MICHIGAN (9-5, 2-0 Big Ten) at PURDUE (9-5, 0-2 Big Ten)
Tipoff: 6:30 p.m. ET on Thursday, Jan. 6 Location: West Lafayette, Ind. - Mackey Arena (14,123) Television: live on the Big Ten Network with Tom Hart providing play-by-play and Theresa Grentz analysis. Web Stream: none Live Stats: available via Gametracker at purduesports.com Radio: live on WBPE (95.3 BOB-FM) and purduesports.com with Tim Newton providing play-by-play and Jane Schott analysis. The Series: Purdue leads 47-14 Promotions: Dollar Night - tickets are just $1 for admission
Michigan (9-5) is tied for first in the Big Ten with a 2-0 record and has three-straight wins over ranked opponents. The Wolverines are coming off a 60-53 win at No. 14 Iowa, on Dec. 30 they knocked off preseason conference favorite No. 12 Ohio State 64-51 in Columbus, and on Dec. 22 defeated No. 24 Boston College 68-55 in Crisler Arena. Michigan has excellent balance with four players averaging between 10.8 and 8.0 points per game - led by the Wolverines lone senior, Veronica Hicks - and four players averaging between 5.2 and 4.2 rebounds per game. Michigan is holding its opponents to 59.3 points per game and 37.8 percent from the field.
This is the 62nd meeting between Purdue and Michigan, with the Boilermakers owning a 47-14 series advantage. Purdue is 18-2 in the last 20 meetings, but the Wolverines have won two of the last three contests, both in Ann Arbor. The last matchup was a 64-63 Boilermaker loss on Feb. 28, 2010, in Crisler Arena. The last Purdue win against Michigan was Feb. 26, 2009, by a 70-53 margin in Mackey Arena. The Boilermakers have a 23-4 edge in games played in West Lafayette. The last time Michigan won at Purdue was on Feb. 8, 1998, by a score of 62-60.
Purdue will travel to intrastate rival Indiana. The game is Sunday, Jan. 9 at 2 p.m. and will be available via a live video web stream on the BigTenNetwork.com.
Last Time Out
In Purdue's 76-64 loss at Northwestern, the Wildcats were called for just seven personal fouls, limiting Purdue to just eight free throw attempts. Northwestern outscored the Boilermakers 19-7 at the free throw line. The Wildcats also took excellent care of the basketball, tying a season-low by a Purdue opponent with nine turnovers. Purdue turned the ball over 18 times and Northwestern outscored the Boilermakers 26-3 on points off turnovers. Purdue took a 37-35 lead into the locker room on a 30-foot three-pointer by freshman Courtney Moses at the buzzer. However, Northwestern outscored Purdue 41-27 in the second half for the second-straight win in Evanston against the Boilermakers.
Freshman Of The Week Courtney Moses picked up her third-consecutive and fourth overall Big Ten Freshman of the Week Award, in part on a 22-point performance at Northwestern. The freshman point guard was 8 of 14 from the field (57.1%), including a career-high 6 of 10 from beyond the arc. The six three-pointers ties Brittany Rayburn for most threes in a game by a Purdue freshman. Moses also picked up her first career blocked shot in the game.
Rayburn Scores Game High
One game after scoring her 1,000th career point, Brittany Rayburn led all scorers with a game-high 26 points against Wisconsin. It is the fourth time this season that Rayburn has tallied more than 20 points in a contest. Drey Mingo with 13 points was the only other Boilermaker in double-figures. Rayburn hit her first three three-pointers and finished 4 of 7 from beyond the arc, tying her season high for threes. The junior guard also tied her career high for assists with four and pulled down five rebounds.
Hitting The Boards
Purdue has outrebounded its last two opponents - Wisconsin and Northwestern - but lost both contests. The Boilermakers are now 9-2 when winning the battle of the boards.
Moses Continues To Grow
Freshman point guard Courtney Moses tied for game-high rebounding honors with a career-high eight boards against Wisconsin. The Sweetser, Ind., native dished out four assists against just two turnovers for a positive assist to turnover ratio for the fourth-straight game and sixth this season.
Streaking Brittany Rayburn is seventh in the conference in scoring with an average of 15.9 ppg which is fueled in part by her free throw accuracy. The junior leads the Big Ten in free throw percentage, having hit 78 of 83 for 94.0 percent on the season, including 36 in a row. Her last miss was her first attempt against Murray State on Dec. 12. Rayburn is just two consecutive free throws from tying her own school record of 38 straight. As of Jan. 3, Rayburn is ranked eighth nationally for free throw percentage.
The Boilermakers are second in the Big Ten in scoring defense and tops in rebounds allowed, holding teams to an average of 57.7 points per game and 32.6 rebounds. The Boilermakers are fourth in field goal percentage defense at 37.2 percent. Purdue held Southern Illinois to 36 total points and 27.5 percent from the field. Both totals are the second-lowest this season. Murray State scored only 25 points and shot 12.2 percent on Dec. 12. The Boilermakers have only allowed one opponent to reach 50.0 percent from the field - Notre Dame (31 of 62; 50.0%). Purdue has held nine teams under 40 percent from the field and seven teams to 56 points or less.
By The Numbers
Purdue is 9-2 when it outrebounds its opponents, is 4-0 when shooting 50 percent from the field or better and is 7-0 when scoring 70 points or more.
- Brittany Rayburn has scored 1,041 points in her career, ranking 23rd all time at Purdue.
- Rayburn is tied for 10th for career scoring average at 12.7 points per game.
- Rayburn is currently 11th in career made three-point field goals at Purdue with 115.
- Rayburn is tied with Katie Gearlds for 11th in career made free throws with 318 and is third in career free throw percentage, averaging 83.2 percent (318 of 382).