Jan. 14, 2014
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. --
Fresh off its first Big Ten win of the season on Sunday against Nebraska, the Purdue men's basketball team makes the short trek to Champaign, Ill., to face an Illinois squad that was in last week's national rankings.
Boilermakers Look For Second Straight Win Wednesday at Illinois
After wrapping up a stretch with just four games in 22 days, the Purdue men's basketball team begins a stretch of three games in seven days with a Wednesday night contest at Illinois, tipping off at 9 pm (ET) / 8 pm (CT) on the Big Ten Network. The contest continues a trend of alternating home-and-away games for the Boilermakers, as they will alternate home and away for a span of 12 games from Dec. 7 to Jan. 30. It will be the only meeting between the two squads this year as the Boilermakers aim to even their Big Ten record at 2-2.
Purdue is looking for back-to-back Big Ten wins for the first time since Jan. 13-16, 2013, when the Boilermakers recorded wins over Penn State and Nebraska.
In Big Ten play only, Purdue ranks in the top half of 10-of-17 statistical categories, including second in rebound margin (+6.3) and third in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.38) and three-point percentage defense (.306). The Boilermakers are also fourth in assists per game (14.7) and turnovers per game (10.7).
Purdue is averaging 77.3 points per game so far this year, its highest scoring average since averaging 83.7 points per game in the 1997-98 season. Purdue ranks 70th in the country in scoring which would mark the second-highest national ranking during the Matt Painter era (2010-11 team finished 69th nationally in scoring).
Purdue has outshot nine of its 16 opponents this year, compiling a 9-0 record when it does so. The Boilermakers have won 11 straight games when shooting a higher percentage than their opponent and are 153-19 (.890) under Matt Painter.
Ten Purdue players average at least 12.8 minutes per game and Purdue's bench is accounting for 30.5 points per game. In games that Purdue's bench outscores its opponent's bench, the Boilermakers are just 7-5. When it doesn't outscore the opponent's bench, Purdue is 4-0.
Purdue has outrebounded its last six opponents by a combined 38 rebounds (6.3 per game). However, during that span, Purdue is just 3-3 and is 6-4 this year when outrebounding opponents. On the flipside, Purdue is 5-1 when being outrebounded (or tied) with the lone loss coming to Washington State.
Painter has started eight different starting lineups this season. Last year's team had 11 different starting lineups.
Purdue has lost 13-of-16 jump balls this season, and in 10 of the 13 times it lost the tip, the opponent scored on its opening possession.
Purdue has held seven of its 16 opponents to 69 or fewer points, posting a 6-1 record when doing so. In Matt Painter's 287 games while the head coach, Purdue has held opponents to 69 or fewer points in 200 of the games (163-37 record) or in 69.7 percent of games during his tenure.
Purdue has rallied from at least eight points down in four of its 11 victories (9 vs. Northern Kentucky, 9 vs. Rider, 16 vs. Siena, 8 vs. West Virginia). Purdue has trailed in nine of its 10 victories (led start to finish against Eastern Illinois).
Ten different players have scored in double figures this year, combining for 53 outings (3.3 per game).
Purdue has drawn just seven charges this year and none of them have been drawn by a returning player.
Purdue At a Glance
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 224 starts with 64 of them coming from senior Terone Johnson.
As a squad, the Boilermakers are averaging 77.3 points per game and shooting 44.9 percent from the field, 35.4 percent from three-point range and 65.4 percent from the free throw line. Purdue is outrebounding opponents by 3.0 boards a game and winning the turnover margin battle by 1.5 per game.
Opponents are averaging 70.9 points per game and shooting 41.3 percent from the field, 32.5 percent from three-point range and 69.8 percent from the free throw line. Opponents are averaging 13.1 turnovers per game.
Illinois at a Glance
Illinois enters Wednesday's game with Purdue riding a two-game losing streak after entering the national rankings last Monday (No. 23), falling to Wisconsin (95-70) and Northwestern (49-43), both on the road.
The Fightling Illini boast the Big Ten's top scorer in Drake transfer and Champaign native, Rayvonte Rice. He is averaging 18.1 points per game, outscoring Michigan State's Gary Harris (17.8 ppg).
Tracy Abrams follows at 12.6 points per game and Joseph Bertrand also averages in double figures at 11.0 ppg.
Illinois has started the same lineup in each of its 17 games this year, getting only 222 points (13.1 ppg) from its bench this year. Five players average at least 27.9 minutes per game. By contrast, just one Purdue player (Terone Johnson -- 29.0 mpg) averages at least 27.9 minutes.
In all games played, the Illini rank third in scoring defense (62.8) and turnovers per game (9.9).
In Big Ten games only, Illinois leads the league in turnover margin (+4.25) and is second in turnovers per game (8.0) and steals (7.8). The Illini is last in field goal percentage (.351) and three-point percentage (.231).
The Last Meeting
February 13, 2013
Purdue Defeated by Illinois, 79-59
Terone Johnson led Purdue with 18 points, but D.J. Richardson scored 18 points and Illinois opened up a big first-half lead that helped defeat Purdue 79-59 on Wednesday night.
Breaking Down the Series
Wednesday's contest marks the 182nd all-time meeting between the two squads, a series that dates back to January 1906.
The 181 meetings makes it the seventh-most frequently-played rivalry in the Big Ten. Purdue's 96 wins are the fifth most against any one foe, while the 85 losses are the second most behind Indiana's 88.
Purdue has won eight of the last nine meetings dating back to March 14, 2009. Matt Painter is 11-5 all-time against Illinois, including 4-3 in the State Farm Center.
Illinois' 79-59 win over Purdue last February ended an eight-game winning streak for Purdue, which was the third-longest winning streak in series history by the Boilermakers. Illinois' longest winning streak in the series is 11 games from 1950 to 1956.
The eight overtime games between the two teams make Illinois the most-frequent overtime opponent in Purdue history. The Illini have won five straight overtime games against the Boilermakers, dating back to 1992.
Purdue has played three Illinois teams that were ranked No. 1 (1952, twice in 2005), tied with the third-most games against a program ranked No. 1 in series history (Indiana, Ohio State).
Illinois has not scored 80 points against the Boilermakers since March 3, 2005, a span of 16 games.
Purdue owns a winning record (23-21) in games played at the State Farm Center (which used to be called Assembly Hall). It's one of four visiting Big Ten arenas that Purdue has a winning record in (Northwestern, Michigan, Penn State).
Purdue's Jay Simpson will be returning to his hometown for the first time in a Purdue uniform. He did not play in last year's game in Champaign because of his medical redshirt. He expects close to 30 family and friends in attendance.
Purdue's propensity for winning games in the friendly confines of Mackey Arena has been well documented, but the Boilermakers are also stout on the road.
Purdue owns a road-win total of 36 since the beginning of the 2007-08 campaign, three behind Michigan State (40) and Wisconsin (39) for the most in the Big Ten during that span.
Purdue's winning percentage (.545) in "true" road games since the start of the 2007-08 season is also third behind Michigan State (.588) and Wisconsin (.565).
Purdue's current senior class has won in every Big Ten arena except Ohio State's Value City Arena.