The Hoosiers took on Purdue for the final game of the 2020-2021 regular season, and they had a lot on the line. Unfortunately for Archie Miller’s team, Indiana lost their fifth game in the row and move to 12-14 on the season. With today’s loss, they need to make a huge run in the conference tournament to even have a slim chance at making the big dance.
No. 23 took down the Hoosiers in Mackey Arena with a final score of 58-67.
From a program perspective, the Hoosiers have now lost nine straight to Purdue stretching all the way back to 2016. For many Indiana fans, that streak is well beyond unacceptable, especially against Indiana’s top rival.
Indiana opened the game with a hot start, earning the first seven points of the game behind layups from Race Thompson, Trayce Jackson-Davis, and Rob Phinisee. Quickly, the Boilermakers punched back with a 13-2 run behind a strong stretch from freshmen Zach Edey and Jaden Ivey.
Edey, who did not score in his 9 minutes against the Hoosiers in the first match up of the season, finished the game with a team high 20 points and 9 rebounds against the Indiana. He had a critical rebound and put back in the final minutes of the game that was able to put away the Hoosiers.
As expected, the battle between the two in-state rivals was extremely physical. The majority of the action took place around the basket. The fight all afternoon-long showcased Purdue’s bigs of Trevion Williams and Edey, paired with Indiana’s Jackson-Davis and Thompson.
Shooting everywhere else, however, continued to trouble the Hoosiers, especially without the services of Indiana’s top distance shooter Armaan Franklin. Despite taking 13 attempts from three-point land, the Hoosiers were only able to convert one, which came from Al Durham.
In the end, Purdue’s rebound margin of +11 made the difference in the game. The Boilermakers had 37 total rebounds, with four players contributing six or more. The Hoosiers struggled in that department with Jackson-Davis having a team high five boards. The rest of the team only had 19 combined.
Source: Purdue University Athletics
With the regular season completed for the 2020-2021 season, the Hoosiers fight for their NCAA tournament chances in the annual Big Ten Tournament that has been relocated to Indianapolis. The Hoosiers will play on Thursday afternoon with the official brackets still in the process of finalizing.
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