The Big Ten, despite only having three ranked teams right now, is still an incredibly tough conference. Going on the road in conference is never easy. I don’t care if you’re the top ranked team in the country, which Purdue coincidentally is, or if you’re unranked, which Penn State is, there are no easy games. Purdue learned that lesson, again, the hard way against Nebraska. Purdue was given the best game Nebraska has played all season and maybe even for the last few seasons.
If Purdue wants to win the Big Ten for another year they’ve got to find ways to respond to tough road environments and when you are highly ranked every road environment becomes tough. Purdue just could not find a way to sustain things offensively or defensively against Nebraska. Can they do that today against Penn State?
According to KenPom, if you’re into that sort of thing, Penn State is 126th on offense and 116th on defense. In theory, this is a team that Purdue should beat. Pair that with the fact that this game is at home and the Paint Crew is back in town and I would expect Purdue to take control of this one and walk away with a victory.
Who: #1 Purdue 14-2 (3-2) vs. Penn State 8-8 (2-3)
When: 2:15 p.m. ET
Where: Mackey Arena - 14,876
TV: BTN (Dave Revsine, Robbie Hummel)
Radio: Purdue Global Radio Network (Rob Blackman, Bobby Riddell)
Join us in the open thread to watch along with your fellow Boilermakers.