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The Journal Gazette

Thursday, December 21, 2017 1:00 am

Purdue vs. Tennessee state

Record: No. 16 Purdue 11-2, Tennessee State 5-5

When: 6 p.m. today

Where: Mackey Arena, West Lafayette

TV: Big Ten Network

Radio: 1380 AM, 100.9 FM

Outlook: This is the first meeting ever between the teams. ... Purdue is coming off an 82-67 victory over Butler that snapped a five-game losing streak to the Bulldogs. ... Carsen Edwards had 18 points, four assists and four rebounds for the Boilermakers, who have won seven straight games. ... Their last loss came Nov. 23, 77-73 to Western Kentucky. ... Purdue had 10 blocks in its last outing, its most since Feb. 9, 2016, against Michigan State. ... Purdue has won 14 straight games in the month of December, dating back to a loss to Butler in 2015. ... Purdue has won 14 in a row at Mackey Arena. ... Purdue closes out non-conference play after this game with a Dec. 30 game against another school from Tennessee – Lipscomb – and then plays host to Rutgers on Jan. 3. ... Edwards is averaging 17.1 points, while teammate Isaac Haas is averaging 15.1. Dakota Mathias is averaging 13.8. ... For Tennessee State, Delano Spencer is averaging 15.2 points and Christian Melowulu 11.8 with 9.7 rebounds. ... Purdue is 20-0 all-time against teams from the Ohio Valley Conference, including a 105-74 victory over SIU-Edwardsville this year. ... Purdue is 17-10 against teams from Tennessee. ... Purdue's Matt Painter coached his 450th game Saturday and has a 301-149 record. He is one of 15 coaches in NCAA history to get 300 victories by the end of their 14th year. ... Purdue has just 43 fouls in its last four games, resulting in only 38 free-throw attempts for opponents.

– Justin A. Cohn, The Journal Gazette