As part of the annual Gavitt Games, the Purdue Boilermakers will make the trip up to Milwaukee to take on the Marquette Golden Eagles on Wednesday night. The Gavitt Games is an annual event that began in 2015 which pits eight Big East and Big Ten teams against each other. Purdue is 1-1 all-time in these games while Marquette has yet to secure a win in three contests. Purdue and Marquette have met eight previous times with the Boilermakers coming out victorious in each matchup, with the most recent occurring in 2017.
Purdue looking to get back to winning waysPurdue is on the road for the first time this season. The Boilermakers are 1-1 on the season for the first time since 2016-17. They defeated Green Bay and fell to Texas 70-66 on Saturday. Sophomore Sasha Stefanovic led the way against Texas as he tied his career-high as he knocked down four treys on his way to tying his career-high of 14 points. Jahaad Proctor, who has scored in double-figures in 18 straight games, and Eric Hunter Jr. chipped in 12 points apiece. Trevion Williams (eight rebounds), Nojel Eastern (seven), and Aaron Williams (seven) combined to haul in 22 of the team's 35 caroms. Purdue shot 41% (25 of 61) from the field, and 50% (8-for-16) from beyond the arc, but the Boilermakers permitted the Longhorns to connect on 53.3% of their shots overall, including 40.9% from long distance. Texas was 13 of 16 from the free throw line compared to Purdue which made eight of 12 attempts.
🎥: Our Play of the Game 🆚 Texas.— Purdue Basketball (@BoilerBall) November 10, 2019
This team is gonna get a LOT better. pic.twitter.com/1sHiNbpd3p
Proctor leads four players in double-figures with 19 points, on 57.1% shooting, and 4.5 rebounds. Stefanovic (14 points), Hunter (13.5), and Matt Haarms (12.5) are the team's other leading scorers. Wheeler is the only Boilermaker averaging more than five rebounds with eight.
Purdue is shooting 45.9% from the field and 40% from the 3-point line. The Boilermakers are averaging 11 offensive rebounds, 14 assists, and 12.5 turnovers. Defensively, Purdue is allowing 63.5 points while permitting its opponents to shoot 43.5% from the field and 38.1% from beyond the arc. They are holding their opponents to six offensive rebounds and forcing 16 turnovers.
Golden Eagles return to actionMarquette finally gets to play again. The Golden Eagles have been off since ripping Loyola (MD) 88-53 on the opening day of the season. Unsurprisingly, preseason All-American first-team selection Markus Howard was the catalyst for Marquette as he poured in 38 points on 11 of 20 shooting, including seven of 10 from beyond the arc. Howard, who became the program's all-time leading scorer, added five rebounds and two assists. Sacar Amin and Utah State transfer Koby McEwen contributed 11 points apiece. Theo John added eight rebounds while McEwen, who was playing in his first game for the Eagles, hauled in seven boards.
Marquette is shooting 51.7% from the floor, and an incredible 60.9% percent on 3-pointers as the Eagles have drained 14 of 23 attempts. The Golden Eagles also have collected 52 rebounds, with 10 coming on the offensive end, doled out 18 assists, and committed 21 turnovers. Defensively, MU is holding opponents to 30.8% shooting from the field and 22.2% from the 3-point line while allowing 10 offensive rebounds and forcing 10 turnovers.
- Boilermakers are 3-7 ATS in their last 10 vs. Big East.
- Boilermakers are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 road games vs. a team with a home winning % of greater than .600.
- Boilermakers are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 road games.
The following trends are courtesy of Covers.com:
- Golden Eagles are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 non-conference games.
- Golden Eagles are 8-3 ATS in their last 11 games following a straight-up win.
- Golden Eagles are 3-7 ATS in their last 10 games following a straight-up win of more than 20 points.