Ohio State at #3 Purdue
Date: February 19, 2023
Time: 1 p.m.
Venue: Mackey Arena – West Lafayette, Ind.
Listen: Ohio State Radio Network from Learfield
Live Stats: OhioStateBuckeyes.com
Game Notes: Ohio State | Purdue
Rosters: Ohio State | Purdue
Season Stats: Ohio State | Purdue
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COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State will look to finish the road trip on a high note as it heads to No. 3 Purdue for a Sun-day matinee. Tip-off is set for 1 p.m. from Mackey Arena and the game will be televised on CBS. Spero Dedes and Jim Spanarkel will have the call.
- The Buckeyes and Boilermakers are meeting for the 185th time and the all-time series is dead even at 92-92. Taking into account vacated games, Purdue officially leads the series 92-86 and holds a 59-27 edge in West Lafayette.
- Ohio State’s last win in Mackey Arena came in 2018 when Big Ten Player of the Year Keita Bates-Diop had a putback with 2.8 seconds to play to lift the Buckeyes to a 64-63 victory. Last year’s game was a good one as well, as the Buckeyes erased a 20-point second half deficit only to see Jaden Ivey hit a fadeaway three-pointer at the buzzer to give Purdue an 81-78 win.
- The first meeting this season on Jan. 5 was a good game. Ohio State led 69-66 with under a minute to play after a Sean McNeil three-pointer but Purdue rallied to score the final five points and escape Columbus with a 71-69 victory. Brice Sensabaugh led all scorers with 21 points.
- Entering last weekend, Ohio State had relied on the most percentage of minutes by freshmen of any team in the Big Ten.
- Against Iowa on Thursday, the Buckeyes had their second-best shooting performance of the year at all three levels. They were 57.1 percent from the floor, 53.3 from long range and the 11-of-11 from the free throw line was second only to the school-record 18-of-18 earlier this year in Maui. Yes, it came in a loss, but they were coming off their worst shooting game of the season last Sunday and had struggled to see a ball go through the rim for the better part of this skid.
- Sean McNeil was the key piece in that shooting performance in Iowa City as he didn’t miss a shot all night. He was 7-of-7 overall, 4-of-4 from distance and 2-of-2 from the line. He also knocked-down his 200th career three-pointer in the game.
- Freshman point guard Bruce Thornton struggled a bit at the end of January but seems to have turned the corner as he has been in double figures in three of the last four games. He was 3-of-5 from the floor for 11 points Thursday at Iowa.
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