How do you repay a team that beat you by 23? By beating them with a double-digit win on your home court. Purdue did just that with a 76-63 win over Ohio State.
Purdue played well on both ends. They were patient on offense and took what Ohio State's defense gave them. On defense, they held the Buckeyes to 38 percent shooting from the field, 27 percent shooting behind the arc and forced the Buckeyes to commit 18 turnovers.
Of course, one player's performance stood above the rest.
E'Twaun Moore was unstoppable. He did a great job creating off the dribble. He finished the game with 38 points and five assists, and his performance was one of the reasons why Purdue was able to win.
Meanwhile, the Buckeyes must figure out what went wrong.
Ohio State made some uncharacteristic mistakes. They made mental mistakes on defense, which led to easy baskets, and a lack of communication on offense was responsible for some of their 18 turnovers.
There were some bright spots. Aaron Craft played an excellent game on the defensive end, and his hustle was outstanding. If the rest of the team played consistently as hard as Craft, they would never lose. Jared Sullinger was the Buckeyes' only consistent performer on offense, finishing with 25 points.
These were the only two Buckeyes to show up.
David Lighty didn't play his best game. Dallas Lauderdale and Deshaun Thomas played a combined 24 minutes for a total of zero points, and William Buford was also a non-factor.
Granted, Purdue played great defense, but this is what Ohio State will face in the tournament. They're going to need someone to step up and make shots when it counts. Today, no one did that.
Now things become interesting on both the Big Ten and national landscape.
The Big Ten title race is heating up. Purdue is only one game behind Ohio State. The Buckeyes' remaining games are against Illinois, Indiana, Penn State and Wisconsin. Purdue has Indiana, Michigan State, Illinois and Iowa. Ohio State has the potential to win out, but must play more consistently in order to do so.
Nationally, it becomes even wilder.
The top four teams in the nation lost this week. This shows there's not a dominant team in college basketball this season. It also means the NCAA tournament is going to be unpredictable, which is just the way we like it.
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