Purdue Boilermakers at Indiana Hoosiers

Purdue Boilermakers Preview

The Purdue Boilermakers head to face in-state rival Indiana with some positive momentum building after a disappointing 11-10 start to the season. After a three-point win over Big Ten last-place Northwestern on Feb. 1, the Boilermakers decimated No. 17 Iowa 104-68 on Wednesday. Purdue’s outstanding defense, which ranks No. 13 in the nation for adjusted efficiency per KenPom.com, has allowed more than 70 points in regulation just once this season.  

Shot-blocking presence Matt Haarms is one reason. The Boilermakers also have a trio of effective on-ball defenders in Jahaad Proctor, Sasha Stefanovic and Nojel Eastern. Their aggressiveness on the perimeter contributes to Purdue’s 28.4 percent opponents’ 3-point shooting average, which ranks 10th best in college basketball. 

Indiana Hoosiers Preview

Since scoring a marquee win over Michigan State on Jan. 23, the Indiana Hoosiers have dropped three straight, falling by one points to visiting Maryland, losing by 15 at Penn State and dropping a nine-point decision at Ohio State. The Hoosiers will try to bounce back Saturday when they host Purdue.  

Indiana has been vexed by inconsistent offense in Big Ten play, scoring fewer than 60 points four times since the start of the new year. All were losses. Trayce Jackson-Davis has been effective on the interior both offensively and defensively, but finding an outlet for the team from 3-point range has been a struggle. Indiana shoots 31.4 percent from deep as a team, which ranked 12th in the conference.