Dec. 31, 2014
Ohio State vs. #16 Rutgers
Date: Thursday, January 1, 2015 | Time: 2:00 p.m. ET | Venue: Value City Arena | Location: Columbus, Ohio
Radio: ESPN 1460AM
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Setting the Scene
Ohio State looks for its first Big Ten Conference victory when it starts a new year on Thursday against no. 16/17 Rutgers.
Tip-off is set for 2 p.m. from the Value City Arena.
The Buckeyes (8-5, 0-1) are coming off an 87-78 setback at No. 9 Maryland last Monday in the B1G opener for both teams. That was their first loss in the last five games.
Rutgers won its first B1G game last Sunday with a 66-51 victory at Indiana. The Scarlet Knights come in at 10-2 on the year.
The game will streamed live for a fee on BTN Plus and on the BTN2Go app.
The game can also be heard on ESPN 1460 AM in the Columbus area and on www.OhioStateBuckeyes.com.
Last Time Out
An 11-0 Maryland run midway through the second half gave the Terrapins enough of a cushion to hold off Ohio State down the stretch for an 87-78 victory last Monday night.
Junior Ameryst Alston led the Buckeyes with 22 points while Kelsey Mitchell chipped-in with 19 points.
Redshirt-sophomore Lisa Blair scored just six points but grabbed a career-high 13 rebounds.
Five Terrapins scored in double-figures led by a game-high 23 points from Lexi Brown.
Maryland dominated inside, winning the battle on the glass 59-37 and had 23 second-chance points off 23 offensive rebounds.
The Terrapins also had 46 points in the paint compared to just 22 for the Buckeyes.
Leading by just two midway through the second half, the Terrapins took advantage of some missed shots by the Buckeyes and went on an 11-0 run to take control of the game.
Ohio State fought back thanks to a couple of three-pointers by Shayla Cooper and Cait Craft but free throws down the stretch by the Terrapins were enough to hold off the Buckeyes.
A Quick Look At Rutgers
The Scarlet Knights finished the non-conference portion of its schedule at 9-2 overall and began B1G play with a 66-51 victory at Indiana on Dec. 28.
Its marquee win this season was a 64-53 victory at No. 24 Arkansas on Dec. 7.
Rutgers is embarking on its first run through the Big Ten Conference as it spent the last 19 years in the Big East and American Athletic Conferences.
Tyler Scaife (16.3 ppg), Betnijah Laney (15.6 ppg) and Kahleah Cooper (14.6 ppg) make up a three-pronged attack for the Scarlet Knight offense. Laney is averaging a double-double as she is also grabbing 12.5 rebounds per game.
Rutgers does most of its damage from inside the perimeter. The Scarlet Knights have made just 29 three-pointers on the season.
Hall of Fame coach C. Vivian Stringer is in her 21st season at Rutgers and her 45th season overall. She is just the fourth women's coach to record 900 career victories.
Rutgers is coming off a season in which it won the WNIT.
Series History vs. Rutgers
Today is the ninth meeting all-time between Ohio State and Rutgers. The teams have split the first eight contests.
The most recent meeting came in 2005 when Rutgers ended the Buckeyes NCAA Tournament run in the Sweet 16 with a 64-58 victory in Philadelphia.
The teams also met in the opening round of the 1993 NCAA Tournament in Columbus and that time, the Buckeyes came out on top 91-60.
Ohio State is 3-1 all-time against Rutgers in games played in Columbus.
McGuff vs. Rutgers
This will be head coach Kevin McGuff's first game against Rutgers in his career.
Facing A Ranked Team
Under head coach Kevin McGuff, the Buckeyes are 4-13 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.
Ohio State is 1-2 this season with a resounding 96-54 victory over No. 18 West Virginia on Dec. 22.