Purdue basketball looks to get back on track against Penn State

With just three regular-season games left, No. 6-ranked Purdue hopes to switch momentum and head into the postseason on a high note, starting with a Sunday tilt with Penn State.

Posted: Feb. 18, 2018 4:37 AM

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (Purdue Sports) — With just three regular-season games left, No. 6-ranked Purdue hopes to switch momentum and head into the postseason on a high note, starting with a Sunday tilt with Penn State.

Kevin Kugler and Jon Crispin will provide the call on BTN, tipping off Sunday at 8 p.m. ET. Larry Clisby, Rob Blackman and Ralph Taylor will handle the radio broadcast on the Purdue Radio Network. Fans can receive in-game updates on Purdue Basketball’s official Twitter account (@BoilerBall) and live stats will be available on PurdueSports.com.

Purdue looks to regain its offensive touch that has gone missing after being held under 70 points in three straight games. Purdue is averaging just 60.3 points per game in the last three outings.

Purdue’s five losses have all come by four points or less. The last three setbacks have come by a total of eight points.

Purdue will close out the regular season at Illinois (Feb. 22) and home vs. Minnesota (Feb. 25) before the Big Ten Tournament.

LOOKING BACK
• Purdue fell to 23-5 with a 57-53 setback at Wisconsin. It was Purdue’s first loss since March 2013 when allowing under 60 points.
• The Boilermakers shot just 39.6 percent from the field, their third straight game of shooting under 43.0 percent. Purdue also made just four 3-pointers, its fewest since Nov. 30, 2016, vs. Louisville.
• Purdue shot under 40.0 percent for the first time since Nov. 28, against Louisville.
• The two teams were tied at 21 at halftime. Purdue would take a 39-32 lead, but was outscored 25-14 over the last nine-plus minutes.
• Purdue had just seven assists against 13 turnovers. The 7 assists were fewest since Feb. 12, 2015.
• Carsen Edwards scored 22 points on 8-of-19 shooting. The rest of the team went 11-of-29 (.379) from the field and 0-of-7 from long distance.
• Isaac Haas recorded his fifth career double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds.

THE NUMBERS TO KNOW
• 1: Number of starting lineups used this year; 1-of-3 power-conference teams w/ same lineup.
• 2: Wins for 14 league wins; would be 11th time a team has had 14+ wins in cons. B1G seasons.
• 4: Purdue has won 12 league games in four straight years for the second time in school history.
• 6: Purdue’s AP ranking, the sixth straight week that Purdue has been ranked in the top six.
• 10: Largest deficit in Big Ten play this season, which came in the first half at Indiana.
• 11: Consecutive double-figure scoring games for Carsen Edwards (17.8 PPG in that span).
• 15: Combined margin of defeat in Purdue’s four losses this season (3, 4, 1, 3, 4 points).
• 24: Points scored by senior class vs. Wisconsin, its lowest total of the season.
• 37: 3-pointers made in last six games. Purdue made 77 3-pointers in the previous six games.
• 4,773: Combined career points by Purdue’s senior class (36.2 points per game for career).

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