Men's Basketball to Play Villanova Thursday in 2K Sports Classic Semis

PURDUESPORTSDOTCOM Junior forward Sandi Marcius had his first double-figure scoring performance of the year on Sunday with 11 points against Hofstra.
PURDUESPORTSDOTCOM
Junior forward Sandi Marcius had his first double-figure scoring performance of the year on Sunday with 11 points against Hofstra.
PURDUESPORTSDOTCOM

Nov. 12, 2012

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Tip: TBD
Television: ESPN2 (Kestecher/Elmore/Katz).
Radio: Purdue Sports Network (Clisby/Blackman/Scott).
National Radio: Sirius 134; XM 192
Rankings: Purdue - NR/NR; Villanova - NR/NR
Live Stats:Gametracker live stats are available via purduesports.com.

GAME STORYLINES
» Purdue will take to the court at Madison Square Garden on Thursday in search of its second-straight win when it faces Villanova in the semifinal round of the 2K Sports Classic benefitting Wounded Warrior Project.

» Depending on Thursday night's results, Purdue will meet either Alabama or Oregon State at either 5 or 7:30 p.m. ET on Friday.

» The Boilermakers and Wildcats have met only once prior to Thursday night, a neutral-court victory for VU early in the 1995-96 season.

» Purdue is 33-8 (.805) during the month of November in head coach Matt Painter'stenure.

» The Boilers are 28-21 (.571) on neutral courts and 17-7 (.708) during in-season exempt tournaments during Painter's time as head coach.

» Purdue last played at Madison Square Garden as part of the 2008 NIT Season Tip-Off; ranked 10th nationally at the time, the Boilers defeated Boston College in the semifinals before dropping a tight battle to an 11th-ranked Oklahoma squad, led by Blake Griffin, in the finals.

» Heading into Thursday's game, the Boilers have 11 players averaging double-figure minutes as Painter has experimented with different lineups on the floor due to the influx of youth on this season's roster; Ronnie Johnsonis the lone Boilermaker averaging 30 minutes per game on the young season, hitting that mark exactly through two games.

» Purdue is averaging 15.0 offensive rebounds per game on the young campaign and has outscored its opponents by a count of 33-15 in the second-chance points department.

» The Boilers have assisted on 60.1 percent of its field goals through two games, with point guards Ronnie Johnson and Anthony Johnsoncombining for 19 assists and just nine turnovers in those contests.

» Anthony Johnsonwill look to continue the hot start that has him leading Purdue with averages of 11.0 points and 5.0 assists per game, while shooting 52.9 percent from the field, after the season's opening weekend.

» Freshman Ronnie Johnsonleads the Boilermakers in rebounds with an average of 6.0 per game from the point guard position, and also ranks second on the team in points (10.5) and assists (4.5) per game.

» Senior D.J. Byrdis already ranked 14th on Purdue's career chart with 119 three-point field goals; his 119-career triples are the sixth-most among active Big Ten players.

» Junior Terone Johnsonneeds four points to reach the 500-point mark for his career.