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    Game Day Essentials: Game #11 vs Purdue

      Nebraska Cornhuskers (4-6) vs Purdue Boilermakers (6-3)


      Date: Sunday Dec 15th, 2019
      Time: 3:00 p.m. 
      Arena: Pinnacle Bank Arena (15,000, 29th largest in D-I)

      Half Time: KC Disc Dogs

      Broadcast:  BTN

    Purdue Info


    Head Coach: Matt Painter
    Location: West Lafayette, IN
    Conference: B1G 10
    Nickname: Boilermakers
    Mascots: Boilermaker Special, Purdue Pete

    Typical Rotation Depth: 8-9

    KenPom rank: 6

    KenPom home court advantage calculation: 4.0 (22nd in D-I)

    Previous history: Purdue leads the all-time 5-16. Purdue is on a 3 game winning streak.

    Shirt not to wear: Black, Gold

    Offensive Style: Slow

    Defensive Style: Slow

    Key Injuries: None

    Key Suspension: ** Nebraska announces Jervay Green will be suspended indefinitely **



    Hoiberg Presser


    Kavas Presser


    Hoiberg talks about the challenge of playing on the road and playing two games in less than 48 hours. Players practiced well but don't know if that will carry over. (it did for Friday's game)


    Players to watch:  Jahaad Proctor

    The High Point graduate transfer is leading the Boilermakers in scoring. He hasn't been shooting at high percentage but can get his own shot.


    Players to watch:   Sasha Stefanovic

    The sophomore guard is one of the best 3pt shooters in the conference for a Purdue team that lost a lot of firepower from last year's Elite 8 team


    Roster points

      PG SG SF PF C Pct
    2 Eric Hunter
    6-4  175  So
    3 Jahaad Proctor
    6-3  205  Sr
    55 Sasha Stefanovic
    6-4  195  So
    50 Trevion Williams
    6-9  270  So
    32 Matt Haarms
    7-3  250  Jr


    A lot of times Purdue will have 2 players on the court at a time that do not shoot 3s

    • Hunter has shot better than he did as a freshman but has still been just average
    • Haarms is the spirited Netherlands' giant who is an elite shot blocker and rebounder
    • While not as good of a shot blocker as Haarms, Trevion Williams is an elite inside force Nebraska won't be able to stop when he gets the ball
    • Aaron Wheeler is a 6'9" 3 and D guy whohas struggled with his outside shot
    • Nojel Eastern is an Amir Harris-esque 6'7" point guard that rarely shoots outside the paint.  Eastern is also a lock down defender
    • Senior Dartmouth Evan Boudreaux (the guy who looks 40) is a 6'8" forward with an outside shot that hasn't been hitting thus far this year.
    • Fr Isaiah Thompson provides guard depth



    The Skinny:

    This is a bit of a rebuilding year for a Purdue team that lost 3 starters from its Elite 8 team. Matt Painter has slowed down the offense as this team has shifted its focus towards defense. The guards are aggressive up front with their all of their rim protection behind them. Expect Purdue to be much more disciplined and more talented defensively than the Indiana team they faced on Friday. Expect the same on offense as the Boilermakers patiently try and work the ball inside. Purdue's back court doesn't draw a lot of contact but their front court does. It could get dicey if Ouedraogo and Cross find themselves in early foul trouble. 


    This big and patient Purdue team looks like an elite version of an UC Riverside squad that came in and dominated the pace. Can Nebraska speed up the Purdue? How much do they have in the tank after a 45 minute slugfest with Indiana?


    Prediction: Purdue 76 - Nebraska 64

    Edited by hhcmatt

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