The Hoosiers didn't just go into Mackey Arena and beat their in-state rival Purdue, they thoroughly dominated the Boilermakers.
IU's 97-60 win is the largest margin of victory that the Hoosiers have ever had in their 199 games against Purdue.
Scheduled between last Sunday's game against then-ranked No. 13 Michigan State and tomorrow's upcoming battle versus No. 1 Michigan, the trip to Purdue had all the markings of a trap game for IU.
IU did two things to Purdue that had never happened before. They handed Purdue it's worst home loss in history and it was the most points allowed by a Matt Painter-coached team ever (both facts courtesy of Bob Kravitz's piece following the game).
No. 3 Indiana (19-2, 7-1) has been rolling lately and the offense is really hitting stride just in time for a showdown with Michigan.
Here are a few quick notes from the game:
- All of the starters for IU scored 10 or more points. annihilates
- IU was only favored by 7.5 points for some reason.
- Indiana forced 18 turnover and only turned the ball over eight time (+10 margin).
- IU out-rebounded Purdue by 11.
- The Hoosiers connected on 19-of-20 free throw attempts.
- Indiana made 12 three-pointers.
The past few games have not been very good for Cody Zeller. The pre-season All-American hasn't quite looked that dominant since the Big Ten season began. But against Purdue, he had a stellar game and when he is playing at a high level the rest of the team looks unstoppable.
Zeller had 19 points and 11 rebounds against a very, very good player in AJ Hammons (who was beastly). In all honesty, Zeller needs to hit shots and make defenses crash around him as it creates space for the rest of the team to get open shots. This is what we saw Wednesday night and for most of the year leading up to the Big Ten games.
Perhaps the best thing Zeller did (aside from going 7-for-7 from the free throw line) was get Hammons into foul trouble. Hammons had to sit most of the first half with two fouls. The freshman center for Purdue ended the night with 30 points and five blocks, but it could have been a lot worse if most of his points hadn't come while Purdue was down 20 points.
Hammons is the type of player that gives Zeller fits. He out-weighs Zeller by 40-pounds and clearly gave him problems. Hammons will be a problem for IU going forward, but it's also possible that with his size he could go pro (fingers crossed).
One of the best things IU did Wednesday night was finally close out a game. Too often the Hoosiers have gotten a big lead only to let up on the gas and put it in cruise control for the rest of game. This has invariably let a number of opponents back into the game, and put the players and fans in panic mode. But against Purdue, IU kept pushing the tempo, kept pressing on defense, and didn't settle for easy shots.
IU also showed off its ball control and movement. As we said before, they only turned the ball over eight times (four of which came from Yogi Ferrell). The Hoosiers also racked up 21 assists. Seven of which came from Will Sheehey. IU never seemed to settle for a bad shot, and did a good job of using up a fair chunk of the shot clock.
This was a perfect game for IU to tune up before the big game against No. 1 Michigan (did you know its on ESPN?). College Gameday will be in Bloomington covering the game and it's possible that Assembly Hall will collapse from the crowd noise.
We'll have a preview up early tomorrow.
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