|Nebraska||D Talley 13.9||B Ubel 6.7||D Talley 2.5|
|Purdue||T Johnson 13.3||A Hammons 6.1||R Johnson 4.0|
Nebraska squares off against Purdue in the first round of the Big Ten Tournament at United Center on Thursday. It gets started at 6:30 p.m. ET and you can catch it on ESPN 2. The Cornhuskers fell to the Boilermakers 65-56 on Jan. 16 and are 0-3 against them over the last four years.
In their last game on Mar. 9, Ray Gallegos put up 22 points for the Cornhuskers in a loss to Iowa, 74-60. On top of a team-high 1.4 steals per game, he also scores 12.7 points per game. For the Boilermakers, D.J. Byrd put up 18 points and seven rebounds in the 89-73 win over Minnesota on Mar. 9. He contributes 4.2 rebounds per game in addition to his 10.2 points per game.
There are two important categories where Purdue has a statistical edge. One concern is rebounding, where the Boilermakers hold the advantage over the Cornhuskers, 39.3 per game to 31.8 per game. Additionally, Purdue has an edge over Nebraska in scoring, 65.3 points per game to 58.5 points per game.
- Nebraska has a much lower in-state cost per year according to Kiplinger than Purdue ($15,894 vs. $19,459).
- Nebraska has a stronger schedule than Purdue this season (SOS Rank: No. 7 vs. No. 41).
- Brandon Ubel is ranked 8th in the Big Ten in rebounds.
- Ray Gallegos is ranked 41st nationally in three-pointers and 10th in the Big Ten in steals.
- The Nebraska scoring leader (Dylan Talley, 441 points) has more points than the Purdue scoring leader (Terone Johnson, 404 points).
- The Nebraska three-point leader (Ray Gallegos, 81 three-pointers) has more three-pointers than the Purdue three-point leader (D.J. Byrd, 73 three-pointers).
- Nebraska has a much lower average debt at graduation according to Kiplinger than Purdue ($19,128 vs. $23,924).
- Nebraska has a much better Kiplinger Out-of-State Ranking than Purdue (No. 73 vs. No. 92).
- The Nebraska steals leader (Ray Gallegos, 43 steals) has more steals than the Purdue steals leader (Ronnie Johnson, 27 steals).
- The Nebraska basketball team finishes what they start, with a better graduation rate than Purdue (82 percent vs. 67 percent).
- The Nebraska rebounding leader (Brandon Ubel, 194 rebounds) has more rebounds than the Purdue rebounding leader (A.J. Hammons, 193 rebounds).