u men’s basketball gameday
2 P.M. VS. Purdue • Williams ARENA • TV: BTN; 1500-AM
Gophers (14-9, 3-7 Big Ten) at a glance: The Gophers, coming off a week without games, have won three of their last five, their best conference stretch. Last time out, they overwhelmed Nebraska 60-42 at Williams Arena after holding the Cornhusker — who turned the ball over 20 times against the Gophers’ zone — to 37 percent shooting. Senior guard Andre Hollins has scored in double digits in each of the last five games, matching a season-best streak. Center Mo Walker scored 19 points and had eight rebounds, three steals and two blocks, along with just one foul. The Gophers fouled just 12 times, matching a season low.
Purdue (15-8, 7-3) at a glance: It’s hard to believe this Purdue team is the same one that lost to North Florida and Gardner Webb in a rocky 8-5 preseason. Now, the Boilermakers are surging, knocking off No. 20 Ohio State — the conference’s highest scoring team — 60-58 on Wednesday to improve to 7-3 in the conference. A.J. Hammons had seven blocked shots, fourth most for a player in school history. The Boilermakers are on a four-game winning streak heading into Williams Arena, with three of those coming against ranked opponents (Ohio State, Indiana, Iowa). Purdue is 13-0 when it shoots more free throws than its opponent. Over the last five, Rapheal Davis is averaging 18.4 points and 5.6 rebounds.