Preview: Gophers vs. Purdue
Jan. 12, 2018

Minnesota (13-5, 2-3) vs.  #5/7 Purdue (16-2, 5-0)
 Date / Time Saturday, Jan. 12 | 11 a.m.
 Location Williams Arena - Directions
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GAME INFORMATION
Date: Saturday, January 13, 2018
Time: 11 a.m. CT
Location: Minneapolis, Minn.
Arena: Williams Arena (14,625)
TV/Live Video: ESPN2 - Jason Benetti (Play-by-Play); Dan Dakich (Analyst)
Radio: Learfield/KFAN 100.3 FM
Mike Grimm (Play-by-Play); Spencer Tollackson (Analyst)
National Radio: ESPN Radio - Bill Rosinski (Play-by-Play); Bob Valvano (Analyst)
Satellite Radio: Sirius 135/XM 195


SERIES INFORMATION
Series: 161st Meeting (78-92)*
Series (Home): 82nd Meeting (51-31)*
Current Streak: W-1
Richard Pitino vs. Purdue: 3-3
Minnesota vs. Big Ten: 749-814*
Richard Pitino vs. Big Ten: 32-52
* - excludes vacated games

STARTING FIVE
• The Minnesota men's basketball team welcomes the fifth-ranked Purdue Boilermakers on Saturday in the Gophers' final weekend home game of the season. Minnesota has just four home dates left with six weeks remaining in the regular season.
• Minnesota is looking for its first victory over a top-5 ranked team in nearly five years, when the Gophers toppled top-ranked Indiana, 77-73, on Feb. 27, 2013 at Williams Arena.
• Beyond the heavyweight competition on the court, the Gophers will welcome a special guest Saturday in Caleb "Golden" Truax, who won the IBF super-middleweight title in December. Truax is an Osseo, Minn., native and graduate of the U. Truax will be recognized during a timeout in the first half.
• Steadily climbing up the career charts, junior Jordan Murphy recently crossed the 1,000-point mark and entered Minnesota top-10 list for rebounds. Murphy has pulled down 767 boards in his two and a half years in Maroon and Gold, where he now sits seventh behind Ron Johnson (820). Murphy is leading the team averaging 18.3 points and 12.1 rebounds per game through the first 18 games - the latter statistic atop the Big Ten and second in the nation as well. He also leads the country in offensive rebounds (4.7) per game, as of Jan. 12. His 17 to start the year matched the most since Tim Duncan had 17 at Wake Forest to begin the 1996-97 season. Murphy leads the country with 17 double-doubles.
• Senior guard Nate Mason is continuing his outstanding production well into his final season. Mason ranks 18th in the country and fourth in the Big Ten with a assist/turnover ratio of 3.1, and is third in the conference in 3-point shooting (42.6 percent).

SCOUTING THE BOILERMAKERS
• Purdue comes to the North Star State after one of the best starts in program history - winners of its last 12 games including all five Big Ten contests.
• The Boilermakers are one of just six teams in the nation to have four players averaging 13 or more points per game, led by Carsen Edwards' 16.9 points per game.
• The No. 5 AP ranking for Purdue is the school's highest in nearly eight years, when the Boilermakers were third in the nation on Feb. 22, 2010.

MORE WATCH LISTS FOR MURPH
• Junior Jordan Murphy was named to the Wooden Award Midseason Top 25 list, along with the Lute Olson Award Midseason Watch List, on Thursday.
• Both awards are given at the conclusion of the season to the best college player in the nation.
• In both cases, Murphy joined Michigan State's Miles Bridges as the lone representatives on the list from the Big Ten Conference.

UP NEXT
• Minnesota heads eastward, traveling to Penn State on Monday evening at 6 p.m. CT.
• BTN and KFAN 100.3 FM will carry the broadcasts of the game.
• The Gophers will remain on the road all week long, with trips to Maryland on Thursday and New York City Saturday for BTN Super Saturday against Ohio State.

The Last Meeting
Minnesota91  
Purdue82(OT)
January 1, 2017
West Lafayette, Ind.
Minnesota Upsets #15 Purdue in Overtime
Nate Mason scored 31 points, and Eric Curry scored seven of his 10 in overtime as Minnesota upset No. 15 Purdue 91-82 on Sunday.


 

 

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