Preview: #12 Purdue at #1 Ohio State

By Chris Lauderback on January 25, 2011 at 1:00p
177 Comments
JaJuan: 25 ppg, 54% shooting in last 4 games
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Fresh off a sterling 73-68 comeback victory in Champaign against an imposing Illinois squad, Thad Matta's Buckeyes again put their #1 national ranking and sole possession of 1st place in the B1G on the line tonight against Matt Painter's 12th ranked Purdue Boilermakers. Recent history has not been kind to OSU in this matchup as the Boilers have won three of the last four, including the lone blemish on OSU's home record a season ago, a 60-57 loss in which the Buckeyes came out flat and JaJuan Johnson lit up Dallas Lauderdale and company with 24 and 15 while E'Twaun Moore added 15 points, six boards and five dimes. John Diebler missed a decent look at a three as time expired.

Tonight figures to be another classic between two well coached teams with the outcome likely not decided until the final minute. Looking at the numbers in conference play, it's almost scary just how similar these teams have been to this point. How similar you ask? Here's a taste:

  • Scoring Offense: Purdue ranks 1st (76.6), Ohio State ranks 2nd (72.1)
  • Scoring Defense: Ohio State ranks 2nd (63.6), Purdue ranks 3rd (64.9)
  • Field Goal Percentage: Ohio State ranks 2nd (48.4%), Purdue ranks 3rd (47.3%)
  • 3PT Field Goal Percentage: Ohio State ranks 2nd (44.6%), Purdue ranks 3rd (42.1%)
  • Field Goal Percentage Defense: Purdue ranks 5th (44.2%), Ohio State ranks 6th (46.0%)
  • Turnover Margin: Both teams tied for 2nd with a +2.86 per game

What isn't so similar is that Purdue leans heavily on Johnson and Moore for scoring punch every night whereas OSU clearly leans on Sullinger but offers a much more balanced supporting cast thereafter. Purdue is also stronger on the boards producing a +5.7 Rebounding Margin in conference play with the Buckeyes checking in at a slipping -0.3 margin. Meanwhile, the Buckeyes defend the three point line better holding conference foes to 32% while Purdue surrenders a potentially troublesome 40% long distance clip.

# Name PTS REB ASST POS # Name PTS REB ASST
44 William Buford 13.4 4.1 3.4 G 23 Lewis Jackson 6.9 3.2 3.9
33 Jon Diebler 11.7 1.9 2.5 G 24 Ryne Smith 6.6 1.9 1.8
23 David Lighty 12.8 4.0 3.7 G 33 E'Twaun Moore 18.1 5.8 3.5
0 Jared Sullinger 17.9 10.2 1.4 F 50 Travis Carroll 1.5 2.2 0.3
52 Dallas Lauderdale 4.6 4.2 0.2 C 25 JaJuan Johnson 20.5 7.9 1.1

Opponent

Purdue is riding a modest two game winning streak on the heels of losing two straight roadies to Minnesota and West Virginia. Perimeter defense and an off night from Moore (2/14 FG) hurt the Boilers in the loss to the Gophers as Blake Hoffarber went off for 25 and Minny shot 43% from distance. West Virginia edged the Boilers 68-64 in Morgantown three days later in a physical affair that saw the Mountaineers win the glass 37-29 and hold Purdue to six points during a crucial seven and a half minute stretch. Johnson was a freak of nature in both games averaging 27.5 points and nine boards against some rough and tumble front lines though WVU wasn't quite as long on the baseline as Minnesota.

Looking to get back to their winning ways, Purdue welcomed what we know as a pesky Penn State team to West Lafayette and needed all 40 minutes with Johnson hitting an 18 foot jumper with three seconds left to pull out a 63-62 victory. The bucket gave Johnson 25 points on the night and Moore chipped in with 16. As I alluded to earlier, Purdue got little help elsewhere - no other Boiler recorded more than six points or three rebounds. Amazingly, the stat sheet says Purdue turned it over just three times on the night.

Painter's crew followed up the PSU win with a 10 point home victory over Sparty buoyed by 26 points from Moore, 20 out of Johnson and an electrifying career high 19 point effort from 5'9" junior point guard Lewis Jackson. The diminutive sparkplug blew by Kalin Lucas at will at the offensive end and held Lucas to 3/16 at the other in support of the two big guns. Jackson's effectiveness offensively is a huge key to watch tonight. If Craft can stay in front of him, Moore and Johnson will have to work harder for open looks.

Ryne Smith, a 6'3" junior guard has been quiet in his last four conference outings (3.5 ppg, 1.7 apg) after opening the B1G campaign with a totally out of character 17.0 ppg including 20 on the road in State College. Primarily a three point shooting threat, Smith is 2nd on the team with 36 three pointers made on the strength of an impressive 49.3% mark from distance.

The final starter spot is has been somewhat of a turnstile with 6'9" Travis Carroll getting the call against Sparty. He logged just eight minutes with no points and one board after averaging nearly 15 minutes in the previous five contests. A pair of 6'5" wings, D.J. Byrd (4.9 ppg) and Kelsey Barlow (5.8 ppg) will also see rotational minutes tonight with some other guys like 6'2" Terone Johnson and maybe 6'2" John Hart tossed into the back end of Painter's 8-9 man rotation.

Buckeye Breakdown

The real question at hand in this one is how Thad Matta will scheme to defend Johnson and Moore. In the road win over Purdue last year, Matta chose to front Johnson with a wing as Dallas played behind limiting Johnson to just five shots (2/5, 4 pts) but that freed up Hummel and Moore to the tune of 54 points on 36 shots. Obviously, the Boilers don't have Hummel this time around plus the Buckeyes have a kid named Sullinger on the roster. Still, it begs the question of whether Matta will elect to have Sully guard Johnson straight up (when Dallas is on the pine for his usual 25-30 min) or have a wing front Johnson in the post from time to time.

The other key, slowing Moore, could fall on a few different defenders though I think Lighty is best suited for the task especially considering Purdue simply isn't that big. Carroll, at 6'9" would have to be defended by Lighty if Dallas wasn't out there with Sullinger but he doesn't typically play many minutes meaning Lighty should be on Moore when Purdue goes with their predominantly smaller lineup. I've read elsewhere that Craft should draw the Moore assignment but I don't see it. Craft's job in this one should be to disrupt Jackson's point guard responsibilities and keep him out of the paint so he cannot drive and dish to Johnson and Moore for easy points.

Offensively, Buford has faired well against the Boilers over his career averaging 14.6 ppg on 55% from the floor. Said to be fully healed from a ankle twist at Illinois, I see no reason not to expect the same output tonight. He averaged 15.7 in the three contests prior shooting 7/12 from distance. Given the fact Purdue has allowed teams to shoot 40% from three point land, you'd think Diebler might have a chance to go off though he scored just 6 and 10 points respectively in last year's matchups. Like Diebler, Lighty also contributed very little in two matchups against Purdue last year with a combined nine points on 3/15 shooting.

With no Evan Turner for everyone to stand and watch, I understand that these numbers may not be overly significant but might that mean my man Deshaun Thomas could have another impact performance? The kid was instrumental in the Illinois win and against a smallish Purdue front line, he might be able to do the same if given the opportunity.

Finally, let's see what Sullinger can do against Johnson on the low block. With Johnson's length and agility, I don't see Sully taking him out to 15 feet and facing him up. Sullinger's best bet is to rely on his usual relentless effort establishing position and going right at Johnson in an effort to pick up some fouls and points from the stripe. Johnson will block some shots and Painter will likely double Sully early and gamble on some perimeter misses so he must continue his growth passing out of double teams, specifically turning and swinging the ball to the other side of the court creating either driving lanes or open jumpers. If the Buckeyes are hitting a decent percentage of their jumpers, they move to 21-0.

Etc

  • Ohio State is 21-4 against Purdue when entering the game ranked in the Top 25.
  • When ranked #1, Ohio State is 3-0 against the Boilers.
  • Ohio State has won 5 of 7 games when both teams entered the contest ranked in the Top 25.
177 Comments

Comments

RBuck's picture

Hopefully Sully can get Johnson in foul trouble and not vise-versa.

"It's just another case of there you are". ~ Doc (1918-2012)

ERIC OSU's picture

I don't know what anyone else thinks, but I can see thad putting David lighty on jajuan Johnson tonight. David has proven in the past he can defend guys taller than him(see Derek favors of georgia tech last year) and I think its better to keep sully under the hoop on defense since he is basically the only rebounding force... we all know jj will be out on the perimeter plenty tonight.. thoughts?

Is it Saturday Yet's picture

If Hummel were healthy this would have been #1 vs #2 and I would be much more nervous than I am right now. 

Buckeye_Mafia's picture

Based on the Etc. Bullet Points, it seems we are poised to be 21-0 after tonight. But its not a bad game to lose. Its still early, Purdue is a legit top 10 team (I know they are ranked #12th), and a legit Big Ten conference champ contender.

Adolphus Washington is half grizzly bear and half dragon | Noah Spence kills quarterbacks, just to watch them die.

buckeye33's picture

Bob Batist on David Lighty

[bob baptist] Can't say ever. But he is very athletic. I do wish that sometimes he'd dial back the athleticism on some of his forays to the hoop and look for a better shot for him or someone else. 

I echo those sentiments !!!! Shoot the 3 when you are squared to the hoop & you'll avoid those airballs.

Irricoir's picture

Good Luck Buckeys!

I don't always take names when I kick ass but when I do, they most often belong to a Wolverine.

Dean's picture

Dammit, my housemates are throwing a State of the Union party at 9:00, so no basketball for me.  Lame.

Corey Carpenter's picture

Dean, I think it is your duty to go to the nearest establishment that is showing the game and watch it or roll over to the Schott, there are still tickets.

Dean's picture

Alas, no bars nearby show Ohio State, and Boston is too far from the Schott to drive at this point.  I talked my dad into buying tickets, though, so I figure I did my duty.

Corey Carpenter's picture

Oh Boston is a sweet, sweet city. Chris, Jason and I had many memories in the 48 hours we were there back in the day and I know there has to be a bar that simply has ESPN on. Thad Matta should be a growing legend around those parts and the Celtics play the Cavs tonight, so that game should be over by 9.

Reens's picture

I had to travel to Boston several times for work and found Game On (at Fenway) is a Buckeye backer bar. It was awesome to be sporting OSU gear, surrounded by people doing the same, so far from home. It's in the lower level of the bar.

Dean's picture

Hmmm... thanks for the tip.  That's about a little over an hour from me (walking + time on the subway), so maybe I'll sneak out there for the NCAA Tournament.  Turns out my housemate has been hiding a tv in his room, so, sorry Obama, I'll be watching the Bucks.

KenK's picture

Dean, maybe your housemates can go over to Off Tackle empire; I bet their legal beagles are hosting a SOTU live blog.

Johnny Hooker: "He's not as tough as he thinks". Henry Gondorff: "Neither are we".

blazers34's picture

damn, when I was in college there was no way in HELL that I would have a state of the union party.

Dean's picture

Law school students sure know how to party!

blazers34's picture

lol, i guess you get a pass. 

gwalther's picture

Haha. We know how to drink still, but our partying probably peaked in our college years. That is, if you're actually doing WELL in law school it peaked during your college years. By the way, the proportion of bitches/good girls in law school is about 10 to 1. I recommend an MBA.

Class of 2008

Chris Lauderback's picture

For all of you watching at home, I hope FLA/GA finishes up on time. Looks like a 5 point game right now.

JakeBuckeye's picture

espn3.com sucks when you have to watch an entire game that you actually care about on it, but its useful for these types of situations.

Chris Lauderback's picture

Most media I've seen for any game so far, as expected. Place is crawling with sportcoats equipped with elbow patches.

Chris Lauderback's picture

Word is 24 NBA scouts are in the house tonight.

ERIC OSU's picture

hahahhaha i said the exact same two words.

TLB's picture

Coach at UGA has done a good job rebuilding that program from the Herrick mess.

ERIC OSU's picture

agreed. remember that year UGA had to win the SEC tourney to get into the tourney and were seeded as a 14 seed? Bulldog program was U.G.L.Y

tomcollins's picture

Is there any SEC team that doesn't play Battle Hymn of the Republic as a fight song?

Is it Saturday Yet's picture

Ugh!!!! Tell me I can watch the start somewhere else?????

JakeBuckeye's picture

tip off is in 5 minutes. We shouldn't miss too much unless this turns into a real double OT nightmare.

Bobcat04's picture

This is the flaw of college basketball programming.  Can't count the times I've missed parts of games I've cared about for the end of games I care nothing about.

Is it Saturday Yet's picture

Watching in SD on ESPN! Damn love HD.

TLB's picture

hurts the eyes

Is it Saturday Yet's picture

Buffffffffffoooooorrrrrdddddddddd!!!!!!!!!

TLB's picture

Set-shot Buford came to play

ERIC OSU's picture

whats going on?????? hahaaah f- this sec trash game? 2 buford threes?

Buckman82's picture

channel 210 for directv

TLB's picture

thanks man.  much better than 4letter3

TLB's picture

Can we have an I hate Florida party?

JakeBuckeye's picture

Haha. Double over time. What the f*** did we do to deserve this?!?!?

Is it Saturday Yet's picture

Fuuuuuuuuuuuuuu you know the rest. Stuck in double OT?

Buckeyebrowny919's picture

oh..my...god..they tied it again

To give anything less than your best, is to sacrifice the gift - Steve Prefontaine

TLB's picture

JJ in hat and leggings

Is it Saturday Yet's picture

Wooooooooooooooo!!!! Lovin this!

TLB's picture

TALK IT OVER!

 

Craft catches everyone we play by surprise

ERIC OSU's picture

anyone give us a quick update? im still stuck on this BS SEC game

TLB's picture

16 - 5

Buford with 2 threes

Sully with 4

Thomas and Craft with threes

TLB's picture

forgot Diebler with a tre

Buckman82's picture

thomas gets buckets....

tampa buckeye's picture

what the f is going on here 19-5 ...he's on firrrrreeeee

TLB's picture

and Lighty scores

 

6 guys with points in less than 10 minutes

ERIC OSU's picture

thank you all for updates... only thing keeping me sane watching this s**t is were up by 12. lol

Leanenaud's picture

I hate this! Battle Hymn, one more time!

Chris Lauderback's picture

21-7 good guys at 11:31 mark. OSU 5/6 from deep.

TLB's picture

Since we are in a TO, I will change the subject

 

Anyone see the news about 12 Iowa players hospitalized with Rhabdomyolysis, some kind of kidney thing?   Caused from an excessive workout?

Can't help but wonder if steroids were involved.

tampa buckeye's picture

Steroids wouldn't cause that.  However acute vaginaness could very well be responsible.

TLB's picture

Then someone might want to monitor their workouts

Nik's picture

yeah, steroids shouldn't be causing that.  Generally it's a result of working out too much after not working out for a while, something like a seizure, or even some meds, but generally not anabolic steroids.  Although I could see how using anabolics might cause someone to work out more than they can handle, resulting in rhabdo.  Seems like a bit of a stretch imo though

Chris Lauderback's picture

purdue 3/10 with 3 to's

RedQueenRace's picture

I'm also cursed with only the Fl/GA game.

Good D or is Purdue sloppy?

TLB's picture

awesome on both ends

Is it Saturday Yet's picture

Craft & Johnson jump ball would have been great....

TLB's picture

Sully threw an elbow

Is it Saturday Yet's picture

Take out your notebooks purdont class is in session.

TLB's picture

Man, we look good.

Chris Lauderback's picture


Craft with back to back sick layups. purdue forced to call another to...26-9 with 9:44 left

ERIC OSU's picture

haha and i have missed the entire beautiful run...fml and the sec, 10 pt florida lead with 40 secs left and they are still airing this garbage

RedQueenRace's picture

And freaking GA is fouling.

JakeBuckeye's picture

Really guys? Fouling down by twelve? That's effing bullshit.

tomcollins's picture

I don't think I've ever seen a team win by 13 in OT.

William's picture

They go the OSU game and of course two seconds in they cut to commercial, ESPN is garbage...

Is it Saturday Yet's picture

Lighty caught em sleepin

TLB's picture

he has done that a lot the past 2 games

Is it Saturday Yet's picture

Diebs caught em sleepin too

TLB's picture

that dude is Crafty

William's picture

Craft making Johnson look like a schoolgirl...

Powers's picture

I am buying a #4 Ohio State Basketball jersey after this game..... no wait right now

ERIC OSU's picture

good call by the announcer... craft flat out embarressed johnson

TLB's picture

This Purdue or the Washingon Generals?

Is it Saturday Yet's picture

Bullshit foul calls. Crowd sounds nice.

TLB's picture

yeah, but at least this crew can get up and down the floor

TLB's picture

Chris,

You got your Zubaz on?

ERIC OSU's picture

sullinger trying to guard jajuan at the 3 point line is going to be tough... i would like lighty on him personally

tomcollins's picture

More like tough for Jajuan to guard Sully at the 3 point line.

ERIC OSU's picture

seriously, what can the kid not do? i wouldnt be surprised if sully came out of the locker room floating above the floor.

Powers's picture

Johnson starting to feel it

TLB's picture

That camera angle makes the Schott look like a good arena

Is it Saturday Yet's picture

Matta for life! Are you kidding me?

TLB's picture

LOL........Sully with a 3

 

Do we really have to have a halftime?

tomcollins's picture

I have a feeling Purdue might just get on the bus and head home.

Matt's picture

Let's hope Craft was just posturing with the ankle limp.  Like Thad said, Purdue will make a run or two in the second half.  I'm more interested to see how poised and focused this squad stays.  I really like the energy in the first half, especially the way Thomas was playing extremely tough defense even when we were up 20.  These boys need to keep up the tempo.

Powers's picture

You know we will let them get back in it and probably cut it to 8

tomcollins's picture

When you are up by 20, I'm not terribly worried about letting the other team get a run.  They need 4 runs just to get it competitive.

TLB's picture

not if you got your lucky #4 jersey on

Bobcat04's picture

For the first 15 minutes of the game last Saturday, Kansas looked unstoppable at home against Texas.  Second half, not so much.  Need to take a lesson and stay focused.  All we've got to is keep them at an arms length...

Bish's picture

Sully had a pretty quiet half, I expect him to have a HUGE second half.

TLB's picture

Same with your OU this weekend

ERIC OSU's picture

have to mention that deshaun thomas demeanor and energy on defense have done a complete 360 from the beginning of the year.

TLB's picture

uh oh.........officials will keep it as close as they can

Bobcat04's picture

Wow.  Pretty s#itty start to the 2nd.  2 fouls already.

TLB's picture

wow.  sully has a nice shot

Buckeye Black's picture

DIEEEEBS on the block

RoweTrain's picture

or should i say BUUUUUU!!

TLB's picture

GOES THE DYNAMITE!!!

Powers's picture

this just a fantastic game to watch.

whippd1's picture

Did I just see that right??  Diebler stuffing JuJuan???  You know all is going your way when that happens!

Is it Saturday Yet's picture

Diebs blocking that shot is the next "this happened"

EDIT because nest doesn't make any sense

ERIC OSU's picture

jajuan continues to get embarressed by white guards...craft, diebler

Bobcat04's picture

Should be OSU's ball.

Run_Fido_Run's picture

When diebs gets a block on a big man, you know it's your night.

Reminds me (knock on wood) of the Purdue home game back in '99, which was like a 30 pt blowout, but this Purdue team is much better than that one.  

Johnny Ginter's picture

these refs are preeetty bad

Bobcat04's picture

Didn't seem so awful in the 1st, but they must have noticed, and are making up for it.

ERIC OSU's picture

i didnt even get into the game telecast until the 9:00 minute mark in the 1st (2ot sec game) and i still have seen the tebow commercial now 4 times.

Buckeye Black's picture

Purdue fans over at Hammer and Rails are hilarious.

Bobcat04's picture

What are they saying?  That board is usually so arrogant it hurts.

Buckeye Black's picture

Before the game they were all saying this wasn't a big game since they get us at home later.  A few minutes into the game they are yelling about how they didn't show up to the biggest game of the year.

ERIC OSU's picture

agreed.. purdue basketball fans (H&R) and penn state football fans (BSD) are the most obnoxious and irrational fans around. i thoroughly enjoy watching both blogs cry after a victory

Bobcat04's picture

We're blowing out Purdue, and JJJ is going to have 40.

TLB's picture

Geez......it's a 20 point game, stop calling touch fouls

Run_Fido_Run's picture

Thomas is bad motha.

Dean's picture

Thomas is turning into the guy we need him to be.  Awesome.

Johnny Ginter's picture

deshaun is kind of feast or famine, if the shots are falling for him he's my favorite person ever. i like his attitude a ton though

TLB's picture

yeah.  he had no idea how to play defense when he got here, but gets better with every game

Buckeye Black's picture

Hopefully he won't be a Daequan Cook.  DIEBS!!!

Bobcat04's picture

Hummel hates life.

William's picture

Thomas with the assist.

Run_Fido_Run's picture

4 point plays, diebs blocking big men, thomas playing lock down D, cats & dogs living together, mass hysteria . . .

Bobcat04's picture

+1  Awesome Ghostbusters reference.

Run_Fido_Run's picture

Funny thing is, Lighty is playing great too yet is an afterthought.

TLB's picture

Johnson tired of getting schooled by Craft

William's picture

Diebler just took a right hook, and no call...

RoweTrain's picture

They say Freak
When you're singled out
The Redd
Well, it filters through

So lay down
The threat is real
When his sight
Goes Redd again

Seeing Redd again
Seeing Redd again

TLB's picture

Dakich loves him some Buckeyes

tomcollins's picture

6 players with 10 points.  Need Lauderdale to get 6 more IMO.

William's picture

Think Lauderdale just broke the backboard with those freethrows..

Run_Fido_Run's picture

It's all good. If Lauderdale had made those FTs, I probably would have woke up from my nap, looked at the clock and saw that it was 8:50 pm, almost time for the Purdue game tipoff.

ERIC OSU's picture

i think it has gotten to the point that he needs to try something new... granny style???

RedQueenRace's picture

Lol.  The Hammer and Rails guys seem to have taken a disliking to Craft.

whippd1's picture

If he were on an opposing team, I may not like him but I'd definitely respect him

Bobcat04's picture

Wait'll next year, when the only hope they'll have to compete is that Hummel can recover from 2 ACL tears.  After that, they're thin.

ERIC OSU's picture

true purdue fan style!!!! doesnt surprise me..

JakeBuckeye's picture

Well "we weren't any better than MSU, honestly" yesterday night. I hadn't realized the comedy that is Hammer and Rails until Sunday.

JakeBuckeye's picture

Deshaun Thomas may just be becoming the glue of this team.

RedQueenRace's picture

Buford with a nice night.  Announcers were focused on Craft and Sully but WB was on fire.

RedQueenRace's picture

And according to the boxscore the leading rebounder was .... Diebler!

The_Lurker's picture

Diebler didn't get credit for that block? WTF?