Boilers And Buckeyes: Up Close

Written February 21st, 2011 by MaliBuckeye

As threatened promised, Robbie Donoho is back to give us insight from his up close look at Sunday’s game. Think of it as “Shots from the Schott, But Not”.

You want some Moore? You got it.

Ohio State played nearly perfect basketball on January 25th against Purdue, and E’Twaun Moore played nearly perfect on Sunday against the Buckeyes.

The East Chicago, Indiana native poured in a career high 38 points that single-handedly surged Purdue to a 76-63 over #3 Ohio State, the first win over a top 3 opponent at home since 1992.

Did Ohio State get out-played? Absolutely, but not in the way I was anticipating.

18 turnovers, 27% shooting in the 2nd half, Ohio State turned into Dr. Jekyll after showing flashes of Mr. Hyde in the first half.

So the question that begs to be answered: what happened? How did Purdue run away?

Remember my keys to victory before the game? Let’s revisit those points. Read More

Ohio State falls to Purdue, 76-63

Written February 20th, 2011 by Jay

333. Very appropriate. Congrats record-holder.

Ohio State traveled to West Lafeyette on Sunday with an opportunity to move back into the #1 spot in the country after losses by Kansas, Texas and Pitt in the few days prior.  Unfortunately, it wasn’t to be for the Buckeyes, who dropped their second game on the season to a highly-energized Purdue team playing on their home court.  The 76-63 final was the result of Ohio State not being able to consistently match the intensity of the Boilermakers or find an answer for E’Twaun Moore, who finished with a career high 38 points to lead all scorers on the game.

The afternoon got off to a quick start for both teams.  Jared Sullinger asserted himself early with two nice post moves to get an early 4 on the board for the Buckeyes.  However, Ohio State was unable to get any other player going to balance the attack, as William Buford picked up two quick fouls and was forced to the bench before the 17-minute mark.  One bright spot in the first half for Ohio State was Jon Diebler tying the all-time Big Ten record for 3-pointers made.  Diebler knocked down #333 at around 16:00, amusingly on a shot-clock beating fallaway rather than one of his signature spot-up bombs from deep. Read More

Pregame Glance: Purdue 2, The Painter Strikes Back

Written February 18th, 2011 by Eric

Matt Painter is such an inviting fellow.

It doesn’t feel like it, but it has only been a couple of weeks since the Buckeyes soundly curb-stomped Purdue in Columbus.   Unfortunately, it’s already time for our return trip; the chance for Matt Painter’s team to try to redeem themselves in front of their home crowd.

As usual, since we’ve already looked at the team once, we’ll take the time to focus on what has happened since the last time we tangled with the Boilers.  For the most part, it’s been nothing but sunshine and daisies in West Lafayette.

Since that day, the day that might pay the Boilers back for Purdue-harbor, Purdue has played five games.  They went 4-1 in the stretch, including both of their games against Wisconsin and two road games: at Wisconsin and at Illinois.  Their one loss came exactly a week after they fell to the Buckeyes, losing to Wisconsin 66-59 at the Kohl Center.

Purdue got to pay the Badgers back, however, catching them Wednesday night with a 70-62 win at home.  That game was a close affair the whole way, with Wisconsin holding the lead through the first 10 minutes before letting it slip away.

That would be the last time they lead the whole game.  Despite that, they held pace and put themselves in a position to work the usual end-of-game comeback magic.  Unfortunately, sometimes that strategy only serves to make the spread worse, as it did here.

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Ohio State mangles Purdue 87-64

Written January 25th, 2011 by Eric

Craft had a spectacular game.

#1 Ohio State and #12 Purdue locked horns in Columbus this evening for early control of the Big Ten conference.  After Purdue neglected to take the floor, the Buckeyes cruised to a lopsided 87-64 win.  Purdue simply had no answer for the Buckeyes on either side of the court, with only Johnson and Moore finding any sort of scoring success against the tough Buckeye defense.  Six Buckeyes broke double figures, including William Buford’s team leading 19.  With the win, the Buckeyes advance to 21-0, which is one shy of tying* their second best start in program history, sharing with the 1960-’61 National Runner-up team.

I would like to take a moment to yell at ESPN.  We know full well that you’re the new name of SEC sports, and you have vested interest when the Florida/Georgia game goes into double overtime.  However, the Big Ten market doesn’t particularly care about your mid-level SEC basketball game, especially once Florida secures a 12 point lead with not enough time left on the clock for a UGA comeback.  I almost wish this game had been on the Big Ten Network.

Buford came out of the gate with the hot hand, sinking two quick three pointers to open the game for the Bucks.  Purdue’s strategy, to double team Sully by sloughing a defender off Buford, gave Will the wide open looks he needed to rain in the big opening shots.  While the strategy seemed to take Sullinger out of the game, it was the same “pick your poison” option as the OSU shooters took advantage of it.

Purdue had absolutely no answer for the Buckeyes in the early going.  On both ends of the court, Ohio State had their number on the way to an early 26-9 lead that left the Boiler’s completely stunned.  It seemed as if whatever Purdue wanted to do, OSU had the immediate answer.  Worse yet, JaJuan Johnson and E’Twaun Moore had combined for 2-7 shooting for a total of 5 points 10 minutes into the game.  Exactly what Purdue didn’t want to happen to start the game.

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Basketball LiveBlog: Purdue

Written January 25th, 2011 by Eric

Welcome to your Purdue LiveBlog!  The Boiler’s arrive in Columbus tonight to try to even up each team’s respective Big Ten record.  A win here would put OSU two games ahead in the regular season race about half way through – a good position to be in.  Unfortunately, with this being the second game of a murderer’s row slate, it’s tough to imagine the Bucks pulling away from the pack.

The game starts at 9pm Eastern Time, LiveBlog at 8:30 as usual.

Hope to see you here!  Go Bucks!

Pregame Glance: Purdue

Written January 24th, 2011 by Eric

After their exciting and impressive win at Illinois on Saturday, the Buckeyes return to the friendly confines of Columbus to play what could very well be one of the biggest games of the season.  The Purdue Boilermakers, fresh off an impressive home victory of Michigan State, stand at 6-1 in Big Ten play and may very well be the toughest home test for the Bucks this season.  Let’s take a look.

That's not a Boilermaker! That's a train silly!

School: Purdue University
Location: West Lafayette, Indiana
Founded: 1869
Student Population: 39,697
School Type: Public
Division: NCAA
Conference: Big Ten
Stadium: Mackey Arena
Seating: 14,123
Built: 1967
Head Coach: Matt Painter
Year: 6th

Matt Painter’s Boilers came into the season riding high expectations – in fact, the highest expectations in the Big Ten outside of East Lansing.  Read More

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