Dec. 21, 2014
Ohio State vs. #18 West Virginia
Date: Monday, December 22, 2014 | Time: 2:00 p.m. ET | Venue: Value City Arena | Location: Columbus, Ohio
Radio: ESPN 1460AM
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Setting the Scene
The Buckeyes are finished with exams and are will get back on the court against No. 22/18 West Virginia on Monday.
Tip-off is set for 2 p.m. from Value City Arena.
The Buckeyes (7-4) are concluding a five-game home stand in which they have won three of the first four games, including an 83-46 victory over Western Michigan on Dec. 14.
West Virginia has won seven-straight games and comes into the contest with a record of 9-1 overall.
The game will be streamed live for a fee on BTN Plus.
The game can also be heard on ESPN 1460 AM in the Columbus area and on www.OhioStateBuckeyes.com.
Nothing Will Be Easy
Monday's game between Ohio State and West Virginia will feature two of the country's best shot-blocking teams.
West Virginia, behind Lanay Montgomery's 37 blocked shots, is second in the country with 7.0 bpg.
Thanks to Alexa Hart's 47 blocks, the Buckeyes are No. 5 in the country at 6.7 bpg.
Last Time Out
Four Buckeyes scored in double-figures and redshirt-sophomore Lisa Blair recorded the first double-double of her career as Ohio State rolled to an 83-46 victory over Western Michigan on Dec. 14.
The country's top scoring back court led the Buckeyes offensively as freshman Kelsey Mitchell scored a game-high 22 points while junior Ameryst Alston chipped-in with 21 points and five assists. Cait Craft hit a pair of three-pointers and finished with 12 points, five rebounds and four assists.
Blair enjoyed her afternoon on the court as she finished with 11 points, 12 rebounds and five blocks in 22 minutes. All of those numbers were career-highs.
For the second-straight game, the Buckeye defense frustrated the opposition. After holding Arkansas State to just 32 percent shooting, Western Michigan was limited to 27.4 percent from the floor and 23 turnovers which was an opponent-high for the Buckeyes.
Western Michigan was led offensively by forward Miracle Woods who scored 18 points, grabbed seven rebounds and had three blocks.
The Buckeyes broke open a three-point game with a 15-1 run to end the first half to take a 39-22 lead into the locker room. Mitchell scored 12 of the 15 points during the run.
Ohio State then kept the pedal down in the second half and would outscore the Broncos 22-6 over the final nine minutes thanks in large part to seven points, five rebounds and four blocks by Blair.
A Quick Look At West Virginia
West Virginia is riding a seven-game win-streak and has ascended to No. 18 in the coaches poll.
The Mountaineers are 9-1 on the season following a 69-56 victory over in-state rival Marshall on Saturday.
Big 12 Preseason Player of the Year Bria Holmes' leads the conference and is seventh nationally in scoring at 22.9 ppg. She is nearing 1,000 career points in just two and a half seasons.
Averee Fields is also averaging in double-figures as she is scoring 16.6 points per contest and leads the team in rebounding at 6.8 ppg.
The Mountaineers are second in the country in blocked shots per game at 7.0.
Coach Mike Carey's squads have notched eight 21-win seasons in the last 11 years. Carey is in his 15th season at West Virginia and has racked-up nearly 300 career victories.
Series History vs. West Virginia
Ohio State and West Virginia are meeting for the 12th time on Monday.
The Buckeyes have never lost to the Mountaineers, winning the previous 11 meetings.
The teams have played six previous times in Columbus, including a great game in the NCAA Tournament in 2004, won by the Buckeyes 73-67.
Ohio State went to Morgantown in the season-opener last season and came away with a 70-61 victory.
McGuff vs. West Virginia
Head coach Kevin McGuff has split his two games against West Virginia.
The first meeting was at Xavier in the first round of the 2007 NCAA Tournament when West Virginia prevailed 65-52.
The second came in the season-opener last season when the Buckeyes won in Morgantown 70-61.
Facing A Ranked Team
Under head coach Kevin McGuff, the Buckeyes are just 3-12 when facing a ranked opponent.
The team was 3-11 in McGuff's first season in 2013-14.
One of the best wins of the 2013-14 season came over No. 11 Penn State in the quarterfinals of the Big Ten Tournament. The Buckeyes scored a tournament-record 99 points in the victory.
So far this season, Ohio State is 0-1 against ranked teams, falling 67-59 to No. 24 Georgia on Nov. 19.