March 13, 2012
Purdue game notes | NCAA Tournament Central
Tip: 7:27 p.m. ET
Television: truTV. Marv Albert handles play-by-play with Steve Kerr alongside as color analyst and Craig Sager on the sidelines.
Radio: The Purdue Sports Network (Flagship - WSHP, 95.7 FM). Larry "Cliz" Clisby (play-by-play) and Rob Blackman (analyst) call the action. Blackman also handles the pregame show, and Wes Scott engineers.
Westwood One Radio: Kevin Kugler handles play-by-play with Tom Brennan alongside as color analyst.
Rankings: Purdue is not ranked in the Associated Press or ESPN/USA Today polls. Saint Mary's is ranked 24th in the AP poll and 16th in the coaches' poll.
Live Stats:A link to live stats for the second and third rounds of the NCAA Tournament can be found at ncaa.com.
» Purdue will make its sixth-straight NCAA Tournament appearance on Friday when it squares off with West Coast Conference regular-season and tournament champs Saint Mary's in second-round action in Omaha,
» Purdue is a No. 10 seed for the first time since 1999, when it won twice in Boston on the way to a Sweet 16 appearance; the Boilermakers have never faced Saint Mary's on the hardwood.
» Seniors Robbie Hummel, Lewis Jackson and Ryne Smithwill each be playing in their fourth NCAA Tournament; the group has helped lead Purdue to Big Ten regular-season and tournament titles, as well as two Sweet 16's, during their tenure in West Lafayette.
» 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; Jackson has compiled 53 assists against just 16 turnovers in the Boilers' last 10 games.
» The Boilers also lead the nation in assist-to-turnover ratio with a mark of 1.58; Jackson led the Big Ten with a 2.8 ATR in league games and ranks 17th nationally with an overall ATR of 2.55.
» Purdue is shooting 46.8 percent as a team from three-point territory over its last 10 games; the Boilers' 271 triples this season are a program single-season record and they averaged 12.5 threes per game at the Big Ten Tournament.
» Smith currently ranks third on Purdue's single-season chart for three-pointers with 88 on the year - the highest total in the Big Ten; he was 8-of-14 from the arc at the Big Ten Tournament for a clip of 57.1 percent.
» Hummel enters the NCAA Tournament ranked in Purdue's top 10 in points (9th,1,736), rebounds (6th/846), three-point field goals (5th/209), blocks (7th, 111) and minutes played (6th/3,760); he needs eight rebounds to catch close friend and former teammate JaJuan Johnsonfor fifth on Purdue's rebounds list (854).
» Despite missing 20-career games due to injury, Jackson leads active Big Ten players in assists with 451 heading into the NCAA Tournament; he needs 10 more to surpass Matt Waddell for sixth place on Purdue's career chart.
» Big Ten Sixth Man of the Year D.J. Byrdhas reached double figures in 10 of his last 11 games and 15 times on the season; he led the Boilers with 20 against Ohio State in the Big Ten Tournament quarters.
» Byrd made four triples against OSU on March 9 to move into 15th place on Purdue's career chart with 112; he ranked second in the Big Ten in three-point field goals per game (2.6) and fourth in three-point percentage (.464) in league play.
» Sophomore Terone Johnsonhas netted double figures in six-straight games and improved his scoring average to 8.8 points per game; he has made 35-of-59 field goal attempts (.593) over the last six games.