Purdue has won 12 straight contests and recently cracked the top 5 of the AP Top 25. The Boilermakers will look to make it 13 wins in a row when they play at Minnesota on Saturday, Jan. 13 at 12 p.m. ET.
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No. 5 Purdue men’s basketball travels to Minnesota for a 12 p.m. ET tip on Saturday, Jan. 13. The game is being televised on ESPN.
Time: 12 p.m. ET
Date: Saturday, Jan. 13
TV channel: ESPN2
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No. 5 Purdue will play its third Big Ten road game of the season against Minnesota on Saturday. And if the first two contests are any indication of how this one will play out, the Boilermakers won’t have it easy trying to leave Minneapolis, Minn. with a win.
Purdue (16-2 overall, 5-0 Big Ten) began the conference season with a Dec. 1 road tilt against Maryland and was able to claw out an 80-75 win thanks to big nights from senior center Isaac Haas (21 points in 27 minutes) and sophomore guard and leading scorer Carsen Edwards, who poured in 18 points.
Haas and Edwards have spearheaded the Boilermakers’ magnificent first half to this season along with seniors Vincent Edwards and Dakota Mathias, both of whom are averaging at least 13 points per game.
A month after its home win over the Terps, Purdue traveled to Michigan and escaped with a 70-69 win after the Wolverines’ half-court desperation heave caromed off the rim as time expired.
The Boilermakers are one of two undefeated Big Ten teams — overachieving Ohio State is the other — and have not lost since falling to Western Kentucky in the Battle 4 Atlantic consolation matchup on Nov. 24. They’ve earned their highest ranking in nearly 8 years.
But to win their 13th consecutive game, coach Matt Painter’s team will have to withstand a talented and motivated Minnesota bunch.
The Golden Gophers began the season with realistic Sweet 16 expectations. They came in at No. 15 in the preseason AP Top 25 and jumped to No. 12 after a 7-0 start.
A 5-point loss to No. 10 Miami didn’t hurt their resume, but then coach Richard Pitino’s group lost two of its next three games — road contests against Nebraska and Arkansas — and were booted from the rankings. The Golden Gophers (13-5, 2-3) have also had a rough start to conference play, falling to Indiana and at Northwestern in addition to their loss to the Cornhuskers.
Right now, the main story revolving around the Minnesota program is the eligibility of of senior center Reggie Lynch, who was suspended last week after the school’s investigation into multiple sexual assault allegations against him. Lynch, the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year last season, was averaging 10 points, 8 rebounds and four blocks. He’s still allowed to practice will the team while he appeals the suspension.
Without Lynch, the Golden Gophers have relied heavily on junior forward Jordan Murphy, who is averaging 18.3 points and 12.1 rebounds. Senior Nate Mason and sophomore Amir Coffey have shouldered the backcourt scoring production by combined to score nearly 30 points per contest.
With these playmakers, Minnesota is looking to avoid its third straight defeat.