Men's Basketball Ready to Battle No. 12/8 Spartans

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Redshirt freshman Donnie Hale posted the first double-double of his career with 10 points and 10 rebounds in Tuesday's win at Penn State.

PURDUESPORTSDOTCOM
Redshirt freshman Donnie Hale posted the first double-double of his career with 10 points and 10 rebounds in Tuesday's win at Penn State.
PURDUESPORTSDOTCOM

Feb. 8, 2013

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Tip: 7:01 p.m. ET
Television: BTN (Collins/Jackson).
Radio: Purdue Sports Network (Clisby/Blackman/Taylor/Scott).
Satellite Radio: Sirius 113; XM 193.
Rankings: Purdue - NR/NR; Michigan State - 12 (AP)/8 (ESPN/USA Today).
Live Stats: Live stats are available via purduesports.com.

The Last Meeting
Purdue61
Michigan State84
January 5, 2013
East Lansing, Mich.
Purdue Falls To No. 18 Michigan St, 84-61
A.J. Hammons scored 20 points for Purdue.

GAME STORYLINES
» Purdue will look to win its second-straight and even the season series with Michigan State when it takes on the No. 12/8 Spartans on Saturday night at Mackey Arena.

» Saturday is also set to be a special night for Boilermaker fans with an introduction of head football coach Darrell Hazell in the first half and a banner dedication ceremony for Robbie Hummel at halftime; the Paint Crew will wear purple shirts on Saturday night in support of Chris Herren's Project Purple (#purduegoespurple).

» The Boilers are coming off a gritty 58-49 win at Penn State that saw freshmen A.J. Hammons and Donnie Hale each post a double-double in support of Ronnie Johnson's team-high 16 point performance.

» Hammons put up 20 points, seven rebounds and three blocks against Michigan State at the Breslin Center on Jan. 5; he has scored 20 or more points three times this season and reached double figures in each of Purdue's last three outings.

» Purdue is 108-20 (.844) at Mackey Arena under the direction of head coach Matt Painter; the Boilermakers are 36-16 (.692) in February during the Painter Era.

» The Boilermakers head into Saturday's game as the top rebounding team in the Big Ten in conference action, grabbing an average of 39.2 per game; Purdue's average of 13.8 offensive boards per game in league play is also the second-best in the Big Ten.

» Freshman center A.J. Hammons ranks third in the league in both total rebounds per game (8.2) and offensive rebounds per game (3.1) in Big Ten action.

» Hammons has been a force on both ends of the floor in Purdue's last three games, averaging 21.3 points, 10.0 rebounds and 3.0 blocks in that stretch; 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 29 in 10 games; his effort has propelled the Boilers to an average of 5.4 blocks per B1G game, tied for first in the league.

» With Hammons as the focal point, the Boilers have scored 752 of their 1,499 points (50.2 percent) this season in the paint; Purdue is averaging 32.7 points per game in the paint and outscoring opponents by an average of 7.3 points per game on the block.

» Senior wing D.J. Byrd ranks fourth in the Big Ten with an average of 2.5 three-point field goals per game in Big Ten play; since the calendar flipped to 2013, Byrd has averaged 10.5 points per game and shot 40.8 percent from beyond the arc.

» Playmaking brothers Terone and Ronnie Johnson account for 33.0 percent of Purdue's scoring and 46.3 percent of the team's assists on the season; they combine to average 23.1 points per game in Big Ten play.