Kevin Stallings will face a familiar opponent on Saturday, even if Vanderbilt hasn't played Purdue since 1966.
That's because Stallings is a Boilermaker himself. He played for the program from 1980 to 1982 and roamed the sidelines in West Lafayette as an assistant coach from his graduation day until 1988. He'll face his alma mater for the first time since his days as Illinois State's head coach when Purdue makes the trip to Nashville this weekend.
The Boilermakers have been a bit of a mystery this fall. They've got solid wins over major conference opponents like Missouri (by 21 points!), BYU, and North Carolina State. They also have a three-point loss to a North Florida team that has recorded 1/3rd of their victories over non-Division I opponents. As such, it's tough to get a good read on just how tough this Big Ten opponent will be against the 'Dores.
Vanderbilt may have difficulty matching up with Purdue's size on Saturday. The visitors have four players who are currently averaging double-digit scoring this season. All four are at least 6'6", including centers Isaac Haas (7'2") and A.J. Hammons (7'0"). That means that Vandy reserves Josh Henderson, James Siakam, and Shelby Moats could be in for a boost in playing time if Matt Painter leans hard on his big lineup. Let's take a closer look at Saturday's matchup.
|G -||Shelton Mitchell||4.1||2.4||4.1|
|G -||Riley LaChance||10.0||2.4||2.7|
|F -||Jeff Roberson||3.6||4.1||1.6|
|F -||Luke Kornet||12.4||4.9||0.4|
|C -||Damian Jones||17.7||7.9||1.1|
|G -||Wade Baldwin IV||8.9||4.7||5.6|
|G/F -||Matthew Fisher-Davis||5.0||1.8||1.3|
|F -||James Siakam||7.7||5.2||0.3|
|G -||Jon Octeus||6.9||4.5||2.8|
|G -||Rapheal Davis||8.8||2.3||2.5|
|G -||Dakota Mathias||5.3||2.1||1.4|
|F -||Vince Edwards||10.9||6.5||2.3|
|C -||Isaac Haas||11.4||5.4||0.5|
|G -||Kendall Stephens||12.4||2.6||1.8|
|C -||A.J. Hammons||10.1||5.5||1.1|
|F -||Basil Smotherman||1.8||2.0||1.3|