April 20, 2024

Ohio State Buckeyes made a statement on Sunday afternoon. In Jake Diebler’s first game as the Buckeyes head coach, the almighty Buckeyes pulled an upset on one of the best basketball teams in the nation, the No. 2 Purdue Boilermakers with the final score of 73-69. It’s not easy to win on the road. Anyone can be beaten. The Buckeyes picked up their 15-win of the season. They are four games above .500. This is one of the best games of the season for the Buckeyes and arguably the biggest win of the season. The Buckeyes have lost 6 of their last seven games before facing Purdue.

Ohio State led 35-30 by halftime. They played solid basketball and played even better in the second half. At one point, they went on a 9-0 run which they led by as many as 12 points. Purdue managed to make a run of their own to make the game more interesting. But Ohio State said not on our watch. They kept their poise and composure and got the job done. You saw a team that left it all on the court.

Bruce Thornton led the Buckeyes with 22 points, four rebounds and three assists. Battle added 19 points while shooting 3-of-5 from the perimeter.

Purdue may have won the rebound game against Ohio State, but the turnovers were one of their biggest Achilles heel in this game. Purdue had 14 turnovers. Ohio State had just six. Both teams didn’t shoot well from the third-point line, but the Buckeyes made more field goals than the Boilermakers (48% to 43%). As for Coach Diebler, he became the second head coach since 1996-97 to beat an AP Top-10 team in their Division I coaching debut.

Ohio State will go back on the road to take on Minnesota on Tuesday at 8pm.

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