Men's Basketball To Host Nebraska On Wednesday

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Senior guard Ryne Smith currently ranks 10th on the program's single-season chart with 68 three-point field goals, and needs three to move into eighth place.

PURDUESPORTSDOTCOM
Senior guard Ryne Smith currently ranks 10th on the program's single-season chart with 68 three-point field goals, and needs three to move into eighth place.
PURDUESPORTSDOTCOM

Feb. 21, 2012

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Tip: 6:31 p.m. ET
Television: BTN. Eric Collins 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) and call the action. Blackman also handles the pregame show, and Wes Scott engineers.
Satellite Radio: Sirius 92; XM 190.
Rankings: Purdue is not ranked in either the Associated Press or ESPN/USA Today polls. Nebraska 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
» Purdue looks to get back on track when it hosts Nebraska on Wednesday in the teams' first meeting since the 1979-80 season.

» Wednesday's game will be the lone regular-season meeting between the two single-play opponents; a win over NU would give the Boilers at least a dozen home wins for the sixth year in a row.

» Purdue is 32-15 (.681) under head coach Matt Painter in the month of February.

» The Boilermakers will take to the court Wednesday in search of their 100th win since the start of the 2008-09 season; a victory would make the Class of 2012 the third in Purdue history, and third in a row, to win 100 games.

» Purdue is the nation's best team at taking care of the basketball, ranking first nationally with an average of just 8.7 per game; the Boilers are averaging just 5.7 turnovers per game in their last six outings.

» The Boilers are also among the nation's best in assist-to-turnover ratio and turnover margin, ranking fifth (1.52) and seventh (+4.7), respectively; Purdue owns an average +5.7 margin in points off of turnovers this season.

» Senior Lewis Jackson's 2.6 assist-to-turnover ratio in Big Ten games is the best in the conference heading into Wednesday's game; Jackson has compiled 22 assists against just six turnovers in Purdue's last four games.

» Senior Robbie Hummel has posted a double-double in each of Purdue's last two games, and ranks fourth in the Big Ten with six on the year; Hummel has averaged 21.5 points and 13.0 rebounds in the Boilers' last two contests.

» Hummel enters the contest with 797 rebounds for his career, and needs three to become just the sixth Boilermaker to corrall 800 in the Old Gold & Black; he has averaged 10.6 rebounds per game in Purdue's last five contests.

» Purdue has led in bench points in 20 of its 27 games this year; the Boilermaker reserves have averaged 23.0 points on 45.1 percent shooting in Purdue's 14 conference games.

» Junior D.J. Byrd is Purdue's second-leading scorer in conference action with an average of 12.2 points per outing; he has reached double figures in five-straight games, shooting 50.0 percent from the three-point line in Big Ten action.

» Byrd has connected on 16 of his last 30 three-point field goal attempts (.533); he leads Big Ten in three-point field goals per game in league play (2.6) and ranks second in three-point field goal percentage in B1G action (.500).

» Senior Ryne Smith currently ranks 10th on Purdue's single-season chart for three-point field goals with 68 triples on the year; he needs to make three more to pass Chad Austin (1998) and E'Twaun Moore (2011) for eighth on the list (70).