Opponent Preview: Purdue

The Purdue Boilermakers are off to a great start with an overall record of 15-1. The team is currently ranked No. 8 in the county with their only loss coming against Richmond early in the season. Tonight the Boilermakers visit Williams arena to face No. 25 Minnesota. Tip-off is set for 6:00 p.m. and will be televised by ESPN.

Season to Date: The Purdue Boilermakers are off to a great start with an overall record of 15-1. The team is currently ranked No. 8 in the county with their only loss coming against Richmond early in the season. The Boilermakers have been dominant in conference play, winning their four Big Ten games by an average of 19 points per contest. The Gophers will undoubtedly be the toughest conference road game for the Boilermakers thus far.

Coaching Preview: Matt Painter is in his seventh season as the head coach for the Boilermakers. During his tenure he has led Purdue to two Sweet-16 appearances, as well as a regular season and conference title. While coaching Purdue, Painter has racked up an impressive 127-57 record. He also coached Southern Illinois for one season and came away with a 25-5 record to improve his overall total to 152-62 for a 71% win percentage. Painter's first season with the Boilermakers was far from a success, ending with dismal 9-19 record. Last season, he improved the team to a 29-6 record and a regular season conference title.

Series History: The Boilermakers hold a 74-86 edge of the Gophers in the all-time series which dates back to 1904. At the Barn, Minnesota holds an advantage over Purdue by a tally of 48-29.

Last meeting: The Gophers won the last meeting between the two teams which took place in the 2010 Big Ten Tournament. Minnesota trounced the Boilermakers by a score of 69-42, the second largest margin of victory in the tournament's semi-final round.

Random Fact: Both the Gophers and Boilermakers have struggled from the free line. The two teams make up two of the worst four squads in free throw percentage. Purdue is shooting 68.1% while the Gophers are shooting just 65.1% from the line.

Quote to Note: Tubby Smith on Trevor Mbakwe's arrest for violating a restraining order: "Trevor had a lapse in judgment. I believe his actions were well intended, but misguided, and we have made the decision not to suspend him after looking into the matter further. We believe this is the appropriate thing for Trevor and the program at this time. We view this as an educational opportunity for all of our players."

Projected Starters:
F 25 JaJuan Johnson 19.4 ppg, 8.3 rpg
G 33 E'Twaun Moore 18.8 ppg, 6.0 rpg
G 24 Ryne Smith 7.4 ppg, 1.8 rpg
G 23 Lewis Jackson 5.6 ppg, 3.0 rpg
G 21 D.J. Byrd 5.2 ppg, 3.1rpg

Background:
Location: West Lafayette
Enrollment: 39,697
Conference: Big Ten
Mascot: Boilermaker
Coach: Matt Painter (Seventh Season)


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