When Indiana plays host to Purdue at 2 p.m. in the 200th edition of the in-state rivalry, Hoosiers coach Tom Crean said he knows his team will have to be ready for a different Boilermakers squad than IU defeated last month.
The No. 1 Hoosiers (22-3, 10-2 Big Ten) scored a 97-60 win over the Boilermakers (12-13, 5-7) on Jan. 30 in Mackey Arena.
Purdue has made some changes to it starting lineup, going with 6-foot-8 forward Donnie Hale over 6-5 guard and Fort Wayne native Rapheal Davis.
"We could see a lot of different lineups," Crean told reporters Friday. "We're really trying to prepare for the personnel as much as anything else. They've done some different things with those lineups. As far as for Hale, he gets to the basket well, he rebounds. He runs the floor in transition, he's been running the floor really well in transition and they all have. Travis Carroll and Sandy Marcius, when those guys are in there, they're getting up and down the court."
One thing Crean said he expects to see again today like he did in the first matchup is a tough rebounding team in Purdue.
The Boilermakers are the second best rebounding team in the Big Ten, averaging 39.8. Purdue is also averaging 14 offensive rebounds.
"The thing that is impressive about them is their big guys are really rebounding the ball at a high rate," Crean said. "They're averaging 13 offensive rebounds, I think it is, a game. When you start looking at the numbers, they are getting them. They rebound it well. We got to be excellent there. We knew that was a huge, huge focal point up there for us, and it will be the same (today)."
Crean also hopes the Hoosiers will do a better job of containing Purdue's A.J. Hammons. The freshman center had 30 points and five rebounds in the first game this season.
"Making it harder for him to catch it, that's going to be the key," Crean said. "I think making it harder for him to get it where he wants it and continue to make him work on the defensive end of the floor. Make sure we're blocking him out because, for a tall guy, he's very quick. He has quick moves, quick feet and you've got to get into his body on the blockouts. If you don't he can get around you in a hurry.
"He's very confident in the sense of how he goes over both shoulders in the post. He wants the ball. I think those things are very important. I think they throw the ball to him and he wants it. It's a good marriage. He's not one of their leading shot guys, but he's certainly a very effective player, as we well know. They have a lot of different guys that can make shots. It really hasn't really changed a lot when we played them a couple weeks ago. They are a very, very dangerous opponent because they can get the shot from three; they can get in the lane with anybody; and they got him to throw it to."
Purdue could put up a better fight against Indiana today than it did in the first meeting. But the end result will probably be the same with IU winning.
Prediction: Indiana 82, Purdue 66