by David Cassilo / @dcassilo
If one thing is for certain after the top two teams in the Big Ten faced off on Tuesday, it is that Ohio State is far-and-away the best team in the conference. The Buckeyes got little competition from Purdue in an easy 87-64 victory.
Ohio State spread the wealth in the win, as it had six players score in double-figures. Super-freshman Jared Sullinger continued his strong play with a steady 17 points and 7 rebounds, while junior guard William Buford paced the team with 19 points.
While the Buckeyes saw Kansas fall from the ranks of the unbeaten on its home floor, they made sure the same fate did not come their way. With a two-game lead over the rest of the Big Ten, Ohio State will be tough to catch for the rest of the season.
Count Purdue’s head coach as one of the many impressed by the Buckeyes.
From The Columbus Dispatch:
“Any time you have a lot of talent, you don’t get credit for your toughness and commitment to defense,” Purdue coach Matt Painter said. “Ohio State has a lot of toughness, they have experience, and they’re a very good defensive team. They showed it tonight.”
Tuesday’s win assures us that we will have an unbeaten team longer than last season, when Kentucky held out until January 26. With the dominating fashion that Ohio State won in against Purdue, there is no telling how long it can go without a loss and that unbeaten chatter will begin as we head towards February.