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Its payback time as Purdue hosts ISU

Purdue vs. Indiana State
Time: 3 p.m.
Date: Saturday, Dec. 1
Place: Mackey Arena (capacity 14,123)
TV: Big Ten Network (Mike Crispino will handle the play-by-play, while Bob Ford will be the color commentator).
Radio: Purdue Radio Network (play-by-play Larry Clisby, color commentary Ralph Taylor, Rob Blackman handles the pregame show); the flagship station is WSHP 95.7 FM "The Rocket" in Lafayette.
Series: Purdue leads 26-4.
Did You Know?: The Boilermakers have won seven straight home games dating back to last season, and are 19-1 in their last 20 games in Mackey Arena with the only loss coming to Ohio State.
The Game:
Do you think Coach Matt Painter has reminded his Boilermakers a few times this week about Purdue's 19-point loss last December at Indiana State?
Surprise, surprise he has and for good reason.
Even though Purdue is pretty much an entirely different team, Indiana State is under new leadership and the venue will be different, Painter has reminded his Boilermakers if they're not ready to play Saturday in Mackey Arena, that the Sycamores are more than capable of beating them and embarrassing them.
"I thought Indiana State played well last year and deserved to win," Painter said. "We'll use that experience and talk about it and let them know what happened in Terre Haute last year.
"But it's more about us getting ready to play and trying to correct some of the mistakes we made the other night."
The other night Painter is referring to is of course Tuesday when his Boilermakers suffered their first loss of the season at No. 18 Clemson, 61-58, in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.
The Boilermakers led the Tigers 51-45 with 6:22 to play and 58-56 with 1:41 remaining, but Clemson's Trevor Brooker tied the game with an inside bucket and put his team ahead when he drove the left side and got a friendly roll on a short jumper.
Purdue had a chance to tie the game when it was 60-58, but freshman Robbie Hummel missed an outside shot. Clemson hit one-of-two free throws to lead by three and Purdue's fate was sealed when freshman Scott Martin missed a three-pointer that would've tied it and the Tigers grabbed the rebound with three ticks left.
Indiana State has improved to 3-2 this season after winning its last two games, including a 63-55 home victory over IPFW a week ago.
After tonight's game, Purdue will entertain Ball State Wednesday in Mackey. The 7 p.m. game will be televised by the Big Ten Network.
• Sophomore guard Chris Kramer hasn't practiced with the team since suffering a concussion in the second half of the Clemson game.
He's listed as a "game-time" decision, but we would be surprised if he played simply because there's so much caution, and rightfully so, given to players trying to come back from a head injury.
• Since Kramer is questionable to play let alone start, there's an excellent chance Purdue will start four freshmen against the Sycamores.
If that happens, it will be the first time that many true freshmen have ever started at the same time in the history of Purdue basketball.
In 1996-97, freshman Jaraan Cornell, Mike Robinson and Brian Cardinal all started together for a handful of games, the last being on Jan. 25, 1997, in a 91-68 loss at Minnesota. Of course, Cardinal was a redshirt freshman.
In 1984-85, Troy Lewis and Todd Mitchell started five games together and Lewis and Everette Stephens started one game together, but the trio never started in the same contest.
In 1974-75, Eugene Parker, Wayne Walls and Walter Jordan started the final 18 games together as true freshman under Coach Fred Schaus.
• The game is close to being a sellout as less than 900 tickets remained, meaning more tickets will have been sold to this nonconference home game than any other in quite some time.
• Purdue is 208-29 in home nonconference games in Mackey Arena.
• Purdue is 18-0 in home nonconference games under Painter.
• The Boilermakers are 60-15 against teams from the Missouri Valley Conference.
• Some Purdue season ticket holders tickets have the starting time for today's game printed on their tickets as 4 p.m. However, the game time was bumped up an hour so the actually tip is 3 p.m. and NOT 4 p.m.
The Sporting News picks Indiana State to finish in seventh place in the 10-team Missouri Valley Conference.
• This is Coach Kevin McKenna's first season guiding Indiana State as long-time coach Royce Waltman was fired after last season.
McKenna, who played at Creighton, was an assistant coach at his alma mater for nine season. He also spent four years as the head coach at Division II Nebraska-Omaha.
McKenna was a fourth-round draft (1981) of the Los Angeles Lakers and was a member of the '82 NBA championship Laker team.
• Boilermaker assistant coach Rick Ray was an assistant coach at Indiana State from 1997-2003.
• ISU freshmen guard Lamar Lee played is from Lafayette.
• There will be plenty of Indiana high school basketball talent on display as ISU's roster features six instate players, while Purdue has seven players from the Hoosier State.
Purdue's Expected Starters:
• F/C: 25 JaJuan Johnson — 6-10, 210, Fr.
• G/F: 4 Robbie Hummel — 6-8, 208, Fr.
• G/F: 14 Scott Martin — 6-8, 200, Fr.
• G: 5 Keaton Grant — 6-4, 207, So.
• G: 33 E'Twaun Moore — 6-3, 180, Fr.
Indiana State's Expected Starters:
• F: 44 Jay Tunnell — 6-8, 255, Jr.
• F: 3 Adam Arnold — 6-6, 219, Jr.
• G: 1 Gabriel Moore — 6-1, 190, Sr.
• G: 25 Marico Stinson — 6-3, 195, So.
• G: 5 Cole Holmstrom — 5-10, 170, So.
Boilermakers To Watch
• Watch how hard Hummel plays. He is relentless on defense and when going after loose balls.
Hummel, who leads the Boilermakers in rebounding, averaging 6.3 boards per game, may hate to lose more than all the Purdue fans combined.
• Purdue wanted Nemanja Calasan to make his presence felt more on the low blocks and he delivered against Clemson. The junior finished with 10 points and eight rebounds in only his second game as a Boilermaker.
Look for him to get better and better as he continues to shake off the rust.
• Martin is pacing Purdue in scoring, averaging 13.3 points, has showed a variety of moves against the Tigers.
Martin has shown that he should be quite an offensive weapon during his collegiate career as he can hit the outside jumper, drive and hit the pull-up jumper and score from close range.
If he can ever start knocking down his three-point shot with consistency (2-of-16 to date), look out.
Sycamores To Watch
• Stinson and Moore are the Sycamores' top two scorers, averaging 10.4 and 10.0 points per game, respectively.
• Arnold led ISU with 12 points and five rebounds in the Sycamores' win over IPFW.
"Arnold is a tough, hard-nosed kid that really battles you," Painter said.
• Painter says Holmstrom is the type of shooter that a defense must be aware of where he is on the floor at all times.
What's At Stake For Purdue
Winning the games you're supposed to is vital for a team's postseason chances, and this is one of those games for Purdue. We'll continue saying that when the Boilermakers face an opponent it's supposed to beat.
Accumulating as many victories as possible is critical in December, especially come March.
Questions for Purdue
• How will the Boilermakers bounce back from the tough loss at Clemson?
• The Boilermakers have outrebounded three of four opponents this season, including Clemson (39-37). Will Purdue outrebound Indiana State, which is outrebounding opponents 35.2-31.2 on the season?
• Will Purdue take better care of the ball than it did against Clemson when it committed 21 turnovers?
• Will the Boilermakers' man-to-man defense continue to cause errors by the opponent (three of four foes have committed more than 20 turnovers this season)?
• Will Purdue's outside shooting woes continue (it has shot below 24 percent in three games this season)?
• Will there be many no-shows in Mackey? A fan couldn't ask for much more. After all, Purdue's an exciting, young team and its playing a mid-afternoon Saturday game against an instate team.
Bottom Line
Purdue has a lot going for it in this one like avenging last year's debacle. Plus, playing in front of what should be a fairly raucous crowd should be a bonus for the Old Gold and Black.
This game might be a lot closer if it were in ISU's Holman Center where the Sycamores are 3-0 this season. Of course, it's not and they're winless in two tries on the road so far — getting blown out at Butler (76-48) and losing at North Texas (78-69).
Don't be surprised if Purdue jumps on Indiana State early. The Boilermakers weren't happy at all about letting one get away at Clemson and might take it out on the Sycamores. Prediction
Purdue 79, Indiana State 62
LAST PICK: Clemson 77, Purdue 70 (actual score Clemson 61-58)
(Griffiths' Record Picking Purdue Games In 2007-08 = 6-0 (includes two exhibition games); 2006-07 = 30-6 (includes two exhibition games); 2005-06 = 24-4; 2004-05 = 22-6; 2003-04 = 22-9)
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