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» Purdue will open its 115th season of men's basketball on Friday when it hosts Bucknell in the first game of the West Lafayette Regional of the 2K Sports Classic benefitting Wounded Warrior Project; it will mark the first-ever meeting between the Boilermakers and Bison.
» Friday's game will mark just the fourth-ever game against a Patriot League team for the Boilers; they have beaten Army, Colgate and Lafayette once each.
» The Boilermakers are 94-20 (.825) all-time in season openers, having won all seven under the direction of head coach Matt Painter.
» Purdue is 79-9 (.898) all-time in season openers at home, including a 27-4 (.871) mark at Mackey Arena.
» The Boilermakers are 99-16 (.861) at Mackey Arena under Painter; Purdue brings a 26-game non-conference home winning streak into Friday's season opener.
» Purdue is 32-7 (.821) during the month of November in Painter's tenure.
» 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).
» Senior 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 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 not only led the Boilermakers in scoring during exhibition play with an average of 21.0 points per game, he was also efficient in doing so, as he shot 62.5 percent from the field, 50.0 percent from deep and 80.0 percent from the charity stripe.
» Freshman guards Ronnie Johnson and Rapheal Davis also averaged double figures in the exhibition season with marks of 13.5 and 10.0 points per game, respectively.
» Junior Sandi Marcius paced Purdue to a +11.0 rebounding margin in exhibition action with a team-high 6.5 per game.
» The Boilermakers will face a quick turnaround after Friday night's game against Bucknell, as Hofstra will come to town for a Sunday-afternoon matchup that will conclude the 2K Sports Classic benefitting Wounded Warrior Project West Lafayette Regional.