Men's Basketball to Visit Penn State

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Big Ten Freshman of the Week A.J. Hammons leads the Big Ten with an average of 2.1 blocks per game (all games).

PURDUESPORTSDOTCOM
Big Ten Freshman of the Week A.J. Hammons leads the Big Ten with an average of 2.1 blocks per game (all games).
PURDUESPORTSDOTCOM

Feb. 4, 2013

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Tip: 7:06 p.m. ET
Television: BTN (Revsine/Jackson).
Radio: Purdue Sports Network (Clisby/Blackman/Scott).
Satellite Radio: Sirius 128; XM 192.
Rankings: Purdue - NR/NR; Penn State - NR/NR.
Live Stats: Live stats are available via purduesports.com.

The Last Meeting
Penn State42
Purdue60
January 13, 2013
West Lafayette, Ind.
Purdue Downs Penn State, 60-42
Ronnie Johnson scored 13 points to help Purdue defeat Penn State 60-42 on Sunday.

GAME STORYLINES
» Purdue will look to end a two-game skid and get back to .500 in Big Ten play when it visits Penn State for an early-week showdown on Tuesday.

» Tuesday's contest is the last in a stretch that will see the Boilermakers play five games in 13 days, three of which are on the road; the Jan. 30 game against Indiana wrapped up Purdue's second three-game/seven-day stretch of the month-old Big Ten season.

» Despite stumbling in University Park last season, the Boilers have won eight of the last 10 in the series with Penn State; Purdue earned a 60-42 win over PSU at Mackey Arena on Jan. 5 behind A.J. Hammons' first-career double-double.

» Since opening his Purdue head coaching career with 17-consecutive road losses, Matt Painter has guided the Boilermakers to a 35-28 (.556) record in their last 63 games on opponents' home floors.

» The Boilermakers head into Tuesday's game as the top rebounding team in the Big Ten in conference action, grabbing an average of 38.9 per game; Purdue's average of 14.4 offensive boards per game in league play is also the best in the Big Ten.

» Freshman center A.J. Hammons ranks second in the league in offensive rebounds per game (3.2) and fourth in total rebounds per game (7.8) in Big Ten action.

» Hammons was a force on both ends of the floor last week, averaging 24.5 points, 9.0 rebounds and 3.0 blocks against Indiana and Northwestern; 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 2.9 blocks per game in conference action, piling up 26 in nine games; his effort has propelled the Boilers to an average of 5.8 blocks per B1G game, good for second in the league.

» With Hammons as the focal point, the Boilers have scored 716 of their 1,441 points (49.7 percent) this season in the paint; Purdue is averaging 32.5 points per game in the paint and outscoring opponents by an average of 6.9 points per game on the block.

» Senior wing D.J. Byrd leads the Big Ten with an average of 2.8 three-point field goals per game in Big Ten play; since the calendar flipped to 2013, Byrd has averaged 11.3 points per game and shot 44.6 percent from beyond the arc.

» Freshman guard Ronnie Johnson is averaging 10.1 points and 4.1 assists per game in Big Ten play; his assist average in league contests is tied for fifth in the league and his 2.1 assist-to-turnover ratio is also good for fifth.

» Playmaking brothers Terone and Ronnie Johnson account for 32.7 percent of Purdue's scoring and 46.5 percent of the team's assits on the season.