 Minnesota in the quarterfinals before falling to No. 2 Purdue in the semifinals.
Ohio State has a 18-5 record overall since the 2006 tournament.
The Buckeyes have reached the tournament championship game in six out of the past 12 years, winning four times (2006, 2009, 2010, 2011).
Ohio State's 2006 Big Ten Tournament title was the first in program history. The Buckeyes were the No. 2 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.
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.
Last Year At The B1G Tournament
The Buckeyes entered the 2014 Tournament in Indianapolis at the No. 8-seed and made a run to the semifinals.
In the first game against No. 9-seed Northwestern, Ameryst Alston scored 30 points to lead the Buckeyes to an 86-77 victory.
Alston was backed by the superb play of seniors Darryce Moore and Martina Ellerbe, who each recorded double-doubles - 19 points and 10 rebounds for Moore and 16 points and a career-high 13 boards for Ellerbe.
Ohio State hit a season-high 11 three-point field goals against Northwestern.
In the quarterfinals against No. 1-seed Penn State, Alston scored 33 points and Cait Craft scored 24 as the Buckeyes stunned PSU 99-82.
The 99 points set a new B1G Tournament record for points in a game.
Raven Ferguson added 15 points for OSU, which shot 71.9 percent in the first half when it made all 10 of its 3-pointers for a 58-34 lead.
The 58 first half points were also a tournament record.
In the semis, the Buckeye run came to an end with a 77-73 loss to No. 5 Iowa.
Alston led the Buckeyes again with 20 points.
The Buckeyes trailed most of the game but an 8-0 run late in the second half evened the score with two minutes to go.
But an Iowa lay-in with 1:32 gave the Hawkeyes the lead for good.
McGuff in Conference Tournaments
Head coach Kevin McGuff has enjoyed his share of success in conference tournaments during his career.
McGuff has an overall record of 19-8 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.
Last year, he led the Buckeyes to a pair of wins including a win over No. 1-seed Penn State in the quarterfinals.
Year School Record Finish
2003 Xavier 1-1 A-10 Semifinals
2004 Xavier 1-1 A-10 Quarterfinals
2005 Xavier 1-1 A-10 Semifinals
2006 Xavier 0-1 A-10 Quarterfinals
2007 Xavier 3-0 A-10 Champions
2008 Xavier 3-0 A-10 Champions
2009 Xavier 0-1 A-10 Quarterfinals
2010 Xavier 3-0 A-10 Champions
2011 Xavier 3-0 A-10 Champions
2012 Washington 1-1 Pac-12 Quarterfinals
2013 Washington 1-1 Pac-12 Quarterfinals
2014 Ohio State 2-1 B1G Semifinals