Spearheaded by Will Sheehey's career game, top-ranked Indiana throttled Purdue, 83-55, Saturday afternoon inside Assembly Hall in a game that went just about as everyone expected.
If it's possible to grind out a 28-point win, the Hoosiers did it in this one.
Sheehey came off the bench and netted a career-best 22 points, hitting all nine of his field goal attempts to set a school record for single game field goal percentage. Sheehey, a fantastic cutter, nailed a pair of 3-pointers and repeatedly beat Purdue defenders on an array of dashes to the basket.
Cody Zeller added 19 points and nine rebounds for the Hoosiers (23-3, 11-2), who outscored Purdue 180-115 in this year's two regular-season meetings. Christian Watford and Jordan Hulls each buried three 3-pointers. Watford scored the game's first eight points and finished with 14. Hulls dished out five assists to go with 11 points. Yogi Ferrell added four points, six rebounds and five assists.
Victor Oladipo accumulated three points and five boards before rolling his ankle in the final minute of the first half. Oladipo sat on the bench for the second half, but did not play. The injury is not believed to be serious.
Anthony Johnson and Terone Johnson had 11 points apiece for Purdue (12-14, 5-8), who has lost five of its last six games, a stretch which began with Indiana's 97-60 triumph in West Lafayette. After dropping in 30 points in the first meeting, A.J. Hammons struggled his way to six points, including a scoreless first half.
The Hoosiers are set up for a monster contest Tuesday at No. 8 Michigan State. The Spartans have to take care of Nebraska this weekend, but it's a pretty safe bet that sole possession of first place in the Big Ten will be on the line.