Purdue University Boilermakers
Home Court: Mackey Arena in West Lafayette, Indiana
Record: 27-9 (11-7 in the Big 10). They were 5-5 away from home and 7-1 in games played at neutral courts.
Head Coach: Matt Painter in his fourth year, he succeeded Gean Keady. Painter played basketball at Purdue from 1989-1993.
Leading Scorers: E’Twaun Moore 14.0 ppg (34-percent from three), JaJuan Johnson 13.4 ppg (77 blocks), Robbie Hummel 12.8 ppg (39-percent from three, leads team in rebounding with seven per game).
In the Big Ten: Purdue finished with a 11-7 record in a tie for second place with Illinois. Michigan State won the Big Ten regular season championship with a 15-3 record. Purdue won the Big Ten Conference Tournament.
Individual Honors: JaJuan Johnson was a First-Team All-Big Ten selection, E’Twaun Moore was a Second-Team selection, Robbie Hummel was a Third-Team selection, and Lewis Jackson was named to the All-Freshmen Team. Chris Kramer and JaJuan Johnson were named to the All-Defensive Team.
Purdue runs a motion based offense and they average 69 points per game. Purdue allows just 59 points per game. It should be noted that Purdue shoots 70 percent from the free throw line.
Purdue is known for dominating team’s in the first half. On the year they have outscored their opponents by 242 points before halftime (1209-967). In the second half Purdue tends to struggle, as they only have outscored their opponents by 130 points (1259-1129).
Purdue has 540 assists to just 417 turnovers. Moore (111 assists) and Jackson (116 assists) lead the team.
Purdue has been outrebounded by its opponents 1248 to 1238.
Purdue has 259 steals on the year compared to 189 allowed by their opponents. Chris Kramer leads Purdue with 73 steals.
Purdue lives and dies by the three. In their nine losses Purdue shot just 28 percent (53 for 184). In their 27 wins Purdue shot 37 percent from behind the arc (185 for 497).
12-33 in 87-82 OT loss to Oklahoma Nov. 28 at Madison Square Garden.
2-13 in 76-60 loss loss to Duke at Mackey Arena in West Lafayette 76-60 on Dec. 2.
4-16 in 71-67 OT Loss to Illinois at Mackey Arena on Dec. 30.
9-22 in loss at Penn State 67-64 loss to Penn State on Jan. 6.
6-21 in 80-72 OT loss to Ohio state in Columbus on Feb. 3.
2-15 in 66-48 loss at Illinois (back to back loss).
7-25 in 87-78 loss to Michigan in Ann Arbor on Feb 26.
7-20 in 64-61 loss to Northwestern on March 4 at Mackey Arena.
4-23 in 62-51 loss to Michigan State on March 8 (back-to-back losses).
Keys to the Game: UConn’s ability to control the tempo of the game. In the first two rounds UConn has shown their ability to play well in the open court. Purdue is going to try to make this a half court game.
Also, look for Purdue to try to get UConn big man Hasheem Thabeet in foul trouble. UConn is the least fouled team in the country, but JaJuan Johnson is an interesting match up for Thabeet.
The Huskies will have to guard the perimeter and hold Purdue to around 30 percent shooting from three point range. Jeff Adrien needs to continue to hit the 17-foot straightaway jumpers if UConn is forced to play a half court game. A.J. Price, Craig Austrie, and Kemba Walker need to take care of the ball and limit their turnovers.
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