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12/19 Preview: Purdue, Indiana enter final week of non-conference slate

The Boilermakers and Hoosiers return after tough Saturday games

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After just one day of rest, Purdue and Indiana look to avoid upsets when they suit up on Monday. Both teams are coming off tough games against in-state rivals and will have to avoid a letdown.

Big Ten Game of the Day:

-Indiana vs. Delaware State

  • Time/TV: 8:00PM ET / BTN
  • SportsLine Spread: Indiana (-36)

This isn’t a big game in that it will go down to the wire, but it’s big in that Indiana (8-2) looks to bounce back from Saturday’s 83-78 loss to No. 18 Butler.

Indiana, who was ranked at No. 9 prior to Saturday’s loss, got off to a slow start against Butler. The Hoosiers trailed 42-28 at halftime before they began to look like themselves and put up 50 points in the second half.

OG Anunoby, Indiana’s do-it-all forward, returned against Butler after missing the previous three games with an ankle injury. The sophomore forward came off the bench but managed to play 26 minutes, finishing with 7 points, seven rebounds, three assists and one block.

James Blackmon Jr. continued to get buckets for the Hoosiers, putting up 26 points on 9-of-15 shooting, including going 4-of-7 from behind the arc.

The Hoosiers will need to continue to develop their depth as the season progresses. The bench scored just 11 points on Saturday, with 7 of those points coming from Anunoby.

It was the other end of the floor where Butler got the better of Indiana. The Bulldogs shot 46.6 percent (27-of-58) from the field, including 47.6 percent (10-of-21) from the 3-point line.

Delaware State (3-9) is struggling, losing four of their last five games, including an 85-66 loss at Binghamton on Saturday.

DeVaughn Mallory led the Hornets with 16 points and nine rebounds against Binghamton. The sophomore forward is averaging 9.7 points and 6.4 rebounds per game on the year.

Delaware State sophomore guard Devin Morgan is scoring a team-high 13.8 points per game while adding 3.7 assists and 1.2 steals per game.

Indiana should have a big advantage on the glass. The Hoosiers lead the nation with a plus-14.9 rebounding margin while Delaware State is being outrebounded by 7.3 rebounds per game.

Indiana will likely put up plenty of points, as Delaware State allows opponents to score 75.9 points per game on 45.2 percent shooting. The Hornets allowed Binghamton to shoot 60.8 percent (31-51) on Saturday.

The Hoosiers are averaging 86.6 points per game on the year, shooting 49.3 percent from the field and outscoring opponents by 19.2 points per game.

Monday will be the first-ever meeting between the programs.

  • Pick Against The Spread: Indiana

The Rest:

-Purdue vs. Western Illinois

  • Time/TV: 6:00PM ET / BTN
  • SportsLine Spread: Purdue (-29)

No. 15 Purdue (9-2) will look to avoid a letdown after expending a lot of energy in Saturday’s comeback win over No. 21 Notre Dame.

The Boilermakers looked toast against the Fighting Irish. Notre Dame took a 52-38 lead into halftime as Purdue’s normally solid defense couldn’t slow the Irish.

But Purdue coach Matt Painter adjusted, playing much of the second half without 7-foot-2 center Isaac Haas. With the 6-foot-9 Caleb Swanigan playing center, the Boilermakers did a much better job of keeping up with the Irish.

Purdue held Notre Dame to just 29 second-half points and rallied all the way back for an 86-81 win.

The 81 points were the most that Purdue has allowed this season, as the Boilermakers are giving up 66.2 points per game on the year.

Swanigan continued his huge sophomore season with 26 points, 10 rebounds and four blocks against Notre Dame, shooting 11-of-19 from the field. Swanigan leads the Boilermakers with 16.8 points and 11.1 rebounds per game, while adding 3.2 assists per game and shooting 59.3 percent from the field.

Vince Edwards is giving Purdue a spark off the bench since being removed from the starting lineup. The junior forward, who is averaging 11.6 points, 5.2 rebounds and 3.7 assists per game, had 20 points and 10 rebounds against Notre Dame.

Haas can still provide a huge matchup problem for the Boilermakers. The junior is averaging 14.0 points and 5.0 rebounds in just 22.7 minutes per game.

The Boilermakers are efficient on the offensive end, scoring 83.9 points per game while shooting 49.9 percent from the field and 43.7 percent from the free-throw line.

Like Indiana, Purdue is still finding out how to allocate their minutes, as the Boilermakers went just eight deep against Notre Dame.

Western Illinois (3-7) saw a four-game losing streak come to an end with Saturday’s 75-59 win at Milwaukee.

The 75 points were the most that the Leathernecks have scored in regulation since notching a 91-53 win over Crown College on Nov. 23.

The Leathernecks get a bulk of their scoring from two players. Garret Covington is scoring a team-high 21.0 points per game, shooting 44.0 percent from the field, 40.8 percent from the 3-point line and 86.2 percent from the free-throw line. The senior guard is adding 4.8 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 1.0 steal per game.

Senior forward Mike Miklusak has played just five games this season, but is chipping in 15.0 points and 9.2 rebounds per game.

Brandon Gilbeck provided a boost against Milwaukee, scoring a team-high 15 points on 6-of-9 shooting, to go along with adding nine rebounds and three blocks.

Western Illinois shot 52.8 percent (28-of-53) from the field against Milwaukee, including 47.4 percent (9-of-19) from the 3-point line.

  • Pick Against The Spread: Purdue