Jody Victor: Ohio State (15-5, 5-4) will contend with No. 16/17 Purdue (17-4, 6-2) and their six-game winning streak tonight at 7 p.m. in Value City Arena. Check it out on ESPN.
Purdue is the leader in the all-time series vs. the Buckeyes 79-73. Ohio State is 49-27 in Columbus and has not lost to the Boilermakers at Value City Arena (5-0) since the facility opened for the 1998-99 season. The Buckeyes have faced ranked Purdue teams 28 times, winning 12. Evan Turner leads Ohio State vs. Purdue. He has averaged 11.5 points in two career meetings. He also is the top Ohio State rebounder among current Buckeyes vs. Purdue with 5.5 boards a game. Thad Matta is 8-2 (7-1 at Ohio State) vs. Purfue all-time. Purdue last won in Columbus during the 1998 Big Ten season, a 107-75 victory Feb. 7 at St John Arena.
Evan Turner earned his 2nd POW of the season scoring a career-high 29 points to go along with 10 rebounds vs. Indiana. The 10 rebounds at IU and the double-double was his fifth of the season and seventh of his career at Ohio State. He is the only current Buckeye with a double-double to his credit. Turner connected on 10 of 14 shots vs. the Hoosiers and averaged 26.5 points and 7.5 rebounds last week in two games while playing 78 minutes (39.0 mpg.). He connected on 70 percent of his field goals (16-23) and 91 percent of his foul shots (21-23) in victories over Michigan and Indiana.