(ESPN...Live)Youngstown State vs Purdue Live Basketball

Saturday's game with Youngstown State ends a stretch of four games in eight days. Purdue likely won't face such a stretch again until March, where it could play Friday, Sunday, Thursday, Saturday in the first four rounds of the NCAA Tournament. Sure, the competition would be tougher than this four game stretch, but just close your eyes and imagine that as a week of much better Purdue basketball.

 

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This also marks what should be the final tune-up game before the season gets serious. After this, Purdue has two tricky games against Butler and Vanderbilt before the 18-game war (well, 17 since we do play Rutgers once) that is Big Ten play. It should be one last nice, relaxing blowout and it may be the last time this season we get to see Stephen Toyra and Grady Eifert.

This year their four wins have come over North Dakota, Thiel College (Non-DI), Niagara, and Robert Morris. They have lost to Kent State, Toledo, Florida Gulf Coast, Bowling Green, and American, so they haven't exactly played a Murderer's Row. They are entering their toughest stretch as the Purdue game is followed by a non-DI game, Michigan, and Notre Dame. The expectations in Horizon League play are very low. This team can be somewhat entertaining, however. The loss to Florida Gulf Coast was a shootout in Ft. Myers that FGCU won 104-101.

YSU has four players averaging in double figures led by 6'10" center bobby Hain. Hain averages 15.2 points, 7.7 rebounds, and 3 assists per game. The senior center has the numbers to at least be a pro somewhere overseas next year, so he will be a good test for Hammons and Haas. 7-footer Jorden Kaufman backs him up and he averages 6.6 points and 5.2 rebounds, so this is the rare cupcake with some size.

Cameron Morse has also played well. The 6'2" sophomore guard averages 15.1 points and 3.1 rebounds per game while shooting 38.7% from three. Matt Donlan averages 12 points per game and is the team's most prolific three-point shooter with 57 attempts. Finally, Francisco Santiago averages 10.4 points and 4.1 assists at the point.

This is a team that shares the basketball well. They averages 16 assists per game and have 141 assists on 246 made field goals. Morse and Santiago are active defensively, with Morse averaging 2.4 steals per game. They are a team where they starters are pretty solid, but the bench depth drops off pretty steeply.

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