Purdue at Penn State: Time, TV, Preview, & More

Leon Halip

Purdue looks to break out of its funk against a streaking Penn State team.

I could write a recap of what happened when these teams met Jan. 18, telling you all about the dramatic finish that resulted in Purdue's last Big Ten win, but this is 2014 and I can just post a video of it. So, in case you missed it, here you go...


(Video from: "The Train Stop" on YouTube, a great source for Purdue videos. Read the recap by Aneesh Ramaswamy that goes with this video here.)

Projected Starters

Purdue Boilermakers (13-8, 3-5)

Penn State Nittany Lions (11-10, 2-6)

Terone Johnson - Sr.

Ross Travis - Jr.

Ronnie Johnson - So.

Donovon Jack - So.

Rapheal Davis - So.

Tim Fazier - Sr.

Basil Smotherman - Fr.

D.J. Newbill - Jr.

A.J. Hammons - So.

Geno Thorpe - Fr.

Series with Purdue:

Purdue leads 30-11

Last Purdue win:

65-64 at Purdue on 1/18/2013

Last Penn State win:

65-45 at Penn State on 1/5/2012

Odds:

Blog Representation:

Black Shoe Diaries

Location:

State College, PA

Best Postseason Result:

NCAA Final Four 1954,Nine NCAA appaearances, last in 2011

2012-13 record:

10-21, 2-16 Big Ten (no postseason)

Coach:

Pat Chambers (72-77 overall, 30-49 in 3rd year at Penn State)

RPI:

88

Time:

11:30 a.m.

Streaming Video:

BTN.com

TV:

BTN

Radio:

Purdue Radio Network

Streaming Audio:

TuneIn.com

Coming in to this morning's game, Purdue is on a two game losing streak, thanking illinois that it's not the coldest team in the league right now with three straight losses. Penn State has won two in a row, including a win at Ohio State last week. Had it not been for that last-second win Purdue pulled off in these teams' last meeting, those streaks would each be increased by one more.

It could be said the Boilers are in a state of turmoil as of late, not just because of the losing streak. After the last two games, Terone Johnson has said he didn't think A.J. Hammons's head was in the game against Wisconsin, while more recently Sterling Carter said he didn't think some players were buying in to Matt Painter's system after Thursday's loss to Michigan, a game that saw Jay Simpson record a DNP-CD for what Painter said was not taking care of the things he needs to do on a daily basis and a game which walk-on Stephen Toyra was one of the first Boilers off the bench.

Needless to say things seem to be reaching a fever pitch for all involved, from players and coaches to fans. The Boilers need a win in a bad way.

To get that win, the Boilers will need to be the lesser of two piss-poor defenses. These teams come into this game ranked No.s 11 and 12 in the Big Ten in scoring defense, with Purdue three points better than the Nittany Lions on average. Purdue is statistically a much better rebounding team, so when they do have good defensive possessions they'll need to finish by grabbing the rebound.

That's all nice to say, but let's be honest. Purdue's got to have good shot selection from it's guards and A.J. Hammons has to come ready to play, then protect the ball and score once he gets it. It's really that simple against a team whose only Big Ten wins were in their last two games.

It will be interesting to see how these teams come out of the gate with an 11:30 a.m. start on Super Bowl Sunday. It is the THON game for Penn State, with a portion of student ticket sales going to the PSU Dance Marathon, so there may be a better-than-average PSU student turnout (not that that's a hard task to accomplish).

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