WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The No. 11-ranked Purdue men’s basketball team travels to Northwestern for the regular-season finale and in search of the Big Ten Championship.
The contest will be televised on BTN with Kevin Kugler, Jon Crispin and Andy Katz calling the action courtside beginning at 2:30 p.m. ET. On the radio waves, the contest will be available on the Purdue Radio Network and TuneIn.com with Larry Clisby and Rob Blackman on the call, beginning with the Purdue Basketball pregame show at 1:30 p.m. Wes Scott will produce the radio broadcast.
Live stats will be provided on PurdueSports.com, and Twitter updates will be available on Purdue’s official account (@BoilerBall).
THE TALKING POINTS
1) Purdue knows what needs to happen. A win gives the Boilermakers a share of their league-best 24th Big Ten title and gives Purdue the No. 2 seed in next week’s Big Ten Tournament in Chicago. A loss drops Purdue to the No. 3 seed and denies the Boilermakers the league title.
2) A victory over Northwestern would be Purdue’s 16th quadrant-1 or quadrant-2 victory, which would be the second most in the country behind Michigan, which enters Saturday’s game with Michigan State with 17.
3) A win over Northwestern will give Purdue 16 Big Ten victories for just the second time in school history (1987-88 season). Purdue just became the fifth group in Big Ten history to win 15 league games in consecutive seasons and the first in 23 years since Purdue did it in 1995-96.
4) Over the last five games, Purdue has held foes to 59.6 points per game, 35.4 percent shooting and 24.5 percent from long range.
5) Purdue wrapped up its third unbeaten home season in 51 seasons of play at Mackey Arena with an 86-51 win over Ohio State last Saturday. Purdue enters next year with a 17-game home winning streak and owned the Big Ten’s only unbeaten league campaign in 2018-19.
6) Purdue’s seniors (Ryan Cline and Grady Eifert) now own a 105-32 (.766) career record, the second-most wins for a class in school history. The .766 winning percentage is third-best percentage in school history (1996 – .778; 1988 – .774).
7) Over the last three games, Purdue has shot 41.8 percent (28-of-67) from long distance. Purdue needs two 3-pointers for 300 this season.
8) Purdue has outrebounded four straight opponents by a combined 41 rebounds (10.3 per game).
9) In Big Ten road games, Purdue is being outscored by 2.7 points per game and Purdue is shooting just 69.0 percent from the free throw line.
10) Carsen Edwards is on pace to become the third Boilermaker in the last nine years to lead the Big Ten in scoring. JaJuan Johnson in 2011 (20.7) and Caleb Swanigan in 2017 (18.9) are the others. No other team has had more than one player lead the league in scoring in that span.
11) Matt Haarms is on track to become the first player to lead the Big Ten in field goal percentage and blocks since Ohio State’s Greg Oden in 2007.
- Purdue is looking for its second Big Ten Tournament title in school history, serving as the No. 2 seed this week. This marks the fourth time that Purdue has been the No. 2 seed (2019, 2011, 2010 and 2008). Purdue is just 1-3 in the previous three tournaments as a No. 2 seed. • Purdue hasn’t had a ton of luck in Chicago, reaching the tournament title game in 1998, but since posting a 3-8 record in eight other trips. Purdue did make the semifinals in its last trip to Chicago, falling to eventual champ Wisconsin in the 2015 semifinals. • Purdue’s four title-game appearances are the fifth most in the Big Ten (Ohio State – 8; Wisconsin – 7; Michigan State, Illinois – 6). • The No. 2 seed has won the tournament seven times in 21 seasons, most recently in 2016, when No. 2 seed Michigan State defeated No. 4 seed Purdue