Edwards, a potential First-Team All-American, connected on just 4-of-24 shots on the night (he missed all ten of his three-point attempts!), though he did make a huge play late, splitting two defenders off a ball-screen and finishing beautifully at the rim. With the victory, Purdue improves to 19-7 overall and 12-3 in the Big Ten, tied with Michigan State and Michigan atop the conference. The Boilermakers are currently projected to be in the 3-4 seed range in the NCAA Tournament. Between the crushing injury to Nick Ward for the Spartans (remember, Joshua Langford is out for the year as well), the fact that Michigan and Michigan State still have two remaining head-to-head games, and Purdue likely being the favorite in all five of its remaining league games (at Nebraska, vs. Illinois, vs. Ohio State, at Minnesota, and at Northwestern), you could make the case that Purdue, despite losing the quartet of Vincent Edwards, Dakota Mathias, Isaac Haas, and PJ Thompson to graduation last spring, is in the drivers’ seat to win the Big Ten, maybe the best conference in America.
Make that 🖐 in a row for @BoilerBall and eight of the last nine in the rivalry!It was a drama-filled ending at Indiana, and Matt Haarms' tip-in was the deciding bucket: pic.twitter.com/j0Ajr2xLIN — Big Ten Network (@BigTenNetwork) February 20, 2019