Head Coach: Matt Painter
Location: West Lafayette, IN
Conference: B1G 10
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
Style: High assist % / High 3pa%
4 Factors Good: Most Everything
|Off. Reb. %:||30.7||28.2||29.1|
Most Frequent Lineups over the last 5 games
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
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
Edited by hhcdimes