PREVIEW: #6/10 Ohio State vs. #2/2 South Carolina
Nov. 11, 2015
#6/10 Ohio State at #2/2 South Carolina
Date: November 13, 2015 | Venue: Colonial Life Arena | Location: Columbia, S.C.
TV: SEC Network+
Radio: 1460 AM
- The Buckeyes will lift the lid on one of the country’s toughest schedules on Friday by heading to Columbia, S.C. for a matchup with No. 2/2 South Carolina.
- Tip-off is set for 7:00 p.m. from Colonial Life Arena.
- Ohio State is coming off a very good 2014-15 campaign in which it won 24 games, finished runner-up in the Big Ten Tournament and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament. Returning all five starters and eight letterwinners, the Buckeyes are poised for a deeper run this season.
- South Carolina made a run to the Final Four last season and finished with a 34-3 overall record. The Gamecocks return three starters and 11 letterwinners from that team.
- The game will be streamed live on the SEC Network+. Derek Scott and Debbie Antonelli will have the call.
- The game can also be heard on ESPN 1460 AM in the Columbus area and on www.OhioStateBuckeyes.com.
- Ohio State returns all five starters and eight of its nine letterwinners from last season.
- The Buckeyes return all but 32 of their school-record 2,836 points as well as all but 36 of their 1,420 rebounds from last year.
- Kelsey Mitchell was the first player to lead the country in scoring as a freshman last season and she was named the USBWA and ESPNW National Freshman of the Year.
- OSU opens the year ranked 6/10, the first time beginning a season ranked since the start of the 2012-13 season when they were ranked 19/21.
- This will be the third season in a row that Ohio State has opened the season on the road and the fourth-straight away from Columbus.
- The Buckeyes were fourth in the country in scoring last season at 81.0 points per game.
- South Carolina is coming off a tremendous 2014-15 campaign which saw the Gamecocks win 34 games and make an appearance in the Final Four.
- South Carolina returns its top three scorers and top three rebounders from last season in senior Tiffany Mitchell (14.4 ppg, 3.1 rpg), junior Alaina Coates (11.1 ppg, 7.9 rpg) and sophomore A’ja Wilson (13.1 ppg, 6.6 rpg).
- Mitchell was the first Gamecoack to be named a first team All-American by the Associated Press last season in addidtion to WBCA and USBWA All-American honors. She was also a finalist for all three National Player of the Year awards.
- Wilson was named the SEC Freshman of the Year SEC Freshman of the Year and earned honorable mention All-America honors last season.
- Friday’s game will be the fourth meeting between the two schools.
- Ohio State holds a 2-1 lead in the series.
- The teams have not played each other in over 34 years with the last game coming in 1981.
- The Buckeyes lost the last time in Columbia, S.C., but have a perfect record against the Gamecocks in Columbus.
- Head coach Kevin McGuff is 2-0 lifetime against the Gamecocks.
- This will be the second time a McGuff led team has opened a season in Columbia as he led Xavier to an 84-65 romp in the 2010-11 season opener.
- McGuff also guided the Musketeers to a 70-65 overtime victory over South Carolina in the first round of the 2006 WNIT in Cincinnati.
- Ohio State is 38-12 in season openers.
- The Buckeyes have won 18 of their last 20 season openers.
- Ohio State has not lost a home opener since 1985.
- Last season, the Buckeyes fell 87-82 at Virginia. Kelsey Mitchell made her collegiate debut in that game, finishing with 26 points.
- Head coach Kevin McGuff is 9-4 all-time in his career in season openers
- He went 7-2 at Xavier, which included wins over the likes of Louisville, Florida, Southern California and South Carolina, and went 1-1 at Washington.
- McGuff is also 1-1 in his first two seasons with the Buckeyes, winning at West Virginia in 2013 and falling at Virginia last season.
- The Buckeyes are just 9-48 all-time against teams ranked in the AP Top-5.
- The last OSU win over a top-5 ranked team came on Dec. 20, 2006 when Ohio State bested No. 3 Oklahoma 74-67 in Norman. Jessica Davenport had 14 points and 10 rebounds in the win.
- The only time Ohio State defeated a team ranked No. 2 was a 76-60 win against Iowa on March 7, 1993 in Columbus.
- Ohio State is 1-9 all-time against team ranked No. 2 with the most recent meeting coming against Stanford on March 28, 2009 in the NCAA Tournament in Berkeley, Calif. The Cardinal won that game 84-66.
- The Buckeyes have knocked-off a No. 1-ranked team two times and both came during the 1987-88 season.