Carl Landry leads the team in scoring and rebounding, and his stats are favorable in the Big-10. The forward wound up fourth in scoring (17.9 points per game) and rebounding (7.3 rpg) in Big Ten play. He also finished second in field-goal percentage (.567) and free-throw attempts (107).
This could potentially be a good match-up for the Wildcats. Many felt the Boilermakers would be one of the last teams in the field and the Cats have done well in the Tournament's early rounds against Big 10 teams who aren't always used to the speed and athleticism of the Wildcats.
All told the Wildcats are 4-2 against Big 10 foes in the NCAA Tournament under Lute Olson.
The Boilermakers strive for balance. They like to score in the low 70's, not exactly slow down, but nowhere near a track meet either. They also try to get scoring from both inside and outside threats.
"I think when you talk about being a dangerous team you have to be a threat both inside and outside," Purdue head coach Matt Painter told ESPN Radio. "Just run the motion and take what the other teams give us."
The Boilermakers will have to try to adjust to the athleticism of the Wildcats. Although the Cats may not be as quick as some of their past teams, they are probably among the most athletic teams Purdue has seen all season.
"We know that talent level at Arizona with guys like Marcus Williams and (Chase) Budinger," Painter continued on the radio interview. "They have four or five guys we will probably see at the next level. We will certainly have our hands full."
Purdue is a terrific defensive team, particularly with their on-ball defense. They force nearly eight steals a game and the Wildcats perimeter players must do a good job hanging onto the ball.
Where the Boilermakers really struggle is with their front court depth. There is not much behind the two starters and while the Wildcats aren't exactly loaded up front, they could take advantage if the Boilermakers have any kind of foul trouble.
Players To Watch: Big man Carl Landry is a load. The Cats will need to deny him the ball down low, because once he gets the ball down low, he's tough to stop. The good news is that the Wildcats have played well against big men not named Lopez this season.
Senior guard David Teague is the other big scorer for the Boilermakers, as well as a defensive standout.
After the two seniors, there is not a whole lot of scoring. The Cats will want to make this an up and down game, if they can do that, they have a good shot.
Purdue at a Glance:
Head Coach: Matt Painter
2006-07 Record: 21-11 (9-7 in the Big 10)
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