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The Ohio State Buckeyes (12-7, 4-2) vs. Purdue Boilermakers (16-3, 4-2)

Date: Jan. 21, 2016
Site: Mackey Arena (14,846)
Game Time: 9 p.m.
Television: ESPN
Talent: Rece Davis (Play-By-Play)
Jim Calhoun (Expert Analysis)
None (Sideline)
Radio: OSU-IMG Sports Network (56 stations)
Satellite Radio: Sirius 84/XM 84
Local Radio: WBNS-FM 97.1, AM-1460
Radio Talent: Paul Keels (play-by-play)
Ron Stokes (Expert Anelysis)

Starting Five, Plus One
•    JaQuan Lyle earned Co-Big Ten freshman of the week after recording Ohio State’s fifth triple-double (16p/12r/11a) all-time last week in a win vs. Rutgers. He averaged 12.5 points, 7.5 rebounds and 7.5 assists last week. Ohio State has earned 22 league freshman of the week honors, the most in the Big Ten since the award was initiated in 2010-11.
•    JaQuan Lyle rates No. 2 nationally among freshmen in total assists with 99. Classmate Daniel Giddens is No. 5 in total blocks with 36 in the 2015-16 freshman class. As a team, Ohio State is No. 9-t nationally in total blocks with 111. The Buckeyes are No. 20 in defensive rebounds with 530. Lyle’s 11 assists (part of a triple-double vs. Rutgers 16p/12r/11a) are tied for the third-most in a game by an Ohio State freshman all-time. Giddens’ 36 blocks are tied for seventh in a single season among Ohio State freshmen all-time. Lyle’s season assist total is No. 7 among Ohio State freshmen all-time.
•    Ohio State has shot better from the field than its opponent in 16 of 19 games this season and is 12-7 to date. Ohio State outshot 23 opponents a year ago and was 23-0 in those games. In the Matta era, the Buckeyes have outshot foes 302 times and are 274-28 in those games (.907).
•    Thad Matta has coached 412 games at Ohio State, the third most in school history. Harold G. Olsen (1923-46) and Fred Taylor (1959-76), have reached 400 or more games at Ohio State. Olsen coached 456 (259-197) and Taylor 455 (297-158).
•    Currently, Matta has the second longest tenure in the Big Ten with 12 years on the sidelines in Columbus. Tom Izzo at Michigan State has been with the Spartans over the last 21 seasons.
•    As of Tuesday, opponents with wins vs. the Buckeyes this season are a combined 96-27 (.780) and 26-11 (.702) in their respective conferences.

Ohio State vs. Purdue Series
Purdue leads the all-time series with the Buckeyes 84-83. The Boilermakers are 55-26 in West Lafayette while the Buckeyes are 54-28 in Columbus. Ohio State is 3-1 on neutral courts. The game at Mackey Arena is the lone meeting of the year in regular season play. Thad Matta is 18-7 vs. the Boilermakers during his head coaching career, including a 17-7 record as head coach of the Buckeyes. He is 5-4 at Mackey Arena. All-time, Ohio State is 15-19 vs. ranked Purdue teams. Junior Marc Loving has faced Purdue the most among the current roster of Ohio State players with four career appearances. He averages 3.5 points and 2.3 rebounds. In two games last year, sophomore Jae’Sean Tate scored 10 points and grabbed nine rebounds. The Buckeyes have won seven of the last eight meetings with Purdue with the lone loss coming a season ago (60-58, Feb. 5, 2015) at Mackey Arena.

Last Time vs. Purdue
Shannon Scott hit three free throws in the final 24 seconds and D’Angelo Russell scored 28 points to lead Ohio State, which rebounded from a 12-point deficit, to a 65-61 victory over Purdue in Columbus (3/1/15). Sam Thompson added 14 points for the Buckeyes. A.J. Hammons had 16 points, Rapheal Davis 15 and Dakota Mathias 10 for Purdue. The Buckeyes took their first lead in almost 20 minutes when Russell hit an 18-foot jumper behind a high pick with 7:28 left. After falling behind by as many as four points, the Boilermakers regained the lead when Davis poured in a 3 from the top of the key with 2:54 remaining. The teams traded points until a Basil Smotherman miss was rebounded by Thompson. Coming out of a timeout, Russell beat Davis off the dribble to bank in a layup with 59 seconds left for a 60-59 Ohio State advantage. With 29 seconds left, late in the shot clock, Jon Octeus drove and his shot was blocked by Amir Williams. Scott was fouled on the rebound and hit the first of two for a 61-59 lead with 23 seconds to go. Purdue hustled the ball down the floor and called timeout. Davis missed a layup with Scott rebounding and drawing the foul. He hit both free throws to push the lead to 63-59.

Scouting the Boilermakers
Purdue enters the game with the Buckeyes ranked No. 22 nationally with a 16-3 overall record and a 4-2 slate in the Big Ten. The Boilers went 12-1 in non-conference play with their lone loss coming to Butler (74-68) in the Crossroads Classic in Indianapolis. Iowa and Illinois own wins against Purdue in Big Ten Conference play. Three Boilermakers average in double figures led by senior center A.J. Hammons’ 13.4 points a game. Sophomore center Isaac Haas follows with 10.9 points with freshman forward Caleb Swanigan close behind with 10.4 ppg. Swanigan leads the squad in rebounding with 8.9 boards a game.

Ohio State vs. The Big Ten
Ohio State begins its 104th season as a member of the Big Ten Conference in 2015-16. The Buckeyes own an overall record of 787-695 against current league members. Thad Matta, in 16 seasons as a head coach, owns an overall record of 162-72 vs. league members, including a mark of 158-69 while coaching the Buckeyes.  

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