BLOOMINGTON – Indiana blew out its rival for a second time this season as the No. 1 Hoosiers get ready to play for Big Ten supremacy this week.
Indiana throttled Purdue 83-55 on Saturday in the 200th edition of the series in front of 17,472 fans in Assembly Hall.
The Hoosiers, who defeated the Boilermakers 97-60 on Jan. 30, remained tied for first in the Big Ten with No. 8 Michigan State (22-4, 11-2), which defeated Nebraska 73-64 on Saturday night.
The Hoosiers (23-3, 11-2) travel to play the Spartans on Tuesday.
I thought our team got better as the game went on, and it was a huge win for us, said coach Tom Crean, who evened his IU record at 78-78.
Indiana played the second half without guard Victor Oladipo, who injured his left ankle with 46.7 seconds left in the first half.
Oladipo didn’t come out with the team to start the second half, but he made his way to the bench with 17:25 to play.
I would go between precautionary and day to day, Crean said of Oladipo’s status for Tuesday. He sprained his ankle. Wishful thinking will be that he will play (Tuesday), but we’ve got to wait and see how the next 24 or 36 hours turn out.
With Oladipo out in the second half, Will Sheehey took advantage of his increased playing time.
The junior forward set a school record by making all nine of his shots for a career-high 22 points. The previous IU record was going 8 for 8, which has happened four times.
There’s definitely a zone, Sheehey said. If you see a couple of shots go through the hoop, you know, your confidence gets up a little bit.
Cody Zeller scored 19, Christian Watford had 14 and Jordan Hulls added 11.
Indiana went 30 for 54 (55.6 percent) from the floor, and it scored 25 points off Purdue’s 17 turnovers.
The Boilermakers (12-14, 5-8) went 21 of 56 (37.5 percent) from the floor, and they were led by 11 points each from Terone Johnson and Anthony Johnson.
Fort Wayne native Raphael Davis, who returned to the Boilers’ starting lineup, had four points before fouling out, and Purdue freshman center A.J. Hammons, who had 30 points against IU last game, was held to six points.
There’s no doubt you’re frustrated, said Purdue coach Matt Painter, who team has lost five of its last six. We just have to do a better job of maintaining that consistent effort.
Indiana dominated the first 12 minutes of the game, building a 29-14 lead and forcing Purdue to call three timeouts.
Watford led the way for Indiana in the opening half, scoring 13 points on 4-of-5 shooting. He hit 3 of 4 three-pointers in the first half.
The Hoosiers connected on 14 of 24 first-half shots, going 6 for 12 on three-pointers, while limiting the Boilermakers to 11-of-28 shooting.
Indiana also took advantage of Purdue’s sloppy play in the first half, scoring 17 points off 11 Boilers’ turnovers as it led 41-29 at halftime.
Purdue never got closer than 12 points of the lead in the second half, and IU’s largest lead was 32, at 82-48, with 3:49 to play.
IU has won four straight in the series after losing the previous five to Purdue.
Any time you can come back and win against your rival, especially the way we’ve been doing it, you feel pretty good, Watford said.