Boilermakers host #20 Ohio State tonight

The Boilermakers of Purdue enter Wednesday’s clash with #20 Ohio State with lots of confidence, having pulled off two upsets in their past three games.  Wins against #25 Iowa and #22 Indiana have put Purdue in a tie for second place in the Big Ten.  Ohio State has an identical record in conference play and also is tied for the second place spot.  With both teams a game and half behind first place Wisconsin, this mid-week clash will be crucial to conference success for both teams.

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Led by a pair of juniors, Rapheal Davis and A.J. Hammons, Purdue have dominated in their recent games.  Last week at home they thrashed Indiana by 16 points, thanks to 19 points from Davis.  Davis was also instrumental in their upset of Iowa at home, where he scored 24 and went 8-14 from the field.  Their big man, Hammons, has been a defensive presence as well for the Boilermakers.  His 11 points and eight blocks were crucial to the upset of Iowa.

Purdue’s size and defensive game will be challenged by a high-flying Ohio State offense led by their phenomenal freshman guard, D’Angelo Russell.  Russell shoots the three extremely well and averages almost 20 points per game and 5.6 rebounds per game.  He has the potential to take games over like he did against Northwestern where he scored a season-high 33 points. The Buckeyes as a team have the third highest shooting percentage in the NCAA and average 80 points per game, which is the 16th most in the NCAA as well.

Last season the Buckeyes swept the Boilermakers, winning all three contests.  The closest of the three games was in the Big Ten Tournament, where the Boilermakers fell short by two points.