Boilermakers wrapped up their fourth practice of the year
Hammons named team MVP, leading Purdue to 21-13 mark and NCAA Tournament.
Purdue and Cincinnati tip off at 7:10 PM (ET) on Thursday in Louisville.
Boilers leave Tuesday for Louisville to face Cincinnati in Thursday's second round.
Hammons scores a game-high 23 points in win.
The Purdue men's basketball team practiced at the KFC Yum! Center before Thursday's first-round game vs. Cincinnati.
Men's Basketball falls to Michigan State, 72-66; Credit: USA Today (USATSI)
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Mathias overcame injuries and illnesses in the offseason to have a productive freshman season.
Mathias appeared in all 34 games with 17 starts, including the last 15 games of the season.
Averaged 4.8 PPG, 2.1 RPG and 1.4 APG in 19.6 minutes per outing.
Over the last nine games, averaged 7.8 PPG, 3.0 RPG And 1.4 APG while shooting 16-of-41 (.390) from three-point range.
Had a five-game stretch from Feb. 15 to March 4, where he scored in double figures four times and averaged 9.6 PPG and shot 12-of-25 (.480) from three-point range against Nebraska, Indiana, Rutgers, Ohio State and Michigan State.
Ended the season making a three-pointer in each of the last nine games.
Recorded the third-best assist-to-turnover ratio by a freshman in school history (1.81) and his 38 three-pointers made were the fifth most by a freshman in school history.
In games he started (17), Mathias averaged 5.9 PPG in 23.2 minutes per game while shooting 25 free throws. In that games he did not start (17), Mathias averaged 3.8 PPG in 16.1 minutes per game, shooting just six free throws.
Shot 20 free throws in the last nine games, compared to just 11 free throws in the first 25 contests.
Had the best game of his career against eventual Final Four participant Michigan State, scoring a career-high 12 points with six rebounds and two steals.
Tallied seven points with six rebounds and career-high five assists in the Big Ten Tournament against Penn State.
Also had 11 points with five rebounds and three assists against Rutgers (Feb. 26), going 3-of-5 fromt the field and 2.of-3 from long distance.
Owned a 3.60 GPA during his first year at Purdue.
Ranked 141st nationally and a three-star recruit by Rivals.com.
Ranked as a three-star recruit according to Scout.com.
As a senior, Mathias averaged 28 points, eight rebounds and six assists per game en route to Ohio Division II Player of the Year and first-team All-State accolades.
As a junior, Mathias averaged 25.3 points, 9.5 rebounds and 6.4 assists while shooting 62 percent from the field and making 63-of-169 three-point attempts.
Was selected to play on the Ohio Rising All-Stars Team, was the Lima News 2013 Dream Team Player of the Year and an Associated Press Division II All-Ohio First Team honoree.
Also honored as the Associated Press District Co-Player of the Year and the District 8 and Western Buckeye League (WBL) Player of the Year.
Surpassed 1,000 career points on Jan. 25, 2013 against Kenton High School.
As a sophomore, Mathias averaged 13.1 points, 4.4 rebounds and 4.4 assists per game while making 39-of-114 three-point attempts and 88 percent of his free throw attempts.
Named first-team All-WBL, second-team All-District 8 and third team Associated Press All-District as well as to the Lima News Dream Team in 2012.
Started as a freshman where he averaged 10.3 points, 5.4 rebounds and 4.0 assists and was named honorable mention All-WBL.
Led team to 2012 and 2013 WBL Championships as well as an Ohio State Runner-Up finish.
Very versatile player with a high basketball IQ.
Also an outstanding student as he is a member of the National Honor Society, was the PSI Academic Student of the Year, the Lima News Scholar-Athlete of the Year and an Ohio Basketball Coaches Association Silver Scholar-Athlete.
Chose Purdue because of the academic reputation and the "at home" feeling Purdue provides.
Coached by Denny Thompson while his high school teammate, Reggie McAdams, currently plays at Akron.
Born July 11, 1995, in Lima, Ohio.
Son of Daniel and Tracy Mathias.
Has two older brothers, Bo and Dustin.
Enjoys playing tennis and cards.