4 storylines for IU’s game against Purdue #iubb

1. Which Troy Williams shows up for IU?
It could be a memorable night for Troy Williams. Or it could be another unassuming performance. With Williams, it can be difficult to predict. The mercurial junior forward needs only 11 points to become the eighth IU player under Tom Crean to reach the 1,000-point scoring mark. Williams posted arguably his best game of the season when he scored 18 points in Wednesday’s win over Nebraska. For for that effort to truly mean something, Williams will have to back it up today.

2. The Max Bielfeldt factor
Just like Sunday’s game at Michigan State, Max Bielfeldt could be a candidate to start against Purdue’s massive frontline. One of the biggest keys for the Hoosiers will be keeping freshman center Thomas Bryant out of early foul trouble — a task that could fall on Bielfeldt or regular starter Collin Hartman. Bielfeldt helped stabilize Bryant during the opening portions against the Spartans’ big frontline. The Hoosiers could deploy a similar look against A.J. Hammons and Caleb Swanigan.

3. Another milestone for Yogi Ferrell
The Indiana senior point guard will make his 130th career start on Saturday, tying him with Christian Watford and Calbert Cheaney for the most starts in IU history. Ferrell, the Hoosiers’ all-time leader in assists (589), enters the stretch run as the Big Ten’s active leader in scoring (1,827), assists and 3-pointers (249) and is the only senior in the conference to have started every game he has played. He’s also seventh on IU’s all-time scoring list with 1,827 points.

4. State pride on the line
After beating Notre Dame in December’s Crossroads Classic matchup, Indiana can claim state bragging rights this year with a win over Purdue on Saturday. The Boilermakers have 10 Indiana residents on their 16-man roster, giving them the most in-state natives of any top 25 team in the country. IU has six in-state players, meaning half of the 32 roster spots Saturday will be Indiana natives. Of course, the relationships on both sides date back to high school and AAU years. For one, Yogi Ferrell’s relationships with A.J. Hammons, Rapheal Davis and P.J. Thompson go back years.