Postseason Push Starts Saturday as Michigan Visits Mackey Arena
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Purdue (14-13, 7-9) looks to make a final push as it begins its stretch run Saturday vs. Michigan in Mackey Arena. Jason Benetti and Purdue Athletics Hall of Fame inductee Robbie Hummel will handle the broadcast on ESPN, beginning at 2 p.m. ET. On the radio, Rob Blackman, Larry Clisby and Ralph Taylor will have the call courtside on the Purdue Radio Network and TuneIn.com, beginning with the Purdue Basketball Pregame Show at 1 p.m. ET. Live stats will be available on PurdueSports.com.
• Purdue owns a 88-72 series lead with Michigan, but the Wolverines have won three straight in the series, including an 84-78 decision in early LJanuary in Ann Arbor (box score available later in packet). Michigan hasn’t defeated Purdue in Mackey Arena since Feb. 2014. However, this marks just the second game against Michigan in Mackey Arena in the last 49 months.
• Today’s game marks Hall of Fame weekend at Purdue as Robbie Hummel (2012) and Bruce Parkinson (1977; all-time leader in assists) will be inducted. The duo will be honored on the court at the U-12 media timeout of the first half.
• In addition, several prominent Purdue alums will be in attendance today. Two-time NBA All-Star Brad Miller (Bobblehead day; will speak at halftime), 1984 Big Ten Player of the Year Jim Rowinski and seven-time Big Ten Coach of the Year Gene Keady will be at the game today.
• Purdue’s 15 games (already this year) against Quad-1 opponents are the most in America. Michigan will be Quad-1 opponent number 16.
• Purdue is 13-1 this year and 33-2 since the start of last year when shooting a higher field goal percentage than its opponent. The lone losses came to Virginia in last year’s Elite Eight and Tuesday vs. Wisconsin. The Boilermakers are 1-12 when shooting a lower field goal percentage than its opponent (win vs. VCU).
• Since the 2014-15 season, Purdue is 28-12 (.700) during the month of February. Since the 2016-17 campaign, the Boilermakers are 20-8 (.714) during the month of February.
• Head coach Matt Painter‘s next victory will tie him with Michigan State legend Jud Heathcote on the Big Ten’s all-time wins list (336).
• Purdue freshmen and sophomores have combined for 1,084 points this year (40.1 PPG), accounting for 58.6 percent of Purdue’s scoring this year. In games that the two classes score at least 35 points, the Boilermakers are 12-7 overall. When they don’t, Purdue is 2-6.
• Purdue is 9-2 when scoring at least 70 points this year (losses to Michigan and Penn State), but is just 5-11 when being held under 70 points.