No. 18 Clemson Edges Purdue, 61-58
K.C. Rivers' soft floater with 31.2 seconds left broke a tie and sent No. 18 Clemson to a 61-58 victory over Purdue on Tuesday night in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge. Rivers finished with 18 points and 12 rebounds, saving the Tigers (6-0) in their first game without injured forward James Mays. Mays fell hard on his hip Saturday in a win over Gardner-Webb. He said before the Purdue game he was diagnosed with a fracture and expected to miss four to six weeks. Clemson played like a team worried about its 6-foot-9 star for much of this one.
Tip: 7:15 p.m. ET Television: ESPNU (Amin/Valvano). Radio: Purdue Sports Network (Clisby/Blackman/Scott). National Radio: Sirius 132; XM 192. Rankings: Purdue - NR/NR; Clemson - NR/NR Live Stats: Live stats are available via purduesports.com.
» Purdue will look for its third-straight Big Ten/ACC Challenge win on Wednesday when it faces Clemson for the first time since 2007.
» Wednesday is the third Challenge meeting between Purdue and Clemson, with each team having defended its home court in the previous meetings; the Boilers are 5-6 all-time in the Challenge and head into Littlejohn with a three-game winning streak in the event.
» The Big Ten has won the Challenge in each of the last three seasons after dropping the first 10 editions of the event; Purdue provided the clinching win for the conference in both 2009 and 2010.
» The Boilermakers have won a Big Ten-best 31 true road games since the start of the 2007-08 season; Purdue is 33-24 (.579) in its last 57 games on opponents' home floors.
» Purdue is 34-10 (.773) during the month of November in head coach Matt Painter's tenure.
» Purdue leads the Big Ten with an average of 16.2 offensive rebounds per game; freshman A.J. Hammons leads the Boilers with an average of 2.4 offensive boards per game, good for 11th in the league (stats through games of Nov. 25).
» Eight Purdue players are averaging at least 1.0 offensive rebounds per game as the Boilers have either led or been tied on the offensive glass in each of their first five games.
» Purdue's aggressiveness on the offensive glass has led to an average margin of +6.8 second-chance points per game.
» Despite not being 100 percent in the early going due to an ankle injury suffered prior to the season opener, junior Terone Johnson is leading Purdue in scoring with an average of 11.0 points per game; he went for 19 on 6-of-10 shooting in the Nov. 21 win over UNC Wilmington, knocking down three three-pointers.
» The Boilers' scoring has been balanced in the early going, with Terone Johnson (11.0 ppg) leading a group of top-six scorers each averaging a least 7.0 points per outing; Purdue has had a different leading scorer in each of its five games.
» The Boilers are averaging 5.2 blocks per game on the young season, up from 3.1 a year ago, while holding its opponents to just 37.9 percent shooting from the floor; Purdue tied a program record for fewest points allowed in a half when it yielded just 12 to UNCW in the second half on Nov. 21.
» With 10 Purdue players averaging double-digit minutes through five games, the Boilermakers boast an average bench-scoring margin of +15.6 points per game; the Boilers have more than doubled their opponents' reserves in the scoring department this season (148-70).
» Byrd needs to make five three-point field goals to tie Brian Cardinal (130) for 11th on Purdue's career chart.