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Minnesota Basketball: Previewing Purdue

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Hoo boy. This isn’t gonna be fun.

NCAA Basketball: Rutgers at Purdue Sandra Dukes-USA TODAY Sports

The Gophers lost at home to Indiana. The Gophers got blown out on the road by Northwestern. Eric Curry is out. Jarvis Johnson is just a pawn of the universe. Reggie Lynch is communicating to the public through a lawyer. Oh, we got this jolly news today:

The #5 Purdue Boilermakers now come to town. This isn’t Indiana. And it’s not gonna be pretty.

Essentials:

Who are the Gophers playing?

Purdue Boilermakers (16-2, 5-0)

What time are they playing?

Sat., Jan. 13 @ 11 a.m. CT

Where are they playing?

Williams Arena

Can I watch the game on TV?

Yes, ESPN2 (sorry, America)

Can I listen to the game on the radio?

Yes, 100.3 KFAN.

Days until next season:

299

Gopher basketball memory that doesn’t suck:

On Jan. 9, 2010 Blake Hoffarber scored a career-high 27 points, with six 3-pointers in the second half, to lead Minnesota to a 73-62 victory over Ohio State.

#GopherHaiku for the game:

Six players with skill.
Factor in the universe.
Now there are just three.

Prediction

KenPom likes Purdue by eight, 81-73. That’s generous, since the blog is still counting the Lynch and Coffey performances. It’ll probably be more along the lines of a 20-point drubbing.