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GAMEDAY INFO

·         Indiana at [23] Purdue

·         Saturday, March 6, 2021

·         2 p.m. ET

·         ESPN (Jason Benetti, Robbie Hummel)

·         West Lafayette, Indiana / Mackey Arena

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – No. 23-ranked Purdue closes out the regular season in big fashion Saturday as rival Indiana visits to close out the season series. Tip is scheduled for 2 p.m. ET, from Mackey Arena and will be carried by either ESPN or ESPN2 with Jason Benetti and Robbie Hummel on the call. 

It’s a big game for the Boilermakers, which can wrap up a coveted double-bye, and a possible top-4 seed in the NCAA Tournament, for the sixth time in seven years with a victory over the Hoosiers. The Boilermakers have won four straight games and 10 of their last 13 contests, with two of the losses coming by a combined four points on the road against Maryland (one point) and Minnesota (three points). 

THE KEY TALKING POINTS
1) Purdue leads the series with Indiana by a 123-89 margin, including a 34-12 mark at Mackey Arena. The Boilermakers have won eight straight games in the series, including four straight games in Mackey Arena by a combined 50 points (12.5 points per game). 
2) Seventeen of the 31 players on the teams hail from the state of Indiana (Purdue – 8; Indiana – 9). 
3) According to KenPom.com, Purdue ranks 328th (out of 347 teams) in experience (1.04 years). The total is 14th in the Big Ten. Indiana is the next least-experienced team in the league at 1.36 years (283rd nationally). 
4) Purdue has had its full arsenal of rotation players for just 16 of its 25 games this year, missing key personnel for nine games this year. Purdue has gone 12-4 in those 16 games with a full roster, losses coming on the road vs. Big Ten teams (Iowa, Rutgers, Illinois, Minnesota). 
5) Four freshmen have earned Big Ten Freshman of the Week honors, the most in league history. Michigan (2012-13) and Ohio St. (2010-11) had 3. 
6) A Purdue freshman has been named the Big Ten Freshman of the Week in six of a possible 14 weeks this season. 
7) Purdue freshmen have scored at least 27 points in each of the last eight games (36.8 points per game). 
8) Purdue is 1-of-5 teams nationally to rank in the top 20 in both offensive (18th) and defensive (19th) efficiency according to KenPom.com. 
9) Purdue has held 14 straight opponents to 72 or fewer points, the third-longest streak in the country (10-4 record). 
10) Purdue will not leave the state of Indiana for the rest of the season, having posted a 13-1 record in games played in Indiana.
11) Over the last five years since the start of the 2016-17 season, Purdue has the most wins in the Big Ten (66). Michigan State is next at 64. 
12) Purdue owns a 55-9 home record in Big Ten play since the 2014-15 season. Since that year, just one team, Michigan has beaten the Boilermakers twice at Mackey Arena. Michigan State, Indiana, Wisconsin, Nebraska and Northwestern are the five teams to not win in Mackey.