Winning the game by 50 and winning the rebounding battle by 40. Those weren't necessarily unexpected outcomes when Purdue traveled to play Rutgers. But they're still darn impressive.
The Boilermakers are one of the Big Ten's best teams, and the Scarlet Knights are almost without a doubt the conference's worst. So this was setting up for this kind of beatdown.
Purdue set numerous school records with the 107-57 win. It was the biggest margin of victory in a Big Ten game in program history, breaking the previous high of 48 points, set against the University of Chicago in 1929. It was also the biggest margin of victory in a road game in program history, breaking the previous mark of 43, also coming against the University of Chicago in 1943.
Though the most impressive number of all might be the 63 rebounds the Boilermakers hauled in, the most in a single game since Matt Painter took over as head coach.
Five different players had at least eight rebounds. Caleb Swanigan led the way with 13, backup Jacquil Taylor — a reserve playing for the first time since Dec. 12 — had 10, A.J. Hammons and Johnny Hill each grabbed nine and Vince Edwards had eight.
And certainly scoring was easy, too, with the Boilers scoring 59 first-half points and shooting 54.8 percent over the first 20 minutes. When rebounds came on the offensive end — and 27 of them did — they often turned into more points, Purdue scoring 30 second-chance points.
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The Boilermakers made 11 3-pointers and went 18-for-24 from the free-throw line.
All around, a pretty good game.
So thanks to matchups with lesser competition, the Boilers are back on track with wins over Penn State and Rutgers since that upset loss at Illinois. Purdue is 16-3 overall and 4-2 in league play with a Thursday game against Ohio State next.
Rutgers, meanwhile, seems to be heading for a winless conference season. Of course, there's plenty of basketball left to be played, and one of the two Big Ten wins the Knights got last season was against eventual national runner-up Wisconsin. So nothing can be fully predicted. But Rutgers looks bad, losing six straight to open conference play, and after falling to Indiana by just seven in the league opener, the Knights haven't come closer than 22. Since winning three of its first four non-conference games, Rutgers is 3-12 in 15 games.
The last time a team went winless in Big Ten play? Northwestern did it in the 1999-2000 season, going 0-16 as part of a 5-25 overall finish. If Rutgers were to go winless this season, it'd be in an 18-game conference schedule.