West Virginia vs. Purdue: Full Game Preview
|West Virginia||J Staten 10.3||A Murray 7.1||J Staten 3.2|
|Purdue||T Johnson 13.4||A Hammons 6.4||R Johnson 3.5|
On Saturday, Purdue welcomes West Virginia at Mackey Arena. It takes place at 2:00 EST and you can catch it on CBS. The Boilermakers are 1-1 against the Mountaineers over the last four years. They fell 68-64 on 1/16/2011, the last time they met.
In a 65-56 win over Nebraska on January 16th, Terone Johnson put up 18 points and 6 rebounds for the Boilermakers. His 13.4 points per game is the highest mark on the team. For the Mountaineers, Jabarie Hinds finished with 20 points and 5 rebounds in the 69-67 loss to Iowa State on January 16th. He is averaging 8.1 points and 2.1 rebounds per game. West Virginia can be found near the top of the conference standings in the following categories: offensive rebounding percentage at 38.4 and turnover percentage at 18.2.
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- Purdue does a better job contesting shots (38.8% allowed vs 42.9% allowed) than West Virginia this season.
- The Big Ten has a conference RPI that is better than the Big 12 (1 vs 5).
- The Big Ten has 4 teams - Michigan (1.69), Wisconsin (1.68), Northwestern (1.53), and Ohio State (1.51) - that have a better assist-to-turnover ratio than the Big 12 leader, Kansas (1.34).
- The Purdue assist leader (Ronnie Johnson) has more assists than the West Virginia assist leader (Juwan Staten).
- Last year the Big Ten had more close games in conference (so the games are more exciting to watch) than in the Big 12.
- The Big Ten performed much better in non-conference close games than the Big 12 (70.8% vs 48.3%).
- The Big Ten has a much better average team RPI than the Big 12 (70 vs 91).
- The Big Ten has had 1 more Final Four team than the Big 12 over the past 5 years.
- The Big Ten has 2 teams - Michigan (51.1%) and Indiana (51.0%) - that shoot a better field goal percentage than the Big 12 leader, Kansas (50.4%).
- The Purdue three-point leader (D.J. Byrd) has more three-pointers than the West Virginia three-point leader (Terry Henderson).
- We have a history of cultivating talent. Over the past 10 years, Purdue has had more players drafted by the NBA than West Virginia (4 vs 3).