Men's Basketball Returns Home to Host UNCW

PURDUESPORTSDOTCOM In addition to his average of 8.8 points per game, freshman A.J. Hammons leads the Boilers with a clip of 5.5 rebounds per outing.
PURDUESPORTSDOTCOM
In addition to his average of 8.8 points per game, freshman A.J. Hammons leads the Boilers with a clip of 5.5 rebounds per outing.
PURDUESPORTSDOTCOM

Nov. 20, 2012

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Purdue Athletics is offering $5 youth tickets (ages 14 and under) with the purchase of an adult ticket for Wednesday night as part of 'Take a Kid to the Game Night.' The Ceiling Fan promotion is also back for Wednesday, with tickets in the top five rows of Mackey Arena available for $20 apiece. The Ceiling Fan option is available online only. Click here for ticket information.

Tip: 8:06 p.m. ET
Television: BTN (Larrivee/Harrington/Lentz).
Radio: Purdue Sports Network (Clisby/Blackman/Taylor/Scott).
National Radio: -
Rankings: Purdue - NR/NR; UNCW - NR/NR
Live Stats:Gametracker live stats are available via purduesports.com.

GAME STORYLINES
» Purdue will look to end a two-game skid on Wednesday when it faces UNC Wilmington for the first time in program history.

» UNCW is the second of three CAA teams on Purdue's regular-season schedule; the Boilers defeated Hofstra on Nov. 11 and will take on William & Mary at Mackey Arena on Dec. 29.

» Wednesday night's contest is one of just three home games in an eight-game stretch for Purdue that began with Thursday night's battle with Villanova.

» The Boilermakers are 100-17 (.855) at Mackey Arena under the guidance of head coach Matt Painter.

» Purdue is 33-10 (.767) during the month of November in Painter's tenure.

» Purdue has been balanced in the scoring column this season, as each of its top six scorers is averaging at least 8.3 points per game heading into Tuesday's contest; senior D.J. Byrdleads the team with an average of 11.0 points per game.

» Purdue is averaging 17.3 offensive rebounds per game on the young campaign and is outscoring its opponents by an average of 6.0 second-chance points per game; the Boilermakers averaged 20.5 offensve boards per game in New York.

» Freshman A.J. Hammonsleads the Boilermakers with an average of 2.3 offensive boards per game, while seven Purdue players are averaging more than one offensive rebound per outing.

» The Boilers are averaging 5.5 blocks per game on the young season, up from 3.1 a year ago, while holding its opponents to just 39.0 percent shooting from the floor.

» Byrd ranks 14th on Purdue's career chart with 124 three-point field goals; his 124-career triples are the sixth-most among active Big Ten players.

» Byrd needs to make two more treys to move into sole possession of 12th place on Purdue's career chart, surpassing Jimmy Oliver and Maynard Lewis.

» While struggling from the field early in the season, junior Terone Johnsonhas been a steadying force for a young Purdue team with his average of 3.0 assists per game and a sparkling 4.5 assist-to-turnover ratio.

» Hammons will look to build on a forceful second half against Oregon State that saw him score 16 of his 20 points and corral five of his eight rebounds after the break; he led Purdue in both categories in the loss to OSU.