Is Ohio State back?

It's probably still premature to answer that question definitively, but things are certainly looking up for the Buckeyes after a 67-49 win over Purdue in Value City Arena on Saturday night.

Ohio State, unranked for the first time in four years, came into the game with back-to-back road wins over ranked opponents. Now with the victory of the Boilermakers, Ohio State has a good chance of jumping back into the top 25 on Monday.

The Buckeyes (19-5, 6-5 Big Ten) have now won three in a row after a troubling spurt, one where they dropped five of six games, including contests to conference cellar-dwellers Penn State and Nebraska.

LaQuinton Ross led Ohio State with 17 points, Lenzelle Smith Jr. connected on four threes in the second half before adding 16 and Shannon Scott had 9.

Kendall Stephens led the way with 12 for Purdue (14-10, 4-7).

The Buckeyes are next in action on Tuesday night when they host No. 10 Michigan, who lost at No. 17 Iowa on Saturday, 85-67