Men's Basketball To Clash With Northwestern On Sunday

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Junior guard/forward D.J. Byrd is tied for the league lead with an average of 2.5 three-point field goals per game in Big Ten play.

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Junior guard/forward D.J. Byrd is tied for the league lead with an average of 2.5 three-point field goals per game in Big Ten play.
PURDUESPORTSDOTCOM

Feb. 10, 2012

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Tip: 6:01 p.m. ET
Television: BTN. Gus Johnson handles play-by-play with Dan Bonner alongside as color analyst.
Radio: The Purdue Sports Network (Flagship - WSHP, 95.7 FM). Larry "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.
Satellite Radio: Sirius 91; XM 91.
Rankings: Purdue is not ranked in either the Associated Press or ESPN/USA Today polls. Northwestern is not ranked in either poll.
Live Stats: GameTracker live stats are available for all Purdue home games. A link to those stats can be found at purduesports.com.

GAME STORYLINES
» The Boilermakers look to get back in the win column and earn a season sweep of Northwestern on Sunday when they host the Wildcats at 6 p.m. ET.

» Purdue is 6-2 this season in games following a loss, with four of those wins coming at Mackey Arena.

» Purdue won the last meeting between the two teams, 58-56, on Jan. 28 when senior forward Robbie Hummel connected on a game-winning jumper with eight seconds remaining in regulation; a win on Sunday would give the Boilers their first multi-game season sweep of NU since 2007-08.

» Purdue is one of the nation's best teams at taking care of the basketball, ranking second nationally with an average of just 8.9 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 assist-to-turnover ratio and turnover margin, ranking fifth (1.46) and seventh (+5.0), respectively; Purdue has forced opponents into an average of 13.9 turnovers per game this season and owns an average +6.3 margin in points off of turnovers.

» Sunday's game will pit the nation's top two teams in assist-to-turnover ratio; Northwestern (1.57) ranks first and Purdue (1.46) checks in second nationally.

» Senior Lewis Jackson's 2.5 assist-to-turnover ratio in Big Ten games is the best in the conference heading into the weekend.

» Purdue has led in bench points in 18 of its 24 games this year; the Boilermaker reserves have averaged 25.5 points on 46.5 percent shooting in Purdue's first 11 conference games.

» Junior D.J. Byrd is coming off of the best scoring game of his career, pouring in 24 points on the strength of seven three-point field goals against Ohio State; Byrd is Purdue's second-leading scorer in conference action with an average of 11.4 points per outing.

» Heading into Sunday's game, Byrd has connected on 10 of his last 16 three-point field goal attempts (.625); he is tied for the Big Ten lead in three-point field goals per game in league play (2.5) and ranks third in three-point field goal percentage in conference action (.519).

» Hummel and Jackson have combined to shoot 90.9 percent (30-of-33) from the line over Purdue's last six games; they rank sixth (.816) and 12th (.795), respectively, in the Big Ten in free throw percentage in league games.

» Sunday's game features the top two volume three-point shooters in the Big Ten, as NU's John Shurna leads the league with an average 2.7 triples per game and Purdue senior Ryne Smith ranks second at a clip of 2.5.