It's Go Time!

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Bethune-Cookman vs. Purdue Time: 7:06 p.m. ET Arena: Mackey Arena (14,123) Date: November 15 Location: West Lafayette, Ind. Television: The Big Ten Network will air the game. Tom Hamilton (play-by-play) and Bob Ford (color commentary) call the action. Steve Scheer is the producer.

Radio: The Boilermaker Sports Network (Flagship - WSHP, 95.7 FM, XM Radio 197) Larry "The Cliz" Clisby (play-by-play) and Ralph Taylor (color commentary) call the action. Rob Blackman handles the pregame show, and Randy "Don't Call Me Radio" Wilkins engineers.

Internet: All games can be heard on

Tickets: More than 1,700 remaining. Records: Purdue 0-0 Bethune-Cookman 0-2 Rankings: Neither Purdue nor Bethune-Cookman is ranked in either poll.

Series: This is the first meeting between the two schools.

Coaches: Purdue - Matt Painter (Purdue `94) is 31-31 in his third year at Purdue and 56-36 in his fourth season overall as a head coach.

Bethune-Cookman - Clifford Reed (Bethune-Cookman `91) is 59-103 in his sixth season at Bethune-Cookman and 59-103 in his sixth season overall as a head coach.

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Purdue Hosts Bethune-Cookman in 2007-08 Regular-Season Opener Purdue hosts Bethune-Cookman in the the 2007-08 regular-season opener on Thursday, Nov. 15, in Mackey Arena in West Lafayette. The game will air in high definition on the Big Ten Network at 7 p.m. ET.

The Boilermakers won both of their exhibition games by an average of 25.5 points. Purdue is 2-0 in regular-season openers under Matt Painter. Bethune-Cookman is coming off a 60-57 loss to Florida Gulf Coast on Monday in Daytona Beach. The Wildcats are 0-2 on the season. This is the first meeting between the two teams.

A Purdue Win Would ... -Make the Boilermakers 90-20 in season openers. -Make Purdue 74-9 in season openers played at home. -Give the Boilermakers a win in the season opener for the eighth time in the last 10 seasons. -Improve Purdue to 8-2 in their last 10 home openers. -Keep Purdue a perfect 16-0 in home non-conference games under Matt Painter. -Improve Purdue to 206-29 in home non-conference games in Mackey Arena. -Give Purdue a win over Bethune-Cookman in the only game in the series' history. -Improve the Boilermakers to 4-0 in games against teams from the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference. -Improve Matt Painter's career coaching record to 57-36 overall and 32-31 at Purdue. -Make Matt Painter 4-0 in season openers. -Improve Purdue's all-time record to 1,532-898.

Purdue Versus The Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Purdue's game against Bethune-Cookman will be the fourthgame against a Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference opponent for the Boilermakers. The Boilermakers are 3-0 against the rest of the league. The last game against a team from the MEAC was a 62-40 victory over Delaware State on Dec. 2, 2006, in Mackey Arena.

Purdue-Bethune-Cookman Connections -Bethune-Cookman's Clifford Reed and Purdue's Matt Painter are two of 32 NCAA Div. I head coaches at their alma mater. The complete list can be found on Page 5.

-Bethune-Cookman assistant coach Gravelle Craig was an assistant coach at Chicago State in 2003-04 when the Cougars visited Mackey Arena. The Boilermakers earned a 75-57 win over the Cougars.

-Bethune-Cookman assistant coach Howard White Jr., Purdue assistant coach Paul Lusk and Supervisor of Basketball Operations Kent Williams all earned their undergraduate degrees from Southern Illinois.

The Bethune-Cookman Wildcats -The Bethune-Cookman Wildcats are 0-2 on the season after losses to Warner Southern (65-59) and Florida Gulf Coast (60-57).

-The Wildcats have averaged 22.5 turnovers in their two losses. They have held teams to 39.8 percent shooting from the field.

-Bethune-Cookman is led in scoring by John Holmes, who is scoring 21.0 points per game. He also leads the team in rebounding with 7.0 boards per game. Dewayne Pettus is the only other Wildcat scoring in double-figures with 12.0.

Season And Single-Game Tickets On Sale Purdue season tickets are on sale at the Athletic Ticket Office. Fans can order tickets by visiting or by calling 800-49-SPORT.

Single-game tickets also are on sale to the general public. The Boilermakers have sold 12,440 season tickets, compared to more than 10,800 during the 2006-07 season.

The Exhibition Season Below are statistical notes on the Boilermakers through the two exhibition games.

-Purdue averaged 87.5 points per game.

-The Boilermakers were led in scoring by four freshmen. Scott Martin (17.5 ppg), JaJuan Johnson (14.5), E'Twaun Moore (13.0) and Robbie Hummel (10.5) all averaged in double-figures.

-Purdue outrebounded its opposition by six boards per game and forced teams into 22 turnovers per outing.

-The Boilermakers dished out 35 assists and committed 28 turnovers.

-Purdue shot 45.7 percent from the floor and limited its opponents to 38.9 percent shooting.

-The Boilermakers struggled from behind the three-point arc. They shot 28.8 percent from downtown, while allowing the opposition to shoot 39.5 percent from three-point range.

Purdue's Experience Level While the Boilermakers expect to rely heavily on its seven newcomers during the 2007-08, they do return some experienced players to the lineup.

-Players on Purdue's roster have combined for 72 career starts and have appeared in 203 games.

-Junior Marcus Green leads the team in games played with 62. He has played in every game since coming to Purdue.

-Only four players have started games at the Div. I level. Sophomores Chris Kramer and Keaton Grant lead the way, having started 24 and 21 contests respectively. Senior Tarrance Crump has started 14 games, while junior Marcus Green has started 13 outings.

-The Boilermakers will start a completely different frontline from the 2006-07 season.

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