MBB Faces PSU in Big Ten Semifinals
March 3, 2018

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[3] Purdue (27-5) vs. [7] Penn State (21-12)
Saturday, March 3, 2018 / 4:30 p.m. ET / CBS / Jim Nantz, Bill Raftery, Grant Hill, Tracy Wolfson
New York, New York / Madison Square Garden (19,812)

NEW YORK - No. 3-seeded and No. 8-ranked Purdue to advance to its second Big Ten Tournament championship in the last three years as it battles Penn State in the semifinals at Madison Square Garden. The contest will be televised by CBS with Jim Nantz, Bill Raftery, Grant Hill and Tracy Wolfson on the call, tipping at approximately 4:30 p.m. ET. The other semifinal pits Michigan State vs. Michigan.

• Purdue advanced to the semifinals for the third time in the last four years with an 82-75 win over Rutgers at raucous MSG in Friday’s nightcap. The Boilermakers shot 54.0 percent from the field and made 13-of-30 3-pointers in the victory. The Boilermakers overcame a slow start, falling behind 19-12 with just over eight minutes to play in the opening half, outscoring the Scarlet Knights 70-56 over the final 28 minutes.
• Purdue’s 13 3-pointers tied for the Boilermakers’ most in Big Ten Tournament history. The 13 3-pointers tied for the second most in Big Ten Tournament history by any team (14 - Illinois, 2016).
• Purdue started the game just 2-of-10 from the field and 0-of-7 from 3-point range. The Boilermakers finished 25-of-40 (.625) from the field and 13-of-23 (.565) from long distance.
• Purdue’s 27 wins are tied for the fifth most in a season in school history. The 54 wins since start of last year are just two off the most in school history.
• Purdue owns a 36-12 all-time record vs. Penn State, having won six games in a row and 10 of its last 11 against the Nittany Lions. Purdue is 20-3 against Penn State in its last 20 meetings, dating to Jan. 6, 2007.
• Purdue defeated Penn State 76-73 on Feb. 18, 2018, in Mackey Arena. Purdue played without Vincent Edwards, who suffered a sprained ankle the day before the game with the Nittany Lions.
• In two games at Madison Square Garden since the start of last year, Purdue is 28-of-57 (.491) from long distance. Purdue went 15-of-27 vs. Arizona State in December 2016 in the Jimmy V Classic.
• Purdue is now 6-2 as a No. 3 seed in the Big Ten Tournament. Purdue won the championship as a No. 3 seed in 2009.
• Purdue’s senior class has now accounted for 4,944 career points, 2,005 career rebounds and 1,145 career assists. The quartet has made 562 3-ptrs.
• During Purdue’s current four-game winning streak, Purdue is averaging 83.8 points per game while shooting 53.1 percent from the field and 43.9 percent from long distance. Purdue has 61 assists to 36 turnovers during that span.
• Purdue’s five losses this year have come by a grand total of 15 points, the lowest average margin of defeat in the country.
• Purdue’s senior class now owns a 101-35 career record, needing six wins to tie the school record for most wins by a class (107 - 2011).
• Purdue is 80-22 since the start of the 2015-16 season, needing just two wins to tie the record for most victories in a three-year span.
• Purdue is 20-0 this year when shooting 48.0 percent or better from the field (37-2 since start of last year; 134-14 under Matt Painter).
• Purdue has 311 3-pointers on the season. The school record is 315 set last year.
Carsen Edwards and Vincent Edwards became the first teammates in Big Ten Tournament history to each score at least 25 points in a game during the win over Rutgers. They both had 26 points, combining to go 16-of-28 from the field, 8-of-17 from long distance and 12-of-13 from the free throw line. Their 26-point performance marked the fourth-most points by a Purdue player in a Big Ten Tournament game.
Carsen Edwards is averaging 27.8 points per game over his last four games,including 23.5 points per game since February 1.
Carsen Edwards’ 589 points this year are tied for the fifth most by a Purdue sophomore in school history (Rick Mount - 683; Glenn Robinson - 676; Caleb Swanigan - 646; Terry Dischinger - 605).
Carsen Edwards needs 51 points to become the seventh player in school history to score 1,000 points in his first two seasons at Purdue.
Carsen Edwards has scored in double figures in 15 straight games, including 13-plus points in nine straight games.
Vincent Edwards needs one assist to become the third player in school history to have 90 assists in four years (Eugene Parker - 1975-78; Bruce Parkinson - 1973-74; 1976-77).
Vincent Edwards is 19th on the career points list (1,580), 9th in rebounds (744), 11th in 3-pointers made (169), 3rd in games started (121), 12th in assists (391) and 7th in minutes played (3,797).
• Purdue is now 16-1 during his career when Vincent Edwards scores 20 or more points.
Dakota Mathias needs three points for 400 this season. Should he reach that, Purdue will have four 400-point scorers for the third time in school history (1987-88, 1997-98).
Dakota Mathias needs two 3-pointers to tie E’Twaun Moore for the most career trifectas in school history (243).
Dakota Mathias’ 87 3-pointers are the fifth most in a season in school history. Carsen Edwards’ 81 are the eighth most.
Dakota Mathias needs one assist for 400 in his career. He will become the second player in school history with 1,000-400-400 (E’Twaun Moore).
Isaac Haas became the 23rd player in school history to score over 1,500 career points with 12 points against Rutgers.
Isaac Haas has scored in double-figures in each of his last seven games (14.6 PPG, 6.0 RPG).



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