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12/17 Big Ten Recap: OSU and Purdue Score Wins

Recap all the Big Ten action from Tuesday night.

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The Big Ten had two games on Tuesday night. While neither looked like a marquee game on paper, both ended up having some interesting developments. All told, both Ohio State and Purdue ended up cruising to victories.

Let’s take a look at what happened.

Game of the Night:

-Purdue Boilermakers 69, Ohio Bobcats 51

This was one of the more bizarrely scheduled Big Ten games of this season, putting a top-tier Big Ten program on the road against a MAC squad. Nonetheless, Purdue was able to go on the road and pick up an 18-point win over the Bobcats. Eric Hunter led the way with 18 points, two assists, and two rebounds. Purdue now sits at 7-4 as a result.

The Boilermakers will now prepare for the team’s annual trip to the Crossroads Classic on Saturday. Purdue will face off against a really good Butler team in the event. It’s Purdue’s last chance at a noteworthy non-conference win this season.

The Rest:

-No. 5 Ohio State Buckeyes 80, Southeast Missouri State Redhawks 48

Generally speaking, there really isn’t a lot to takeaway from this one. Ohio State hosted a vastly inferior opponent at home on Tuesday night and was able to cruise to a 32-point win as a result. The only thing that really made this one interesting was that the Buckeyes were coming off a loss to Minnesota on Sunday night. As such, many wanted to see how Ohio State would respond. Obviously, things went well.

Ohio State will now get a few days off before heading west to face Kentucky in a neutral court game in Las Vegas. That figures to be one of the biggest remaining non-conference games nationally.