Going into the week, Ohio State’s men’s basketball team had an important two-game stretch — including a matchup with No. 3-ranked Purdue, which had the best record in conference — ahead of the Buckeyes.
The No. 14 Buckeyes were 11-1 in Big Ten play going into the Wednesday road matchup against Purdue and Ohio State pulled the upset, winning 64-63.
All Ohio State had to do Saturday to follow up its impressive victory was defeat struggling Iowa at home.
The Buckeyes (22-5 overall, 13-1) took care of the Hawkeyes (12-15) by winning, 82-64.
That 13-1 record is tops in the Big Ten. On Saturday, Michigan State beat Purdue, giving the Spartans and Boilermakers 12-2 conference records as they chase the Buckeyes for the Big Ten title.
Keep in mind that Ohio State already beat Michigan State and Purdue this season. The Buckeyes don’t face either team in their remaining four regular-season games.
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 once, while either Purdue or Michigan State win out, the Buckeyes still would hold the top seed for the Big Ten Tournament from Feb. 28-March 4 at Madison Square Garden in New York.
The last time the Buckeyes won the Big Ten regular-season title outright was 2011. In that season, Ohio State went 34-3 overall and made it to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament.