MBB Closes Out Non-League Play Wednesday
Dec. 20, 2016

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No. 15 Purdue (10-2) vs. Norfolk State (3-9)
Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2016 / 7 p.m. ET / BTN Plus (Lisa Byington, Gary Close)
Mackey Arena (14,804) / West Lafayette, Indiana / Tickets are available

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The No. 15-ranked Purdue men’s basketball team wraps up non-conference play Wednesday as Norfolk State comes to visit Mackey Arena for a 7 p.m. ET tip. The Boilermakers will then open Big Ten play a week from Wednesday as Iowa visits for an 8:30 p.m. start in the league opener on Dec. 28

The Boilermakers are aiming for their fifth start of 11-2 or better during the Matt Painter era and with a win Wednesday, will have 11 wins before Christmas for just the fourth time in school history.

Purdue enters the game on a five-game winning streak by an average margin of 25.6 points per game while shooting 50.2 percent from the field and averaging just 10.8 turnovers per game. The Boilermakers have an assist-to-turnover ratio of 2.02 during that span and have eight players averaging between 8.0 and 15.8 points per game.

Purdue ranks in the NCAA's top 30 in eight statistical categories, including assists (3rd), 3-point percentage (5th), personal fouls per game (9th), rebound margin (10th), 3-pointers per game (17th), scoring margin (18th), assist-to-turnover ratio (24th), field goal percentage (27th) and scoring offense (30th).

Purdue is led by Caleb Swanigan, who on Monday became just the fifth major-college player in the last 20 years to record multiple 20-20 games, when he tallied 21 points and 21 rebounds in the 82-50 win over Western Illinois. During Purdue's five-game streak, Vincent Edwards is averaging 14.0 points, 6.0 rebounds and 4.6 assists per game while shooting 59.1 percent from the floor.



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