Dec. 4, 2009
Tip: 5:06 p.m. ET
Television: Big Ten Network. Craig Coshun handles play-by-play with Bob Ford alongside as color analyst and Bob Mountel producing.
Radio: The Purdue Sports Network (Flagship - WSHP, 95.7 FM). Larry "The Cliz" Clisby (play-by-play), Rob Blackman (analyst) and Ralph Taylor (analyst) call the action. Blackman also handles the pregame show, and Wes Scott engineers.
XM Radio: Channel 196.
Rankings: Purdue is ranked fourth in the Associated Press poll and sixth in the ESPN/USA Today poll. Buffalo is not ranked in either poll.
Live Stats: GameTracker live stats are available for all Purdue home games. A link to those stats is available at purduesports.com.
After snapping a two-game losing streak in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge to help the Big Ten win the event for the first time in its 10-year history, No. 4/6 Purdue takes the court on Saturday looking to move to 7-0 and remain the lone undefeated team in the conference ... The Boilermakers have won 11 of their last 12 games, dating back to last season ... A win over Buffalo would give Purdue seven-straight wins to open the season, marking the second-longest winning streak in the Matt Painter Era ... A victory on Saturday would also give Purdue its first 7-0 start since the 1993-94 campaign - a span of 15 seasons ... Purdue owns a league-leading +8.0 turnover margin and a +2.2 edge on the boards this season to give them an average of just over 10 possessions per game more than their opponents, all of which are key factors in the Boilermakers' +16.5 average scoring margin ... The Boilers are 62-17 under Painter when winning the turnover battle ... Purdue is also 61-7 under Painter when it makes more free throws than its opponent.
Purdue will wrap up its season-long four-game homestand on Wednesday, when it takes on Valparaiso for just the 15th time in a series that dates back to 1953 ... The Boilermakers have taken the last eight meetings of the regional rivalry, and own a 13-1 record in the series ... All but one game in West Lafayette has been decided by double figures.
BOILERMAKERS GARNER HIGHEST RANKING IN NEARLY 14 YEARS
Purdue is ranked fourth in the latest Associated Press poll, its highest ranking since reaching the same position on March 5, 1996 - a span of 236 polls.
Purdue's ranking marks the 26th week in program history that it has been ranked in the top five of the Associated Press poll.
BOILERMAKERS EQUAL NINTH-BEST START IN PROGRAM HISTORY
With its win over Wake Forest in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge, Purdue moved to 6-0 on the season, matching the ninth-best start in school history. A win over Buffalo on Saturday would bump the Boilers into a tie for sixth on that list, and move them to within seven games of matching the 1993-94 squad for the best start in school history (14-0).
BEST SEASON STARTS IN PURDUE HISTORY
1. 14-0 1993-94
2. 11-0 1936-37
3. 10-0 1927-28
4. 9-0 1937-38
6. 7-0 1934-35
9. 6-0 Four times (including 2009-10)
PURDUE FORCING OPPONENTS INTO LONG FIELD GOAL DROUGHTS
In six games this season, the Boilermakers have forced opponents into 15 field-goal droughts of four minutes or more, including eight basketless periods of five minutes or more.
In a key second-half stand that saw the Boilers explode on a 14-2 run, Purdue held Wake Forest without a field goal for 5:18 while opening up a 15-point lead.
Purdue forced Central Michigan to three field-goal droughts of more than five minutes, including a season-long 8:08 slump. In the championship game of the Paradise Jam, the Boilermakers held ninth-ranked Tennessee to a stretch of 7:58 without a basket from the floor in the second half to move from a three-point deficit to a five-point lead.
PURDUE HOUNDING OPPONENTS INTO EARLY-SEASON TURNOVERS
In six games this season, Purdue has induced its opponents into 123 turnovers, an average of 20.5 per contest. The havoc created by the Boilermakers' defense has also limited opposing teams to an assist-to-turnover ratio of just 0.41, and propelled the Boilers to a Big Ten-best +8.0 turnover margin.
Purdue's ballhawking style forced 25 Wake Forest turnovers in the Boilermakers' win on Dec. 1, including 17 in the second half. The Boilers' second-period performance against WFU marked the sixth time this season that Purdue has induced double-digit turnovers in a single half, with the Demon Deacons' 17 miscues standing as the high single-stanza mark of the year.
The Boilers have forced more than 20 turnovers in three of their six games this season, with Cal State Northridge and Wake Forest sharing the high mark with 25 apiece.
BOILERS MAKING THE MOST OF OPPONENTS' MISCUES
In addition to forcing an average of 20.5 turnovers per game, Purdue is also taking advantage of those miscues to the tune of an average margin of +14.5 points per game off of turnovers. The Boilermakers have outscored their opponents by a total of 144-57 off of turnovers this season.
Points off of turnovers were crucial in the win over Wake Forest, as the Boilermakers posted a 26-6 edge in that department en route to an 11-point win. Purdue has also enjoyed large points-off-of-turnover margins against Cal State Northridge (30-5) and Saint Joseph's (32-6) in double-digit victories.
MOORE HAS HOT HAND THROUGH FIRST HALF DOZEN CONTESTS
Junior guard E'Twaun Moore has lived up to his reputation as a scorer in the first six games of the 2009-10 campaign, leading Purdue with an average of 16.8 per outing.
With three 20-point performances so far this season, Moore is the first Boilermaker to reach the 20-point mark three times in the first six games of a campaign since Willie Deane in 2002-03.
Moore has produced on the offensive end in the Boilers' biggest early-season games, scoring 22 points in wins over both then-No. 9 Tennessee and Wake Forest to help Purdue snap a two-game losing streak in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge.