Boilermakers to Face Michigan for Big Ten Title

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No. 3-seeded and No. 8-ranked Purdue aims for its second Big Ten Tournament title Sunday, facing Michigan in the championship game at Madison Square Garden The contest will be televised by CBS with Jim Nantz, Bill Raftery, Grant Hill and Tracy Wolfson on the call, tipping at 4:30 p.m. ET.
• It marks the second straight season that Purdue will face Michigan in the Big Ten Tournament after the Wolverines defeated Purdue 74-70 in overtime in last year’s quarterfinals, en route to their tournament title.
• Purdue advanced to its fourth championship game with a 78-70 win over Penn State in Saturday’s semifinals. The Boilermakers outscored Penn State 52-39 over the last 21 minutes of the contest to ease to the victory.
• Purdue is hoping history repeats itself after winning the 2009 tournament title. The Boilermakers were the No. 3 seed during that tournament, defeating No. 5-seeded Ohio State in the finals. Purdue is this year’s No. 3 seed, while Michigan is the No. 5 seed.
• Purdue is now 7-2 as the No. 3 seed all-time in the Big Ten Tournament, having won five straight games as a three-seed. Purdue also finished runner-up (to Michigan) as the No. 3 seed during the 1998 tournament. Three of Purdue’s four finalist appearances have come as the No. 3 seed.
• Matt Painter and John Beilein are 2-of-3 active Big Ten coaches to have won ANY kind of league championship (Tom Izzo is the other). Both coaches have regular-season and tournament titles to their credit.
• Purdue is 8-3 against nationally-ranked teams during its last 11 games, dating to last year. Michigan enters the game ranked No. 15.
• Purdue leads the all-time series with Michigan by an 88-69 advantage, including 2-0 this year. Purdue won the two games by a combined five points. (BOX SCORES / STATS FOUND LATER IN PACKET).
• Purdue is 24-of-51 (.471) from 3-point range during the two games at Madison Square Garden. Combined with last year’s 15-of-27 performance against Arizona State in the Jimmy V Classic, Purdue is 39-of-78 (.500) from 3-point range in three games at the World’s Most Famous Arena.
• During Purdue’s five-game winning streak, the Boilermakers are shooting 52.9 percent from the field and 45.4 percent from 3-point range. The Boilermakers are 54-of-119 from long distance during that span.
• Purdue’s senior class has now accounted for 4,986 career points, 2,025 career rebounds and 1,152 career assists. The quartet has made 565 3-ptrs.
• Purdue’s five losses this year have come by a grand total of 15 points, the lowest average margin of defeat in the country.
• Purdue’s senior class now owns a 102-35 career record, needing five wins to tie the school record for most wins by a class (107 - 2011).
• Purdue is 81-22 since the start of the 2015-16 season, needing just one win to tie the record for most victories in a three-year span.
• Purdue is 21-0 this year when shooting 48.0 percent or better from the field (38-2 since start of last year; 135-14 under Matt Painter).
• Purdue has 322 3-pointers on the season, surpassing the school record of 315 set last year.
• Purdue has four players with 400 points in a season for just the third time ever (2018, 1998, 1988).
• Carsen Edwards is averaging 27.6 points, 4.2 rebounds and 3.8 assists per game over his last five games, making 20-of-41 (.488) from deep.
• Carsen Edwards was a first-team All-Big Ten selection and is a finalist for the Jerry West Award, given to the nation’s top shooting guard.
• Carsen Edwards’ 616 points this year are the fourth most by a Purdue sophomore in school history (Rick Mount - 683; Glenn Robinson - 676; Caleb Swanigan - 646).
• Carsen Edwards needs 24 points to become the seventh player in school history to score 1,000 points in his first two seasons at Purdue.
• Carsen Edwards has scored in double figures in 16 straight games, including 13-plus points in 10 straight games.
• Carsen Edwards is 1-of-6 players in Big Ten Tournament history to have multiple 25-point games in the same season (Penn State’s Tony Carr, Ohio State’s Evan Turner, Michigan State’s Drew Neitzel, Iowa’s Luke Recker, Minnesota’s Quincy Lewis).
• Vincent Edwards became the third player in school history to have 90 assists in four years (Eugene Parker - 1975-78; Bruce Parkinson - 1973-74; 1976-77). He needs four assists to become the 11th player in the last 25 years with 1,500 points, 700 rebounds, 400 assists and 150 trifectas.
• Vincent Edwards is 18th on the career points list (1,587), 8th in rebounds (750), 11th in 3-pointers made (169), 3rd in games started (122), 13th in assists (397) and 6th in minutes played (3,832).
• Purdue is now 16-1 during his career when Vincent Edwards scores 20 or more points.
• Dakota Mathias tied E’Twaun Moore for the most career 3-pointers in school history (243).
• Dakota Mathias is 1-of-2 players in Purdue history with 1,000 points, 400 rebounds and 400 assists (E’Twaun Moore).
• Dakota Mathias’ 89 3-pointers are the third most in a season in school history. Carsen Edwards’ 87 triples are the fifth most.
• Isaac Haas became the 23rd player in school history to score over 1,500 career points with 12 points against Rutgers.
• Isaac Haas has scored in double-figures in each of his last eight games (14.9 PPG, 6.1 RPG).