Nov. 15, 2014
Date: Sunday, November 16, 2014
Time: 2:00 p.m. ET
Venue: Value City Arena
Location: Columbus, Ohio
Radio: ESPN 1460AM
Television: BTN Plus
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Promotions: Military Appreciation Day
Setting the Scene
Ohio State returns home to host St. Francis in the team's 2014-15 home opener.
Tip-off is set for 2 p.m. from Value City Arena.
The Buckeyes are coming off an 87-82 setback in the season-opener at Virginia last Friday. This will be St. Francis' first game of the season.
The game will be streamed live online for a fee on BTN Plus.
The game can also be heard on ESPN 1460 AM in the Columbus area and for FREE on www.OhioStateBuckeyes.com.
What's Going On At The Schott
Sunday is Military Appreciation Day
Military members will receive discounted tickets when ordering tickets online using the promo code MILITARY. Cait Craft in the Hall of Fame Northwest Rotunda
OSU In Home Openers
Ohio State has not lost a home opener since 1998, a streak of 15-straight victories.
The last loss was a 92-84 setback to Kentucky in 1998.
Last year, the Buckeyes survived a late rally by Florida Atlantic and held on for a 91-88 victory.
McGuff in Openers
Head coach Kevin McGuff is now 9-4 all-time in his career in season openers.
The Buckeyes dropped this year's season opener 87-82 at Virginia.
Mcguff 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.
A Little Bit About St. Francis
St. Francis is playing its first game of the season on Sunday.
The Red Flash hosted California (Pa.) and Pitt-Johnstown in exhibition action over the last two weeks. SFU got 40 points from Alexa Hayward in a win over California (Pa.) and put up 111 points in an easy win over UPJ.
St. Francis has been the class of the Northeast Conference, winning 11 conference titles. That is more than double any other team in the league.
Joe Haigh is in his third season with the Red Flash. He has a record of 32-33 in his first two seasons and has led SFU to the NEC title game in each of his first two years.
Series History vs. St. Francis
This will be just the third meeting all-time between Ohio State and St. Francis.
The Buckeyes won each of the previous two meetings, taking a 93-59 victory in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament in 2010 and a 70-54 victory at The Schottenstein Center on Nov. 20, 2012.
McGuff vs. The Red Flash
Head coach Kevin McGuff is 1-0 lifetime against St. Francis, winning 70-64 on New Year's Eve 2003 when he was coaching at Xavier.
Last Time OUt
In a great back and forth battle down the stretch, Virginia was able to capitalize late and pulled out an 87-82 victory over Ohio State last Friday.
Junior guard Ameryst Alston led the Buckeyes on the night with 27 points on 5-of-8 shooting from beyond the arc.
Freshman point guard Kelsey Mitchell rebounded from a slow start to finish with 26 points and four assists.
Fellow junior Cait Craft finished with 10 points in 39 minutes while freshman Alexa Hart added seven points and a team-high nine rebounds.
Asia Doss had seven points, seven rebounds and a team-high six assists in her first collegiate game.
For Virginia, Sarah Imovbioh led the way with 18 points and 24 rebounds. Faith Randolph had 25 points and five assists.
The game featured nine ties and 18 lead changes, most of them in the second half. Virginia led 51-40 on the boards and took advantage of nine Ohio State turnovers to score 15 points.
The game was tied with a minute to play when Faith Randolph connected on a jumper for Virginia. Two misses for the Buckeyes was followed by four Cavaliers free throws which put the game out of reach.
Good Start For Mitchell
Freshman Kelsey Mitchell admitted to being a little nervous in her first collegiate game at Virginia on Nov. 14.
In the first half, she was just 2-of-15 from the floor and had just six points.
But in the second half, she was 7-of-12 from the floor and scored 20 points.
She finished the game with 26 points, four assists and a pair of rebounds.
Alston Continues to Roll
Junior Ameryst Alston had a great finish to her sophomore year and it looks like she didn't miss a beat in the offseason.
Alston scored a team-high 27 points on 50 percent shooting from the floor and 5-of-8 from beyond the arc in the season-opener at Virginia.
Dating back to last season, Alston has made 15 three-pointers in her last four games.