The Ohio State Buckeyes look to build on their dominant win over Northwestern when they take on a Purdue team that is ranked #1 in the country and has been excellent up to this point. The win over Northwestern would’ve built confidence but is that enough to topple Purdue?
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Ohio State Buckeyes (10-3) vs Purdue (13-1)
- Location: The Schottenstein Center in Columbus, Ohio
- Time: Thursday, January 5th at 8:00 p.m. ET
- Channel: CBS
Ohio State has now won three games in a row and surprise surprise, they were once again led by Brice Sensabaugh, who dropped 18 points in the victory. The Buckeyes sit second in the B1G 10, with Purdue 0.5 games back having dropped a game in conference play. This matchup is extremely important for both teams as they look to track down the conference-leading Wisconsin.
Purdue dropped a nailbiter to Rutgers on Tuesday which is the second time in as many seasons that this has happened. Rutgers controlled the tempo for most of the game and despite a solid outing from Zach Edey, the Boilermakers were unable to convert to late three-pointers as time wound down, giving Rutgers yet another historic win and their 14th over a ranked opponent.
When these two teams clashed last year, it was the Boilermakers who emerged victorious in a narrow 81-78 win. Jaden Ivey, who now plays for the Detroit Pistons, was a major factor in the win.
Purdue made it to the Sweet 16 last year before losing four of their top six players. Expectations were lowered but somehow, this team stormed through the rankings to another #1 nod. This is a very young team, headlined by C Zach Edey and that inexperience might be what Ohio State looks to prey upon when they clash on Thursday.
Buckeyes 86 – 80 Boilermakers
Players to watch:
Edey looks destined to be an NBA star. At 7’4, he has been a game-changer on both ends of the floor, averaging 21.7 points, 13.4 rebounds, and 2.2 blocks per game. He’s also shooting a stunning .632 field goal percentage. As one of the oldest players on the team, Edey has taken on a leadership role and has a commanding presence on the floor. He will absolutely be an X-Factor in this week’s matchup.
It goes without saying at this point but Brice Sensabaugh is a stud. He was named B1G Freshman Of The Week in the Buckeyes’ win over Maine last week, the second time he’s earned the award this season. Against Northwestern’s #8 ranked defense, he put up 16 points in the second half alone.
He’s Ohio State’s leading scorer and ranks 1st among all B1G freshmen. Sensabaugh has been red hot these past few weeks and while Zach Edey will look to suffocate the flame, something tells me this matchup will present more than a few fireworks.
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