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The favorites to win the Patriot League visit Mackey Arena Saturday night.

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Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

Are you looking for a salve to ease the pain of another euthanized football season? Do you need something to cheer you up after Indiana takes the Bucket back to Bloomington for a third year in a row? Well, Saturday night at Mackey arena Purdue basketball, now a top 15 team, is here to soothe you with a nice tune-up game.

Opponent:

Lehigh Mountain Hawks

From:

Bethlehem, PA

Date:

11/28/2015

Venue:

Mackey Arena (14,826), W. Lafayette, IN

TV/Streaming:

espn3

Radio Stream:

TuneIn

Satellite Radio:

SIRI 136, XM

Odds:

No Line Yet

Tickets:

As low as $15 on Stubhub

Tipoff:

7:00pm

Blog Representation:

Lehigh Sports Forum

2015-16 Record:

0-5

All-time series

First Meeting

Last Purdue win:

None

Last Lehigh Win:

None

2014-15 Record:

16-14, 10-8 Patriot League

Last NCAA appearance:

2012, where they upset 2 seed Duke 75-70 before losing to Xavier

Coach:

Brett Reed (145-109 in 9th year at Lehigh

Do not let Lehigh's basketball record so far fool you. The Mountain Hawks have played a tough schedule with losses to Syracuse, Yale, and Virginia so far, but they also have losses to Canisius and Columbia. Where Lehigh is remembered far more fondly is the 2012 NCAA Tournament. That year a deadly three-point barrage and 30 points from C.J. McCollum saw them stun No. 2 seed Duke 75-70 in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. That is their only NCAA win in five appearances, but it was a memorable one.

This year's team is completely different now. After that magical 27-7 season they have fallen off to be exactly at .500 when you combine the last two seasons. Coach Brett Reed has twice taken them to the NCAA Tournament, but coming out of the Patriot League means they have never been higher than a 15 seed.

This year's team features three scorers and not a lot else. Tim Kempton, a 6'10" junior center should be an interesting challenge for us because he brings size that our bigs have rarely seen so far. He is averaging more than 17 points and 8 rebounds per game, making him a formidable opponent for A.J. Hammons and Isaac Haas inside. He also passes well out of the post with 2.5 assists per game.

Austin Price, a 6'4" junior guard, is making a bit of a homecoming. Even though he is from Indianapolis he played in high school at the exclusive Detroit Country Day in Michigan. He is averaging over 15 points per game and is an effective three-point shooter at about 40%.

The final player averaging in double figures is Jesse Chuku, a 6'9" senior forward from London, England that averages over 11 points and six rebounds per game. Chuku and Kempton give the Mountain Hawks more size than anyone except Florida in terms of who Purdue has played. That alone makes this game worthwhile.

Lehigh has two other players making a homecoming here. Tyler Jenkins, a 6'1" sophomore, played with Zak Irvin at Hamilton Southeastern. He only plays 7 minutes a night, however. Freshman Matt Holba took Guerin Catholic in Noblesville to the Class 3A state championship this past season, but he has yet to play on the year. He averaged more than 18.5 points and 9.6 rebounds during a 22-8 state championship season and even played as a freshman on the 2012 team that won the title.

Lehigh has some interesting pieces and could challenge to come out of the Patriot League. Several publications pick them as a favorite to win the league, so this is a team that could be a nice little boost as an NCAA Tournament team in March. They are not a team to take lightly at all, but Purdue's shooting and depth in the post should be the difference. Purdue 83, Lehigh 68