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    Game Day Essentials: Game #26 vs Purdue

      Nebraska Cornhuskers (15-10) vs Purdue Boilermakers (15-11)

      Location: Pinnacle Bank Arena

      Date: Sunday, Feb 23, 2014

      Time: 3:15 pm, CST

      TV: BTN


      Radio: Across the state on the IMG Husker Sports Radio Network, including KLIN (1400 AM/94.5 FM) in Lincoln, KFAB (1110 AM) in Omaha and KRVN (880 AM) in Lexington.

      Play-by-play: Kent Pavelka; Color: Matt Davison

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    Purdue Info


    Head Coach: Matt Painter

    Location: West Lafayette, IN

    Conference: B1G 10

    Nickname: Boilermakers

    Mascots: Boilermaker Special, Purdue Pete

    Last time out: Lost to Michigan St

    Typical Rotation Depth: Everyone with a jersey

    Line: Huskers by 5.5

    Offense: Everything in the paint

    Tempo: Run and Gun

    Fun Fact: Purdue gets 41.2% of their minutes off the bench, 10th highest % in Div I

    Possible Starters


    0 Tai Webster 6-4 194 Fr

    5 Terran Petteway 6-6 209 Jr

    31 Shavon Shields 6-7 219 So

    2 David Rivers 6-7 198 Jr

    35 Walter Pitchford 6-10 234 So


    3 Ronnie Johnson 6-0 178 So

    0 Terone Johnson 6-4 198 Sr

    35 Rapheal Davis 6-5 211 So

    5 Basil Smotherman 6-5 222 Fr

    20 A.J. Hammons 7-0 251 So

    Keys to the Game for the Huskers

    • Slowing down Purdue's Transition Game
    • Containing A.J. Hammons
    • Keeping Purdue off the offensive glass

    Last time vs Purdue

    Nebraska had a 58-55 lead with 6:43 to go in the second half while scoring 6 points the rest of the way. AJ Hammons put up 18 points but the 10 extra FT attempts were the biggest difference between winning and losing the game.

    The skinny

    Purdue is a young, inconsistent team that constantly rotates players in and out of the lineup with AJ Hammons and the Johnson brothers playing the most minutes.

    A big part of what Nebraska does on defense is limit transition offense at the expense of offensive rebounds...a big part of what Purdue wants to do.

    This is yet another game where the Huskers are favored to win against a team that has struggled to score on the road in the B1G. Nebraska needs to keep playing team defense and this should be another Husker victory.

    Prediction: Nebraska 74 - Purdue 65 with a 92% chance of Runzas

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