Jan. 3, 2014
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. --
The Purdue men's basketball team will hit the road for the first time in Big Ten play this weekend with a Sunday afternoon battle at Minnesota, beginning at 2:30 pm (ET) on BTN. It will be the first trip to Williams Arena for all but four players on the team and the first Big Ten road game for seven of Purdue's 15 players.
Boilermakers Hit the Road for the First Time in Big Ten Play Sunday at Minnesota
Coming off a 78-69 loss to third-ranked Ohio State on Tuesday afternoon, the Purdue men's basketball team looks for its first Big Ten of the season with its first game of the 2014 calendar year on Sunday against Minnesota at 2:30 pm (ET) at Williams Arena in Minneapolis. It will be the second straight Big Ten home game for the Gophers as they opened with a 63-60 loss to Michigan on Thursday evening. It is the first of two meetings this year as Minnesota will visit Mackey Arena on Feb. 5.
The contest will be televised by Big Ten Network with Cory Provus and former Illinois standout Stephen Bardo on the broadcast.
Larry Clisby and Rob Blackman will have the call on the Purdue Sports Network, beginning with the pregame show at 1:30 pm (ET).
Live stats will be provided via Gametracker on PurdueSports.com and as always, Twitter updates will be provided at @BoilerBall.
The Last Meeting
March 9, 2013
West Lafayette, Ind.
Purdue At a Glance
Purdue dropped its Big Ten opener on Tuesday with a 78-69 setback to third-ranked Ohio State and is looking for its first league win of the season on Sunday. The loss was Purdue's first in a Big Ten opener since the 2008-09 season and snapped the Boilermakers' eight-game homecourt winning streak and was the first at Mackey Arena this year.
Head Coach Matt Painter will roll out a youthful lineup against the experienced Gophers. The Boilers have just two seniors that have been in the program for four years, two players that are fifth-year senior transfers, no scholarship juniors and seven freshmen or sophomores that see significant action. The 15 players on the roster have combined for just 219 starts with 63 of them coming from senior Terone Johnson. Entering the season, the group had combined for just 149 career starts. By contrast, this will mark the second straight game that Purdue's opponent will start a lineup with five juniors or seniors.
As a squad, the Boilermakers are averaging 77.7 points per game and shooting 45.2 percent from the field, 34.6 percent from three-point range and 65.3 percent from the free throw line. Purdue is outrebounding opponents by almost three boards a game and winning the turnover margin battle by 1.6 per game.
Opponents are averaging 70.6 points per game and shooting 40.7 percent from the field, 31.8 percent from three-point range and 68.8 percent from the free throw line. Opponents are averaging 13.4 turnovers per game but are grabbing 33.6 percent of their misses, making Purdue last in the Big Ten in defensive rebounding percentage (.664).
Senior Terone Johnson and his brother, sophomore Ronnie Johnson, lead the Boilermakers in scoring at 13.9 and 11.1 points, respectively. Freshman Bryson Scott follows at 9.3 points per game and sophomore center A.J. Hammons averages 8.8 points, 7.5 rebounds and 3.8 blocks while shooting 56.5 percent from the field.
Minnesota at a Glance
Minnesota enters the contest with an 11-3 overall record after falling to Michigan at home, 63-60, in its Big Ten opener on Thursday night. The Gophers led at halftime, 30-28, but saw Michigan shoot 10-of-19 (.526) from the field in the second half to pull away for the close victory. Malik Smith and Andre Hollins led Minnesota with 12 points, while Elliott Eliason recorded a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds. The Gophers outrebounded the Wolverines, 38-24.
Andre Hollins leads the Gophers in scoring (15.9 ppg) while grabbing 4.1 rebounds per game and shooting 82.3 percent (65-of-79) from the free throw line. Austin Hollins (no relation) averages 12.6 points per game and DeAndre Mathieu contributes 11.4 points and 4.7 assists per game.
As a team, Minnesota is averaging 76.1 points per game and shooting 43.1 percent from the field and 34.5 percent from long range. The Gophers are winning the rebounding battle (+4.9) and turnover battles (+3.2) by significant margins. Minnesota leads the Big Ten in free throw percentage (.755).