WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI)- It’s rivalry week in college hoops and unfortunately for basketball fans in the state of Indiana they’ll only get to see the Boilermakers and Hoosiers face off once in the regular season.
Purdue has a full week to prepare for their rivals to the south. The Boilermakers haven’t beaten the Hoosiers since E’Twaun Moore and JaJuan Johnson led the Gold and Black to an 11 point win in Bloomington in 2011.
Last season Purdue lost to Indiana in both meetings by a combined 65 points, but this year the two squads at least appear to be more evenly matched.
“This is probably one of the toughest games we are going to be in. You don’t like them and you don’t like that color,” said Purdue forward Basil Smotherman.
For the first time in the last 10 meetings neither the Hoosiers or the Boilermakers will be ranked when the two teams meet on Saturday. The Boilermakers don’t believe that takes anything away from this rivalry game.
“I don’t think it changes, it’s still a rivalry whether we are ranked or not. So, it’s just about going out there and playing hard, playing for the state and just trying to determine who can win this game by playing harder and being tougher,” said Purdue sophomore Rapheal Davis.
Senior Terone Johnson has seen the highs and the lows against Indiana and is excited to take part in another rivalry game against the Hoosiers.
“Not only is it an important game for both of us during the season, but it’s also a fun game to play in with everything that surrounds it. I think our fans will be happy to see it and we are ready to play,” said Purdue senior Terone Johnson.