Jan. 21, 2012
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -
MICHIGAN STATE (12-7, 4-2) at No. 13/18 PURDUE (16-3, 6-0)
Tipoff: 7:30 p.m. ET on Monday, Jan. 23
Location: Mackey Arena - West Lafayette, Ind.
Television: Live on the Big Ten Network with Tom Hart providing play-by-play and Stephanie White analysis.
Internet: Live stats are available via Gametracker and live radio broadcast available 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 34-25, but Michigan State has a five-game win streak.
The Rankings: Purdue is ranked No. 13 by the Associated Press and No. 18 in the ESPN/USA Today Division I Coaches' Poll. Michigan State is receiving votes in the AP Poll.
Promotions: Student Appreciation Night - $2 tickets for Purdue students and three $100 book vouchers from Follett's Bookstore will be given away.
Michigan State (12-7, 4-2) is tied for third in the Big Ten after dropping back-to-back conference games, 64-56 against Ohio State and 71-65 at Minnesota. Senior Porsche Poole is averaging a team-high 11.3 points off the bench, while Lykendra Johnson averages 9.4 points and a team-high 8.8 rebounds per game. The Spartans have a balanced offensive attack with eight players averaging over five points each. As a team, Michigan State averages 66.5 points and 40.7 rebounds a contest and is second in the conference behind the Boilermakers in steals, averaging 10.2 per game.
This is the 60th meeting between Purdue and Michigan State and the first of two in the regular season. Purdue is 10-10 in the last 20 meetings, but 3-7 in the last 10 games. The Boilermakers are looking to break a five-game losing streak against the Spartans and pick up their first win since Purdue defeated Michigan State 69-59 on Feb. 24, 2008, in Mackey Arena. The two teams met just once last season with the 11th-ranked Spartans coming away with a 76-57 victory on Feb. 6, 2011, in East Lansing.
Purdue Vs. The Big Ten Conference
The Boilermakers are 388-213 all time against teams in the Big Ten Conference. Purdue has a winning record against every conference opponent except Ohio State (26-39, .400) and Nebraska (0-0). The Boilermakers have the highest winning percentage vs. Michigan (48-15, .762), followed by Illinois (47-16, .746) and Wisconsin (44-17, .721). Purdue is 42-19 (.689) against Northwestern, 39-17 (.696) versus the Gophers, 48-25 (.658) when taking on instate rival Indiana and 25-15 (.625) against Penn State. Purdue holds a 35-25 (.583) record versus Iowa and its series mark against Michigan State is 34-25 (.576).
Last Time Out
Purdue scored a season-high 82 points as Antionette Howard recorded a season-high 20 points, had eight rebounds and a career-high four steals to lead Purdue past archrival Indiana 82-60. The Boilermakers had five players in double-figures for the first time this season, as Rayburn scored 14 to move past head coach Sharon Versyp and Camille Cooper for 10th all time in scoring at Purdue, Houser contributed 12 points, five assists and three steals, Sam Ostarello recorded 11 points and seven rebounds and Courtney Moses chipped in 10 points, four assists and three steals. Purdue grabbed a season-high 17 steals in the contest, forcing 21 turnovers by the Hoosiers. The Boilermakers shot .422 (27-of-64) from the field and hit 25-of-30 free throws (.833), while outrebounding IU 49-29, which included 22 offensive boards.
Last Time Vs. Michigan State
Michigan State's Brittney Thomas scored a career-high 22 points as No. 11 Michigan State defeated Purdue 76-57. Lykendra Johnson had 13 points and eight rebounds and Kalisha Keane added 12 points, all in the second half, for the Spartans who built a comfortable lead with an early 12-0 run. Drey Mingo had 16 points and Alex Guyton added 12 for the Boilermakers. Brittany Rayburn had 10 points for Purdue and Courtney Moses was held to five points.
Player Of The Week
Brittany Rayburn was named Big Ten Player of the Week, USWBA and NetScouts Basketball National Player of the Week on Tuesday. In two wins, Rayburn averaged 26.0 points, 6.5 rebounds, 1.5 steals and 1.0 blocks while shooting nearly 62 percent from three-point range. On Jan. 12 at Minnesota, Rayburn tied a 17-year-old NCAA women's basketball record by hitting 12 three-pointers, making 12-of-16 (.750) from long range. Rayburn finished with 38 points, the third highest single-game total in school history. She followed up her record setting performance by leading Purdue in scoring with 14 points, including the game-winning free throws with 17.5 seconds left against Iowa. On the ensuing Hawkeye possession, Rayburn blocked a potential game-winning shot with one second on the clock to secure the victory.
In It To Win It
In Big Ten games, the Boilermakers are in the top half of 17 of the 21 statistical categories, including first in scoring defense (56.3 ppg), scoring margin (+9.5), field goal percentage defense (.348), blocked shots (6.5) and steals (11.5); second in turnover margin (+4.7) and offensive rebounds (14.5) and third in three-point field goal percentage (.366) and rebounding offense (40.0). Purdue is fifth in scoring offense in conference games (65.8 ppg), five spots better than its ranking in all games (10th - 62.4 ppg). Three-point shooting is also dramatically better, third in conference (.366) compared to ninth (.317) for all games, as is offensive rebounding, second in conference (14.5) compared to eight in all games (13.0).
The Boilermakers have two more games this week, both on the road. Purdue faces Northwestern for the only time in the regular season Jan. 26 at 8 p.m. ET in Welsh-Ryan Arena and then will travel directly to Iowa for the second matchup of the year Saturday, Jan. 28 at 3 p.m. ET in Carver-Hawkeye Arena. The Purdue-Iowa contest will be broadcast live on BTN.
Howard Provides Depth
Redshirt senior guard/forward Antionette Howard had a breakout game at Indiana, scoring a season-high 20 points, while recording a team-high eight rebounds (six offensive), and assist, a block and a career-high four steals. Howard has been in double-figures five times this season. She scored 13 points against Minnesota and Notre Dame, and had 12 points versus Wisconsin. The Duluth, Ga., native is Purdue's third leading scorer in conference games with an average of 10.2 points per contest.
Not Just A Rebounder Anymore
Sam Ostarello led the Boilermakers in rebounding as a freshman (5.0 rpg). As a junior, she averages a team-leading 8.0 rebounds per game, including tied for conference-best 9.7 rebounds in conference play. She is tied for third in the conference in rebounding for all games. The Pierre, S.D., native has recorded double-digit rebounds in seven games this season, second most double-digit rebound games in the Big Ten this year. She had a season-high 13 rebounds vs. Wisconsin, 12 rebounds against Texas A&M and at Minnesota and 10 boards vs. Tulane, Kansas State, Oakland and Iowa. Ostarello's has recorded two double-doubles this season - against Oakland (16 pts./10 reb.) and versus Wisconsin (12 pts./13 reb.) - and three in her career. Ostarello is Purdue's fourth leading scorer with an 8.1 ppg average, has the highest field goal percentage on the team (min. 10 attempts) at .481, and has 28 blocks this season, second on the team and fifth in the Big Ten.