Men's Basketball To Visit Third-Ranked Ohio State On Tuesday

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Junior guard/forward D.J. Byrd ranks second on the team with an average of 10.1 points per game in Big Ten play.

PURDUESPORTSDOTCOM
Junior guard/forward D.J. Byrd ranks second on the team with an average of 10.1 points per game in Big Ten play.
PURDUESPORTSDOTCOM

Feb. 6, 2012

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Tip: 9:06 p.m. ET
Television: ESPN and ESPN3. Mike Tirico handles play-by-play with Dan Dakich alongside as color analyst.
Radio: The Purdue Sports Network (Flagship - WSHP, 95.7 FM). Larry "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 91; XM 91.
Rankings: Purdue is not ranked in either the Associated Press or ESPN/USA Today polls. Ohio State is ranked third in both polls.
Live Stats: Ohio State will provide GameTracker live stats for Tuesday's game. A link to those stats can be found at purduesports.com.

GAME STORYLINES
» The Boilermakers get back on the court following a short turnaround from Saturday's game against Indiana, traveling to Columbus to face Ohio State at Value City Arena.

» Purdue is the last visiting team to come away from VCA with a victory, as the Boilers captured a wild 60-57 decision on Feb. 17, 2010, behind 24 points from JaJuan Johnson.

» Purdue won the last meeting between the two teams, 76-63, and owns an 83-82 edge in the all-time series; Tuesday's game will be the lone regular-season meeting by these single-play opponents.

» Purdue is 6-1 this season in games following a loss, with two of those wins coming on the road in Big Ten play (Minnesota and Northwestern).

» The Boilers own a league-best 29 true road wins since the beginning of the 2007-08 season; since opening his Purdue career with 17-straight road losses, Matt Painter has led the team to a 31-22 (.585) mark in its last 53 road games.

» Purdue is one of the nation's best teams at taking care of the basketball, ranking second nationally with an average of just 9.1 per game; the Boilers tied a program record with just three TO's against Indiana on Feb. 4.

» The Boilers are also among the nation's best in turnover margin and assist-to-turnover ratio, ranking seventh (+5.0) and eighth (1.44), respectively; Purdue has forced opponents into an average of 14.2 turnovers per game this season and owns an average +6.6 margin in points off of turnovers.

» The free throw line has been as asset for Purdue in its last five games, as the Boilers are shooting 71.7 percent from the line in their last five; Robbie Hummel and Lewis Jackson have combined to shoot .833 from the line in that stretch.

» Jackson enters Tuesday's contest with 398-career assists, two shy of becoming the 10th Boilermaker to pass for 400 in his career; Jackson is tied with Troy Lewis for 10th place on Purdue's career chart (398).

» Purdue has led in bench points in 17 of its 23 games this year, with junior Kelsey Barlow leading the reserves with an average of 8.2 points per game; the Boilermaker reserves have averaged 25.1 points on 45.3 percent shooting in Purdue's first 10 conference games.

» Sophomore guard Terone Johnson, who has moved into the starting lineup for the last three games, has improved his scoring average by 2.5 points per game and his shooting efficiency by 9.3 percent this season.

» Sophomore forward Travis Carroll has played well in Purdue's last six outings, averaging 3.5 points per game on 61.5 percent shooting (8-of-13) and corralling 20 rebounds (3.3/game); Carroll ranks 12th in the league with an average of 1.9 offensive rebounds/game in Big Ten play.