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Purdue at Ohio State: Time, TV, Odds, Streaming, How to Watch

Can Purdue get the sweep over the only Big Ten team that has a winning record against the Boilers?

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It is quite simple what Purdue needs to do in order to clinch a double bye in the Big Ten Tournament: It needs to beat Ohio State or Michigan State. Right now, only Michigan State, Iowa, and Ohio State can catch Purdue from behind. Purdue leads Iowa by two games and has the tiebreaker, so any Purdue win or Iowa loss clinches Purdue having a higher seed than them. Purdue leads Ohio State by two games, but because Ohio State has beaten Maryland the Buckeyes would likely have the tiebreaker if they split the season series. Since Purdue and Michigan State only play once that tiebreaker will be decided next week.

So a Purdue win over Ohio State clinches no worse than fourth in the Big Ten, and with a little help they can still win the Big Ten. If Michigan State beats Wisconsin earlier on Sunday things can get very, very interesting for us.

Opponent:

Ohio State Buckeyes

From:

Columbus, OH

Date:

3/1/2015

Venue:

ValueCity Arena (18,809)

TV:

Big Ten Network

Radio Stream:

TuneIn

Satellite Radio:

SIRI 136, XM

Odds:

Ohio State by 9

Tickets:

As low as $20.50 on Stubhub

Tipoff:

7:30pm

KenPom Ranking:

14 of 351

RPI:

43

Blog Representation:

Land Grant Holy Land

2014-15 Record:

20-8, 9-6

All-time series

Ohio State leads 84-88

Last Purdue win:

2/4/2015 at Purdue 60-58

Last Ohio State Win:

3/13/2014 at B1G Tournament (Indy) 63-61

2013-14 Record:

25-10, 10-8 Big Ten

Last NCAA appearance:

2014, Lost to (11) Dayton in Round of 64 60-59

Coach:

Thad Matta (292-88 in 11th year at Ohio State, 394-119 overall)

It seems like Ohio State has become D'Angelo Russell and four other guys on the floor. Against Purdue a few weeks ago he had 20 of their 58 points, but the Boilers did a good job containing everyone else. Still, this team scares me. Thad Matta has really owned Purdue like no one else in the Big Ten in the past few years. It seems like the Boilers have had moments of success against everyone else in the league, but against the Buckeyes they have struggled mightily for the few wins they have gotten.

As a team Ohio State generally shoots the ball well. They are fourth in the country in field goal percentage, so if Purdue's defense that gave up 85 points to Rutgers shows up we're in trouble. The Buckeyes have also been a different team at home than on the road. Only Iowa has won there, while the Buckeyes are just 3-5 on the road and lucky to have two of those wins.

A big difference the last time is that the Buckeyes were without Marc Loving, who was suspended. He is second on the team in scoring at 10.7 points, but has just 10 points in the three games since returning from his suspension. Sam Thompson and Shannon Scott also did not have good games in West Lafayette, but are more than capable of taking over.

Oh, and they do have Russell, who is probably going to be the Freshman of the Year in the Big Ten. He is going to get his points and he is always a danger to have a 30 point game. He might be the only player on the floor for either team that you can say that about, and that gives OSU a huge advantage.

In the first game Rapheal Davis had 20 points, but it was the defense of A.J. Hammons that put Purdue over the top. A.J. had seven blocks and was generally dominant in the middle.

It is the defense that is going to have to come through again for Purdue to get another big road win. The Buckeyes haven't played well of late, but they are still a very talented team that can score at will. The Rutgers game was an anomaly because the Scarlet Knights were relentless and the final five minutes or so were all over the map with fouls and their press. It was also the rare time that Purdue was in foul trouble with both Haas and Hammons, so they were limited.

Basically, we need the defense to return and have another great not. Otherwise, I can definitely see a good Ohio State team cooling us off.