WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Winners of three straight games, Purdue returns to the road for another big challenge on Tuesday when it travels to Columbus, Ohio, to face the Buckeyes for a 6:30 p.m. ET, tip on the Big Ten Network. Ohio State will be the fifth Big Ten ranked opponent that Purdue has faced on the road in its first six Big Ten road contests (Iowa, Rutgers, Illinois, Michigan State, Ohio State).
Purdue has won its last two road contests against Michigan State (55-54) and Indiana (81-69) and is looking for its third straight Big Ten road win for the first time since Jan. 11 to 31, 2019 (at Wisconsin, at Ohio State, at Penn State)
THE KEY TALKING POINTS1) Ohio State leads the series with Purdue by a 91-89 advantage, the only Big Ten team with a winning record over the Boilermakers. The Boilermakers have won five of the last seven meetings, including twice in Value City Arena. 2) Purdue owns just a 3-14 record in Value City Arena, but a win there usually means success. The Boilermakers won games in the facility in 2010, 2017 and 2019 — the three years under Painter that Purdue has won the Big Ten regular-season championship. 3) According to KenPom.com, Purdue ranks 329th (out of 347 teams) in experience (1.09 years). The total is 14th in the Big Ten. Indiana is the next least-experienced team in the league at 1.38 years (285th nationally). 4) Purdue had a player named Big Ten Player of the Week (Trevion Williams) and Big Ten Freshman of the Week (Brandon Newman) for the first time in school history. Three different freshmen have won Big Ten Freshman of the Week honors for the Boilermakers. 5) Purdue’s freshman class is averaging 28.3 points per game, which at its current pace, would be the fifth-highest average in Purdue history.6) Purdue has become just the third program (Michigan – 2012-13; Ohio State – 2010-11) to have three different players win Big Ten FOW honors.7) A win over Ohio State would give Purdue a 6-3 mark (or better) in Big Ten play for the sixth time in the last seven years. The lone season that Purdue didn’t start at least 6-3 since the 2014-15 campaign was last season. 8) Purdue owns a 51-8 record at Mackey Arena in Big Ten games since the start of the 2014-15 season. Michigan St. has next best record (47-12).9) With the win over Penn State, Purdue has won 19 straight games when scoring at least 80 points; 41-2 since the start of the 2017-18 season. 10) Purdue averaged 15.4 turnovers per game during the first seven games. In the last eight games, Purdue has averaged just 11.5 turnovers. 11) Purdue has won 102 straight games when scoring at least 90 points, spanning over 33 years (last loss: Nov. 24, 1987, to Iowa State).
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