Purdue beat Maryland, 80-75, in College Park, Md. Dec. 1 in each team’s first game of Big Ten play. The Terps fell to 6-3 overall. Here are four observations about the loss:
1. Purdue is an experienced, veteran team that’s poised to compete for the Big Ten title, while Maryland looked like it was a notch below the Boilermakers – at least at this stage of the season.
Purdue imposed its will early against Maryland, making it known how much of a challenge the Terps would face in trying to pull off what would’ve been their biggest win of the season. The Boilermakers jumped out to a 23-10 lead about eight minutes into the contest by beating Maryland inside and out.