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Purdue Boilermakers Basketball: Previewing the Rematch vs. the Indiana Hoosiers

CHAMPAIGN, IL - FEBRUARY 13: E'Twaun Moore #33 of the Purdue Boilermakers goes to the basket past Meyers Leonard #12 of the Illinois Fighting Illini at Assembly Hall on February 13, 2011 in Champaign, Illinois. Purdue defeated Illinois 81-70. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
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James EvensCorrespondent INovember 18, 2016

On Wednesday evening, the No. 8 Purdue Boilermakers will travel the 105 miles to Bloomington, Indiana to face the Indiana Hoosiers in what is one of the greatest rivalries in all of college basketball.

In their first meeting in Lafayette, the Boilermakers came out on top 67-53 in a game that was closer than the score suggests.

The game was taken over by senior Boilermaker shooting guard E'Twaun Moore, who had 25 points. The Boilermakers also had a solid game from senior JaJuan Johnson, who scored 15 points, had eight rebounds and four blocks.

Another Boilermaker who had a great game against the Hoosiers was Lewis Jackson, the 5'9" (maybe) point guard who really had a coming out party against the Hoosiers.

The Hoosiers were led by Will Sheehey, Jordan Hulls and Christian Watford, who all played decent games in Mackey Arena.

The best matchup of the night was Jordan Hulls vs Kelsey Barlow.

After the game, Kelsey Barlow had this to say about Jordan Hulls. "Some people just aren't mentally tough and can't take it," Barlow said. "He thought he was hard, I was like I've never met a little kid that thought he was that hard."

Kelsey Barlow isn't new to causing controversy when playing IU. Last season, he did his best Reggie Miller impression at assembly hall, which was caught by ESPN cameras.

Purdue is playing the best basketball they have all season, fresh off a 13-point win against Ohio State and a big victory against Wisconsin. 

The Hoosiers have fallen off the map after their loss at Purdue and are not playing the greatest basketball right now.

For the Boilermakers to win this game, they will need to have a dominant performance by JaJuan Johnson because Indiana has no one capable of guarding him—but really, who does?

Stopping Jordan Hulls is another key component to get to victory on Wednesday night for the Boilermakers, as he is the only one playing extremely well at the moment.

The Boilermakers should win this game and need to to stay in the race for the Big Ten title.

This, however, is a rivalry game, and records should be thrown out the window. The Boilermakers should win this game, as they are by far the better team, but at Assembly Hall, anything can happen.

This should be a great game and will be fun to watch, so make sure to tune in on BTN at 8:30 pm.


James Evens serves as a National Featured Columnist for college football and basketball as well as the FC for the Purdue Boilermakers.   Follow him on Twitter or like him on Facebook
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