WEST LAFAYETTE —
How bad was it?
After falling behind 27-17 with 9:15 left in the first half, the Boilermakers only cut the deficit to single digits three times.
"We knew how they were going to be, we saw them on TV, we expected it," Carroll said. "We just didn't play up to it."
The Hoosiers didn't waste much time seizing control.
Indiana took advantage when Hammons and swingman D.J. Byrd went to the bench with two fouls, going on a 9-0 run to take a 10-point lead.
Painter gambled by putting both back in. With Byrd, it worked. With Hammons, it did not.
The Boilermakers' 7-foot freshman center picked up his third foul with 4:17 to go in the half, and with Hammons out, Zeller scored six points in a 13-0 run that turned the game.
Indiana put it away with a 14-1 spurt midway through the second half and Purdue couldn't get closer than 26 after that.
"I think we played with resolve, we were very authoritative on drives and our pressure defense was up and active," Crean said. "We're getting more active defensively in the Big Ten and we just keep moving the ball. I know it sounds easy, but it's not."