Records: IPFW (3-2), Purdue-Calumet (4-1)
When: 7 p.m. today
Where: Gates Center
Radio: 1380 AM
IPFW leaders: Luis Jacobo (22 ppg, 8.5 rpg), Pierre Bland (4.8 apg)
Purdue-Calumet leaders: Kaspars Brencans (12.8 ppg), Danny Paschen (7 rpg), Noah Allen (4.4 apg)
Key matchup: Luis Jacobo’s season debut in Texas last weekend was a Texas-size hit. Jacobo, a 6-foot-7 senior out of Sanford, Fla., put up 24 points against Texas-Pan American and recorded his second career double-double, going for 20 points and 10 rebounds Sunday against Tennessee Tech. His doppelganger on the Calumet side is Kaspars Brencans, a 6-7 junior out of Riga, Latvia, who’s led Calumet in scoring in two of its five games and also averages 4 rebounds while shooting 61.4 percent from the field. Look for Noah Allen and Pierre Bland to square off at point guard, too; Bland averages 9.4 points in addition to his 4.8 assists per, and Allen is Calumet’s second-leading scorer with an 11.6 average.
The skinny: IPFW is 2-0 since Jacobo joined the lineup. Steve Forbes continues to be an effective space eater in the paint, averaging 12.2 points and 3.8 rebounds with five blocked shots. Joe Reed is averaging 10.8 points and 6.2 rebounds off the bench. Calumet has two players from Fort Wayne on its roster: 6-8 Jaime Burkhard from Northrop and 6-1 Devin Jones from South Side. Calumet has 17 players on its roster from Indiana, nine from northwest or northern Indiana.