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Indiana blows out Purdue

Wednesday, January 30, 2013 - 10:34 pm

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Indiana matched Michigan.

As a result, Saturday's Assembly Hall showdown will be for Big Ten supremacy.

The No. 3 Hoosiers' 97-60 victory over rival Purdue Wednesday night, coupled with No. 1 Michigan's win over Northwestern, meant both teams are tied for first with 7-1 conference records.

IU (19-2 overall) was never challenged in beating the Boilers for the third straight time, all three by double digits. It was its second decisive victory at Mackey Arena and biggest victory in West Lafayette since winning 86-50 in 1954.

Purdue (11-10, 4-4) is 9-4 at home this season.

The Hoosiers' Cody Zeller bounced back from consecutive sub-par offensive games with 19 points and 11 rebounds. Christian Watford and Victor Oladipo each had 17 points. Yogi Ferrell had 11. Jordan Hulls had 10.

Will Sheehey had a career-high seven assists. That matched his total from his previous seven games.

The Boilers were led by A.J. Hammons' 30 points. Ronnie Johnson added 13.

IU and Purdue opened with an inside emphasis. The Hoosiers went to Zeller. The Boilers went to Hammons.

The result -- Hammons picked up a pair of early fouls. In an ordinary game, this might have kept him on the bench the rest of the half. In this game, coach Matt Painter couldn't afford to sit him. It was the same scenario with senior D.J. Byrd, who also had two early fouls.

IU controlled the pace. Hulls and Oladipo got free for three-pointers. Zeller worked for inside points. A Hulls three-pointer gave the Hoosiers a 32-20 lead.

The Boilers closed within nine. IU countered with a 13-0 run and led 47-27 at halftime.

Purdue never threatened in the second half.