|# 8 Minnesota (18-12, 7-9) vs. #9 Ohio State (17-12, 7-9) - B1G TOURNAMENT
|Date||Thursday, March 7, 2013|
|Time||6:00 p.m. CT|
|Location||Hoffman Estates, Ill. / Sears Centre Arena|
|Tournament Central||Click Here|
|Series Record||Minnesota trails, 13-51|
|Last Meeting||February 21, 2013 (Minnesota, 57-56)|
BTN (Kevin Kugler / Stephanie White / Lisa Byington)
|Radio||Learfield / 1500 ESPN (Listen Online)|
|(Play-by-Play: Corbu Stathes / Analyst: Lynnette Sjoquist)|
|Live Stats||Click Here|
|Game Notes||Minnesota | Ohio State|
|Season Statistics||Minnesota | Ohio State|
|Social Media||Facebook | @GophersWBB | @PamBorton|
March 5, 2013
THE OPENING TIP - QUICK NOTES
The Minnesota women's basketball team earned the No. 8 seed heading into the 2013 B1G Women's Basketball Tournament and will face-off with No. 9 seed Ohio State Thursday, March 7 at 6:00 p.m. CT, at Sears Centre Arena in Hoffman Estates, Ill.
The contest will be broadcast live on BTN, with Kevin Kugler, Stephanie White and Lisa Byington on the call.
The Gophers finished the regular-season with an 18-12 overall record and a 7-9 Big Ten record, which is their best league mark since the 2008-09 season.
Ohio State enters the Big Ten Tournament as the No. 9 seed after concluding the regular season with a 7-9 league record and a 17-12 overall clip. It enters Thursday's game with a three-game win streak.
The Maroon and Gold concluded the regular-season as the Big Ten's field-goal-percentage leader with a .449 (777-1729) mark. The clip also ranks 13th nationally and is the best mark for the team since 2004-05, when it finished with a .466 (824-1768) percentage.
Minnesota is 6-18 all-time in the Big Ten Tournament.
The Buckeyes hold a 51-13 advantage over the Gophers in the all-time series and a 1-2 advantage when facing Minnesota in the Big Ten Tournament.
The Gophers' lone win vs. Ohio State in the Big Ten Tournament came in the semifinals of the 2005 event, when Minnesota advanced to the Championship Game for the first and only time.
Rachel Banham was named to the All-Big Ten First Team by the league's head coaches and also earned a spot on the All-Big Ten Second Team by media voters.
Not only did Banham secure the Big Ten regular-season scoring title with her 21.0 point per game average, but she is currently the top-scoring sophomore in NCAA Division I play this season.
Micaëlla Riché was named Honorable Mention All-Big Ten by both coaches and media after becoming one of the most improved players in the league as a junior.
Riché was also named the Big Ten Player of the Week on March 4 after averaging a double-double with 20.5 points and 10.0 rebounds per game in wins vs. No. 7/7 Penn State and Indiana.
Shayne Mullaney earned a spot on the Big Ten All-Freshman Team after averaging 6.9 points, 3.0 assists and 2.2 rebounds per game in her first year as a Gopher.
Should the Gophers defeat No. 9 seed Ohio State in the opening round of the Big Ten Tournament, they will face No. 1 seed Penn State Friday at 6:00 p.m. CT.
Gophers Beat Army 70-52
Marlene Stollings won her 50th game at Minnesota as the Gophers moved to 5-1 at home this season.
Game Preview: Army West Point
Minnesota plays its second of three games in six days on Thursday night. The 8 p.m. game will be on BTN.
Courtside with Kehinde Bello
The freshman forward from Michigan is looking to earn more playing time with the Gophers.