Vanderbilt Opponent Preview: Purdue

The Vanderbilt Commodores travel to West Laffayette, Indiana on Tuesday night to face the ninth ranked Purdue Boilermakers. Here is your VandyMania.com preview of Boilermakers.

The 11-1 Boilermakers won 11 straight games to start the season.  Notable wins for Purdue include a neutral court victory over Florida and a road win over Pitt. Most recently the Boilermakers blew out Youngstown State at home before being upset by Butler in the Crossroads Classic in Indianapolis.  

Reviewing Purdue's stats, you can see that 7-foot-2, 280-pound sophomore center Isaac Haas leads the Boilermakers in scoring averaging 12.8 points a game.  Another 7-footer, senior center A.J. Hammons, playing off the bench, is the team's second-leading scorer.  Freshman forward Caleb Swanigan and senior guard Rapheal Davis also average in double figures for Purdue.  

Purdue has seven different players that have attempted 20 or more 3-point shots.  While Davis has been the most accurate, all seven have made at least 33 percent of their attempts.  Senior guard Johnny Hill is the team's top shooter from field goal range.

On the boards, Swanigan and Hammons lead the way while sophomore forward Vince Edwards has the most assists. 

Looking at the Vandy-Purdue statistical comparison, the two teams are very similar but Purdue has a significant advantage in assists and a much stronger RPI while the Commodores have a small edge in 3-point shooting. 

This game looks like it'll be an all round battle from start to finish. Both teams have a strong inside presence and have multiple players who can hit the three.  

Tuesday night's game tips off at 7 pm central time and can be seen on the Big 10 Network. 

For VandyMania.com and Scout, this is Don Yates.


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