Dec. 7, 2011
West Lafayette, Ind. -
Western Carolina returns to the men's basketball hardwood on Wednesday night as it faces the Purdue Boilermakers in nonconference action at Mackey Arena. Tip-off is set for just after 7:30 pm.
Wednesday night's game will be televised on the Big Ten Network. Fans can also listen to the Catamount Sports Network broadcast locally on WWCU-FM, Power 90dot5 in Cullowhee, 920 AM WPTL in Canton or online at www.CatamountSports.com. CSN air time is 7:00 pm.
Also, the Purdue broadcast is available through Sirius XM satellite radio on Sirius Channel 134, with live GameTracker online through www.PurdueSports.com.
Wednesday marks the third meeting between the two school's all-time with Purdue holding a 2-0 edge in the head-to-head series, most recently meeting in 2006-07 with the Boilermakers scoring a 25-point, 82-57, home win. But in 1996, the most memorable meeting between the two squads took place as the then-16th seeded Catamounts nearly pulled off the upset victory over No. 1 seed Purdue in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament (pictured on the front page).
Purdue - which is receiving votes in both national polls - is coming off a three-point loss to #11 Xavier in a game where it held a 19-point lead inside the game's final 11 minutes but could not hold off the Musketeers. The Boilermakers have won 22-straight home games at Mackey Arena - the second-longest streak in facility history and the third-longest home consecutive win streak in program history. The active streak is tied with Temple for the fourth-longest active currently in the NCAA behind Duke and Kentucky (39 games) and Ohio State (37).
Western Carolina (5-4) enters the game having won three-straight including opening its Southern Conference season with consecutive wins at Samford and most recently at home over UNC Greensboro. The Catamounts have played 10 of the 12 current members of the Big Ten Conference in men's basketball, playing all but Michigan and Michigan State. WCU is 1-12 all-time against current members of the Big Ten with the lone victory coming over its newest member, Nebraska, back in 1999 when the Cornhuskers were in the Big XII.
The Catamounts have three players averaging double-figure scoring paced by redshirt senior Harouna Mutombo
at 14.8 points per game. Sophomore Brandon Boggs
, who has registered double-digit points in three of his last four games, ranks second on the team at 13.0 ppg, while Trey Sumler
is scoring 10.8 points per outing to rank third.
Tip-off is scheduled for approximately 7:36 pm on Wednesday night.