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The Last Meeting
March 8, 2012
Purdue Overpowers Nebraska, 79-61
Anthony Johnson scored a career-high 17 points to help Purdue defeat Nebraska 79-61 on Thursday night in the first round of the Big Ten tournament.
» After getting back to .500 in the league with a win over Penn State on Sunday, Purdue will seek its first conference road win of the season when it visits Nebraska on Wednesday.
» The Boilers held PSU to just 25.9 percent shooting from the floor on Sunday and outrebounded the Nittany Lions by nine (42-33); Purdue is 8-3 this season when winning the battle on the glass.
» Since opening his Purdue head coaching career with 17-consecutive road losses, Matt Painter has guided the Boilermakers to a 34-26 (.567) record in their last 60 games on opponents' home floors.
» Purdue's 32 true road wins since the start of the 2007-08 season are tied with Michigan State for the most in the Big Ten over that time.
» Freshman A.J. Hammons is coming off of his first-career double-double in the win over Penn State, finishing with 12 points and 10 rebounds to go along with five blocks.
» Hammons is Purdue's second-leading scorer with an average of 10.4 points per game on 51.9 percent shooting from the floor; he has scored in double figures in seven of Purdue's last nine games.
» The leading shot blocker in the Big Ten (league games) with an average of 2.8 per game, Hammons already ranks second among freshman in Painter's tenure and sixth among freshman in program history with 28 total blocks.
» In its last six games, Purdue has been guilty of an average of just 9.5 turnovers per game, with freshman Ronnie Johnson averaging 4.3 assists per game with a 2.2 assist-to-turnover in that span.
» After shooting just 27.1 percent from three-point range prior to conference play, Purdue is shooting 37.0 percent from the arc in four Big Ten games; senior D.J. Byrd is firing at a rate of 45.8 percent (11-of-24) in conference action.
» The Boilers have scored 192 of their 326 points (58.9 percent) over their last five 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 7.8 points per game on the block.
» After a slow start, junior Terone Johnson has averaged 14.3 points on 39.9 percent shooting, while adding 5.3 rebounds per game, over Purdue's last 12 contests; he has reached double figures in points in 19 of his last 23 games.
» Purdue ranks second in the Big Ten with an average of 14.2 offensive rebounds per game (all games), and has led or tied in that category in all but three of its games this season.
» Purdue's aggressiveness on the offensive glass has led to an average margin of +4.6 second-chance points per game; the Boilers are outscoring opponents by a count of 183-110 on second chances this season.