Just a few days after days after receiving all 31 votes in the Coaches Poll and taking over the nation's top spot, the Buckeyes made a statement with their 23-point win over Big Ten elite Purdue. They are here to stay. They upped their record to 62-4 all-time when atop the polls.
After starting out slow, freshman forward and NBA-Draft.com's leading vote getter in the Player of the Year race, Jared Sullinger put together another masterful performance with 17 points and 7 rebounds, a couple of assists and a couple of steals. But the team isn't just run through the low blocks. Jon Diebler and Willie Buford combined for eight 3s and 32 total points, while freshman guard Aaron Craft chipped in with 11 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists.
Ohio State shot 55.2 percent from the floor against one of the nation's top defensive teams. 6 players in total scored in double-figures. With this win, the Buckeyes move to 21-0 and remain one of the two unbeaten Division I teams along with San Diego State.
Purdue, meanwhile, drops to 17-4 overall, 6-2 in the Big Ten (second place, two games back of the Buckeyes) and have dropped three of their past five games after starting the season 15-1. They have a home game against No. 18 Minnesota, before hitting the road to play at Wisconsin where the Badgers are 136-11 at home under Coach Bo Ryan.