Jan. 29, 2014
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. --
The Purdue men's basketball team looks to get back on track on Thursday with a visit to one of America's hottest teams, Michigan, beginning at 9 pm (ET) on ESPN with Joe Tessitore and Sean Farnham on the call, while the Purdue Sports Network will handle the radio call with Larry Clisby and Rob Blackman courtside.
The Purdue men's basketball team looks to get back on track on Thursday with a visit to one of America's hottest teams, Michigan, beginning at 9 pm (ET) on ESPN with Joe Tessitore and Sean Farnham on the call, while the Purdue Sports Network will handle the radio call with Larry Clisby and Rob Blackman courtside. The Boilermakers enter the game with a 13-7 overall record and a 3-4 mark in the Big Ten, while the 10th-ranked Wolverines are 15-4 overall and lead the Big Ten with a 7-0 league mark.
Fans unable to attend the contest can also watch online on ESPN3.com and live stats will be provided on PurdueSports.com via Gametracker. As always, you can receive text messages through Twitter, available at @BoilerBall.
Michigan jumped 11 spots from No. 21 to No. 10 in the latest Associated Press Top 25 following three straight victories over top 10 foes (at Wisconson, home vs. Iowa and at Michigan State) and may be one of America's hottest teams right now with a nine-game winning streak. The Wolverines have overcome the loss of preseason All-American Mitch McGary and boast one of the nation's most-efficient offenses while using a youthful lineup.
Leading the Michigan attack is sophomore Nik Stauskas, who may be one of the most-improved players in the country. Stauskas leads the Big Ten in scoring at 18.5 points per game while contributing 3.7 rebounds and a team-best 3.8 assists per game. He is shooting 50.0 percent from the field and 46.2 percent (49-of-106) from three-point range while owning a 69-to-27 (2.56) assist-to-turnover ratio. He is joined in double figures by Glenn Robinson III at 13.6 points and 4.4 rebounds per game and Caris LeVert at 11.9 points per contest.
As a team, Michigan is shooting 48.4 percent from the field, 39.1 percent from three-point range and 75.1 percent from the free throw line, while boasting an assist-to-turnover ratio of 1.68 (295-to-176), ranking in the top 30 nationally in all categories. The Wolverines also outrebound opponents by a 2.5-rebound advantage, despite starting one player 6-8 or taller. Michigan also ranks first nationally in personal fouls per game (14.9), fifth in turnovers per game (9.3), 18th in three-pointers per game (8.6) and 31st in assists per game (15.5).
Chance to Build the Resume
From here on out, every game is important for the Boilermakers and their chances of building their resume for a postseason surge. Six of Purdue's last 11 games come against ranked foes with four of them being on the road. The other five contests come at Penn State (who Purdue defeated by one in Mackey Arena on Jan. 18), a good Minnesota team at home (Minnesota owns wins over Ohio State and Wisconsin), at home against rival Indiana, at Nebraska (who has beaten Ohio State and Minnesota at home and lost by one to Michigan) and home vs. Northwestern (which beat Purdue in double oertime last week).
The Last Meeting
March 6, 2013
West Lafayette, Ind.
Purdue Falls Short of No. 7 Michigan, 80-75
Terone Johnson scored a career-high 35 points, but Trey Burke had 26 points and five rebounds to lead No. 7 Michigan's rally to an 80-75 victory over Purdue on Wednesday night.
-- Thursday's contest will be the 148th meeting between the two teams, dating back to the 1920-21 season.
-- The two squads have played every year since 1938-39 and Purdue owns an 83-64 series lead.
-- The Boilermakers are 22-18 all-time in the Crisler Center (previously called Crisler Arena).
-- Purdue has won two of its last three trips to the Crisler Center (2012, 2011) and three of its last five (2008).
-- Neither team has scored 90 points in the series since March 6, 1994 (Purdue, 95-94), a span of 34 games.
-- Matt Painter's first win against a ranked team as Purdue's head coach came against Michigan (Feb. 11, 2006).
-- The longest winning streak for both teams is eight games.
-- Purdue will play back-to-back top 10 opponents for the first time since Feb. 16-20, 2011.
-- Purdue has held five straight foes to under 42.0 percent shooting from the field.
-- Just three teams (Oklahoma State, Butler, Minnesota) have shot over 45.0 percent against the Boilermakers.
-- Just three Big Ten foes (Minnesota, Illinois, Wisconsin) have shot over 30.0 percent from three-point range.
-- Purdue has been equal to or outrebounded 10 straight opponents with a plus-6.9 margin during that span.
-- Purdue has grabbed at least 14 offensive rebounds in six-of-seven Big Ten games (15.0 per game).
-- Purdue's 74.3 points per game scoring average is the program's highest since the 2000-01 team (74.7 ppg).
-- Purdue is averaging just 66.7 points in Big Ten play and hasn't scored more than 66 in the last four games.
-- Purdue is 2-2 in true road games with wins over top-100 foes West Virginia (#64) and Illinois (#86; KenPom).
-- Purdue recorded its first sellout of the season at Mackey Arena in last Saturday's loss to Wisconsin.