#24 Buckeyes take a crack at #1 Purdue tonight at 7

#24 Ohio State vs. #1 Purdue
January 5, 2023
7 p.m.
Value City Arena – Columbus, Ohio
Watch: FS1
Listen: Ohio State Radio Network from Learfield
Live Stats: OhioStateBuckeyes.com
Game Notes: Ohio State | Purdue
 Ohio State | Purdue
Season Stats: Ohio State | Purdue

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State will play at home for the first time in the new year and it will be against the top-ranked team in the country in the Purdue Boilermakers on Thursday evening. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. at Value City Arena inside the Schottenstein Center and it will be televised on FS1. Gus Johnson and Ohio State Hall of Famer Jim Jackson will call the action.

  • The Buckeyes and Boilermakers are meeting for the 184th time and the all-time series is fairly close. Purdue officially leads the series 91-86 but the Buckeyes lead 55-31 in Columbus and 11-4 in Value City Arena.
  • Last year’s meeting was a great one. Ohio State fell behind by 20 in the second half but battled all the way back to tie the game on an E.J. Liddell three-pointer with 25 seconds to play. Jaden Ivey then hit a fall-away three-pointer from the wing at the buzzer to lift Purdue to an 81-78 victory on Jan. 30 in Mackey Arena.
  • This will be Ohio State’s 22nd game all-time against an AP No. 1 ranked team. The Buckeyes are 10-11 all-time and have won eight of the last 11 games against No. 1
  • Ohio State enters the game at 10-3 overall and one of three unbeaten teams in the Big Ten at 2-0.
  • The Buckeyes jump back into the rankings this week at No. 24 in the AP poll and No. 23 in the coaches poll.
  • The Buckeyes are No. 10 in the NET rankings and have the second-most efficient offense in the country according to Kenpom. Ohio State is shooting 49.2 percent as a team, which is second in the Big Ten. The Buckeyes are scoring 81.0 ppg which is also second in the conference.
  • The Buckeyes are versatile in their scoring and have five players averaging 9.9 points per game or more, led by freshman Brice Sensabaugh at 15.9 ppg.
  • Sensabaugh has been named the Big Ten Freshman of the Week each of the last three weeks. He has scored in double-figures in all but one game this season and is third in the country in scoring among freshmen.
  • Purdue has been ranked No. 1 since Dec. 12 but is coming off its first loss of the season on Monday night vs. Rutgers. Zach Edey has been dominant in the middle, leading the conference in scoring, rebounding, double-doubles, blocks, and free throws made and attempted.
  • Thursday’s game will likely feature a scrappy battle on the boards. Purdue leads the country in rebounding margin at +12.0 but the Buckeyes are right behind them at +9.6, which is second in the conference and 11th in the country.



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