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College basketball preview: Siena at Purdue

Records: Boilermakers (4-0), Saints (2-3)

When: Noon today

Where: Mackey Arena, West Lafayette

TV: Big Ten Network

Radio: 1380 AM; Sirius 138; XM 204

Purdue leaders: Ronnie Johnson (13.8 ppg), Jay Simpson (5.5 rpg), Johnson (4.8 apg)

Siena leaders: Rob Poole (15.5 ppg), Lavon Long (6.3 rpg), Marquis Wright (5.8 apg)

Key matchup: Siena has won two straight, and a big part of each of those victories has been center Imoh Silas. The 6-foot-8, 223-pound Nigeria native scored 17 points and had 14 rebounds in a 71-70 win against Cornell on Friday. Although he is undersized, Silas will present a challenge for Purdue’s 7-foot, 251-pound center A.J. Hammons and Simpson, a 6-9, 250-pound forward, in the block. If the Boilermakers need to provide guard help on Silas, that will free up shooters like Poole, who had 19 points off the bench and made four 3-pointers against Cornell.

The skinny: This game closes a season-long five-game homestand for Purdue, which heads to Orlando, Fla., for the first game of the Old Spice Classic on Thursday. … The Boilermakers are vying for their first 5-0 start since 2010. … Eight Boilers average five or more points per game. Only Iowa, which has nine players with five or more points per game, has a deeper scoring spread.

smorrison@jg.net

– Sean Morrison, The Journal Gazette

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