#1 Ohio State 63 – #5 Purdue 52

The Boilermakers put forth a great effort today at the United Center taking on college basketballs #1 team, the Ohio State Buckeyes. The Buckeyes are also the #1 seed for the Big Ten Tournament. The #5 seed Boilers gave them all they could handle for most of the game. The game was back and forth for most of the game, but in the end the Boilers could not keep up. Ohio State looked like they could just turn it on and pull away at will, which they did at the end. Greg Oden had a great day for Ohio State. He scored 17 points, grabbed a tournament record 19 rebounds, and had four blocks. He was a force all day that the Boilers had no answer for. His dunk over the backs of Teague and Landry late in the game may have been the nail in the Boilers coffin. Carl Landry had his usual solid game for Purdue. He scored 24 points, and did everything that he could do to keep the Boilers in the game. David Teague started off strong grabbing rebounds and hitting threes to give the Boilers an early lead, but his cold shooting was a large part of the Boilers late game slump. This has been a fun team to watch in person this year, and I hope to get to see more of them on TV during the NCAA Tournament. They are 21-11 on the year, and have a great shot to get into the tournament. The win over Iowa should have sealed the deal, but the play against Ohio State may have helped show that they could play with the big boys.

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