No. 5 Purdue hosts Rutgers as Big Ten Stretch race begins



[5 / 7] Purdue (23-4, 12-4) vs. Rutgers (16-9, 10-5)
Saturday February 20 | 5:30 p.m. ET | Mackey Arena
FS1 (Kevin Kugler, Steve Lavin)


The No. 5-ranked Purdue Boilermakers begin their path to redemption as a red-hot Rutgers squad visits Mackey Arena on Sunday. The Boilermakers have just four games left on the regular season schedule, including three against teams they’ve already lost to this season. With six teams within a loss of each other in the Big Ten title chase, the Boilermakers are looking to protect the home court.

Purdue comes in with a 23-4 mark, while Rutgers is 16-9. The Scarlet Knights have won four games in a row against ranked teams.

The contest will be televised on FS1 with Kevin Kugler and Steve Lavin on the remote call. On radio, Rob Blackman and Bobby Riddell will be on the ground on the 22-station Purdue Radio network and online on the Varsity Sports Network (app). Live stats will be provided on and updates will be provided on Purdue’s official Twitter account (@BoilerBall).

1) A win would give Purdue a 24-4 record, tying Purdue’s best start in 28 games since the 1987-88 season (26-2) (done three other times).
2) Purdue is third nationally in quad-1 wins (8), five of which come from Mackey Arena (Nova, UNC, Illinois, Iowa, NWestern).
3) Purdue is 6-0 against KenPom’s top 25 teams and holds the best winning percentage in the nation (with Rutgers) against ranked teams (5-1).
4) Since the 2015-16 season, Purdue is 102 games above .500 (166-64). Purdue is one of 12 teams to do so (two Big Ten teams; MSU).
5) In Friday’s games, Purdue’s 23 wins rank fourth nationally behind Murray State (25), Auburn (24) and South Dakota State (24).
6) Purdue has trailed by double digits in five games this year (Villanova, NC State, Indiana, Michigan, Maryland) and won three. All three comeback wins came in the final 11 minutes of the game.
7) Purdue leads the Big Ten in field goal percentage (by 23 points), 3-point percentage (21 points), 3-pointers, rebound margin and assists.
8) Purdue has won at least 12 league games for the seventh time in the past eight years. In Friday’s games, no other team has done it more than five times (Maryland, Michigan State, Wisconsin).
9) Purdue (13th) and Gonzaga (1st) are the only teams to place in KenPom’s top 25 in each of the past seven years.
10) Purdue’s 79 wins in the Big Ten since the 2016-17 season are the third-most conference wins for a powerhouse conference team in that span.
11) Zach Edey and Jaden Ivey were named to the Wooden Award’s Season Ending Top 20 list. Ivey was named one of 10 finalists for the West Award for the nation’s best shooter, while Edey is one of 10 finalists for the Abdul-Jabbar Award for the nation’s best center.


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