Boilermakers Open Exhibition Season Wednesday Night
October 30, 2013HOOSIER SPORTS 365
• The 2013-14 edition of the Purdue men's basketball team will tip off its season on Wednesday night with an exhibition matchup against NCAA Division II-member University of Indianapolis. Tip-off is slated for 7:05 p.m. (ET) in Mackey Arena and the game will be streamed online on the Big Ten Digital Network. Fans can also listen to the game on the Purdue Sports Network as Larry Clisby returns for his 31st season on the call for Purdue Basketball and is joined by Ralph Taylor and Rob Blackman. Live stats will be available via Gametracker on PurdueSports.com and Twitter updates are available on the official Purdue Basketball Twitter account, @BoilerBall.
• Pre-game trick-or-treating with Purdue student-athletes in Holloway Gymnasium from 6-7 p.m. Cheerleaders & Purdue Pete will be in costume, kids can come dressed up and get candy, promo items and autographs from different teams set up around the gym.
• Purdue enters the 2013-14 season with high hopes, looking to return to the NCAA Tournament for the seventh time in the last eight years after missing last year's tournament with a 16-18 overall record. The Boilermakers actually finished tied for seventh in the Big Ten with a pair of teams (Minnesota and Illinois) that won games in the NCAA Tournament, but Purdue was just 7-6 in non-conference action to eliminate any chance at a berth.
• Still a relatively young team, with just four seniors and one junior, the Boilermakers return almost 65 percent of its scoring from a year ago and three players (Terone Johnson, A.J. Hammons and Ronnie Johnson) that averaged in double figures. However, Purdue's returnees combined for just 54 three-pointers a year ago, and hope the addition of sharp-shooters Sterling Carter (transfer from Seattle U.) and freshmen Kendall Stephens will improve the team's 32.0 percent three-point shooting from last year.
• Purdue must also improve on the defensive end, where it ranked 11th in the Big Ten in scoring defense and last in steals and turnover margin.
About the University of Indianapolis
• The University of Indianapolis is coming off a 20-9 season in 2012-13 and returns most of its lineup from the team that reached the Division II NCAA Tournament for the third straight year and finished 11-7 in the Great Lakes Valley Conference.
• On Monday, the Greyhounds dropped their exhibition opener to Notre Dame, 95-69. UIndy was led by Reece Cheatham's 14 points, six rebounds and five assists, but the Greyhounds shot just 37.9 percent, while the Irish connected on 55.6 percent of their attempts.
• Leading the way for Indianapolis will be Cheatham. Cheatham was named second-team All-GLVC a year ago after averaging 15.2 points per game. He was also automatic from the free throw line, making 85.5 percent (94-of-110) of free throw attempts.
• Matt Painter enters his ninth year at Purdue, ranking tied for third with Ray Eddy (1951-65) on the school's career wins list with a 176-95 record. He won his 200th career game last year in an 89-73 win over Minnesota on March 9.
• UIndy is guided by Stan Gouard, who enters his sixth season with the Greyhounds. Gouard has led the Greyhounds to consecutive 20-win seasons for the first time since the 1996-97 seasons.
What to Watch For
• UIndy shot 48.7 percent from the field last year; Purdue held foes to 40.5 percent from the field.
• UIndy shot 36.3 percent from three-point range a year ago; Purdue shot just 32.0 percent.
• Both teams rebounded well last year. Purdue had a +5.1 rebound margin, UIndy had a +3.7 margin.
• Purdue has won 21 straight exhibition games.
• Purdue's sophomore class averaged 31.0 points per game as freshmen.