Jan. 23, 2013
Tip: 7:05 p.m. ET
Television: ESPN (Tessitore/Farnham).
Radio: Purdue Sports Network (Clisby/Blackman/Scott).
National Radio: Sirius 91; XM 91.
Rankings: Purdue - NR/NR; Michigan - 2 (AP)/3 (ESPN/USA Today).
Live Stats: Live stats are available via purduesports.com.
» Winners of three in a row, Purdue will look for its second-straight win at Crisler Arena when it faces second-ranked Michigan on Thursday night.
» The last time an unranked Purdue team took down a top-five opponent on its home floor was Jan. 20, 1979, when the Boilermakers defeated No. 4 Illinois, 69-57, in Champaign.
» Since opening his Purdue head coaching career with 17-consecutive road losses, Matt Painter has guided the Boilermakers to a 35-26 (.574) record in their last 61 games on opponents' home floors.
» Coming off of a 79-52 victory over West Virginia, Purdue has won six of its last eight games and is two games above .500 for the first time this season.
» The Boilers have been stout on defense in their last three games, allowing opponents to shoot just 29.7 percent from the field and 22.5 percent from the arc in a trio of victories.
» Senior D.J. Byrd reeled off a game-high 17 points on the strength of a 4-of-6 performance from deep against WVU; he has scored in double figures in five of Purdue's last six games, shooting 47.5 percent (19-of-40) from long range in that span.
» Center A.J. Hammons is one of just two freshmen in the power six conferences, along with Kentucky's Nerlens Noel, with averages of at least 10 points, six rebounds and two blocks per game; the Gary, Ind., native leads Purdue with marks of 6.3 rebounds and 2.1 blocks per game, and ranks third on the team at 10.3 points per outing.
» Hammons leads the Big Ten with an average of 3.4 blocks per game in conference action, piling up 17 in five games; his ability to patrol the paint has boosted Purdue to second in the B1G with an average of 5.4 per game in league play.
» Junior Terone Johnson leads Purdue and ranks eighth in the Big Ten with an average of 15.4 points per game in league action; he has been in double figures in 21 of his last 25 games dating to last season.
» Purdue ranks second in the Big Ten with an average of 13.6 offensive rebounds per game (B1G games), with Hammons ranked third in the league with 3.2 offensive boards per Big Ten contest.
» The Boilers have scored 258 of their 470 points (54.9 percent) over their last seven 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 shooting just 27.1 percent from three-point range prior to conference play, Purdue has shot 37.7 percent from the arc in five Big Ten games; Byrd is firing at a rate of 44.1 percent (15-of-34) in conference action and ranks second in the league with an average of 3.0 triples per game.