Purdue dominates Indiana

Once again, IU played without passion or intensity while on an opponent's home floor. Indiana had no rhythm on offense and played terrible defense all game, leading to a 69-47 thrashing at the hands of Purdue. Indiana showed no pride in one of the biggest rivalries in college basketball.

Once again, IU played without passion or intensity while on an opponent's home floor. Indiana had no rhythm on offense and played terrible defense all game, leading to a 69-47 thrashing at the hands of Purdue. Indiana showed no pride in one of the biggest rivalries in college basketball.

Statisticians keep stats on almost every aspect of the game, but they cannot measure hustle or desire. Purdue wanted this game more than IU. A Purdue player got his hands on almost every loose ball because they hustled more. They were a step quicker than IU all game. The Hoosiers played their worst game of the season, struggling in the paint and from the perimeter.

Indiana is a great team when the combination of Jeff Newton and George Leach are playing well. They are also a bad team when the two play like they did today at Mackey Arena. Newton scored 7 points, shooting 2-for-14 from the field. Purdue's big men blocked his shots every time he tried to take the ball to the basket, so Newton's points came from the perimeter. Leach has played poorly on the road all season, and he continued that trend scoring no points against Purdue. Leach only took two shots all game, warming the bench for much of the second half. Coach Davis was not satisfied with Leach's effort playing Leach for only 15 minutes. IU's inside duo played well against Purdue in their first meeting combining for 27 points and 26 rebounds.

Without an inside presence IU had few open looks all game. Their offense was completely out of sync. Tom Coverdale penetrated inside a couple of times, but other than that the offense was stagnant. IU's offense revolves around motion, but against Purdue that motion was absent. Kyle Hornsby and Marshall Strickland scored 2 points each, shooting 2-for-9 combined.

Despite all their struggles on offense, the Hoosiers have no excuse for their terrible play on defense. Kenneth Lowe and Willie Deane penetrated inside with ease against a soft Indiana defense, combining for 37 points. Indiana's guards have to play better defense if they want to win any games on the road this year.

Leach and Newton did not play much better on defense. Chris Booker had his way with Indiana's big guys all game. Booker scored 13 points on 4-for-7 shooting. He used his quickness to avoid the shot blocking of Leach and Newton.

Purdue pounded Indiana on the boards 39-30, preventing the Hoosiers from gaining momentum. Indiana was poised to make a run a few times during the game, but never did because Purdue was so active on the offensive glass. Purdue had 12 offensive rebounds as Indiana continues to struggle with their defensive rebounding. Indiana's rebounding effort was a complete reversal from its earlier meeting with Purdue when the Hoosiers outrebounded the Boilermakers 48-30 in a 66-63 win.

No matter how well the Hoosiers are shooting, they have to play more aggressively if they want to win on the road. IU still has not played well on the road this year. The Hoosiers beat Ball State 76-62 on the road because Bracey Wright had a career night with 31 points. IU has to play with more intensity if they want to win any more games on the road this season. Playing on the road in the Big Ten is never an easy task. IU's next opponent, Michigan State, is no exception. The Breslin Center is one of the toughest places to play in the Big Ten, and Michigan State is looking to get back in the hunt for the Big Ten championship.

The two teams will meet this Tuesday at 7:00.

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