I thought it might be interesting to see what the other side thinks, so here goes. As a Purdue fan, I am very excited for Saturday's game. Both teams desperately need wins for their NCAA resumes. It's been a bit of a disappointing year for the Boilermakers as we have collapsed and dropped a few games when holding large leads and have been up and down all year. IU exceeded expectation early.. I have to say I actually watched the Kentucky game and was happy to see you guys get the win. I am from around Louisville, KY and personally, I can't stand UofL or UK fans. Anyways, IU is currently slumping a bit and a win on the road at Purdue would be something that could kickstart a strong finish for the Hoosiers.
The main reason this game scares me is Cody Zeller. You don't have to watch Purdue for more than 5 minutes to realize that our big men are terrible. They try hard which is appreciated but simply don't have to talent to compete in this conference. That glaring weakness has been holding this Purdue team back all year and I feel that Zeller has the ability to exploit that. Purdue will have to do what we did effectively against Meyers Leonard and shut down his ability to get the ball in the first place. Both teams have good shooters who can light it up if left open. If home field advantage is ever going to be a factor, it will be this game. Purdue fans are tired of hearing "We're back!" honestly. The Paint Crew is going to be wild (me included). We want this one a lot. While it's been fun to roll over you guys for a few years, I am excited that the rivalry is going to be competitive again(especially with the next two classes).
Anyways, there are a few of my thoughts about the game. Feel free to leave comments with your own thoughts on the game. I would be interested to hear what you guys think.