Jody Victor: They're calling it a Gray-Out Game. Fans attending the game tonight are encouraged to wear gray in support of the Buckeys against the league-leading Boilermakers.
Purdue, in a hunt for a title, travels to Columbus with a 23-6 record and a 14-2 mark in Big Ten Conference play. The Boilermakers are tied for the lead in regular-season conference play with wisconsin with two games to play. E'Tuaun Moore is the leading scorer for Purdue with 12.1 ppg. Two others average in double figures as well. Robbie Hummel (11.7 ppg) and Keaton Grant (10.7 ppg) have averaged double digits. Hummel is the leading rebounder for the Boilermakers at 5.9 boards per game.
Buckeye senior Jamar Butler averages 12.3 points a game in seven career meetings vs. Purdue. He averages 31 minutes a contest and has made 52 percent of his field goals (26-50) and 14 of 32 3-pointers (.438). In 19 trips to the foul line, Butler has knocked down 16 (.842). Butler also has the most rebounds among his teammates (18) in the Purdue series. Classmate Matt Terwilliger has faced the Boilermakers six times, scoring 11 points and grabbing 17 rebounds. Othello Hunter has four games under his belt. He averages nearly four points and three rebounds against the Boilermakers.
Ohio State began its final regular-season stretch run vs. Wisconsin Feb. 24, a 58-53 loss to the No. 11 Badgers in one of three home games ove the final five contests before the 2008 Big Ten Tournament (March 13-16/Indianapolis). The Buckeyes stand in the No. 5 position (tied with Minnesota) in the league standings with games remaining against two teams in front of Ohio State in the standings. The Buckeyes entertain Purdue (14-2) tonight and Michigan State (11-5) Sunday at home to close out the regular season.
You can catch tonight's game on the OSU Radio Network, WBNS FM-97.1 AM-1460, or Channel 161 on Sirius Radio.