Purdue leads the all-time series with the Hoosiers, 50-26, taking eight of the last nine meetings and the last four in a row in Mackey Arena. Indiana snapped an eight-game slide last season in Bloomington, edging the Boilermakers on a last-second shot, 62-61, and captured the coveted Barn Burner Trophy.
“It’s just more fuel to the fire,” Purdue senior guard Dee Dee Williams said. “For us to play them only once this year, playing here at home, and being seniors? It’s just a huge game for us, and we’re just ready to go out there, play, and win.”
After getting off to its best start in school history and winning its first 14 games of the season, Indiana has dropped its last two contests to sit 14-2 overall and 1-2 in conference play.
“Go big or go home right?” Purdue senior guard KK Houser said. It’s our last game against them. It’s IU, and we want to go out with a win of course.”
The Boilermakers have trailed in nine of their 11 wins this season, rallying from deficits of seven points or more on three occasions. Purdue’s biggest comeback of the season came at Kansas, when the Boilermakers came back from a 10-point Jayhawk lead to earn the win.
The Boilermakers don’t have any plans to fall behind to Indiana like they have to a lot of their opponents this season. The seniors are just focused on beating the Hoosiers in their final game against the in-state rival.
“It’s very surreal as seniors that it’s the last time that we could potentially play them if we don’t play them in the tournament, so it’s that much more motivation for us,” Purdue senior guard Courtney Moses said.
Purdue and Indiana are set to tip off Friday at Mackey Arena at 7 p.m.