Will Sheehey got a school record — off the bench, no less.
Oh, yes. The No. 1 Hoosiers retained first-place status in the Big Ten.
Welcome to the aftermath of Saturday's 83-55 victory over the fading Boilermakers.
IU (23-3 overall, 11-2 in the Big Ten) has beaten Purdue four straight times, all by double figures, the last two by an average margin of 32.5 points. It is the Hoosiers' longest winning streak over the Boilers since winning five straight from 2005 to 2007.
"We were asked enough let-down questions," Crean said. "The human dynamic can sometimes play into it, but not today. Not with the way they're maturing, not with the way we feel about the rivalry. It's a big, big deal."
It's taken Crean nearly five full seasons to overcome a horrendous Cream 'n Crimson start due to NCAA sanctions from the Kelvin Sampson era. He is now 78-78 thanks to a 50-12 record in the last 15 months.
Purdue, meanwhile, continues to struggle. The Boilers (12-14, 5-8) have lost five of their last six games.
"We have to do a better job of maintaining that consistent effort," coach Matt Painter said. "Sometimes it's just a breakdown. Sometimes it's just effort. It's a little bit of everything."
Saturday's biggest concern was the status of IU guard Victor Oladipo's ankle. He hurt it just before halftime and went to the locker room early. He limped to the bench after the second half had resumed, but didn't play again. He totaled three points and five rebounds in 14 minutes.
The Hoosiers didn't need him against Purdue. They will on Tuesday at No. 8 Michigan State.
Crean said he doesn't know if Oladipo will be ready for Michigan State, but is hopeful.
Sheehey scored a career-high 22 points (one more than he'd ever scored before) on a school-record 9-for-9 shooting. Cody Zeller had 19 points and nine rebounds. Christian Watford had 14 points. Jordan Hulls added 11 points.
Purdue was led by Terone Johnson's 11 points.
Watford once again got going early. He scored the Hoosiers' first eight points in an 8-2 Indiana start. Purdue had no firepower to match the scoring, no defense to shut it down. Coach Matt Painter kept calling timeouts, with minimal success.
The Hoosiers surged ahead by 19 before turnovers and Purdue aggression stopped their momentum. The Boilers cut the lead to 10 before IU settled for a 41-29 halftime advantage.
With Oladipo in the locker room, IU started the second half slowly – for about two minutes. Then, the Hoosiers surged again. With 14 minutes left, they led 53-33.
The rout was on — again.
Up nextTipoff: Indiana at Michigan State, 7 p.m. Tuesday
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