The Big Ten only had one game on Monday night, which featured Iowa going on the road to face a stacked Purdue team. The Hawkeyes were hoping to pull off an upset.
Let’s take a look at what happened.
Game of the Night:
-No. 4 Purdue Boilermakers 87, Iowa Hawkeyes 68
This one looked relatively one-sided heading into tip, but Hawkeye fans were hoping the team could pull off a surprise. However, that wouldn’t be the case, as Purdue cruised to an easy win at home over Iowa. The final score was 87-68 and the game was largely over in the second half. Zach Edey led the way with 25 points and 12 rebounds.
Generally speaking, the matchup went expected, at least from a stylistic perspective. Both teams scored over a point a possession. However, Iowa simply didn’t have the firepower to keep up as the game continued. Purdue finished with 1.34 points per possession and probably could have finished higher if the team didn’t reach into its bench so much.
Purdue improved to 8-1 overall and 1-1 in Big Ten play with the win. It was a nice win to get back on track after Friday’s misstep against Northwestern. It also marked Purdue’s fifth win against a top 40 opponent already this season, which is certainly an impressive feat and something the Boilers can build on toward March.
On the other side, Iowa fell to 5-3 overall and 0-1 in Big Ten play. The loss is certainly disappointing, but was far from surprising. The team remains in decent shape and simply lost on the road against an elite opponent. Iowa’s challenge will be bouncing back from this effort in more winnable matchups moving forward.
Moving forward, Purdue will now prepare to face Alabama in Toronto on Saturday. Expect a battle between powers. Iowa will prepare for an intriguing rivalry matchup with Iowa State on Thursday. KenPom favors the Cyclones.