Jan. 14, 2010
Tip: 5:36 p.m. ET
Television: Big Ten Network. Wayne Larrivee handles play-by-play with Shon Morris alongside as color analyst and John Walsh producing.
Radio: The Purdue Sports Network (Flagship - WSHP, 95.7 FM). Larry “The Cliz” Clisby (play-by-play) and Rob Blackman (analyst) call the action. Blackman also handles the pregame show, and Wes Scott engineers.
XM Radio: Channel 196.
Rankings: Purdue is ranked sixth in both the Associated Press and ESPN/USA Today polls. Northwestern is not ranked in either poll.
Live Stats: Northwestern University will provide GameTracker live stats. A link to those stats is available at purduesports.com.
Sixth-ranked Purdue looks to end a two-game losing skid and return to its winning ways on Saturday when it heads into Welsh-Ryan Arena to battle with Northwestern ... The Boilermakers have won three in a row on the Wildcats’ home floor ... A victory on Saturday would give Purdue its third true road win of the season, and 14th since the beginning of the 2007-08 campaign ... The Boilers haven’t lost more than two-straight games since dropping five in a row from Feb. 18-March 9, 2006 - head coach Matt Painter’s first season at the program’s helm ... Purdue is one of just four Division I teams with two wins over teams ranked in the top 10 of the AP poll at game time (also Kentucky, Texas and Wisconsin) ... The Boilermakers have won 19 of their last 22 games, dating back to last season ... Purdue is limiting its opponents to just 28.6 shooting from beyond the arc on the road this season ... Purdue is averaging a league-best 4.75 blocked shots per game in conference play ... The Boilers have won 15 games in a row when scoring 70 or more points ... Purdue owns a +5.9 turnover margin and a +1.4 edge on the boards this season to give them an average of 7.3 possessions per game more than their opponents ... The Boilermakers are outscoring their opponents by an average of 11.5 points per game off of turnovers this season ... Purdue has won 36 of 37 games during Painter’s tenure when it has earned the edge in both the rebounding and turnover battles ... In the Boilermakers’ last outing, junior forward Robbie Hummel set a Mackey Arena record and tied the Purdue single-game mark with eight three-point field goals ... Junior guard E’Twaun Moore, whose career high in points is the 28 he scored at Northwestern on Feb. 16, 2008, is averaging 20.0 points per game in three road contests this season.
Purdue will complete a stretch of three road games in four outings on Tuesday, when it heads to Champaign, Ill., for a bout with Illinois at Assembly Hall. The Boilermakers lead the all-time series, 89-84, and have won four of the last seven meetings. Purdue is 31-53 all-time in Champaign, and 4-4 against the Illini under head coach Matt Painter.
PURDUE SETS RECORD FOR CONSECUTIVE WEEKS RANKED IN AP POLL
The Boilermakers have been ranked in the Associated Press poll for 35-consecutive weeks, a streak that began on Feb. 4, 2008. The Boilers’ current run is the best in program history, breaking the previous program record of 34 weeks, established twice from 1992-94 and 1997-99.
Purdue has spent 14 of those 35 weeks in the poll’s top 10, and 22 weeks in the top 15 spots of the AP rankings.
CONSECUTIVE WEEKS RANKED IN THE AP POLL
35 - 2008-10
34 - 1997-99
34 - 1992-94
33 - 1986-88
20 - 1979-80
HUMMEL HAS RECORD NIGHT FROM BEYOND THE ARC AGAINST OSU
Junior forward Robbie Hummel put on one of the greatest shooting displays in Purdue history against Ohio State on Tuesday,, setting a Mackey Arena record and tying the Purdue single-game mark with eight three-point field goals. The Valparaiso, Ind., product finished the night with a career-high 35 points.
While breaking the Mackey Arena record of seven triples held by five players (most recently Maynard Lewis vs. Illinois State on March 14, 2001), Hummel also equaled the program single-game mark of eight established by Cuonzo Martin against Kansas in the Sweet 16 of the 1994 NCAA Tournament.
HUMMEL MATCHES HIGHEST SCORING OUTPUT UNDER PAINTER
With a career-high 35 points against Ohio State on Tuesday, junior forward Robbie Hummel tied for the highest point total in Matt Painter’s tenure as Purdue’s head coach, equaling the 35 points posted by Carl Landry against South Alabama on Nov. 22, 2005.
Hummel is one of two active players with one of the top-five scoring performances of the Painter Era, joining classmate JaJuan Johnson, who dropped 30 on the Buckeyes on Feb. 3, 2009.
TOP-FIVE SCORING PERFORMANCES IN THE PAINTER ERA
1. 35 - Carl Landry vs. South Alabama, Nov. 22, 2005
35 - Robbie Hummel vs. Ohio State, Jan. 12, 2010
3. 32 - David Teague vs. Indiana, Feb. 15, 2007
4. 30 - Carl Landry vs. Oklahoma, Nov. 21, 2006
30 - JaJuan Johnson at Ohio State, Feb. 3, 2009
MOORE AND HUMMEL A DANGEROUS SCORING DUO
Juniors E’Twaun Moore and Robbie Hummel head into Saturday’s game against Northwestern with streaks of 15 and 13-consecutive games with double-figure point totals, respectively.
Moore has netted double figures 69 times in his Purdue career, leading the team to a 54-15 record in those contests, while the Boilers are 44-11 in Hummel’s 55-career double-figure games. The duo has scored in double figures in the same game 41 times at Purdue, compiling a 33-8 record on those occasions.
Both players’ streaks are the longest of their collegiate careers. The longest streak of double-figure scoring performances in the Matt Painter Era stands at 26 games by Carl Landry during the 2006-07 campaign.
PURDUE FORCING OPPONENTS INTO LONG FIELD GOAL DROUGHTS
In 16 games this season, the Boilermakers have forced opponents into 30 field-goal droughts of four minutes or more, including 14 basketless periods of five minutes or more.
Purdue’s defense was stifling during its furious second-half rally at Alabama, holding the Crimson Tide without a field goal for the final 8:45 of the game while overcoming a 16-point deficit to capture victory.