Dec. 18, 2007
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -
2007 Findlay Toyota Las Vegas Classic Wofford vs. Purdue
Time: 7 p.m. ET
Arena: Mackey Arena (14,123)
Date: December 19
Location: West Lafayette, Ind.
Television: ESPNU will air the game. Jim Barbar (play-by-play) and Mike Kelley (analyst) call the action. Todd Kulis is the producer.
Radio: The Boilermaker Sports Network (Flagship - WSHP, 95.7 FM, XM Radio 196) Larry "The Cliz" Clisby (play-by-play) and Ralph Taylor (analyst) call the action. Rob Blackman handles the pregame show, and Randy "Don't Call Me Radio" Wilkins engineers.
Internet: All games can be heard on sports.yahoo.com.
Tickets: More than 3,000 remaining. Fans can call 800-49-SPORT for tickets.
Records: Purdue 7-2 Wofford 4-4
Rankings: Neither Wofford nor Purdue is ranked in either poll. The Boilermakers are receiving votes in the AP Poll.
Series: This is the second meeting between the two teams. More information on the previous meeting can be found on Page No. 4.
Coaches: Purdue - Matt Painter (Purdue `94) is 38-33 in his third year at Purdue and 63-38 in his fourth season overall as a head coach.
Wofford - Mike Young (Emory and Henry `86) is 62-91 in his sixth season at Wofford and 62-91 in his sixth season overall as a collegiate head coach.
Web Sites: Wofford - wofford.edu/athletics Purdue - purduesports.com
Purdue Hosts Wofford in 2007 Findlay Toyota Las Vegas Classic
Purdue will host Wofford in its second game of the 2007 Las Vegas Classic on Wednesday, Dec. 19 in West Lafayette, Ind. The game will be televised on ESPNU at 7 p.m. ET.
The Boilermakers are coming off a 76-56 win over Texas Southern on Monday in the first round of the 2007 Findlay Toyota Las Vegas Classic in West Lafayette.
The Terriers are coming off an 80-73 loss at Alabama on Monday. Wofford has dropped three of its last four outings.
The Boilermakers are playing their third of five games over eight days.
A Purdue Win Would ...
-Give the Boilermakers an 8-2 start for the second-consecutive season under head coach Matt Painter.
-Be Purdue's fifth 8-2 start in the last 10 seasons.
-Give the Boilermakers 13 wins in their last 17 games dating back to last season.
-Make Purdue 23-1 in its last 24 home games.
-Keep Purdue a perfect 22-0 in home non-conference games under Matt Painter.
-Give Purdue its 11th-straight overall win in Mackey Arena.
-Improve Purdue to 212-29 in home non-conference games in Mackey Arena.
-Give Purdue a 2-0 advantage in the Wofford series.
-Make Purdue 5-3 in the Las Vegas Classic.
-Improve Matt Painter's career coaching record to 64-38 overall and 39-33 at Purdue.
-Improve Purdue's all-time record to 1,539-900.
Purdue Versus The Southern Conference
Purdue's game against Texas Southern will be the ninth against a Southern Conference opponent for the Boilermakers. The Boilermakers are 8-0 against the league. Purdue is 1-0 against Wofford.
The Boilermakers played Wofford during the 2005-06 season. The last game against a team from the Southern Conference was an 82-57 win over Western Carolina on Nov. 17, 2006.
The Wofford Terriers
-Wofford College is located in Spartanburg, S.C. It was founded in 1854 and has an enrollment of 1,350 students. The Terriers have the same Old Gold and Black colors as the Boilermakers.
-The Terriers are 4-4 on the season and 1-1 in conference action. They are a perfect 4-0 at home and 0-4 away from home. They are 0-2 in road games and 0-2 in games on neutral courts.
-Wofford is led in scoring by Shane Nichols. Nichols is averaging more than 17 points per game. He missed the first five games of the season with an injury. Nichols eclipsed the 1,000-point mark for his career earlier this season.
-The Terriers are outrebounding the opposition by 7.3 rebounds per game.
-Wofford is holding their opponents to 39.9 percent shooting from the floor and 31.1 percent from the three-point arc.
-The Terriers' road losses have come at Arkansas, at Wisconsin, at Alabama and a conference matchup at Elon. The Badgers defeated the Terriers, 70-43, on Dec. 3 in Madison.
-Wofford will face Texas Southern in their first game in Las Vegas on Dec. 22.
-Including the Boilermakers' win over Louisville on Saturday, Purdue are playing five games over an eight-day stretch.
-Purdue's game on Wednesday is it's last of three games over a five-day period.
-After hosting Wofford on Wednesday, the Boilermakers will leave for Las Vegas on Thursday.
Texas Southern Leftovers
Below are some additional notes from Purdue's 76-56 win over Texas Southern.
-Johnson scored a career-high 14 points. His previous high was 12 against Bethune-Cookman in the first game of the season.
-Junior Marcus Green grabbed a career-high 10 rebounds. His previous high was nine as a freshman against Southeast Missouri State. Green's 10 rebounds are the most by a Purdue player this season.
-From the 9:03 mark in the first half to the 18:59 mark in the second half Purdue ran off a 20-4 run to stretch the Boilermakers' lead to 36-19. Sophomore Keaton Grant and Hummel combined for 13 points during the run.
-Grant extended his run of prolific scoring with 11 points. After scoring in double-figures in only three games as a freshman last year, Grant has now scored in double-figures the last five games.
-Martin scored 11 points. He has scored in double-figures in seven of the last eight games. Coming into the game, Martin was leading Purdue in scoring and averaging 11.8 points per game.
-Purdue grabbed a season-high 52 rebounds. The team's previous high was 40 against Louisville and Indiana State.
-The Boilermakers doubled up Texas Southern on the glass outrebounding them 52-26. Purdue is now outrebounding opponents by 4.1 boards per game.
The Purdue-Wofford Series
Purdue defeated Wofford, 82-75 on Nov. 19, 2005, in the only meeting between the two teams.
The Boilermakers were led in scoring by freshman Nate Minnoy who had 25. Carl Landry added 22 and Korey Spates had 16. The Terriers were led by Shane Nichols who scored 21 points and was 5 of 11 from downtown.
Wofford connected on 12 of 30 shots from three-point range and forced the Boilermakers into 21 turnovers.
Purdue In The Las Vegas Classic
This will be the third time that Purdue is playing in an event named the Las Vegas Classic. Below are some notes on those games:
-Purdue is 4-3 in games in the Las Vegas Classic.
-The 2007 version of the event's official name is the Findlay Toyota Las Vegas Classic.
-The Boilermakers went 2-2 in their last Las Vegas Classic in 2001. In that event, Purdue only hosted one game (Illinois-Chicago) before playing three games in Las Vegas.
-In the Las Vegas Classic, Purdue has played one game in West Lafayette and five games in Las Vegas.
-The Boilermakers are 2-0 in Las Vegas Classic games played in West Lafayette.
-The Boilermakers last game in Las Vegas was a 70-53 loss to Arizona State on Dec. 21, 2002, in the Las Vegas Shootout.