March 6, 2015
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- The Purdue men's basketball team looks to make one final push towards the postseason as the Boilermakers host Illinois on Senior Day at what should be a raucous, electric environment at sold-out Mackey Arena on Saturday. Tip is slated for 4:30 PM (ET) on the Big Ten Network with Eric Collins and Jon Crispin on the call courtside.
Jon Octeus and the Boilermakers host Illinois on Senior Day on Saturday at Mackey Arena.
GAME 31: Gameday Storylines
â€¢ The Purdue men's basketball team looks to make one final push towards the postseason as the Boilermakers host Illinois on Senior Day at what should be a raucous, electric environment at sold-out Mackey Arena on Saturday. Tip is slated for 4:30 PM (ET) on the Big Ten Network with Eric Collins and Jon Crispin on the call courtside.
â€¢ Seniors Jon Octeus and Neal Beshears will be honored in a Senior Day ceremony following Saturday's game.
â€¢ Purdue leads the series with Illinois, 97-86, but the Illini are going for a season sweep after defeating the Boilermakers, 66-57, in Champaign on Jan. 21. Purdue is 9-2 in its last 11 games against the Fighting Illini.
â€¢ In the 183-game history of the series, Purdue has scored 10,467 points (57.20 points per game), while Illinois has scored 10,466 points (57.19). Purdue has scored just one more point than Illinois in series history.
â€¢ In the previous meeting, Illinois used a late 12-2 first-half run to spur it to victory, turning an eight-point deficit into a two-point halftime lead. Purdue still led by one with seven minutes left, but Illinois then ended the game on a 18-8 run for the final nine-point margin, Purdue's largest Big Ten setback of the season.
â€¢ Malcolm Hill scored 18 points for Illinois, which got just two points from its bench. Rapheal Davis and Jon Octeus tallied 14 points for Purdue, which went just 4-of-9 from the free throw line, while Illinois was 21-of-24. The Illini are the top free throw shooting team in the country (.799).
â€¢ Purdue needs one win for its seventh, 20-win season under Matt Painter and the program's 25th, 20-win season of all time.
â€¢ Purdue owns a 7-1 record at Mackey Arena in Big Ten play and is looking for its sixth straight win at Mackey Arena. The Boilermakers have won the five games by an average of 8.2 points per game. During the streak, Purdue is shooting 48.4 percent from the fiel and holding foes to 38.8 percent shooting from the field and 24.1 percent from three-point range. Purdue has also made more free throws (98) than opponents have shot (96).
â€¢ Fifteen of Purdue's 17 Big Ten games have been decided by 10 or fewer points, including nine games in a row (6-3 record). All nine of Purdue's Big Ten road games have been decided by single-digits (4-5 record).
â€¢ Purdue has trailed at halftime in seven of its 17 Big Ten games, posting a 5-2 record in those games when trailing at halftime.
â€¢ In its 10 Big Ten games that Purdue has led or been tied at halftime, the Boilermakers are just 6-4 in those games, including back-to-back losses to Ohio State and Michigan State.
â€¢ Over the last three games, Purdue has been outscored at the free throw line by 32 points and foes have shot 98 free throws in that span, compared to just 61 for the Boilermakers.
â€¢ Purdue ranks 70th nationally in field goal percentage (.459) and 66th nationally in field goal percentage defense (.402). Should Purdue finish in the top 100 in both categories, it would mark the first time in the Matt Painter era that Purdue has accomplished the feat.
â€¢ Purdue has allowed just three opponents (Kansas State, Notre Dame, Minnesota -- all losses) to outscore it in the paint this year. Of the 2,130 points that Purdue has scored this year, 47.4 percent of the scoring has come in the paint (1,010 points).
â€¢ Purdue has shot a higher field goal percentage than its opponent in four straight games, going 102-of-213 (.479) from the field.
â€¢ Purdue has outshot 15 of its 17 Big Ten opponents from the field, with only Maryland and Nebraska outshooting the Boilermakers. Purdue accomplished it in all nine of its Big Ten road games.
â€¢ Purdue's biggest issue appears to be taking care of the ball. The Boilermakers are last in the Big Ten, and 229th nationally, in turnovers per game. Purdue is averaging 13.1 turnovers per game its turnover margin of -0.97 is 252nd nationally. Purdue has had eight straight games of 11 or more turnovers. This followed a four-game stretch where Purdue averaged just 9.3 turnovers per game against Northwestern, Indiana, Iowa and Illinois.
â€¢ Eight different players have led the team in scoring this year, eight different players have led the team in rebounding and nine different players have led the team in assists.