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The Journal Gazette

Sunday, December 03, 2017 1:00 am

Northwestern at Purdue

When: 4 p.m. today

Where: Mackey Arena, West Lafayette

Records: Purdue (7-2, 1-0 Big Ten), Northwestern (5-3, 1-0)

TV: Big Ten Network

Last time out: Purdue won 80-75 at Maryland; Northwestern won 72-68 in overtime against Illinois.

Outlook: The game (almost) marks the anniversary of Mackey Arena, which opened Dec. 2, 1967. The Boilermakers have won 11 straight at Mackey. ...

All five of Purdue's starters are averaging at least 81.1 percent from the free-throw line, led by P.J. Thompson's 94.4 percent (17 of 18) and Vincent Edwards' 93.1 percent (27 of 29). ... Carsen Edwards leads the team with 17.4 points per game followed by Dakota Mathias (16.2 points), Isaac Haas (14.6 points), Vincent Edwards (13.7 points, 9 rebounds) and Thompson (10 points). ... Vincent Edwards is the only active player nationally with 1,000 career points (1,250), 500 rebounds (601) and 300 assists (327). Edwards is also the 16th player in program history with 100 career starts. ... Matt Haarms leads the nation's freshmen with 28 blocks. ...

The Wildcats have losses to Creighton (92-88, Nov. 15), Texas Tech (85-49, Nov. 19) and Georgia Tech (52-51, Nov. 28). Northwestern is led by Scottie Lindsey (16.1 points) and Bryant McIntosh (15.5 points).

– Aubree Reichel, The Journal Gazette

areichel@jg.net