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Iowa MBB @ Purdue Preview/Prediction

February 13, 2010

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Justin VanLaere takes a look at the Iowa Men’s Basketball Team’s game vs. Purdue in Mackey Arena in this edition of the VanLaere Vlog.

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Game Info

Iowa (9-16, 3-9) at Purdue (20-3, 8-3)
POMEROY: Purdue 6, Iowa 136
RPI: Purdue 10, Iowa 185
Feb. 13, 2010 • 3:36 p.m. (CST)
West Lafayette, IN • Mackey Arena
TV: BTN (HD) • Live Stats: hawkeyesports.com • Satellite Radio: XM 196
Series Record: PUR leads 81-70 (Last Meeting, PUR, 67-56, Dec. 29, 2009)

Probable Starting Lineups

Purdue
Pos. No. Name Ht. Wt. Yr. Statistical Summary
G 3 Chris Kramer 6-3 214 Sr. 5.9 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 2.7 apg, .542 FG%, .750 FT%
G 12 Kelsey Barlow 6-5 199 Fr. 4.1 ppg, 2.4 rpg, 1.8 apg, .475 FG%, .543 FT%
G 4 Robbie Hummel 6-8 208 Jr. 16.4 ppg, 7.1 rpg, 2.3 apg, .468 FG%, .886 FT%
F 33 E’Twaun Moore 6-4 184 Jr. 17.5 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 2.8 apg, .497 FG%, .708 FT%
F 25 JaJuan Johnson 6-10 215 Jr. 14.6 ppg, 6.9 rpg, 2.0 bpg, .531 FG%, .737 FT%

Iowa
Pos. No. Name Ht. Wt. Yr. Statistical Summary
G 3 Cully Payne 6-1 190 Fr. 8.0 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 3.7 apg, .362 FG%, .576 FT%
G 5 Matt Gatens 6-5 215 So. 12.2 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 3.4 apg, .368 FG%, .848 FT%
G 25 Eric May 6-5 225 Fr. 9.3 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 1.1 spg, .412 FG%, .655 FT%
F 24 Aaron Fuller 6-6 230 So. 8.5 ppg, 5.8 rpg, 0.8 apg, .439 FG%, .699 FT%
C 50 Jarryd Cole 6-7 250 Jr. 8.4 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 0.5 spg, .586 FG%, .644 FT%

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Iowa is 0-10 vs the Top 25 this year, as well as 1-6 on the road.
Purdue hasn’t lost to team 75+ in the Pomeroy Ratings and is 11-1 at home.

The Boilermakers just do so many things well.  They are fundamentally sound on both ends of the court – they play pressure defense on one end and take great care of the ball on the other end.  Purdue will be in Iowa’s jerseys all game long and the Hawkeyes will not be allowed any breathing room on offense.

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Don’t expect Purdue to do much from the outside, that’s not their game.  Instead they’ll use Moore to create, let Hummel hit the 15 foot jumpers (among others), and allow JuJuan Johnson score in a variety of different ways.  Purdue is a hard team to defend, packing it in doesn’t seem to work and there’s little chance Iowa will go to a  zone.  With that in mind, it’s going to be a gut check for the Iowa Hawkeyes in this game.  The Hawks are going to need to man-up to that ferocious D of Purdue and attack it when possible.

Expect Kramer’s sole responsibility to be all over Matt Gatens.  He neutralized Matt last time out, we should expect the same type of attention this time around, as well.  If that’s the case, there will be some big opportunities for guys like Eric May, Cully Payne, and Aaron Fuller to step up.

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Iowa needs to limit turnovers, avoid scoring droughts, and play composed basketball.  That’s a lot to ask for from one of the nation’s youngest teams on the road against a Top 10 team.

PREDICTION:  Iowa 53, Purdue 68

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