Purdue (11-11) at Penn State (8-13)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Tuesday, February 5, 7 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Bryce Jordan Center (15,261) -- University Park, Pennsylvania. Television: Big Ten Network. Home Record: Purdue 9-4. Penn State 7-6. Away Record: Purdue 2-4, Penn State 0-5. Neutral Record: Purdue 0-3, Penn State 1-2. Conference Record: Purdue 4-5, Penn State 0-9. Series Record: Purdue leads, 28-11.
GAMES NOTES: With their eyes set on a season sweep the Purdue Boilermakers will match up with the Penn State Nittany Lions in a Big Ten rematch at the Bryce Jordan Center on Tuesday night.
A 75-60 setback on the road against Northwestern was the second straight double-digit loss for the Boilermakers who had won four of their previous five games before the slump. Purdue is now an even 11-11 on the season, while holding a 4-5 record in Big Ten play. In six true road tests this year the Boilermakers have captured just a pair of wins with their last road victory coming against Nebraska on Jan. 16.
It has been a bit longer since Penn State last captured a win as they have fallen in nine straight contests after a 76-67 loss to Iowa. The Nittany Lions have fallen to just 8-13 overall on the campaign. Penn State has still yet to earn a win in league play, while managing a mere 7-6 mark ay home.
With its 60-42 victory earlier this season against Penn State, Purdue has now won eight of the last nine meetings to increase its all-time series lead to 28-11.
The Boilermakers trailed 43-29 at halftime against Northwestern and then put up little fight in the second half by shooting just 26.2 percent from the field to surrender the decision. The Boilermakers did have a 46-30 edge in rebounds but were outscored 33-12 from beyond the arc.
The edge in rebounds has been a theme for Purdue, especially in league play. After Saturday's contest the Purdue ranks at the very top of the Big Ten in rebounding in league play as it grabs 38.9 per contest. The Boilermakers are also the 14th best rebounding team overall in the country (40.5 pg). Offensively the Boilermakers score just 65.5 points per game, while shooting the second wort percentage from the field (.414). Keeping them in games on most nights has been their defensive efforts as they hold teams to less than 64 points per game on 40 percent shooting. A.J. Hammons (11.0 ppg, 6.5 rpg, 2.1 bpg) anchors the squad out of the frontcourt as the conference's leading shot blocker, while Terone Johnson (12.7 ppg) and D.J. Byrd (10.2 ppg) are each double figure scoring threats despite shooting below 40 percent from the field.
In its loss to Iowa, Penn State didn't do a particularly good job of keeping Iowa off the foul line as it committed 26 personal fouls, while allowing the Hawkeyes to get 31 points from the charity stripe. The Nittany Lions also turned the ball over 18 times leading to 20 points for the Hawkeyes.
Penn State's offensive production this season makes Purdue look like a powerhouse. The Nittany Lions are scoring just 61.2 points per game while shooting the worst percentage among Big Ten schools (.389). The Nittany Lions rely a bit too much on one-on-one play on offense as they rank last in the Big Ten and among the 10 worst teams in the country in assists (9.2 pg). On the defensive side of things Penn State is letting u 67.5 points per game on 42.5 percent shooting. D.J. Newbill (15.7 ppg, 5.9 rpg, 4.0 apg) has been one of the more versatile players not only for Penn State but in the conference as a whole. The 6-foot-4 guard is among the top 15 players in scoring, assists and rebounds. Jermaine Marshall (15.0 ppg) is the only other player on the team scoring in double figures.
Expect the Boilermakers to utilize their ability to control the boards to dominate on the road and pick up the win over the Nittany Lions.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Purdue 69, Penn State 58
02/05 10:33:36 ET