Ohio State vs. Notre Dame
NCAA Tournament Sweet 16
March 24, 2017
7 p.m. ET
Rupp Arena – Lexington, Ky.
Setting the Scene
- • The Buckeyes have advanced to the Sweet 16 for the second consecutive year and will take on the No. 1 seed in the Lexington Region Notre Dame.
- The game is set to tip-off at 7 p.m. on Friday evening at Rupp Arena in Lexington.
- Ohio State is making its second trip to Lexington this post season as it defeated Western Kentucky in the opening round and then took down Kentucky on its home floor two days later.
- Notre Dame upended Robert Morris in the first round and the outlasted Purdue in overtime last Sunday night. Both of those games were on the Irish's home floor.
- The game will be televised on ESPN2. Beth Mowins, Debbie Antonelli and Allison Williams will call the action.
- The game can also be heard on ESPN 1460 AM in the Columbus area and on www.Ohio- StateBuckeyes.com.
Buckeyes In The NCAA Tournament
- Ohio State is making its 24th NCAA Tournament appearance.
- OSU has an overall record of 28-23 in the NCAA Tournament.
- OSU has made the Sweet 16 eleven times (1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1993, 2005, 2009, 2011, 2016, 2017).
- This is the first time the Buckeyes have advanced to the Sweet 16 in back-to-back years since the run of five-straight appearances from 1985-89.
- OSU has been to the Elite 8 three times (1985, 1987, 1993).
- The best tournament run for the Buckeyes was their runner-up finish in 1993.
- This is just the fourth time the Buckeyes have earned a No. 5-seed and the first since 2015.
- Ohio State was a 5-seed in each of its first two NCAA Tournament appearances in 1982 and 1984. Both of those games ended in losses.
- The most recent 5-seed was in 2015 when the Buckeyes beat James Madison in the opening round before losing to the Stephanie Mavunga led Tar Heels of North Carolina in Chapel Hill.
- The Big Ten Conference teams have gone 22-5 in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament over the last five seasons.
- Kelsey Mitchell is averaging 25.1 points and has made at least two three-pointers in her each of her seven NCAA Tournament games.
- Freshman forward Tori McCoy is 11-of-12 from the floor and averaging 13.0 points, 7.5 rebounds and 4.0 blocks in her first two NCAA Tournament games.
- Shayla Cooper grabbed a season-high 15 rebounds and dished-out a career-high tying six assists in the opening round game vs. Western Kentucky.
- Asia Doss notched season-highs of 15 points and six assists in the opening round win over WKU.
Noting The Buckeyes
- Ohio State has advanced to the Sweet 16 for the 11th time in school-history.
- The Buckeyes have blocked 43 shots in the last four games (10.8 per game).
- OSU notched 21 assists in the win over WKU and 20 assists against Kentucky. The Buckeyes have now had 20 or more assists in a game 13 times this season.
- Shayla Cooper has averaged 14.0 ppg, 9.6 rpg, and 3.6 apg in the eight games since Mavunga went down.
- Prior to Mavunga's injury, Cooper had grabbed more than seven rebounds just twice in the previous 16 games.
- This is the second-straight season the Buckeyes have advanced to the Sweet 16 which is the first back-to-back trips since a stretch of five-straight appearances from 1985-89.
- Ohio State won its 15th Big Ten Championship by finishing 15-1 in conference play.
- The Buckeyes won a season-high 12-straight prior to its B1G Tournament loss to Purdue.
- This is just the 8th time Ohio State has won at least 28 games in a season.
- OSU is ranked 11th in the latest AP poll and 10th in the coaches poll.
- The Buckeyes have made 10 or more three-pointers in a game eight times this season including in three of the last six 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 2,535 career points and is third all-time in OSU history and fifth all-time in Big Ten history in scoring.
- Mitchell has scored 20 or more points in 11 of the last 13 games.
- Mitchell is also the Ohio State and Big Ten all-time three-point leader with 366 career three-pointers.
- The Buckeyes have played the last eight 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.
- This is just the third Buckeye team in school history to grab 50 or more rebounds in a game 10 times in a season.
History vs. Notre Dame
- Notre Dame leads the all-time series between the two programs 3-1.
- Ohio State won the first meeting in Columbus in 1997 but then Notre Dame won the meeting in South Bend in 2004 and the game on the battleship as part of the season-opening Carrier Classic in 2012 in Charleston, S.C.
- The most recent meeting came last season in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge when pulled-out a 75-72 victory in South Bend.
- All four games in the series have been decided by seven points or fewer.
McGuff vs. Notre Dame
- This will be head coach Kevin McGuff’s second game against his former team.
- He lost the first game last season in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge in South Bend.
- McGuff was an assistant coach for the Irish from 1996-2002.
McGuff and the irish
- Head coach Kevin McGuff has some special ties to Notre Dame.
- He was an assistant coach for Muffet McGraw and the Irish from 1996-2002.
- It was not only his first assistant job at a Power 5 conference school where helped the Irish to a pair of Final Four appearances and the program’s first National Championship in 2000-01, but he also met his wife Letitia while on the job.
- Letitia played for the Irish as Letitia Bowen from 1991-95 and remains second on the program’s career rebounding list (999).
- While she played before Kevin’s arrival in South Bend, she joined the Irish coaching staff and worked alongside Kevin for his six years.
- While together, Kevin and Letitia coached teams that went to two Final Fours. Two members of those teams are current Notre Dame assistant coaches Beth (Morgan) Cunningham and Niele Ivey.
- Current Notre Dame associate head coach Carol Owens was also a member of the Irish coaching staff during the National Championship run in 2000-01.
Last Time vs. the irish
- Ohio State got 27 points from Kelsey Mitchell and a double-double from Shayla Cooper but in the end, No. 3 Notre Dame made two plays down the stretch and pulled-out a 75-72 victory.
- The Buckeyes had two chances midway through the fourth quarter to take the lead but were called for offensive fouls. The Irish took advantage and took a 69-63 advantage with four minutes to play. The Buckeyes battled back and got a jumper by Cooper, a lay-up by Asia Doss and a three-point possession from Mitchell to take a 70-69 lead with just over two minutes to play.
- Notre Dame’s Madison Cable made a deep three-pointer with less than a minute to play and Ameryst Alston evened the score for the Buckeyes on the ensuing possession.
- The Irish then got three free throws over the final 30 seconds and Mitchell’s last second three-pointer at the buzzer missed the mark.
- Cable was one of four Irish in double-figures with 25 points and 11 rebounds. Lindsay Allen added 20 points and five assists.
- The Irish won the battle on the boards 45-34 and scored 19 points off the Buckeye’s season-high 20 turnovers.
- The Buckeyes were called for charging on two big possessions in the fourth quarter. Both shots were made and both would have giving the Buckeyes the lead.
- Instead, the Irish were able to break open the one-point game and take a 69-63 lead with four minutes to play.
Former Teammates at it again
- Friday's matchup will feature a pair of former teammates going against each other for the second time.
- Ohio State redshirt-sophomore Makayla Waterman and Notre Dame junior Kathryn Westbeld were teammates at Fairmont High School in Kettering, Ohio.
- Waterman and Westbeld combined to lead the Firebirds to four conference titles and three appearances in the state final four.
- The pair were part of the 2013 state championship team.
- In last year's meeting in South Bend, Westbeld started and scored 14 points to go along with six rebounds. Waterman played nine minutes and grabbed four boards.