March 3, 2010
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -
No. 5 seed Purdue vs. No. 4 seed Wisconsin
Tip: Friday, March 5, at approximately 8:30 p.m. ET.
Television: Big Ten Network. Tracy Warren - play-by-play, Vera Jones - analysis and Leah Secondo - reporter.
Web Stream: None.
Radio: WBPE 95.3 BOB-FM and purduesports.com. Tim Newton will provide play-by-play and Jane Schott will provide analysis.
Rankings: both teams are unranked.
Live Stats: Gametracker available at purduesports.com.
Sharon Versyp TV Show
Due to the Big Ten Tournament, coach Versyp's TV show will air this week on the Big Ten Network on Friday at 4 p.m. ET.
The Purdue Alumni Association will host a pep rally before Purdue's Big Ten Tournament opener, this Friday at 5:15 p.m. at the Purdue Fan Headquarters which this year is Scotty's Brewhouse in downtown Indianapolis located at 1 Virginia Ave. There will be a drawing for prizes as well as performances by the Purdue cheerleaders and the Gold and Black Sound, Purdue women's basketball's pep band.
Purdue In The Big Ten Tournament
The fifth-place Boilermakers head to Indianapolis as the conference team with the most Big Ten Tournament success. Purdue has posted a 30-8 record in Big Ten Tournament games, including coach Versyp's 8-1 record, won a conference-best seven tournament titles and has made it to the championship game in 11 of the 15 tournaments.
By The Numbers
Purdue is the No. 5 seed in the 2010 Big Ten Tournament. It is the third time that the Boilermakers have earned the fifth seed; the last was in 2005 and the first was in 1998, when Purdue went on to win the tournament championship with victories over No. 4 Indiana, No. 1 Iowa and No. 7 Penn State. In 2005, Purdue lost to No. 4 seed Minnesota, 71-68.
One Isn't Always
The Big Ten Tournament's No. 1 seed has won only four titles in tournament history. In 15 years of tournament play, the winningest seed is No. 2 (five titles). The No. 1 seed has won four, including top-seed Ohio State's 67-66 win over No. 3 seed Purdue last season, and No. 3 has won three titles. The No. 4 seed has won two championships and the No. 5 seed has won the tournament title once - Purdue in 1998. No seed lower than No. 5 has won a tournament championship.
Keeping The Streak Alive
Earning the No. 5 seed in this year's bracket, the Boilermakers maintain their streak of earning a first-round bye and never playing on the first day in the Big Ten Tournament. Purdue finished the regular season standings alone in fifth place. This is just the fourth tournament that the Boilermakers have not earned a top-three seed.
A round-by-round look at Purdue's Big Ten Tournament performances through the years:
Round - Record
First Round - 0-0
Quarterfinals - 12-3
Semifinals - 11-1
Championship - 7-4
Indianapolis Feels Almost Like Home
Purdue is 38-12 all-time in the city of Indianapolis. The Boilermakers have a 23-6 record in Conseco Fieldhouse, including 20-4 in Big Ten Tournament games. Purdue christened Conseco on Dec. 18, 1999, when it played Kentucky in the first-ever college basketball game in the venue. The Boilermakers defeated the Wildcats 48-40.
Neutral Court Results
Purdue's matchup against Wisconsin on Friday will be the Boilermakers first neutral site game of the season. The Boilermakers are 105-60 all time on neutral courts.
The Boilermakers are in jeopardy of missing postseason tournament action for the first time since the 1992-93 season. There are three scenarios that can prevent that from happening: win the Big Ten Tournament and secure the conference's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament, win two games in the Big Ten Tournament, getting them back to at least a.500 record and eligible for a WNIT at-large bid, or if the four teams seeded above Purdue (Ohio State, Michigan State, Iowa and Wisconsin) are selected to the NCAA Tournament, the Boilermakers, as the highest seed not to go to the NCAAs would get the WNIT automatic bid regardless of overall record.
Third place and No. 4 seed Wisconsin (20-9, 10-8) is coming off a 68-60 overtime loss at home to Iowa which gave the Hawkeyes a sweep of the Badgers and the No. 3 seed in the tournament. Wisconsin beat the Boilermakers 64-51 on Jan. 7 in Madison, and Purdue returned the favor on a last second shot by Chelsea Jones to lift Purdue to a 58-56 victory in Mackey Arena. Wisconsin has used the same starting lineup all season and is led by junior guard Alyssa Karel, who is averaging 13.8 points per game. Wisconsin has the best scoring defense in the Big Ten, holding opponents to an average of 55.2 ppg while Purdue is third at 59.6.
Friday marks the 58th meeting between Purdue and Wisconsin. The Boilermakers hold a 43-14 advantage, including 13 consecutive wins before losing 64-51 on Jan. 7 in the Kohl Center. Purdue is 3-0 against the Badgers in the Big Ten Tournament, including the last matchup which occurred in last year's semifinals, 70-56. The Boilermakers are 4-0 all time against Wisconsin in neutral site games, have won 9 of the last 10 matchups and 19 of the last 21.
Purdue Vs. The Big Ten Conference
Since 1982-83, Purdue is 320-158 in regular-season Big Ten games. Of all the Big Ten schools, Purdue has the best record against Michigan at 47-14 (.770), followed by Wisconsin at 42-14 (.750). Purdue's worst winning percentage and the only one below .500 is against Ohio State at 25-38 (.397).
If Purdue gets past Wisconsin in the quarterfinals, it will meet either top-seed Ohio State , No. 8 seed Indiana or No. 9 seed Illinois. The winner of the Game 3 matchup between Indiana and Illinois will face the Buckeyes on March 5 at 6 p.m. The semifinal game will be played March 6 at approximately 7:30 p.m. with the winner going to the championship game on March 7 at 4:30 p.m. on ESPN2.
The Last Time Out
Jodi Howell tied a career high and school record hitting 7 of 9 three-pointers at Michigan, including four in the final 56 seconds, but the Boilermakers lost 64-63. Purdue held a 33-22 advantage at the half but managed only a made free throw by Sam Ostarello until Howell hit a three at the 13:40 mark to bring the score to 37-32. Michigan's Dayeesha Hollins did not play in the first half but scored nine points in the second. The Wolverines took their first lead of the second half with 6:31 to play and led by as many as seven points at 1:01. Howell finished the game with 21 points and four rebounds. Brittany Rayburn scored 13 points and Ostarello contributed 11 points and a team-high nine rebounds.
Keys To Victory
In Purdue's 14 wins this season, some trends stand out. Brittany Rayburn's scoring average is 6.4 points higher in the Boilermaker victories - 17.9 ppg in wins vs. 11.5 ppg in losses. Purdue is averaging just 16.1 turnovers in the wins compared with 21.1 in losses and is outscoring opponents by 6.5 points a game from the free throw line in victories (16.6 made free throws to opponents 10.1) while making 12.2 free throws to opponents' 15.7 in defeat.
With a 14-15 record, the Boilermakers need two wins in the Big Ten Tournament to assure themselves at least a .500 record heading into the postseason. Purdue has not had a losing season since going 12-16 in 1984-85 - Sharon Versyp's freshman year. The only time the Boilermakers have finished .500 on the season was in their inaugural campaign, finishing 8-8 in 1975-76.