Jan. 17, 2014
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- Riding the momentum of a two-game winning streak, the Purdue men's basketball team welcomes Penn State to Mackey Arena on Saturday night for a 7 p.m. (ET) tip. The Boilermakers hope that a loud crowd and home atmosphere can help propel them to their third straight Big Ten victory.
|GAME 18 | Purdue (12-5, 2-2 Big Ten) vs. Penn State (9-9, 0-5 Big Ten)|
|Date||Saturday, January 18, 2014|
|Time||7 p.m. (ET)|
|Location||West Lafayette, Ind. | Mackey Arena (14,846)|
|Television||Watch Here | ESPNU (Mike Couzens, Darrin Horn)|
|Radio||Purdue Sports Network (Larry Clisby, Ralph Taylor, Rob Blackman)|
|Satellite Radio||SIRIUS (Ch. 108), XM (Ch. 192)|
|Game Notes||Purdue | Penn State | Big Ten|
|Statistics||Purdue | Penn State | Big Ten | NCAA|
|Pregame Previews||Infographic | Player Interviews (Video) | Painter Teleconference (Audio)|
|Internet Coverage||Gametracker | ESPN3.com Broadcast | Purdue Media Center|
|Social Media||@BoilerBall (#BoilerUp) | Facebook | Instragram|
|EXTRA! EXTRA!||Vote in Coaches Charity Challenge | Vote in NCAA 6th Fan | Purdue Newsstand|
|PROMOTION||Kids Club Game: Kids Club members receive 2 free tickets to the game.|
Boilermakers Aim to Sustain Momentum Against Penn State on Saturday
Riding a two-game Big Ten winning streak, the Purdue men's basketball team looks to continue its upward trending on Saturday as Penn State visits Mackey Arena for a 7 p.m. (ET) tipoff on the ESPNU. The Boilermakers have won two games in a row, including a tough, hard-fought road win at Illinois on Wednesday, 66-58. Purdue is looking for its first three-game Big Ten winning streak since Feb. 22-29, 2012 (Nebraska, Michigan, Penn State).
Purdue is looking for three straight Big Ten wins for the first time since Feb. 22 to 29, 2012, when the Boilermakers recorded wins over Nebraska (83-65), at  Michigan (75-61) and against Penn State (80-56).
Purdue is averaging 76.6 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).
The Boilermakers enter the contest with a 9-1 record at Mackey Arena. The lone loss came in a 78-69 setback to then-No. 3 ranked Ohio State in the Big Ten opener on Dec. 31. Purdue has won at least 10 games in 39-of-46 full seasons of play at Mackey Arena, including in eight straight seasons.
Purdue's next home win in Big Ten play will give the program 300 wins against Big Ten foes at Mackey Arena. Purdue is 299-94 (.761) all time in Big Ten action at Mackey Arena, owning at least a .619 winning percentage against all league opponents.
Purdue owns a 2-1 record in "true" road games this year with wins over West Virginia and Illinois. Through Wednesday's action nationally, Purdue is second nationally in top-100 road victories (RPI according to BBState.com). Arizona has won four top-100 road games. Among teams ranked in the top 25, Kentucky, Colorado, Louisville, Baylor and Duke have recorded zero top-100 road victories.
Purdue has outshot 10 of its 17 opponents this year, compiling a 10-0 record when it does so. The Boilermakers have won 12 straight games when shooting a higher percentage than their opponent and are 154-19 (.890) under Matt Painter.
Purdue has rallied from at least six points down in six-of-12 victories this season.
Painter has started eight different starting lineups this season. Last year's team had 11 different starting lineups.
Purdue has lost 14-of-17 jump balls this season, and in 10 of the 14 times it lost the tip, the opponent scored on its opening possession. However, it has not happened in either of the last two games (Nebraska and Illinois).
Purdue has held eight of its 17 opponents to 69 or fewer points, posting a 7-1 record when doing so. In Matt Painter's 288 games while the head coach, Purdue has held opponents to 69 or fewer points in 201 of the contests (164-37 record) or in 69.8 percent of games during his tenure.
Ten different players have scored in double figures this year, combining for 56 outings (3.3 per game).
Purdue has drawn just eight charges this year and none of them have been 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 234 starts with 66 of them coming from senior Terone Johnson.
As a squad, the Boilermakers are averaging 76.6 points per game and shooting 44.7 percent from the field, 34.5 percent from three-point range and 65.9 percent from the free throw line. Purdue is outrebounding opponents by 3.7 boards a game and winning the turnover margin battle by 1.6 per game.
Opponents are averaging 70.1 points per game and shooting 41.2 percent from the field, 32.6 percent from three-point range and 69.4 percent from the free throw line. Opponents are averaging 13.1 turnovers per game.
In three of its first four Big Ten games, Purdue has started a younger lineup than its opponent.
Penn State at a Glance
Penn State comes to Mackey Arena with a 9-9 overall record and an 0-5 record in Big Ten play, dropping contests to Michigan State, at Illinois, Minnesota, Indiana and at Michigan. The losses to Minnesota and Indiana came by three points each.
The Nittany Lions boast one of the nation's best backcourts as D.J. Newbill and Tim Frazier average 34.0 points, 9.1 rebounds and 8.4 assists among them. Newbill is one of the top three-point shooters in the league at 41.5 percent (27-of-65), while Frazier excels at the free throw line, converting on 80.0 percent of his attempts (92-of-115).
But it's not just Newbill and Frazier as five other players average at least 6.0 points per game, including Ross Travis (10.9 ppg, 8.1 rpg) and John Johnson (10.0 ppg).
As a team, Penn State ranks fifth (all games played) in the Big Ten in scoring (76.8 ppg) and second in free throw percentage (.740), but is 12th in scoring defense (74.1 ppg). In Big Ten play, Penn State is 12th in scoring defense (76.2 ppg) and 10th in scoring margin (-11.0). In their two Big Ten road games, Penn State has been outscored by 33 points.
Breaking Down the Series
Saturday's contest markst the 41st meeting between the two squads with Purdue holding a 29-11 advantage.
The Boilers have won three straight games by a combined margin of 51 points (17.0 points per game).
Purdue has won seven straight games against the Nittany Lions in Mackey Arena by a combined 95 points (13.6 points per game). Just two of the last seven contests at Mackey Arena have been decied by single digits (63-62 in 2011; 64-60 in 2007).
Penn State's last win in Mackey Arena came in February 2006, in Matt Painter's second year at Purdue.
Purdue is 16-2 against the Nittany Lions in Mackey Arena and 17-2 in games played in West Lafayette.
Matt Painter owns a 13-4 record against Penn State, having won 13 of the last 15 matchups with the Nittany Lions. Painter lost to Penn State twice in the 2005-06 season and once each in the 2009-10 and 2011-12 seasons.
Since Penn State joined the Big Ten prior fo the 1992-93 season, Purdue is 28-10 against the Nittany Lions. The Boilermakers and Lions split the first two non-conference meetings in the 1959-60 and 1960-61 seasons.
Penn State hasn't scored 70 points against Purdue since an 82-78 Purdue victory in January 2003, a span of 20 games. Penn State has reached 70 points just eight times in 40 meetings with Purdue.
Penn State averaged just 45.5 points per game against Purdue last year, shooting 34-of-120 (.283) from the field and 5-of-32 (.156) from three-point range in the two games. The Lions didn't score more than 25 points in any of the four halves against Purdue's defense.