When they're on their game, the Cats are tough to beat at home, but they can't seem to break through on road this year. 9 Losses have come on the other guy's court this year, including two games the Cats should have won -- Penn and Ohio State.
But the home wins over Illinois and Wisconsin, and that one road win over Iowa has the attention of the Boilermaker coach Gene Keady...
We've always had a lot of concern with Northwestern. I think anyone who plays Northwestern knows they're going to play a team that plays smart, so you've got to be ready to play. They beat us up there last year, so I think our kids understand they can beat us.The one bright spot for Purdue [15-7/5-4], who have lost 3 of their last 4 games, is that they're at home...
I think that's going to be a big deal for us. Certainly we understand every one of their players can play. They have great balance - they've got eight guys now that are playing pretty productively and we respect the heck out of them.The NU win over Wisconsin certainly got Keady's attention, but will his team pay attention?
I hope our kids' attention is a little better about focusing and understanding that these guys are really good, which I've been advocating since October. They've got everybody healthy now. They've got some really good guards and they've always hurt us with three pointers. They've got some fine basketball players that are very well coachedThen there's the injury to star guard, and leading scorer Kenneth Lowe [Purdue Picture right] who's been out since the Indiana game.
We feel like he will play some on Wednesday. When I left the trainer's office Saturday night after the game, he felt like Kenneth's progress was good enoughThe teams are pretty well matched up statistically - just under 50% Field goal percentage, 34% from the arc, but Purdue hits 73% of their free throws. They outrebound NU 34-26, Points per game is about even, although the Boilers hold their opponents to under 60. NU has a slight edge in turnovers. [13.2 to 11.9] but the Boilers average fewer than 9 in their last 7 games.
Right now I wouldn't start him, but by Wednesday I might
The game will be on TV & Radio:
Putting them in the Purple Reign categories:
Probable Starters: [Lowe may start at Guard over Parkinson]
- The Big Gun - G Kenneth Lowe #20 averaging 14.1 ppg.
- Deadeye Dick - reserve F Brett Buscher #3 hits 56+% [60 of 106] of his shots.
- The Bomber -G David Teague #2 takes the most 3 pointers - hits 36%.
- Off the Boards - C Ivan Kartelo #5 averages around 6 rebounds a game
- Charity Stripe - Don't foul G Kenneth Lowe #20 if he's playing - shoots 88% from the line. G Melvin Buckley #24 is right behind at 86%.
- Pickpocket -G Brandon McNight #10 has the most steals on the team.
- Super Sub - F Chris Booker #31 was averaging over 22 minutes a game and 9.5 ppg. but is no longer listed on the roster --F Melvin Buckley #24 averages 18+ minutes a game now.
- Helping Hands - sub G Austin Parkinson averages the most assists per game.
Off the Bench [Averaging more than 9-10 mins]:
- Forward: #42 Matt Kiefer [So 6-10]
- Center: #5 Ivan Kartelo [Sr 6-11]
- Guard: #2 David Teague [So 6-5], #10 Brandon McNight [Jr 6-2], #11 Austin Parkinson [Sr 6-0]
Challenges for the Wildcats
- Forward: #3 Brett Buscher [Sr 6-8], #24 Melvin Buckley [So 6-7].
- Guards: # 20 Kenneth Lowe [Sr 6-3].
- Get another Big 10 Win.
- Duvancic and Tolic [and maybe Scott] need to challenge Kartelo off the boards.
- Play our game on the road
- ESPN+ with Wayne Larivee and Shon Morris
- WGN Radio and the Web with Dave Eanet & David Kaplan
- And WGN on the Internet
Beat 'em All!
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