No. 7 Purdue had a degree to show Friday night time, and received proper to work.
The Boilermakers opened the sport on a decisive 23-4 run of their 92-65 rout over Nebraska. Zach Edey scored 22 factors and Jaden Ivey added 17 to steer Purdue’s scorers.
“Wanting again on the video games we misplaced, I simply felt we had been getting disrespect from lots of people saying we won’t do that or cannot try this,” Ivey mentioned. “I simply got here out fired up at the moment and I’ve received to try this each night time.”
The Boilermakers (14-2, 3-2 Massive Ten) have received two straight and 6 of their final seven. Coach Matt Painter additionally captured his 183rd victory in Massive Ten play, which broke a tie with former Michigan State coach Jud Heathcote for seventh in profession wins amongst convention coaches.
Keisei Tominaga led the Cornhuskers with 11 factors. Alonzo Verge Jr. and C.J. Wilcher every had 10 factors for Nebraska (6-12, 0-7), which has misplaced 5 straight and 10 of 11 whereas dropping to 0-4 this season towards ranked foes.
However the Cornhuskers by no means had an opportunity and by no means led after moving into early foul hassle and digging that massive deficit within the first 7 1/2 minutes.
“They had been within the bonus by the primary media timeout in each halves,” Nebraska coach Fred Hoiberg mentioned. “It is terrible arduous to (win) once you’re giving up additional photographs to these guys.”
Nebraska did handle to trim the deficit to 29-17 on Bryce McGowens’ 3-pointer with 7:16 left within the first half, however Purdue went on a 10-2 spurt to make it 48-30. Wilcher closed the half with an extended buzzer-beating shot to make it a 15-point sport earlier than pulling away within the second half.
“I simply need them to grasp how arduous it’s to win one sport within the Massive Ten,” Painter mentioned after transferring inside inside two wins of matching Ward “Piggy” Lambert (371) for second on the varsity’s profession victory record. “Penn State was a tough sport for us, this was a tough sport for us, the following sport will likely be a tough sport for us. You simply have to have the ability to hold that self-discipline.”
Purdue additionally wants six wins to turn out to be the primary Massive Ten workforce with 1,000 regular-season wins in convention play.
Nebraska: Hoiberg was already at a drawback inside and short-handed on the bench. So when three starters every drew two fouls earlier than the primary media timeout, it was just about over. Nebraska fell to 0-10 all-time at Mackey Area and hopes to be extra aggressive within the days forward.
Purdue: A protracted break following Tuesday’s postponement towards Michigan helped the Boilermakers fine-tune a couple of issues. They had been sharp, environment friendly, took management inside early, and by no means relented. Positive, it was Nebraska but when Purdue follows this script, it might run away with the convention title.
Wins over Penn State and Nebraska will not be sufficient to push Purdue again into the highest 5 subsequent week however they don’t seem to be more likely to be out for much longer. Anticipate the Boilermakers to remain within the prime 10 for an eleventh consecutive week, matching the second-longest streak in class historical past. Solely a 17-week span from the 1986-87 preseason by the 1987-88 preseason ballot was longer. In addition they had an 11-week streak from January-March 1988.
Nebraska: McGowens had 9 factors and Derrick Walker added eight. Lat Mayen led the Cornhuskers with eight rebounds. … Nebraska completed with 17 turnovers and was outscored 28-7 in factors off turnovers. … The Cornhuskers solely have three street wins towards top-10 foes in class historical past, the newest coming at No. 9 Michigan State on Feb. 16, 2014.
Purdue: Preseason All-American Trevion Williams had 10 factors and 5 rebounds. … Ivey had 4 rebounds and 5 assists, whereas Edey had 9 rebounds and was 9 of 12 from the sector. … Sasha Stefanovic completed with 9 factors and three assists.
Nebraska: Heads dwelling to face Indiana on Monday.
Purdue: Visits Illinois on Monday.