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November 28, 2013
Breakdown: Washington State
KISSIMMEE, Fla. - Purdue's mettle will put to the test at 11 a.m. Friday at the Old Spice Classic against Washington State, a gauge of how the Boilermakers respond after their second-half comeback against fifth-ranked Oklahoma State fell short on Thanksgiving.
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Projected starters: C - A.J. Hammons; F - Errick Peck; G - Ronnie Johnson; G - Terone Johnson; G - Kendall Stephens
About Washington State:: Roster | Schedule/Results | Stats
Broadcast info:: Radio: Purdue Sports Network | TV: ESPNU | LIVE: Join GoldandBlack.com tonight for our 30-minute pre-game 'Game Day Live' chat session, then our Twitter account, @GoldandBlackcom, for in-game updates.
Guard DaVonte' Lacy scored 26 against Butler Thursday and now averages 21.4 through five games for the 2-3 Cougars, who were tied with Butler late before falling 76-69. Washington State's lost its last three games.
The 6-foot-4, 215-pound Lacy averaged 10-and-a-half a game last season and was Washington State's fourth-leading scorer.
The Cougars do have some size, with 7-foot, 245-pound starting center Jordan Railey, a transfer from Iowa State. Railey averages about two points and two rebounds, though, in limited minutes.
Of note: This game will be played at 8 a.m. West Coast time. ... This is the second consecutive season Purdue's faced a Pac-12 team in its preseason tournament, losing to Oregon State last season at the 2K Sports Classic in New York City. Third-leading scorer Royce Wooldridge is the son of the late NBA star Orlando Woolridge. Washington State committed 13 turnovers to just seven assists against Butler, but did win the boards 33-27. Purdue is 3-0 all-time against Washington State, winning in 1939, 1960 and 1964.
Prediction: Purdue should be the better team here in a game that may be a tell toward the Boilermakers' focus and maturity. The Oklahoma State game was a big one and Purdue may be riding high after a strong second half. If it carries over, Purdue should stack up well against the Cougars. Purdue 80, Washington State 71
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