Nov. 1, 1997

Boilermakers to Play Australian National Team

Purdue vs. Australian National Team (Exhibition)
DATE: Monday/November 3,1997/8 p.m. EST
SITE: West Lafayette, Indiana/Mackey Arena (14,123)
Rankings: AP/Coaches- Purdue (not available)
Radio: Purdue Sports Network, Larry Clisby (PBP), Steve Reid (color)
Television: ESPN-Plus Live Broadcast, Jim Barbar (PBP), Bob Ford (color)

                            PROJECTED STARTERS
Pos-No   Player     Yr.     Ht.     Hometown            *ppg    *rpg    *apg
G-3  Chad Austin    Sr.     6-2     Richmond,Ind.       17.0    3.5     2.3
G-15 Alan Eldridge  Jr.     6-1     Fort Wayne, Ind.    4.5     2.5     2.7
C-52 Brad Miller    Sr.     6-11    Kendallville, Ind.  14.3    8.3     2.9
F-35 Brian Cardinal So.     6-8     Tolono, Ill.        10.6    6.1     1.9
F-23 Mike Robinson  So.     6-6     Peoria, Ill.        9.7     4.7     2.2
                              OFF THE BENCH
G-22 Jaraan Cornell So.     6-3     South Bend, Ind.    10.2    2.4     2.0
F-5  Gary McQuay    So.     6-8     Gary, Ind           4.6     3.5     0.4
G-4  Mosi Barnes    So.     6-0     Indianapolis, Ind.  0.2     0.2     0.4
G-20 Tony Mayfield  Jr.     6-1     Milwaukee, Wis.       TRANSFER
G-11 Chad Kerkof    So.     6-0     Greenfield, Ind.    0.0     0.5     0.1
G-24 B.J. Carretta  Fr.     6-3     Fort Wayne, Ind.      REDSHIRTED
* Averages from 1996-97

Quick Look at Purdue:
The expectations are sky-high for the Purdue Boilermakers in 1997-98. Purdue has been picked among the top 10 teams nationally by most publications, and many have the Boilers winning their fourth Big Ten championship in five years. Purdue returns all five starters and its top two reserves from last season's 18-12 squad which advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament before losing to No. 1-ranked Kansas. The Old Gold and Black posted a 12-6 Big Ten record in 1996-97, tying Iowa for second place. Purdue begins its exhibition season on Nov. 3 against the Australian National Team at 8 p.m. The Boilers' final tuneup before the regular season begins will come against the Shakhter/Russia Select Team on Nov. 9 at 2 p.m. The season-opening contest vs. Long Island will be on Nov. 14 at 9 p.m.

Head Coach Gene Keady:
Purdue's Gene Keady (Kansas State '58) is 404-179 (.693) in his 20th season as a head coach and 366-160 (.696) in his 18th season with the Boilermakers. The six-time Big Ten Coach-of-the-Year has guided Purdue to six league titles (1984,1987,1988,1994,1995, and 1996) and 16 postseason tournament bids, including five NCAA tournaments. Keady has been honored as the nation's top coach five years (1984,1988,1994,1995,1996). On the national scene, Purdue finished third,12th and tied for fourth in the final AP poll from 1994-96, respectively. In Big 10 games, he is the third winningest coach all-time with a 203-103 (.663) record and is fifth in victories. Keady was inducted into the National Junior College Basketball Hall of fame in 1990. Keady has also led the United States to a 22-2 (.917) international mark and four medals (two golds, a silver and bronze). He needs just six wins to become Purdue's all-time winningest coach, passing Ward Lambert's 371 victories.

Roster Notes:
The 1997-98 Purdue basketball 11-man roster includes senior captains Brad Miller and Chad Austin, two juniors, six sophomores and one redshirt freshman (B.J Carretta)...Carson Cunningham, a 6-1 guard, will only be able to practice with the Boilermakers this season after transferring from Oregon State...sophomore Mike Robinson has switched his jersey number from 32 to 23...eight of the 11 Boilermakers are from the state of Indiana...Tony Mayfield, a 6-1 point guard from Tyler Junior College, is the lone newcomer in 1997-98...Carretta could be classified as a newcomer after redshirting last season.

Preseason Honors:
The Boilermakers have been picked high by several national publications. Some of Purdue's preseason national rankings: third by Street & Smith's, sixth by Playboy, seventh by Preview sports, eighth by Ultimate Sports, ninth by Dick Vitale's College Basketball, ninth by Athlon's, ninth by Basketball Times, 10th by Billy Packer's, 12th by Blue Ribbon Basketball and 18th by Slam. The Boilermakers are virtually a unanimous pick to win the Big Ten Conference title. Purdue was picked first by the Big Ten Media with 215 points, followed by Indiana (109) and Iowa (78). Senior Chad Austin has been picked as the preseason Big Ten Player-of-the-Year by several magazines, including the Big Ten Media. Austin is also one of 25 players selected for the John R. Wooden National Player-of-the-Year Award. Senior Brad Miller is rated the sixth-best center by Dick Vitale.

A Look Back:
Purdue has three Big Ten championships and a second place finish (1997) over the last four years. Over that period, the Boilers have posted an impressive 98-30 (.766) record and appeared in the NCAA tournameny every season (five straight). In Big Ten games, Purdue has posted the best four-year mark of 56-16 (.778); Minnesota is a distant second at 46-26 (.639).

Purdue Career Rankings
Chad Austin     145(3-point FGs)    3rd
                .387(3-point FG%)   7th
                207(assists)        T24th
                1,100(points)       25th
                
Brad Miller     107(blocks)         4th
                103(steals)         10th
                560(rebounds)       20th
                171(assists)        30th