Men's Basketball Set for Saturday Visit to Northwestern

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Freshman center A.J. Hammons is shooting 54.3 percent from the floor in Big Ten play, the sixth-best mark in the conference.

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Freshman center A.J. Hammons is shooting 54.3 percent from the floor in Big Ten play, the sixth-best mark in the conference.
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Jan. 31, 2013

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The Last Meeting
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Purdue87
February 12, 2012
West Lafayette, Ind.
Hummel Leads Boilermakers Past Northwestern, 87-77
Robbie Hummel scored a season-high 27 points and pulled down a game-high nine rebounds Sunday as Purdue snapped Northwestern's three-game winning streak with an 87-77 victory.

Tip: 12:02 p.m. ET
Television: ESPN2 (Wischusen/Dakich).
Radio: Purdue Sports Network (Clisby/Blackman/Scott).
Satellite Radio: Sirius 123; XM 192.
Rankings: Purdue - NR/NR; Northwestern - NR/NR.
Live Stats: Live stats are available via purduesports.com.

GAME STORYLINES
» Purdue will look to rebound from a home loss to rival Indiana when it visits Welsh-Ryan Arena to take on Northwestern in a midday battle.

» Saturday's contest is the fourth in a stretch that will see the Boilermakers play five games in 13 days, three of which are on the road; Wednesday's game against Indiana wrapped up Purdue's second three-game/seven-day stretch of the month-old Big Ten season.

» The Boilers have won four of the last five in Evanston; Robbie Hummel hit a baseline jumper with nine seconds to play to give Purdue a 58-56 win at Welsh-Ryan last season in a game that saw Terone Johnson lead the team with 14 points.

» Since opening his Purdue head coaching career with 17-consecutive road losses, Matt Painter has guided the Boilermakers to a 35-27 (.565) record in their last 62 games on opponents' home floors.

» The Boilermakers head into Saturday's game as the top rebounding team in the Big Ten in conference action, grabbing an average of 38.0 per game; Purdue's average of 13.3 offensive boards per game in league play is second only to Minnesota's 14.4.

» Freshman center A.J. Hammons ranks fifth in the league in offensive rebounds per game (2.8) and sixth in total rebounds per game (7.1) in Big Ten action.

» Hammons was a force in the Boilers' last outing, scoring a season-high 30 points on 10-of-14 shooting and blocking five shots against third-ranked Indiana; Hammons and Kentucky's Nerlens Noel are the only two freshmen in the power six conferences averaging at least 10 points, six rebounds and two blocks per game.

» Hammons leads the Big Ten lead with an average of 3.1 blocks per game in conference action, piling up 25 in eight games; his effort has propelled the Boilermakers to the league lead with an average of 5.8 blocks per B1G game.

» With Hammons as the focal point, the Boilers have scored 350 of their 648 points (54.0 percent) over their last 10 games in the painted area; for the year, Purdue is averaging 32.6 points per game in the paint and outscoring opponents by an average of 6.6 points per game on the block.

» Senior wing D.J. Byrd leads the Big Ten with an average of 2.6 three-point field goals per game in Big Ten play; since the calendar flipped to 2013, Byrd has averaged 11.2 points per game and shot 43.1 percent from beyond the arc.

» Freshman guard Ronnie Johnson is averaging 10.4 points and 4.4 assists per game in Big Ten play; his assist average in league contests is tied for second in the league and his 2.1 assist-to-turnover ratio is good for fourth.

» Playmaking brothers Terone and Ronnie Johnson account for 33.2 percent of Purdue's scoring and 47.4 percent of the team's assits on the season.