Purdue basketball topped Maryland 75-67 in a close battle on Wednesday, Jan. 31 in a Big Ten game. Find the final score and stats below.
Purdue is the No. 3 team in both the AP Top 25 and KenPom’s analytics rankings, and as of now, is in line for a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament. The Boilermakers haven’t lost since Thanksgiving, while the Terrapins were coming off two straight losses heading into the contest.
Purdue-Maryland basketball score, live updates
Final score: Purdue 75, Maryland 67 — Box Score
Purdue-Maryland basketball date, time, location
Date: Wednesday, Jan 31., 2018
Time: 8:30 p.m. ET
Location: Mackey Arena, West Lafayette, Ind.
Purdue-Maryland basketball TV channel, online live stream
TV channel: BTN
Online stream: BTN2go.com
Maryland and Purdue met once before this season, with Purdue pulling out a five-point win.
The Terps still had Justin Jackson, now gone for the year with a torn labrum, when they matched Purdue for 35 minutes before losing 70-65. The Boilermakers have climbed every considerable ranking since then, while Maryland lost Jackson, its most talented overall player, contributing to Purdue entering this game as a 14.5-point favorite.
1. Purdue is going for its 18th win in a row. Will the Terps be able to do what Indiana couldn’t and topple the Boilermakers?
Purdue hasn’t lost since Thanksgiving, and hasn’t lost at home all season. The Boilermakers are coming off two close games, a 92-88 game win over Michigan and a 74-67 win over Indiana, a contrast after winning by double-digits in their three previous games. Maryland, meanwhile, has lost five of its last seven games and is 4-6 in Big Ten play.
2. Maryland needs a quality win to bolster its fading campaign for an NCAA Tournament spot.
The Terps entered the season as NCAA Tournament contenders after three straight trips to March Madness, but their case for entry into the Big Dance is getting slimmer with each passing day. Maryland’s only good win so far is over Butler, with a loss to St. Bonaventure serving as a low point. The Terps sport a 4-6 conference record, which looks even worse given the overall lack of talent in the Big Ten. Losses to Ohio State, Purdue, Michigan and Michigan State aren’t bad in a vacuum, but an inability to beat any of the conference’s top four teams will not look good in March.
3. If you haven’t watched Purdue very often, this is your chance to do just that!
With every win, Purdue’s grip on a No. 1 seed gets a little tighter. A back-to-back against Ohio State and Michigan State in February looms large, and if the Boilermakers get through that unscathed, Purdue as a No. 1 seed will get increasingly likely.
Carsen and Vince Edwards are Purdue’s best scorers, and each are Big Ten Player of the Year Candidates (though it’ll be a shock if Keita Bates-Diop doesn’t win that award). And Purdue surrounds them with plenty of talent:
Two high-level scorers are a good base for any team, and the Boilermakers surround them with quality, experienced players. Senior guards Mathias and Thompson are knockdown shooters who each hit more than 45 percent from deep, meaning four of Purdue’s five starters are threats from beyond the arc.
At center, Purdue has not one, but two 7-footers. Isaac Haas is the senior starter who measures in at 7-2 and 290 pounds. You’ve probably heard of him. Haas is huge, and he plays like it. The big man lumbers at times and is not particularly quick, but his size and brute strength are distinct advantages that allow Haas to get to the hoop. Haas’ backup is 7-3 shot blocker Matt Haarms, a redshirt freshman poised to terrify guards for years.
Everyone works well together, with point guard Thompson running an efficient offense that thrives on unselfish passing. You don’t see many Purdue possessions end with contested isolation 3s, and no one’s firing up shots they aren’t supposed to shoot. The Boilermakers sport the best 3-point shooting percentage in the country at 43.7, and they are committed to playing great defense.