Purdue's boilermakers joined Mackey as one of the country's top-ranked teams, winning 9 of their last 10 games and placing at the top of the Big Ten standings.
IU was playing on a slide, losing 10 of his last 11 games.
But the rivalries do not like listening to the records and Purdue arrived at Assembly Hall after a series of two victories against IU, which is remarkable because of the 207 games played between the two schools, Purdue has never won three games of after. Assembly Hall.
So, of course, with two of the most reputable basketball state programs going in opposite directions, this match was reduced to the last second when Matt Haarms scored the 20th miss of the night. Carsen Edwards with 3 seconds. remains in the game for a 48-46 win for Purdue, giving the Boilers their first-ever winning streak in Assembly Hall.
It was not a night to shoot. As both teams found it almost impossible to put the ball in the basket. Both teams missed by far, close and the free throw line early in the game. The two teams allied to go on 14 out of 55 ground, 6 out of 30 at the three-point line and 6 out of 14 from the start line.
Carsen Edwards had his worst performance as a Boilermaker, a catastrophic night of shooting, scoring 4 points out of 24 on the ground for only 9 points. But he was able to recover very late, when he went to the basket and beat Justin Smith with less than a minute of regularity to regain the lead over the Hoosiers.
Romeo Langford would respond by making a questionable foul on Nojel Eastern and hitting his first free throw before forgetting his second goal, which led the Haarms player to the pass.
It was a representative game of a rivalry. The teams were physical, they played hard, but they were never beautiful. The rock battle of the first half was marked by a pebble fight in the second half. Both teams left points on the board and neither team was able to take advantage of each other's difficulties.
According to the Purdue Media Guide, the 94 points combined are the lowest of the rivalry since Indiana won 49-39 at Purdue on January 21, 1950.
For IU, they existed on Romeo Langford's free throws (9 out of 10) and De'Ron Davis's hard inside, but Juwan Morgan could not buy a basket (3 of 14) with Grady Eifert and Matt Haarms checking in turn the IU senior.
For Purdue, Ryan Cline saved the battle as the only Purdue-capable outside shooter, shooting 4 out of 10 on the ground and 3 out of 8 from 3 points, brightening from all the other players in this contest. His 11 points were a top team.
Carsen Edwards will want to throw this tape. The National Player of the Year candidate had his worst performance of his career shooting four times out of 24 and made no jump. He scored 9 points, by far his lowest result of the year and the first time that he failed to score double digits this year, and missed his 10 attempts to three points.
In a tough match, where the crowd was swearing at players in unison, especially Matt Haarms, Purdue's tenacity has run its course.
Nojel Eastern finished with 8 points and 9 rebounds and forced two interceptions. Grady Eifert had a huge charge late in the game.
Where the crowd IU showed his class, shouting: "you, Haarms", and filling his instagram all the more explosives, it is the great Dutch man playing with 4 faults who had the last word.
The typing line: Purdue 48, IU 46.