Purdue Boilermakers at Ohio State Buckeyes

Purdue Boilermakers Preview

The Purdue Boilermakers enter their Saturday visit to Ohio State after seeing their three-game Big Ten winning streak end Tuesday with an 88-76 loss to Penn State. The 88 points marked a season-high yield for a Boilermakers team that ranked No. 18 in the nation in adjusted defensive efficiency through Thursday, per KenPom.com.  

Matt Haarms ranks among the nation’s leaders at 1.96 blocks per game. He swatted two against Penn State, but Purdue’s defensive woes extended more beyond the 3-point arc: The Nittany Lions shot a torrid 53.8 percent from deep. On the season, though, Boilermakers opponents are making just 29.8 percent of their 3-point attempts. 

Ohio State Buckeyes Preview

A 72-66 win over Rutgers on Wednesday marked four wins in the past five games for the Ohio State Buckeyes, who have reinvigorated their NCAA Tournament resume. Ohio State has held five of its past six opponents under 70 points, and it kept three below 60 points.  

The Buckeyes welcome Purdue into Value City Arena on Saturday with the nation’s No. 23-ranked defense in adjusted efficiency and an offense ranked No. 19, per KenPom.com. Andre Wesson (45.7 percent), Kaleb Wesson (42 percent) and Duane Washington Jr. (38.6 percent) lead Ohio State’s impressive 3-point shooting, while Kyle Young’s 62.2 percent shooting inside the arc supplements the Buckeyes on the interior.