Tuesday night saw just one game involving Big Ten basketball teams and that was Ohio State vs. Purdue. Unlike the last few days this one came down to the wire and was a well played game on all fronts. So, let's get into the details!
Ohio State 72, Purdue 64
What We Learned: Um, I'm not sure we learned a lot that we didn't already know about the Buckeyes, other than Deshaun Thomas is really, and I mean REALLY freaking good. He had 22 points on 8 of 13 shooting from the field. Aaron Craft finally stepped up in a Big Ten game, scoring 15 points – toping his total for the 1st two games in this game alone and if it weren't for him you could well argue that they walk out of Mackey as losers. (hmmm…. who said that would be the case? Oh ya… This guy!!)
Purdue on the other hand, they're going to be a really, really tough out for any team in the Big Ten at Mackey arena, but the lack of an outside shooting game and a lack of efficient scoring effort is what is holding this team back. Don't worry, they'll win their fair share of games and probably pull another upset or two at Mackey arena.
Star of the Game: Deshaun Thomas – 22 points, 8-13 FG, 4-7 3pt FG's, 7 rebounds, 2 steals, 1 block
Thomas is going to have to put this team on his back all season long and it's not surprising he did it again in this one with a big time efficient performance shooting 61.5% from he field and 57% from deep as well. Hard to say he wasn't the star of this game, or the star of the Big Ten as he upped his league leading points per game average to 20.3.
Stat of the Game: 4 – That's the number of FG's different between the winners and losers – and no, I'm not talking about the difference in points. It's not often you see the exact point difference come down to the exact number of field goals needed. OSU made 30 to Purdue's 26.
Tomorrow our coverage continues with a Top 25 matchup and No. 2 Michigan in action – it promises to be a good night in the nation's best conference.