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Game Day Essentials: Game #17 @ Purdue

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Nebraska Cornhuskers (11-5) at #13 Purdue Boilermakers (14-2)

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Date: Saturday Jan 6, 2018

Time: 1:15 pm CST 
Arena: Mackey Arena

TV Broadcast:  BTN

Purdue Info

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Head Coach: Matt Painter
Location: West Lafayette, IN
Conference: B1G 10
Nickname: Boilermakers
Mascots: Boilermaker Special, Purdue Pete
Last time out: Beat Rutgers
Typical Rotation Depth: 8+
Line: Purdue by 17.5

Arena: Mackey Arena

Tempo: Fast offense/Slows you down on defense

Defense: Man

Style: High assist % / High 3pa%

4 Factors Good: Most Everything

Four Factors
Effective FG%: 58.8 9 42.9 6 50.8
Turnover %: 16.7 47 19.2 160 19.1
Off. Reb. %: 30.7 127 28.2 146 29.1
FTA/FGA: 40.2 49 23.2 10 33.9

 

Most Frequent Lineups over the last 5 games

 

Nebraska

PG SG SF PF C Pct
1
5 Glynn Watson
6-0  173  Jr
11 Evan Taylor
6-5  208  Sr
24 James Palmer
6-6  210  Jr
14 Isaac Copeland
6-9  221  Jr
32 Jordy Tshimanga
6-11  268  So
11.4
 
2
5 Glynn Watson
6-0  173  Jr
13 Anton Gill
6-3  195  Sr
24 James Palmer
6-6  210  Jr
15 Isaiah Roby
6-8  225  So
14 Isaac Copeland
6-9  221  Jr
7.2

 

Purdue

PG SG SF PF C Pct
1
31 Dakota Mathias
6-4  200  Sr
11 PJ Thompson
5-10  185  Sr
3 Carsen Edwards
6-1  200  So
12 Vincent Edwards
6-8  225  Sr
44 Isaac Haas
7-2  290  Sr
31.8

 

You'll notice that over the last 5 games the 'Death Squad' lineup for Nebraska has been the second most used lineup with Roby as the center and Anton Gill's scoring punch.  With Purdue's huge posts and small guard, it will be interesting to see how Nebraska matches up and how much zone we might run against this elite 3pt shooting squad.  It's worth noting that W. Kentucky's version of the 1-3-1 cause problems for the Boilermakers.

 

Players to watch: Matt Haarms

7'3" 250lb Haarms is playing significant minutes off the bench and is actually playing some minutes at the same time as Issac Haas. He's shooting over 60% from 2 and is an elite shot blocker

 

The Skinny

Matt Painter has had some elite teams during his time as coach and Purdue and this senior heavy squad is among his best.  Isaac Haas anchors an offense this is surrounded by 3pt shooters and a defense that is able to guard the 3 and be elite inside the paint.  I think you'll see the Huskers try to attack the paint but they'll probably need their best 3pt shooting day of the season to beat the Boilermakers on the road. 

 

It's easy to fall into the trap of recent events where Nebraska needed to play one half of competent basketball to make everyone feel all warm and fuzzy about this season.  Purdue isn't a struggling NW team playing in a library so it will take a complete game to be in the vicinity to win this game.

 

It seems like we're still looking for a signature win. This would certainly qualify.

 

Prediction: Purdue 84 - Nebraska 69


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Purdue is very, very good.  You have to hope NU can make a TON of 3's to stay in the game early.  Your hope in games like this one is that you give yourselves a chance the final 4 minutes of the game.  I just think this one is going to be tough to overcome.  I hope I'm wrong, but Purdue is an Elite 8 type team.  I am excited to see Husker Nation panic on social media as they do with every single loss we have.  That's always fun.  Especially in a LONG basketball season. (sarcasm should be noted in this post)

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