No. 13 Purdue back to conference play, hosting Rutgers Wednesday

No. 13-ranked Purdue tips off the new year by hosting Rutgers in the resumption of Big Ten action Wednesday at 7 p.m. ET, in Mackey Arena..

Posted: Jan 2, 2018 5:40 PM
Updated: Jan 3, 2018 1:32 AM

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (Purdue Sports) — No. 13-ranked Purdue tips off the new year by hosting Rutgers in the resumption of Big Ten action Wednesday at 7 p.m. ET, in Mackey Arena. The Boilermakers enter the contest as 1-of-3 teams with a 2-0 league record.

The game will be televised by the Big Ten Network with Brandon Gaudin and Stephen Bardo on the call. Larry Clisby, Rob Blackman and Ralph Taylor will handle the radio broadcast on the Purdue Radio Network and SIRIUS / XM Satellite Radio and live stats will be provided on PurdueSports.com. Fans can receive in-game updates on Purdue Basketball’s official Twitter account (@BoilerBall).

Purdue is looking for its first 3-0 Big Ten start since the 2010-11 season and for its 10th straight win overall. Purdue’s 13 wins are tied for the third most in the country.

Purdue will end its four-game homestand Saturday as an improving Nebraska squad visits Mackey Arena for a 2:15 p.m. ET, tipoff. Nebraska is currently 10-5 overall.

Looking Back at the Lipscomb Win
• Purdue improved to 13-2 with its eighth win of 25 or more points this year in a 98-66 win over Lipscomb on Dec. 30. Purdue’s 13-2 start is the sixth-best 15-game start in school history and its the second 13-2 start or better in the last three years.
• Purdue improved to 11-2 under Matt Painter in the first game after the Holiday break.
• Purdue led by just five at halftime, but outscored the Bisons 55-28 in the second half, thanks to a 21-of-35 (.600) performance from the field. Purdue shot 52.2 percent for the game.
• Purdue’s senior class scored 60 points in the victory over Lipscomb. It marked the third time this year that the senior class scored at least 60 points. Purdue had four players with 15 or more points for the second time this season (Chicago State, Lipscomb).
• Vincent Edwards recorded his sixth double-double of the season with 23 points, a career-high 15 rebounds and 3 assists. Isaac Haas added 19 points, while Carsen Edwards had 18.

The Numbers to Know
• 3: Purdue was 1-of-3 departments nationally to reach the Sweet 16 and win a bowl game in 2017.
• 3: Purdue is 1-of-3 teams nationally to rank in nation’s top 40 in 2-pt, 3-pt and FT percentages.
• 3: Teams to score 70 points against Rutgers. Purdue has scored 70 points in 14-of-15 games.
• 7: Number of teams nationally to have four players average 13.0 points per game.
• 13: Purdue’s largest deficit of the season (Western Kentucky).
• 16: Winning streak in home games, the fifth-longest homecourt winning streak in America.
• 39: Winning streak when holding opponents to 59 or fewer points (March 14, 2013, vs. Nebraska).
• 309: Combined career starts made by Purdue’s four seniors.
• .545: Purdue’s field goal percentage in the last four games (127-of-233).
• 129-4: Purdue’s record under Matt Painter when holding opponents to 59 or fewer points.

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