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College basketball preview: Indiana at Purdue

Records: Indiana (14-10, 4-7 Big Ten), Purdue (14-10, 4-7)

When: 4 p.m. today

Where: Mackey Arena, West Lafayette

TV: ESPN

Radio: 1250 AM, 1380 AM, 1480 AM, 102.7 FM, 102.9 FM

3 matchups to watch

Indiana’s Noah Vonleh vs. Purdue’s A.J. Hammons: Two of the Big Ten’s top big men will square off today. The 6-foot-10, 240-pound Vonleh leads the conference in rebounding with 9.6 per game and is 10th in blocked shots with 1.4 per game. The freshman is the Hoosiers’ second-leading scorer, averaging 11.5 points. The 7-foot, 251-pound Hammons leads the Big Ten in blocked shots with 3.2 per game and is fourth in rebounding with 7.4 per game. The sophomore is the Boilermakers’ second-leading scorer, averaging 10.9 points.

Indiana’s Yogi Ferrell vs. Purdue’s Ronnie Stanley and Bryson Scott: The 6-foot, 178-pound Ferrell is second in the Big Ten in scoring with 17.5 points per game and is tied for fifth in assists with 4 per game. The sophomore point guard is also hitting 42.8 percent of his 3-pointers and leads the league in made 3s with 2.7 per game. The Boilermakers will counter with the 6-foot, 178-pound Johnson and 6-1, 201-pound Scott, a Northrop graduate. Johnson is eighth in the Big Ten in assists with 3.8 per game, and the sophomore is Purdue’s third-leading scorer with 10.5 points per game. Scott, a freshman, averages 1.3 assists and 6.9 points.

Indiana’s bench vs. Purdue’s bench: IU coach Tom Crean and Purdue coach Matt Painter have mixed and matched starting lineups and haven’t been afraid to go deep into their benches. Crean has used five different starting lineups this year, settling on Ferrell and Vonleh being joined by Will Sheehey, Stanford Robinson and Troy Williams in the last five games. IU has 11 players who average eight or more minutes. Painter has used 10 different starting lineups with the last one featuring Hammons and Ronnie Johnson being joined by Errick Peck, Terone Johnson and Sterling Carter. Purdue has 10 players averaging 12 or more minutes.

tkrausz@jg.net

– Tony Krausz, The Journal Gazette

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