WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Greetings from INSIDE Mackey Arena here in West Lafayette, where we're all set for another in-state battle between Indiana and Purdue. It's the final regular season game of the year for both teams, and there's still plenty at stake.
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If you're not familiar with our live blog this season, where have you been? Seriously, though, what we do keep you informed with all the latest news and opinions from inside the arena in real time. The most recent post is at the top, with a time stamp, so just keep refreshing to follow along.
Here we go:
IT'S A FINAL: Purdue wins 67-58, for its ninth win in a row in the series, tying a school record that dates back to 1935. STORY TO COME
4:10 p.m. Al Durham drives hard down the lane and scores, and he's fouled. He makes the free throw and Indiana trails 65-58 with 28.1 to go. Eric Hunter Jr, an 86 percent free throw shooter, misses them both. Durham drives the lane again, but the shot rolls off. Zach Edey gets the rebound and is fouled with 16.4 seconds to go. He makes them both, and it's 67-58 Purdue. Rob Phinisee misses one last three, and it's over.
4:08 p.m. – Indiana fouls on the inbounds play, and Jaden Ivey goes to the line for Purdue. Ivey makes them both. Hunter misses a three on the other end, and Zach Edey is fouled on th rebound. He makes them both with 33.3 seconds to go, and Purdue now leads 65-55.
4:04 p.m. – Al Durham is fouled, and he makes both. Purdue leads 59-52 with 1:24 to go. Aaron Wheeler misses on a drive for Purdue, but Edey gets the rebound and scores. Jerome Hunter hits a three on the other end, and it's 61-55 with 44.7 to go. That's a big three for Hunter, who's struggled from deep since entering the starting lineup when Armaan Franklin got hurt. He was just 1-for-11 before then.
4:02 p.m. – Down seven, Indiana got a stop, but then Rob Phinisee took a quick three on the other end and it didn't go down. Purdue got the rebound and called timeout with 1:47 to go. Purdue, a 7-point favorite coming in, leads 57-50. Out of the timeout, Sasha Stefanovic is fouled, and he makes both. He's an 83 percent free throw shooter on the season.
3:57 p.m. ET – And congrats to the Indiana women's team, which beat Purdue today. They're having a great year.
3:55 p.m. Zach Edey scores again – he's Purdue's leading scorer with 14 – but he picks up his fourth foul on the other end. Final media timeout of the day, and Purdue leads 55-45 with 3:23 to go.
3:50 p.m. Zach Edey put the ball on the floor and scores for Purdue and then the Indiana bench gets a technical. Brandon Newman makes both and Purdue is back up by 11. But Rob Phinisee his a huge three from the corner to answer right back, and Indiana calls a quick timeout. Purdue leads 53-45 with 4:43 to go.
3:35 p.m. – Trayce Jackson-Davis hits both free throws out of the break, and it's down to eight, but then Zach Edey scores again on the other side. Jordan Geronimo with a steal and he goes to the line with Indiana down 47-40. He makes them both, the first time that's happened all year. Next possession down, he takes a fall and is slow to get up. Trey Galloway comes in with 6:07 to go and Indiana down five, 47-42.
3:30 p.m. – We've reached the under-8 timeout here at Mackey, and Purdue leads 45-35 with 7:37 to go. Indiana shooting much better this half (7-for-14 from the field) and they are hanging around. These next four minutes are huge. Can they get back in it, or does it go sideways? \
3:10 p.m. – Race Thompson takes a spill and limps off. Been taking his lumps lately. Trey Galloway comes in. Purdue leads 33-24 with 16:35 to go.
HALFTIME – Well, that was a struggle offensively. Nothing good really jumps out for Indiana. Just 8-for-27 from the field (29.7 percent) and 1-for-13 from three. Purdue, who is 10-1 at home so far this season, leads at the turn, 29-20. Guards Al Durham (6) and Rob Phinisee (5) leading the way in scoring for Indiana. Trayce Jackson-DAvis, Indiana's leading scorer on the season, has just four points on 2-of-5 shooting.
2:45 p.m. – A nice, sunny day just under 50 degrees, so there's a socially distant watch party going on at Ross-Ade Stadium on their new huge screen in the south end zone. Kind of a cool idea.
2:40 p.m. – Indiana's offense is struggling once again. Hoosiers are behind now 28-16 with 3:25 to go, and this game is starting to slip away from them. They are just 6-for-22 shooting from the field and 1-for-11 from three-point range.
2:34 p.m. Jerome Hunter scored on short jumper for Indiana, which breaks a scoreless streak from the field that reached nearly 8 minutes.
2:25 p.m. – Jordan Geronimo makes 1-of-2 free throws for Indiana. He's not 3-for-16 from the free throw line this season, which is an embarrassment for any college player. Sasha Stefanovic, the junior from Crown Point, hits a three, his first of the game, and Purdue now leads 16-11 at the under-8 timeout.
2:18 p,m ET – Zach Edey hits a little hook shot for Purdue, and suddenly we're tied at 9-9. Edey scores again, and Purdue leads 11-9 at the second media timeout. Purdue is 5-for-6 from the field after missing its first five shots. Indiana is 4-for-12 from the field, but 0-for-5 from three.
2:15 p.m. ET – Purdue breaks through finally with a three-pointer by backup forward Aaron Wheeler. Indiana will have to watch that. He's played really well the past three games.
2:10 p.m. ET – Well, those first four minutes were exactly what Indiana was hoping for out of the gate. Indiana got baskets from Race Thompson and Trayce Jackson-Davis and now Rob Phinisee drives to the basket and scores to make it 6-0. He was fouled too, and will shoot a free throw after this first media timeout. Purdue is 0-for- 4 from the field and has FOUR turnovers already. Free throw goes, and it's 7-0.
2 p.m. ET – Same starters as in the past couple of game with Armaan Frankin out. It's Trayce Jackson-Davis and the masked Race Thompson up front, with Jerome Hunter, Al Durham and Lafayette native Rob Phinisee at the guards.
Usual starters for Purdue, Jaden Ivey, Sasha Stefanovic and Eric Hunter Jr., at the guard spots, with Mason Gillis and Trevion Williams up front.
1:55 p.m. ET – No change to the point spread. Remains at Purdue minus-7. Money flowing in evenly on both sides. My friend Walter Ego is calling this another "Back Up The Truck'' game, of which he's 6-0 this month. Big chunks on Purdue, both with the spread and the money line.
1:50 p.m. ET – With no one in the "Paint Crew'' seats, it's going to be up to you, the readers, to say that ''IU sucks.''
1:45 p.m. ET – Here's to hoping today is a historic day. This is, hopefully, the last basketball game I cover – IN MY LIFETIME – without any fans. Starting next week with the Big Ten Tournament, we're back with some fans in the stands. This has been weird all year, but it's really strange here at Mackey for this rivalry game with no fans in the stands.
1:30 p.m. ET – It's official that Indiana sophomore guard Armaan Franklin (foot) is not playing. He's in street clothes. Race Thompson is dressed and going through the full warm-up drill. Looks like he'll give it a go