The Ohio State Buckeyes (12-5, 2-4) host the Purdue Boilermakers (12-6, 5-2) for a 7:01 pm tip-off Wednesday evening. The Buckeyes come into this game following a 75-61 loss to Maryland. Purdue, meanwhile, has won three in a row, with their most recent win being a 70-55 victory over Indiana. Their first win in their current streak was an 84-80 overtime victory at Wisconsin.
Who: Purdue at Ohio State
What: Men’s Basketball
Where: Columbus, OH — Value City Arena
When: 7:01 pm (BTN)
Why: Because if the Buckeyes are going to make the Tournament, the run starts now.
Line: Ohio State +1.5
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+ The Maryland game last week was an oddity. Despite the Buckeyes fading down the stretch, they did have some good moments. Ohio State scored 18 points off of turnovers while Maryland recorded just five. The Ohio State bench outscored Maryland’s bench, 20-15. The Buckeyes recorded 14 second-chance points and did not give up any to the Terrapins. Ohio State also forced a season-high 19 turnovers in the contest.
+ Purdue leads the all-time series with the Buckeyes 86-84. Ohio State is 54-29 in Columbus while the Boilermakers are 56-27 in West Lafayette. The teams have met on neutral courts four times with the Buckeyes winning three. Ohio State has won eight of the last 11 in the series. C.J. Jackson and Andre Wesson have each faced the Boilermakers twice during their careers. No other Buckeye has place more than one game. Both Jackson and Wesson have averaged 6.5 points a game in the series. Musa Jallow, a Bloomington, Indiana, native, tallied 10 points in the game a year ago in West Lafayette in his only meeting vs. Purdue.
+ Ohio State is No. 2 nationally for the most home wins with a 158-26 (.859) record since the 2009-10 season. Maryland is the next-best Big Ten team at No. 14 with 145 wins. Going back to the 2008-09 season to the present, the Buckeyes own the second-most home victories with 173 wins over 202 games (173-29). The Buckeyes also have played the 11th-most ranked teams in the country since 2005. Ohio State has played 134 opponents ranked among the Associated Press Top 25 during that span.
The Purdue Boilermakers
What You Should Know
+ Purdue hasn’t had much success in Value City Arena, boasting a 2-13 record in the facility since its opening before the 1998-99 season. When a ranked Purdue team visits Value City Arena against an unranked Ohio State team, Purdue is just 1-3 in the building, winning the 2017 meeting by a 76-75 margin. Purdue’s 13 losses at Value City Arena have come by an average of 11.7 points, including six losses by double-digits. Purdue’s winning percentage of .133 (2-13) is easily the lowest in a Big Ten arena.
+ Purdue has taken care of the ball this year, averaging just 10.7 turnovers per game, which would rank as the third-lowest average in school history (2012, 2011). However, over the last nine games, Purdue is averaging just 8.6 turnovers per game, while boasting an assist/turnover ratio of 1.79. Purdue is 21st nationally in turnover percentage (15.8 percent) and 17th nationally in turnovers per game (10.8). Over the last nine games, Purdue has a plus-5.33 turnover margin.
+ Based on a 35-game season, Carsen Edwards is on pace for 871 points, 136 3-pointers and 121 assists. Since the 1992-93 season, just four players nationally have had at least 850 points, 125 3-pointers and 120 assists (Stephen Curry, Marcus Keene, Andrew Goudelock, Andre Spight).
+ Carsen Edwards ranks fourth nationally in scoring (24.6 PPG). Since the 1992-93 season, just two other Big Ten players (Purdue’s Glenn Robinson 2x, Michigan State’s Shawn Respert 2x) have averaged at least 24.0 points per game in a season. Edwards needs 11 points for 1,500 points and eight rebounds for 300 in career. He would become sixth player in school history with 1,500 points, 300 rebounds, 200 assists and 100 career steals.
+ During the Painter era, Purdue is 110-9 when committing fewer turnovers and outrebounding its opponents in the same game. Since the start of the 2014-15 season, Purdue is 26-4 when that happens, having won 26 of its last 27 games when doing so (lone loss: Notre Dame).