WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Purdue (10-9, 3-5) ends a brief two-game homestand when Wisconsin visits Mackey Arena for a Friday night battle. Brandon Gaudin and Stephen Bardo will handle the broadcast on FS1, beginning at 7 p.m. ET. On the radio, Rob Blackman, Larry Clisby and Ralph Taylor will have the call courtside on the Purdue Radio Network and TuneIn.com, beginning with the Purdue Basketball Pregame Show at 6 p.m. ET. Live stats will be available on PurdueSports.com.
• Purdue owns a 109-71 series advantage with Wisconsin, including a 13-9 record under Coach Painter. This is the first of two meetings between the teams as Purdue will return a trip to Madison Feb. 18.
• As part of Coaches vs. Cancer week by the NABC, Purdue will be wearing special Hammer Down Cancer jerseys that will be auctioned off. Proceeds will go to the Tyler Trent Endowment Fund, associated with the Purdue Center for Cancer Research.
• With 12 regular-season games left, 11 of Purdue’s 12 opponents are either nationally-ranked or receiving votes.
• SOMETHING TO WATCH: Two very similar teams will face off Friday night in Mackey Arena. Purdue has scored five more points (1,284 to 1,279) on the season and allowed three fewer points (1,149 to 1,152), both coming in 19 games. KenPom predicts a mere 58 possessions in the contest, the same number of possessions that Purdue and Virginia had on Dec. 4.
• Purdue is hoping to return to its form at Mackey Arena from its previous 15-game Big Ten winning streak before Illinois snapped it. The Boilermakers are averaging 75.9 points per game at Mackey Arena, and have shot at least 41.0 percent in nine of 10 home games. In nine games away from Mackey Arena, the Boilermakers have shot over 41.0 percent just once (Ohio).
• In Purdue’s three Big Ten wins, the Boilermakers average 70.7 points per game and shoot 42.4 percent from the field and 34.8 percent from deep. In five losses, Purdue is averaging 56.6 points and shoot 34.5 percent from the field and 21.9 percent from deep. In the losses, the Boilermakers average just 8.0 assists per game.
• Purdue is 9-0 this year and 29-1 since the start of last year when shooting a higher field goal percentage than its opponent. The lone loss came to Virginia in last year’s Elite Eight.
A BOILERMAKER WIN OVER WISCONSIN WOULD… … improve Purdue to 11-9 on the season. … improve Purdue to 4-5 in Big Ten Conference play this season. … be Purdue’s fourth straight home win over Wisconsin. … improve Purdue to 9-2 at Mackey Arena. … improve Purdue to 30-2 in its last 32 home games vs. Big Ten foes. SELLING OUT THE SEASON • Now in its 53rd season of calling Mackey Arena its home, Purdue is close to doing something only done eight previous times — selling out every game. • Purdue has announced sellouts for all of its game this year with merely single tickets remaining for Penn State and Rutgers. A grand total of about 60 tickets remain for the season. • Purdue has sold out Mackey Arena in the following seasons: 1969-70, 1986-87, 1988-89, 1992-93, 1993-94, 1994-95, 1997-98 and 1998-99. • This year’s average attendance will set a school record for the second straight season (14,467 a year ago). • Purdue has sold out 18 straight games dating to last year, the longest streak since 39 straight games from Jan. 7, 1997, to Feb. 28, 1999. • It will likely end the year with 24 straight sellouts entering the 2020- 21 season.
PAINTING NO. 500 • Friday’s game will be the 500th game coached by head coach Matt Painter at Purdue, becoming the third Purdue mentor to reach that mark (Ward “Piggy” Lambert, Gene Keady). Only age 49, Painter is entering his prime as a basketball coach. … 11 NCAA Tourneys as a Big Ten coach are the sixth most in league history. … 331 career wins in the Big Ten are the 10th most in league history. … 161 Big Ten Conference wins are the 10th most in league history. … 4 Big Ten Coach of the Year honors are the third most in league history. … his 356 wins are the second most nationally of any coach under the age of 50 (Mick Cronin – 374; age 48). They are the 10th most of any coach under the age of 55. … of coaches under the age of 55 on the above-mentioned wins list, Painter is one of six to reach an Elite Eight and his fi ve Sweet 16 appearances are the second most.
BIG TEN BEAST • Purdue and Michigan State are the cream of the crop in the Big Ten over the last few years. Consider the following: … Since 2014-15, only two league teams have won more than 72 league games (MSU and Purdue). No other team has more than 66. … Since 2015-16, just two league teams have won more than 60 league games (MSU and Purdue). No other team has more than 50. … Since 2016-17, just two league teams have won more than 48 league games (MSU and Purdue). No other team has more than 40. … Since 2017-18, just two league teams have won more than 34 league games (MSU and Purdue). No other team has more than 30.
#TRENDING / THE NOTES YOU NEED TO KNOW • Purdue is 154-16 under Matt Painter when shooting 48.0 percent or better from the field. • Purdue is 33-5 since the start of the 2017-18 season when making 10 or more 3-pointers in a game. • Purdue is 29-1 since the start of last year when shooting a higher percentage from the field than its opponent. The lone loss was to Virginia in the 2019 Elite Eight. • Purdue is 26-5 when Matt Haarms scores in double figures. • Purdue is 109-11 since the start of the 2014-15 season when attempting more free throws than its opponent, including 24-4 since the start last season. • Purdue is 121-12 under Painter when scoring at least 80 points, including 35-2 since the start of 2017-18. • Purdue is 152-6 when holding foes to 59 or fewer points during the Matt Painter era. • Purdue has won 100 straight games and is 38-0 under Coach Painter when scoring 90 or more points. • Purdue hasn’t lost when scoring 90 points since Nov. 24, 1987 (104- 96 vs. Iowa State), a span of 11,747 days. • Purdue is 8-2 this year 124-13 under Coach Painter when winning both the rebound and turnover battles in the same game. • Purdue’s nine defensive rebounds against Illinois were its second fewest in a game in school history. • Purdue’s minus-18 rebound margin against Illinois was its lowest since being outrebounded by 18 rebounds (53-35) against Indiana on Feb. 4, 2012. • During Purdue’s last two games against Maryland and Illinois, Purdue has led for just 3:48 of 80 possible minutes. • Purdue has outscored 14 of 19 opponents in the paint (9-5 record). • When Purdue makes more 3-pointers than its opponent this year, the Boilermakers own a 7-2 record.
- When Purdue forces at least 16 turnovers in a game, the Boilermakers are 8-1. When forcing 15 or fewer turnovers, Purdue is 2-8. • Purdue has used five different starting lineups this season, with just one player (Eric Hunter Jr.) starting every game. A year ago, Purdue used four different lineups and had four players start every game. • Purdue has held five teams to 50 or fewer points this year, tied for the fourth-highest total in the country (Liberty, Virginia, Akron). • Purdue is 8-2 at home this year. During the two previous seasons, the Boilermakers were 31-1 at Mackey Arena.