Game FactsOpponent: Minnesota (16-10)Time: 8:30 PMTV: Big Ten NetworkOpponent Blog: The Daily Gopher
Purdue previous game against Minnesota, which resulted in a 79-60 Boilermaker win, was the last game before Purdue's 14 game winning streak came to a crashing stop. Purdue had a head of steam and beating Minnesota was nothing but business as usual.
It can be said that there is a familiar theme for tonight's rematch. While Purdue's 9game winning streak lacks the buzz of the previous streak, a win tonight would have much more meaningful implications.
As Purdue inches closer and closer to grabbing the Big Ten title, there is no reason to think that Purdue will overlook a team as potentially dangerous as Minnesota.
In BT play, the Golden Gophers lead the Big Ten in points per game, 3-pt FG %, assists per game, blocks per game and steals per game. Unfortunately the Man keeps them down by weighing that pesky statistic "Wins" a little more heavily than the rest...
Despite Purdue's Big Ten standing and #3 ranking and Minnesota co-captain Damian Johnson doesn't think
Johnson took it upon himself to single handedly assure that Purdue comes to play:
"They get pubbed up a lot and I just don't feel ... I feel like we're just as talented as them...In my opinion, they're a good team, but to me, they're not as talented as people believe."
Great strategy, Damian! I couldn't have done the job better myself!
The Boilermakers are smart enough to know that the best response is to keep their mouths shut and just win.