Freshmen Zach Edey, Jaden Ivey power Purdue to ninth straight win over rival Indiana
Purdue wrapped up regular season play with a strong win while also putting a serious dent in the NCAA Tournament hopes of in-state rival Indiana.
After a strong first half saw the Boilermakers carry a 29-20 lead into the break, the Hoosiers battled back in the second half. Indiana trimmed the lead all the way to five points at 47-42 with six and a half minutes left in the game. However, the Boilermakers answered back and pushed it to a nine-point lead at 51-42.
Following Purdue’s answer to Indiana’s short rally, a controversial technical foul was called on the Hoosiers’ bench with five minutes left in the action. Head coach Archie Miller was visibly beside himself as the technical was not called on Miller. It appeared that it had been called on one of his assistants.
Indiana was unable to get the lead within six points late in the game as freshman center Zach Edey and freshman guard Jaden Ivey powered Purdue to the 67-58 win. Edey led the way with a game-high 20 points on 8-for-10 shooting from the floor while Ivey added 17.
For the Hoosiers, Al Durham led the way with 14 points while Indiana as a team shot 38.5% from the floor. Three other players scored in double figures in the loss.
The win gives Purdue nine straight wins in the rivalry series and pushes head coach Matt Painter to 7-0 vs Indiana since the arrival of Archie Miller in Bloomington. Purdue also finishes the season 6-1 in its last seven games entering the B1G Tournament and cements the Boilermakers as the four seed in the conference.
On the other hand, Indiana has played its way onto the bubble and likely out of the NCAA Tournament to end the season. The Hoosiers were once 12-9 and likely a near-lock to make the tournament before losing five straight and six of seven to end the year.