WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The No. 6-ranked Boilermakers conclude their season-opening, three-game homestand, facing its toughest challenge of the young season as Wright State visits Mackey Arena for a 7 p.m. ET, tipoff. The Raiders were last year’s Horizon League regular-season champions and return several prominent players from last year’s squad, being picked second behind Cleveland State this season.
The Boilermakers are 2-0 following wins over Bellarmine and Indiana State, while Wright has defeated Lake Erie and lost to Marshall.
The contest will be televised by the Big Ten Network with Matt Schumacker and Stephanie White on the call. On the radio waves, Rob Blackman and Bobby Riddell will be courtside on the 22-station Purdue Radio Network and online on the Varsity Sports Network (app). Live stats will be provided on PurdueStats.com and updates will be provided on Purdue’s official Twitter account (@BoilerBall).
The Notes to Know
1) This will be the first meeting against Wright State. Purdue is looking for its 11th 3-0 stat under Matt Painter and first since 2018-19.
2) Tuesday’s contest marks the 27th straight sellout, dating to Jan. 15, 2019, vs. Rutgers.
3) Purdue has scored 90 or more points in consecutive games for the first time since Dec. 21 to 30, 2017 (Tennessee State, Lipscomb). Purdue hasn’t scored 90 or more points in three straight games during the Painter era, last doing so Dec. 18 to 27, 2000.
4) Purdue has shot over 50.0 percent in both of its games this season. The last time Purdue had three straight games shooting over 50.0 percent came on Feb. 22 to March 3, 2018 (4 games in a row).
5) Purdue is 52-3 at home during the month of November during the Matt Painter era, with losses coming to Bucknell (2012), Villanova (2016) and Texas (2019).
6) Trevion Williams needs 18 points for 1,000 in his career, and five rebounds for 650 in his career. He’d become the 16th player in school history with 1,000 points and 650 rebounds.
7) It’s early, but Zach Edey ranks No. 4 in the KenPom Player of the Year standings, behind Ohio State’s E.J. Liddell, Houston’s Marcus Sasser and Gonzaga’s Drew Timme. Edey has 38 points, 19 rebounds, four blocks and three assists in 40 minutes this season. Edey is eighth in the country in field goal percentage (.857) and 18th in offensive rebounds per game (4.5).
8) Matt Painter (180) needs two wins in Big Ten play to tie Jud Heathcote for seventh on the Big Ten’s all-time wins list (182).
THE SERIES WITH THE RAIDERS • Tuesday’s game marks the first meeting between Purdue and Wright State (Dayton, Ohio), despite being just 191 miles apart. • The Boilermakers are 41-2 against current members of the Horizon League, including 34-1 at home. • Head coach Matt Painter is 16-0 against the current members of the Horizon League, all while at Purdue. • Purdue hasn’t lost to a current Horizon League member since Dec. 7, 1991, a 69-53 loss to Tony Bennett and Green Bay.
RECAPPING THE INDIANA STATE WIN • The Boilermakers are now 31-4 all-time against Indiana State, having won five straight games. The 25-point margin was the largest over the Sycamores since a 92-63 win in Dec. 1992. • Purdue scored 90 points in back-to-back games for the first time since Dec. 21 – 30, 2017. • Jaden Ivey recorded career highs in points (27) and rebounds (8), while going 10-of-13 from the field. He added four assists and two steals. • Zach Edey recorded his second career double-double with a career-high 22 points, 10 rebounds, three assists and three blocked shots, while going 8-of-9 from the field. • Ivey and Edey combined for 49 points, 18 rebounds and seven assists while going 18-of-22 from the field and 11-of-14 from the free throw line. • Through two games, Edey is 12-of-14 from the field and 14-of-17 from the free throw line for 38 points and 19 rebounds in 40 minutes of action. • Caleb Furst recorded his first career double-figure scoring game with 12 points and eight rebounds. • Trevion Williams contributed 11 points, eight rebounds, four blocks and three assists in 20 minutes.