Preview: Purdue Boilermakers vs. Nebraska Cornhuskers

#13 ranked Purdue will be taking its 14-2 record including a 10-game win streak into Mackey Arena for yet another home game on Saturday against Nebraska at 2:15 PM Eastern on the Big Ten Network. No surprise, Purdue shouldn’t have a problem winning this one being a 17-point favorite the night before Saturday’s game. The reason for the large spread against an 11-5 team is because Purdue remembers their 83-80 loss in Lincoln about one year ago at the end of January. The game ended up being a turning point as Purdue did not take another game for granted and won the Big Ten finishing with the best record.

Purdue comes into Saturday’s clash with probably the most momentum of all Big Ten schools right now. The Boilermakers won their last time out with no problem, as they cruised to an 82-51 victory over Rutgers just a few short days ago. Big man Isaac Haas had 14 points to lead a well-balanced Purdue lineup with five players reaching double figures. Dakota Mathias added 13 points, Carsen Edwards and Ryan Cline each added 12, while Vincent Edwards had 10 points. Purdue was backed by a prolific first half opening with a 17-7 scoring run, leading 45-24 at the break. The second half wouldn’t feature that much dominance, with Purdue still outscoring Rutgers 37-27. The winner was never in doubt from the opening tip down to the final minutes.

Nebraska has found a bit of success lately winning their last four including a 70-55 win over Northwestern on the road their last time out. The Cornhuskers started out slow in that game dealing with a 30-25 halftime deficit. Nebraska flipped the switch in the second half with a 45-25 scoring advantage leading to the big victory. They have won four out of their last five games, with the loss coming at home to Kansas.

The Numbers to Know (Purdue Athletics Department)

• 3: Purdue is 1-of-3 teams nationally to rank in nation’s top 40 in 2-pt, 3-pt and FT percentages.
• 7: Number of teams nationally to have four players average 13.0 points per game.
• 9: Largest deficit during Purdue’s 10-game winning streak (19-10 vs. IUPUI).
• 17: Winning streak in home games, the fifth-longest homecourt winning streak in America.
• 40: Winning streak when holding opponents to 59 or fewer points (March 14, 2013, vs. Nebraska).
• 26.4: Purdue’s average margin of victory during its 17-game home winning streak.
• 53.5: Purdue’s field goal percentage in the last five games (153-of-286).
• 1.24: Purdue’s points per possession over the last five games.
• 10,925: Combined career minutes for Purdue’s four seniors.
• 130-4: Purdue’s record under Matt Painter when holding opponents to 59 or fewer points.

Team Statistics

PPG: Purdue 86.9, Nebraska 75.4
PA: Purdue 63.4, Nebraska 70.9
FG%: Purdue 50.6%, Nebraska 43.1%
RPG: Purdue 38.8, Nebraska 37.8
APG: Purdue 17.9, Nebraska 15.1
BPG: Purdue 6.3, Nebraska 6.3
SPG: Purdue 6.4, Nebraska 6.4

Past 5 Games

Purdue: 5-0

1/3/18: 82-51 win over Rutgers
12/30/17: 98-66 win over Lipscomb
12/21/17: 97-48 win over Tennessee State
12/16/17: 82-67 win over Butler
12/10/17: 86-61 win over IUPUI

Nebraska: 4-1

1/2/18: 70-55 win over Northwestern
12/29/17: 71-62 win over Stetson
12/22/17: 85-68 win over Delaware State
12/20/17: 104-94 win over UT San Antonio
12/16/17: 73-72 loss to Kansas

Purdue’s Projected Starting Lineup

G: P.J. Thompson
G: Carsen Edwards
F: Dakota Mathias
F: Vincent Edwards
C: Isaac Haas

Nebraska’s Projected Starting Lineup

G: Glynn Watson Jr.
G: James Palmer Jr.
F: Evan Taylor
F: Isaac Copeland
C: Jordy Tshimanga

Bottom Line

Purdue is clearly the better team when it comes to individual performances as well as team production. Nebraska is riding a four-game win streak, while Purdue blows them away with a ten-game win streak. Every team has an extremely hard time knocking off the Boilermakers at Mackey Arena because the environment is like no other. Purdue remembers last season’s heartbreaker and will bring extra edge on Saturday. Purdue should definitely win and with ease.


Lucas Babcock

Lucas Babcock is the Editor in Chief and Founder of Babcock has been with the Editorial Team since April 2015.

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