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No. 3 Ohio State fends off Purdue, 87-84

Ohio State's William Buford

Purdue at Ohio State - Men's Basketball Highlights

(AP) William Buford scored a career-high 29 points and capped his night with a pivotal dunk in the final minute to power No. 3 Ohio State past Purdue 87-84 on Tuesday. The win was Ohio State’s 40th in a row at home – since losing to Purdue two years ago at Value City Arena. Buford scored 21 points in the second half to carry the Buckeyes (21-3, 9-2) while Jared Sullinger and Aaron Craft were on the bench with foul trouble. He scored seven straight points as Ohio State took the lead for good. D.J. Byrd, averaging 6.5 points a game, had a career-best 24 for the Boilermakers (15-9, 5-6), while Kelsey Barlow and Lewis Jackson had 14 each and Robbie Hummel added 13.

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Ohio State fan? Check out Candy Painted Tees

More than likely, Ohio State football fans can rattle off the number their favorite Buckeyes wore during their college career. But what about, say, Donte Whitner’s high school number? Probably not. Well, there’s a place for that: Candy Painted Tees. A company comprised of “two longtime friends crafting original Midwest inspired designs,” according to their Twitter bio, it makes vintage shirts that feature the high school and high school number of select former Buckeyes. They’re pretty sweet. Take a look at Whitner’s shirt. And Eddie George’s.

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Dienhart: Get your Big Ten player rankings

Jared Sullinger, Draymond Green. Draymond Green, Jared Sullinger. The player on top of my weekly player rankings seemingly changes each week. And it may continue to flip-flop the rest of the month, too. For now, I have to go with Sullinger, given his sterling effort in Ohio State’s first win at Wisconsin since 2000 and the fact Green hurt his knee in a loss at Illinois.

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Big Ten softball season opens Thursday

The 2012 Big Ten softball season is set to begin this week with 10 teams taking to the diamond on the opening weekend of play. Nebraska opens the season on Thursday, while Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Michigan State, Northwestern, Ohio State and Penn State begin on Friday, and Minnesota opens its season on Saturday. Wisconsin begins the new year on Feb. 17, and Purdue opens its season on Feb. 18.

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Dienhart: Time to rank the games

Ohio State's Jared Sullinger

Draymond Green Visits "The Pulse"

This is a nice week of action with five matchups that will go a long way toward determining the Big Ten title chase—and possible NCAA bids. The steak vs. lobster match between the first-place Buckeyes and second-place Spartans is a five-star affair. Don’t miss it.

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