No. 14/13 Men's Basketball Set For Primetime Clash With No. 17/18 Spartans

PURDUESPORTSDOTCOM Senior forward/center JaJuan Johnson has averaged 26.7 points per game in Purdue's last three outings.
PURDUESPORTSDOTCOM
Senior forward/center JaJuan Johnson has averaged 26.7 points per game in Purdue's last three outings.
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Jan. 21, 2011

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Tip: 9:05 p.m. ET
Television: ESPN and ESPN3.com. Dan Shulman handles play-by-play with Dick Vitale alongside as color analyst, Erin Andrews on the sidelines and Phil Dean producing. College GameDay and Saturday Primetime will also originate from Mackey Arena.
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. Compass Media Network will provide national coverage with Matt Smith and Tim Hardaway on the call.
Satellite Radio: Sirius 122; XM 143.
Rankings: Purdue is ranked 14 in the Associated Press poll and 13th in the ESPN/USA Today poll. Michigan State is ranked 17th and 18th, respectively.
Live Stats: GameTracker live stats are available for all Purdue home games. A link to those stats is available at purduesports.com.

GAME STORYLINES
The No. 14/13 Boilermakers, fresh off of a dramatic win over Penn State, return to Keady Court for a primetime showdown with No. 17/18 Michigan State ... In addition to Saturday night's crucial Big Ten clash, ESPN's College GameDay is also on hand for its first-ever visit to Mackey Arena ... The Boilers are 80-12 (.870) on their home floor under head coach Matt Painter ... Purdue enters the game on an 11-game home winning streak ... Seniors JaJuan Johnson and E'Twaun Moore - the nation's third-highest scoring duo - will try to propel the Boilers to their fourth win in the last six meetings with MSU ... The teams split a pair of meetings last season, with each winning on the other's home floor ... Johnson averages 20.5 points on the season and 21.0 in Big Ten play to lead the conference in both, and is averaging 26.7 points per game in Purdue's last three outings ... Saturday's game features three of the top five active scorers in the Big Ten, as Moore and Johnson rank second and fourth, respectively, and sandwich Michigan State's Kalin Lucas in third place ... Johnson and Moore have combined to average 38.1 points per game on the season, accounting for more than 50 percent of Purdue's season scoring average ... Moore has averaged 14.3 points per game in six-career outings against the Spartans ... The Boilers are +4.1 in the rebounding department on the season, including a league-best +7.1 in Big Ten games, and have outrebounded six of their last eight opponents ... After winning the rebounding battle only eight times in Big Ten play last year, Purdue has already done so five times in six league game this season ... Johnson and Moore are averaging 8.5 and 5.7 boards per game, respectively, in conference action ... The Boilermakers are shooting .736 from the free throw line in league play after converting at a rate of just over 69 percent in non-conference games ... Johnson is converting at a rate of .900 in league play ... Junior guard Ryne Smith has been lights out from long distance in Big Ten play, shooting .606 (20-of-33) from the arc and averaging 12.7 points per game in league action ... Smith is averaging 2.11 points per field goal attempt in Big Ten games ... Purdue currently owns a +5.16 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 ... The Boilermakers are averaging a league-best 18.00 assists per game in Big Ten play, led by Moore's 4.7 per contest ... Purdue reached 80 points only once in Big Ten play a year ago, but has done so in three of its six 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 60-8 (.882) in Johnson and Moore's career when both score in double figures ... Moore has scored in double figures 103 times over the course of his career ... Johnson has reached double figures in 28-straight games heading into the Michigan State contest, tied with Moore for the longest streak in the Painter Era ... Moore ranks sixth on Purdue's scoring chart, and enters Saturday's game with 1,843-career points ... He needs 141 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 Saturday's game ranked 9th on Purdue's rebounding chart and 14th 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.