MBB Travels to Surging Michigan
Jan. 8, 2018

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GAMEDAY PREVIEW
No. 5 Purdue (15-2, 4-0) vs. RV Michigan (14-3, 3-1)

Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018 / 9 p.m. ET / ESPN (Dave Flemming, Dan Dakich, Molly McGrath)
Ann Arbor, Michigan / Crisler Center (12,707)

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - No. 5-ranked Purdue begins one of its most-difficult weeks of the season, traveling to face a surging Michigan squad for a ESPN Super Tuesday matchup tipping at 9 p.m. ET.

The game will be televised by ESPN with Dave Flemming, Dan Dakich and Molly McGrath on the call. Larry Clisby and Rob Blackman will handle the radio broadcast on the Purdue Radio Network. Fans can receive in-game updates on Purdue Basketball’s official Twitter account (@BoilerBall).

Purdue is looking for its first 5-0 Big Ten start since the 1989-90 season (8-0) and for its 12th straight win overall.

Purdue’s senior class is also looking for its first win at Michigan as the Crisler Center is one of three Big Ten arenas that Purdue hasn’t won in during the senior quartet’s career. Purdue hasn’t defeated Michigan in the regular season since Jan. 7, 2016, an 87-70 decision in Mackey Arena.

Purdue closes out the week with another difficult test at Minnesota on Saturday (noon).

Looking Back
• Purdue improved to 15-2 with a 74-62 win over Nebraska in front of a sold-out crowd of 14,804 at Mackey Arena. Purdue’s 17-game start of 15-2 is the third-best 17-game start in school history (16-1 in 1993-94 and 1987-88).
• Purdue’s 4-0 Big Ten start equals the program’s best since start starting 8-0 in the 1989-90 season (Purdue also went 4-0 in 2010-11 and 1995-96).
• Purdue started the game 11-of-14 from the field in surging to a 27-12 lead. It finished the game 16-of-47 (.340) from the field.
• Purdue’s senior class scored 55 of the Boilermakers’ 74 points.
Vincent Edwards recorded his seventh double-double of the season with 21 points, 10 rebounds and six assists. Purdue is now 21-3 during his career when he leads the team in scoring.
Dakota Mathias made a 3-pointer in his 23rd consecutive game, the third-longest streak in Purdue history.

The Numbers to Know
• 11 & 7: Purude has the 3rd-longest (11) while Michigan (7) has the 7th-longest win streak nationally.
• 3: Purdue’s first three road games in Big Ten play are against teams that made the 2017 NCAAs.
• 5: Purdue’s AP ranking -- its highest since Feb. 22, 2010 (No. 3).
• 6: Number of teams nationally to have four players average 13.0 points per game.
• 7: Consecutive opponents held under 43.0 percent shooting from the field.
• 8: Consecutive opponents held under 70 points (last - Maryland on Dec. 1, 2017).
• 9: Largest deficit during Purdue’s 11-game winning streak (19-10 vs. IUPUI).
• 17: Consecutive wins in games played on Tuesday (last loss - Jan. 21, 2014 vs. Northwestern; 63-60).
• 40: Winning streak when holding opponents to 59 or fewer points (March 14, 2013, vs. Nebraska).
• 0.81: Purdue’s defensive points per possession over the last seven games.
 

 

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