The Hoosiers have had little time to celebrate the season’s 18th victory over Michigan State as they head to West Lafayette tonight to take on in-state rival, Purdue.
Indiana needs to approach this game with a bit of caution, because there are two sides to this Boilermakers team, and if the Hoosiers take them lightly IU could find itself in a bit of a trap game.
On the one hand, you have a Purdue team that’s 207th in the country in points per game, 273rd in 3-point percentage, 287th in effective field goal percentage, and 323rd in free throw percentage (out of 347 teams). Not only that, they’re a paltry 11-9 overall, and dangerously close to being eliminated from ever having any real tournament consideration this season.
On the other hand, this is the Boiler team that’s 14th in the nation in rebounds per game, 25th in offensive rebounds, only gives up an average of 56.5 points per game, and is currently only two games out of first place in the Big Ten.
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