Indiana vs. Purdue: Full Game Preview
|Indiana||C Zeller 16.0||C Zeller 8.1||K Ferrell 4.6|
|Purdue||T Johnson 13.5||A Hammons 6.3||R Johnson 3.6|
Purdue welcomes No. 3 Indiana to Mackey Arena on Wednesday. Tip-off is at 8:30 EST and you can catch it on Big Ten Network. The Boilermakers are 5-2 against the Hoosiers over the last four years. They lost 85-74 the last time they played (3/4/2012).
Purdue is currently in 6th place in the conference and Indiana is in 1st.
In their last match-up, Terone Johnson finished with 17 points and 12 rebounds in the Boilermakers 65-62 victory over Iowa on January 27th. His 13.5 points per game is the highest mark on the team. For the Hoosiers, Victor Oladipo put up 21 points and 7 rebounds in the 75-70 win over Michigan State on January 27th. He is averaging 13.9 points per game in addition to a team-best 2.5 steals per game.
Comparing team stats, Indiana looks to have the edge in one significant category, scoring, where the Hoosiers have the upper hand over the Boilermakers, 83 points per game to 66 points per game. From a tempo-free perspective, Indiana is strong in the following categories: free throw rate at 50.2, effective field goal percentage at 56.7, and offensive rebounding percentage and 39.9.
- Purdue is better under pressure, and has defeated Indiana in 5 out of the last 8 games decided by 5 points or fewer.
- D.J. Byrd is ranked 7th in the Big Ten in three-pointers.
- You'll do better on next semester's exams, right? Purdue currently has a higher Academic Progress Rate (995 to 952) than Indiana, per the NCAA.
- We have a history of cultivating talent. Over the past 10 years, Purdue has had more players drafted by the NBA than Indiana (4 vs 3).
- A.J. Hammons is ranked 1st in the Big Ten in blocks.
- Purdue has a much better NCSA Power Ranking than Indiana (#75 vs #99).
- At least you keep showing up. Purdue has an average margin of victory of 9 over Indiana in 28 wins since 1980.
- Ronnie Johnson is ranked 10th in the Big Ten in assists.
- Purdue takes less vacation, with more NCAA Tournament appearances over the last 10 years than Indiana (7 vs 5).
- Purdue is bigger. The average weight of the top 8 players on Purdue is 214 lbs compared to 208 lbs for Indiana.