IOWA CITY, Iowa — As No. three Purdue prepares for its lone matchup of the season with Iowa Saturday, the Boilermakers journey the nation’s longest win streak, having gained 14 consecutive video games courting to November.
Purdue (18-2, 7-zero Massive Ten) has not gained a recreation at Carver-Hawkeye Area since Dec. 28, 2011 — a seventy nine-seventy six victory — but when the Boilermakers win Saturday, it should mark the primary eight-zero begin to convention play in class historical past.
Having misplaced three of the final 4 conferences with Iowa, Purdue coach Matt Painter is focusing extra on final yr’s loss than the historic begin.
“It’s good to remind your guys particularly concerning the final assembly,” Painter stated. “Typically you go looking for issues, however you’re not looking there. We misplaced that recreation final yr.”
Iowa (10-10, 1-6) defeated the Boilermakers eighty three-seventy eight final season, however has misplaced 4 of its final 5 video games and at present ranks final within the convention in scoring protection, giving up seventy six.four factors per recreation.
Sophomore guard Jordan Bohannon, who averages thirteen.5 factors and a group-greatest four.9 assists per recreation, expressed his frustration with the dialogue surrounding the Hawkeyes’ struggles this season.
“It’s attending to the purpose the place outdoors individuals don’t have to inform us anymore,” he stated. “We all know what the heck is occurring. We all know we’re dropping. We all know we have now plenty of expertise, and we all know we haven’t offered the excessive expectations like we have been imagined to.
“We’ve got to only hold working. It’s going to take all the staff to get this factor rotated and I feel we’re nonetheless able to doing that.”
Because the Hawkeyes’ main ball handler, Bohannon averages a group-excessive 30.four minutes per recreation and has averaged 35.four minutes during the last 5 video games. Iowa coach Fran McCaffery is unconcerned with Bohannon’s enjoying time.
“I don’t actually take into consideration that,” McCaffery informed reporters Friday. “I’ll assess how he’s enjoying and if he’s drained in the course of the video games, I’ll take him out. He doesn’t need to come out, and I feel he’s completely able to enjoying forty minutes if he needed to. … Jordan’s in fairly fine condition, and he’s a reasonably robust child. He’s greater than able to enjoying the minutes we’re giving him.”
Purdue is an unfavorable matchup for Iowa’s current defensive woes, rating second within the Massive Ten in scoring (eighty four.7 factors per recreation) and first in three-level capturing proportion, averaging forty two.6 % from lengthy vary. The Boilermakers additionally lead the nation in scoring margin, defeating opponents by a mean of twenty-two.6 factors.
One benefit Iowa has is rebounding. The Hawkeyes common forty rebounds per recreation, which ranks fourth within the convention.
“They’re an excellent rebounding staff so it’s going to be necessary for us to maintain them off the glass,” Painter stated. “They throw loads of totally different individuals at you. You simply need to be ready. Attempt your greatest to not allow them to get angles and attempt to maintain them off the glass.
“They’ll combine it up and zone you, man-to-man, press you, in order that they’ll throw a whole lot of totally different seems to be at you, and also you simply should be ready for all these appears.”
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