Game Notes: No. 16/22 Purdue at No. 2/2 Duke
December 4, 2013HOOSIER SPORTS 365
Tipoff: 6:30 p.m. (ET) on Thursday, Dec. 5
Location: Cameron Indoor Stadium - Durham, N.C.
Internet: Blue Devil Network
Radio: Live on WBPE (95.3 BOB-FM) and purduesports.com with Tim Newton providing play-by-play and analysis.
The Series: Purdue trails the all-time series with Duke, 3-5, including a 1-1 record in Durham.
The Rankings: Purdue is ranked 16th by the Associated Press and 22nd in the ESPN/USA Today Division I Coaches' Poll. Duke is ranked second by both the Associated Press and the ESPN/USA Today Division I Coaches' Poll.
Duke is a flawless 8-0 on the season, beating opponents by an average of 32.4 points per game on the year, with their closest game being a 78-61 game at Marquette. Head coach Joanne P. McCallie's squad is led by the senior trio of Chelsea Gray, Tricia Liston and Haley Peters, in addition to junior center Elizabeth Williams. Gray has the second-highest assist per game average in the nation, while Liston is among the national leaders in three-point field goals per game and three-point field goal percentage, and Williams has the eighth-highest blocks per game average. Peters has missed the last four games for the Blue Devils after injuring her knee against Vanderbilt, but has dressed the last few games.
Purdue's bench is averaging 31.3 points per game and outscoring opponents by 11.6 points per game (31.3 - 19.7).