Purdue’s Rapheal Davis likely to miss Pittsburgh game with injured knee

Purdue guard Rapheal Davis is doubtful for the Boilermakers’ game with Pittsburgh on Tuesday with an injured knee.

School spokesman Chris Forman tweeted that Davis “tried to go” in practice over the course of yesterday and today, but couldn’t get through either. Purdue’s win over Lehigh this weekend was the first time in 105 games that Davis had to sit out, including 45 consecutive starts. The knee injury, which is being called a sprained MCL, occurred in the middle of last week at practice.

Davis was the Big Ten’s defensive player of the year last year, and really sets the tone on the perimeter for the Boilermakers’ stout defense. Purdue is currently fifth nationally in defensive rating this season, giving up only 80.2 points per 100 possessions. On the offensive end, he averages 11.6 points and 2.6 assists.

It’s a pretty important loss for Purdue heading into its first true road game of the season against Pittsburgh. The Panthers have looked pretty frisky thus far at 4-0, and also looked really strong over in Japan in their canceled game with Gonzaga. Their offense thus far has been predicated on terrific ball movement and lights-out 3-point shooting, so Davis will be missed in that regard.

Purdue and Pittsburgh tip off at 9 p.m. ET.

Rapheal Davis may miss Purdue's game against Pittsburgh. (USATSI)
Rapheal Davis may miss Purdue’s game against Pittsburgh. (USATSI)

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