Minneapolis, MN (Learfield) -- The University of Minnesota men's basketball team will try to snap a nine-game losing skid when it hosts Purdue University tonight at Williams Arena.

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Golden Gopher head coach Richard Pitino says the Boilermakers boast a strong front line that will challenge Minnesota's big men this evening. The nine-game slide is the longest for the program since they dropped the final nine games of the 2006-07 season. The Gophers are 6-and-14 overall and 0-and-8 in the Big Ten Conference. Purdue is 17-and-4 overall and 5-and-3 in the league.

Coverage begins at 7:30 with the tipoff is set for 8 P-M.