12th-Ranked Men's Basketball Set To Face Minnesota On Saturday

Jan. 28, 2011

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Tip: 1:05 p.m. ET
Television: CBS. Ian Eagle handles play-by-play with Greg Anthony alongside as color analyst and Steve Scheer 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. Westwood One will provide national radio coverage with Wayne Larrivee and Tom Brennan on the call.
Satellite Radio: Sirius 125; XM 196.
Rankings: Purdue is ranked 12th in both the Associated Press and ESPN/USA Today polls. Minnesota is ranked 16th 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.

No. 12/12 Purdue will look to get back on the winning track on Saturday when it welcomes Minnesota to Mackey Arena ... The Boilers enter the contest one game ahead of UM in the Big Ten standings, and two games out of the league lead ... The Boilermakers, who have won the last four meetings between the teams in West Lafayette, are in the midst of a 12-game home winning streak ... The teams played a nailbiter in Minneapolis on Jan. 13, with UM pulling out a 70-67 victory despite a double-double from JaJuan Johnson (29 pts/11 rebs) ... Johnson and fellow senior E'Twaun Moore - the nation's second-highest scoring duo - have combined to average 29.0 points per game against Minnesota in six-career contests ... 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 ... Johnson averages 20.6 points on the season and 21.0 in Big Ten play to lead the conference in both, and is averaging 24.4 points per game over Purdue's last five outings ... He is the lone player in the nation with 1,600 points, 700 rebounds and 200 blocks for his career ... Johnson has posted three double-doubles in six-career games against the Golden Gophers, and has led Purdue in scoring in four of its last five meetings with UM ... Purdue reached 80 points only once in Big Ten play a year ago, but has done so in four of its eight league games this season ... Three Boilers are averaging double figures in league play (J. Johnson, Moore, Smith), with Lewis Jackson averaging 9.8 per contest ... 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 61-9 (.871) in Johnson and Moore's career when both score in double figures ... Johnson has reached double figures in 30-straight games heading into the Minnesota contest, the longest streak in the Painter Era ... The Boilermakers are averaging a league-best 16.63 assists per game in Big Ten play, led by Moore's 4.4 per contest ... The Boilers have been outrebounded in each of their last three contests, but at +3.2 on the glass in Big Ten play ... After winning the rebounding battle only eight times in Big Ten play last year, Purdue has already done so five times in eight league game this season ... The Boilermakers are shooting .738 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 team-high rate of .896 in league play ... Junior guard Ryne Smith has been lights out from long distance in Big Ten play, shooting .595 (22-of-37) from the arc and ranking second in the conference with an average of 2.75 triples per game in league action ... Smith is averaging 2.05 points per field goal attempt in Big Ten games ... Purdue currently owns a +4.86 turnover margin and is outscoring its opponents by an average of 7.1 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 Saturday's game with 1,901-career points ... He needs 99 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 eighth 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 ... He needs seven field goals on Saturday to overtake Glenn Robinson for 10th on Purdue's career list ... Jackson is five assists away from moving past Brad Miller and into 25th place on the program's career assists chart.




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