No. 14/13 Men's Basketball Returns Home For Date With Penn State

PURDUESPORTSDOTCOM Senior forward/center JaJuan Johnson is the only player in the nation with 1,500 points, 700 rebounds and 200 blocks for his career.
PURDUESPORTSDOTCOM
Senior forward/center JaJuan Johnson is the only player in the nation with 1,500 points, 700 rebounds and 200 blocks for his career.
PURDUESPORTSDOTCOM

Jan. 18, 2011

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Tip: 8:36 p.m. ET
Television: Big Ten Network. Eric Collins handles play-by-play with Tim Doyle alongside as color analyst and Bryan Carter producing.
Radio: The Purdue Sports Network (Flagship - WSHP, 95.7 FM). Larry "The Cliz" Clisby (play-by-play), Rob Blackman (analyst) and Ralph Taylor (analyst) call the action. Blackman also handles the pregame show, and Wes Scott engineers.
Satellite Radio: Sirius 121; XM 141.
Rankings: Purdue is ranked 14 in the Associated Press poll and 13th in the ESPN/USA Today poll. Penn State is not ranked in either poll.
Live Stats: GameTracker live stats are available for all Purdue home games. A link to those stats is available at purduesports.com.

GAME STORYLINES
After playing two-straight games on the road, No. 14/13 Purdue looks to return to its winning ways on Wednesday when it takes on Penn State at Mackey Arena ... The Boilers are 79-12 (.868) on their home floor under head coach Matt Painter ... Seniors JaJuan Johnson and E'Twaun Moore - one of the nation's highest-scoring duos - will try to propel the Boilers to a 5-1 record in league play ... A win on Wednesday would be a program-best six in a row for Purdue ... Wednesday's game features three of the top five active scorers in the Big Ten, as Penn State's Talor Battle leads the way, Moore ranks second and Johnson stands in fourth ... Johnson and Moore have combined to average 38.0 points per game on the season, accounting for 50.6 percent of Purdue's season scoring average ... Junior guard Ryne Smith had a career night in the teams' last meeting, tying a school record for three-point field goals in a game without a miss by going 5-of-5 from deep en route to a personal-best 20 points ... Junior guard Lewis Jackson added a career-best 17 in the Jan. 5 game, while Johnson posted the first 15-point, 15-rebound, five-block performance in a Big Ten game since 2000 ... Purdue shot 46.2 percent from the arc in the season's first meeting against a PSU defense that is currently allowing opponents to shoot better than 40 percent from the arc ... The Boilers are +5.0 in the rebounding department on the season, including a league-best +10.8 in Big Ten games, and have outrebounded six of their last seven opponents ... After winning the rebounding battle only eight times in Big Ten play last year, Purdue has already done so five times this season ... Johnson and Moore are averaging 9.6 and 6.4 boards per game, respectively, in conference action ... The Boilermakers are shooting .721 from the free throw line in league play after converting at a rate of just over 69 percent in non-conference games ... Smith has been lights out from long distance in Big Ten play, shooting .613 (19-of-31) from the arc and averaging 14.2 points per game in league action ... Smith is averaging 2.22 points per field goal attempt in Big Ten games ... Purdue currently owns a +4.89 turnover margin and is outscoring its opponents by an average of 7.5 points per game off of turnovers ... Purdue is 51-1 (.981) during Painter's tenure when it has earned the edge in both the rebounding and turnover battles ... Purdue reached 80 points only once in Big Ten play a year ago, but has done so in three of its five league games this season ... The Boilers have scored at least 76 points 11 times this season, and have won 34-straight games when scoring 70 or more points ... The Boilermakers are 59-8 (.881) in Johnson and Moore's career when both score in double figures ... Moore has scored in double figures 102 times over the course of his career ... Johnson has reached double figures in 27-straight games heading into the Penn State contest, and could tie Moore for the longest streak in the Painter Era against PSU ... Moore ranks sixth on Purdue's scoring chart, and enters Wednesday's game with 1,843-career points ... He needs 157 points to become the third player in Big Ten history with 2,000 points, 500 rebounds and 350 assists for his career (also Steve Smith and Michael Finley) ... Moore is also only the fourth player in program history to make 200 triples ... Johnson heads into Wednesday's game ranked 9th on Purdue's rebounding chart and 15th on its scoring ledger, making him one of just 11 players to rank in the top 20 on both lists ... Against West Virginia, Moore became the fourth Boilermaker ever with 1,000 points, 500 rebounds, 200 assists, 100 steals and 50 blocks for his career.