Dec. 3, 2013
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. --
Purdue looks for its fifth straight win in the ACC / Big Ten Challenge when Boston College visits Mackey Arena on Wednesday night for a 9 pm tipoff on national television. Almost 15,000 T-shirts in a unique pattern will be handed out for an ESPN2 audience and former Boilermaker great E'Twaun Moore
will be honored at halftime.
Boilermakers Aim To Extend ACC / Big Ten Challenge Streak
-- The Purdue men's basketball team (6-2) looks to extend its winning streak to five in the ACC / Big Ten Challenge on Wednesday night when Boston College comes to Mackey Arena for a 9 pm tipoff. Carter Blackburn and LaPhonso Ellis will call the action on ESPN2, while fans can also listen to the game on the Purdue Sports Network and SIRIUS (Ch. 85) and XM (Ch. 85) Satellite Radio as Larry Clisby will be joined by Ralph Taylor and Rob Blackman with the radio call courtside. Live stats will be available via Gametracker on PurdueSports.com and Twitter updates are available on the official Purdue Basketball Twitter account, @BoilerBall.
The Last Meeting
November 26, 2008
New York, N.Y.
-- Purdue is coming off a 1-2 record in the Old Spice Classic, falling to fifth-ranked Oklahoma State (97-87) and Washington State (69-54) before topping Siena (68-63) on Sunday. The Boilermakers' inconsistencies showed during the week, putting together one good half and one bad half in each game and Purdue hopes to carry over the second-half effort against Siena into Wednesday's contest with Boston College. Purdue trailed by 16 with 18 minutes left in the second half, before outscoring the Saints, 36-15, to rally for the victory.
-- The Boilermakers enter Wednesday's contest averaging 80.0 points per game and allowing 72.9 points per contest. Purdue is shooting 45.1 percent from the field, while opponents are connecting on 41.1 percent of their field goal attempts. Purdue has shown improvement from the free throw line in the last couple of games, raising its percentage to 65.9 percent and the Boilermakers are winning the rebounding (+2.1) and turnover battles (+2.3). The Johnson brothers average a combined 25.4 points per game, while Bryson Scott follows at 10.5 points per game. A.J. Hammons leads the team in rebounds (6.4 rpg) and blocked shots (29).
About Boston College
-- Boston College started the season 0-3 with losses to Providence, Massachusetts and Toledo, but have since won three-of-four games with the lone loss being a two-point setback to Connecticut on Nov. 21. The Eagles haven't played since a 75-67 overtime win over Sacred Heart on Nov. 26 and have scored and allowed 559 points on the season (79.9 points per game).
-- Sophomore Olivier Hanlan is off to a sensational start to his season, averaging 21.7 points per game to rank third in the ACC in scoring, while contributing 3.4 rebounds and 3.4 assists per game. Ryan Anderson (19.0 ppg, 7.1 rpg) and Joe Rahon (13.4) also average in double figures for Boston College. The Eagles are averaging almost 22 three-point attempts per game and are shooting 47.7 percent from the field and a remarkable 84.3 percent from the free throw line to lead the country. The Eagles are losing the rebounding (-4.3) and turnover (-1.9) battles.
Matt Painter is in his 10th year as a collegiate head coach, owning a 207-102 career record and a 182-97 record in his ninth year at Purdue. He has been named the Big Ten Coach of the Year three times. Steve Donahue, who took Cornell to the Sweet 16 in 2010, is 195-144 in his 14th year as a head coach and 49-56 in his fourth year at BC.