March 6, 2008
Big Ten Tournament Game Notes
Big Ten Network ~ Free Purdue Boilermakers Video
Purdue at Big Ten Tournament - Quarterfinal Game vs. Indiana or Northwestern
Friday, March 7, 2008
Approximately 2 p.m. Eastern
Conseco Fieldhouse (18,345)
Big Ten Network
Mark Neely: play-by-play
Mary Murphy: analysis
WBPE (95.3 FM)
Tim Newton: play-by-play
Jane Schott: analysis
On The Web
Gametracker at purduesports.com
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Purdue - Sharon Versyp (Purdue '89)
School Record: 46-20, 2nd year
Overall Record: 163-85, 8th year
Purdue In The Big Ten Tournament
The third-place Boilermakers head to Indianapolis looking to defend their Big Ten Tournament title. Purdue has been the Big Ten's best tournament team through the years. The Boilermakers have won six out of 13 trophies and have posted a 25-7 all-time tournament record, for a winning percentage of .781. The titles, wins and winning percentage all are league bests. Purdue earned titles in 1998, 1999, 2000, 2003, 2004 and 2007.
By The Numbers
Purdue owns the No. 3 seed in the 2008 Big Ten Tournament for the third time and the seed has been a lucky number for the Boilermakers. As the No. 3 seed in 2003, the Boilermakers won the title with victories over Michigan, Iowa and Ohio State. In 2000, the third-seeded Boilermakers were crowned champions, after knocking off Wisconsin, Michigan and Penn State.
Keeping The Streak Alive
Earning the No. 3 seed in this year's bracket, the Boilermakers maintain their streak of never having played on the first day in the Big Ten Women's Basketball Tournament. Purdue finished the regular-season standings tied for third with Minnesota (20-10, 11-7), earning the No. 3 seed by virtue of a tiebreaker. The Boilermakers and Golden Gophers went 1-1 in head-to-head competition, but Purdue boasted the better record against the top two conference teams. Purdue has earned a seeding within the top three in all but three Big Ten Tournaments.
Purdue Vs. The Big Ten Conference
Since 1982-83, Purdue is 298-144 in regular-season Big Ten games, giving the Boilermakers the most regular-season wins in conference history. Of all the Big Ten schools, Purdue has the best record against Michigan at 46-13 (.780), followed by Wisconsin at 39-13 (.750). Purdue's worst winning percentage, and the only one below .500, is against Ohio State at 25-33 (.431).
A Look At The Hoosiers
No. 6 seed Indiana (17-13, 10-8) finished the conference regular-season in a tie for fifth place with Michigan State, but lost the tie-break and the first-round bye. The Hoosiers have four players averaging in double-figures, Jamie Braun (15.3), Amber Jackson (11.9), Whitney Thomas (11.9) and Kim Roberson (10.8). Purdue split the meetings this season, with each team winning on the others' home court. The Boilermakers won 55-49 in Bloomington and the Hoosiers handed Purdue a 66-54 home loss on Jan. 14.
A Look At The Wildcats
No. 11 seed Northwestern (5-25, 1-17) enters the tournament having lost two in a row after picking up its only conference win with a 70-58 victory over Penn State on Feb. 24. The Wildcats are led in scoring by two freshmen, center Amy Jaeschke (13.6) and guard Meshia Reed (9.2). Purdue won both meetings this season against Northwestern, 52-38 on Jan. 20 in West Lafayette and 62-53 on Feb. 3 in Evanston.
If Purdue gets past Indiana or Northwestern in the quarterfinals, it will meet either No. 2 seed Iowa, No. 7 seed Michigan or No. 10 seed Penn State. The winner between Michigan and Penn State will meet the Hawkeyes on March 7 at 11:30 a.m. The semifinal game will be played March 8 at 6 p.m.
Purdue's tie for third in the Big Ten marks the 18th time in last 20 seasons that the Boilermakers have finished in the top three in the conference. Purdue has finished first or tied for first on seven occasions. The lowest finish in that span was sixth in 1992-93, but the Boilermakers turned it around the next year, winning the regular-season title in 1993-94. That season ended with Purdue's first trip to the NCAA Final Four.
Parity In The Big Ten
For the first time in conference history, the Big Ten regular-season champion suffered five losses. Ohio State and Iowa tied for first place with 13-5 records, while Purdue and Minnesota shared third with 11-7 marks. The most losses suffered by a conference champion prior to this season was four, when Illinois, Michigan State and Purdue tied for first place at 12-4 in 1996-97. On the flip side, it is also the first time that the ninth-place team won eight league games. Illinois finished this conference season ninth with an 8-10 conference record and 16-13 overall
Indianapolis Feels Almost Like Home
Purdue is 33-11 all-time in the city of Indianapolis. The Boilermakers are 18-5 all-time in Conseco Fieldhouse. Purdue christened Conseco on Dec. 18, 1999, when it played Kentucky in the first-ever college basketball game in the venue. The Boilermakers beat the Wildcats 48-40.
Despite a 15-14 record, the Boilermakers are ranked as high as 35th in the various RPI indexes. This is due in large part to the challenging schedule that Purdue has played, which has been rated as high as the second most difficult in the country. Collegiate Basketball News has the Boilermakers rated No. 40 with a No. 9 strength of schedule, the Jeff Sagarin/CBN poll has the Boilers No. 50 with the fifth-toughest schedule and College RPI has Purdue at No. 43 with the ninth-toughest schedule this season. The NCAA RPI lists Purdue at No. 35 as of games played through Feb. 24.
Purdue is the defending Big Ten Tournament champion, winning a record sixth title by defeating top-seeded Ohio State 64-52 on March 5, 2007. In 2006-07, the Boilermakers finished the season with a 31-6 record, advancing to the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament for the seventh time in school history. The 31 wins equaled the second-most in school history and Sharon Versyp is the only first-year head coach at Purdue to achieve a 30-win record. Katie Gearlds earned third team A.P. All-America honors and was selected in the first round as the seventh pick overall by the Seattle Storm in the WNBA Draft.
Big Ten Awards
Three Purdue women's basketball players earned All-Big Ten selections by the media and the coaches, the league announced Monday night. Sophomore FahKara Malone was selected to the All-Defensive team for the second straight season. Malone was joined on the five-player team by teammate Danielle Campbell. Malone was also named honorable mention All-Big Ten by the media and coaches. Junior Lakisha Freeman was named to the media's second team and earned third-team honors from the coaches. Campbell was named to the third team by the media and coaches.
The Sharon Versyp Radio Show, which made its season debut Nov. 27, will be moving to the Harrison Grill starting on Monday, Jan. 28. Tim Newton, the voice of the Boilermakers, will serve as host of the hour-long program broadcast live on WLFF (95.3 FM). The show is slated to run from 7:10 to 8:10 p.m., following the Matt Painter Call-In Show (6 to 7 p.m.). Versyp's show will air primarily on Mondays. The full schedule is below:
March 3 at 7:10 p.m. - Harrison
March 10 at 7:10 p.m. - Harrison
March 18 at 7 p.m.- Harrison