The Washington Times-Herald

The "Z" Watch

January 31, 2013

No. 3 Indiana rolls past rival Purdue 97-60

WEST LAFAYETTE —  Cody Zeller is back in his shooting groove, and No. 3 Indiana looks better than ever.

The 7-foot sophomore center broke out of his two-game funk Wednesday night, scoring 19 points, grabbing 11 rebounds and opening things up for his teammates as they routed rival Purdue 97-60 with one of the most resounding victories in this 199-game series.

"It is kind of neat because IU has had so many great teams over the years and to be the biggest win, it's always nice to be part of history," Zeller said. "And there's always a little extra here at Purdue."

It wasn't Indiana's most lopsided win in the series, just the biggest rout for the Hoosiers in West Lafayette. But it was the worst home loss for Purdue in school history.

And it was no secret why the Hoosiers (19-2, 7-1 Big Ten) were able to play so well: They did virtually everything right.

Zeller was 6 of 14 from the field and made all seven free throws. He had seven offensive rebounds, two assists and two steals.

His teammates made a season-high 12 3-pointers, seized control in the first half and never let the Boilermakers get closer than 18 in the second half. Indiana outrebounded Purdue 39-29, forced 18 turnovers compared with only eight, went 19 of 20 from the free throw line and wound up with the most points ever against one of coach Matt Painter's teams at Purdue.

The reward: Indiana played its most impressive game of the season and produced its highest point total against Purdue since Jan. 28, 1992, when it won 106-65.

"To win here, you've really got to be on top of your game and I don't just mean offensive and defensive execution," Hoosiers coach Tom Crean said. "It's attitude, it's energy, it's toughness and our guys did all of those things tonight."

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