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GAME 26 | PURDUE (15-10, 5-7) vs. [13 | 14] Michigan State (21-5, 10-3)
Thursday, February 20, 2014 | 7 PM (ET)
West Lafayette, Ind. | Mackey Arena (14,846)
Television: ESPN (Dave O'Brien, Sean Farnham)
Radio: Purdue Sports Network (Larry Clisby, Ralph Taylor, Rob Blackman, Wes Scott)
Satellite Radio: Purdue Broadcast (SIRIUS 91, XM 91)
Purdue Looks For Signature Win Thursday Against Michigan State
The Purdue men's basketball team looks to continue its late-season NCAA tournament push with one of its stiffest challenges of the season on Thursday night, as 13th-ranked Michigan State visits West Lafayette for the only meeting this year between the two squads.
Tipoff is slated for 7 p.m. (ET) at Mackey Arena. The contest will be broadcast on ESPN as well as on WatchESPN with Dave O'Brien and Sean Farnham on the call. It can also be heard on the Purdue Sports Network and SIRIUS (Ch. 91) and XM (Ch. 91) satellite radio with Larry Clisby, Ralph Taylor and Rob Blackman on the broadcast.
The Last Time Out -- Purdue 82, Indiana 64 (Feb. 15, 2014)
Purdue used a 19-1 run spanning halftime to break open a close game and cruise past rival Indiana, 82-64, in front of an electrified Mackey Arena crowd on Saturday afternoon. During the run, the Boilers held the Hoosiers without a field goal for nine minutes and 30 seconds spanning halftime, as Purdue snapped a four-game skid to its bitter rivals.
Sterling Carter had his best game in a Purdue uniform with 19 points while making 5-of-6 from beyond the three-point line. Ronnie and Terone Johnson combined for 30 points while 10 players found their way into the scoring column.
As a squad, Purdue shot 48.1 percent from the field, was 10-of-18 (.556) from three-point range and 22-of-29 (.759) from the free throw line. The Purdue defense held Indiana to just 32.2 percent shooting, the lowest for a Purdue opponent this year, while forcing 14 turnovers. Purdue also outrebounded the top-rebounding margin squad in the Big Ten by four.
Purdue will play just its second game in its last 12 days (Feb. 8 vs. Ohio State, Feb. 15 vs. Indiana, Feb. 20 vs. Michigan State), but kicks off a stretch where it plays three games in six days and four games in nine games. Purdue's remaining schedule features Thursday's tilt with No. 13 Michigan State, at Nebraska, home vs. Michigan, at Iowa, at Wisconsin and home vs. Northwestern. Through Tuesday, the combined Big Ten record of Purdue's remaining six opponents is 47-29 (.618).
Purdue is starting to right the ship on offense, having shot over 42.0 percent in each of the last five games. However, during that span, the Boilermakers have averaged 14.0 turnovers per game, including 15 in each of the last three games.
Defensively, Purdue may have had one of its best performances of the season against Indiana. Despite the struggles all season, Purdue has held 19 of a possible 24 opponents under their pregame scoring average and just five squads have shot over 45.0 percent against the Boilermakers.
One of the relatively-new Big Ten series, Thursday marks the 116th meeting between the two squads, with Purdue owning a 65-50 series advantage. The Spartans, however, have won five straight over the Boilermakers, tied for the third-longest win streak by an opponent over Purdue (North Carolina, UCLA - 8; MSU, Xavier - 5).
Purdue is 28-13 all-time against the Spartans at Mackey Arena, but haven't won in the facility since Jan. 22, 2011 (88-76).
Michigan State has been ranked in the nation's top 20 in 11 of the last 13 meetings.
Purdue takes its first trip to sparkling new Pinnacle Bank Arena in Lincoln, Neb., to face the Huskers on Sunday, Feb. 23, at 4:15 pm (ET) on the Big Ten Network.
Travel to Maui with the Boilermakers - Order your travel package today!
Purdue Booster Travel Packages are now on sale. Spend Thanksgiving week next to the Pacific Ocean, on the beautiful island of Maui and watch Purdue play in the 2014 EA SPORTS Maui Invitational. The Championship Round takes place Nov. 24-25-26 with Arizona, BYU, Kansas State, Missouri, Pittsburgh, San Diego State, and your Boilermakers visiting host Chaminade at the Lahaina Civic Center.
For more information, please visit www.mauiinvitational.com/boostertravel or call the Tournament's travel office at 800.826.3822.