Men's Basketball Set to Face Xavier on Saturday

PURDUESPORTSDOTCOM Freshman center A.J. Hammons leads the team with an average of 5.5 rebounds per game and ranks third in scoring at a clip of 9.0 points per contest.
PURDUESPORTSDOTCOM
Freshman center A.J. Hammons leads the team with an average of 5.5 rebounds per game and ranks third in scoring at a clip of 9.0 points per contest.
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Nov. 29, 2012

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The Last Meeting
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December 3, 2011
Cincinnati, Ohio
Boilermakers Fall Short of No. 11 Xavier, 66-63
Tu Holloway scored 21 points, including three consecutive 3-pointers in the last two minutes, and No. 11 Xavier roared back from a 19-point second-half deficit to pull out a 66-63 win over Purdue on Saturday.

Tip: 2:16 p.m. ET
Television: BTN (Collins/Bonner).
Radio: Purdue Sports Network (Clisby/Blackman/Taylor/Scott).
National Radio: Sirius 137; XM 191.
Rankings: Purdue - NR/NR; Xavier - NR/NR
Live Stats: Live stats are available via purduesports.com.

GAME STORYLINES
» Winners of two in a row, the Boilermakers will look to move to 3-1 on the year at Mackey Arena when they play host to Xavier on Saturday for an early-afternoon tip.

» The Boilermakers and Musketeers will meet for the 15th time in series history, and the first time in West Lafayette since 2001; Purdue holds a 9-5 edge in the all-time series.

» Purdue is coming off of a 73-61 win at Clemson, which was pivotal in the Big Ten retaining the Commisioners' Cup via a 6-6 tie in the event; the Boilers have won their last four Challenge games, including road wins in 2010 and 2012.

» Senior D.J. Byrd exploded for 22 points on the strenghth of a 6-of-11 performance from beyond the arc in the victory over Clemson; Byrd's 22 points were a season high, as were his seven rebounds.

» The Boilermakers are 101-17 (.856) at Mackey Arena under the guidance of eighth-year head coach Matt Painter; Purdue is also 42-12 (.778) during the month of December in Painter's tenure.

» Saturday's contest will pit a Purdue team allowing opponents to shoot just 26.7 percent from three-point range against a Xavier squad that is converting at a rate of 41.3 percent from deep on the season.

» Purdue has had five different leading scorers in six games this season, with only Byrd pacing the Boilers on more than one occasion.

» After initially struggling from the free throw line this season, Purdue has shot 77.8 percent (35-of-45) from the stripe in its last two games; Byrd has connected on nine of his 10 attempts over that stretch.

» Purdue leads the Big Ten with an average of 15.3 offensive rebounds per game, having led or tied in that category in each of its six games; freshman A.J. Hammons leads the Boilers with an average of 2.5 offensive boards per game, good for eighth in the league.

» Purdue's aggressiveness on the offensive glass has led to an average margin of +5.7 second-chance points per game.

» With 10 Purdue players averaging double-digit minutes through six games, the Boilermakers boast an average bench-scoring margin of +14.0 points per game; the Boilers have more than doubled their opponents' reserves in the scoring department this season (164-80).

» After a slow start, junior Terone Johnson averaged 16.0 points on 50.0 percent shooting (11-of-22) in Purdue's wins over UNC Wilmington and Clemson.

» Hammons has played with poise since moving into the starting lineup for the UNCW game, averaging 9.5 points, 5.5 rebounds and 1.5 blocks per game in a pair of Purdue wins.