Here's the box score. I admit that I held out some hope that the Hoosiers could win this one, and they played well in the first half, but the Badgers simply overpowered and outsmarted the Hoosiers defense and completely shut down the Hoosier offense in the second half. This was IU's fist true home blowout of the Big Ten season. Here's the box score. I have about as much time to write this post and my Purdue preview as Tom Crean and his staff have had to put together a game plan in the 18 hours between the final buzzer last night and the bus ride to West Lafayette (thanks, Delany--couldn't it at least have been a Saturday night game? Or 6 pm? Come on). So, in bullet point form:
- This was IU's slowest paced game of the season, 57 percentages, so the 15 turnovers weren't any better than usual.
- The game stats don't really tell the story in this one: IU shot 50 percent in the first half and only 27.8 percent in the second half.
- The free throw shooting was better: 15-19. That sort of shooting would have won a couple of more games for IU if done in close games.
- IU rebounded reasonably well at the defensive end, not so well at the offensive end.
- Verdell Jones was reasonably effective driving to the basket, scoring 16 points on 7-14 from the field. Still, 2 assists to 4 turnovers.
- Devan Dumes was a bit rusty, shooting 1-6 from the field on his return from a two game suspension.
- Malik Story scored 11 points on 5-8 from the field.
- Tom Pritchard continues to struggle: only 4 points on 2-5 shooting in 24 minutes of play, and 5 rebounds.