Going into the week, Ohio State’s men’s basketball team had a couple of games — including one against No. 3-ranked Purdue, who had the best record in conference — ahead of them.
The No. 14-ranked Buckeyes were 11-1 in Big Ten play going into Wednesday night’s matchup against Purdue on the road and the team pulled the upset, winning, 64-63. All Ohio State had to do on Saturday to follow up its impressive victory was defeat Iowa at home.
The Buckeyes took care of the Hawkeyes — who are now 12-15 this season — by winning, 82-64. The win for the Buckeyes gives the team a 22-5 record overall and 13-1 record in conference.
That 13-1 record is tops in the Big Ten. On Saturday, Michigan State also beat Purdue, giving both the Spartans and Boilermakers 12-2 records and are one game behind the Buckeyes heading into next week.
Keep in mind that Ohio State already beat both Purdue and Michigan State this season. The Buckeyes don’t have to face either team in its remaining four games of the regular season schedule.
What’s left for Ohio State:
- Feb. 15 at Penn State (17-9 overall)
- Feb. 18 at Michigan (19-7 overall)
- Feb. 20 vs. Rutgers (12-15 overall)
- Feb. 23 at Indiana (14-12 overall)
As long as the Buckeyes keep taking care of business, an outright Big Ten regular season championship appears to be on the horizon.
If the team slips up once, while either Purdue or Michigan State win out, the Buckeyes would still hold the top seed for the Big Ten Tournament from Feb. 28 to March 4 at Madison Square Garden in New York.
The last time the Buckeyes won the Big Ten regular season outright was 2011. In that season, the team went 34-3 overall and made it to the Sweet Sixteen of the NCAA Tournament.
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