Christopher Tufts | Sports Editor
Purdue returned home to Mackey Arena on Tuesday night to take on 17th ranked Louisville. The rematch from last year’s game was expected to be exciting but hardly anyone could have predicted what was to happen.
The game started around 8:00 but the Boilermakers didn’t show up until around the 15-minute mark of the first half. Even when they finally remembered there was a basketball game going om, they played some of their sloppiest basketball all year. Eventually, Purdue learned how to rebound again but they were unable to make the three-point shot all game (5-23 or 21.7%).
The sloppy play isn’t the focal point of the game though. Purdue battled the whole game not only against the Louisville Cardinals but also the Refs who were more than out to get the Boilermakers. It actually turned comical at one point. I’m not sure how a grouping of NCAA referees could be so awful. From travel calls to phantom fouls, there was no shortage of painful comedy.
Luckily, the Boilermakers, who fell out of the rankings after an awful performance in the Battle 4 Atlantis Tournament, rallied hard and were able to battle it out the whole game. The student section did a fantastic job making it a hostile environment for the Cardinals as well as making sure the refs knew they were having a bad day. Right from the tip, they were loud and into the game.
The final score was 66 – 57 Boilermakers. Purdue shot 33.3% from the field and lost the rebound battle 41-39. Although the stats aren’t attractive, it goes down as a W in the record book. And that’s all that matters, right?
Purdue will face off against Maryland on Friday at 7:00 p.m. ET. Purdue is currently favorited according to ESPN’s Basketball Power Index. The Boilermakers return to Mackey Arena on Saturday when they host Northwestern.