KU-Purdue by the numbers
On the surface, today’s match-up between top-seeded Kansas (30-4) and No. 4 seed Purdue (27-7) in the Midwest Regional semifinals at Kansas City’s Sprint Center seems like a clash between two completely different teams.
On paper, however, these two teams appear much more similar than many are saying.
From both scoring in the 80s and shooting similar percentages all over the floor to impressive defensive numbers and closer-than-expected rebounding totals, the Jayhawks and Boilermakers have at least as many things in common as they do differences.
To take things a step farther, KU coach Bill Self has stressed throughout the week that even though the talk has been about Purdue’s big front line — and understandably so — the two teams even play similar-looking lineups for a good chunk of the time.
“They’re not a big time shot-blocking team,” said Self, whose team actually blocks more shots per game than Matt Painter’s squad. “They’re a wall-up team. What gets lost a lot is Purdue plays, a majority of the time, the same way we do, with one big and four guards.... There’s more similarities in how the game will start than what a lot of people think.”
With that in mind, let’s take a look at some of the numbers.
Points per game
KU: 83.4 PU: 80.1
KU: 49.1 PU: 48.1
3-point FG percentage
KU: 40.6 PU: 40.4
Free throw percentage
KU: 67.6 PU: 75.9
Rebounds per game
KU: 38.9 PU: 37.9
Offensive rebounding percentage
KU: 38.3 PU: 32.5
Assists per game
KU: 16.2 PU: 18.4
Blocks per game
KU: 4.7 PU: 2.6
Steals per game
KU: 7.0 PU: 5.1
KU: 72.0 PU: 67.5
FG percentage defense
KU: 41.7 PU: 41.7
3-point FG percentage defense
KU: 35.2 PU: 32.4
KU: +0.5 PU: -1.1
vs. current AP Top 25
KU: 6-2 PU: 3-4
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