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Ohio State Stuns No.2 Purdue in all time classic.

Updated: Mar 1

Ohio State stuns Purdue in an all-time classic. The first game after firing 7-year head coach Chirs Holtmann. Ohio State pulled arguably the upset of the season. Ohio State led most of the game, going up by 12 at one point in the second half. Ohio State held off a late Purdue push even with foul trouble issues. Jamison Battle was held scoreless in the first half, but he scored 19 second-half points to give Ohio State the edge. Bruce Thornton scores 22 points, matching Zach Edey in scoring. 

Ohio State was out-rebounded on both ends and only shot 33% from the 3-point line. This game was less about the Ohio State offense but more about the defense. Zed Key played a huge defensive role late in the second half on Zach Edey. Multiple steals led to much-needed buckets late in the second half. Purdue got the lead down to just 3 late and was putting pressure on them, but the Ohio State defense came up strong late and won the game. Zach Edey turned the ball over six times, matching his career high. Ohio State gave Zach Edey extra attention and used their hands well. The Purdue supporting cast for Zach Edey did not show up in this game. The team outside of Zach Edey had 10 assists and turned the ball over eight times.

Ohio State picks up just its fourth win in 2024. This team hasn't played with this much energy in quite some time. They looked more prepared for a game last night than they have all season. This roster has been too talented to be this upsetting all season. The firepower they played with on all ends of the floor was something Ohio State fans needed to see. Most bracket experts believe Ohio State needs to win out in their final five games to have a chance to march. If this team plays with this passion, they have a good chance. Ohio State may have found their coach, and they should be excited for what's to come in Ohio State Hoops. #GoBucks

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