JACKSONVILLE STATE (1-2) VS. PURDUE (2-2)
Saturday, Nov. 23, 2019 8:01 p.m. ET West Lafayette, Ind. Mackey Arena (14,804)
Series: First Meeting Last Meeting: Not Available Streak: Not Available
Up Next: VCU / Friday, Nov. 28, 2019 / Destin, Florida / Emerald Coast Classic
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Purdue (2-2) hosts Jacksonville State (1-2) on Saturday at Mackey Arena, tipping off at 8 p.m. ET. The contest will be televised on the Big Ten Network and streamed on the FOX Sports App with Chris Vosters and Shon Morris on the call. On the radio, Rob Blackman, Larry Clisby and Ralph Taylor will have the call courtside on the Purdue Radio Network and TuneIn.com. There will be no pregame show Saturday due to contractual obligations with the Purdue Football broadcast vs. Wisconsin. Live stats will be available at PurdueStats.com.
• This will be the first meeting between the two teams. The Gamecocks are the only first-time opponent on this Purdue’s schedule this year.
• It marks the fourth straight year that Purdue has faced an opponent from the Ohio Valley Conference. Purdue defeated Belmont (73-62) last year, SIU Edwardsville (105-74) to start the 2017-18 season and Morehead State (90-56) in December 2016.
• Purdue is 22-0 all-time against current members of the Ohio Valley Conference, including 9-0 under Matt Painter.
• The contest comes after a seven-day layoff between games and from Nov. 17, to Nov. 28, Purdue will play just one game (Saturday vs. Jacksonville State).
• The matchup marks a home game in the Emerald Coast Classic. The Boilermakers will travel to Destin, Florida, on Wednesday to face VCU (Friday) and either Tennessee or Florida State (Saturday). The tournament is considered one of the strongest Thanksgiving tournaments in America. Purdue is 17-4 during in-season tournaments since 2014-15.
• Purdue is looking to gain some momentum as it enters a gauntlet through Christmas. The Boilermakers’ next eight (possible) games come against teams that posted a combined 206-104 (.665) record, won a combined 10 NCAA Tournament games with two teams (Tennessee OR Florida State) reaching the Sweet 16 and Virginia winning the national title.
• Purdue has shown balanced scoring through its first four games this season as four different players have led the team in scoring. In 36 games last season, just four different players led the team in scoring.
• Purdue has outrebounded all four opponents this season, including by a total of 43 rebounds in three home games. Purdue is outrebounding its foes by a 66 to 33 margin on the offensive end, while outscoring its opponents by a 66-27 margin in second-chance points.
• Combined with second-chance points and points off turnovers, Purdue is outscoring its opponents 132 to 63 in “extra possessions”. Over the last two games, Purdue has scored 91 points to opponents’ 28 points in extra possession categories.
• Entering the year, Purdue was one of four teams nationally to rank in the nation’s top 25 in assist / turnover ratio in each of the last four years. Purdue has picked up where it left off, ranking 29th early on this year with a ratio of 1.53.
• Purdue has won 99 straight games when scoring 90 or more points in a game. Its last loss came on Nov. 24, 1987, vs. Iowa State (104-96).
• Aaron Wheeler has made a 3-pointer in nine straight games dating to last year.
• Jahaad Proctor has scored in double-figures in 20 straight games dating to last year at High Point.
WHAT’S NEXT • A gauntlet awaits the Boilermakers over its next seven games. The combined record of Purdue’s next seven opponents are 21-5. • Check out what’s coming after the Jacksonville State contest. … Nov. 29 vs. VCU (Destin, Florida) … Nov. 30 vs. Tennessee or Florida State (Destin, Florida) … Dec. 4 vs. Virginia (Mackey Arena) … Dec. 8 vs. Northwestern in the Big Ten opener (Mackey Arena) … Dec. 15 at Nebraska in the Big Ten road opener (Lincoln, Neb.) … Dec. 17 at Ohio (return game of a home-and-home) … Dec. 21 vs. Butler (Crossroads Classic in Indianapolis).
ABOUT THE GAMECOCKS • Jacksonville State posted a 24-9 record a year ago, losing to a Ja Morant buzzer-beater in the Ohio Valley Conference Tournament semifinals. The Gamecocks were 15-3 in league play, sweeping both Murray State and Belmont during the regular season. Both of those teams reached the NCAA Tournament. • However, the Gamecocks lost several key players from last year’s squad including four of their top-five scorers. • Head coach Ray Harper is one of the most-respected coaches in America, having won a pair of NCAA Division II National Championships with four D-II runner-up finishes to his name at Kentucky Wesleyan, all coming in a six-year span from 1998 to 2003. He was then the head coach at Western Kentucky for five years before taking over at Jacksonville State, where he led the Gamecocks to the 2017 NCAA Tournament.
- Matt Painter needs 2 wins for 350 in his career. • Purdue is 21-3 when Matt Haarms scores in double figures. • Purdue is 151-16 under Matt Painter when shooting 48.0 percent or better from the field. • Purdue is 22-1 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 103-9 since the start of the 2014-15 season when attempting more free throws than its opponent, including 19-2 since the start last season. • Purdue is 30-5 since the start of the 2017-18 season when making 10 or more 3-pointers in a game. • Purdue is 117-12 under Painter when winning both rebound and turnover battles. • Purdue is 118-12 under Painter when scoring at least 80 points, including 32-2 since the start of 2017-18. • Purdue is 145-5 when holding foes to 59 or fewer points during the Matt Painter era.