Purdue and Zach Edey ended Ohio State’s Big Ten tournament

Ohio State Buckeyes guard Roddy Gayle Jr. (1) drives past Purdue Boilermakers forward Mason Gillis (0) in the Big Ten Men's Basketball Tournament semifinals, Saturday, March 11, 2023 , at the United Center in Chicago.

CHICAGO — Judge Sueing stood in the middle of the field waiting for the ball with a smile on his face.

The second half of Saturday afternoon’s Big Ten tournament semifinal was about to begin, and the No. 13 seed from Ohio State was leaking oil, if not already out of gas. An unprecedented run in the tournament had come at a cost, and although the Buckeyes trailed No. 1 seed Purdue for much of the first half, the writing appeared to be on the wall.

Purdue was leading 42-34, but as Sueing prepared to receive the ball from the referee, he looked across the field, surveyed his teammates and cheered. The sixth-year forward and team captain was ready for what was to come, and the hope was to be on that court again on Sunday to play for a berth in the NCAA Tournament.

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