Purdue Falls To No. 7 Ohio State In Quarterfinals, 88-72
Jared Sullinger had a season-high 30 points and grabbed 12 rebounds to help No. 7 Ohio State beat Purdue 88-71 on Friday night in the Big Ten tournament quarterfinals. Deshaun Thomas had 22 points and seven rebounds, and William Buford scored nine of his 11 points in the second half for the third-seeded Buckeyes (26-6). Ohio State shot 61 percent to post its second-best scoring output of the season and outrebounded Purdue 39-28. The Buckeyes will play No. 10 Michigan in a semifinal on Saturday. The Wolverines defeated Minnesota 73-69 in overtime in an earlier quarterfinal.
Tip: 9:05 p.m. ET Television: ESPN (Tirico/Dakich). Radio: Purdue Sports Network (Clisby/Blackman/Taylor/Scott). National Radio: Sirius 92; XM 190. Rankings: Purdue - NR/NR; Ohio State - 15 (AP)/14 (ESPN/USA Today). Live Stats: Live stats are available via purduesports.com.
» Winners of three of its last four, Purdue will conclude a seven-day stretch in which it faces three ranked teams to start Big Ten play on Tuesday when it squares off with Ohio State at Mackey Arena.
» The Boilermakers earned a home win over No. 11/14 Illinois on Jan. 2 in their Big Ten opener before dropping a hard-fought contest at 18th-ranked Michigan State on Saturday; Purdue has defeated at least one ranked team in 36 of the last 37 seasons.
» Purdue is 105-18 (.854) overall and 48-14 (.774) in Big Ten play at Mackey Arena under head coach Matt Painter; the Boilers' last meeting with Ohio State on Keady Court resulted in a 13-point win over a second-ranked OSU squad on the strength of a career-high 38 points from E'Twaun Moore.
» Junior Terone Johnson was stellar during the opening week of Big Ten play, averaging team-highs of 18.0 points and 4.0 assists per game, while adding 5.5 rebounds per contest; the Indianapolis native had a career-high 25 on 9-of-18 shooting against Illinois the last time he played on Keady Court.
» After a slow start, Terone Johnson has averaged 14.9 points on 41.0 percent shooting (55-of-134), while adding 5.5 rebounds per game, over Purdue's last 10 contests; he has reached double figures in points in 18 of his last 21 games.
» In its last four games, Purdue has been guilty of an average of just 9.3 turnovers per game; the Boilers own a +3.8 turnover margin and a 1.5 assist-to-turnover ratio in those games, with freshman Ronnie Johnson averaging 4.0 assists per game with a 2.0 ATR in that span.
» The Boilers have scored 116 of their 202 points (57.4 percent) over their last three games in the painted area; for the year, Purdue is averaging 32.1 points per game in the paint and outscoring opponents by an average of 7.3 points per game on the block.
» Freshman center A.J. Hammons is Purdue's second-leading scorer with an average of 10.1 points per game on 52.2 percent shooting from the floor; he is coming off of a 20-point effort at Michigan State on Saturday and has scored in double figures in five of Purdue's last seven games.
» The leading freshman shot blocker in the Big Ten (all games) with an average of 1.6 per game, Hammons already ranks second among freshman in Painter's tenure and seventh among freshman in program history with 23 total blocks.
» Purdue ranks second in the Big Ten with an average of 14.4 offensive rebounds per game (all games), having led or tied in that category in all but two of its games this season; despite ranking second in the league as a team, Purdue's top offensive rebounder - center A.J. Hammons - ranks just 13th in the Big Ten (all games) with an average of 2.2 per game.
» Purdue's aggressiveness on the offensive glass has led to an average margin of +5.4 second-chance points per game; the Boilers are outscoring opponents by a count of 167-91 on second chances this season.