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The Last Meeting
March 17, 2004
Notre Dame, Ind. (NIT)
Purdue Falls To Notre Dame In NIT
Chris Quinn scored 21 points in leading Notre Dame to a 71-59 victory over
Purdue in the first round of the NIT. The Boilermakers (17-14), who trailed 39-30 at halftime, used a 22-12 run to take a 52-51 lead in the second half. Brett Buscher scored six of his 12 points during the run and David Teague scored seven of his 10. It was the first game between the schools, which are separated by just 100
miles, in 38 years.
» Purdue and Notre Dame will meet in the regular season for the first time since 1966 on Saturday in the second edition of the Close the Gap Crossroads Classic in Indianapolis.
» The all-time series between the two schools is tied at 20-20, and the Boilermakers and Irish have split four games in Indianapolis; the teams last met in the 2004 NIT, when Notre Dame captured a 71-59 win on its home court.
» The Boilers are playing their third neutral site game of the season on Saturday and are 28-23 (.549) on neutral courts under head coach Matt Painter.
» Purdue has won four of its last five regular-season games at Bankers Life Fieldhouse, dating to 2007.
» Saturday's contest will feature Purdue and Notre Dame teams that are both forcing opponents to shoot below 38 percent from the floor and are yileding less than 60 points per game on the season.
» Purdue ranks 27th nationally in three-point field goal percentage defense, allowing opponents to shoot just 26.9 percent from beyond the arc this season; the Irish shoot 38.2 percent from deep and average 7.3 triples per game on the year.
» Junior Terone Johnson had a team-bests of 12 points and eight rebounds against Eastern Michigan in Purdue's last outing, knocking down 3-of-7 shots from three-point territory.
» After a slow start, Terone Johnson has averaged 15.8 points on 46.7 percent shooting (28-of-60), while adding 7.0 rebounds per game, over Purdue's last five contests; he has reached double figures in points in 14 of his last 16 games.
» Purdue is +11.7 on the glass for the season, a mark that ranks eighth nationally; the Boilermakers have outrebounded seven of their nine opponents on the year, including the last five by double-digit margins.
» Purdue ranks second in the Big Ten with an average of 15.9 offensive rebounds per game, having led or tied in that category in each of its nine games; despite ranking second in the league as a team, Purdue's top offensive rebounder - center A.J. Hammons - ranks just 11th in the Big Ten with an average of 2.4 per game.
» Purdue's aggressiveness on the offensive glass has led to an average margin of +6.3 second-chance points per game; the Boilers are outscoring opponents by a count of 122-65 on second chances this season.
» Despite having played five different starting lineups in nine games this season, Purdue has continued to get a consistent scoring punch from its bench, outscoring opponents' reserves by an average margin of 11.6 points per game.
» Hammons has played with poise in five games since moving into the starting lineup, averaging 9.8 points, 6.4 rebounds and 2.0 blocks per game over that stretch; he has scored in double digits in three of Purdue's last four games.