Jan. 10, 1998

Purdue Takes on Houston in Houston

  • #9/#8 Purdue (13-3) vs. Houston Cougars (7-5)
  • Saturday/Jan. 10, 1998/ 7:30 p.m. CST (8:30 p.m. EST)
  • Houston, Texas/Hofheinz Pavillon (10, 132)
  • Rankings: AP/Coaches-Purdue (9th/T8th), Houston (unranked)
  • Radio: Purdue Sports Network, Larry Clisby (PBP), Steve Reid (color)
  • Television: ESPN-Plus Live Broadcast, Jim Barbar (PBP), Bob Ford (color)

Quick look at Purdue
The No.9/8 Boilermakers (13-2, 2-1) travel to Houston to face the Cougars in a non-conference game on Saturday, Jan. 10 at 7:30 p.m. CST (8:30 p.m.). The out of conference game is a return from 1993, when Houston played Purdue in the first Boilermaker Blockbister in Indianapolis. It will mark the first of three straight road games for Purdue, the Boilermakers defeated Penn State 77-55 on Wednesday in their last outing in West Lafayette. After taking on Houston, the Boilers will play at Illinois (Jan. 13) and at Indiana (Jan. 18).

The Series:
The Purdue-Houston series is tied 1-1. The Cougars defeated Purdue 59-58 in 1982 in New Orleans. Purdue defeated Houston 114-90 in the first-ever Boilermaker Blockbuster in Indianapolis in 1993.

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

Head Coach Gene Keady
Purdue's Gene Keady (Kansas State '58) is 417-182 (.696) in his 20th season as a Division I head coach and 379-163 (.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 1,171 points and now ranks 21rst on the Boilers' all-time scoring list. Classmate Chad Austin also has 1,000 points, ranking 15th with 1,366.

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 10-0 when shooting better than its opponent from the field.

Trey Watch
Senior Chad Austin has 177 career three-point field goals. He needs three to pass Cuonzo Martin as Purdue's all-time leader. Martin had 179 from 1992-95.

Road Warriors:
The Boilermakers are undefeated in "true" road games this season. Purdue has an impressive 35-15 (.700) road record over the last five seasons (counting 1997-98); 3-0 in 1997-98, 6-6 in 1996-97, 9-2 in 1995-96, 8-4 in 1994-95 and 9-3 1993-94. In Big Ten games, Purdue has a 26-10 (.722) mark over that same span: 1-0 in 1998, 5-3 in 1997, 7-2 in 1996, 7-2 in 1995, and 6-3 in 1994.

Boiler Bits
Purdue has five players averaging in double-figures, led by Chad Austin (17.7)...Austin also leads the team in assists (3.8)...Purdue is shooting 50.1 percent from the field and 38.8 from three-point land and 75.7 from the foul line...The Boilers are shooting a Big Ten-best 85.1 percent from the foul line in three league 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 16 of its opponents to 50 percent or less shooting from the field....Purdue has at least four-double figure scorers in eight of 16 games...Purdue has seven players averging more than 20 minutes...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 and Austin are averaging 18.8 and 17.8 points, respectively, vs. ranked opponents...Miller is averaging 9.5 rebounds vs. four ranked foes.

Streak Hits Seven for Cardinal:
Sophomore Brian Cardinal has scored in double-figures seven consecutive games and in 13 of 16 overall. He is averaging 13.8 points a game and a team-high 17.0 in Big Ten games. He leads the team in steals (29) and in second in rebounding (5.0).

Bench Strength
Sophomores Gary McQuay and Mike Robinson have sparked the Boilers off the bench the last two games. McQuay had eight points, six boards and a career high six blocked shots at Minnesota, while Robinson had 10 points and sank three of four clutch free throws in the final minute. Against Penn State, McQuay scored nine points and Robinson added eight including three straight hoops in the first half to to ignite a 14-4 Purdue run. Robinson had a near double-double vs. the Nittany Lions by tying his career-high of 11 rebounds (scored eight points).

Seniors Break Out
Seniors Chad Austin and Brad Miller have both been in mini slumps but they both broke out vs. Penn State. Austin Scored a team high 15 points versus PSU, while Miller recorded his fifth double-double this season with 14 points and 12 rebounds.

Impressive non-Conference Record in the 1990s
Purdue has a 72-18 (.800) regular season record vs. non-conference opponents in the 1990s. The last seven years: 11-2 (1997), 5-5 (1996), 9-3 (1995), 12-0 (1994), 9-0 (1993), 8-4 (1992), and 8-2 (1991).

Free Throw Advantage
Purdue has made nearly as mant freee throws (302) as the opponents have attempted (304). The Boilermakers are shooting 75.7 percent from the line compared to 63.2 for its opponents. Alan Eldridge and Brian Cardinal are the leaders shooting 94.7 and 82.1 percent, respectively.

Purdue Wins When Leading At Halftime
Purdue has a 106-5 (.955) record the past five-plus years in games they have led at halftime. The Boilers have won 65 of their last 67 games when leading at the break. The last five-plus seasons: 12-1 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).

Last Game
A couple of key runs helped ignite Purdue past Penn State 77-55. The Boilermakers went on an 8-0 run at the 6:16 mark in the first half to lead 23-14. Brian Cardinal sank two free throws and Mike robinson scored three straight baskets during the stretch. The Boilers led 38-20 at halftime and put the game away with a 7-0 run in the start of the second stanza. Seniors Chad Austin and Brad Miller led the scoring with 15 and 14 points, respectively. Miller had a double-double with 12 rebounds. Cardinal and Alan Eldridge also had double digit points with 11 and 10. Purdue controlled the boards (46-35) and outshot the visitors (.406-.352). The Boilers forced 21 turnovers and made 13-15 from the line (.867).