Indiana visits Purdue in Hoosier State showdown

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Updated: January 30, 2013

The Indiana Hoosiers and Purdue
Boilermakers meet for the 199th time, as the intrastate rivals meet at Mackey
Arena for a Big Ten Conference clash on Wednesday night.

Indiana was the No. 1 team in the land through the first month of the season,
but a tough overtime loss to another Hoosier State rival, Butler, put an end
to the team’s dream of a perfect season. Since that time, IU has won nine of
10 bouts and sits at 18-2 overall and 6-1 in conference. The Hoosiers have won
their last three games since suffering a 64-59 loss at home to Wisconsin on
Jan. 15, the most recent of which being a 75-70 triumph over visiting Michigan
State on Sunday. Indiana is ranked third in this week’s AP poll, one of four
Big Ten teams among the top-13, and five in the Top-25.

Purdue has had an up-and-down year, recording 11 wins but suffering nine
losses. The team has yet to win more than three games in a row at any given
time, but it has also yet to lose more than two in a row. The Boilermakers
claimed a 65-62 overtime win versus visiting Iowa on Sunday to run their
league ledger to 4-3, and their record in home games to 9-3. Purdue has only
beaten one team to have spent any time in the Top-25 this season, topping
Illinois at home on Jan 2, 68-61.

Purdue owns a 112-86 lead in the storied history between these two bitter
rivals, and has won five of the last seven meetings. Indiana’s two wins in
that stretch came last season, but the Hoosiers have dropped four of the last
five bouts played in West Lafayette.

Indiana had a solid game at both ends of the court in the recent win over
Michigan State, shooting 50.9 percent from the floor, draining eight 3-
pointers along the way, while the Spartans were held to 45 percent field goal
efficiency despite knocking down 11-of-23 trey attempts. MSU was guilty of 19
turnovers, and was outscored at the foul line by a 13-5 margin. Victor Oladipo
led the Hoosiers with 21 and seven rebounds, while Christian Watford tacked on
a dozen points and grabbed six boards. Kevin Ferrell had 11 points and Jordan
Hulls finished with 10 for an Indiana squad that is presently averaging 83.3
ppg while permitting just 60.5 ppg. Cody Zeller (16.0 ppg, 8.1 rpg), who
tallied nine points against Michigan State, continues to pace the club in both
scoring and rebounding, all while shooting nearly 60 percent from the field
and 73 percent from the charity stripe. Oladipo (13.9 ppg, 6.0 rpg, 2.4 apg)
is next in line in the scoring column, and three others are netting double
figures on a consistent basis as well.

Purdue got off to a slow start in its recent clash with Iowa, the Hawkeyes did
too, but a better second half propelled the team to victory as it claimed a
three-point verdict in overtime. Both teams shot poorly in the opening half,
and the score certainly reflected that fact (19-16 Purdue). Iowa was held to a
dismal 15.4 percent shooting performance in the opening frame, and the team
finished at just 31.1 percent for the game. The Hawkeyes hung around thanks to
a 19-12 edge in points from the free throw line. The Boilermakers got double-
digit scoring efforts from four guys, among them Terone Johnson who logged a
double-double consisting of 17 points and 12 rebounds. Ronnie Johnson added 15
points, Donnie Hale 12 off the bench, and D.J. Byrd chipped in 10 despite
going just 2-of-9 from the field. Terone Johnson (13.5 ppg, 5.1 rpg) and Byrd
(10.5 ppg, 4.1 rpg) are the only two players averaging double figures for the
Boilermakers, but A.J. Hammons (9.7 ppg, 6.3 rpg) and Ronnie Johnson (9.2 ppg,
3.8 rpg, 3.6 apg) are on the cusp. As a team, PU puts up 66.1 ppg while
allowing 61.5 ppg, and the team is +6.3 in rebounding margin while holding the
opposition to just 38.4 percent field goal accuracy.