TIME / TV :: 12:00 PM ET on Big Ten Network
Iowa comes into this game having lost 20 in a row to ranked opponents. The task doesn't get much easier as they take on the tenth ranked Boilermakers at Purdue.
The last few games, Iowa is showing a much improved team under Fran McCaffery. While the last few games for the Boilermakers shows a team that has developed multiple scoring threats.
On January 5th, Purdue went to Penn State and really showed what they are capable of. E'Twaun Moore and JaJuan Johnson only scored a combined 19 points, as Moore struggled from the field, the Boilers scored 83 points in that game. That makes it three straight 80 point games for Purdue.
Moore needs to get back on track in this game, as this is the last game before Purdue goes on a tough stretch of their schedule.
Iowa came within five points of knocking off second-ranked Ohio State at home on January 4th. They look to continue their run at beating a ranked opponent in this game.
Mackey Arena isn't an easy place to win, in Matt Painter's tenure as head coach the Boilermakers have only lost 12 games at home.
Iowa looks to have their hands full as Matt Gatens will try to lead them over the Boilers with 12.7 points per game, the highest scoring Hawkeye on the team.
Keys to the game after the jump.
When Iowa Has The Ball
- To me, Iowa has to push the tempo. They can't let Purdue get set in their defense. Teams have had a hard time scoring against the Boilermakers when they are set in their defense.
- Pass often and pass fast. Keep Purdue's defense unable to read what you are going to do. Keep them guessing. If you do, it is easier to find an opening to score.
When Purdue Has The Ball
- Like at Penn State, get everyone involved. Let everyone take shots and give you opportunities to score. It is harder for Iowa to defend you if you have multiple, multiple scorers.
- Dominate the paint and offensive rebounds. If Purdue gest the ball down low to Johnson and gets offensive rebounds, they should be just fine.
Purdue is at home, they should handle Iowa pretty easily, if they play like they have the past three games. I would be shocked if Iowa comes out on top.