Men’s Basketball Heads to Indy for Matchup with Top-Ranked Purdue
DAVIDSON WILDCATS (7-3, 0-0 A-10)
Head Coach: Matt McKillop (Davidson, 2006)
Career Record: 7-3 (1st season), Record at Davidson: Same
[1/1] PURDUE BOILERMAKERS (10-0, 0-0 BIG TEN)
Head Coach: Matt Painter (Purdue, 1993)
Career Record: 419-197 (19th season), Record at Purdue: 394-192 (18th season)
Locations: Indianapolis, Ind. | Site: Gainbridge Fieldhouse
Radio: Davidson Radio Network
TV: BTN (Big Ten Network)
Streak: Lost 2
Last Meeting: Nov. 16, 2018; Purdue W, 79-58 (Charleston Classic)
Last Davidson Win: N/A
Last Purdue Win: Nov. 16, 2018; W, 79-58 (Charleston Classic)
First Meeting: Dec. 20, 2008; Purdue W, 76-58 (Wooden Tradition)
Davidson Record at Home: 0-0
Davidson Record on Road: 0-0
Davidson Record at Neutral Site: 0-2
Matt McKillop‘s Record: 0-0
- Davidson returns to the hardwood after a 10-day break for final exams.
- The Wildcats enter 7-3 overall following a 72-64 win over Western Carolina on Dec. 7.
- Foster Loyer continues to lead the Wildcats in scoring averaging 19.5 points per game.
- Loyer is the older brother of Purdue freshman Fletcher Loyer.
- Sam Mennenga is also contributing double figures (16.6 ppg) for the ‘Cats, while leading the team in rebounding (7.2 rpg) and field-goal percentage (.557).
- Loyer and Mennenga have combined for eight of the Wildcats’ nine (Reed Bailey) 20-point outings this season.
- Sophomore Desmond Watson is averaging 12.7 points and shooting 60 percent from the floor over his last four games.
- As a team, the Wildcats rank among national leaders in free-throws attempted (24th/22.9) and made (25th/16.8).
VS. NATIONALLY RANKED
- This will be Davidson’s 134th all-time meeting against a nationally-ranked foe.
- In addition, it will be the ‘Cats 11th game all-time against the top-ranked team in the country.
- The Wildcats are 18-115 all-time when playing a ranked opponent (AP Poll).
- Davidson’s last win over a Top-25 opponent came on Dec. 21, 2022, when it knocked off No. 10/11 Alabama, 79-78 in the C.M. Newton Classic.
LAST TIME OUT | DAVIDSON – 72, WESTERN CAROLINA – 64 | DEC. 7, 2022 | DAVIDSON, N.C.
- A 13-point second-half scoring run and 17 points apiece from David Skogman and Desmond Watson helped Davidson pull away from Western Carolina in a 72-64 win in Belk Arena.
- Watson notched a new career high on 8-of-11 shooting, while Skogman’s 17 represent a season-best for the transfer. Skogman hit three straight 3-pointers in the decisive part of the second half and was also 8-of-9 at the foul line, including 6-of-6 in the final 33 seconds.
- Sam Mennenga added 16 points and seven boards and hit three 3-pointers, while Foster Loyer had team-highs of five assists and four steals as the Wildcats held a 29-7 advantage in points-off-turnovers and led 23-5 in fast break points.
- Davidson led 38-36 with 14 minutes to play when Skogman hit his second and third threes to start a 13-0 spurt that also included steals by Huffman and Loyer, layups by Huffman and Watson and a Watson triple to push the lead to 51-36 with 11:23 to play.
- The Wildcats led 32-28 at the intermission behind a 22-12 rebounding advantage and finished with a 36-31 edge on the boards.
- Tre Jackson led Western with 21 points.
- Davidson will close out non-conference play Wednesday, Dec. 21 with a 1 p.m. tip against Northeastern inside John M. Belk Arena.