Boilermakers Begin Busy Stretch By Hosting Nebraska on Sunday
January 10, 2014HOOSIER SPORTS 365
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Boilermakers Begin Busy Stretch With Home Game vs. Nebraska on Sunday
After playing just three games in a 21-day span, the Purdue men's basketball team tips off a busy stretch by hosting the Big Ten's newest member, Nebraska, on Sunday at Mackey Arena, beginning at 12 pm (ET). The contest continues a trend of alternating home-and-away games for the Boilermakers, as they will alternate home and away for a span of 12 games from Dec. 7 to Jan. 30. It will be the first of two meetings with the Cornhuskers, as Purdue will visit Nebraska's brand new facility, Pinnacle Bank Arena, for the first time on Feb. 23.
• Purdue is looking for its first Big Ten win of the season on Sunday against Nebraska. The Boilermakers' two losses have come by a combined 12 points to No. 3-ranked Ohio State at home (78-69) and at Minnesota (82-79).
• Purdue is averaging 77.8 points per game so far this year, its highest scoring average since averaging 83.7 points per game in the 1997-98 season. Since the 1966-67 season, the average is the 14th best for a single season.
• Purdue's 78 points against Minnesota were the most in a Big Ten road game since scoring 84 at Ohio State on Feb. 7, 2012.
• Purdue has outshot eight of its 15 opponents this year, compiling an 8-0 record when it does so. The Boilermakers have won 10 straight games when shooting a higher percentage than their opponent and are 152-19 (.889) under Matt Painter.
• Ten Purdue players average at least 13.7 minutes per game and Purdue's bench is accounting for 30.7 points per game. In games that Purdue's bench outscores its opponent's bench, the Boilermakers are just 6-5. When it doesn't outscore the opponent's bench, Purdue is 4-0.
• Purdue has outrebounded its last five opponents by a combined 34 rebounds (6.8 per game). However, during that span, Purdue is just 2-3 and is just 5-4 this year when outrebounding opponents. On the flipside, Purdue is 5-1 when being outrebounded (or tied) with the lone loss coming to Washington State.
• Painter has started eight different starting lineups this season. Last year's team had 11 different starting lineups.
• Purdue did start the same lineup in back-to-back games (vs. Ohio State and Minnesota) for the first time since Nov. 28-29, 2013 vs. Oklahoma State and Washington State.
• Purdue has lost 12-of-15 jump balls this season, and in 10 of the 12 losses, the opponent scored on its opening possession.
• Purdue has rallied from at least eight points down in four of its 10 victories (9 vs. Northern Kentucky, 9 vs. Rider, 16 vs. Siena, 8 vs. West Virginia). Purdue has trailed in nine of its 10 victories (led start to finish against Eastern Illinois).
• Entering the season, Purdue returned just 149 career starts with 49 of them coming from senior Terone Johnson. So far this year, seniors have accounted for 24 of a possible 75 starts. Sophomores have combined for 25 starts and freshmen for 26 starts.
• Ten different players have scored in double figures this year, combining for 51 outings (3.4 per game).
• Purdue has drawn just six charges this year and none of them have been drawn by a returning player.
Nebraska at a Glance
• Nebraska enters Sunday's game at Purdue with an 8-7 record and an 0-3 Big Ten mark after dropping a heartbreaking 71-70 setback at home on Thursday night against Michigan. The Huskers have lost five of their last seven games after starting the year 6-2. Nebraska, which is 7-1 at home after opening a new arena, is 1-6 away from Lincoln.
• Head Coach Tim Miles, however, has infused life into the Nebraska program and season tickets were sold out before the season for the first time in recent memory. Their road losses have come to nationally-ranked Creighton, Iowa and Ohio State, in addition to a setback against a good Cincinnati squad.
• Nebraska is averaging 69.7 points per game while allowing 68.1 points per contest. in Big Ten play, the Huskers are shooting just 39.0 percent from the field, while opponents are connecting at a 54.1 percent clip.
• Terran Petteway, a sophomore transfer from Texas Tech, ranks fifth in the Big Ten in both scoring at 17.2 ppg and free throw percentage (.861). Sophomore Shavon Shields is next at 11.3 points per game, while junior Leslee Smith leads the team in rebounding (6.5 rpg). Three of their top four leading scorers are sophomores.
Breaking Down the Series
• Sunday's game will just the 13th meeting between the two squads and just the fifth meeting between the two teams since Nebraska joined the Big Ten prior to the 2011-12 season. Purdue and the Huskers have played each other just once in the regular season in each of the last two years, but have met in the Big Ten Tournament both years, with each team winning once.
• This marks the first season that Nebraska and Purdue will play twice in the regular season as Purdue will travel to Lincoln and brand-new Pinnacle Bank Arena for a Feb. 23 contest.
• Purdue owns a 9-3 (.750) series advantage against the Huskers. The .750 winning percentage is tied for the fifth-best winning percentage against one foe with a minimum of 10 meetings.
• The Boilermakers are 4-1 against Nebraska in West Lafayette and 2-0 at Mackey Arena, winning by an average of 20.0 points per game (Feb. 2012 and Dec. 1979). Just six of the 12 games in the series have been decided by single digits, including the last two, a 65-56 Purdue win in Lincoln on Jan. 16, 2013, and a 57-55 Nebraska win in last year's Big Ten Tournament.
• Nebraska hasn't scored 66 points against Purdue in almost 50 years, last reaching that mark in a 96-85 Huskers' win on Dec. 5, 1964, a span of six games.
• Lastly, Purdue's .769 winning percentage against the state of Nebraska is the ninth best against any one state with a minimum of 10 meetings. Purdue has played both Nebraska (9-3) and Creighton (1-0), the only Division I schools in the state.
Purdue On January 12
• The Boilermakers own a 16-12 record on January 12, but have lost two in a row and five of their last six games on the date. Matt Painter is just 1-2 on the date with a win over Ohio State in 2008 as the lone victory.
• Purdue is 9-7 in games played in West Lafayette on the date and 6-5 in games played at Mackey Arena on the date.