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Men's Basketball Set to Clash with Spartans on Saturday

January 4, 2013
Richmond High School


Tip: 12:06 p.m. ET
Television: BTN (Hamilton/Kelser).
Radio: Purdue Sports Network (Clisby/Blackman/Scott).
National Radio: Sirius 117; XM 195.
Rankings: Purdue - NR/NR; Michigan State - 18 (AP)/18 (ESPN/USA Today).
Live Stats:Live stats are available via purduesports.com.

» After winning its fourth-straight Big Ten opener, Purdue will face its first road test of the league slate on Saturday when it squares off with 18th-ranked Michigan State at the Breslin Center.

» The Boilers have emerged from the Breslin Center with a victory in two of their last three trips; a win on Saturday would give Purdue a 2-0 start in conference play for the fourth year in a row.

» Since opening his Purdue head coaching career with 17-consecutive road losses, Matt Painterhas guided the Boilermakers to a 34-25 (.576) record in their last 59 games on opponents' home floors.

» Purdue is coming off of a 68-61 win over No. 11/14 Illinois on Wednesday in its Big Ten opener; junior Terone Johnsonled the charge with a career-high 25 points and team highs of nine rebounds and four assists.

» The leading scorer in the Big Ten heading into the weekend, Johnson was 9-of-18 from the floor against the Illini and made 6-of-7 free throw attempts in the second half, including his last five down the stretch.

» After a slow start, Terone Johnsonhas averaged 15.3 points on 43.5 percent shooting (50-of-115), while adding 5.9 rebounds per game, over Purdue's last nine contests; he has reached double figures in points in 17 of his last 20 games.

» During its three-game winning streak, Purdue has been guilty of an average of just 9.0 turnovers per game; the Boilers own a +4.3 turnover margin and a 1.6 assist-to-turnover ratio in those games, with freshman Ronnie Johnsonaveraging 5.0 assists per game with a 2.5 ATR in that span.

» The Boilers have scored 84 of their 141 points (59.6 percent) over their last two games in the painted area; for the year, Purdue is averaging 32.2 points per game in the paint and outscoring opponents by an average of 8.3 points per game on the block.

» Purdue ranks second in the Big Ten with an average of 14.6 offensive rebounds per game, having led or tied in that category in all but one of its games this season; despite ranking second in the league as a team, Purdue's top offensive rebounder - center A.J. Hammons- ranks just 14th in the Big Ten (all games) with an average of 2.2 per game.

» Purdue's aggressiveness on the offensive glass has led to an average margin of +5.7 second-chance points per game; the Boilers are outscoring opponents by a count of 160-86 on second chances this season.

» Despite having employed six different starting lineups in 13 games this season, Purdue has continued to get a consistent scoring punch from its bench, outscoring opponents' reserves by an average margin of 8.8 points per game.

» The leading freshman shot blocker in the Big Ten (all games) with an average of 1.5 per game, Hammons already ranks fourth among freshman in Painter's tenure and ninth among freshman in program history with 20 total blocks.

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