The Purdue Boilermakers host the Indiana Hoosiers on Tuesday with a chance to clinch a share of the Big Ten regular season basketball title. It would be their 23rd league championship and break a tie with Indiana — both teams have 22 right now.
Mackey Arena will be rocking at 7 p.m. on Tuesday. Follow along with our live Twitter feed for updates from Purdue-Indiana.
Purdue vs. Indiana basketball live updates, score
Purdue basketball vs. Indiana time, TV channel, game details
Time: 7 p.m. ET
Location: Mackey Arena, West Lafayette, Ind.
TV channel: ESPN2
Watch online: WatchESPN.com, WatchESPN app
Betting odds: Purdue is an 11-point favorite
Purdue basketball vs. Indiana preview
Purdue is the No. 12 team in the country, according to advanced stats website KenPom.com. BracketMatrix.com projects they will be a No. 4 seed — some bracketologists have them as high as No. 3, others as low as No. 5.
But before they get to the NCAA Tournament, the Boilermakers have serious business to attend to on Tuesday. They can clinch the Big Ten regular season title, their first since sharing it with Michigan State and Ohio State in 2010 and first outright since 1996.
Purdue holds a one-game lead on Wisconsin with two games left each in Big Ten play. The Boilermakers own a tiebreaker over the Badgers, too, which means they’ll clinch at least a share of the conference title with a win or a Badgers loss in either of their next two games — vs. Iowa and Minnesota. Purdue wraps up the season on Sunday at Northwestern.
Purdue had won six straight games, including four against KenPom top 50 teams, before losing 82-70 at Michigan on Saturday.
Indiana, meanwhile, has lost five straight and seven of its last eight before topping Northwestern, 63-62, on Saturday. The Hoosiers will miss the NCAA Tournament unless they win the Big Ten Tournament. They’re 2-9 away from Assembly Hall this season.
Purdue shoots 3-pointers better than almost anyone in the country, ranking 5th in 3-point field goal percentage and 15th in effective field goal percentage, driven largely by their success from long range.
But are the Boilermakers hitting a wall? They lost to Michigan last week and probably should have lost at Penn State, escaping 74-70 in overtime. Caleb Swanigan has looked off in the last week or two.
Indiana will need a big day from James Blackmon to have any shot in this game. He’s averaging 16.9 points per game, but dropped more than 20 points just once during the Hoosiers’ five-game slide.