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College basketball preview: Purdue vs. Minnesota

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.

tkrausz@jg.net

– Tony Krausz, The Journal Gazette

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