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Men open season

About 30 minutes til tip-off for the start of Purdue's season.

Pretty much only students here right now. They were lining the entrance outside of Mackey Arena, per usual, to snag a good seat.

Don't know too much about Cal State Northridge, the first opponent for the No. 7 Boilermakers. The Matadors were 17-14 last season and made the NCAA tournament but are replacing five of their top six scorers.

Here's Purdue coach Matt Painter's take from Wednesday: "They've very athletic. They've a good defensive team. They will get into you. They will pressure you. They will deny the wings. (They) traditionally played some zone in the past but hasn't shown that so far this season. But we'll work against the zone they've played in the past, and we'll work against their tough physical man-to-man.

"They do a great job of crashing the boards. He plays a lot of guys. He'll bring in 12 guys and keep people fresh. ... I really like his team. I think they can get into you from a defensive standpoint. They can show you a couple different looks, and they're really quick to the basketball for a rebound."

  • We'll see what rotation Painter goes with tonight. Point guard Lewis Jackson will miss another game, the last of his three-game suspension, so Keaton Grant will start. It'll be interesting to see how much Painter uses his freshmen and in what combinations. Expect them to have experienced guys with them on the floor and not be surrounded with fellow rookies and youngsters, unless the game (likely) gets out of hand at the end.

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