"If you say, 'We're going to stop Jared Sullinger and that's it, then you're going to get crushed,' " Purdue coach Matt Painter said leading up to his team's game against Ohio State tonight.
So let's take a look at some of the other pieces the Buckeyes have used to get to No. 1 in the country:
- Jon Diebler. Shoots 48 percent on three-pointers, but Painter said Diebler has evolved and added an ability to get to the rim off the dribble this season. It'd make sense for Ohio State to have him on the same side as Sullinger posts, so Sullinger can kick out to Diebler from a double team. But will Purdue collapse off Diebler? Ryne Smith could land the matchup, and it'll be interesting to see if he does a better job against Diebler than he did against Minnesota's Blake Hoffarber. Hoffarber torched the Boilermakers for a career-high points.
- William Buford. Can hit the outside shot (45 percent on threes) but also had a good mid-range game. Can also handle the ball and may play some point guard when Aaron Craft is on the bench. Typically, Lewis Jackson matches up against the opposing teams' point guards. Jackson has done a good job of frustrating them so far this season. But Buford can get hot.
- David Lighty. A solid defender -- he may draw Purdue's E'Twaun Moore -- who is steady on offense. He has 73 assists to 34 turnovers and shoots 45 percent on three-pointers.