Fourth-Seeded Men's Basketball Ready For Sweet 16 Clash With Duke

PURDUESPORTSDOTCOM Junior guard E'Twaun Moore ranks 23rd on Purdue's single-season scoring chart with 557 points this season.
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Junior guard E'Twaun Moore ranks 23rd on Purdue's single-season scoring chart with 557 points this season.
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March 23, 2010

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Tip: Approx 9:57 p.m. ET
Television: CBS. Jim Nantz handles play-by-play with Clark Kellogg alongside as color analyst.
Radio: The Purdue Sports Network (Flagship - WSHP, 95.7 FM). Larry "The 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 and Pete Gillen handle the call.
Rankings: Purdue is ranked 10th in the Associated Press poll and 11th in the ESPN/USA Today poll. Duke is ranked third in both polls.
Live Stats: CBS Sports will provide GameTracker live stats. A link to those stats will be available at purduesports.com.

THE TIP-OFF After its dramatic overtime win over Texas A&M on Sunday, Purdue will make its second-straight Sweet 16 appearance on Friday when it squares off with top-seeded Duke at Reliant Stadium ... Purdue and Duke are two of only five teams to reach the Sweet 16 in each of the last two years ... A win over the Blue Devils would send Purdue to the fourth Elite Eight in program history, and its first since 2000 ... Purdue is 6-3 in NCAA Tournament games under head coach Matt Painter ... Duke will carry a No. 3 AP ranking into its matchup with the Boilermakers, who have won a school-record four games this season over teams ranked in the top 10 of the media poll when they ball is tipped ... Purdue has never defeated a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament (0-4) ... Purdue is 7-1 in neutral-court settings and 15-3 away from Mackey Arena this season, winning seven-straight conference road games to close out the season ... The Boilermakers claimed a share of the Big Ten regular-season title this season, their first since 1996 ... Purdue's 22 regular-season Big Ten titles are the most in league history ... Purdue has posted four-straight 20-win seasons for just the second time in program history, and has tied the program's single-season record with 29 victories ... The Boilermakers' 56 wins since the beginning of the 2008-09 season are tied for the fourth-most in the country during that span and are the most in program history for back-to-back seasons ... ... The Boilers' 81 wins since the beginning of the 2007-08 season are also program record for victories in a three-year span ... Purdue's 26-4 regular-season record tied the 1994 Glenn Robinson-led squad for the second-best regular season in program history, behind only the 27-3 mark put together by the 1987-88 team ... Purdue defeated each of its 10 Big Ten foes this season, and hasn't lost to a team with less than 20 wins ... Purdue's win at Penn State on March 6 gave it 100 victories in a four-season span for the first time in program history, and the team currently has 103 wins since the outset of the 2006-07 campaign ... Purdue opponents are shooting just 38.9 percent from the floor in the Boilers' last 15 games ... Purdue ranks fourth in Division I with a +4.7 turnover margin ... Purdue is 42-1 during head coach Matt Painter's tenure when it has earned the edge in both the rebounding and turnover battles ... The Boilers have won 22-straight games when scoring 70 or more points ... The Boilermakers are 7-1 this season in games decided by five points or less.

BOILERMAKERS WIN 12TH-STRAIGHT NCAA TOURNAMENT FIRST-ROUND GAME EN ROUTE TO SECOND-STRAIGHT SWEET 16 TRIP
Purdue's 72-64 defeat of Siena on Friday marked its 12-straight win in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, a streak that dates back to 1994. The Boilermakers' last loss in the first round of the Big Dance came at the hands of Rhode Island as a No. 9 seed in 1993.

The Boilers have now reached the Sweet 16 a half dozen times since their first-round streak began. Coupled with last year's trip, Purdue has reached back-to-back Sweet 16s for the first time since it made the tourney's second weekend three-straight times from 1998-00.

PURDUE ONE OF FEW SWEET 16 RETURNERS FROM A YEAR AGO
The Boilermakers will take the court in Houston this weekend as one of only five Sweet 16 teams from 2009 to make it back to the tournament's second weekend this year. Purdue is joined in that selection company by Duke, its Friday-night opponent, as well as conference companion Michigan State, Syracuse and Xavier.

Purdue has taken wins over four of this year's Sweet 16 teams, defeating West Virginia at home, Michigan State and Ohio State on the road, and Tennessee at a neutral site. The Boilermakers were also the champions of this year's Paradise Jam, which sent three teams - Northern Iowa, Purdue and Tennessee - to the Sweet 16.

In the 2009 NCAA Tournament, the Boilers beat Northern Iowa and Washington - two 2010 Sweet 16 teams - en route to reaching the regional semifinals.

BIG TEN SENDS LARGEST CONTINGENT TO SWEET 16
With 11 conferences represented in this year's Sweet 16, the Big Ten has the largest seat at the table with three teams advancing to the tournament's second weekend. Purdue, Michigan State and Ohio State - the league's three tri-champions - have all earned a trip to the regional semifinals.

The Big Ten is joined by the Big East, Big 12 and SEC as the only leagues with multiple teams in the Sweet 16, though no conference can match the Big Ten's three representatives.

FIRST OT WIN UNDER PAINTER IS A TIMELY ONE
The Boilermakers were 0-5 in overtime games under head coach Matt Painter, and hadn't won a game that went past regulation in more than six years, when they toppled Texas A&M in OT on Sunday to earn their second-straight trip to the Sweet 16.

Prior to this year's second-round victory over the Aggies, Purdue hadn't won an overtime game since it beat Michigan State, 76-70, on Jan. 25, 2004.

BOILERMAKERS TIE SINGLE-SEASON WINS RECORD WITH DEFEAT OF AGGIES
In addition to propelling them into their second-straight Sweet 16 berth, the Boilermakers' win over Texas A&M on March 21 was also one for the record books. The dramatic win was victory no. 29 on the year for the Old Gold & Black, tying the single-season record set twice before.

In Matt Painter's tenure as head coach, Purdue has put up three of the top 10 winningest seasons in program history. The Boilermakers' 26-4 mark during the regular season also tied for the second-best regular campaign in program history.

PURDUE SINGLE-SEASON WINS LIST
1. 29 - 1987-88
29 - 1993-94
29 - 2009-10
4. 28 - 1997-98
5. 27 - 1978-79
27 - 2008-09
7. 26 - 1995-96
8. 25 - 1986-87
25 - 1994-95
25 - 2007-08