Purdue at Iowa
When: 12:00 PM ET, Saturday, January 20, 2018
Where: Carver-Hawkeye Arena, Iowa City, Iowa
Third-ranked Purdue looks to continue its impressive run when it battles Iowa on the road Saturday. The Boilermakers cruised past Wisconsin 78-50 on Tuesday to extend their winning streak to 14 games, which is the longest active streak in the nation, and hope to improve to 8-0 in Big Ten play by beating the Hawkeyes in Iowa City for the first time since Dec. 28, 2011.
Purdue has won its last two games by an average margin of 31 points and aims for some more offensive fireworks against an Iowa squad that has given up more than 90 points in three of its last four contests. The Hawkeyes are left to go back to the drawing board following an 80-64 setback to Rutgers on Wednesday. Iowa has dropped four of its last five games to drop out of the NCAA Tournament picture and hopes to turn its fortunes around by beating Purdue in Iowa City for the fifth consecutive time in the Chris Street Memorial, which marks the 25th anniversary of the power forward's death during his junior season. "It says a lot about Chris and his family that 25 years later we're still feeling that way," Iowa coach Fran McCaffery told reporters. "It's an opportunity for us to come together and remember him in a way he deserves because he epitomized everything that you want in a student athlete."TV:
Noon, ET, ESPNABOUT PURDUE (18-2, 7-0 Big Ten):
Carsen Edwards led the way with 20 points and five steals in the win against Wisconsin to move within one point of reaching 700 for his career. Vince Edwards added 20 points, five rebounds and four assists to notch the 15th 20-point game of his career while P.J. Thompson went 4-of-5 from 3-point land to finish with 14 points despite battling the flu against the Badgers. Dakota Mathias was limited to two points on 1-of-5 shooting and failed to make at least one 3-pointer for the first time in 26 games while Jacquil Taylor missed the contest with flu-like symptoms and will be a game-time decision on Saturday.ABOUT IOWA (10-10, 1-6):
Jordan Bohannon buried five 3-pointers en route to a game-high 23 points in the loss to Rutgers. Nicholas Baer added 11 points while Tyler Cook registered 10 points and 10 rebounds for his second straight double-double and the third of his career, but the Hawkeyes were undone by 17 turnovers and a 39.3 percent shooting performance from the floor. "Our execution wasn't good and quite honestly our shot selection wasn't good," McCaffery admitted. "We were shooting a lot of jumpers and only shot 10 free throws."TIP-INS
1. Purdue is ranked 10th nationally in scoring defense (62.1).
2. Iowa is 4-2 against ranked opponents at home since 2015-16.
3. The Boilermakers have made at least 12 3-pointers in three consecutive games.PREDICTION:
Purdue 83, Iowa 77
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