Purdue at Nebraska: TV, Time, Preview, Odds & More

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Purdue hopes to slow down red-hot Nebraska.

After a week in which Purdue throttled rival Indiana, then in turn had Michigan State come to town and give it the same treatment, Purdue heads West for its first visit to Nebraska's new Pinnacle Bank Arena. It must be a nice facility, or at least the Huskers enjoy playing there, because they have ...  I can't believe I'm writing this... the Big Ten's best record at home, at 12:-1 this season. Their only home loss was a 71-70 thriller against Michigan.

Couple that with the fact that the Huskers, winners of 6 out of their last seven, are the Big Ten's hottest team over the last seven games including a win at Michigan State, and, well, I'm not optimistic about Purdue's chances.

It's not that the Boilers can't beat Nebraska. They've already proven they can this season by beating Nebraska in Mackey Arena on Jan. 12. It's just that Purdue has provided no reason for fans to expect any wins at all in Big Ten play, not to mention wins over the hottest team in the league at what's been the toughest place in the league to steal a road victory. Couple that with the fact that Nebraska is playing for an NCAA tournament berth, while Purdue is playing for.. what? Seeding for the first day of the Big Ten Tournament? A possible NIT berth instead of a return to the CBI or an early spring break?

It's just not a great combination.

With that in mind, keep reading below to see what I think Purdue needs to do for a chance at an upset.

Projected Starters

Purdue Boilermakers (15-11, 5-8)

Nebraska Cornhuskers (15-19, 5-6)

Terone Johnson - Sr.

Terran Petteway - So.

Ronnie Johnson - So.

Ray Gallegos - Sr.

Sterling Carter - Sr.

Walter Pitchford - So.

Errick Peck - Sr.

Shavon Shields - So.

A.J. Hammons - So.

Tai Webster - Fr.

Series with Purdue:

Purdue leads 10-3, having won 6 of last 7

Last Purdue win:

70-64 at Nebraska on 1/12/2014

Last Nebraska win:

57-55 at Big Ten Tournament in Chicago on 3/14/2013

Odds:

Nebraska by 5.5

Blog Representation:

Corn Nation

Location:

Lincoln, Nebraska

Best Postseason Result:

NCAA tournament First Round, 0-6 all-time, last appearance 1998

2012-13 record:

15-18, 5-13 Big Ten

Coach:

Tim Miles 309-246 overall, 30-28 in second year at Nebraska

RPI:

48

Time:

4:15 p.m. EST, Sunday, Feb. 23

Streaming Video:

BTN2Go

TV:

Big Ten Network (Shon Morris, Steve Physioc)

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
Terran Petteway 25 31.8 5.7 12.9 44.3 1.7 4.5 37.2 4.9 6.0 80.8 1.0 4.2 5.2 1.6 2.8 0.9 0.7 3.0 18.0
Shavon Shields 25 31.7 3.7 8.6 42.6 0.6 2.0 30.0 3.8 5.3 72.7 1.4 3.9 5.3 1.6 1.5 0.9 0.3 2.9 11.8
Deverell Biggs 15 20.5 3.3 7.8 42.7 0.4 1.1 35.3 2.9 4.3 67.2 0.9 2.5 3.3 1.5 2.3 1.0 0.4 2.8 9.9
Walter Pitchford 25 22.0 3.3 7.0 46.6 1.4 3.6 40.4 1.1 1.5 73.0 1.2 3.1 4.3 0.5 0.3 0.4 0.4 2.6 9.1
Ray Gallegos 23 28.3 2.7 7.1 37.4 1.9 5.3 35.2 0.4 0.5 75.0 0.2 1.5 1.7 1.4 0.5 0.9 0.1 2.0 7.6
Leslee Smith 25 18.2 2.3 4.3 54.2 0.0 0.0 0.0 1.5 2.3 63.8 2.1 3.2 5.3 0.4 1.5 1.0 0.7 2.4 6.1
Tai Webster 25 25.0 1.3 4.1 32.4 0.2 1.1 17.9 2.1 3.3 62.7 0.5 1.8 2.3 2.2 1.9 0.9 0.1 2.4 4.9
David Rivers 18 17.6 0.8 1.8 42.4 0.1 0.2 33.3 0.8 1.2 68.2 0.7 1.8 2.5 0.4 0.5 0.9 0.4 1.9 2.4
Nathan Hawkins 11 9.2 0.5 2.3 24.0 0.5 1.5 31.3 0.3 0.5 50.0 0.2 1.0 1.2 0.4 0.5 0.2 0.0 1.5 1.8
Benny Parker 25 13.1 0.6 1.7 37.2 0.0 0.2 0.0 0.4 0.5 83.3 0.1 0.8 0.9 0.8 0.4 0.7 0.0 1.2 1.7
Sergei Vucetic 6 2.3 0.3 0.3 100.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.3 0.0 0.2 0.3 0.5 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.2 0.0 0.7
Kye Kurkowski 4 2.0 0.3 0.3 100.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.3 0.0 0.0 0.8 0.8 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.3 0.5
Mike Peltz 10 4.8 0.0 0.3 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.1 0.2 50.0 0.3 0.5 0.8 0.1 0.1 0.1 0.0 0.8 0.1
Trevor Menke 4 2.0 0.0 0.3 0.0 0.0 0.3 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.3 0.0 0.0 0.0

Keys to a Purdue Victory:

  1. Slow down Terran Petteway. The last time Petteway scored more than 15 points and the Huskers lost was Jan. 12, when he scored 19 in a loss to Purdue. I know this kind of goes against my point - "See, we just have to shut down everybody else!" - but with a Nebraska crowd that DOES get loud, you can't let Petteway get going. When Petteway gets going, guys like Gallegos feed off of it as well and next thing you know Nebraska is on a run. On top of that, Petteway is playing at an All-Big Ten level, arguably the hottest player in the league right now.
  2. Get Hammons Going Offensively. I know, I know. You could right this every game, but seriously, when Hammons is going there is no one in the Big Ten that can stop him. Sure, guys like Adrien Payne can make him pay at the other end, but offensively Hammons can only slows himself down. In the first matchup with Nebraska, he had 18 points but just three rebounds. To win at Nebraska, Purdue needs double-double type numbers out of its big man. And to do that he obviously needs to avoid the foul trouble that plagued him in the first matchup.
  3. Rebound as a Team. Purdue's leading rebounder in its first matchup with Nebraska was Sterling Carter with seven boards off the bench. Erreck Peck (off the bench) had six and Raphael Davis (starter)  had five as well. Purdue needs performances like that in addition to a strong rebounding effort from its bigs to control the glass.

I know what you're thinking, "You just said, 'Stop their best player, have our biggest threat play well and rebound. No crap." But, what can I say? That's the best I can give you at this point. We all know what Purdue is capable of - at both ends of the spectrum. Just like we've said all season, if Good (but less common) Purdue shows up, good things will probably happen for the Boilers. If Bad (usual) Purdue comes up, you may want to spend your Sunday doing something other than watching the game. Pretty simple.

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