IU basketball: Indiana at Purdue game day essentials

Game Day Essentials:

 No. 17 Indiana (19-9, 10-7) at No. 5 Purdue (24-4, 14-4)

  • Tip Time: 7:30 p.m. Eastern
  • Location: Mackey Arena (14,240), West Lafayette, Ind.
  • Television: FOX (Gus Johnson, Jim Jackson)
  • Stream:  Fox Sports
  • IU Radio Network: IU Radio Network
  • Point Spread: Purdue is a 7-point favorite.
  • KenPom Projected Score: No. 4 Purdue 75  No. 24 Indiana 67
  • Series: Purdue leads 125-91. IU won last meeting 79-74  on Feb. 4, 2023

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Three keys from the first meeting:

1. A massive first half.  Indiana was simply dominant before the break, posting 50 points on a Purdue defense that was giving up 60 a game on the season.  IU led by as much as 16, and had eight players score at least three points in the first half while shooting 62 percent from the field.  Meanwhile the IU defense forced 11 first half turnovers.  Purdue cut the lead to one point late in the second, but the Hoosiers found the answers and held off the rally.

2. No one but Edey for Purdue, others step up for IU.  Zach Edey scored 33 points for Purdue, but no one else had more than 12, only two scored in double figures, and no one beyond those two had more than six points.  Purdue starting guards Fletcher Loyer and Braden Smith were 5-of-21 from the field.  Meanwhile IU found others late in the game, as star forward Trayce Jackson-Davis didn’t score in the final ten minutes.

3. Purdue commits turnovers, struggles from three.  The Boilers made just 33 percent from beyond the arc and committed 16 turnovers on the day.  While IU struggled to slow Edey, they did force him into five turnovers, tied for the second most he’s had in a game for his career.  Indiana, on the other hand, made 4-of-10 from three and had only eight turnovers.  All of that helped offset a 38-22 Purdue advantage on the glass, including 17 offensive rebounds.

Purdue’s roster and stats:

Purdue Notes:

  • The 7:30 p.m., tip marks the first time the game will be played in primetime on a weekend in Mackey Arena since the 2000-01 season.
  • The 43 combined victories between the two teams equal the most in series history.
  • Saturday’s meeting marks the first time that Indiana and Purdue are ranked in the top 20 in a Mackey Arena contest since Jan. 18, 1994.
  • Purdue righted the ship in its last outing — an 82-55 win over Ohio State that snapped a two-game losing streak. The Boilermakers won their 56th straight game when shooting over 50 percent from the field, 40 percent from the 3-point line and 70 percent from the free throw line.
  • Purdue is now 15-1 on the season when not ranked No. 1 in the country following the win over Ohio State. The Boilermakers fell to No. 5 in Monday’s AP poll, but has been ranked in the AP Top 5 in a school-record 13 consecutive weeks.
  • The Boilermakers are looking for their 25th win, which would make this year’s team just the seventh season of 25 regular-season victories. Matt Painter is looking for his 10th season of 25 or more victories.
  • Purdue has won at least 12 Big Ten games for the eighth time in the last nine seasons and is close to locking up a double-bye in the upcoming Big Ten Tournament. Purdue is the only program that has received a double-bye in every year that has been played under the current format.
  • Purdue is 53-12 since the start of last season. The 53 wins over a two-year span are already the seventh most in school history and Purdue needs just four wins to tie the record for most wins in a two-year span (57 in 2017, 2018). Iowa is second among Big Ten teams with 43 wins.
  • The Boilermakers are nearing their league-leading 25th Big Ten Championship, needing the combination of one win and / or Northwestern loss to clinch at least a share of the title. Purdue (Indiana, at Wisconsin, Illinois) owns a 13-4 record, while Northwestern (at Maryland, Penn State, at Rutgers) has an 11-6 mark. There are five Big Ten teams tied for third in the loss column with seven setbacks.
  • Purdue has MADE 419 free throws this season, while opponents have SHOT just 293. Purdue has made 206 more free throws (419 to 213) than its foes this season, the highest discrepancy in the nation (Purdue +206, Portland +164, North Carolina +155, Texas A&M +150).
  • Purdue is shooting 75.8 percent from the free throw line this season, currently the Big Ten leader (all games played) and the third-highest percentage in school history (.782 – 1969; .760 – 1998).
  • In Purdue’s last six home games (all wins by an average of 16.3 points), it boasts an offensive efficiency of 123.4 and a defensive efficiency of 87.9. It is shooting 48.3 percent from the field and 38.3 percent from long distance, while outrebounding foes by 17.0 boards per game. It has averaged at least 1.22 points per possession in five of the six games during that stretch (PSU, Ohio State, Iowa, Neb, MSU).
  • Purdue has been ranked in the nation’s top five in 25 of the last 35 polls dating to the preseason poll a year ago. Gonzaga (21), Houston (16) and Kansas (15) are the only other programs to have at least 15 weeks ranked in the top 5.
  • Sixteen of Purdue’s 24 wins have come against the KenPom top-100, the second-highest number of top-100 wins the country (Kansas – 16). Purdue is also second behind Kansas in top-50 victories with 10 (Kansas has 13).
  • Purdue is in search of its fourth No. 1 seed in school history, previously earning the No. 1 seed in 1988, 1994 and 1996. In addition, Zach Edey is the leader to earn consensus National Player of the Year accolades. The last time Purdue earned a No. 1 seed, it was led by its last consensus National Player of the Year recipient, Glenn “Big Dog” Robinson.

Purdue’s 2022-23 KenPom Highlights:

Here are Purdue’s outliers and notables in the advanced statistics.

Tempo – No. 325 (Offense No. 332 / Defense No. 289)

Offensive Efficiency – No. 7

  • Purdue’s effective field goal percentage of 52.8 percent is No. 68 nationally. They are No. 37 nationally in two-point percentage (54.4) and rank No. 209 in three-point percentage (33.5).
  • The Boilers are the second best offensive rebounding team in the country with a 38.1 percent rate of corralling their own misses.
  • Purdue gets to the line.  Free throw attempts are 35.6 percent of field goal attempts (No. 67), and they make 75.8 percent (No. 42)
  • The Boilers also assist their field goals at a high rate — 60.3 percent, No. 17.

Defensive Efficiency – No. 19

  • Purdue ranks No. 25 in overall opponent effective field goal percentage (46.5), including No. 21 in three-point percentage (30.2) and No. 58 in two-point percentage (47.1).
  • The Boilers don’t send teams to the line.  They are the best team in the country, with opposing free throw attempts only making up 18 percent of opposing field goal attempts.
  • Purdue only allows offensive rebounds on 23.2 percent of opponent misses — No. 13 nationally.
  • The Boilers practice fundamentals rather than aggression on defense.  They only force turnovers on 15.6 percent of possessions, No. 331 in the country.

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