Dec. 20, 2013
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. --
The Purdue men's basketball gets one more chance at an impressive non-conference win on Sunday, as it heads to West Virginia to face a good Mountaineers' squad at 1 p.m., in a game televised by ESPNU. The Boilermakers, who lead the series 6-1, will be looking for its first win on Morgantown since December 1975.
Boilermakers Wrap Up Non-Conference Play Sunday at West Virginia
The Purdue men's basketball team closes out its non-conference slate on Sunday afternoon at West Virginia in its lone "true" non-conference road game of the year. The contest will be televised on ESPNU with Mike Couzens and Bob Valvano calling the action, in addition to a stream on ESPN3. Fans can also listen to the game on the Purdue Sports Network as Larry Clisby and Rob Blackman with the radio call courtside. Twitter updates will be available on the official Purdue Basketball Twitter account, @BoilerBall. Live stats will be provided via Gametracker on PurdueSports.com.
Purdue At a Glance
-- Purdue closed out its sixth perfect non-conference home slate in Matt Painter's nine years at Purdue with a 79-50 win over Maryland-Eastern Shore on Tuesday night. The Boilermakers improved to 8-0 at Mackey Arena and are 67-5 under Painter at home against non-conference foes.
-- However, it's been a different story away from Mackey Arena. The Boilermakers are just 1-3, all at neutral sites, and are shooting just 40.7 percent from the field and averaging 69.8 points per game in the contests not played in West Lafayette. At home, the Boilermakers average 83.4 points per game and shoot 48.3 percent from the field.
The Last Meeting
January 19, 2013
West Lafayette, Ind.
-- Purdue is coming off a 79-50 win over Maryland-Eastern Shore on Tuesday night in which the Boilermakers recorded 20 assists, shot 50.0 percent from the field and outrebounded the Hawks by nine, 39-30. The Boilermakers' bench contributed 48 of the 79 points and 10 players scored between five and 14 points. Eleven players played between 11 and 29 minutes and the Boilermakers took control of the game early with a 14-0 run after UMES scored the game's first basket.
-- Purdue has one of the most-balanced lineups in the country as nine players average between 5.1 and 13.5 points per game, 10 players contribute between 13.8 and 27.9 minutes per game, six different players have dished out at least 13 assists and 10 different players have scored in double figures this year. Senior Terone Johnson, who needs just three points for 1,100 in his career, leads the team in scoring at 13.5 points per game. His brother, sophomore Ronnie, averages 10.5 points per game and a team-best 3.8 assists per game, while freshman Bryson Scott, is averaging 10.3 points in just 18.0 minutes per game. A.J. Hammons paces the squad in rebounds (6.4 rpg), blocked shots (41) and is second in field goal percentage (.646).
West Virginia At a Glance
West Virginia has one of the nation's top young rosters, starting five underclassmen and opening the season with a 7-4 mark with the losses coming to Virginia Tech (87-82), Wisconsin (70-63), Missouri (80-71) and Gonzaga (80-76) by a combined 25 points. Indianapolis native Eron Harris leads the Mountaineers in scoring at 18.5 points per game and junior Juwan Staten is one of two players in the country to average at least 16.0 points, 6.0 rebounds and 6.0 assists. The Mountaineers are averaging 82.0 points per game and shooting 47.3 percent from the floor.