Seeding on line as hot Boilermakers come to town

  • 03/04/2012 8:30 am in

Indiana handled Purdue in the teams’ first meeting this season. The Hoosiers won that game at 78-61 on Feb. 4 at Mackey Arena, the first time the current Indiana seniors had beaten their in-state rival.

Since that game, though, the Boilermakers have played their best basketball of the year. They nearly beat Ohio State in Columbus on Feb. 7, and they’ve won five of their last six games — including three straight. Purdue handed Michigan its first home loss of the season last week with a 14-point win.

If the No. 18 Hoosiers (23-7, 10-7) want to sweep the Boilermakers (20-10, 10-7) on senior day at Assembly Hall on Sunday, they know they’re going to have to fight for it.

“We need to bring it at that level with a high edge, and we fully expect they will,” said Indiana coach Tom Crean. “You could put them up as one of the better teams in the country the last few weeks with the way that they’re playing. … The thing that scares me the most in this game is the way they create extra possessions.”

Purdue’s last three wins have come without Kelsey Barlow, who was dismissed from the team on Feb. 17. Barlow had 12 points in 26 minutes in the first game against the Hoosiers.

Since Barlow’s departure, Robbie Hummel has picked up the slack. The senior forward is averaging 23.7 points and 9.8 rebounds per game over his last six games. Those numbers are seven points and three rebounds more than his season averages.

“He’s really good. He’s moving great,” Crean said. “He’s got a natural spark to him. He’s got a natural leadership and toughness to him. He’s as efficient without the ball as he is with it. That spark that he gives his team on a possession-by-possession basis is really strong.”

Bragging rights are always on the line when Indiana and Purdue get together. But Sunday’s game is worth even more. The winner will get the No. 5 seed in next week’s Big Ten tournament while the loser will settle for the No. 6 seed.

With all that’s all the line, Crean expects the atmosphere to be electric.

“I think the atmosphere will be incredible,” he said. “It’ll be one of the best that we’ve witnessed, and deservedly so. Our fans are excited.”

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  • I’m not sure there is much difference in the Big 10 seeding between a 5 or a 6, 4 would have been super.  It matters in the NCAA seeding and its important to show Purdue who is the best team in the state.

  • By1271

    No a 5 seed gets you Wisconsin and a 6 seed gets you Ohio State. I would rather take my chances with the Badgers

  • Lynn Bender

    I’d much rather avenge losses against Nebraska and Wisconsin as a 5 seed than have to beat Penn St. for a third time and then meet Michigan as a 6 seed. You’re right, however, that the number 1 thing is to show Purdue who is the best team.

  • Chances are as the 5 Indiana will play Penn State, not Nebraska.

  • DJ5

    Correct me if I am wrong, but if IU wins and PSU loses, Nebraska get the 11 because of tie breaking win over IU. But if Purdue wins and PSU loses. PSU gets the 11 as they will have the tie breaking win over Purdue. So we’ll play PSU no matter what.

  • DJ5

    Correct me if I am wrong, but if IU wins and PSU loses, Nebraska get the 11 because of tie breaking win over IU. But if Purdue wins and PSU loses. PSU gets the 11 as they will have the tie breaking win over Purdue. So we’ll play PSU no matter what.

  • Lynn Bender

    Oh, ok. Hadn’t gone through the tie-breakers. I guess the only way we’d play Nebraska as the 5 is if Penn St. beats Michigan?

  • SCHoosier

    This should be an old fashion Indiana barn burner. Hummel et all playing great..have a chip on their shoulders etc. IU can NOT let their seniors down and should play at a high level. That said..match-ups anyone? Last time VO took Jackson..Wat-Hummel. Byrd and Sheheey should match up..which means Hulls has to keep up with Smith. If PU had a really scoring threat in the post….the Boilers might pull it off. Can guarantee one thing..Boliers won’t shoot 29% from the field this game. Go Hoosiers. Boiler (Blow) UP! Defense is gonna win this one.

  • HoosierPat

    IU needs to go down to Zeller as much as possible. It’s obvious but PUke has no one to guard him and that’s why Michigan got beat. They relied on the three instead of going down to Morgan. Also, whoever is guarding Hummel needs to stay on him, no open uncontested shots. Same for Ryne Smith. I’m really excited! I will be enjoying this game from the 42nd row! Let’s go Hoosiers!!!!!

  • Evansville Hoosier

    When I read “seeding” I thought he meant NCAA… Still important to note though. Since we can’t get to the 3 in the Midwest presumably (Marquette seems to have it locked up) I guess our best situation is the 4 in Nashville and then Atlanta. Not that I’d want to face UK that early, but hey, what would be sweeter than knocking them out of the tourney? Plus, then I could go to all the IU games.

  • Remy Willing and Abell

    A win here would be the cherry on top . This game is SO important ( imo ) , for the seeding in the conference tourney and the big dance , but more importantly for momentum and the seniors deserve it ! 

  • IUJeff

    boiler up-chuck

  • IUJeff

    boiler up-chuck

  • IUJeff

    I would prefer Oladipo drawing about 8 fouls in the paint in the first half again to get this game off on the right track. 

    Zeller dunking 5 times with Carroll and Hummel hanging on him will be fun to watch as well. 

    Our inside presence and perimeter D will be keys IMO. 

  • Andrew

    Correct.  Chances are also strong that O$U will be the third seed…another reason to want to be the 5 seed, not the 6.  Would much rather play Wiscy in the second game.

  • Andrew

    Playing in Nashville does not mean that you would then play in Atlanta.  The pod system has been in place since ’02, meant to keep more teams close to home.  So IU could play in Nashville or Columbus or (this would be ideal) Louisville and be in say, the West Region, which feeds into Phoenix.

  • Andrew

    Playing in Nashville does not mean that you would then play in Atlanta.  The pod system has been in place since ’02, meant to keep more teams close to home.  So IU could play in Nashville or Columbus or (this would be ideal) Louisville and be in say, the West Region, which feeds into Phoenix.

  • IUfanToby

    I’m betting we see PUke change it up a bit and play small against us. Hummel and four guards…..make Zeller guard a smaller guy. IU seemed to struggle at times against NW with that approach. I think this is a close game and you can bet they will make Oladipo go left as well. IU better be ready to adjust because they won’t be able to win the same way they did last time. Time to go get one last home win for these seniors!

  • Sherronhasaheadache

    hoosiers by 9

  • Sherronhasaheadache

    hoosiers by 9

  • This is what the rivalry is supposed to be! A big game between Indiana and Purdue…wish it was for the title, but hey, baby steps. Let’s do this and sweep the Boilers!

    It’s not even noon and I’m already having a beer to tone down my energy.

    Representing the Hoosiers in Lafayette today! 

  • ldiu

    Am getting ready to leave for the  game, but I see this being much closer than the game a month ago.  PU just shot terrible and I doubt if that will happen.  I do like our chances and the atmosphere will be awesome!!

  • Aubreyhouse

    What a fantastic season…Let’s finish strong!

  • Aubreyhouse

    What a fantastic season…Let’s finish strong!

  • N71

    One area in the rivalry where we are on equal footing and absolutely should NOT be is our pep band.  Are there rules on what can be done with music at an NCAA basketball game?  If not, we should take the restraints off our music school and let them strut their stuff.  We have the second best music program next to Juilliard, why make them wear those ridiculous vests and play similar music to other schools.  We should open up the area at the top of the stands behind one of the baskets and create a stage for them to perform during timeouts and halftime.  Some of the best musicians in the world are studying in Bloomington, let’s show that off.  Not present the group like the typical Big Ten pep band, their talent level is nothing of the sort.  Let them showoff their gifts and our basketball games will never be the same, and other schools will not be able to follow…other than Juilliard.  That would be cool and unique.  

  • InTheMtns

    Wish it were for the title, too, instead of who finishes 5th and who finishes 6th. But I really want us to finish ahead of Purdue, so today the batttle for 5th place is important. Getting the 5th place seed is big, too, as well as sweeping PU; but most of all I want this team to get another win and for the seniors to get a win in their last game at Assembly Hall. Go IU!!!

  • CB2012

    IU’s best music majors wouldn’t be caught dead playing in the pep band.  They relegate that to non music majors and other kids.  They are way too busy with much more important tasks than a stupid basketball game (in their opinion).

  • randy

    I’m in NYC. Does anyone know where I can go where they’ll have b10 net?

  • Bleeding Crimson

    Let’s win this game….then our tourney….then we should play in theVill.