Purdue vs. Penn State: Full Game Preview
|Purdue||T Johnson 12.7||A Hammons 6.5||R Johnson 3.6|
|Penn State||T Frazier 16.3||R Travis 6.8||D (DJ) Newbill 4.0|
On Tuesday, Penn State hosts Purdue at Bryce Jordan Center. It starts at 7:00 EST and you can catch it on Big Ten Network. The Nittany Lions lost to the Boilermakers 60-42 on January 13th and are 2-8 against them over the last four years.
Purdue maintains 7th place in the Big Ten while Penn State sits at 12th place.
In their last match-up, Devonte (DJ) Newbill finished with 20 points and 6 rebounds in the Nittany Lions 76-67 loss against Iowa on January 31st. He is averaging 15.7 points per game while also contributing a team-high 4.0 assists per game. The Boilermakers were defeated by Northwestern 75-60 on February 2nd despite 19 points and 13 rebounds from A.J. Hammons. With 6.5 rebounds per game and 2.1 blocks per game, he has team-best marks in both categories.
- The Penn State assist leader (Devonte (DJ) Newbill) has more assists than the Purdue assist leader (Ronnie Johnson).
- Keep filling up on cupcakes. Penn State has a stronger schedule than Purdue this season (SOS Rank: #49 vs #57).
- Penn State has more Top 10 Director's Cup finishes than Purdue (8 vs 0)
- Penn State has a much better NCSA Power Ranking than Purdue (#11 vs #75).
- It must sting. Penn State has blown out Purdue by 20 points or more on 3 occasions since 2000.
- Penn State players are more experienced than Purdue players (11,067 minutes played vs 9,500 minutes played).
- Penn State has a much lower admission rate (more selective) according to Kiplinger (52% vs 73%).
- Penn State has a much better NCSA Academic Ranking than Purdue (#47 vs #61).
- Penn State has a much better Kiplinger In-State Ranking than Purdue (#44 vs #66).
- Ross Travis is ranked 10th in the Big Ten in rebounds.