Indiana’s Hoosier basketball team will have a difficult time beating the Purdue men’s basketball team, according to ESPN’s John Buccigross.
Indiana will have to beat the Hoosiest (8-5, 2-1 Big Ten) in the first meeting between the teams on Saturday, Jan. 8.
The game will be televised on ESPN2.
Buccigross noted that the Hoose’s record against the Boilermakers is 5-4.
Indiana’s record vs. the Boilers is 3-3.
The Hoosers will be playing for the third consecutive season in Purdue’s Mark Weisman Arena, which opened in October 2016.
Purdue has won the past two meetings between the two teams, with the Hoops winning the first contest, 102-100, on Dec. 18, 2015.
“The Hoose have a tough schedule and will have their work cut out for them,” Buccigrotros reported.
“This is a good matchup.
Purdue is in a tough spot, with a number of losses on the schedule, but Indiana will be looking to rebound from a disappointing season last year and to get back on track.”
Indiana (4-8, 1-5) will face Purdue (6-6, 2 of 3) on Saturday at 5 p.m.
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Indiana defeated Purdue by 16 points on Jan. 12, 2015, at the Carrier Dome.
The Hoosies will be without senior guard Dwayne Bacon and junior forward D’Angelo Harrison, who both sat out due to injury.
The Boilers will have three of their top four scorers, including seniors center O.J. Mayo, senior guard Mike Daniels and junior guard Darrun Hilliard.
The Hoosters will face their first Big Ten opponent this season in the Big Ten Tournament, as the conference will hold a six-team tournament in Chicago, with all games taking place on ESPN.