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College basketball preview: Purdue vs. Maryland Eastern Shore

WEST LAFAYETTE -- Purdue takes on Maryland Eastern Shore in the last home nonconference game of the season for the Boilermakers (8-3). Tip is scheduled for 7 p.m. Here's a look ahead to the matchup against the Hawks (2-5).

Last time out: Butler 76, Boilermakers 70

Web: ESPN3

Radio: 1380 AM

Probable starting lineups: Ronnie Johnson (11.3 ppg, 3.7 apg, 2.7 rpg); Kendall Stephens (7.3 ppg, 1.6 rpg, 37.3 3-point percentage); Basil Smotherman (5.8 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 69.2 field goal percentage); Errick Peck (5.3 ppg, 5.2 rpg, 1.3 apg); A.J. Hammons (8.2 ppg, 6.3 rpg, 3.9 bpg)

News and notes

  • The Boilermakers have just one home game in the next 25 days. Purdue heads to West Virginia for its final nonconference game.
  • Maryland Eastern Shore is one of the worst teams in the nation statistically. They have lost all five of their road games and are shooting 38.5 percent from the floor, which is 341st in the country, so far this season.
  • No matter how weak the opponent, Purdue needs to see some positive development from its sophomores as conference season closes in. Read our feature on that here.

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