Indiana struggles with familiar issues in 67-63 defeat to Purdue

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Indiana came into Thursday night’s game against Purdue with an unconventional game plan: to force and defend the 3.

The Boilermakers’ bread and butter came in the paint, but they were the Big Ten’s second-worst 3-point shooting team. And against the Hoosiers on Thursday, the Boilermakers went 2-of-18 from behind the arc. Not that it really mattered, anyway.

Purdue had no issues dominating the paint in its rematch against Indiana, as the Hoosiers were defeated on their home court for just the second time this season in a 67-63 loss to the Boilermakers.

“Really, we felt like we defended the three really well, which was our game plan,” freshman James Blackmon Jr. said. “But when the shot went up, guys weren’t blocking out, they got a couple of rebounds and that’s what got them going from the beginning.”

Indiana started the game at its desired pace.

The Hoosiers got out to an early eight-point lead against the Boilermakers, as by the 8:25 mark of the first half the Boilermakers had just 12 points — only four of which had come in the paint — while the Hoosiers had 10 points in the paint and another two 3-pointers.

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The Minute After: Purdue

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Thoughts on a 67-63 loss to the Boilermakers:

Most teams entering Assembly Hall this season left feeling the wrath of Indiana’s explosive offense. The pace and space, the 3-balls, the extra passes and great ball movement.

But not the Boilermakers. They came to Bloomington a confident — maybe even cocky — crew. They left with a victory on the strength of a great defensive effort and a sweep of this Big Ten series.

Forget the name on the front of the jersey, Purdue is a tough matchup for these Hoosiers. A.J. Hammons and Isaac Haas are the twin towers inside Indiana has no answer for, despite the great effort Stanford Robinson and others put up against them to try and deny the ball. It’s men vs. boys. Hammons finished 8-of-9 (20 points) and hit two free throws to seal it late. If he was able to catch over the Indiana defender fronting him, it was a sure bucket. Haas wasn’t quite as dominant (12 points, 3-of-8), but went 6-of-6 from the free throw line and picked up nine rebounds — including six on the offensive glass to keep possessions alive for the Boilermakers.

Purdue would end the contest rebounding 50 percent of its misses for 14 second-chance points. It also posted a strong free throw rate (40.4) and hit 17-of-21 from the line. That helped balance out too many turnovers (23.3 TO%) and a rough 2-of-18 mark from distance. Purdue and Indiana shot nearly identical (48.2 vs 48.1 eFG%) as Purdue scored 1.04 points per possession to Indiana’s .98.

Purdue’s defense was impressive in holding Indiana under a point per possession, just the second time it’s happened all Big Ten season (Jan. 5 loss at MSU).

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Video: Tom Crean reacts to loss to Purdue

Tom Crean met with the media following Indiana’s 67-63 loss to Purdue on Thursday night at Assembly Hall.

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Photo Gallery: Indiana vs. Purdue

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Check out 21 photos by Jamie Owens from Indiana’s 67-63 loss to Purdue at Assembly Hall in the embedded photo gallery after the jump. See more images and purchase prints from J. Scott Sports.

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Video: IU players react to loss to Purdue

Yogi Ferrell (21 points, five rebounds and four assists), James Blackmon Jr. (14 points) and Troy Williams (14 points, seven rebounds and three assists) met with the media following Indiana’s 67-63 loss to Purdue on Thursday night at Assembly Hall.

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Video: Matt Painter, Purdue players reacts to win over Indiana

Jon Octeus, A.J. Hammons, Raphael Davis and Matt Painter met with the media following Purdue’s 67-63 win over Indiana on Thursday night at Assembly Hall.

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Big Ten announces 2015-2016 schedule, single plays

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The Big Ten announced its 2015-16 men’s basketball schedule this afternoon.

Indiana will play Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska and Wisconsin twice next season.

The Hoosiers will host Maryland, Northwestern, Ohio State and Purdue for single plays and travel to Michigan, Michigan State, Penn State and Rutgers for single plays.

Indiana will play Michigan, Northwestern and Penn State twice during the 2016-2017 season under the Big Ten’s current three-year scheduling cycle, which began this season.

Dates, tip times and broadcast information for next season’s Big Ten schedule will not be released until late summer or the fall.

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