Jan. 5, 1998

Purdue Hosts Penn St. in Big Ten Battle

  • #5/#8 Purdue (12-3, 1-1) vs. Penn State (7-4, 0-1)
  • Wednesday/ Jan. 7, 1998/8:00p.m. EST
  • West Lafayette, Ind/Mackey Arena (14,123)
  • Rankings: AP/Coaches-Purdue (5th/T8th), Penn State (unranked)
  • 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.     17.9    4.1     3.9
G-15 Alan Eldridge   Jr.    6-1     Fort Wayne, Ind.    7.3    3.4     3.5
G-22 Jaraan Cornell  So.    6-3     South Bend, Ind    12.8    3.6     2.8
F-35 Brian Cardinal  So.    6-8     Tolono, Ill        14.0    4.9     2.0 
C-52 Brad Miller     Sr.    6-11    Kendallville, Ind. 16.2    8.3     2.5

Off The Bench

F-23 Mike Robinson So. 6-6 Peoria, Ill 10.5 3.9 1.3 F-5 Gary McQuay So. 6-8 Gary, Ind. 7.1 4.8 1.3 G-20 Tony Mayfield Jr. 6-1 Milwaukee, Wis. 2.7 1.4 1.9 G-11 Chad Kerkhof So. 6-0 Greenfield, Ind. 1.4 0.7 0.4 G-24 B.J. Carretta Fr. 6-3 Fort Wayne, Ind 0.9 0.3 0.3 G-4 Mosi Barnes So. 6-0 Indianapolis, Ind. 1.5 0.6 0.6

Did You Know
Sophomore forward Brian Cardinal has scored in double-figures in six straight games, averaging 15.8 points over that stretch. He has scored 20, 18 and 22 points in his last three games.

Quick look at Purdue and Penn State
The No. 5/8 Boilermakers (12-3) got back on the winning track with an exciting 83-79 road win over defending Big Ten champion Minnesota on Jan. 2. Now Purdue hosts Penn State on Wednesday, Jan 7 at 8 p.m. before going out of conference to play at Houston on Saturday, Jan. 10 at 8:30 p.m. EST (7:30 CST). The Nittany Lions are 7-4, 0-1 in the league after losing at Michigan, 92-75, in their last outing on Jan. 3. Penn State's leading scorer is senior guard Pete Lisicky (15.9). Purdue has executed well down the stretch in close games, recording a 3-1 mark in games decided by five points or less.

The Series
Purdue leads the series with Penn State 8-3. The Boilers have won two straight and five of the last six games. Purdue is 5-0 all-timer vs. the Nittany Lions in West lafayette. Purdue won the first meeting between the two schools in 1960 (63-54 in West Lafayette). Gene Keady is 7-2 all-time vs. Penn State.

Head Coach Gene Keady
Purdue's Gene Keady (Kansas State '58) is 416-182 (.696) in his 20th season as a Division I head coach and 378-163 (.699) in his 18th season with the Boilermakers. He passed Ward Lambert as Purdue's all-time winningest coach on Dec. 6 by defeating Louisville 87-69. Lambert recorded 371 wins in 28 1/2 years. 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 straight 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 Ten 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).

Two 1,000-Point Scorers
Senior Brad Miller scored 19 points against Alabama-Birmingham in game four to become the 35th player in Purdue history to go over 1,000 points for his career. Miller has 1,157 points and now ranks 23rd on the Boilers' all-time scoring list. Classmate Chad Austin also has 1,000 points, ranking 15th with 1,351.

Winning Factors
An early indicator for Purdue's sucess in 1997-98 has been scoring a lot of points. Purdue is 11-0 when scoring 80 or more points. Another factor is field goal percentage. Purdue is 9-0 when shooting better than its opponent from the field.

Trey Watch
Senior Chad Austin has 174 career three-point field goals. He needs 6 to pass Cuonzo Martin as Purdue's all-time leader. Martin had 179 from 1992-95.

Free Throw Advantage
Purdue has made more free throws (289) than its opponents have attempted (284). The Boilermakers are shooting 75.3 percent from the line compared to 62.3 percent for its opponents. Alan Eldridge and Brian Cardinal are the leaders shooting 94.1 and 83.1 percent respectively.

Purdue vs. The Big Ten in Mackey
Purdue has an impressive 31-6 (.838) record at mackey Arena the past four-plus years against Big Ten teams. However the Boilers are 0-1 in 1997-98 after losing thir league opener to Michigan State. Purdue went 8-1 in 1993-94, 8-1 in 1994-95, 8-1 in 1995-96 and 7-2 in 1996-97. The Boilers have an all-time record of 206-51 (.802) in Mackey vs league competition.

Purdue Wins When Leading At Halftime
Purdue has a 105-5 (.954) record the past five-plus years in games they have led at halftime. The Boilers have won 64 of their last 66 games when leading at the break. The last five-plus seasons: 11-1 in 1997-98, 14-1 in 1996-97, 23-0 in 1995-96, 18-1 in 1994-95, 26-1 in 1993-94 and 13-1 in 1992-93.

Tough Schedule
Purdue is playing one of the most difficult schedules in the nation this season. Six of Purdue's opponents were ranked in the preseason Associated Press top 25 poll: North Carolina (4), Kentucky (8), Xavier (10), Iowa (15), Indiana (17) and Louisville (25). Purdue has already defeated seven NCAA Tournament teams from 1997: Long Island, Valparaiso, UMass, Louisville (Elite Eight), Xavier, Providence (Elite Eight) and Minnesota (Final Four).

Boiler Bits
Purdue has five players averaging in double-figures, led by Chad Austin (17.9)...Austin also leads the team in assists (3.9)...Purdue is shooting 50.8 percent from the field and 38.6 from three-point land...the Boilers are shooting 84.6 percent from the foul line in two Big Ten games...Purdue is 2-2 vs. ranked teams (lost to #4 UNC and #7 KU, defeated #25 Louisville and 310 Xavier)...Purdue has held all 15 of it opponents to 50 percent or less shooting from the field....Purdue has at least four-double figure scorers in seven of 15 games...Purdue has had five differnt scoring leaders this season...Purdue now has four team captains (Gene Keady named junior Alan Eldridge and sophomore Brian Cardinal captains after Purdue's home loss to Michigan State...seniors Chad Austin and Brad Miller also serve as captains)...Miller is averaging 9.5 rebounds vs. four ranked foes...

Seniors Getting Help
Seniors Chad Austin and Brad Miller have both been in mini slumps lately, but the Boilermakers have gotten solid production from some underclasssmen. Brian cardinal has led the team in scoring two straight games and scored in double figures six consecutive games. Classmate Jaaraan Cornell has scored in double-digits in six-of-his last seven games and paced Purdue's scoring attack in four games over that span. Junior point guard Alan Eldridge has been steady also, averaging 7.3 points, 3.5 assists and 3.4 rebounds. He also has 25 steals (second only to Cardinal's 26).

Last Game
Purdue evened its league record with an impressive 83-79 road win over defending Big Ten champion Minnesota. The Boilers remained undefeated (3-0) in "true" road games. Chad Ausin hit two key free throws and Mike Robinson sank 3-of-4 to help seal the win. Jacobsen ended with a game-high 28 points while Brian cardinal paced Purdue with 22 points and six boards. PU outshot UM (.532-.417) but were outrebounded (39-36). McQuay ended with eight points, six boards and a career-high five blocked shots.