RECORDS & AWARDS
Men's Basketball Set for Sunday Clash with Penn State
January 11, 2013Richmond High School
PURDUE SPORTS INFORMATION
» The Boilermakers opened Big Ten play with a stretch of three games in seven days, all against ranked opponents; Purdue defeated No. 11/14 Illinois before falling to 18th-ranked Michigan State and No. 15/14 Ohio State.
» Purdue is 105-19 (.847) overall and 48-15 (.762) in Big Ten play at Mackey Arena under head coach Matt Painter; the Boilers have won seven of the last eight meetings with Penn State overall and each of the last six in West Lafayette.
» Junior Terone Johnson ranks fifth in scoring in Big Ten games with an average of 18.0 points per game; he leads a trio of Boilers scoring in double figures in Big Ten action, as senior D.J. Byrd and freshman A.J. Hammonsboth check in at 11.7 per contest.
» After a slow start, Terone Johnsonhas averaged 15.2 points on 40.6 percent shooting, while adding 5.5 rebounds per game, over Purdue's last 11 contests; he has reached double figures in points in 19 of his last 22 games.
» In its last five games, Purdue has been guilty of an average of just 8.6 turnovers per game, with freshman Ronnie Johnsonaveraging 4.6 assists per game with a 2.3 assist-to-turnover in that span.
» Purdue ranks second in the Big Ten with a +2.7 turnover margin in league games heading into the weekend.
» The Boilers have scored 160 of their 266 points (60.2 percent) over their last four games in the painted area; for the year, Purdue is averaging 32.9 points per game in the paint and outscoring opponents by an average of 7.5 points per game on the block.
» Freshman center A.J. Hammonsis Purdue's second-leading scorer with an average of 10.3 points per game on 51.6 percent shooting from the floor; he has scored in double figures in six of Purdue's last eight games.
» Freshman guard Rapheal Davisdoes the majority of his damage in the paint, and is shooting 55.8 percent from two-point range this season.
» The leading freshman shot blocker in the Big Ten (all games) with an average of 1.5 per game, Hammons already ranks second among freshman in Painter's tenure and seventh among freshman in program history with 23 total blocks.
» Purdue is tied atop the Big Ten with an average of 14.0 offensive rebounds per game (league games), and has led or tied in that category in all but two of its games this season.
» Purdue's aggressiveness on the offensive glass has led to an average margin of +4.9 second-chance points per game; the Boilers are outscoring opponents by a count of 176-103 on second chances this season.