When: Noon today
Where: Mackey Arena, West Lafayette
Records: Purdue 14-16, 7-10 Big Ten; Minnesota 20-10, 8-9
TV: Big Ten Network
Radio: 1380 AM, 92.7 FM
Purdue leaders: Terone Johnson (13.5 ppg); A.J. Hammons (6.2 rpg); Ronnie Johnson (4 apg)
Minnesota leaders: Andre Hollins (13.6 ppg); Trevor Mbakwe (8.7 rpg); Hollins (3.3 apg)
Key matchup: Two of the Big Ten’s best big men will square off today in the Boilermakers’ A.J. Hammons, a 7-foot freshman, and the Gophers’ Mbakwe, a 6-8 senior. Mbakwe leads the Big Ten in rebounding and averages 10.2 points. Hammons is 11th in the league in rebounding, averages a conference-leading 2.3 blocks in Big Ten games and averages 10.5 points.
The skinny: Purdue forward Sandi Marcius, who has averaged a career-best 6.3 points and 3.9 rebounds in the last seven games, may not be available for today’s game. Marcius injured his ankle in Wednesday’s 80-75 home loss to No. 7 Michigan, and coach Matt Painter said during a teleconference Friday that the junior’s availability was up in the air. The Boilermakers are facing the Gophers for the first time this season. Purdue has won seven of the last 10 games against Minnesota and holds a 97-80 advantage in the series. Purdue has lost five of its last seven games. Minnesota is 3-4 in its last seven games.