4 storylines to Indiana’s game vs. Purdue #iubb

1. The last nine games in this series have been one-sided. Recent matchups between Indiana and Purdue have come with both teams on opposite ends of the spectrum. The last nine games have been decided by an average of 19 points, with the Boilermakers winning five of those contests and the Hoosiers taking four. Seldom over that span have they met with both teams trending upward in the conference at the same time, as they both are at the moment. Purdue enters in a three-way tie for second place, while Indiana is in a two-way knot for fifth. There’s no doubt that this rivalry is at its best when both teams are enjoying success. “We’re always gonna want Purdue’s best when we play them because we feel like we’re gonna give Purdue our best,” IU guard Yogi Ferrell said.

2. Indiana needs to get stops this time. The Boilermakers scored 46 points in the paint and shot 72 percent on their two-pointers in the last game these two teams played. Indiana learned the hard way that that is no recipe for success against Purdue’s frontcourt size. A.J. Hammons was outstanding the first time, but it wasn’t he who buried the Hoosiers by himself. Guards like Rapheal Davis, Bryson Scott and Basil Smotherman all found success blowing past IU defenders for easy looks at the basket. The most obvious solution to that problem could be the return of Hanner Mosquera-Perea, who didn’t play on Jan. 28, but has slowly and gradually returned to his pre-injury self. So long as he doesn’t get bogged down in foul trouble, he’ll provide IU with the kind of rim protrection it lacked three weeks ago. “That’s a big addition having him come back,” IU guard Nick Zeisloft said. “It definitely adds a lot of length and size and athleticism, too.

3. IU will look to continue rebounding success. The Hoosiers found a way to out-rebound Minnesota by 19 boards in Sunday’s win over the Golden Gophers. Since losing to Louisville on Dec. 9, Indiana has out-rebounded 14 of its next 17 opponents by a plus-4.6 margin. The Boilermakers were one of the teams that IU found success with on the glass, out-rebounding them 34-31 on Jan. 28. Sunday’s game was, in part, a case of bounces going IU’s way on some long rebounds off of missed 3s, but Indiana has learned to do a better job of earning guard rebounds as of late. Meanwhile, Purdue has excelled on the offensive glass, where it is pulling down 35.1 percent of its misses during conference play, but it is allowing opponents to rebound 32.5 percent of their misses on the opposite end. “”We always talk about not being in no man’s land,” IU coach Tom Crean said. “Now we don’t send as many to the glass as we used to because we need to make sure our transition defense is really strong. But the ones that go have got to go.”

4. How much of Sunday’s shooting excellence carry over? When it wasn’t driving directly at the 7-foot frame of A.J. Hammons, Indiana was finding it difficult to get its shots to fall in last month’s meeting in West Lafayette. After hitting a Big Ten-record 18 3-pointers against Minnesota on Sunday, the Hoosiers will look to see if they still have a few big shots left in the tank. Indiana is shooting nearly 49 percent from 3-point range over its last four home games, and its 244 3-pointers is the sixth-highest single season mark in program history. “”It starts with turnovers,” IU coach Tom Crean said. “We’ve got to attack their pressure better. We didn’t do a very good job of that. When we did, we got good sound shots. We missed shots up there too. They defended us well but we missed shots.”

5 comments

  1. I read that Coleman isn’t participating in the physical part of the combine because he had foot surgery in December. He plans to work out for scouts at IU’s Pro Day though.

  2. Clarion, pbat is correct. History shows it didn’t hurt any other Indiana kids to just do IU scout/pro day so he is playing it safe making sure it heals well. I wish he could go to the combine and blow it out of the water. I love this kid and think he will do well in the nfl…if he stays healthy. Hope the Colts can steal him!

  3. Thanks guys, just slowed down enough from today to read the Star article about Coleman. Damn he ran near 1200 yd. with a toe broken against No. Tex.
    J Pat if he does end up in Indy I am sure T. Richardson will be carrying his luggage for him as he won’t be carrying the pigskin again for the Colts. I near gave up on the Colts after that trade. Somehow pros just should not make those kind of mistakes. Can you imagine how good Luck could be with a T. Coleman behind him? Almost like Peyton/Edge.

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