4 storylines for IU’s game at Purdue

1. Al Durham’s injury status

The hits kept coming for Indiana in Monday’s loss to Nebraska. Al Durham played only six minutes after suffering a leg injury midway through the first half. IU coach Archie Miller said Durham struggled to put weight on his leg after he was “kicked or kneed” in the back of the leg. “He’s gotten better with treatment this week,” Miller said. “If we would have had maybe more of a mid-week game, he wouldn’t have played. I think he has a chance to play at Purdue. Did a little work on the court yesterday, (but he’s) still having some problems running.” Durham has started each of IU’s past 15 games.

2. Trevion Williams’ impact

The Boilers are a different team with Williams earning regular minutes. As he’s improved his conditioning in recent weeks, the 6-foot-9 freshman forward has worked his way into starter’s minutes. Williams is averaging 12.0 rebounds over the last three games, and his 36 total rebounds in that span are the most by a freshman over a three-game run in program history. “He’s a terrific offensive rebounder,” Miller said. “He’s skilled and nimble. They can give him the ball at times. … He’s giving them another strong body that they can play around the basket.”

3. Shaking off the malaise

Immediately after Monday’s disappointing loss to the Cornhuskers, Archie Miller expressed his frustration with Indiana’s lack of energy. It was a listless performance from the Hoosiers, who never led in a game where they were pushed around on their home floor. In a hostile environment at Mackey Arena, any sort of repeat performance will doom the Hoosiers to a fourth consecutive defeat. “As our staff has approached it, (it’s about) just getting our guys’ minds right,” Miller said. “This isn’t anything different than any team in the league isn’t going to experience at some point in time, a little adversity, and for us, we have to come through it.”

4. Edwards living up to hype

The preseason Big Ten player of the year is having the kind of campaign many expected. Edwards ranks fourth in the country with 24.9 points per game. Since the 1992-93 season, only two other Big Ten players, Purdue’s Glenn Robinson and Michigan State’s Shawn Respert, have averaged at least 24.0 points per game. Based on a 35-game season, Edwards is on pace for 871 points and 136 3-pointers. Since the 92-93 campaign, only seven players nationally have had at least 850 points and 125 3s.

4 comments

  1. So, another guard down.

    I don’t want to seem like an apologist but this really seems like a $hit ton of injuries.

  2. Other teams have had injuries as well but we can never find anyone to step up. That goes to development or recruitment. If we just had someone that could hit an outside shot, I think we could survive this. Right now just hard because a 2 man team. Hopefully Phinese will get legs back and contribute.

  3. IS there a worse tandem of commentators than anyone + Dan Dakich (ESPECIALLY if the ‘anyone’ enables Dakich’s idiocy)?

    A wonderful 1st half of Wisconsin vs Michigan ruined by their patter….AND Dakich denigrated Romeo while the crowd was going crazy during a Wisconsin run. (like, why? we know why)

    Looking at the ‘half full’…those 2 voices will NOt be calling the IU / Purdue game at 2:00!!!!!

  4. Say what you will about Dan Dakich, but the dork who stopped Jordan from Merrillville, Indiana is in the broadcasting chair for ESPN while doing a game featuring one of the premier teams in college basketball.

    The dude went from a discarded backroom Hoosier never given a chance to scream “19 F’s!!” to top-rated local radio shockjock and ESPN color commentator…..If only most of us could turn such a life of being thrown out with the garbage to top career in a new profession.

    Dakich is one of the best tales of ‘reinvention’ in sports entertainment.
    This is what Bob Knight guys do…..One thing is for sure, they don’t cry in their beer. I hope such a mentality is present at Mackey today.

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