Eastern Michigan At Purdue: Time, TV, Schedule, Odds, & More

Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports

Purdue tries to avenge an embarrassing loss to Eastern Michigan from last season.

Saturday's game is the final one before a week break due to Finals, and for Purdue it is not going to be as easy as originally expected. Normally when playing a MAC team Purdue would be heavily favored. Last season Purdue traveled to Ypsilanti expecting a win against an Eastern Michigan program that has not done much of anything in decades. Instead, Purdue was handed an absolutely embarrassing 47-44 loss that ranks among the worst single-game efforts in program history.

Last year's game at Eastern Michigan could not have gone worse for Purdue. The Boilermakers shot 29.8% from the field, only 60% from the line, committed 18 turnovers, and shot 28.6% from long range, yet still had two chances to tie or take the lead in the final 13 seconds.

As bad as things were last season, losing the Eastern Michigan game was probably the backbreaker and the lowest point. It ended up being the difference between a losing season and a .500 season, meaning Purdue could have been selected for the NIT last year instead of the more embarrassing CBI. EMU went on to finish 16-18, but was never really a threat in the MAC.

Projected Starters:

Purdue Boilermakers (7-2)

Eastern Michigan Eagles (5-2)

Terone Johnson - Sr.

Daylen Harrison - Sr.

Ronnie Johnson - So.

Karrington Ward - Jr.

Kendall Stephens -Fr.

Da`Shonte Riley - Sr.

Basil Smotherman Fr.

Ray Lee - Fr.

Jay Simpson - Fr.

Mike Talley - Jr.

Series With Purdue:

Purdue leads 3-1

Odds:

None

Blog Representation

Eagle Totem

Location:

Ypsilanti, MI

Best Postseason result:

3-4 in NCAA Tournament, reached Sweet 16 in 1991. No appearance since 1998.

2012-13 Record:

8-24 (4-14 MAAC)

Coach:

Rob Murphy (30-36 in Third season at EMU)

RPI:

102

Time:

2 pm

TV:

ESPN3

Radio:

Purdue Radio Network

Streaming Audio:

TuneIn.com


FG 3PT FT Rebounds Misc
G M M A Pct M A Pct M A Pct Off Def Tot Ast TO Stl Blk PF PPG
Karrington Ward 7 27.1 4.4 9.0 49.2 1.3 2.9 45.0 5.1 6.4 80.0 1.9 4.0 5.9 0.7 1.4 1.3 0.6 0.7 15.3
Ray Lee 7 22.4 4.6 9.7 47.1 1.4 3.1 45.5 2.9 5.0 57.1 0.0 1.1 1.1 1.7 1.9 1.4 0.1 1.9 13.4
Glenn Bryant 6 19.0 4.0 7.2 55.8 0.0 0.5 0.0 2.2 3.3 65.0 1.3 2.8 4.2 0.2 0.2 0.8 2.8 2.2 10.2
Darell Combs 7 17.7 2.7 8.6 31.7 1.1 2.7 42.1 2.3 3.3 69.6 0.4 1.1 1.6 2.4 1.6 0.6 0.0 1.9 8.9
Mike Talley 7 20.9 2.1 5.9 36.6 0.4 1.6 27.3 2.1 3.6 60.0 0.4 1.3 1.7 3.6 1.9 0.6 0.0 1.9 6.9
Daylen Harrison 7 25.7 2.6 5.1 50.0 0.4 1.0 42.9 1.0 1.3 77.8 1.1 3.4 4.6 1.6 1.0 1.1 0.9 2.0 6.6
DaShonte Riley 7 23.9 2.3 3.6 64.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.9 1.4 60.0 1.4 3.9 5.3 1.3 1.6 0.9 4.6 3.6 5.4
Jalen Ross 7 16.3 0.9 2.6 33.3 0.3 1.3 22.2 0.4 1.7 25.0 0.1 2.1 2.3 1.7 0.4 0.3 0.0 1.7 2.4
J.R. Sims 6 10.7 1.0 2.3 42.9 0.2 0.5 33.3 0.2 0.5 33.3 0.5 0.5 1.0 0.5 0.5 0.3 0.0 1.3 2.3
Anthony Strickland 5 7.0 0.6 0.8 75.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.8 1.6 50.0 0.2 1.0 1.2 0.0 0.4 0.0 0.0 0.6 2.0
Mo Hughley 5 4.6 0.6 1.2 50.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.4 0.8 50.0 1.0 0.4 1.4 0.0 0.0 0.6 0.4 2.0 1.6
Lekan Ajayi 7 11.1 0.3 0.9 33.3 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.7 1.4 50.0 1.0 2.4 3.4 0.4 0.7 0.4 0.4 2.0 1.3
Ali Farhat 2 4.0 0.5 2.0 25.0 0.0 0.5 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.5 0.5 1.0 0.0 0.0 1.0 0.0 0.0 1.0


This year the Eagles come to West Lafayette for the final game of a 2-for-1 dealt hat had us going to their place last season. They are also a more experienced team that can be a bit of a danger if Purdue is not fully focused. They enter at 5-2 overall with a pair of wins over Division II teams, but they were competitive against Kentucky before losing by 18. Tuesday night they got UMass, the current No. 1 team in the RPI, at home and led by four at halftime before fading late.

EMU still has games at Syracuse and Duke, so this is a team that could be a nice little bonus in the win column if they do well in MAC play. They're a bigger than expected team in the front court led by 6'7" junior Karrington Ward, who scored 15.3 points per game as a JuCo transfer. Glenn Bryant is a strong 6'8" senior forward who averages 10.2 points per game as a one-time transfer from Arkansas. Finally, those guys don't have to play on the block because 7-foot senior center Da'Shonte Riley provides 5.4 points and 5.3 rebounds.

This is a game that will test Purdue's depth in the post with A.J. Hammons and Jay Simpson going up against another 7-footer. Riley has rarely been great, but he had a huge game against UMass with 10 points, nine rebounds, and five blocks. He is a definite defensive presence with 4.6 blocks per game through seven games.

At the guard spots Ray Lee averages 13.4 points as a promising freshman. Darrell Combs and Mike Talley do a decent job of running the point while Combs is shooting better than 42% from three. Lee and Ward will do most of the three-point shooting, however, as they have combined to take almost half of EMU's long range shots.

Statistically EMU is pretty much a middle of the pack team nationally, but given Purdue's struggles with Siena, Northern Kentucky, and Rider we cannot take that for granted. This is a better team than those three and a definite threat to beat us. They also have confidence in knowing they have done it once.

We shouldn't expect an easy one here because this is a balanced, experienced squad that has already played a few really good teams. They only trailed Kentucky by three at halftime, so they can play with anyone. They won't be intimidated, either.

Still, this is a game Purdue should win. I liked what I saw from all aspects on Wednesday. Purdue played as a cohesive unit and got contributions from everyone who stepped on the floor. Even a guy like Rapheal Davis, who was pretty quiet if you watched the game, stuffed the box score with six points, six rebounds, and five assists with a steal. Purdue had 20 assists on 36 made field goals, which is exactly what happens when it is playing Purdue's style of basketball well. They also held a team under 40% from the field and even won the rebounding battle.

If Purdue has truly had the light come on it should win this one, where it will probably be close for awhile but Purdue pulls away late thanks to superior talent and depth.

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