Amid distraction, Hoosiers head to Purdue

Indiana travels to West Lafayette to play Purdue at 4 p.m. Saturday on ESPN. The Hoosiers desperately need a win after a devastating loss to Penn State on Wednesday night.

Indiana was already a desperate team after a devastating 66-65 home loss to Penn State on Wednesday night. Now, the Hoosiers might be a distracted team, too.

Sophomore forward Hanner Mosquera-Perea was arrested early Friday morning and charged with OWI-Endangerment, just 36 hours before his team is scheduled to play Purdue in West Lafayette at 4 p.m. Saturday. It's a game the Hoosiers desperately need if they want to keep their hopes of a berth in the postseason alive.

There's no word as to whether Mosquera-Perea will be at the game on Saturday, my the chances of him playing seem extremely slim. He was released on bond just after 3 p.m. Friday.

Saturday will be the only meeting between Indiana and Purdue this season because of the Big Ten's scheduling. The Boilermakers enter the game with an identical record to Indiana at 14-10 overall and 4-7 in conference play.

"It's Purdue. That's one of the bigger games when you're at Indiana or Purdue," Indiana coach Tom Crean said Friday. "It's good for everybody because there's a lot of interest in it."

Purdue has lost five of its last six games, including a 67-49 defeat at Ohio State last Saturday. The Boilermakers' only win during that stretch was a three-overtime victory Minnesota on Feb. 5.

Purdue checks in at No. 104 on's rankings, and the Boilermakers only excel in one area: Offensive rebounding. They rebound 37.3 percent of their misses, ranking 28th nationally. Indiana ranks eighth with a percentage of 39.4.

The Boilermakers really struggle offensively, shooting just 33 percent on 3-pointers (232nd nationally), 46.4 percent on twos (259th) and 65.2 percent at the line (315th).

Most of their offense is generated by Terone Johnson and A.J. Hammons. Johnson is averaging 12.2 points per game, but shoots only 40 percent from the field and 59 percent from the line. Hammons is averaging 10.9 points, 7.4 rebounds and a league-best 3.2 blocks per game, and also uses 25.9 percent of his team's possessions.

"We've spent a lot of time preparing for him," Crean said. "He's got very good feet and a nice touch. He uses his size very well."

Indiana has won four consecutive games against Purdue, but the teams are much more evenly matched this year than they have been in recent history, especially with the game being in West Lafayette.

The game will be televised on ESPN.

After watching Penn State game

Crean was asked on Friday morning's teleconference what he learned from watching the film after IU lost to Penn State on Wednesday night.

"We just needed to make the simple plays," he said. "Hit the open man when he's open. Make the simple play. That's really what it was. We missed some open people." Top Stories