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Road warriors

Matt Painter reeled off a list of key elements to winning on the road.

  • A team must be patient on offense while still being willing to probe the defense to find openings.
  • It must limit turnovers.
  • It must compete for rebounds.
  • It must give a good effort.
In the last 10 true road games, Purdue has done a good job of delivering on those elements, and it has won a school-record 10 consecutive true road games.

Eight of those are in Big Ten play and one was at Minnesota, which is where the No. 8 Boilermakers play Thursday.

"It's a nice string of wins here on the road, but you have to stick with what has gotten us here," Painter said. "We've done a good job of putting ourselves in position to win and then making the necessary plays down the stretch."

Junior point guard Lewis Jackson attributes Purdue's success on the road to having the right makeup.

"I think we really understand just how tough it is to win on the road, and that goes to the veteran guys we have," Jackson said. "I think everybody understands it's us versus everybody."

Painter is big on getting more possessions, so he targets keeping turnovers down and holding a rebounding advantage.

In the 10-game winning streak on the road, Purdue outrebounded its opponents seven times, held even twice and was outrebounded only once.

In that streak, the Boilermakers averaged 11.6 turnovers. (The team's goal is to have no more than six turnovers per half.)