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Big Ten play ready to start

Purdue players are just walking on the court at Carver-Hawkeye Arena at the University of Iowa to warm up before the Big Ten opener about an hour from now.

The No. 4 Boilermakers (11-0) start conference play with four of six games on the road.

There's a non-conference game against West Virginia at home this week and then a home game against Minnesota, but then Purdue travels to Wisconsin, Northwestern and Illinois in a 10-day span.

"We have to definitely be ready to battle on the road," senior Chris Kramer said. "You've got to keep the crowd out of it. That's one of the biggest things. And just get to the free throw line and control the pace of the game.

"The teams that win the Big Ten win on the road. So what you have to do is basically protect your home court and then win games on the road you're not supposed to exactly win. It all starts with (Iowa)."

  • Junior Robbie Hummel has made 32 consecutive free throws. That's two shy of tying the program's all-time record, set by Jerry Sichting ('78-79). He's also one rebound shy from reaching 500 in his career.
  • A victory tonight gives the team 12 consecutive victories, the most under coach Matt Painter.
  • Freshman Sandi Marcius participated in warm ups again and may have a chance to play. He hasn't played all season while nursing a broken foot. But Painter said once Marcius gets through an entire practice -- which Gold & Black reported he did Sunday -- there was a chance for Marcius to get on the court. We will see. Game conditions likely would dictate that, and this would seem a prime matchup for another blowout.