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2012-13 Purdue Men’s Basketball: Hofstra Pride

Purdue should get its first win of the 2012-13 season on Sunday.

Michael Hickey

Sorry I am getting to this late tonight, but it has naturally been a busy weekend. We have a very quick turnaround as our basketball Boilers will try to lock up win No. 1 on Sunday in front of mom and dad T-Mill for mom's birthday.

Hofstra Pride

Location: Hempstead, NY

2011-12 record: 10-22, 3-15 CAA

2012 Postseason: None

Blog Representation: Defiantly Dutch

Series With Purdue: First meeting

Time: 2pm

TV: Big Ten Digital Network

Hofstra opened the season Friday night with a 91-62 loss at Monmouth, so at least on paper this is a team we should have very little trouble against. Four players reached double figures, but Andrew Nicholas scored 28 points for Monmouth as the Hawks cruised to a relative easy win. Monmouth was up 50-31 at halftime.

Guards Stevie Mejia and Shaquille Stokes led Hofstra with 12 points apiece in their opener. Moussa Kone had 10 points and Jimmy Hall had 11. Even with four players in double figures the Pride had 23 turnovers and shot a dismal 29% from the field. Theya re better from long-range (4 of 19) and at the free throw line (20 of 30) than Purdue.

Honestly, anything less than a very easy win should have us concerned. This is a team that is still coming together based on the fact that they have four transfers on one roster. They got beat by nearly 30 against an NEC team and now they have to face a team loaded with Big Ten talent. We have a tremendous size advantage with their tallest player at 6'8"

Purdue keys:

Purdue 95, Hofstra 60