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Nebraska vs. Purdue Preview

The Huskers go against one of the best defenses in the Big Ten

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Purdue

Date: Saturday, January 30th

Time: 3:30pm

Location of School: West Lafayette, IN

Coach: Matt Painter (11th year)

Mascot: Boilermakers

2015-16 Record: 17-4 (5-3 conference)

2014-15 Season Review

Purdue had a fairly decent campaign last year going 21-13 and tied for third place in the conference. They made it to the semifinals of the conference tournament where they lost to eventual champion Wisconsin. They then made the NCAA Tournament where they lost in the second round to Cincinnati.

2015-16 Season So Far

The Boilermakers have had a good season with the exception of a few hiccups. They are currently sitting at 18-4 for the season and 5-3 in conference play. Their only non conference loss was to a fairly decent Butler squad back in December. A game in which Purdue basically went cold on offense and Butler took advantage.

Two of the three Big Ten losses were to Iowa. Yep, even Purdue has fallen to the greatness of our neighbors to the east. Illinois is the one loss that really doesn't make sense on the schedule. They played flat and it showed on the scoreboard.

This is also probably the best defense Nebraska has gone up against all season. They currently sit at the top of the Big Ten in offensive and defensive rebounds and also lead in percentage with 77%.

This is a team that should go far in the conference tournament and it wouldn't surprise

Players to Watch

AJ Hammonds - AJ has been a beast of a player for the Boilermakers. He is currently pulling in 13.5 ppg and shooting 58% from the field while also hitting 66% of the 3's. He is also a big reason why Purdue has been such a good defensive team this year with roughly 7.8 rpg with a game high of 12 against Pitt.

Vince Edwards - A sophomore who is averaging 10.7 ppg and 5.5 rpg and can make a team suffer all over the court. He is currently on a hot streak with 19 points in their last loss to Iowa and 24 against Minnesota on Wednesday.

What Could Possibly Happen

Purdue is a good team and their record shows it. However, they have shown some cracks throughout the season. While rebounding and defense have been their calling card, their inability to control the ball has been their downfall. If Nebraska can put pressure on them early in the game and not get into a cold streak they could possibly pull of the upset. Turnover is Purdue's Achilles heel and Nebraska should be able to take advantage. Everyone will need to play in your face defense to come out of West Lafayette with a win. It will take guys like White and Shields shooting lights out on top of it but it can be done.