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GAME 27 | PURDUE (15-11, 5-8) at Nebraska (15-10, 7-6)
Sunday, February 23, 2014 | 4:15 PM (ET) \ 3:15 PM (CT)
Lincoln, Neb. | Pinnacle Bank Arena (15,000)
Television: BTN (Steve Physioc, Shon Morris)
Radio: Purdue Sports Network (Larry Clisby, Rob Blackman, Wes Scott - engineer)
Satellite Radio: Nebraska Broadcast (SIRIUS 134, XM 196)
Live Stats: StatBroadcast.com
Purdue Faces Red-Hot Nebraska For First Time at Pinnacle Bank Arena
The Purdue men's basketball team heads west to face one of the hottest teams in the Big Ten as the Boilermakers take on Nebraska on Sunday. It will be Purdue's first visit to the Huskers' new facility, Pinnacle Bank Arena.
Tipoff is slated for 4:15 p.m. (ET) in Lincoln. The contest will be broadcast on the Big Ten Network as well as on BTN2Go with Steve Physioc and Shon Morris on the call. It can also be heard on the Purdue Sports Network with Larry Clisby and Rob Blackman on the broadcast. The game will air on satellite radio (SIRIUS 134 and XM 196) as part of Nebraska's broadcast.
The Last Time Out --  Michigan State 94, Purdue 79
Michigan State used a lethal offensive attack to defeat Purdue, 94-79, on Thursday night in Mackey Arena. The Spartans made a school-record and Mackey Arena-record 17 three-pointers, including 13 in the first half, while shooting 57.7 percent from the field in topping the Boilermakers. Michigan State, which had 26 assists on 30 made field goals, went 13-of-19 from long distance and just 1-of-3 from inside the arc in the first half to build an 11-point halftime lead. Gary Harris (25) and Adreian Payne (23) combined for 48 points between them.
BMeanwhile, the Boilermakers weren't bad on the offensive end, but were overshadowed by Michigan State's performance. Purdue shot 49.0 percent from the field, was 7-of-14 from the three-point range and shot 40 free throws after drawing 29 Michigan State fouls. Purdue also turned the ball over just 10 times.
Freshman Kendall Stephens continued his improvement with 19 points, while Ronnie Johnson added 17 points and four assists and Rapheal Davis had 13 points.
Purdue's remaining schedule features Sunday's tilt at Nebraska, home vs. Michigan, at Iowa, at Wisconsin and home vs. Northwestern. Through Thursday, the combined Big Ten record of Purdue's remaining five opponents is 38-27 (.585) and opponents own current Big Ten placings of second, third, fourth, sixth and ninth.
Purdue is starting to right the ship on offense, having shot over 42.0 percent in each of the last six games. Over the last two games, the Boilermakers are 49-of-101 (.485) from the field and 17-of-32 (.531) from long distance while averaging 80.5 points per game. During the two-game stretch, Purdue is averaging 1.17 points per possession.
Defensively, Purdue has had a rollercoaster season. After allowing just 65.5 points per game and foes to shoot 44-of-113 (.389) in contests against Ohio State and Indiana, Michigan State shot 57.7 percent and scored 94 points against the Boilers on Thursday.
Purdue leads the series with Nebraska by a 10-3 margin. The .769 winning percentage is the fifth-best winning percentage against any one opponent (with a minimum of 10 games played).
Purdue has won six of the last seven meetings with the Huskers dating back to a 96-85 loss on Dec. 5, 1964, in Lincoln.
Nebraska hasn't scored more than 65 points against the Boilermakers in any of the last seven games and has reached 60 points just three times.
This will be Purdue's first visit to Pinnacle Bank Arena, where Nebraska is 12-1.
Purdue closes out its season series with nationally-ranked Michigan on Wednesday night (Feb. 26) in Mackey Arena. Tip is scheduled for 7 p.m. (ET) on the Big Ten Network.