Purdue will play their first game of the 2012-2013 season in West Lafayette on November 9 against Bucknell. From that first game on, the Boilermakers will attempt to keep pace with the expectations set by last season's squad. They'll need to overcome the loss of 54% of their minutes from last season with the contributions of two Top 100 recruits and four other incoming freshmen.
The Purdue offense will suffer from a 63.7% drop in three-point shooting, the largest gap that the team will need to fill. That's followed closely by assists, where they lost another massive 63.6% of last season's numbers.
Last season, Purdue put up a final overall record of 20-11 and were 6th in the Big Ten with a conference record of 10-8. In the postseason, the Boilermakers were booted from the Big Ten tournament by Ohio State, 88-71. They were seeded 10th in the NCAA Tournament and lost to Kansas in the third round, 63-60. The Boilermakers lost Robbie Hummel to the NBA, picked up by the Minnesota Timberwolves at Round 2, #28.
Furthermore, Purdue will feel the loss of last year's seniors Ryne Smith (28 minutes per game) and Lewis Jackson (26 MPG). The Boilermakers must also do without Kelsey Barlow (transferred to UIC) and John Hart (transferred to IUPUI).
The Boilermakers retain junior Terone Johnson (9.2 points/game), senior D.J. Byrd (8.9 points/game), junior Travis Carroll (2.6 points/game), sophomore Anthony Johnson (1.0 assists/game), and sophomore Jacob Lawson (2.4 points/game).
To fill in the gaps, Purdue brings in two Top 100 Recruits. A.J. Hammons is a 6-10 center from Mouth of Wilson, VA and is the #75 ranked recruit in the country. Ronnie Johnson is a 5-10 guard from Indianapolis, IN and ranked #92.
The Boilermakers welcome other freshmen including 6-8 Donnie Hale, 6-3 Stephen Toyra, 6-9 Jay Simpson, and 6-5 Rapheal Davis.
The Boilermakers will go up against nine AP preseason Top 25 opponents, including #22 Notre Dame on December 15th, at #14 Michigan State on January 5th, and #4 Ohio State on January 8th. The first Big Ten game for Purdue is against Illinois on January 2nd.
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- Purdue has had 6 consecutive 20+ win seasons.
- Since 2002, Purdue has an overall winning percentage of 62.2%. The Boilermakers have been improving over the last 5 years with an overall winning percentage of 73.7%.
- The Boilermakers have an average conference finish of 2.6 over the last 5 seasons. Over the past 16 the team has an average finish of 5.1.
- In a 10 year period, Purdue has signed 3 Top 100 high school players. Over 10 seasons, the Boilermakers have signed 8 Top 100 players.
- With Robbie Hummel being drafted last year, that makes 4 Purdue players that have been drafted by the NBA in the last 10 years.
- With last year's trip to the NCAA Tournament, that makes 6 straight years the Boilermakers have made it to the Big Dance.
- The average final RPI (last year) of opponents on this year's schedule is 99.7.
- This year's opponent with the highest RPI from last year is Michigan State (#3).
- This year's opponent with the lowest RPI from last year is William & Mary (#293).
- Purdue has 9 Preseason AP Top 25 teams on the schedule.
, Lewis Jackson
, Kelsey Barlow
, John Hart
, Terone Johnson
, D.J. Byrd
, Travis Carroll
, Anthony Johnson
, Jacob Lawson
, Donnie Hale
, Stephen Toyra
, Jay Simpson
, Rapheal Davis