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#10/12 Ohio State at #3/3 Notre Dame
Date: December 2, 2015 | Time: 7:00 p.m. | Venue: Joyce Center | Location: South Bend, Ind.
Radio: 1460 AM
- Ohio State will look to stop a three-game skid in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge when it travels to South Bend, Ind., to take on No. 3/3 Notre Dame on Wednesday.
- Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. ET from the Joyce Center.
- The Buckeyes have won four-straight games and are coming off a 95-80 victory over No. 10/9 Texas A&M on day two of the South Point Shootout.
- The Irish have come out of the gate a perfect 6-0 and were 2-0 at the Junkanoo Jam last weekend with wins over Denver and UCLA.
- The game will be streamed online via Watch ESPN and the WatchESPN app. Mike Monaco and Ruth Riley will have the call.
- The games can also be heard on ESPN 1460 AM in the Columbus area and on www.OhioStateBuckeyes.com.
NOTING THE BUCKEYES
- Sophomore Kelsey Mitchell was named the national Player of the Week after scoring an OSU record tying 42 points in the win over No. 10/9 Texas A&M.
- Mitchell became the quickest Big Ten player to reach 1,000 career points as she hit the mark in her 41st game.
- Forward Alexa Hart has blocked at least one shot in 26-straight games. Hart swatted a single-season school record 129 shots last season.
- The Buckeyes are facing their fourth top-10 team in the first three weeks of the season when it takes on with No. 3/3 Notre Dame.
- Ohio State was the first team in NCAA history to open a season against the top two ranked teams in the country.
- Senior Ameryst Alston and sophomore Kelsey Mitchell were each named to the preseason Wooden Award Watch List.
NOTRE DAME SNAPSHOT
- Notre Dame is 6-0 on the season following a pair of wins over Denver and UCLA last weekend at the Junkanoo Jam in the Bahamas.
- The Irish have outscored their opponents by an average of over 30 points per game this season.
- Wednesday's game will be the first game Notre Dame has played this season against a ranked opponent and it will then take on No. 1 UConn on Saturday.
- The Irish have four players averaging in double-figures led by Madison Cable at 15.0 ppg. Cable has also made a team-high 14 three-pointers.
- Brianna Turner is the team's leading rebounding at 6.8 per game to go along with 14.3 ppg.
- Marina Mabrey (13.0) and Kathryn Westbeld (12.2) are the other two players averaging in double-figures.
SERIES HISTORY VS. NOTRE DAME
- Notre Dame leads the all-time series between the two programs 2-1.
- Ohio State won the first meeting in Columbus in 1997 but then Notre Dame won the meeting in South Bend in 2004.
- The most recent meeting came on a battleship as part of the season-opening Carrier Classic in 2012 in Charleston, S.C. Notre Dame won that matchup 57-51.
- All three games in the series have been decided by seven points or fewer.
MCGUFF VS. NOTRE DAME
- This will be head coach Kevin McGuff's first game against his former team.
- 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 and Wednesday's game will be a trip down memory lane.
- 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.
BUCKEYES IN THE ACC/BIG TEN CHALLENGE
- Ohio State is 2-6 in the history of the ACC/Big Ten Challenge, with the first three games coming against Top 10 competition.
- In 2007 the Buckeyes lost at No. 3 Maryland before losing a close one at home in 2008 to No. 2 North Carolina.
- Four years ago the Buckeyes led on the road at No. 10 Duke early in the second half before the Blue Devils pulled away for the victory.
- In 2010 Ohio State picked up its first win, a 74-46 win over Virginia at St. John Arena, before defeating Florida State, 78-75, in overtime in 2012 when Tayler Hill poured in 31 points.
- Last season, Pitt went on an 8-0 run midway through the second half to take control of the game and held on for a 78-74 victory.
Year Opp. W/L Score
2007 at Maryland L 53-77
2008 North Carolina L 63-72
2009 at Duke L 67-83
2010 Virginia W 74-46
2011 Florida State W 78-75 (ot)
2012 at North Carolina L 54-57
2013 at Maryland L 55-67
2014 Pitt L 74-78
LAST YEAR IN THE ACC/BIG TEN CHALLENGE
- Pitt broke open a tight game with an 8-0 run midway through the second half and would hold off the Buckeyes for a 78-74 victory in Columbus.
- Ameryst Alston brought the Buckeyes within two at 76-74 with 45 seconds left but after a Pitt miss, Monica Wignot grabbed a huge offensive rebound for the Panthers. That led to a pair of Brianna Kiesel free throws that sealed the win.
- Four Buckeyes scored in double-figures led by freshman Kelsey Mitchell's 21 points. She also grabbed 10 rebounds and had five assists for the first double-double of her career.
- Alston added 16 points while Cait Craft tied a career-high with five three-pointers to finish with 20 points. Freshman Alexa Hart chipped-in with 11 points and 14 rebounds.
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