Minnesota vs. Purdue: Full Game Preview

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Minnesota vs. Purdue: Full Game Preview
Minnesota
(20-10, 3-7 away)
Purdue
(14-16, 10-8 home)
Venue: Mackey Arena
12:00PM ET / 9:00AM PT, March 09, 2013
Team Leaders
Points Rebounds Assists
Minnesota A Hollins 13.6 T Mbakwe 8.7 A Hollins 3.3
Purdue T Johnson 13.5 A Hammons 6.2 R Johnson 4.0

Purdue hosts Minnesota at Mackey Arena on Saturday. It takes place at 12 p.m. EST and you can see it on Big Ten Network. The Boilermakers are 5-2 against the Golden Gophers over the last four years. The last time they played they won 79-66 on Jan. 8, 2012.

Purdue is ninth in the conference and Minnesota is sixth. Both teams continue to jockey for position.

In their last game on Mar. 6, Terone Johnson put up 32 points and seven rebounds for the Boilermakers in a loss to Michigan, 80-75. With 13.5 points per game, he leads the team in scoring average. For the Golden Gophers, Trevor Mbakwe finished with 15 points and seven rebounds in the 53-51 loss to Nebraska on Mar. 6. With 8.7 rebounds per game and 1.5 blocks per game, he has team-best marks in both categories. A key area of strength for Minnesota is offensive rebounding percentage at 44.7, which ranks first in their conference (and first nationally).

Minnesota StatSmack

  • Purdue has more wins over the last 5 years than Minnesota (143 vs. 123).
  • Over the past 10 years, Purdue has had more players drafted by the NBA than Minnesota (four vs. two).
  • Minnesota has to pay up to win. The coach for Purdue has a much lower base salary than Minnesota ($1,398,120 vs. $1,861,000).
  • A.J. Hammons is ranked 8th in the Big Ten in rebounds and 1st in the Big Ten in blocks.
  • The Purdue basketball team finishes what they start, with a better graduation rate than Minnesota (67 percent vs. 42 percent).
  • The Purdue blocks leader (A.J. Hammons, 59 blocks) has more blocks than the Minnesota blocks leader (Trevor Mbakwe, 44 blocks).
  • You'll do better on next semester's exams, right? Purdue currently has a higher Academic Progress Rate (995 to 954) than Minnesota, per the NCAA.
  • Purdue is bigger. The average weight of the top 8 players on Purdue is 214 lbs compared to 209 lbs for Minnesota.
  • Purdue has a better overall winning percentage over the last five years (69.0 percent to 61.7 percent).
  • Purdue waxed Minnesota by 13 points the last time they played (Jan 08, 2012).
  • Purdue has more NCAA Tournament appearances over the last 10 years than Minnesota (seven vs. three).
MINN Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
B+ Trevor Mbakwe 25 10 9 1 1 1 2
B Andre Hollins 29 14 3 3 1 0 2
B Austin Hollins 29 10 3 3 2 0 1
B Rodney Williams 28 10 5 2 1 1 2
B- Joe Coleman 27 9 4 2 1 0 2
C Eliott Eliason 14 2 4 1 0 1 1
C- Julian Welch 13 3 1 2 1 0 1
C- M. Ahanmisi 10 4 1 1 0 0 1
C- Oto Osenieks 9 2 2 1 0 0 1
D+ Maurice Walker 7 2 2 0 0 0 1
D+ Andre Ingram 10 2 2 0 1 0 0
D+ Wally Ellenson 6 2 1 0 0 0 0
D Kendal Shell 2 1 1 0 0 0 0
D Chris Halvorsen 2 1 0 0 0 0 0
PUR Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
B Terone Johnson 32 14 5 3 1 0 2
B- A.J. Hammons 24 11 6 1 0 2 2
C+ Ronnie Johnson 30 10 4 4 1 0 3
C+ D.J. Byrd 30 10 4 3 1 0 2
C Rapheal Davis 18 5 4 1 1 0 1
C- Anthony Johnson 19 5 3 1 0 0 1
C- Donnie Hale 16 4 3 0 0 0 1
D+ Sandi Marcius 8 3 2 0 0 1 1
D Jacob Lawson 12 2 2 0 0 1 0
D Travis Carroll 9 2 2 0 0 0 0
D Jay Simpson 8 3 2 0 0 1 1
D Dru Anthrop 8 1 1 1 1 0 1
D Stephen Toyra 3 0 0 0 0 0 0
D Neal Beshears 3 0 1 0 0 0 1
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