Purdue Capsule

Nickname: Boilermakers                   Coach: Matt Painter
Location: West Lafayette, Indiana        Record at Purdue: 30-30
Conference: Big Ten                      Career record: 55-35
Overall Record: 21-11
Conference Record and Finish: 9-7, 5th

Seed, Region and Bid: 9, Midwest, At-large
Total NCAA Tournament Bids: 21
NCAA Tournament Record:  27-20 (.574)
Final Four Appearances: 2 (1969, 1980)
NCAA Tournament Championships: 0
Best NCAA Tournament Finish: NATIONAL RUNNER-UP (1969)

Final ESPN/USA Today ranking: NR
Final Associated Press ranking: NR
Final Ratings Percentage Index: 44

Record vs. teams in the field: 5-7

Starters:
F -- Gordon Watt (6-6, 225, So. -- 7.4 ppg, 4.8 rpg)
F -- Carl Landry (6-7, 245, Sr. --  18.9 ppg, 7.1 rpg)
G -- David Teague (6-5, 196, Sr. -- 14.3 ppg, 5.1 rpg)
G -- Keaton Grant (6-4, 200, Fr. -- 4.5 ppg)
G -- Chris Kramer (6-3, 195, Fr. -- 6.6 ppg, 2.5 apg)

Key Reserves:
G -- Chris Lutz (6-2, 190, So. -- 5.9 ppg)
G -- Tarrance Crump (6-1, 181, Jr. -- 5.6 ppg)

(statistics before NCAA Tournament)

OUTLOOK: Behind the up-and-coming coach Painter, the
Boilermakers are back in the NCAA Tournament after a three-year
absence.  Similar to the way it played under former longtime
coach Gene Keady, Purdue is a tough hard-nosed club.  That
blue-collar ethic is epitomized by the freshman Kramer, who
leads the team in assists and steals.  Offensively, the
Boilermakers rely on the 1-2 punch of Landry and Teague.  A
43-percent shooter on 3-pointers, Teague picked up his scoring
down the stretch, averaging 17.2 points over the final 10 games.
Although they are not as athletically talented as its opponent,
Purdue's slow, deliberate play could cause problems for
Arizona.

NEXT GAME: Friday vs. (8) Arizona at New Orleans