Cavs face first road test at Purdue
West Lafayette, IN (Sports Network) – The ACC/Big Ten Challenge pits the 25th-
ranked Virginia Cavaliers against the Purdue Boilermakers in West Lafayette
Virginia has had the advantage of opening the season with four consecutive
home games, and all have resulted in victory. After knocking off nationally-
ranked Arizona to open the campaign, the Cavaliers cruised past three weak
non-conference opponents. Most recently, they notched a 104-63 decision over
Maryland-Eastern Shore on Sunday.
As for Purdue, it had the privilege of competing in the Maui Invitational, and
after losing to Georgia Tech on the first day of the event, the team rallied
for back-to-back triumphs over Oklahoma and DePaul. The Boilermakers are now
4-1 overall and have had a week to rest and prepare for tonight’s clash.
Virginia won the only previous meeting between these two teams.
As expected, Virginia had no trouble pounding Maryland-Eastern Shore last time
out. The Cavaliers connected on 53.2 percent of their field goal attempts in
the clash while limiting their overmatched opponent to just 37.3 percent.
Virginia also earned a staggering 54-21 rebounding advantage, including an 18-9
edge on the offensive glass. A 29-5 edge in points from the foul line helped as
well. J.R. Reynolds and Jason Cain scored 22 points apiece to lead the way in
the romp, and Mamadi Diane netted 17 points. Sean Singletary rounded out the
double-digit scorers with 11 points, and he also dished out nine assists.
Through four games, Singletary is scoring a team-high 17.0 ppg to go along with
7.5 apg, but his 37.5 percent shooting from the floor must improve. Reynolds
adds 16.8 ppg, and Diane checks in with 16.3 ppg. Cain is scoring 12.0 ppg to
go along with 9.0 rpg for Virginia, which is netting 90.8 ppg while allowing
70.8 ppg to opponents.
In Purdue’s 81-73 victory over DePaul on the final day of the Maui
Invitational, Carl Landry led his team with 22 points. He grabbed 10 rebounds
as well and is the reigning Big Ten Co-Player of the Week. Tarrance Crump
pitched in 20 points in the victory over the Blue Demons, and David Teague
contributed 14 points and 11 boards. The Boilermakers connected on 56.9 percent
of their field goal attempts in the clash, and they earned a 34-27 rebounding
advantage as well. Landry has been the leading scorer for Purdue in four of the
five games played thus far, and he is netting 19.4 ppg on 62 percent shooting
from the floor. Add his 7.2 rpg to the mix and he has clearly been one of the
top performers among Big Ten players this season. Teague adds 10.2 ppg for
Purdue, which is netting 77.6 ppg, 10.0 ppg more than it is surrendering.