The Ohio State Buckeyes (14-11, 4-5) travel to Mackey Arena to try to sweep the season series with the Purdue Boilermakers (15-7, 5-5). Since the beginning of January, including a January 2nd home win against Purdue, the Buckeyes have been basically alternating wins and losses. Meanwhile, the Boilermakers had a four game win streak to close out January, but have now lost two straight games.
Here’s their Profile
Purdue continues to be a high scoring team, at both ends of the floor. Offensively, they average 75 points per game, but give up 70 per game. Coach Versyp runs a 4G/1F lineup with KK Houser (5’6”), Courtney Moses (5’6”), April Wilson (5’7”) and Dee Dee Williams (6’0”) at the guards and Liza Clemons (6’2”) at forward. Houser (15.9) and Moses (14.7) lead the team in scoring, and Clemons pulls in 5.7 rebounds per game.
Like Ohio State, Purdue has a dynamic “6th man” with forward Whitney Bays (6’2”) who sees 21 minutes of floor time per game. Bays is their 3rd leading scorer at 11.5 ppg and their leading rebounder a 7 per game.
Here are the Purdue University Boilermakers:
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Ohio State University Buckeyes
The Buckeyes have just come off a tough loss at Wisconsin where their shooting and rebounding woes continue to hurt them. On the plus side, their 10 turnovers was a needed offensive bright spot. Raven Ferguson’s play off the bench continues to be a plus for Coach McGuff, and Raven will need another strong performance on Thursday.
And, here are your Ohio State Buckeyes:
In the January 2nd game, Purdue’s KK Houser lit up the scoreboard with 26 points, followed by Whitney Bays’ 16 points and Moses’ 13 points. Good, but not good enough since the Buckeyes had a surreal shooting game, 56% from the field, 64% from 3-point range. Ohio State had five players in double figures. Another offensive performance like that may be needed and would certainly be a welcome sight.
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The game is Thursday evening, tipping off at 7:00 PM EST in Mackey Arena. Television coverage will be provided by BTDN, radio coverage via 1460 AM.