Jan. 18, 2008
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Purdue-Illinois Game Notes in PDF Format
2007-08 Purdue Basketball Player Pages in PDF Format
Illinois vs. Purdue
Time: 2 p.m. ET
Arena: Mackey Arena (14,123)
Date: January 19
Location: West Lafayette, Ind.
Television: ESPN will air the game nationally. Dave O'Brien (play-by-play) and Doris Burke (analyst) call the action. Michael Molinari is the producer.
Radio: The Boilermaker Sports Network (Flagship - WSHP, 95.7 FM, XM Radio 196) Larry "The Cliz" Clisby (play-by-play) and Ralph Taylor (analyst) call the action. Rob Blackman handles the pregame show, and Randy "Don't Call Me Radio" Wilkins engineers.
Internet: All games can be heard on sports.yahoo.com.
Tickets: Sold out. Additional tickets may be available after student pick-up. Call 800-49-SPORT for availability.
Records: Purdue 12-5, 3-1 Illinois 9-9, 1-4
Rankings: Neither team is ranked in either poll.
Series: This is the 168th meeting between the two teams. Purdue leads the series, 86-81. More information on the previous meetings can be found on Page No. 5.
Coaches: Purdue - Matt Painter (Purdue `94) is 43-36 in his third year at Purdue and 68-41 in his fourth season overall as a head coach.
Illinois - Bruce Weber (Wisconsin-Milwaukee `78) is 121-37 in his fifth season at Illinois and 224-91 in his 10th season overall as a collegiate head coach.
Web Sites: Illinois - fightingillini.com Purdue - purduesports.com
Purdue Hosts Illinois On Saturday On ESPN
Purdue hosts Illinois on Saturday, Jan. 19, at 2 p.m. ET in West Lafayette, Ind. The game will be aired nationally on ESPN.
The Boilermakers are coming off a 67-62 win at Iowa on Wednesday. Purdue is 2-0 at home in conference play and has won five of its last six games overall.
The Fighting Illini are coming off a 75-57 win over Michigan at home on Wednesday. The win snapped a five-game losing streak. Illinois is 0-2 on the road in the Big Ten and 4-5 in games away from home.
Purdue leads the series against Illinois 86-81.
A Purdue Win Would ...
-Be Purdue's third in a row and sixth in its last seven outings.
-Give Purdue a 4-1 Big Ten record for the first time since the 2003-04 season.
-Make Purdue 25-2 in its last 27 home games.
-Improve the Boilermakers to 10-1 in Purdue's last 11 home Big Ten contests.
-Give the Boilermakers a 13-5 start for the second-straight season.
-Be Purdue's third 13-5 start in the last 10 seasons.
-Give the Boilermakers 18 wins in their last 25 games dating back to last season.
-Improve Purdue to 87-81 against Illinois in the all-time series.
-Make the Boilermakers 56-27 against the Fighting Illini in West Lafayette.
-Be the second-straight win over Illinois in the series.
-Improve Purdue to 4-2 in its last six home games against Illinois.
-Improve the Boilermakers to 2-4 in their last six games overall against Illinois.
-Improve Purdue to 259-81 in home conference games in Mackey Arena.
-Improve Matt Painter's career coaching record to 69-41 overall and 44-36 at Purdue.
-Improve Purdue's all-time record to 1,544-903.
Purdue Versus The Big Ten Conference
Purdue's game against Illinois will be the 1,415th against a Big Ten Conference opponent for the Boilermakers.
The Boilermakers are 809-605 against the league.
Purdue is 76-70 against Illinois.
The Boilermakers are the only team in the Big Ten with a winning record against every member of the league.
The Boilermakers have won more Big Ten Championships than any other school in the conference with 21.
-Illinois head coach Bruce Weber served on Purdue coach Gene Keady's staff for a total of 19 seasons. He was in West Lafayette from 1980 to 1998.
-Purdue assistant coach Cuonzo Martin was a player at Purdue while Weber was an assistant. Weber coached Purdue Supervisor of Basketball Operations Kent Williams at Southern Illinois from 1999 to 2003.
-Illinois assistant coach Jay Price was an assistant at Purdue from 1994 to 2003.
-More notes on Painter and Weber can be found on Page No. 5.
The Fighting Illini
-Illinois is 9-9 on the season and 1-4 in Big Ten games. The Fighting Illini have dropped five of their last six games. They began the season 4-1 with the lone loss coming against Duke on Nov. 20, in the Maui Invitational.
-The Fighting Illini have three players averaging in double-figure scoring. Shaun Pruitt leads the way with 12.8 point per game. He also leads the team in rebounding with 7.8 boards per game.
-Illinois has dominated the glass this season. It is outrebounding opponents by 4.8 rebounds per game. In addition, the Fighting Illini are holding opponents to 39.0 percent shooting from the field and 30.0 percent from three-point range.
Below are some additional notes from Purdue's 67-62 win over Iowa on Wednesday.
-Sophomore Keaton Grant scored a career high 22 points. Grant was 6 of 11 from the field and 4 of 6 from behind the three-point line.
-Grant's 22 points marked the second-straight game that an individual scored more than 20 points. Marcus Green also had 22 points against Ohio State on Jan. 12. Prior to Green's performance, no individual eclipsed the 20-point mark in a single game.
-The four freshmen (Robbie Hummel, E'Twaun Moore, Scott Martin, and JaJuan Johnson) combined for 33 points, 13 rebounds, 10 assists, and four steals.
-Purdue went 12 for 12 from the foul line against Iowa. The last time the Boilermakers were perfect from the line was a 21-for-21 performance at Michigan on Feb. 24, 2001. The Boilermakers were also 21 for 21 from the charity stripe on Feb. 7, 1976, at Wisconsin.
-The Boilermaker bench outscored Iowa 26-4. Robbie Hummel led the way with 13 points, Scott Martin seven and Nemanja Calasan six.
-Purdue connected on a season-high 11 three-point field goal attempts. The previous high was 10 against Ball State on Dec. 5. The Boilermakers shot 45.8 percent from behind the arc after only shooting 38.6 percent from the floor.
-The Boilermakers capitalized on Iowa's turnovers, outscoring the Hawkeyes 17-8 in points off turnovers.
-The game featured 11 lead changes and seven ties.
-Purdue dished out 15 assists for the fourth-straight game.
The Purdue-Illinois Series
Purdue and Illinois will be meeting for the 168th time. Here are a few notes on the series:
-Purdue leads the series 86-81.
-The Boilermakers won the last meeting in the series, a 64-47 win on Jan. 27, 2007, in Mackey Arena.
-Illinois has won four of the last five meetings and six of the last 10 outings.
-Illinois' last win in West Lafayette was a 68-59 victory on Jan. 8, 2005. The Fighting Illini were ranked No. 1 in the country at the time.
-Purdue leads the series in West Lafayette, 55-27.
-Purdue has won six of the last 10 meetings in West Lafayette.
-Purdue coach Matt Painter is 1-1 against Illinois as a head coach.
Weber And Painter Notes
Matt Painter and Bruce Weber were both head coaches at Southern Illinois before moving on to their respective Big Ten schools. Below are some notes on their relationship.
-Weber was an assistant coach at Purdue under Gene Keady when Painter played for the Boilermakers from 1989 to 1993.
-Weber hired Painter as an assistant coach prior to the 1998-99 season. Painter spent five years as Weber's top assistant. Together they won more than 100 games in five seasons.
-Painter took over as head coach of the Salukis when Weber was named Illini head coach prior to the 2003-04 season. Painter went 25-5 as head coach at SIU. He earned Missouri Valley Coach of the Year honors with a 17-1 conference record.
-In the 2004-05 season, Painter served as associate head coach under Purdue legend Gene Keady. Painter officially became Purdue's head coach on April 1, 2005.
The Bench Is Back
Purdue's bench has been superb this season. Below are some notes on the Boilermakers' bench.
-Purdue's bench has outscored its opponents on the season 401-279.
-The Boilermakers' bench has outscored its opponents' bench in 13 of 17 games.
-Purdue is 0-4 when its bench does not outscore the opponent (Missouri, Wofford, Iowa State and Michigan State).
Thanks For Your Assistance
Purdue's has dished out 15 assists in each of its four Big Ten games. Prior to conference season, the Boilermakers averaged 11.8 assists in 13 non-conference games.
Deuces Are Wild
Prior to Jan. 12, Purdue played 15 games without having a 20-point performance.
In their last two games, the Boilermakers have had two, 22-point outings.
Junior Marcus Green scored 22 points in Purdue's home win over Ohio State on Jan. 12 and sophomore Keaton Grant scored 22 points in Purdue road win at Iowa on Jan. 16.