Indiana Basketball: 3 Keys to Upset #1 Purdue

Indiana and Kel'el Ware attempt to contain National Player of the Year candidate Zach Edey and the top-ranked Boilermakers at Assembly Hall Tuesday evening.

Jan 12, 2024; Bloomington, Indiana, USA; Indiana Hoosiers center Kel'el Ware (1) rebounds the ball.
Jan 12, 2024; Bloomington, Indiana, USA; Indiana Hoosiers center Kel'el Ware (1) rebounds the ball. / Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports
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Fresh off a 74-62 win against the Minnesota Golden Gophers on Friday night, the Hoosiers hope for the energy of the Assembly Hall crowd when they host bitter rival #1 Purdue tomorrow night. The Hoosiers have clicked their heels twice and chanted, "There's no place like home" this year—Indiana's only loss at Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall was to #2 Kansas.

Tuesday night will be a tall task (pun intended) as the Hoosiers and center Kal'el Ware attempt to neutralize Naismith National Player of the Year candidate Zach Edey. At 7-foot-4 and 300 pounds, the Candian-born Edey is the most dominant force in college basketball. Ware is a seven-footer in his own right, but he gives up significant size to Edey.

There are high expectations for the Boilermakers. Not only is Edey the frontrunner for Player of the Year, but many odds makers have Purdue as the favorite to win the National Championship. Head coach Matt Painter and the Boilermakers are trying to erase the bitter taste of an upset loss to Farleigh-Dickinson in the first round of the NCAA tournament.

Head coach Mike Woodson and the young Hoosiers are a team trying to find itself. They have a impressive roster of talented, young players. Coach Woodson is trying to round them into shape, and they have shown flashes of what they could become.

How can the Hoosiers upset the top-ranked Boilermakers? Here are three keys to an Indiana victory.