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    Game Day Essentials: Game #17 @ Purdue

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


      Date: Saturday Jan 6, 2018

      Time: 1:15 pm CST 
      Arena: Mackey Arena

      TV Broadcast:  BTN

    Purdue Info

    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



    PG SG SF PF C Pct
    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
    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



    PG SG SF PF C Pct
    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


    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

    Edited by hhcdimes

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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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    23 minutes ago, 49r said:

    Beat the Vegas spread pretty comfortably, eh?


    We weren't far off from the spread in the last quarter of the game. Love the resilience of this team.

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    19 hours ago, 49r said:

    Beat the Vegas spread pretty comfortably, eh?




    * For as much as I tweet and post about point spreads I don't actually gamble

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