Except for a particular section of the court, Value City Arena remained deserted roughly three hours before Sunday's matchup against No. 2 Purdue.

Roughly two dozen ushers and arena personnel, all dressed in scarlet attire, gathered near midcourt, discussing their game plan for the afternoon as they faced the tunnel leading to the visitors' locker room area.

Prepared for any scenario, in the event of an upset by a struggling Ohio State team against Big Ten-leading Purdue, they were ready to swiftly escort Zach Edey and his teammates off the court with minimal disruption.

Ohio State's victory marks their first triumph against a top-five team since their win over No. 1 Duke on November 30, 2021.

Since then, the Buckeyes had suffered three consecutive losses in such matchups, all against Purdue.

Ohio State (15-11, 5-10 Big Ten) held the lead for the last 22 minutes and 28 seconds against Purdue (23-3, 12-3).

Ohio State had faced defeat in nine of their last 11 games, contrasting with Purdue's impressive streak of nine consecutive wins, ranking as the nation's fifth-longest active streak.

After Purdue tied the game at 65-all with a Lance Jones 3-pointer with 1:39 remaining, Jamison Battle regained the lead with a jumper in the paint. Then, following a strip by Zed Key on Edey, Battle drew a foul and sank two free throws with 34.1 seconds left, extending his streak without misses to 36.

The four-point lead proved decisive as Ohio State outscored Purdue 22-7 in points off turnovers, with Key recording a career-high five steals.

They danced to the rhythm of "Seven Nation Army" and belted out the lyrics to "Sweet Caroline," fans joyfully shouting at Diebler, "That's my coach!" as he strolled to the locker room, a smile adorning his face.