Indiana at Purdue Gameday

In need of wins in its final two games to earn a share of the Big Ten regular season championship, Purdue hosts Tom Crean's struggling Hoosiers tonight at Mackey Arena. Hoosier Nation previews tonight's game against the Boilermakers, complete with match-ups, statistics, and keys to the game …

Game Particulars: Indiana (9-19/3-13) vs. Purdue (24-4/12-4)
In its first game without injured star Robbie Hummel, Purdue missed out on a chance to climb to No. 1 in the national polls and to stay on track for an outright Big Ten championship when Michigan State traveled to West Lafayette and handed the Boilermakers a 53-44 setback. Now, it's Indiana which has visions of going into Mackey Arena and handing a Purdue a second straight setback. Less than a month ago, Indiana gave Purdue all it could handle in Bloomington before falling 78-75. In that game, Indiana led by one with less than five minutes to go, but missed front ends of one-and-ones by Jordan Hulls, Derek Elston and Verdell Jones played a big role in the Hoosiers' inability to spring the upset. Jones led Indiana with 22 points, while Tom Pritchard (13 points) and Devan Dumes (11 points) also came up big. Hummel led Purdue with 21, including a critical 3-pointer with 1:59 remaining that turned a one-point Purdue lead into a four-point cushion.

IU is coached by Tom Crean, who is in his second year as Indiana's head coach and 11th year overall. Crean owns a 205-140 career mark and a 15-44 record at Indiana. Purdue, meanwhile, is coached by Matt Painter, who is in his fifth season at Purdue and in his sixth year as a head coach overall. Painter owns a 107-54 mark at Purdue, and a 132-59 record overall.

The game will be televised by the Big Ten Network with Mark Neely (play-by-play) and Shon Morris (color commentary) calling the match-up.

Indiana 2009-10 Schedule

Purdue 2009-10 Schedule

Indiana (9-19/3-13)
PG- Jeremiah Rivers (6-5, 214, Jr.) – 6.0 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 3.7 apg, 1.3 spg, 39.5% FG shooting, 57.0% FT shooting
SG – Jordan Hulls (6-0, 172, Fr.) – 5.7 ppg, 2.1 rpg, 1.4 apg, 36.7% 3 pt. shooting, 78.6% FT shooting
WG- Verdell Jones (6-5, 183, So.) – 14.6 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 3.2 apg, 40.0% FG shooting, 26.6% 3 pt. shooting
SF – Christian Watford (6-9, 220, Fr.) – 12.2 ppg, 5.9 rpg, 0.6 apg, 38.5% FG shooting, 30.8% 3 pt. shooting
C - Bobby Capobianco (6-9, 238, Fr.) – 2.1 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 0.4 apg, 40.7% FG shooting, 38.5% 3 pt. shooting

Derek Elston (6-9, 220, Fr.) – 5.0 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 0.4 apg, 46.3% FG shooting, 61.1% FT shooting
Tom Pritchard (6-9, 248, So.) – 4.4 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 0.4 apg, 59.6% FG shooting, 36.7% FT shooting
Devan Dumes (6-2, 192, Sr.) – 7.2 ppg, 2.1 rpg, 1.1 apg, 33.5% FG shooting, 31.3% 3 pt. shooting
Daniel Moore (5-10, 172, So.) ¬– 1.4 ppg, 0.8 rpg, 0.4 apg, 55.6% FG shooting, 8.24% FT shooting

Purdue (24-4/12-4)
PG – Chris Kramer (6-3, 214, Sr.) – 6.1 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 2.3 apg, 1.6 spg, 55.5% FG shooting, 73.3% FT shooting
SG – E'twaun Moore (6-4, 184, Jr.) – 16.8 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 2.9 apg, 1.3 spg, 37.2% 3 pt. shooting, 72.2% FT shooting
WG– Keaton Grant (6-4, 201, Sr.) – 6.5 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 1.8 apg, 27.3% 3 pt. shooting, 83.3% FT shooting
SF – Kelsey Barlow (6-5, 199, Fr.) – 3.5 ppg, 2.1 rpg, 1.7 apg, 45.5% FG shooting, 47.5% FT shooting
C- JaJuan Johnson (6-10, 215 Jr.) - 14.7 ppg, 7.1 rpg, 1.1 apg, 1.9 bpg, 50.9% FG shooting, 72.3% FT shooting

Ryne Smith (6-3, 178, So.) – 2.8 ppg, 1.0 rpg, 0.8 apg, 29.1% 3 pt. shooting, 100% FT shooting
Lewis Jackson (5-9, 165, So.) – 1.6 ppg, 2.0 rpg, 2.7 apg, 35.0% FG shooting, 0% 3 pt. shooting
John Hart (6-2, 195, Fr.) – 2.7 ppg, 1.1 rpg, 0.4 apg, 34.0% FG shooting, 31.0% 3 pt. shooting
Patrick Bade (6-8, 235, Fr.) – 1.5 ppg, 1.7 rpg, 0.1 apg, 7.0 mpg, 36.2% FG shooting, 53.3% FT shooting

Indiana 2009-10 Statistics

Purdue 2009-10 Statistics

Can Indiana beat up Purdue on the boards? – Tom Crean has said on several occasions recently that the IU program's foundation has to be built on a toughness on defense and a relentless approach to rebounding. It's obvious that those traits often have been lacking this season, but it's equally clear that if Indiana is going to have a chance to keep this game close, it must control the glass. Before Robbie Hummel went down for the season with a torn ACL, Purdue was already a mediocre rebounding team with a +1.0 rebounding margin. But the loss of his 6.9 rebounds/game makes Matt Painter's team susceptible on the glass. That was obvious against Michigan State, which out-rebounded Purdue 46-20 in its 53-44 win. Indiana won't be able to duplicate that effort, but Tom Crean's team has to win this battle decisively to give itself a chance. If a glance at the postgame boxscore doesn't reveal a significant edge for Indiana in second chance points and total rebounds, then the final score won't be pretty either.

Can Indiana duplicate its effort in the first meeting as far as taking care of the basketball? - Purdue is one of the Big Ten's best at forcing opponents into turnovers, but Indiana had arguably its best game of the season as far as taking care of the basketball in the first meeting. The Hoosiers turned it over only 10 times in the 78-75 loss to Purdue, which represents one of only four times this year IU has turned it over 10 or fewer times. Purdue was even better with just nine turnovers, but Indiana scored points on eight of its nine possessions following those Purdue miscues, producing a decisive 19-11 edge for IU in points off turnovers. The Hoosiers continued to be a team with very little margin for error, which means Indiana is going to have to keep that turnover total down again if it's going to give itself a chance. While the 10 miscues the first time around is a good sign, a bad sign is the fact IU has turned it over 38 times in its last two games. Anything close to 20 turnovers against Purdue and the game will be out of hand in a hurry.

Will Indiana keep Keaton Grant in check? - There are plenty of players to be concerned about on Purdue's roster, most notably JuJuan Johnson and E'Twaun Moore. But Grant is another player that is more than capable of breaking loose for a big game. Grant has moved into the starting lineup with the loss of Hummel, and he's a senior who will be playing his final game at Mackey Arena. While he struggled miserably with his shot earlier in the season, he's scored in double figures in three of his last four games and his minutes have been on the rise. With the loss of Hummel Grant is back to being a 30-minute/game player who can get hot from behind the 3-point arc. The most likely scenario has Verdell Jones matching up with Grant, and IU's leading scorer in Big Ten play will have turn in a solid effort on the defensive end to go along with his work offensively. If Grant gets going, Indiana will have a very hard time keeping pace. Top Stories