Buckeyes seek their third-straight win, host Purdue tonight at The Schott

After two impressive wins over ranked teams on the road, the No. 25 Ohio State Buckeyes return home to host Purdue tonight. Tip-off at Value City Arena is scheduled for 6:00 p.m. ET.

Aaron Craft #4 of the Ohio State Buckeyes passes the ball off as Bryson Scott #12 of the Purdue Boilermakers defends at Mackey Arena on December 31, 2013 in West Lafayette, Indiana. (Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images)

Aaron Craft #4 of the Ohio State Buckeyes passes the ball off as Bryson Scott #12 of the Purdue Boilermakers defends at Mackey Arena on December 31, 2013 in West Lafayette, Indiana. (Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images)

TV and Radio:

Tonight’s game will be televised on BTN with Eric Collins and Jim Jackson. On your terrestrial radio dial, WBNS-FM 97.1 The Fan is the flagship station for the 56 outlets on the Ohio State IMG Sports Network. Paul Keels will call the play-by-play with analysis from Ron Stokes. The game can also be heard live via satellite on Sirius 91 and XM 91.

Buckeye Notes:

Ohio State’s rollercoaster season continues.

After winning 15-straight games to begin the campaign, the Buckeyes then dropped five of their next six. But in span of three days, OSU reeled off back-to-back road wins over two ranked teams, Wisconsin and Iowa, as the Scarlet & Gray seem to be back on the upswing.

Ohio State was ranked as high as No. 3 in the country before the Buckeyes lost four games in a row to drop to 15-4 overall on Jan. 20. After defeating Illinois on Jan. 23, Ohio State then loss to Penn State at home, 71-70 in overtime.

Since that loss, though, the Buckeyes have won on the road at both Wisconsin and Iowa to move to 18-5 overall and back into a tie for fourth place in the league standings.

As a team, Ohio State is averaging 72.1 points per game, while allowing just 59.3 points per contest, good for seventh nationally. Opponents are shooting just 40.0 percent against the Buckeyes and just 25.9 percent from long distance which places OSU tops in the country in three-point field goal defense.

Junior forward LaQuinton Ross leads the team in scoring at 14.1 points per game and senior guard Lenzelle Smith Jr. is second at 11.8 points per outing. Junior center Amir Williams contributes 9.2 points and a team-best 6.2 rebounds per contest. The team’s MVP, senior point guard Aaron Craft, is averaging 9.4 points, 4.9 assists and 2.6 steals per game. Craft has moved into second place on the all-time Big Ten career steals list and already has 59 swipes in just 23 games this year.

Boilermaker Notes:

Purdue enters the game with a 14-9 overall record and a 4-6 mark in the Big Ten. The Boilermakers had lost four-straight before defeating Minnesota 77-74 in three overtimes on Wednesday.

Backcourt mates and siblings, Terone Johnson (12.8 ppg) and Ronnie Johnson (10.7 ppg) lead Purdue offensively with center A.J. Hammons (10.4 ppg.) also contributing double figures. Hammons is the team leader in rebounds at 7.3 boars per contest. Hammons broke out against Ohio State to the tune of 18 points, 16 rebounds, five blocked shots and four assists at Mackey Arena in W. Lafayette on Dec. 31.

Last Time Out – Dec. 31. 2013:

Ohio State’s LaQuinton Ross tallied career highs in points (25) and rebounds (12) and Aaron Craft flirted with a triple-double (7 pts, 8 rebs, 10 asts) as the Buckeyes broke open a close game in the second half for a 78-69 victory in the Big Ten opener for both teams. The game was tied at 46-46, but a 19-7 Buckeyes’ run over seven-plus minutes gave Ohio State the cushion it needed to exit Mackey Arena with the win.

Series History:

Tonight’s contest marks the 170th meeting between the two teams with the Buckeyes owning an 86-83 lead. Also of note, the 86 losses Purdue has suffered at the hands of the Buckeyes are the second-most against any team in school history trailing only Indiana at 88. Ohio State is also the only Big Ten school to own an all-time winning record against the Boilermakers.

Purdue is 1-11 all-time at Value City Arena with the lone victory coming in Feb. 2010 (60-57). Since the 1998-99 season, Purdue is just 6-22 against the Buckeyes.

2013-14 TEAM STATISTICS

NO. 25 OHIO STATE BUCKEYES
18-5, 5-5 Big Ten
OSU
OPP
Points Per Game
72.1
59.3
Field Goals Made-Att.
564-1240
503-1257
Field Goal Pct.
.455
.400
3-Pt. Field Goals Made-Att.
152-434
101-390
3-Pt. Field Goal Pct.
.350
.259
3-Pt. FGs Made Per Game
6.6
4.4
Free Throws Made-Att.
379-545
257-374
Free Throw Pct.
.695
.687
FTs Made Per Game
16.5
11.2
Rebounds Per Game
34.6
34.6
Assists Per Game
12.7
8.8
Turnovers Per Game
11.3
14.7
Assist-to-Turnover Ratio
1.1
0.6
Steals Per Game
7.7
3.9
Blocks Per Game
4.2
3.0

PURDUE BOILERMAKERS
14-9, 4-6 Big Ten
PUR
OPP
Points Per Game
73.8
70.4
Field Goals Made-Att.
608-1421
551-1329
Field Goal Pct.
.428
.415
3-Pt. Field Goals Made-Att.
129-393
138-440
3-Pt. Field Goal Pct.
.328
.314
3-Pt. FGs Made Per Game
5.6
6.0
Free Throws Made-Att.
352-538
379-535
Free Throw Pct.
.654
.708
FTs Made Per Game
15.3
16.5
Rebounds Per Game
40.0
36.2
Assists Per Game
13.5
12.1
Turnovers Per Game
11.9
12.7
Assist-to-Turnover Ratio
1.1
1.0
Steals Per Game
6.2
6.4
Blocks Per Game
5.7
5.7
PROBABLE LINEUPS & INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS
OHIO STATE BUCKEYES
Pos. No. Name Ht. Wt. Cl. MPG PPG RPG APG FG% 3FG% FT%
C 23 Amir Williams 6-11 250 Jr. 24.0 9.2 6.2 0.3 .624 .000 .679
F 10 LaQuinton Ross 6-8 220 Jr. 27.1 14.1 5.5 0.9 .429 .414 .700
G 32 Lenzelle Smith Jr. 6-4 210 Sr. 28.1 11.8 5.0 1.4 .438 .366 .773
G 4 Aaron Craft 6-2 195 Sr. 34.7 9.4 3.4 4.9 .479 .382 .742
G 3 Shannon Scott 6-1 185 Jr. 27.8 7.7 3.7 3.6 .433 .274 .705
Key Reserves:
F 12 Sam Thompson 6-7 200 Jr. 23.4 7.2 2.9 1.0 .438 .326 .674
F 2 Marc Loving 6-7 215 Fr. 12.6 5.7 2.1 0.3 .387 .277 .789
G 33 Amedeo Della Valle 6-5 190 So. 12.8 5.0 1.9 0.3 .389 .367 .625
PURDUE BOILERMAKERS
Pos. No. Name Ht. Wt. Cl. MPG PPG RPG APG FG% 3FG% FT%
C 20 A.J. Hammons 7-0 251 So. 23.9 10.9 7.4 0.6 .506 .000 .675
F 5 Basil Smotherman 6-5 222 Fr. 20.0 5.7 3.9 0.8 .596 .100 .600
G 0 Terone Johnson 6-4 198 Jr. 30.7 12.6 3.9 2.2 .411 .370 .587
G 1 Sterling Carter 6-0 193 Sr. 15.2 4.5 1.9 1.0 .340 .266 .611
G 3 Ronnie Johnson 6-0 178 So. 27.0 10.7 2.8 3.8 .429 .353 .652
Key Reserves:
F 32 Errick Peck 6-6 223 Sr. 19.2 4.4 4.8 0.8 .467 .364 .556
C 21 Kendall Stephens 6-6 193 Fr. 19.0 7.3 1.6 0.7 .355 .367 .800
G 12 Bryson Scott 6-1 201 Fr. 16.2 7.2 2.4 1.3 .373 .500 .747