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Northern Kentucky (0-0) at Purdue (0-0)
Friday, Nov. 8, 2013 | 7 p.m. (ET)
West Lafayette, Ind. | Mackey Arena (14,846)
Radio: Purdue Sports Network
Live Stats: PurdueSports.com
Tickets: PurdueSports.com or 1-800-49SPORT
Series: First Meeting
Family Pack Night -- Four tickets in the upper deck and four $5 food vouchers can be purchased for just $80. Additional tickets with the food voucher can be purchased for just $20.
Boilermakers Open 2013-14 Season Against Northern Kentucky
The 2013-14 edition of the Purdue men's basketball team officially gets underway on Friday night when Atlantic Sun member Northern Kentucky visits Mackey Arena for a 7 p.m tipoff. The contest will be streamed online on ESPN3 with Mike Couzens and John Shulman on the call. Fans can also listen to the game on the Purdue Sports Network as Larry Clisby returns for his 31st season with Purdue Basketball and will be joined by Ralph Taylor and Rob Blackman. Live stats will be available via Gametracker on PurdueSports.com and Twitter updates are available on the official Purdue Basketball Twitter account, @BoilerBall.
Purdue is coming off a pair of exhibition victories and looks to win its season opener for the eighth time in Matt Painter's nine years in charge of the Boilermaker program. Purdue swept past the University of Indianapolis, 80-73, on Oct. 30, then blew out Wayne State (Neb.) on Nov. 4, 91-58, to run its winning streak in exhibition games to 23 contests. The Boilermakers shot 38-of-68 (.559) from the field against Wayne State (Neb.) and turned 29 Wildcats' turnovers into 41 points to cruise to the easy victory.
The Boilermakers sported a balanced attack in the two exhibition games as five players averaged in double figures, seven players averaged at least 8.5 points and 10 players played at least 16.0 minutes per game. Terone Johnson was the team's leading scorer at 13.5 ppg, while Rapheal Davis followed at 13.0 points per outing.
Purdue is returning almost 65.0 percent of its scoring, 63.0 percent of its assists and just over half of its rebounds from a year ago. However, Purdue returns players that made just 54 three-pointers last year and its returnees shot just 29.5 percent from long range a year ago.
About Northern Kentucky
In just its second season of Division I play, Northern Kentucky returns no starters and just 14 combined starts from last year's team that posted an 11-16 record and a 9-9 mark in the Atlantic Sun Conference, good for a fourth-place tie. The Norse welcome back just 27.2 percent of its scoring.
Leading the returnees is 6-6 sophomore forward Jalen Billups, who actually started all seven of his games last year before an injury ended his season, at 10.3 ppg and 5.7 rpg. In his limited time, Billups shot 33-of-54 (.611) from the field and blocked 11 shots. Sophomore guard Tyler White also returns for the Norse after averaging 6.0 ppg while connecting on 27 three-pointers a year ago.
The Norse connected on just 40.6 percent of their field-goal attempts last year, were outrebounded by five boards per game and averaged just 58.6 points per game. NKU will play at No. 1-ranked Kentucky on Sunday.
Matt Painter enters his ninth year at Purdue, ranking tied for third with Ray Eddy (1951-65) on the school's career wins list with a 176-95 record. He won his 200th career game last year in an 89-73 win over Minnesota on March 9.
Northern Kentucky is guided by Dave Bezold, who is also in his 10th year as a collegiate head coach, all at NKU, with a record of 172-95. The Norse were a Division II national power prior to their Division I elevation last year, advancing to 12 NCAA Division II Tournaments since 1995. The Norse were NCAA D-II runner-ups in 1996 and 1997.