WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. –After its road game against Michigan was canceled, the No. 7-ranked Purdue basketball team hosts Nebraska on Friday at Mackey Arena. The Boilermakers 13-2 play in front of another sold-out crowd, seeking their second straight win as the Cornhuskers enter the game 6-11.
Purdue has started 2-2 or better in Big Ten play in 15 of 17 years under coach Matt Painter. The team also joins Loyola Chicago as one of the only teams without a double-digit loss since Feb. 1 of last year.
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Purdue, with extended preparation, will have a chance to focus on their weaknesses against a lower-ranked Nebraska team. Let’s start:
7:03 p.m. ET — Jaden Ivey, Sasha Stefanovic, Trevion Williams and Mason Gillis in the game for Purdue.
7:00 p.m. ET — Purdue has a 32-17 lead with 6:36 left in the first half, but Nebraska has done a solid job of recovering from a huge deficit. The Cornhuskers have hit four of their last five shots from the field.
6:55 p.m. ET — Brandon Newman and Zach Edey in the match for the Boilermakers.
6:51 p.m. ET — Purdue explodes to a 25-9 lead with 10:44 left in the first half. Boilermakers currently only have one turnover. Nebraska is shooting just 36 percent from the field. The Cornhuskers have seven turnovers and as many fouls.
6:49 p.m. ET — Ethan Morton and Caleb Furst in the game for Purdue.
6:46 p.m. ET — Nebraska calls a timeout with 14:26 in the first half. Purdue leads 17-2 after Trevion Williams entered the lane for a dunk in transition. Jaden Ivey followed with a 3-point drop on the next possession.
The Boilermakers on a 14-0 series over the last three minutes.
6:44 p.m. ET — Trevion Williams and Eric Hunter Jr. in the game for Purdue.
6:40 p.m. ET — Purdue has a 10-2 lead with 15:39 left in the first half and is 5-6 from the free throw line to start the game. Nebraska, already with seven fouls, hasn’t scored in more than two minutes and has three turnovers in that span.
6:36 p.m. ET — Nebraska already with five fouls in the first three minutes of the game. Purdue didn’t have many offensive chances, but he kept the ball and got a few early shots from the free throw line.
6:31 p.m. ET — Purdue wins the tip and Sasha Stefanovic gets a challenged look from the 3-point line to start the game. Zach Edey is fouled on the rebound attempt and the Boilermakers retain possession.
Stefanovic gets a second deep look after the inbounds play, and he hits the first shot of the game.
PRE-MATCH — The starting five for Purdue is unchanged from its last game:
- Second-year forward Mason Gillis
- Zach Edey sophomore center
- Junior Guard Isaiah Thompson
- Second-year guard Jaden Ivey
- Senior guard Sasha Stefanovic
Purdue Basketball Stories
- MATT PAINTER, PLAYERS PREVIEW OF THE GAME AGAINST NEBRASKA: Purdue Basketball’s road game with Michigan has been postponed due to health and safety concerns within the Wolverines program. As a result, the team had more time to prepare for a home game with Nebraska at Mackey Arena on Friday. CLICK HERE
- NEBRASKA FOULS AGAINST ILLINOIS: Nebraska lost a home game to No. 25 Illinois on Tuesday night 81-71. The Cornhuskers were led by freshman goaltender Bryce McGowens, who scored 19 points. The team will face No. 7 Purdue at Mackey Arena on Friday. CLICK HERE
- PURDUE PREPARES FOR NEBRASKA: Purdue basketball followed its home loss to Wisconsin with a 74-67 victory over Penn State on the road, but fell to 7th in the AP Top 25 poll. The team will be back in action against Nebraska Friday at Mackey Arena after its road game with Michigan was postponed. CLICK HERE
- THE BOILERS DROPS TO NO. seven: Purdue fell to 7th in the Associated Press Top 25 poll after a home loss to Wisconsin. The team followed that up with a road win over Penn State, its first true road win of the season. The Boilermakers were among five Big Ten programs ranked this week. CLICK HERE
- PURDUE, MICHIGAN GAME POSTPONED: Purdue Basketball’s road game with Michigan has been postponed due to ongoing COVID-19 issues within the Wolverines program. The Boilermakers’ next game is Friday against Nebraska at Mackey Arena. CLICK HERE