Ohio State basketball finds itself in need of a win, and it’s going to be a tough one to get.
After dropping their Big Ten opener at Illinois on New Year’s Day, the Buckeyes (10-4, 0-1 Big Ten) welcome No. 20 Purdue (12-3, 1-1) to Value City Arena on Thursday night. Ohio State doesn’t own a really impressive résumé at this point, and having to dig its way out of an 0-2 deficit in conference play would only add to the task at hand.
Here’s what you need to know to watch or listen to the game:
Ohio State basketball vs. Purdue game time, details
Date: Thursday, Jan. 5
Time: 7 p.m. ET
Location: Value City Arena, Columbus, Ohio
The line: Purdue is favored by 3.5 points.
What TV channel broadcasts Ohio State basketball vs. Purdue?
Ohio State vs. Purdue will be televised on ESPN.
How can I watch Ohio State basketball vs. Purdue online?
WatchESPN will provide live streaming of the game. Click here to watch.
How can I listen to Ohio State basketball vs. Purdue on the radio?
For Ohio State, 97.1 FM in Columbus is the flagship station. Paul Keels will handle the play-by-play duties. Click here for a list of Ohio State radio affiliates. The game will be broadcast on Sirius/XM channel 84.
Who is calling the game for ESPN?
Jason Bennetti (play-by-play) and Jim Calhoun (analysis) will be on the call for ESPN.
Ohio State basketball keys to the game
The last thing the Buckeyes need is to fall into an early deficit at home. Value City Arena isn’t an electric place to begin with, but that’s especially true when the team is struggling. Ohio State needs an engaged crowd for all 40 minutes, and it starts with the players on the floor. Taking an early lead would not only position the Buckeyes for a win but also make sure the crowd is rocking.
Easier said than done. Purdue forward Caleb Swanigan has been a dominant force for the Boilermakers, leading Purdue in both points per game (18.5) and rebounds per game (13.0, also tops in the Big Ten). If he gets going, it could be a long night for Ohio State. Conversely, if the Buckeyes keep him off that pace they’ll have a great chance to win.
Show up for all 40 minutes
Ohio State has played very few complete games this season. There’s seemingly always been something missing at some point. One night, the rebounding isn’t there. The next game, free throws aren’t falling. Or 3-pointers go in and out. Sometimes the defense lapses. On and on it goes. In order to beat the teams they’ll face in Big Ten play, the Buckeyes need to show up in all areas of the game and do so for the entire game. Anything less will lead to a loss more often than not.