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A blue-collar power forward who sparks the team with his hustle and enthusiasm ... perhaps the hardest working frontline player in the Big Ten ... Purdue's inspirational leader ... an excellent three-point shooter and good rebounder ... team co-captain ... Purdue's all-time career steals leader with 194 ... also ranks ninth all-time in school history in career 3-point field goal percentage (.379), 26th in career scoring (1,138), 27th in career rebounds (546), 28th in career assists (206) and is tied for 11th in career 3-point field goals (88) ... nickname is "Redbird".
As A Junior (1998-99)
Named third-team All-Big Ten (coaches) ... one of only two players to start all 34 games for the Boilermakers (Jaraan Cornell) ... led the Boilermakers in rebounding 15 times, in assists 11 times, in scoring five times and registered one 30-point scoring game (vs. Michigan on March 4) and one 20-point scoring game (at Indiana on Feb. 9) ... scored in double-figures 21 times ... averaged 11.0 points and 5.4 rebounds in Big Ten play (11.4 ppg and 5.5 rpg overall) ... became the school's all-time career steals leader with 194 ... led Purdue with 82 assists and 78 steals (second-best steal total in a season) ... tied school record for steals with seven in a win over South Carolina in the Jimmy V. Classic on Dec. 22 (Bruce Parkinson vs. Indiana, Feb. 20, 1977) ... finished with 16 points, five assists, four steals and three rebounds against Illinois on Jan. 13 ... scored 11 points after connecting on nine free throws (9-for-10) and added five rebounds and two assists versus Michigan on Jan. 23 ... scored 18 points and pulled down eight rebounds in a win over Lafayette on Nov. 22 ... scored 21 points while grabbing five rebounds in an overtime victory at Indiana on Feb. 9 ... had 19 points and a season-high nine rebounds against Penn State on Feb. 20 ... finished with 15 points, seven rebounds and four steals against Minnesota on Feb. 23 ... led Purdue with a career-high 33 points (8-for-18 shooting), connected on a career-high five treys (5-for-10), pulled down a team-high nine rebounds and added four assists and three steals in the Big Ten Tournament versus Michigan on March 4 ... scored 14 points, grabbed seven rebounds and added three assists and three steals in a 58-54 victory over No. 7 seed Texas in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on March 12 ... tallied a game-high 20 points to go with six rebounds, four steals and two assists in Purdue's 73-63 victory over No. 2 seed Miami (FL) in the second round of the NCAA Tournament on March 14 ... managed just two shots and finished with five points and four rebounds in the season-ending loss against Temple in the Sweet 16 on March 19.
USA Goodwill Games Team (1998)
Played 17 minutes in four games ... averaged 0.5 points and 0.5 rebounds per game ... team compiled a 4-1 record en route to the gold medal.
As A Sophomore (1997-98)
Third-team All-Big Ten (coaches and media) ... earned Ray Eddy Mr. Hustle and Courage awards ... played in a school-record 36 games, starting 32 ... did not start any Big Ten Tournament games because of the flu ... also missed a start against Wisconsin on Jan. 31 due to a sore toe, although he did come off the bench and contribute 12 points and five rebounds ... averaged 12.0 points, 4.9 rebounds (third on team) and 1.8 assists ... led team in steals (65, tied for third-best single-season mark at Purdue), was second in trey percentage (.429) and fourth in field goal percentage (.509) ... ranked tied for ninth on Purdue's all-time season list for three-point percentage ... scored 18 points on 8-of-12 shooting vs. No. 4 North Carolina ... 1997 Boilermaker Invitational All-Tournament Team ... scored in double-figures 26 times (third on team) ... Purdue's top scorer in four games (20 at Valparaiso on Nov. 17, 18 vs. Michigan State on Dec. 30, 22 at Minnesota on Jan. 2, and 17 at Iowa on Feb. 18) ... turned in arguably his best game of the season with team-highs of 22 points (on 8-of-11 shooting) and six rebounds against the Golden Gophers on Jan. 2 ... had a season-high five assists vs. No. 7 Kentucky on Dec. 3 ... top rebounding effort was nine against Long Island in the season-opener on Nov. 14 ... top shooting performance (11-of-12) came vs. Northeast Louisiana as he delivered 24 points ... averaged 12.7 points, 5.7 rebounds, 3.3 steals and 3.0 assists during 1998 NCAA Tournament, while making 9-of-11 shots (.818) from the foul line ... CBS-TV Player-of-the-Game vs. Detroit on Mar. 15.
USA 22 & Under Team (1997)
Averaged 2.4 points and 1.6 rebounds ... shot 53.3 percent from the field ... U.S. squad, coached by Utah coach Rick Majerus, finished 6-2 overall and fifth position in the 12-team field.
As A Freshman (1996-97)
Won team's Ray Eddy Mr. Hustle and Courage awards ... one of three players to start all 30 games for the Boilermakers ... finished ninth in the Big Ten in steals (30) ... Purdue's No. 3 scorer (10.6) and No. 2 rebounder (6.1) ... second on team in steals (51) ... Purdue's scoring leader five games, top rebounder nine times and assists' leader twice.
Sat out the season as a redshirt but practiced daily with the team.
Ranked as one of the top 100 high school seniors in the nation ... averaged 25.0 points and 12.0 rebounds as a senior for 27-4 Unity High in 1994-95 ... scored 39 points in Unity's sectional championship victory ... Unity finished 27-1 his junior year, losing only in the sectional ... averaged 23.5 points, made 53 three-point field goals, shooting 52 percent from behind the arc and pulled down 11 rebounds per game ... scored 24 points to earn MVP honors in the Coca-Cola all-star game ... earned MVP honors in the Class A Illinois Basketball Coaches Association All-Star Game.
Majoring in management ... served an internship with Scherring-Plough, one of the world's leading pharmaceutical companies, during the 1998 summer ... given name is Brian Lee Cardinal ... born May 2, 1977 ... son of Rod and Mary Cardinal ... has one brother (Troy) and one sister (Lisa) ... his father is the men's basketball athletic trainer for the University of Illinois.
Inside Brian Cardinal
- I started playing basketball: when I was still crawling.
- One thing that I wish people knew about me but don't: I really enjoy spending time outdoors farming and boating. I just wish I knew more about both!
- Person I would most like to meet: my father's parents, who passed away before I could meet them.
- When I'm not playing basketball, I like to: relax and read a good book.
- The best player I ever played against: Paul Pierce, Raef LaFrentz and Robert Traylor have to rank up there.
- The toughest arena I ever played in: at Iowa and Michigan State ... their fans are ruthless.
- The first time I walked into Mackey Arena for a game: I was a redshirt and didn't play, but I got chills and was speechless.
- Biggest athletic thrill: making a three-pointer to send our NCAA Tournament game against Rhode Island into overtime.
- Since I've been at Purdue, I've learned: a lot about myself as a person, as well as hard work, patience and discipline.
- The thing about Coach Keady that impresses me: is that he is so intense. He wants you to work as hard as you can and you know he is working hard for you.
- Preseason team surprise player and why: Maynard Lewis because he played great with the Big Ten Touring team.
- CAREER HIGHS -
|Points||33 vs. Michigan (March 4, 1999)|
|Field Goals||11 vs. Northeast Louisiana (Nov. 20, 1997)|
|Field Goal Attempts||18 twice, last vs. Michigan (March 4, 1999)|
|3-Point Field Goals||5 vs. Michigan (March 4, 1999)|
|3-Point FG Attempts||10 vs. Michigan (March 4, 1999)|
|Free Throws||12 vs. Michigan (March 4, 1999)|
|Free Throw Attempts||14 vs. Michigan (March 4, 1999)|
|Rebounds||12 twice, last vs. Bowling Green (Nov. 11, 1996)|
|Assists||7 vs. Indiana (January 18, 1997)|
|Steals||7 vs. South Carolina (December 22, 1998)|
|Blocked Shots||2 four times, last vs. Illinois-Chicago (Nov. 16, 1998)|
|Minutes Played||41 at Indiana (February 18, 1997)|
- CARDINAL'S CAREER STATISTICS -
|YEAR||GP-GS||MIN (AVG)||FG-FGA (%)||3P-3PA (%)||FT-FTA (%)||REB (AVG)||PF-D||AST||TO||BLK||ST||PTS (AVG)|
|1996-97||30-30||865 (28.8)||100-220 (.455)||21-63 (.333)||98-139 (.705)||182 (6.1)||105-6||58||63||8||51||319 (10.6)|
|1997-98||36-32||925 (25.7)||140-275 (.509)||30-70 (.429)||122-155 (.787)||178 (4.9)||119-6||66||50||12||65||432 (12.0)|
|1998-99||34-34||960 (28.2)||118-246 (.480)||37-99 (.374)||114-147 (.776)||186 (5.5)||99-3||82||66||14||78||387 (11.4)|
|TOTALS||100-96||2,750 (27.5)||358-741 (.483)||88-232 (.379)||334-441 (.757)||546 (5.5)||323-15||206||179||34||194||1,138 (11.4)|
- CARDINAL GAME-BY-GAME -
1998-99 (JUNIOR) - *indicates starter
|*LONG BEACH STATE||26||5-7||0-0||8-11||1-5-6||4||3||3||0||0||18|