The #3 Ohio State Buckeyes (13-0) have done pretty well in nonconference play, and hope to continue their Big Ten opener on New Year’s Eve with a 1:00 PM EST game in West Lafayette, IN. The Boilermakers come into this game with a record of 10-3.
Here’s their Profile:
School: Purdue University
The Boilermakers (10-3) are coming off a solid road win in Morgantown, WV against The Fighting Huggins’s, 73-70. Purdue got off to a strong start (7-0), before going two for four in the Old Spice Classic. Matt Painter seems to still be trying to settle into his “starting” lineup. The basic lineup consists of 3G/2F, it’s just a matter of who gets penciled into the lineup. Two of the guard spots are filled by the Johnson Boys; Terone (6’4″) and Ronnie (6’0″). Bryson Scott and Kendall Stephens have also seen significant playing time at guard. The forward positions have been filled more often by Basil Smotherman (6’5″), Jay Simpson (6’10″) and Travis Carroll (6’9″). A.J. Hammons (7’0″) brings a good bit of size to the paint.
Note: Player and team stats courtesy of statsheet.com
Here are the Purdue University Boilermakers:
Ohio State University Buckeyes
The #3 Buckeyes (13-0) rolled through their nonconference schedule unscathed, although there was a moment or two. Although the offense (74.8 PPG) is very so-so (139th of 351 team), Ohio State’s defense has been stellar. Their 54.0 PPG allowed is tied for 2nd in the country.
The team is beginning, I feel, to get a better sense of their offensive capabilities. Their previous 2-3 games have shown a determination to feed the ball inside to provide Amir Williams with point-blank scoring opportunities. Amir’s improved ball handling has made this possible. Defensively, the Smith/Craft/Scott guard rotation provides relentless on-ball pressure as well as off-ball tendencies to drift into opponents passing lanes.
And, here are your Ohio State Buckeyes:
|32||L. Smith Jr.||6’4″||G||13.4||52.9||44.6||81.3||5.2||1.5||1.3|
|33||A. Della Valle||6’5″||G||5.2||33.8||33.3||60.0||2.3||0.4||0.8|
Purdue will be a challenge for Ohio State; conference games tend to be that way. The Boilermakers are undefeated at home so far this season, and Mackey Arena is a tough venue for visiting teams. I look for OSU’s front line (Ross, Williams, Thompson) to have the advantage in this game, while guard play between the two teams may be closer that I’d like to see. The Johnsons will be a good defensive test for OSU.
|PPG O||PPG D||RPG||APG||TPG||Pos/G||PPP||A/T|
The game is Tuesday afternoon, tipping off at 1:00 PM EST in Mackey Arena. Television coverage will be provided by ESPN2. Live chat coverage will be provided by tBBC. Please join us for our live chat approximately 30 minutes before tip-off. As always, when previewing any OSU-Purdue encounter, I rely on help from Ian Anderson.