PREVIEW: #6/10 Ohio State vs. No. 1/1 UConn
Nov. 15, 2015
#6/10 Ohio State vs. #1/1 UConn
Date: November 16, 2015 | Venue: Value City Arena | Location: Columbus, Ohio
Radio: 1460 AM
SETTING THE SCENE
- The Buckeyes open the home portion of their 51st season of basketball by hosting top-ranked Connecticut for the first time at Value City Arena.
- Tip-off is set for 5:30 p.m. and will be televised on ESPN2.
- The game is the first game of ESPN’s 24-Hour College Hoops Marathon.
- Ohio State is coming off a solid performance Friday night at No. 2 South Carolina but the Buckeyes came up short in the end, losing 88-80.
- This will be Connecticut’s first game of the season. The Huskies have won the last three national titles and return last season’s National Player of the Year in senior Brianna Stewart. Stewart averaged 17.6 points and 7.8 rebounds last year.
- The game will be televised on ESPN2. Beth Mowins and Stephanie White 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.
- The Buckeyes were fourth in the country in scoring last season at 81.0 points per game.
- The Huskies open their season as the top-ranked team in both polls.
- Connecticut is the three-time defending National Champions and is coming off a 38-1 season a year ago.
- Two-time National Player of the Year Brianna Stewart is back for her senior season to lead the Huskies. She averaged 17.6 points, 7.8 rebounds and 3.1assists per game last year to go along with 104 blocked shots.
- Kia Nurse, who was the AAC Freshman of the Year last year, is coming off a great summer than saw her lead Canada to the Pan Am Games title. She scored 33 points in the championship game win over Team USA.
- Point guard Moriah Jefferson averaged 12.4 points and nearly five assists per game last year. She was named the Nancy Lieberman Award Winner as the nation’s top point guard last year.
- Monday’s game will be just the third meeting between the two schools.
- Connecticut has won both the previous games in the series.
- This will be the third-straight meeting that the Huskies have been ranked No. 1 at the time of the game.
- The Buckeyes were ranked No. 13/10 at the time of the game in 2010.
- The team’s last meeting was in 2013 at the Hall of Fame Tip Off Challenge in Springfield, Mass.
- The team’s first meeting came in 2010 at the famed Madison Square Garden where UConn came away with an 81-50 victory.
- Head coach Kevin McGuff is 0-1 lifetime against the Huskies.
- His only meeting against Geno Auriemma and UConn was the 2013 meeting with the Buckeyes.
- The Buckeyes have won 16-straight home openers.
- Last year, OSU downed St. Francis 113-97, which marked its highest scoring output of the season.
- Ohio State has not lost a home opener since 1998, when it lost 92-84 to Kentucky.
- Ohio State has an all-time record of 2-15 against AP No. 1 ranked teams.
- Both of the Buckeyes’ wins came during the 1987-88 season when they rolled past No. 1 Texas 88-58 at home on Jan. 2, 1988 and then later topped No. 1 Iowa 58-54 at home on Feb. 26, 1988.
- Both times the Buckeyes have faced Connecticut, the Huskies have been ranked No. 1.
- The two meetings with top-ranked UConn are the Buckeyes’ last two games against No. 1-ranked teams.
- Prior to the 2010 meeting with No. 1 Connecticut, the last time Ohio State faced a No. 1-ranked team was in the 1999 Big Ten Tournament in a 72-59 loss to No. 1 Purdue.