Men's Basketball to Host Montevallo in Exhibition Opener

PURDUESPORTSDOTCOM Senior guard/forward D.J. Byrd ranks sixth among active Big Ten players with 116-career three-point field goals.
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Senior guard/forward D.J. Byrd ranks sixth among active Big Ten players with 116-career three-point field goals.
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Oct. 29, 2012

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GAME STORYLINES
» Purdue will look to remain unbeaten in exhibition games under head coach Matt Painter when it plays Montevallo, last season's NCAA Division II national runners-up, on Tuesday in the first of its two exhibition contests.

» The Boilers are one of just 11 teams in the nation to qualify for the NCAA Tournament in each of the last six seasons, and one of just 24 squads across the country to post at least 20 wins in each of the last six years; a seventh-straight 20-win season in 2012-13 would set a new program record.

» Since the beginning of the 2011-02 season, the Boilermakers are 17-0 in exhibition games against collegiate teams, posting a 19.6-point margin of victory.

» Purdue will open the regular season on Nov. 9 when it hosts Bucknell in the first game of the 2K Sports Classic benefitting Wounded Warrior Project West Lafayette Regional; the Boilermakers will also play Hofstra at home two days later before heading to New York City and Madison Square Garden for the tournament's championship rounds.

» The Boilers got an early start to the 2012-13 season in August when they traveled to Italy as a team, playing four games and touring Rome, Florence, Venice and Como along the way.

» Purdue was 3-1 on the tour, with freshman Rapheal Davis leading the team in scoring at 14.3 points per game and junior Sandi Marcius pacing the team on the boards at 10.5 rebounds per game.

» Tuesday night's game could mark the first collegiate action for Purdue's touted group of freshmen - Davis, A.J. Hammons, Ronnie Johnson and Jay Simpson - and the return to collegiate game action for redshirt freshman Donnie Hale.

» Senior guard/forward D.J. Byrd enters the season already ranked 15th on Purdue's career chart with 116 three-point field goals; his 116-career triples are the sixth-most among active Big Ten players.

» Junior guard Terone Johnson led the Boilers with a .472 field goal percentage last season (min. 100 attempts), despite shooting just .310 from the arc; the Indianapolis native reworked his jump shot in the offseason and will look to translate that work into game action early in the campaign.

» Terone Johnson enters the season just 10 points shy of 500 for his career; the Indianapolis native averaged 9.2 points per game a year ago and owns an average of 7.1 for his career.

» Terone Johnson has been an iron man for the Boilers since stepping on campus, playing in every one of the team's 69 games since the start of the 2010-11 season; he has drawn 18-career starting assignments, including 12 a year ago.

» Purdue head coach Matt Painter heads into the season with 160 wins at his alma mater, 16 shy of tying Ray Eddy for third place on the program's coaching victories chart (176).