IOWA CITY, Iowa – Iowa head coach Fran McCaffery and three of his players met with the media on Tuesday to discuss the challenge of facing top-ranked Purdue at Mackey Arena.
Iowa will try to upset the Boilermakers on Thursday before a sellout crowd at Mackey Arena, which is the only Big Ten venue that Iowa sixth-year senior guard Connor McCaffery hasn’t experience victory.
Purdue holds a 94-78 advantage in the series. The Boilermakers have won six of the last eight in the series. The Boilermakers won both regular season mee! ngs last season, but the Hawkeyes topped Purdue in the Big Ten Tournament championship game in March.
The Boilermakers hold a 62-22 advantage in games played in West Lafayette. Purdue has won 11 of the last 12 contests over the Hawkeyes inside Mackey Arena. Iowa’s last victory at Mackey Arena came on Jan. 2, 2016 (70-63).