March 22, 2013
Purdue game notes
7:05 p.m. ET
Purdue Sports Network (Clisby/Blackman/Taylor/Scott).
Sirius TBD; XM TBD.
Purdue - NR/NR; Santa Clara - NR/NR.
Live stats are available via purduesports.com.
» Purdue will meet Santa Clara for the first time in more than a decade on Monday when it hosts the Broncos in quarterfinal action of the College Basketball Invitational.
» A win on Monday would move head coach Matt Painter past Ray Eddy and into sole possession of third place on Purdue's coaching wins chart; a victory would also advance the Boilermakers to the CBI semifinals against an opponent still to be determined due to the tournament's re-bracketing process.
» Purdue is coming off of an 81-67 first-round win over Western Illinois in which it found its offensive stride, shooting 58.5 percent from the floor, 63.6 percent from the arc and 92.3 percent from the line as a team.
» Freshmen Rapheal Davis, Donnie Hale, A.J. Hammons and Ronnie Johnson combined for 46 of Purdue's 81 points - nearly 60 percent - against WIU; for the season, the quartet accounts for 46.1 percent of the Boilermakers' scoring.
» Purdue found out on March 11 that Terone Johnson and D.J. Byrd garnered All-Big Ten honors, while Hammons claimed a spot on the All-Freshman Team; Davis was named B1G Freshman of the Week the same day for his work against Michigan and Minnesota on March 6 and 9, respectively.
» The Boilers head into the week as the No. 2 rebounding team in the Big Ten (all games), grabbing an average of 39.0 per game; their rebounding average is the highest in the Painter Era, as is their +5.3 rebounding margin.
» Freshman A.J. Hammons needs seven rebounds to break the Purdue freshman record held by Joe Barry Carroll, who pulled down 206 boards in 1976-77; he is the leading freshman rebounder and shot blocker in the Big Ten this season.
» Hammons is the only active freshman in the power six conferences averaging at least 10 points, six rebounds and two blocks per game; Kentucky's Nerlens Noel also fit those criteria prior to suffering a season-ending knee injury.
» The Boilermakers have scored 1,074 of their 2,169 points (49.5 percent) this season in the paint; Purdue is averaging 32.5 points per game in the paint and outscoring opponents by an average of 6.5 points per game on the block.
» Byrd ranks second in the Big Ten with an average of 2.4 three-point field goals per game this season; his 78 triples on the year currently have him in ninth place on Purdue's single-season chart.
» Playmaking brothers Ronnie and Terone Johnson account for 34.4 percent of Purdue's scoring and 49.9 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; his 133 assists on the season are the second-most by a freshman in Purdue history.