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Indiana Embarrases In-State Rival Purdue Boilermakers Once Again

February 16th, 2013 at 4:41 PM
By Evan Reller

Just two weeks ago, the No. 1 Indiana Hoosiers handed the Purdue Boilermakers their worst home loss ever. The only thing you could say about today's game is that it wasn't as bad a loss. 

Indiana took apart its in-state rival Purdue, 83-55. 

The Hoosiers were led by sixth man Will Sheehey. Sheehey set a career high of 22 points, and it came off a record-setting 9-for-9 performane from the field. Sheehey spent more time than normal on the court after Victor Oladipo appeared to tweak his ankle just before halftime. Oladipo did not return, but it appeared to be more a product of the score rather than his injury. 

The early word from the locker room is that Oladipo is fine and would have returned if the game had been closer. 

Cody Zeller nearly had another double-double, but he was just a rebound short. Zeller finished with 19 points, nine rebounds, two blocks and a steal. 

Christian Watford got the Hoosiers going early, scoring the teams first eight points of the afternoon. Watford ended the day with 14 points. He was especially active on defense, even when guarding the much larger AJ Hammons, and racked up three steals and two blocks. 

Jordan Hulls gave IU 11 points and dished out five assists. Yogi Ferrell struggled to find his shot, but did give IU six rebounds, five assists, and two steals. 

The bench was especially active and IU got 10 points from bench players not named Sheehey. 

Indiana simply took apart Purdue at every level, leading the Boilermakers in every statistical category. 

Indiana improves to 23-3, 11-2 on the season. The win should set up a showdown with Michigan State on Tuesday for an undisputed first place standing in the Big Ten. 

Tags: Boilermakers, Christian Watford, Cody Zeller, Indiana, Indiana Hoosiers, Jordan Hulls, NCAA, Purdue, Victor Oladipo, Will Sheehey, Yogi Ferrell

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