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Bet on NCAABIn a game few people thought Purdue could win, E'Twaun Moore scored a career-high 38 points to put the team over the top against Ohio State. While it was not supposed to be an easy win for Ohio, they are ranked No. 3, while the Boilermakers are sitting at No. 11, so the 76-63 Purdue win was quite a surprise, increasing their season record to 22-5 (11-3 in the Big Ten).
But when Moore caught on fire early in the game, he just could not be stopped. He ended up with seven 3-point shots on his way to his highest ever scoring game. This career-high performance comes just a few days after Purdue beat No. 10 Wisconsin on Wednesday. Currently, the Boilermakers are within one game of the Buckeyes for the top of the Conference.
This was an important game for E'Twaun Moore, as he became only the fourth Big Ten player in history to score over 2,000 points. In the final 3:49 of the first half against Ohio State, Moore went on a hot streak, putting up 13 points to put his career total over the 2,000 mark. He joins Talor Battle, Michael Finley, and Steve Smith in having at least 2,000 points, 500 rebounds, and 350 assists.
This past week was a pretty bad one for many of the highest ranked schools, as four of the teams in the Top 25 came up with a loss. Kansas, Texas, and Pittsburgh all lost games. Ohio State was looking to reclaim their No. 1 ranking by beating Purdue, which they had lost at Wisconsin a little over a week ago on February 12. But it was not to be for the Buckeyes.
Less than a month ago, Purdue took a beating at the hands of the Buckeyes, who won their match-up on January 25, 87-64. Talk about a turnaround, as the Boilermakers looked much tougher than Ohio State this weekend. With only four games left, Purdue could conceivably end up with a better record than the Buckeyes, although this loss may not indicate a downward trend for Ohio State.