IndyStar's IU Insider Zach Osterman talks about Atlanta, IU's injuries, drop-off after Yogi Ferrell, Thomas Bryant's sophomore season growth, how IU and Purdue, and how big this rivalry game is for Tom Crean.
J Money and Aneesh GET BACK INTO THIS PODCAST LIFE to talk about Purdue's inconsistencies, the Penn State/MSU/Nebraska/Northwestern stretch, balancing Biggie Swanigan's flaws with his sheer dominance, Purdue struggling in end-of-game situations, Dakota Mathias' improvement, PJ Thompson being perfect, and Isaac Haas being the best teammate but the embodiment of Purdue's inconsistency.
All that, plus the dangerous games left on the schedule, whether Purdue can catch Wisconsin for the B10 title, Matt Painter's best offense, Tom Crean being a weirdo, the Basil Smotherman situation, and predictions for the Maryland and Indiana road trip.
Caleb Swanigan posted his school-record 19th double-double, leading all players with 24 points and 16 rebounds, and Vincent Edwards keyed a .522 team effort from three by going 5 of 7 from long range as the Boilers cruised past Northwestern, 80-59.
The Boilermakers now enter a critical stretch with four road games out of the next five, all against teams Purdue could conceivably lose to. How they handle it may tell us a lot about this team and what's ahead.