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Purdue Ready for Gavitt Games Contest With Marquette





Marquette (2-0) vs. Purdue (2-0)
Tuesday, November 15, 2022 | 8:30 p.m. ET
West Lafayette, Indiana | Mackey Arena (14,876 / Sold out)
TELEVISION: FS1 | RADIO: Purdue Sports Network

• After a 63-44 defensive win over Austin Peay on Friday, Purdue faces a tough challenge against Marquette at Tuesday’s Gavitt Games.
• The Boilermakers are aiming for a second straight 3-0 start after last year’s team opened the year 8-0 while rising to first place nationally in the AP poll in early December.
• However, Purdue have only started 3-0 once in the last three seasons (2022). The 2021 team started 2-1, while the 2020 team went 1-2.
• Purdue have won 16 consecutive non-conference games at Mackey Arena. The last non-conference home loss came on November 9, 2019 against Texas (70-66). The head coach of this Texas team was Marquette’s current coach, Shaka Smart. Smart also defeated the Boilermakers in Texas in December 2018 and at the 2011 NCAA Tournament as his VCU team headed to the Final Four that season.
• The last demon to exercise is a loss to Marquette in the last encounter at the 2019 Gavitt Games, a 65-55 loss in Milwaukee.
• The Boilermakers have won nine consecutive games in November, their last defeat coming on November 26, 2020 against Clemson (81-70). The average margin of victory in the nine games is 27.6 points per game, with seven of the wins being at least 19 points.
• Purdue limited their opponents to 36 points in total in the first half, while the opponents shot 16 of 57 (.281) from the field. Purdue beat their opponents 70-36 in the first 20 minutes.
• Purdue’s freshman class is averaging 24.5 points (33.3%) and 12.0 rebounds per game in the first two games of the season.
• The Purdue bench is averaging 39.0 points per game, good for 34th nationally. Purdue has seven players averaging at least 5.0 points per game.
• Nationally, Purdue ranks 7th in 3-point defense percentage (0.163), 12th in rebound margin (+19.0), 15th in scoring defense (48.5), 24th in blocked shots (6 .5), 28th in free throw percentage (.795) and 38th in field goal defense percentage (.336).
• Individually in the national rankings, Zach Edey is 1st in double-doubles (2) and offensive rebounds per game (7.0), 4th in rebounds per game (14.0) and 11th in blocks per game (3.5). Braden Smith is 23rd in steals per game (3.5) and Fletcher-Rent is 34th in assist-to-spin ratio (6.00).
Zach Edey became the first Big Ten player since JaJuan Johnson in February 2011 to have at least 12 points, 17 rebounds and 6 blocks in a game against Milwaukee. He then posted the Big Ten’s 30-10 opener of the season in the win over Austin Peay.
• Purdue have won 40 consecutive games by scoring 80 or more points (last loss: December 15, 2018 against Notre Dame, 88-80).
• Purdue is 139-15 when winning both spin and rebound battles. Purdue was +10 in turnovers and +18 in rebound against Milwaukee.
matte painter needs 14 wins overall to become the fifth coach in Big Ten history with 400 wins at a conference school (Bob Knight, Tom Izzo, Gene Keady, Lou Henson).
• With the sellout against Austin Peay, Purdue has had one home sellout in 43 consecutive games. The last non-sellout came on January 3, 2019 against Iowa. There are only two games left on the schedule (New Orleans on December 21; Florida A&M on December 29).
• The Boilermakers own an all-time record of 1,886-1,054 (.641), tied for 11th with Arizona on the NCAA basketball winning list. The winning percentage of 64.1 is tied for 14th all-time.
• Purdue is in the hunt for its 25th Big Ten championship, having won two of the last six regular season titles (2017, 2019). The Boilermakers are the all-time leader in the Big Ten regular-season championships, two ahead of rival Indiana (22).
• Purdue has played in seven consecutive NCAA tournaments, the sixth-longest streak in the country. Purdue has accounted for four of the Big Ten’s 11 Sweet 16 appearances since the 2016-17 season.
• Purdue has 10 players this season with a record of at least 6-6, the most in school history. Purdue’s average height of its scholarship players is 6-7 1/4.