Men's Basketball to Host Northwestern on Sunday

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Freshman Ronnie Johnson is averaging 10.6 points per game in Big Ten play.

PURDUESPORTSDOTCOM
Freshman Ronnie Johnson is averaging 10.6 points per game in Big Ten play.
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Feb. 22, 2013

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Tip: 6:01 p.m. ET
Television: BTN (Collins/Bonner).
Radio: Purdue Sports Network (Clisby/Blackman/Taylor/Scott).
Satellite Radio: Sirius 92; XM 190.
Rankings: Purdue - NR/NR; Northwestern - NR/NR.
Live Stats: Live stats are available via purduesports.com.

The Last Meeting
Purdue60
Northwestern75
February 2, 2013
Evanston, Ill.
Purdue Topped by Northwestern, 75-60
Reggie Hearn scored a career-high 26 points to lead Northwestern to a 75-60 victory over Purdue on Saturday.

GAME STORYLINES
» The Boilermakers will look to end a three-game skid and even the season series with Northwestern on Sunday when they host the Wildcats at 6 p.m. ET.

» Purdue had won four-straight meetings with NU prior to dropping a 75-60 decision in Evanston on feb. 2; freshman A.J. Hammons came off the bench to record 19 points and nine rebounds in the game.

» Purdue is 108-21 (.837) at Mackey Arena under the direction of head coach Matt Painter.

» The Boilers enter weekend play ranked atop the Big Ten with an average of 5.2 blocks per game in Big Ten play; Hammons leads the Big Ten with an average of 2.6 blocks per game in conference action, piling up 34 in 13 games.

» The Boilermakers head into the weekend as the third-ranked rebounding team in the Big Ten in conference action, grabbing an average of 37.2 per game; despite the loss in Evanston, Purdue outrebounded NU by a 46-30 margin on Feb. 2.

» Purdue's average of 13.2 offensive boards per game in league play ranks second in the Big Ten heading into the weekend.

» Hammons ranks fourth in the league in total rebounds per game (7.5) and second in offensive rebounds per game (3.0) in Big Ten action.

» Hammons ranks in the top four among B1G freshmen in points, total rebounds, offensive rebounds defensive rebounds and blocks per game (both overall and conference); he is the only active freshman in the power six conferences averaging at least 10 points, six rebounds and two blocks per game.

» With Hammons as the focal point, the Boilers have scored 844 of their 1,678 points (50.3 percent) this season in the paint; Purdue is averaging 32.5 points per game in the paint and outscoring opponents by an average of 5.5 points per game on the block.

» Playmaking brothers Ronnie and Terone Johnson account for 34.2 percent of Purdue's scoring and 47.8 percent of the team's assists on the season; they combine to average 23.9 points and 6.4 assists per game in Big Ten play.

» Ronnie Johnson has been stellar with the ball in his hands in Big Ten play, ranking second in the league in assists per game (4.2) and fifth in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.8) in B1G games; he is also averaging 10.6 points per game in league.

» The rookie quartet of Hammons, Johnson, Rapheal Davis and Donnie Hale are combining to average 29.8 points per game this season, which translates into 46.2 percent of the Boilermakers' scoring on the year.