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The Last Meeting
January 16, 2013
Johnson Leads Purdue Past Nebraska, 65-56
Terone Johnson scored 18 points to lead four Purdue players in double figures, and the Boilermakers turned back Nebraska's comeback bid in the second half to defeat the struggling Cornhuskers 65-56 on Wednesday night.
» Seventh-seeded Purdue will begin the hunt for its second Big Ten Tournament title on Thursday when it faces off with No. 10 seed Nebraska at 6:30 p.m. ET.
» The Boilers have won two of their last three, with Saturday's win over Minnesota marking the 200th of Matt Painter's head coaching career; a win on Thursday would tie Painter with Ray Eddy for third place on Purdue's coaching wins chart (176).
» Purdue is coming off of an 89-73 defeat of Minnesota in West Lafayette in which all five starters scored at least a dozen points; the Boilermakers clipped UM on the boards, 33-30, to outrebound their third-straight opponent and handed out 20 assists against just eight turnovers.
» Purdue found out on Monday that Terone Johnson and D.J. Byrd garnered All-Big Ten honors, while A.J. Hammons claimed a spot on the All-Freshman Team; Rapheal Davis was named B1G Freshman of the Week for his work against Michigan and Minnesota on March 6 and 9, respectively.
» The Boilers are shooting 42.9 percent from three-point territory as a team in their last three games, while limiting opponents to a 31.9 percent clip over that same stretch.
» Byrd ranked second in the Big Ten lead with an average of 2.6 three-point field goals per game in conference play; his 73 triples on the year currently have him in ninth place on Purdue's single-season chart.
» The Boilers head to Chicago as the No. 2 rebounding team in the Big Ten (all games), grabbing an average of 39.5 per game; their rebounding average is the highest in the Painter Era, as is their +5.3 rebounding margin and average of 13.6 offensive rebounds per game.
» The Boilermakers have scored 1,004 of their 2,033 points (49.4 percent) this season in the paint; Purdue is averaging 32.4 points per game in the paint and outscoring opponents by an average of 6.3 points per game on the block.
» Hammons is the only active freshman in the power six conferences averaging at least 10 points, six rebounds and two blocks per game.
» Playmaking brothers Ronnie and Terone Johnson account for 34.6 percent of Purdue's scoring and 49.6 percent of the team's assists on the season; they combined to average 24.5 points and 7.2 assists per game in Big Ten play.
» Ronnie Johnson was stellar with the ball in his hands in Big Ten play, ranking second in the league in assists per game (4.6) and fifth in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.8) in B1G games.
» The rookie quartet of Davis, Hammons, Johnson and Donnie Hale are combining to average 29.8 points per game this season, which translates into 45.4 percent of the Boilermakers' scoring on the year.