No. 4 Purdue is trying to win at Ohio State for the first time since 1998.
That task may be easier if the Buckeyes are without a sharp shooter.
Buckeyes guard Jon Diebler's status for the game is uncertain after suffering a right wrist injury against Illinois. Diebler helped spark Ohio State's victory Sunday at Illinois with six three-pointers and 18 points.
In the first meeting against Purdue this season, Diebler scored six points and made only one of three three-pointers. He averages 12.7 points and shoots 44 percent on threes.
The Boilermakers' focus is on slowing Evan Turner (check in Wednesday's paper for more on that), but option No. 2 is limiting Diebler's three-point looks. It's likely Chris Kramer would guard Diebler, and Kramer is at his best guarding shooters off-the-ball by denying on the wings and fighting through screens.
Turner said Diebler is "fine" and that Diebler "shot it well in practice" on Tuesday, according an interview posted on Ohio State's Web site. He knows Diebler is a crucial element to the team.
"He's a shooter. He opens up the floor for us," Turner said. "He's experienced. He's been through the battles before. It's what we're used to right now. Every last one of us are important parts of the team. When one of us isn't there, it feels weird. But we know Jon will go and play to his potential and play as hard as he can."
But Ohio State is a matchup nightmare because it has several threats. William Buford (13.9 ppg), David Lighty (12.6 ppg) and Dallas Lauderdale are the other starters, and Buford has played well against Purdue. This season, he made 7 of 10 shots and scored 19 points, and he averages 15.5 points against the Boilermakers. E'Twaun Moore likely will take Buford -- Moore guarded him mostly in the first meeting.
"You can deal with one person going off, but you can't deal with a couple," Kramer said. "You have to make all those guys earn everything."
Here's a quick take from Matt Painter:
"They have good players. They have good balance on their team. They don't play a lot of guys, but they do some different things defensively. They'll mix up their defenses and kind of figure out what works against certain teams and what doesn't work. Evan Turner is a very good player, a guy with good size, good athleticism, rebounds the ball, passes the ball, scores it. He's just a multi-dimensional guy who is a tough matchup for everybody in the country. But with Lighty, Diebler and Buford, with that versatility with all four of those guys, you have a tough matchup. They just cause problems for the opposition."