Associated Press Guard Dakota Mathias credited his Purdue teammates for not letting up Sunday after the Boilermakers built a huge lead against Chicago State.
Tuesday, November 14, 2017 1:00 am
Marquette to give Purdue better test
Boilermakers coming off pair of blowout wins to open season
JEFF WASHBURN | For The Journal Gazette
When: 8:30 p.m. today
Where: BMO Harris Bradley Center, Milwaukee
Radio: 1380 AM, 100.9 FM
WEST LAFAYETTE – No. 19 Purdue has scored more than 100 points – 105 and 111 – in consecutive games for the first time since 1974, but as the Boilermakers (2-0) prepare to play Marquette (1-0) tonight in the Gavitt Tipoff Games in Milwaukee's Bradley Center, coach Matt Painter said the season's first 80 minutes don't mean a lot.
Marquette, coached by former Duke standout guard Steve Wojciechowski, opened its season Friday night with an 80-59 victory against Mount Saint Mary's.
“Obviously you are going to get different systems and different styles, so it's not fair really to address a team you haven't played yet,” Painter said. “The thing with Marquette compared to these last two teams, is this team is more athletic, and Marquette is one of the best shooting teams in the country.
“They had the best 3-point percentage in the country last year. So they have a lot of guys who can play, and they spread you out well. But these last two teams are different. It's two totally different styles.”
Purdue defeated Southern Illinois-Edwardsville 105-74 on Friday night, then crushed Chicago State 111-42 on Sunday. The Boilermakers are averaging 108 points and are shooting 59.8 percent from the field.
Painter likes the fact his team did not focus on huge leads in the first two games, a trait that should help it moving forward.
“You get into those modes, and the one thing you don't want your guys to do is to play the score,” Painter said. “You still want to play the right way and build good habits.
“On Sunday, we did that. I thought our guys did a good job of continuing to play and doing the right things, and obviously we had a really good run there to start the second half. Our guys were ready to play.”
Senior guard Dakota Mathias, the team's second leading scorer, said that must be a trait the Boilermakers continue as the competition toughens beginning tonight.
“There have been instances throughout the summer and in different games throughout our careers where we have been up, but we kind of let teams hang around,” Mathias said. “So it was kind of – for lack of a better term – time to step on their throats and end the game. I think we did a good job of that.”
Senior forward Vince Edwards said Purdue has been ready to play in each of its first two games.
“We were attacking the glass and pressuring the ball,” Edwards said. “Those are things coach has emphasized. So we took it upon ourselves to get ready and get going.”
The Gavitt Games Tipoff features eight teams each from the Big Ten and the Big East.
Of those 16, 11 played in the 2017 NCAA Tournament and two others were in the NIT.
Purdue and Marquette have not played since March 15, 1968, when Rick Mount's corner jumper at the buzzer lifted the Boilermakers to a 75-73 NCAA Tournament victory and a trip to the Final Four. Purdue leads the all-time series, 8-0.
Note: Purdue is looking to start 3-0 for the ninth time in 13 years under Painter. Purdue last began a season 3-0 during the 2015-16 campaign, en route to an 11-0 start.