No. 17 Iowa Visits Purdue Wednesday Night

Ruben Hill
February 8, 2020

Purdue men's basketball fans greeted 17th ranked Iowa with derisive cheers from the moment the Hawkeyes hit the Mackey Arena floor for warmups on Wednesday night. The Hawkeyes outscored the Fighting Illini 42-34 in the second half after trailing by one at the break.

"Painter emphasized the multiple efforts all week", Boudreaux said. "But they were open and Coach Painter tells us to shoot when we are open".

The under is 7-2 in Boilermakers last 9 Wednesday games.

The Boilermakers shot a season high of 63 percent and hit the 100-point mark for the first time this season.

Luka Garza paced Iowa (16-7, 7-5) with 26 points but he managed just one rebound. Garza totaled a double-double, finishing with 25 points and 10 rebounds.

Proctor scored 13 points off the bench in the first half for Purdue while Haarms added 12 points. Proctor made all six of his shots. Purdue's Eric Hunter Jr. added 13 points and seven team-level assists. Iowa is 8-2-3 ATS in its last 13 games overall. "We had good execution". Garza didn't haul in a single rebound in the first half, contributing to Purdue's domination in that area.

The Boilermakers had just two turnovers in the opening half and nine for the game. Iowa had 14 sales.

"We're down [17-2]", Iowa head coach Fran McCaffery said. "What happens, especially on the road, is that when you're down early you try to get it back all at once, which isn't going to work". Being a step slow showed up most on defense, which looked as porous as it had been in the last few seasons when it was among the worst in the country.

The Boilermakers made a 9-0 run, including six points on Proctor's three-point lines, to improve the lead to 39:18.

The 17th-ranked Iowa Hawkeyes are underdogs tonight in Big Ten Conference action at the Purdue Boilermakers.

Boilermakers are 18-2 SU in their last 20 home games. Iowa dropped to 1-5 in the Big Ten Road Games. The Boilermakers finished the game with a season-high 19 3-pointers, shooting 55.9 percent from the 3-point range to post 104 points of the season.

Iowa will drop in the rankings after the unilateral loss. How much the team falls in the poll will depend on how the Hawkeyes do against Nebraska.

Purdue will take a bus ride south to Bloomington to play in-state rival in this Saturday. It fell one trey short of the school record, which it achieved at Iowa two years ago. Rebounds-Iowa 19 (Wieskamp, Kriener 4), Purdue 30 (Boudreaux 8).

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