No. 12 Men's Basketball To Face Top-Ranked Ohio State

PURDUESPORTSDOTCOM Senior guard E'Twaun Moore had a game-high 26 points in Saturday's win over Michigan State.
PURDUESPORTSDOTCOM
Senior guard E'Twaun Moore had a game-high 26 points in Saturday's win over Michigan State.
PURDUESPORTSDOTCOM

Jan. 24, 2011

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Tip: 9:05 p.m. ET
Television: ESPN and ESPN3.com. Dave O'Brien handles play-by-play with Dan Dakich alongside as color analyst, Andy Katz on the sidelines and Bart Fox 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.
Satellite Radio: Sirius 125; XM 196.
Rankings: Purdue is ranked 12th in both the Associated Press and ESPN/USA Today polls. Ohio State is ranked 1st in both polls.
Live Stats: Ohio State will provide GameTracker live stats for Tuesday's game. A link to those stats is available at purduesports.com.

GAME STORYLINES
Winners of two in a row, 12th-ranked Purdue will square off with top-ranked Ohio State at Value City Arena on Tuesday in the first of its league-high four Super Tuesday appearances ... The Boilers enter the contest one game behind OSU for the Big Ten lead ... The Boilermakers are in search of their second-straight win at VCA after dropping their first nine visits to the building ... The teams split a pair of meetings last season, with each winning on the other's home floor ... Purdue is 2-15 all-time against top-ranked teams, and is looking for its first win over a No. 1 team since it beat Arizona on Nov. 25, 2000, in Indianapolis ... After dropping the first 17 road games of head coach Matt Painter's tenure, Purdue is 25-16 (.610) in its last 41 games on an opponent's home floor ... The Boilers' 23 true road wins since the start of the 2007-08 season are tied for the most in the Big Ten ... 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 five meetings with OSU ... Johnson averages 20.5 points on the season and 20.9 in Big Ten play to lead the conference in both, and is averaging 25.0 points per game in Purdue's last four outings ... In three-career games at Value City Arena, he has averaged 20.3 points per outing ... Johnson and Moore have combined to average 38.6 points per game on the season, accounting for more than 50 percent of Purdue's season scoring average ... Tuesday's features the top two scoring teams in Big Ten play, as Purdue averages 76.6 points per game and Ohio State checks in at 72.1 ... Purdue reached 80 points only once in Big Ten play a year ago, but has done so in four of its seveb league games this season ... Four Boilers are averaging double figures in league play (J. Johnson, Moore, Smith, Jackson) ... The Boilers have scored at least 76 points 12 times this season, and have won 35-straight games when scoring 70 or more points ... The Boilermakers are 61-8 (.884) in Johnson and Moore's career when both score in double figures ... Johnson has reached double figures in 29-straight games heading into the Ohio State contest, the longest streak in the Painter Era ... The Boilermakers are averaging a league-best 17.43 assists per game in Big Ten play, led by Moore's 4.6 per contest ... The Boilers rank second in the Big Ten with a +5.7 rebound margin in league play ... After winning the rebounding battle only eight times in Big Ten play last year, Purdue has already done so five times in seven league game this season ... Five Purdue players average at least 3.0 rebounds per game in Big Ten action ... The Boilermakers are shooting .735 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 .894 in league play ... Junior guard Ryne Smith has been lights out from long distance in Big Ten play, shooting .611 (22-of-36) from the arc and leading the league with an average of 3.14 triples per game in league action ... Smith is averaging 2.10 points per field goal attempt in Big Ten games ... Purdue currently owns a +5.00 turnover margin and is outscoring its opponents by an average of 7.3 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 ... Moore ranks sixth on Purdue's scoring chart, and enters Tuesday's game with 1,885-career points ... He needs 115 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 Tuesday's game ranked 9th on Purdue's rebounding chart and 13th on its scoring ledger, making him one of just 11 players to rank in the top 20 on both lists.