PREVIEW: #10/13 Ohio State vs. NC A&T

Dec. 10, 2015


#10/13 Ohio State vs. NC A&T

Date: December 13, 2015 | Time: 2:00 p.m. | Venue: Value City Arena | Location: Columbus, Ohio

TV: None

Radio: 1460 AM

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Setting the Scene

  • After playing four-straight games away from Columbus, the Buckeyes open a four-game homestand this Sunday when they host MEAC-foe NC A&T.
  • Tip-off is set for 2 p.m. ET from Value City Arena.
  • Ohio State comes into the game with a 5-3 record overall after racing past in-state rival Cincinnati last Sunday.
  • NC A&T enters the game after splitting a pair of MEAC contests last week. The Aggies are 3-5 overall and 1-1 in conference action.
  • The game will be streamed online on BTN Plus. Geoff Hammersly and George Reese 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

  • The Buckeyes had a season-best six players score in double-figures in the win at Cincinnati on Dec. 6.
  • Sophomore Kelsey 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 28-straight games. Hart swatted a single-season school record 129 shots last season.
  • Shayla Cooper has a pair of double-doubles on the year as well as a pair of games with 15 rebounds.
  • Ohio State has shot 50 percent or better from the floor in four of the last five games.
  • The Buckeyes have faced four top-10 teams already this season, including teams 1, 2 and 3.
  • 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.

NC A&T Snapshot                          

  • The Aggies enter Sunday’s game with a record of 3-5 overall and a 1-1 in the MEAC.
  • Last weekend, NC A&T opened MEAC play with a win over Howard and a 56-50 loss to UMES.
  • Aprill McRae and Dana Brown are each averaging 11 points per game for the Aggies who are scoring 60.8 points per contest as a team.
  • A&T is also out-rebounding its opponents on the season thanks in large part to McRae who is pulling down 7.4 rebounds per game.
  • Guard Christina Carter is averaging better than seven points, four rebounds and four assists per game through the first eight games.
  • Ohio State is the only team from a power five conference on the Aggies schedule this season.

Series History vs. NC A&T                           

  • Sunday’s game between Ohio State and NC A&T will be the first meeting between the two teams.

McGuff vs. NC A&T

  • This will be Kevin McGuff’s first game against NC A&T.

Buckeyes vs. The MEAC                           

  • Ohio State is a perfect 8-0 all-time against teams from the Mid-Atlantic Athletic Conference.
  • Seven of those eight games were played in Columbus with the lone game away from home being a 1997 contest against Howard which was played in Oakland, Calif. as part of the Oakland Classic.
  • The Buckeyes have outscored their MEAC foes by 229 points in those eight games for an average of 28.6 ppg.
  • The most recent meeting against the MEAC came in McGuff’s first year on Dec. 29, 2013. The Buckeyes downed NC Central 65-47 in Columbus.

Finding The Right Person

  • Senior guard Ameryst Alston has dished-out nearly 5.5 assists per game over the last three games.
  • She had a season-high nine assists in the win over Cincinnati.
  • Her 17 assists in the last three games have led to 37 points. Coupled with the 50 points she has scored herself over that stretch, Alston has had a hand in nearly a third of the Buckeyes scoring in the last three contests.
  • Alston has dished-out a team-leading 31 assists on the season.